The Resource Dickerman papers

Dickerman papers

Dickerman papers, 1969-1995- ,
Dickerman papers
Inclusive dates
1969-1995- ,
Title variation
  • Ernest M. Dickerman papers
  • Ernest M. Dickerman collection
  • The bulk of this collection consists of records associated with the origin and activity of the Virginia Wilderness Committee (VWC). Papers from Series I (pre-1976) consist of the organization's files and other related information, primarily on state issues. It is arranged alphabetically by subject and includes references to: various wilderness sites such as Assateague, Back Creek/Pumped Storage Project, Back Bay, Big Levels/St. Mary's, Bull Run Mountain, Crawford Mountain, Cumberland Gap, Dismal Swamp, Gathright, Hipes Dam, James River Face/Cave Mtn. Lake, Laurel Fork Wilderness, Little River, Little Stoney, Mason Neck, Massanutten, Mt. Rogers, Mountain Lake/Peters Creek/Mill Creek Wilderness, Shenandoah Wilderness, Ramsey's Draft, Rich Hole, Salem Church Dam; and Va. State parks and national parks in general (also, the Alaska Pipeline). Information on organizations include: the Central Atlantic Environmental Center, the Conservation Council of Va., and Va. Sierra Club groups. There also is specific information on: the Eastern Wilderness Bill; a "press packet;" and Va. Environmental Coor. legislation. VWC papers include business notes, minutes, correspondence, information on their hot line, and newsletters (the latter compiled into one file and kept up-to-date)
  • Series II (1976-1995-), organized chronologically, consists of Dickerman's own files, largely correspondence, and includes information on the Va. Wilderness Bill of 1984
Biographical or historical data
Ernest M. Dickerman, retired wildlife conservationist and lobbyist for several wilderness organizations, was a charter member of The Wilderness Society, first becoming involved in conservation efforts to preserve the Great Smoky Mountains during the 1930s. He later became a lobbyist for The Society in Washington D.C. Upon retirement in 1976 he moved to Augusta County, Va. where he continued his lobbying efforts for the Virginia wilderness movement as President (1976-1979) and later as a member of the Virginia Wilderness Committee. He died on Aug. 1, 1998.
Cataloging source
Dickerman papers
  • Also known as the Ernest M. Dickerman papers; Ernest M. Dickerman collection
  • Also see: Oral history interview [sound recording] / Ernie Dickerman ; interviewed by Dominic Pisciotta (Special Collections call no.: SdArch no. 6-3); and stack copy of transcript (call no.: SD428.G46 O82 1994)
Box 1: Series 1 (Pre-1976); Box 2: Series 1 (Pre-1976 cont., Series 2 (1976-199-)
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Cumulative index finding aids
See web link for Finding Aid.
2 Hollinger boxes (61+ folders)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian

Library Locations

    • Special Collections Research CenterBorrow it
      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
      38.438299 -78.8741916
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