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Preservation Society of the East End Collection

Collection Number
SC 251

OCLC Number


Gift of Ormonde de Kay in 1976.

Extent, Scope, and Content Note
The collection is comprised of 3 cubic ft. of records created by and collected by the Preservation Society of the East End (PSEE), an environmental action organization founded in 1965 that merged into the Group for America's South Fork in 1975. The materials date from between 1965 and 1975, and include minute books and office records.

Arrangement and Processing Note
The original order of the collection has been maintained.
Processed in July 2006.
Finding aid updated and revised by Kristen J. Nyitray in March 2020.


Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.  

[Item], [Box], Preservation Society of the East End Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note
Excerpted from  The Sag Harbor Express, March 4, 1965, pp. 1, 4, 6.

"The Preservation Society of the East End, Inc. was notified by its counsel, Henry Ader McCarthy, that the Secretary of State at Albany has approved its application as a  non-profit membership corporation under the laws of the State of New York.  "The following members were named as community representatives: Amagansett, Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Lamb, Herbert E. Fielch Erwin B. Schellinger, James, Reutershan; Amagansett East, William R. Claxton; East Hampton, Kennell I. Schenck; Montauk, Richard C; Glennon; Northwest, 111 Bianco; Sag Harbor, Peter Clarke; The. Springs, V. Jarvis Wood; Three Mile Harbor, Edward H. George; Wainscott, Mrs. Charles J. Hall. The acting president, Ferris G. Talmage, appointed the following committees: Forestry and related matters, Herbert E. Field; Inland Waters. and Fish Conservation, James H. Reutershan, Edward George; Richard C». Sage, Edwin L. Sherrill, V. Jarvis Wood; Publicity, Peter Clarke, Mrs. Charles J. Hall, Richard C. Sage; Water Mill V. Jarvis Wood; Publicity, and related matters, Edwin B. Schellinger, Mrs. Charles J. Hall.  Any resident of the Town or East Hampton, and any association or organization with similar objectives, may apply for membership. Each community representative is available to receive suggestions as to conservation problems, in his area."

"The Society will present, when necessary, legislation to preserve the ecology of the whole area, and members will be advised as to how they can help. It will utilize the services -of marine biologists, soil and forestry experts, officials of the State Conservation Dept., the Bureau of Marine Fisheries, and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It will cooperate with similar groups elsewhere. The Society will encourage the granting of inducements, such as tax relief, for the preservation of wetlands, forests, and open spaces, and will endeavor to protect individual property rights affected by practices inconsistent with conservation. It asks public support in bringing any conservation violations to its attention, through the community representative or by letter to Box 953, East Hampton, New York."

"Public meetings, with guest speakers, be held from time to time to present the serious problems involved in preserving East Hampton’s aesthetic values and its economic resources as a fishing, farming, residential, and summer resort area."

Environmental activism -- New York (State) -- Long Island.
Environmental policy -- New York (State) -- Long Island.
East Hampton (N.Y.) -- Societies, etc.
Long Island (N.Y.) -- Politics and government.
Politics and government.
Environmental policy.
New York (State) -- Long Island.
New York (State) -- East Hampton.


Box 1
PSEE meeting minutes
PSEE seals
Robert’s Rules of Order Revised
PSEE guests

Box 2
PSEE annual meetings
PSEE by-laws
PSEE certificate of incorporation
PSEE constitution
PSEE correspondence (2 folders)
[closed file]
[closed file]
PSEE membership poll
PSEE assorted files
PSEE newsletter
East Hampton Patent
Suffolk County Board Supervisors
Suffolk County Department of Health
Suffolk County Department of Health – Annual Report, 1965
Suffolk County Department of Health – Annual Report, 1965 (copy)
Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District

Box 3
Hempstead Town Land Resources Council
LI Commercial Review
Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks
New York Council for Better Transportation Planning
New York State
N ew York State Commission on Preservation of Agricultural Land
N ew York State Conservation Department
N ew York State Cooperative Extension
N ew York State Executive Chamber
N ew York State Legislative Program
N ew York State Zoning
N ew York State Zoning maps
Atlantic Coast Management Program
Citizens Committee for the Hudson Valley
Citizens League Against the Sonic Boom
Institute for Educational Development
National Audubon Society
Open Space Action Committee
Student Conservation Association
The Washington Watch
Wilderness Society
US Constitution – Conservation Bill Rights
US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Interior
US Fisheries Preservation and Management Committee
World Wildlife Fund
PSEE publications – Natural Resources of the East End
PSEE publications – Silent Spring for Ospreys
Publications – ABATE (May, 1967)
Publications – Amagansett Historical Association
Publications – American Legion (Feb., 1965)
Publications – American Legion (Sept., 1965)
Publications – American Legion (Aug., 1967)
Publications – Ask me another!
Publications – Audubon (March- April, 1967)
Publications – Audubon Leader’s Conservation Guide
Publications – The Best Buy is Open Space
Publications – Birds in our lives

Box 4
Publications – Caumsett
Publications – Chemical Pesticides, A National Problem
Publications – Coastal Wetlands (June, 1965)
Publications – Conservationist (April – May, 1964)
Publications – Conservationist (Feb. – March, 1966)
Publications – Conservationist (Feb. – March, 1968)
Publications – Federal Programs for Individuals and Community Advancement
Publications – Films (1964)
Publications – Forest History (July, 1967)
Publications – A Guide for Town Forest Committees and Conservation Commissions (1962)
Publications – The Hempstead Town Conservationist
Publications – Land and Water Conservation Fund Program
Publications – The Last Great Stand (March – April, 1967)
Publications – The Lion (Sept., 1965)
Publications – List of Conservation Education Publications
Publications – Local Government in East Hampton
Publications – LI Commercial Review (June 3, 1965)
Publications – LI Commercial Review (June 3, 1965)
Publications – LI Commercial Review (May 28, 1966)
Publications – LI Heritage (May 13, 1966)
Publications – Mapping of Geologic Formations and Aquifers of Long Island, NY (1949)
Publications – The Myths and Parallels
Publications – National Forests, Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites
Publications – A Natural Area
Publications – The Natural Values of the Mayor Wetland Areas (July, 1965)
Publications – The Nature Conservancy
Publications – The Nature Conservancy News (spring, 1965)
Publications – The New Ark
Publications – New York’s Waters
Publications – Newsletter, Constitutional Council for the Forest Preserve
Publications – Open Space Conservation Methods
Publications – A Passport to Adventure

Box 5
Publications – Phainopepla
Publications – Planning for Open Space in Suffolk County
Publications – Preserving Agricultural Land in NYS (Feb., 1968)
Publications – Promise of New York’s Rural Resources
Publications – Promise of New York’s Rural Resources (copy)
Publications – Public Health Pesticides (1965)
Publications – The Public’s Land
Publications – Restoring the Quality of Our Environment
Publications – The Romance of Grapes
Publications – The Sagg and Country Gazette Journal
Publications – Shore and Beach (Oct., 1966)
Publications – Soil Means Life
Publications – SUNY (Sept. 2, 1967)
Publications – The Status and Potential of the Marine Environment
Publications – Stewardship (Dec., 1965)
Publications – Swamp
Publications – Water Information Center
Publications – Water Newsletter
Publications – Water Pollution
Publications – Water Resourcefulness (1967)
Publications – What Town Zoning Means to You
Publications – Why Wilderness?
Publications – Your Club Can Open the Door to Conservation Education
Publications – Your Outdoors
Clippings (2f)