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Richard H. D. Boerker papers

Call Number: MS 920

Scope and Contents

The papers of Richard Hans Douai Boerker consist of letters from prominent foresters, botanists, ecologists, and other scientists, and of a small amount of printed matter, including announcements for books by Boerker and others, newspaper clippings, programs, certificates, and other memorabilia. The correspondence, which is arranged chronologically, contains letters pertaining to forestry jobs held by Boerker, including letters of recommendation and letters from a variety of federal and state officials; pertaining to his study at the University of Michigan and the University of Nebraska; and pertaining to his writings on forestry. Many of the latter letters are acknowledgments of receipt of copies of his books and other publications from professionals, forestry societies, libraries, and universities in America and Europe. One of these, dated November 29, 1918, comes from Theodore Roosevelt.


  • 1910-1962


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Richard H. D. Boerker, 1966.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence and printed matter relating to Richard Hans Douai Boerker's studies at the Universities of Michigan and Nebraska, his work with various government agencies and his books and articles. Many of the letters are acknowledgments of the receipts of his books from prominent foresters, botanists, ecologists and other scientists (1911-1950).

Biographical / Historical

Richard Hans Douai Boerker was born in Brooklyn, New York, on October 19, 1887. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1910 with an A.B. and the following year received an M.S. in forestry from the University of Michigan. In 1916, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. Between 1910 and 1917, he worked for the Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. In 1921, he began teaching biology at Kingston, New York, High School. He was married to Irene Frances Bostwick.

Guide to the Richard Hans Douai Boerker Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
June 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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