Mira Lloyd Dock Papers, 1879-1947

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Collection Overview

Title:
Mira Lloyd Dock papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1879-1947
Creator:
Dock, Mira Lloyd
Abstract:
Pennsylvania Commissioner of Forestry Mira Lloyd Dock (1853-1945), was a botanist, environmentalist, educator, and pioneer in the field of forestry.
Abstract:
This collection of correspondence and photographs about forestry in Pennsylvania in the early twentieth century documents the activities of botanist Mira Lloyd Dock
Collection Number:
1526
Size:
0.63 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

Mira Lloyd Dock (born Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, December 25, 1853; died July 1945), botanist, environmentalist, and educator, attended the Brook Hall Seminary in Media, Pennsylvania and studied botany, chemistry, and geology some twenty years later at the University of Michigan. Returning to Pennsylvania following her studies, she was one of a group of educators and foresters instrumental in the founding of the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy at Mont Alto. In 1901, she was the first woman appointed to a state commission when she began her tenure on the Pennsylvania State Forest Commission. She continued to serve on the commission for the next twelve years, resigning in 1913. Miss Dock was a popular spokeswoman for urban planning and beautification, promoting the City Beautiful movement in Harrisburg in the early 1900s which eventually led to the transformation of Wetzel's Swamp into the public recreational area known today as Wildwood Park. Dock merged her interest in beautification with her knowledge of botany and forestry, becoming an influential female voice in a small group of foresters advancing the science of conservation and responsible forestry practices in the United States in the early part of the twentieth century.

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Collection Overview

This collection contains personal and official correspondence documenting Mira Lloyd Dock's term as Commissioner of Forestry on the Pennsylvania State Reservation Commission (1901-1913) and her continuing involvement with forestry throughout her life. There are also observations on a visit she made to Germany (1899), letters from engineering colleagues deployed in France during World War I, and thirty-three photographic prints, mainly of trees.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mira Lloyd Dock Papers (1526), Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographic

Personal Name(s)

  • Dock, Mira Lloyd

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