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Frederick L. Rath, Jr. papers

Abstract

Title:
Frederick L. Rath, Jr. papers
Author/Creator:
Rath, Frederick L., Jr.
Collection number:
2003-48
Size:
32.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1937-1988
Inclusive dates:
1917-1998
Collection Area:
State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

Papers of Frederick L. Rath, Jr., a pioneer of historical conservation. Rath served from 1949 to 1956 as the director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, newly created by Congress to succeed the National Council for Historic Sites and Buildings, which he had also headed. The papers document Rath's time at the National Trust, as well as his later career at the New York State Historical Association, where he became vice-director in 1957; at New York State's Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, where he was deputy commissioner from 1972 until 1979; and at the Eastern National Park and Monument Association, where he was chief executive officer from 1979 to 1987. Also included are personal papers documenting Rath's early education at Dartmouth and Harvard, and his time in the Army during World War II, as well as his work as historian at the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York.

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Frederick L. Rath, Jr. papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Status:

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Historical Note

Frederick L. Rath, Jr. (1913-2001), was an American historian and a leader in the field of historic preservation from its beginnings as a national movement in the 1940s. His engagement with the problems of preservation and interpretation at a time when no legislation or formal government body existed to support them helped to define what is today an established and expansive profession. He often referred to himself as a "roadside historian" and approached the built environment as an important instrument for public history. His idealism was tempered by pragmatism and an entrepreneurial approach to preservation, reflected in the theme, "Historic Sites are Good Business," which he used in public addresses as early as 1940 and throughout his life. His involvement in the formation of many of the core preservation organizations that exist today is a testimony to his lasting influence in the field.

Rath was born on May 19, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York. A 1934 graduate of Dartmouth College, Rath earned a master's degree in history from Harvard University in 1936. Rath first brought his historical training to bear on the interpretation of historic sites while employed with the National Park Service (NPS), where, beginning in 1937, he served as historian for a number of NPS historic sites including Morristown, New Jersey; Fort Pulaski, Georgia; and Vicksburg, Mississippi. During World War II, he served as an ambulance driver with the American Field Service in Syria and Africa from 1941 to 1944 (2nd NZ Division, British 8th Army) and witnessed the battle of El Alamein. In 1945, he served in the U. S. Army in Europe (Military Intelligence-OB, XXIst and XVIIIth Airborne Corps). After World War II, Rath returned to the Park Service to become the first historian for the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Hyde Park, New York. While at Hyde Park, Rath participated in a pioneering oral history project that lasted from the late 1940s through the early 1950s, in which he and George Palmer, Site Superintendent, made wire recordings of interviews with members of the Roosevelts' house staff and the community in Hyde Park.

In 1948, Rath was invited to Washington to serve as the first executive secretary for the National Council for Historic Sites and Buildings (NCHSB). The NCHSB and National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) were the first national organizations in the United States in the field of historic preservation and were formally established by an act of Congress in 1949. In 1953, the two organizations were merged into one, known as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Rath became director of this new organization, serving from 1953 to 1956.

From 1956 to 1972, Rath was vice director of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) and Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York. In 1963, he helped launch the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Training at NYSHA, in which he was an adjunct professor until 1972. In 1972, he assumed responsibility for historic preservation in New York State as deputy commissioner in the Office of Parks and Recreation (NYSOPR), Historic Preservation Division, setting up the first comprehensive program for state sites. Rath also helped to found the Eastern National Parks and Monuments Association (ENPMA), a nonprofit educational service organization cooperating with the Park Service in developing, publishing, and procuring historical publications, media programs, and guides for sale in parks, and he served as chairman of the board from 1977 to 1978. In 1979, he left the NYSOPR and became ENPMA's chief executive officer, serving in that position until his retirement in 1988.

Throughout his career, Rath held numerous offices and government appointments in professional organizations and agencies. He was a founding member of the American Association for State and Local History and president of that organization from 1960 to 1962. In 1968, he was appointed to New York State's first Governor's Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation and was its chairman from 1971 to 1972. Upon the establishment of the first State Historic Preservation Office, he became the state's deputy historic preservation officer, working with the federal government to coordinate the preservation of historic sites in New York.. He served on the New York State Board for Historic Preservation from 1979 to 1985 and was a trustee emeritus of the Hancock Shaker Community and a trustee of the Planting Fields Foundation.

Rath's publications included Franklin D. Roosevelt's Hyde Park (1949) with illustrator Lili Rethi, The New York State Historical Association and Its Museums: An Informal Guide (editor, 1968), and the six-volume Bibliography of Historical Organization Practices (co-editor, 1975-1984). After formally retiring, Rath was also active in research, writing, editing, and preparing his papers and materials for deposit in the University of Maryland Libraries' Archives and Manuscripts Department. Discover America: The Smithsonian Book of the National Parks, prepared by Rath with master photographer David Muench and writer Charles Little, was published in 1996.

His awards include a Bronze Star Medal, the Conservation Service Award of the U.S. Department of the Interior, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the State University of New York, the National Trust's Crowninshield Award, and the Honor Award of the New York Parks and Conservation Association.

He was a member of the Century Association and the New York City Harvard Club.

Frederick Louis Rath, Jr. died on April 1, 2001 at the age of 88. His wife of 55 years, Ann Rath, and his two sons, William and David Rath, survived him.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Papers of Frederick L. Rath, Jr. include diaries, correspondence, educational records, writings, ephemera, pamphlets, publications, clippings, writings, memorabilia, reports, oral history transcripts, research notes, bibliographies, maps, daily logs, date books, photographs, audio recordings, pamphlets, and personal records gathered and produced during Rath's schooling, military service, and career in historic preservation. The collection dates from 1917 to 1998 with the bulk of materials dating between 1937 and 1988. Subjects addressed in depth in this collection include historic preservation and the history of the preservation movement; the interpretation of historic sites; fundraising and development for historical organizations; planning and managing preservation projects; heritage tourism; museums and museum training; and the history, development, and management of federal, state, and local historical agencies and preservation programs. The papers also include eyewitness accounts of the battle of El Alamein and operations in the Colmar Pocket region of Germany during World War II. Significant figures represented in primary documents in the Rath papers include David E. Finley, Horace Marsden Albright, Charles Hosmer, Charles Peterson, General Ulysses S. Grant III, and Louise du Pont Crowninshield.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Ann Rath donated the papers of Frederick L. Rath, Jr. to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2002. Ann Rath donated a second, smaller accession consisting of books and papers in January 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Megan McShea, July 2004

Processing note:

The final arrangement of the papers of Frederick L. Rath, Jr. follows Rath's own scheme, which was devised late in his life when he undertook the processing of his own papers for deposit for scholarly research. The overarching arrangement, by series relating to organizations in the order in which Rath worked for them, was Rath's design. At the box, folder, and item level, staff modified Rath's arrangement to promote clarity and access. Rath's original arrangement at the box and folder levels can be reconstructed by consulting his "index and summary" folders at the beginning of each series or section.

During his own processing, Rath often annotated his papers with notes on small slips of paper and on the records themselves. Occasionally the processing archivist has annotated items with dates or other identifying information, placed in brackets.

Photographs have been removed to Series IX, audiovisual and digital media to Series X, and three-dimensional memorabilia to Series XI. Oversize materials have been removed to a mapcase. A separation sheet has been placed in the original location of each item removed. Newsprint clippings have been photocopied onto acid-free paper and the original newsprint discarded. Rubber bands and metal fasteners have been removed and replaced with plastic clips or paper enclosures. Books found in the collection have been cataloged and added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation Library book collection.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Joanne Archer, July 2005. Markup checked and verified by Jennie Levine, July 2005.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Education, 1926-1998 (1.50)

This series contains diaries, correspondence, educational records, writings, ephemera, pamphlets, publications, clippings, writings, and memorabilia from Rath's secondary, undergraduate, and graduate education. The series is divided into three sections: High School, Dartmouth, and Harvard. Rath's index and summary materials are filed at the beginning of the series. Arrangement of subsequent folders is alphabetical by subject, and items within folders are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
High School, 1930 series 1box 1folder 1
Dartmouth -- Index and summary, 1997 series 1box 1folder 2
Dartmouth -- Admission, 1929-1930, 1991, 1995 series 1box 1folder 3
Dartmouth -- Alumni Publications, 1955, 1960, 1979-1989, 1984, 1988, 1993-1997 series 1box 1folder 4
Dartmouth -- Clippings and notes, 1993-1997 and undated series 1box 1folder 5
Dartmouth -- Commencement, 1934 series 1box 1folder 6
Dartmouth -- Correspondence, 1930-1935, 1963, 1998 series 1box 1folder 7
Dartmouth -- Diary, 1933-1936 series 1box 1folder 8
Dartmouth -- Educational Records, 1930-1936 series 1box 1folder 9
Dartmouth -- Fraternities, 1934, 1936 and undated series 1box 1folder 10
Dartmouth -- Leopold Schep Foundation, 1930 series 1box 1folder 11
Dartmouth -- Pamphlets, 1926-1933 series 1box 2folder 1
Dartmouth -- [Photographs], 1930-1933 series 1box 2folder 2
Dartmouth -- Published Images of Campus, 1930-1935, 1989 series 1box 2folder 3
Dartmouth -- Writings, c. 1932-1934 series 1box 2folder 4
Dartmouth -- Writings, c. 1932-1934 series 1box 2folder 5
Harvard -- Index and summary, 1997 series 1box 2folder 6
Harvard -- Alumni Publications, 1969, 1979, 1983, 1997 series 1box 2folder 7
Harvard -- Clippings, 1986-1998 and undated series 1box 2folder 8
Harvard -- Diaries and Correspondence, 1934-1938, 1942, 1991, 1994 series 1box 2folder 9
Harvard -- Educational Records and Ephemera, 1934-1936, 1994 series 1box 2folder 10
Harvard -- Expenses, 1934-1936, 1994 series 1box 2folder 11
Harvard -- Notes, 1983, 1995 and undated series 1box 3folder 1
Harvard -- Personal Writings, 1934-1936 series 1box 3folder 2
Harvard -- Seminar Papers -- Frederick Merck, 1936, 1988, 1993 series 1box 3folder 3
Harvard -- Seminar Papers -- Arthur M. Schlesinger, 1934-1936, 1991 series 1box 3folder 4
Harvard -- [Subjects] -- American Literature, 1935-1936 series 1box 3folder 5
Harvard -- [Subjects] -- Colonial History, c. 1934-1936 series 1box 3folder 6
Harvard -- [Subjects] -- Diplomatic History, 1934-1935 series 1box 3folder 7
Harvard -- [Subjects] -- English Medieval History, 1935-1936 series 1box 3folder 8
Harvard -- [Subjects] -- Latin American History, c. 1934-1936 series 1box 3folder 9
Harvard -- [Subjects] -- Miscellaneous Coursework, 1934, 1995 series 1box 3folder 10

Series 2: National Park Service, 1917-1997 (4.00)

This series includes correspondence, diaries, reports, drafts, ephemera, clippings, autobiographical notes, publications, oral history transcripts, research notes, and bibliographies related to the historic sites where Rath was employed as a historian by the National Park Service (NPS) from 1937 to 1949. Items located under the heading "Early History and General" consist of clippings, publications, and correspondence pertaining to the NPS in general and sites where Rath did not work.

Subsequent sites, listed alphabetically by name, include Chalmette National Historic Park, New Orleans, Louisiana; Fort Pulaski National Monument, Savannah, Georgia; Morristown National Historic Site, Morristown, New Jersey; Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, Hyde Park, New York (including the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Vanderbilt Mansion, and the Eleanor Roosevelt home); and Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, Mississippi. Each section contains Rath's indexes and summaries, diaries, correspondence, administrative documents, drafts, reports, ephemera, publications, and notes that date to Rath's period of employment. Included in addition are clippings, writings, bibliographies, correspondence, and articles Rath gathered later in his life during research of these sites and their regional and historical contexts.

Also included in this series is one folder from 1938 and 1939 relating to Rath's employment at Prentice-Hall in New York City as an assistant editor. There is a chronological gap for the years 1942 to1945, when Rath went overseas during World War II. This period is covered in Series III: World War II.

Material under the "Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites" heading includes voluminous notes and writings relating to the preparation of the site and its earliest operations. Transcripts and project notes from the Roosevelt home oral history project are included, as well as a lengthy article Rath wrote about this project, published in 1993. Original drawings and drafts of the book Franklin D. Roosevelt's Hyde Park (1949) are also included under this heading, as well as a typescript of Roosevelt's own recollections of the home.

Much of Rath's correspondence is comprised of his own letters to family, friends, and colleagues. Prominent correspondents include Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Hosmer, Ronald Lee, and Charles Peterson. Further information about the individuals and subjects in the National Park Service is located in Series VIII: Other Work.

Arrangement is alphabetical.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Early History and General -- Index and Summary, 1997 series 2box 1folder 1
Early History and General -- Clippings, c. 1941-1942, 1966, 1980-1997 series 2box 1folder 2
Early History and General -- Clippings, c. 1941-1942, 1966, 1980-1997 series 2box 1folder 3
Early History and General -- Clippings, c. 1941-1942, 1966, 1980-1997 series 2box 1folder 4
Early History and General -- Clippings -- Neglect and Danger in National Parks, 1982-1993 series 2box 1folder 5
Early History and General -- Clippings -- Photography, 1986 series 2box 1folder 6
Early History and General -- Clippings -- Travel and tourism and economic effects, 1983-1985 series 2box 1folder 7
Early History and General -- Clippings -- Yellowstone Fire of 1988, 1986-1990 series 2box 1folder 8
Early History and General -- Correspondence, 1988-1995 series 2box 1folder 9
Early History and General -- Directors, 1981-1989 series 2box 1folder 10
Early History and General -- Friends of Arthur Demaray (Includes Oversize), 1946, 1951, 1988 series 2box 1folder 11
Early History and General -- History of NPS, 1953-1993 and undated series 2box 1folder 12
Early History and General -- History of NPS -- Mission 66, 1980, 1993 series 2box 1folder 13
Early History and General -- Legislation, 1935-1936 series 2box 1folder 14
Early History and General -- National Parks Portfolio, 1917, 1997 series 2box 1folder 15
Early History and General -- Publications, 1940-1996 series 2box 1folder 16
Early History and General -- Publications -- HABS [Historic American Buildings Survey], 1983-1984 series 2box 1folder 17
Early History and General -- Publications -- "Master Plans", 1946, 1991 series 2box 1folder 18
Early History and General -- Publications -- National Parks Portfolio, 1917, 1997 series 2box 1folder 19
Early History and General -- Reports, 1941-1991 series 2box 2folder 1
Early History and General -- Reports -- Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, 1940, 1989, 1995 series 2box 2folder 2
Early History and General -- Writings of Paul Buck, 1921, 1925, 1986 series 2box 2folder 3
Chalmette National Historic Park -- 126th Anniversary, 1941 series 2box 2folder 4
Chalmette National Historic Park -- Battle of New Orleans, 1965 series 2box 2folder 5
Chalmette National Historic Park -- Clippings, 1941, 1945 series 2box 2folder 6
Chalmette National Historic Park -- Publications, 1940-1985 series 2box 2folder 7
Chalmette National Historic Park -- Research, 1983, 1994 and undated series 2box 2folder 8
Chalmette National Historic Park -- Souvenir du Restaurant d'Antoine, c. 1940 series 2box 2folder 9
Fort Pulaski National Monument -- Index and Summary, c. 1996 series 2box 2folder 10
Fort Pulaski National Monument -- Bibliography, 1988, 1994, and undated series 2box 2folder 11
Fort Pulaski National Monument -- CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps], 1939, 1994 series 2box 2folder 12
Fort Pulaski National Monument -- Clippings, 1985-1997 and undated series 2box 2folder 13
Fort Pulaski National Monument -- Correspondence, 1939-1940, 1968 and undated series 2box 2folder 14
Fort Pulaski National Monument -- Diary, 1940 series 2box 2folder 15
Fort Pulaski National Monument -- Graphics, c. 1939-1940 series 2box 2folder 16
Fort Pulaski National Monument -- Personnel file, 1939-1941, 1958 series 2box 2folder 17
Fort Pulaski National Monument -- Publications, 1939-1970 series 2box 2folder 18
Fort Pulaski National Monument -- Publications -- Savannah, c. 1980-1990 series 2box 2folder 19
Fort Pulaski National Monument -- Research, 1994 and undated series 2box 3folder 1
Fort Pulaski National Monument -- Talks by Robert B. Lattimore, 1957, 1965 series 2box 3folder 2
Morristown National Historic Park -- Index and Summary, undated series 2box 3folder 3
Morristown National Historic Park -- 50th Anniversary Symposium -- Correspondence, 1983-1983 series 2box 3folder 4
Morristown National Historic Park -- 50th Anniversary Symposium -- Pamphlets, 1983 series 2box 3folder 5
Morristown National Historic Park -- 50th Anniversary Symposium -- Publications, 1983 series 2box 3folder 6
Morristown National Historic Park -- 50th Anniversary Symposium -- Remarks, 1983 series 2box 3folder 7
Morristown National Historic Park -- 50th Anniversary Symposium -- Transcript, 1983 series 2box 3folder 8
Morristown National Historic Park -- Administrative, 1957 series 2box 3folder 9
Morristown National Historic Park -- Bibliography, 1984, 1988, 1996 and undated series 2box 3folder 10
Morristown National Historic Park -- Clippings, 1937-1990 series 2box 3folder 11
Morristown National Historic Park -- Diary and Personal Expenses, 1937-1938 series 2box 3folder 12
Morristown National Historic Park -- Fort Nonsense, 1992-1993 series 2box 3folder 13
Morristown National Historic Park -- Graphics, 1937-1996 and undated series 2box 3folder 14
Morristown National Historic Park -- Publications, 1937-1997 and undated series 2box 3folder 15
Morristown National Historic Park -- Research, 1992 and undated series 2box 3folder 16
Prentice Hall, 1938-1939 series 2box 3folder 17
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Index and Summary, undated series 2box 4folder 1
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Logs, 1946-1948, 1994 series 2box 4folder 2
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- 2-Year Summary and Analysis, 1948 series 2box 4folder 3
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Administrative, 1950 series 2box 4folder 4
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Bibliography, undated, 1988-1997 series 2box 4folder 5
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Clippings (Includes Oversize), 1947-1949, 1979-1988, 1991-1997 and undated series 2box 4folder 6
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Clippings (Includes Oversize), 1947-1949, 1979-1988, 1991-1997 and undated series 2box 4folder 7
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Clippings (Includes Oversize), 1947-1949, 1979-1988, 1991-1997 and undated series 2box 4folder 8
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- [Conference] "Interpreting and Preserving the Presidential Sites", 1993 series 2box 4folder 9
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Correspondence, 1949-1955 series 2box 4folder 10
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Dedication - April 12, 1946, 1945-1992 series 2box 4folder 11
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Eleanor Roosevelt, 1947-1956, 1993 series 2box 4folder 12
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt's History of Hyde Park (typescript), 1945 series 2box 4folder 13
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Hyde Park Historical Association, 1949-1950, 1993 series 2box 4folder 14
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Monthly Reports, 1946-1948 and undated series 2box 4folder 15
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Oral History Project -- CD-Rom, undated series 2box 5folder 1
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Oral History Project -- Correspondence, 1946-1993 series 2box 5folder 2
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Oral History Project -- Documentation, 1960, 1993 and undated series 2box 5folder 3
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Oral History Project -- Illustrated project binder, 1993 series 2box 5folder 4
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Oral History Project -- Photographs (See Series IX), 1993 series 2box 5folder 5
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Oral History Project -- Transcripts, 1947-1952, 1992 and undated series 2box 5folder 6
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Oral History Project -- Transcripts, 1947-1952, 1992 and undated series 2box 5folder 7
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Oral History Project -- Transcripts, 1947-1952, 1992 and undated series 2box 5folder 8
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Oral History Project -- Wire Cartridges 1,2,3 (See Series X), 1993 series 2box 5folder 9
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Photographs (See Series IX), 1945-1991 series 2box 6folder 1
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Publications, 1947-1993 series 2box 6folder 2
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Publications -- Drafts, 1993 series 2box 6folder 3
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Rath Personal, 1946-1948 and undated series 2box 6folder 4
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Research, circa 1990-1997 series 2box 6folder 5
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- School Visits, 1949 series 2box 6folder 6
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Vanderbilt Mansion, 1940-1996 series 2box 6folder 7
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Writings -- Early Notes and Writings, 1946-1947, 1993-1994 series 2box 6folder 8
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Writings -- Franklin D. Roosevelt's Hyde Park, 1947 series 2box 6folder 9
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Writings -- Franklin D. Roosevelt's Hyde Park -- Correspondence, 1947-1989 series 2box 6folder 10
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Writings -- Franklin D. Roosevelt's Hyde Park -- Notes and Drafts, c. 1946, 1989 series 2box 6folder 11
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Writings -- Franklin D. Roosevelt's Hyde Park -- Illustrations, 1946-1948, 1969 series 2box 6folder 12
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Writings -- Oral history research and writings, 1990-1993 and undated series 2box 6folder 13
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Writings -- Talks -- Cooperstown Library, October 18, 1996 series 2box 7folder 1
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Writings -- Talks -- Hyde Park, April 12, 1995 series 2box 7folder 2
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Writings -- Talks -- Ronald Lee for AASLH, October 26, 1946 series 2box 7folder 3
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites -- Writings -- Talks -- Volunteers Luncheon, November 16, 1993 series 2box 7folder 4
Vicksburg National Military Park -- Index and Summary, undated series 2box 7folder 5
Vicksburg National Military Park -- Administration, 1941 series 2box 7folder 6
Vicksburg National Military Park -- American Planning and Civil Association, 1941 series 2box 7folder 7
Vicksburg National Military Park -- Bibliography, 1988-1997 and undated series 2box 7folder 8
Vicksburg National Military Park -- Clippings, 1941-1994 and undated series 2box 7folder 9
Vicksburg National Military Park -- Correspondence and Personal, 1940-1941 and undated series 2box 7folder 10
Vicksburg National Military Park -- Diaries, 1940-1941 series 2box 7folder 11
Vicksburg National Military Park -- Interpretation, undated series 2box 7folder 12
Vicksburg National Military Park -- Publications, 1940-1996 series 2box 7folder 13
Vicksburg National Military Park -- Research, undated series 2box 7folder 14
Vicksburg National Military Park -- Rogers Company Pageant, 1941 series 2box 7folder 15
Vicksburg National Military Park -- Writings -- Newspaper articles by Rath, 1941 series 2box 7folder 16
Vicksburg National Military Park -- Writings -- Talks, 1941 series 2box 7folder 17

Series 3: World War II, 1939-1998 (2.00)

Series III includes correspondence, research notes, autobiographical writings, diaries, notebooks, publications, postcards, ephemera, artifacts, clippings, periodicals, and maps related to Rath's service in the American Field Service (AFS) and the United States Army between 1942 and 1945 and to the World War II-era in general.

The American Field Service folders relate to Rath's time as a volunteer ambulance driver in North Africa stationed with the British Eighth Army, Second Division, dating from his initial application late in 1941 to his return to the United States in March 1943. The bulk of the files concern the allied forces in North Africa and are especially detailed and thorough on the subject of the battle of El Alamein, to which Rath was an eyewitness.

The bulk of material within the U. S. Army heading consists of correspondence, orders, and publications related to Rath's training at Fort Upton in New York, the University of Indiana at Bloomington, Camp Ritchie in Maryland, and Camp Campbell in Kentucky. Rath's brief service in France and Germany (February to May 1945) is reflected in his correspondence, clippings about V-E day and European Theater Operations, and intelligence reports concerning the "Colmar Pocket" area of Germany.

Arrangement is alphabetical by folder heading and chronological within each folder.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American Field Service -- Index and Summary -- 1994, 1994 series 3box 1folder 1
American Field Service -- Administration -- 1941-1943, 1992 and undated, 1941-1943, 1992 and undated series 3box 1folder 2
American Field Service -- Articles -- 1943, 1945, 1992, 1943, 1945, 1992 series 3box 1folder 3
American Field Service -- Bibliography -- 1991-1997 and undated, 1991-1997 and undated series 3box 1folder 4
American Field Service -- Clippings -- 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1993, 1996 and undated (2f) (Includes Oversize), 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1993, 1996 and undated series 3box 1folder 5
American Field Service -- Clippings (Includes Oversize), 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1993, 1996 and undated series 3box 1folder 6
American Field Service -- Clippings -- Leaders -- 1943-1996 and undated (includes oversize) (Includes Oversize), 1943-1996 and undated series 3box 1folder 7
American Field Service -- Correspondence -- 1942-1944, 1942-1944 series 3box 1folder 8
American Field Service -- Diary -- 1942-1943 and undated, 1942-1943 and undated series 3box 1folder 9
American Field Service -- Diary -- Diary Timetables -- 1992, 1992 series 3box 1folder 10
American Field Service -- Ephemera -- 1939-1943 and undated (includes oversize) (Includes Oversize), 1939-1943 and undated series 3box 1folder 11
American Field Service -- Graphics -- circa 1943-1944, 1990, circa 1943-1944, 1990 series 3box 1folder 12
American Field Service -- History of the Mediterranean Front -- 1995, 1997, 1995, 1997 series 3box 1folder 13
American Field Service -- History of the Mediterranean Front -- Research notes, undated series 3box 2folder 1
American Field Service -- History of the Mediterranean Front -- Research reproductions, undated series 3box 2folder 2
American Field Service -- Journal, 1941-1943, 1986 and undated series 3box 2folder 3
American Field Service -- Maps (Includes Oversize), undated series 3box 2folder 4
American Field Service -- Memorabilia, 1942 and undated series 3box 2folder 5
American Field Service -- Notebook and address book, undated series 3box 2folder 6
American Field Service -- Publications, 1941-1945, 1988-1998 series 3box 2folder 7
American Field Service -- Publications, 1941-1945, 1988-1998 series 3box 2folder 8
American Field Service -- Publications -- A.F.S. Letters, The AFS News Bulletin, 1941-1943 series 3box 2folder 9
American Field Service -- Reunion Trip, 1991-1992 series 3box 3folder 1
American Field Service -- Veteran's Committee, 1993-1995 series 3box 3folder 2
American Field Service -- Writings, 1943, 1945, 1992 series 3box 3folder 3
U.S. Army -- Index and Summary, 1992 and undated series 3box 3folder 4
U.S. Army -- XXI Corps (Includes Oversize), 1944-1945 and undated series 3box 3folder 5
U.S. Army -- XXIII Airborne Corps, 1945 and undated series 3box 3folder 6
U.S. Army -- Administrative, 1942-1944 series 3box 3folder 7
U.S. Army -- Armed Services Editions, 1944 and undated series 3box 3folder 8
U.S. Army -- Bibliography and Notes, 1966, 1990-1998 and undated series 3box 3folder 9
U.S. Army -- Clippings, 1943, 1992-1997 series 3box 3folder 10
U.S. Army -- Correspondence, 1943-1945 series 3box 3folder 11
U.S. Army -- Ephemera, c. 1943-1945, 1994 series 3box 4folder 1
U.S. Army -- Human Engineering Laboratory, Inc., 1940-1945, 1989 series 3box 4folder 2
U.S. Army -- Memorial and Anniversary, 1997 and undated series 3box 4folder 3
U.S. Army -- Notebook and Address Book, 1943-1945 and undated series 3box 4folder 4
U.S. Army -- Prelude to Basic Training, 1944-1945 series 3box 4folder 5
U.S. Army -- Publications, 1941, 1943 series 3box 4folder 6

Series 4: National Council for Historic Sites and Buildings/National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1937-1997 (3.50)

This series includes correspondence, writings, publications, reports, clippings, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to Rath's period of employment with the National Council for Historic Sites and Buildings (NCHSB) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). As the first executive secretary of the NCHSB and first director of the NTHP, Rath produced and gathered a wealth of documentation of the origins and evolution of the organization, its activities, and its mission in this series.

Following Rath's index and summary are daily logs that brief daily entries made by Rath from his entire period with the NCHSB/NTHP. Administrative files contain quarterly reports, charter and by-laws, organizational charts, and budget information. , the series is arranged alphabetically under seven headings: Administration, Chronological Files, People, Personal, Subject Files, and Talks. Chronological Files consist of correspondence, monthly reports, memos, clippings, notes, publications, and ephemera produced and/or collected by Rath and his staff and arranged by the year to which the documents relate. People files contain images, correspondence, publications, clippings, and ephemera relating to significant individuals in the two organizations. Personal Files include correspondence and official documents. Publications consist of pamphlets and other printed matter produced by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The subject files contain writings, memos, by-laws, publications, notes, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to fundraising and development, the National Trust of England and Scotland, and NTHP-owned properties.

Prominent correspondents include General Ulysses S. Grant III, David E. Finley, Louise du Pont Crowninshield, Weeks Hall, Eleanor Roosevelt, Horace Albright, Newton Drury, Charles Peterson, Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, and Helen Clay Frick.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Index and Summary, 1956 and undated series 4box 1folder 1
Daily Logs, 1948-1952 series 4box 1folder 2
Daily Logs, 1948-1952 series 4box 1folder 3
Daily Logs Daily Logs, 1948-1952 series 4box 1folder 4
Daily Logs, 1948-1952 series 4box 1folder 5
Daily Logs, 1948-1952 series 4box 1folder 6
Daily Logs, 1953-1956 series 4box 2folder 1
Daily Logs, 1953-1956 series 4box 2folder 2
Daily Logs, 1953-1956 series 4box 2folder 3
Daily Logs, 1953-1956 series 4box 2folder 4
Administration, 1950-1956 and undated series 4box 3folder 1
Administration -- Budget, 1947-1952 and undated series 4box 3folder 2
Administration -- Charter and By-Laws, 1947-1954 and undated series 4box 3folder 3
Administration -- Quarterly Reports, 1948-1956 series 4box 3folder 4
Administration -- Quarterly Reports, 1948-1956 series 4box 3folder 5
Chronological Files, 1947-1949, 1946-1953, 1970-1994 and undated series 4box 3folder 6
Chronological Files, 1947-1949, 1946-1953, 1970-1994 and undated series 4box 3folder 7
Chronological Files, 1950-1951, 1949-1951, 1984-1994 and undated series 4box 4folder 1
Chronological Files, 1952, 1955, 1991, 1996 and undated series 4box 4folder 2
Chronological Files, 1953, 1988 and undated series 4box 4folder 3
Chronological Files (Includes Oversize), 1953-1954, 1991-1992 and undated series 4box 4folder 4
Chronological Files, 1955, 1986 and undated series 4box 4folder 5
Chronological Files, 1955, 1986 and undated series 4box 4folder 6
Chronological Files (Includes Oversize), 1956-1959, 1995 and undated series 4box 5folder 1
Chronological Files (Includes Oversize), 1956-1959, 1995 and undated series 4box 5folder 2
Chronological Files (Includes Oversize), 1956-1959, 1995 and undated series 4box 5folder 3
Chronological Files (Includes Oversize), post-1956, 1964-1997 and undated series 4box 5folder 4
People -- Gordon Gray, 1983 series 4box 5folder 5
People -- Louise duPont Crowninshield and Henry duPont, 1955, 1960, 1994 and undated series 4box 5folder 6
People -- General Ulysses S. Grant III and David Finley, 1950-1956, 1994-1997 and undated series 4box 5folder 7
People -- Ronald Lee, 1946-1948, 1970, 1993 and undated series 4box 5folder 8
Personal -- Correspondence, 1948-1956 and undated series 4box 6folder 1
Personal -- Property, 1948-1952 series 4box 6folder 2
Publications, 1947-1988 and undated series 4box 6folder 3
Subject Files -- Fundraising and Development -- Clippings and Correspondence (Includes Oversize), 1947-1956, 1994 and undated series 4box 6folder 4
Subject Files -- Fundraising and Development -- Examples, 1937-1961 and undated series 4box 6folder 5
Subject Files -- Fundraising and Development -- Notes, 1948-1955, 1994-1995 and undated series 4box 6folder 6
Subject Files -- National Trust of England and Scotland Trip, 1954 and undated series 4box 7folder 1
Subject Files -- National Trust of England and Scotland Trip, 1954 and undated series 4box 7folder 2
Subject Files -- National Trust of England and Scotland Trip -- Aftermath, 1964-1984 series 4box 7folder 3
Subject Files -- National Trust of England and Scotland Trip -- Properties, 1953-1961, 1981-1996 and undated series 4box 7folder 4
Talk to Trust Staff, 1989-1995 series 4box 7folder 5

Series 5: New York State Historical Assocation (NYSHA), 1934-1997 (7.50)

This series contains correspondence, writings, notes, research, clippings, publications, daily logs, reports, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to Rath's employment, from 1956 to 1972, as vice director of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA). The NYSHA is a state historical organization that sponsors programs in historic preservation, folk art and culture, local history, and museum studies.

Following Rath's index and summary, daily logs, and datebooks, this series is divided into eight sections by type of material, arranged alphabetically: Chronological Files, Clippings, Cooperstown Graduate Program Files, Graphics, Publications, Research, Subjects, and Writings. Chronological Files contain correspondence, notes, writings, transcripts of talks, and other material documenting the work of the NYSHA, its various folk museums and collections, and its educational programs. Also included in the Chronological Files are reports on other preservation projects in Cooperstown and around the country for which Rath provided consultation and correspondence relating to Rath's presidency of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) from 1960 to 1962. The Clippings Files contain articles on various subjects including the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) and Cooperstown Graduate Association files contain teaching materials and notes for a course entitled "Administration of Historical Museums," as well as newsletters, correspondence, pamphlets, clippings, and ephemera related to the program.

The Publications section contains serial publications produced by the NYSHA, to which Rath was a frequent contributor, as well as pamphlets about the historic sites and collections of the NYSHA and bulletins documenting the activities of the staff in detail. The Research section consists of notes, drafts, transcripts of talks given, and research materials collected by Rath on the topics named in the folder headings. The Subjects section contains articles about NYSHA and other topics. The Writings folder includes published writings of Rath from this period. Arrangement of items within each folder is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Index and Summary, undated series 5box 1folder 1
Daily Logs, 1956-1959 series 5box 1folder 2
Daily Logs, 1956-1959 series 5box 1folder 3
Daily Logs, 1956-1959 series 5box 1folder 4
Daily Logs, 1956-1959 series 5box 1folder 5
Daily Logs, 1960-1963 series 5box 2folder 1
Daily Logs, 1960-1963 series 5box 2folder 2
Daily Logs, 1960-1963 series 5box 2folder 3
Daily Logs, 1960-1963 series 5box 2folder 4
Daily Logs, 1964-1967 series 5box 3folder 1
Daily Logs, 1964-1967 series 5box 3folder 2
Daily Logs, 1964-1967 series 5box 3folder 3
Daily Logs, 1964-1967 series 5box 3folder 4
Daily Logs, 1968-1971 series 5box 4folder 1
Daily Logs, 1968-1971 series 5box 4folder 2
Daily Logs, 1968-1971 series 5box 4folder 3
Daily Logs, 1968-1971 series 5box 4folder 4
Daily Logs, 1972 series 5box 5folder 1
Datebooks, 1956-1972 series 5box 5folder 2
Datebooks, 1956-1972 series 5box 5folder 3
Chronological Files (Includes Oversize), 1956-1957 series 5box 5folder 4
Chronological Files, 1956-1957 series 5box 5folder 5
Chronological Files, 1958-1960 series 5box 6folder 1
Chronological Files, 1958-1960 series 5box 6folder 2
Chronological Files, 1958-1960 series 5box 6folder 3
Chronological Files (Includes Oversize), 1958-1960 series 5box 6folder 4
Chronological Files, 1961-1963 series 5box 7folder 1
Chronological Files, 1961-1963 series 5box 7folder 2
Chronological Files, 1961-1963 series 5box 7folder 3
Chronological Files, 1961-1963 series 5box 7folder 4
Chronological Files (Includes Oversize), 1961-1963 series 5box 7folder 5
Chronological Files, 1964-1967 series 5box 8folder 1
Chronological Files, 1964-1967 series 5box 8folder 2
Chronological Files (Includes Oversize), 1964-1967 series 5box 8folder 3
Chronological Files, 1964-1967 series 5box 8folder 4
Chronological Files, 1968-1970 series 5box 9folder 1
Chronological Files, 1968-1970 series 5box 9folder 2
Chronological Files, 1968-1970 series 5box 9folder 3
Chronological Files, 1968-1970 series 5box 9folder 4
Chronological Files, 1968-1970 series 5box 9folder 5
Chronological Files, 1971-1972 series 5box 10folder 1
Chronological Files, 1971-1972 series 5box 10folder 2
Chronological Files, 1971-1972 series 5box 10folder 3
Chronological Files, 1971-1972 series 5box 10folder 4
Chronological Files -- post-1972, 1985-1986 series 5box 10folder 5
Clippings, 1982-1997 and undated series 5box 11folder 1
Cooperstown Graduate Association News, 1989-1996 series 5box 11folder 2
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Summary Statement, 1995 series 5box 11folder 3
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course, 1960-1972 series 5box 11folder 4
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Community Programs and Adult Education, 1968-1970 series 5box 11folder 5
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- The Director, the Staff, and the Trustees, 1965-1972 and undated series 5box 11folder 6
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Educational Programs, 1967-1972 and undated series 5box 11folder 7
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Final Session, 1969-1972 and undated series 5box 11folder 8
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Finances and Budget, 1968-1972 and undated series 5box 11folder 9
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Introductory Session, 1969-1972 series 5box 11folder 10
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Jobs, 1970-1971 series 5box 11folder 11
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Maintenance, Security, and Insurance, 1963, 1968-1971 and undated series 5box 11folder 12
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Public Relations, 1969-1972 and undated series 5box 11folder 13
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Research, Planning and Innovation, 1955-1971 and undated series 5box 11folder 14
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Sales, Crafts, and Services, 1969-1972 series 5box 11folder 15
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Writings, 1961-1971 and undated series 5box 11folder 16
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Chronological Files, 1967-1998 series 5box 12folder 1
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Chronological Files, 1967-1998 series 5box 12folder 2
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Louis C. Jones Memorial Fund, 1986-1995 and undated series 5box 12folder 3
Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) -- Administration of Historical Museums Course -- Student Issues, 1969 [Restricted] series 5box 12folder 4
Graphics, 1957, 1971, 1995-1996 and undated series 5box 12folder 5
Personal Property, 1959-1977 and undated series 5box 12folder 6
Publications -- Director's Report, 1954-1971 series 5box 12folder 7
Publications -- Director's Report, 1954-1971 series 5box 12folder 8
Publications -- Director's Report, 1954-1971 series 5box 13folder 1
Publications -- New York Folklore, 1975 series 5box 13folder 2
Publications -- New York History, 1949, 1953, 1956, 1967, 1969, series 5box 13folder 3
Publications -- New York History, 1949, 1953, 1956, 1967, 1969, series 5box 13folder 4
Publications -- New York History, 1949, 1953, 1956, 1967, 1969, series 5box 13folder 5
Publications -- New York History 10-year Index, 1965 series 5box 13folder 6
Publications -- Pamphlets, undated series 5box 13folder 7
Publications -- Seminars on American Culture Programs, 1955-1972 series 5box 14folder 1
Publications -- Staff bulletins, 1958-1971 series 5box 14folder 2
Publications -- Staff bulletins, 1958-1971 series 5box 14folder 3
Publications -- Staff bulletins, 1958-1971 series 5box 14folder 4
Publications -- A Visit to Cooperstown, 1946 series 5box 14folder 5
Publications -- The Yorker, 1957-1961 series 5box 14folder 6
Research -- Historic Sites are Good Business, 1956-1969, 1987-1989 and undated series 5box 14folder 7
Research -- Transportation, undated series 5box 15folder 1
Research -- Travel in Early Upstate New York, 1958-1959 and undated series 5box 15folder 2
Research -- Writing Local History, 1963 and undated series 5box 15folder 3
Subject Files -- Articles about NYSHA, 1934-1969, 1993 and undated series 5box 15folder 4
Subject Files -- Articles about NYSHA, 1934-1969, 1993 and undated series 5box 15folder 5
Subject Files -- History Museum Exhibits, 1987-1997 series 5box 15folder 6
Subject Files -- James Fenimore Cooper, 1989-1994 series 5box 15folder 7
Subject Files -- Trustee-Director Relationships, 1971-1972 series 5box 15folder 8
Writings, 1956-1975 series 5box 15folder 9
Writings, 1956-1975 series 5box 15folder 10

Series 6: New York State Office of Parks and Recreation, 1969-1998 (3.00)

This series contains daily logs, datebooks, correspondence, ephemera, notes, clippings, publications, and unpublished reports related to Rath's period of employment as Director of the New York State Division of Historic Preservation from 1972 to 1978.

Following Rath's index and summary, logs, and datebooks, this series is broken into eight sections, arranged alphabetically: Chronological Files, Clippings, Expenses, Graphics, Notes, Publications, Reports, and Subjects.

Chronological Files comprise the largest portion of this series and consist of correspondence, clippings, reports, notes, transcripts of talks given, ephemera, and administrative memos regarding historic sites, mostly in New York State. Included among the chronological files is information about the state preservation initiative, "Heritage '76" (1974), and editorial notes on Charles Hosmer's book Preservation Comes of Age (1975). The reports section includes two folders of regular progress reports written by Rath containing detailed information about the activities of the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation, Division of Historic Preservation, from its inception in 1973 through 1977. Significant correspondents include Orin Lehman, Mark Lawton, Alexander Aldrich, and Charles Hosmer. More information on state preservation agencies with which Rath was involved during this period can be found in Series VIII: Other Work. Arrangement within each folder is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Index and Summary, undated series 6box 1folder 1
Daily Logs, 1973-1976 series 6box 1folder 2
Daily Logs, 1973-1976 series 6box 1folder 3
Daily Logs, 1973-1976 series 6box 1folder 4
Daily Logs, 1973-1976 series 6box 1folder 5
Daily Logs, 1977-1978 series 6box 2folder 1
Daily Logs, 1977-1978 series 6box 2folder 2
Datebooks (6 vols.), 1973-1978 series 6box 2folder 3
Chronological Files, 1972-1974 series 6box 2folder 4
Chronological Files, 1972-1974 series 6box 2folder 5
Chronological Files, 1972-1974 series 6box 2folder 6
Chronological Files, 1972-1974 series 6box 2folder 7
Chronological Files, 1974-1978 series 6box 3folder 1
Chronological Files, 1974-1978 series 6box 3folder 2
Chronological Files, 1974-1978 series 6box 3folder 3
Chronological Files, 1974-1978 series 6box 3folder 4
Chronological Files, 1974-1978 series 6box 3folder 5
Chronological Files, 1974-1978 series 6box 3folder 6
Chronological Files, 1974-1978 series 6box 3folder 7
Chronological Files, 1974-1978 series 6box 3folder 8
Chronological Files, 1976-1978 series 6box 4folder 1
Chronological Files, 1976-1978 series 6box 4folder 2
Chronological Files, 1976-1978 series 6box 4folder 3
Chronological Files, 1976-1978 series 6box 4folder 4
Chronological Files -- Post-1978, 1979-1996 series 6box 4folder 5
Clippings, 1979-1997 series 6box 4folder 6
Expenses, 1974, 1978 series 6box 4folder 7
Expenses, 1974, 1978 series 6box 4folder 8
Expenses, 1974, 1978 series 6box 4folder 9
Graphics, undated series 6box 5folder 1
Notes, undated series 6box 5folder 2
Reports -- Controlling the Environment of an Historic Resource through the Police Power, 1971 series 6box 5folder 3
Reports -- New York State Historic Preservation Plan, 1970-1974 series 6box 5folder 4
Reports -- Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation, 1971 series 6box 5folder 5
Reports -- Organizational Plan, 1974 series 6box 5folder 6
Reports -- Organizational Plan, 1974 series 6box 5folder 7
Reports -- Organizational Plan, 1974 series 6box 5folder 8
Reports -- Organizational Plan, 1974 series 6box 5folder 9
Reports -- Organizational Plan Summary, 1975 series 6box 5folder 10
Reports -- Progress Reports, 1973-1977 series 6box 5folder 11
Reports -- Progress Reports, 1973-1977 series 6box 5folder 12
Reports -- Reuse of America's Railroad Stations, 1973 series 6box 5folder 13
Reports -- Schermerhorn Row Block: Preliminary Historic Structure Report, 1975 series 6box 6folder 1
Publications -- Division for Historic Preservation Orientation Kit, 1969-1974 series 6box 6folder 2
Publications -- Historic sites in New York State, 1975-1989 and undated series 6box 6folder 3
Publications -- Serials, 1978-1998 series 6box 6folder 4
Publications -- State guides, 1976-1984, 1998 and undated series 6box 6folder 5
Subjects -- Albany, NY, 1971, 1976, and undated series 6box 6folder 6
Subjects -- "Bibliography of Museum Behavior Papers", 1973 series 6box 6folder 7
Subjects -- Field Services Bureau, 1983-1992 and undated series 6box 6folder 8
Subjects -- National and State Register, 1975-1992 and undated series 6box 6folder 9
Subjects -- New York Urban Cultural Park System, 1978-1979 series 6box 6folder 10
Subjects -- Orin Lehman, 1975-1994 series 6box 6folder 11
Subjects -- South Street Seaport Maritime Museum, 1966-1995 series 6box 6folder 12

Series 7: Eastern National Parks and Monuments Association (ENPMA), 1947-1995 (3.50)

This series contains correspondence, pamphlets, reports, logs, date books, memoranda, notes, publications, clippings, and memorabilia relating to Rath's period as Chief Executive Officer (1979-1987) and Chairman of the Board of Directors (1977-1978) of the Eastern National Parks and Monuments Association (ENPMA), a non-profit organization that publishes interpretive materials relating to the national parks. Following Rath's index, daily logs, and date books, this series is arranged alphabetically under five headings: Administration, Chronological Files, Projects, Publications, and Subjects. Administration files contain correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, notes, reports, personal and organizational records, and clippings relating to the business of the ENPMA and its Board of Directors. Chronological files contain clippings, correspondence, pamphlets and notes. Subjects folders contain notes, writings, and documents gathered in Rath's research of the organization's history. An inventory of materials at the Harper's Ferry Center, the records center for the ENPMA is also in this section.

Significant correspondents in this series include Herbert Kahler, Robert Utley, Michael Kammen, Charles Peterson, and Charles Hosmer.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Index, undated series 7box 1folder 1
Daily Logs, 1979-1982 series 7box 1folder 2
Daily Logs, 1979-1982 series 7box 1folder 3
Daily Logs, 1979-1982 series 7box 1folder 4
Daily Logs, 1979-1982 series 7box 1folder 5
Daily Logs, 1983-1986 series 7box 2folder 1
Daily Logs, 1983-1986 series 7box 2folder 2
Daily Logs, 1983-1986 series 7box 2folder 3
Daily Logs, 1983-1986 series 7box 2folder 4
Daily Logs, 1987-1988 series 7box 3folder 1
Daily Logs, 1987-1988 series 7box 3folder 2
Datebooks (7 vols), 1979-1988 series 7box 3folder 3
Administration -- Aides Memoires, 1981-1985 series 7box 3folder 4
Administration -- Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, 1948-1986 series 7box 3folder 5
Administration -- Board of Directors, 1978-1986 series 7box 3folder 6
Administration -- Board of Directors -- Meetings, 1949-1953, 1974-1981 series 7box 3folder 7
Administration -- Board of Directors -- Meetings, 1949-1953, 1974-1981 series 7box 3folder 8
Administration -- Board of Directors -- Meetings, 1949-1953, 1974-1981 series 7box 3folder 9
Administration -- Board of Directors -- Meetings, 1949-1953, 1974-1981 series 7box 3folder 10
Administration -- Board of Directors -- Memoranda, 1979-1987 series 7box 3folder 11
Administration -- Board of Directors -- Memoranda, 1979-1987 series 7box 4folder 1
Administration -- Board of Directors -- Memoranda, 1979-1987 series 7box 4folder 2
Administration -- Board of Directors -- Memoranda, 1979-1987 series 7box 4folder 3
Administration -- Board of Directors -- Transition [in leadership], 1978-1979 series 7box 4folder 4
Administration -- Cooperstown Office, 1978-1983 series 7box 4folder 5
Administration -- Donations, 1986-1989 series 7box 4folder 6
Administration -- Executive Committee Meeings, 1981-1986 and undated series 7box 4folder 7
Administration -- Financial Statement, 1983-1987 series 7box 4folder 8
Administration -- Proposed Reorganization, 1985-1986 series 7box 4folder 9
Administration -- Regional Coordinators, 1981-1984 and undated series 7box 4folder 10
Administration -- Research Fellowships, 1984-1987 and undated series 7box 4folder 11
Administration -- Research Fellowships -- Queries, 1986-1987 series 7box 4folder 12
Administration -- Talks to Business Managers, 1982-1987 series 7box 5folder 1
Administration -- Travel Itineraries and Expenses, 1978-1987 series 7box 5folder 2
Chronological Files, 1978-1996 series 7box 5folder 3
Chronological Files, 1978-1996 series 7box 5folder 4
Chronological Files, 1978-1996 series 7box 5folder 5
Chronological Files, 1978-1996 series 7box 5folder 6
Chronological Files, 1978-1996 series 7box 5folder 7
Chronological Files, 1978-1996 series 7box 5folder 8
Chronological Files, 1978-1996 series 7box 5folder 9
Chronological Files, 1978-1996 series 7box 5folder 10
Chronological Files, 1978-1996 series 7box 5folder 11
Chronological Files, 1978-1996 series 7box 5folder 12
Chronological Files, 1978-1996 series 7box 5folder 13
Projects -- Jefferson National Expansion Historical Assoc. bookstore, 1986-1987 series 7box 6folder 1
Projects -- Media Projects, 1981-1982 and undated series 7box 6folder 2
Publications, 1978-1988, 1995 and undated series 7box 6folder 3
Publications -- Agency Handbook, 1983-1986 series 7box 6folder 4
Publications -- Agency Handbook, personnel revisions, 1978-1979 and undated series 7box 6folder 5
Publications -- Annual Reports, 1942-1953, 1972-1987 series 7box 6folder 6
Publications -- Annual Reports, 1942-1953, 1972-1987 series 7box 6folder 7
Publications -- Annual Reports, 1942-1953, 1972-1987 series 7box 6folder 8
Publications -- Annual Reports, 1942-1953, 1972-1987 series 7box 7folder 1
Publications -- Cooperating Association Guidelines, 1986 series 7box 7folder 2
Publications -- Newsletter, 1976-1987 series 7box 7folder 3
Publications -- Orientation Kit for New Employees, c. 1980 series 7box 7folder 4
Publications -- Passport to Your National Parks, 1986-1987 series 7box 7folder 5
Subjects -- [History of the ENPMA] -- Founding and Early History, 1947-1949, 1986 series 7box 7folder 6
Subjects -- [History of the ENPMA] -- Forty-Year History, 1981-1987 series 7box 7folder 7
Subjects -- [History of the ENPMA] -- Materials at Harper's Ferry Center, 1986 series 7box 7folder 8
Subjects -- Ideas, 1978, undated series 7box 7folder 9
Subjects -- Interpretation [of historic sites], 1947, 1982-1983 series 7box 7folder 10
Subjects -- Nonprofit Organizations, 1985-1987 and undated series 7box 7folder 11
Subjects -- Privitization [of public cultural resources], 1980-1984 and undated series 7box 7folder 12
Subjects -- Unrelated Business Income Tax, 1980-1983 series 7box 7folder 13

Series 8: Other Work, 1940-1998 (7.50)

This series consists of correspondence, writings, clippings, notes, minutes, reports, memoranda, memorabilia, ephemera, oral histories, and pamphlets relating to Rath's involvement in historic preservation outside of his primary jobs. Rath produced and gathered most of these materials following his retirement from Eastern National Parks and Monuments Association in 1987, but the activities documented in these records date from 1960. This series is divided into four sections: Organizations, People, Subjects, and Writings. The section for organizations includes materials relating to Rath's professional role as a board member or trustee of national and local historical agencies. The section for people contains materials gathered from and about persons with whom Rath had some professional contact, or whom Rath considered important to the field of historic preservation. Two general files created by Rath with the headings "Women of Influence" and "Men of Influence" are also included. The writings section contains research, writings, notes, and transcripts for articles, book reviews, consultancy reports produced for historic sites, publications, and talks written by Rath.

Significant correspondents include Conrad Wirth, Orin Lehman, Charles Peterson, Nelson Rockefeller, Berndt Foerster, Bill Murtagh, Amy Bess Miller, Michael Kammen, and Horace Marsden Albright. Arrangement within folders is chronological, except for the people section, which is arranged alphabetically by person's name or organizational affiliation, following "Index and Summary," "Men of Influence," and "Women of Influence."

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Organizations -- American Association for State and Local History -- Summary, 1995 series 8box 1folder 1
Organizations -- American Association for State and Local History -- 50th Annual Meeting, 1990 series 8box 1folder 2
Organizations -- American Association for State and Local History -- 50th Annual Meeting -- Golden Anniversary Panel, 1989-1990 series 8box 1folder 3
Organizations -- American Association for State and Local History -- 50th Annual Meeting -- Golden Anniversary Panel, 1989-1990 series 8box 1folder 4
Organizations -- American Association for State and Local History -- 50th Annual Meeting -- Golden Anniversary Panel, circa 1990 series 8box 1folder 5
Organizations -- American Association for State and Local History -- 50th Annual Meeting -- Golden Anniversary Panel, 1990-1991 series 8box 1folder 6
Organizations -- American Association for State and Local History -- Educational Programs, 1983 and undated series 8box 1folder 7
Organizations -- American Association for State and Local History -- Publications, 1986-1990 series 8box 1folder 8
Organizations -- American Association for State and Local History -- Research, Organizational History, undated, 1940-1992 and n.d. series 8box 1folder 9
Organizations -- American Association for State and Local History -- Response to Gerald George Article, 1990 series 8box 2folder 1
Organizations -- American Association for State and Local History -- Response to Gerald George Article -- Drafts, 1990 series 8box 2folder 2
Organizations -- American Association for State and Local History -- Response to Gerald George Article -- Notes, 1990 series 8box 2folder 3
Organizations -- American Association for State and Local History -- Response to Gerald George Article -- Research, 1984, 1989-1990, and undated series 8box 2folder 4
Organizations -- Bucks County Historical Society, 1962-1963, 1970-1972, and undated series 8box 2folder 5
Organizations -- Hancock Shaker Village -- Annual Reports, 1991-1994 series 8box 2folder 6
Organizations -- Hancock Shaker Village -- Board of Trustees Committees, 1991-1993 and undated series 8box 2folder 7
Organizations -- Hancock Shaker Village -- Board of Trustees Meetings, 1991-1995 series 8box 2folder 8
Organizations -- Hancock Shaker Village -- Clippings, 1966-1995 and undated series 8box 2folder 9
Organizations -- Hancock Shaker Village -- Correspondence, 1986-1994 series 8box 2folder 10
Organizations -- Hancock Shaker Village -- Director's Reports, 1993-1994 series 8box 3folder 1
Organizations -- Hancock Shaker Village -- Events, 1991-1994 and undated series 8box 3folder 2
Organizations -- Hancock Shaker Village -- Financial Statements, 1990-1995 series 8box 3folder 3
Organizations -- Hancock Shaker Village -- Fundraising, 1992-1995 series 8box 3folder 4
Organizations -- Hancock Shaker Village -- Newsletter to our Friends, 1991-1995 series 8box 3folder 5
Organizations -- Hancock Shaker Village -- Pamphlets, undated series 8box 3folder 6
Organizations -- Hancock Shaker Village -- Personnel Issues, 1993-1995 [Restricted] series 8box 3folder 7
Organizations -- Hancock Shaker Village -- Volunteers, 1992-1994 and undated series 8box 3folder 8
Organizations -- National Research Center for the Arts, 1971-1974 and undated series 8box 3folder 9
Organizations -- New York Historical Society -- Chronological Files, 1988-1997 series 8box 3folder 10
Organizations -- New York Historical Society -- Chronological Files, 1988-1997 series 8box 3folder 11
Organizations -- New York Historical Society -- Financial Material, 1988 series 8box 3folder 12
Organizations -- New York Historical Society -- Notes, undated series 8box 3folder 13
Organizations -- New York Historical Society -- Publications, 1982, 1988 and undated series 8box 3folder 14
Organizations -- New York Historical Society -- Reports, 1985-1986, 1988-1989, 1993 series 8box 4folder 1
Organizations -- New York Historical Society -- Subject file, cultural organizations, 1971-1995 series 8box 4folder 2
Organizations -- New York State Board for Historic Preservation, 1972, 1980-1981 series 8box 4folder 3
Organizations -- New York State Board for Historic Preservation, 1972, 1980-1981 series 8box 4folder 4
Organizations -- New York State Board for Historic Preservation, 1972, 1980-1981 series 8box 4folder 5
Organizations -- New York State Board for Historic Preservation, 1972, 1980-1981 series 8box 4folder 6
Organizations -- New York State Board for Historic Preservation, 1972, 1980-1981 series 8box 4folder 7
Organizations -- New York State Board for Historic Preservation, 1982 series 8box 5folder 1
Organizations -- New York State Board for Historic Preservation, 1982 series 8box 5folder 2
Organizations -- New York State Council on Architecture, 1972 series 8box 5folder 3
Organizations -- New York State Governor's Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation -- Correspondence, Memos, 1968-1972 series 8box 5folder 4
Organizations -- New York State Governor's Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation -- First Meeting, 1967-1969 series 8box 5folder 5
Organizations -- New York State Governor's Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation -- Minutes, Agendas, Reports, 1969-1972 series 8box 6folder 1
Organizations -- New York State Historic Trust, 1966-1972 and undated series 8box 6folder 2
Organizations -- New York State Historic Trust, 1966-1972 and undated series 8box 6folder 3
Organizations -- Whaling Museum Society, 1970-1971 series 8box 6folder 4
People -- Index and Summary, undated series 8box 6folder 5
People -- Men of Influence, 1949-1997 and undated series 8box 6folder 6
People -- Men of Influence, 1949-1997 and undated series 8box 6folder 7
People -- Women of Influence, 1964-1997 series 8box 6folder 8
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Index and Summary, undated series 8box 7folder 1
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Clippings, 1984-1994 and undated series 8box 7folder 2
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Correspondence, 1976-1977 series 8box 7folder 3
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Correspondence -- Elbert Cox, 1981-1987 series 8box 7folder 4
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Correspondence -- Frederick L. Rath, Jr., 1957, 1978-1986 series 8box 7folder 5
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Correspondence -- John D. Rockefeller, 1988-1990 and undated series 8box 7folder 6
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Interviews -- Charles Hosmer, 1981-1994 series 8box 7folder 7
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Interviews -- Frederick L. Rath, Jr. and Herbert Kahler, 1986 series 8box 7folder 8
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Notes and Writings, 1985-1995 and undated series 8box 7folder 9
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Obituaries, 1987-1988 and undated series 8box 7folder 10
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Publications -- Aborted Albright/Mather Book, 1980-1981 and undated series 8box 7folder 11
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Publications -- Cahn/Albright Book, 1984-1990 and undated series 8box 7folder 12
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Publications -- ENPMA 35th Annual Report, undated series 8box 7folder 13
People -- Albright, Horace Marsden -- Publications -- "My Six Trips", 1985, 1988-1990, and undated series 8box 7folder 14
People -- American Association of State and Local History, 1983-1996 series 8box 8folder 1
People -- Beebe, Lynn and Poplar Forest, 1974-1997 and undated series 8box 8folder 2
People -- Bullock, Helen Dupree, 1953-1997 series 8box 8folder 3
People -- Clark, Jane, 1995-1996 series 8box 8folder 4
People -- Cox, Elbert, 1960, 1979-1987 and undated series 8box 8folder 5
People -- Crowinshield, Louise duPont, 1953-1992 series 8box 8folder 6
People -- Eastern National Parks and Monument Association, 1947, 1980-1993 and undated series 8box 8folder 7
People -- Harrington, Virginia and J.C. "Pinky", 1984-1987 series 8box 8folder 8
People -- Harvard, 1976-1996 series 8box 8folder 9
People -- Huxtable, Ada Louise, 1966-1980, 1992, 1997 and undated series 8box 8folder 10
People -- Jones, Louis C., 1975, 1990 series 8box 8folder 11
People -- Kammen, Michael, 1972, 1985-1997 and undated series 8box 9folder 1
People -- Kammen, Michael -- Mystic Chords of Memory -- Correspondence, 1989-1990 series 8box 9folder 2
People -- Kammen, Michael -- Mystic Chords of Memory -- Drafts, c. 1989 series 8box 9folder 3
People -- Kammen, Michael -- Mystic Chords of Memory -- Reviews, 1991-1993 and undated series 8box 9folder 4
People -- Kammen, Michael -- Mystic Chords of Memory -- Summary, 1995 series 8box 9folder 5
People -- Keck, Sheldon and Caroline, 1976-1994 series 8box 9folder 6
People -- Little, Bert and Nina Fletcher, 1993-1997 series 8box 9folder 7
People -- Lyons, Oren, 1986-1993 and undated series 8box 9folder 8
People -- National Council and National Trust, 1978-1994 and undated series 8box 9folder 9
People -- National Park Service, 1953-1997 and undated series 8box 9folder 10
People -- New York State Historical Association, 1959-1997 series 8box 9folder 11
People -- New York State Office of Parks and Recreation, 1972-1995 and undated series 8box 9folder 12
People -- Miller, Amy Bess, 1981-1987 and undated series 8box 9folder 13
People -- Morris, Betty Walsh, 1953-1961 series 8box 9folder 14
People -- Owen, Jane, 1975-1991 and undated series 8box 9folder 15
People -- Rochester Musuem Fellowships, 1975 series 8box 9folder 16
People -- Stewart, Milo, 1967, 1997 and undated series 8box 9folder 17
People -- Thomas, Minor Wine, 1993 series 8box 9folder 18
People -- Wallace, Lila Acheson, 1993-1997 series 8box 9folder 19
People -- Waterman, Tom, 1986 series 8box 9folder 20
People -- Webb, Electra Havemeyer, 1967, 1992, and undated series 8box 9folder 21
Subjects -- Autobiography -- Index and Summary, undated series 8box 10folder 1
Subjects -- Autobiography -- Autobiographical Material, 1958-1997 and undated series 8box 10folder 2
Subjects -- Autobiography -- About Biography and Autobiography, 1952-1992 and undated series 8box 10folder 3
Subjects -- Autobiography -- Articles about Rath, 1971-1989 and undated series 8box 10folder 4
Subjects -- Autobiography -- Cooperstown Graduate Association Honary Dinner, 1996 series 8box 10folder 5
Subjects -- Autobiography -- [Oral History] Hosmer Interview, 1981, 1988, 1992 and undated series 8box 10folder 6
Subjects -- Autobiography -- University of Maryland luncheon, 1996-1997 series 8box 10folder 7
Subjects -- [Clippings] Food for thought, 1963-1994 and undated series 8box 10folder 8
Subjects -- Future of Historic Preservation -- Index and Summary, undated series 8box 10folder 9
Subjects -- Future of Historic Preservation -- [Clippings and Notes], 1979-1998 and undated series 8box 10folder 10
Subjects -- Future of Historic Preservation -- [Conferences], 1993-1998 series 8box 11folder 1
Subjects -- Future of Historic Preservation -- [Educational Programs], 1990-1998 series 8box 11folder 2
Subjects -- Future of Historic Preservation -- [Funding Programs], 1994-1995 and undated series 8box 11folder 3
Subjects -- Future of Historic Preservation -- [Mailings], 1993-1998 series 8box 11folder 4
Subjects -- Future of Historic Preservation -- [Newsletters], 1992-1998 series 8box 11folder 5
Subjects -- Future of Historic Preservation -- [Reports], 1970, 1978, 1992 series 8box 11folder 6
Subjects -- Future of the National Park Service, 1967, 1986-1997 and undated series 8box 11folder 7
Subjects -- Future of the National Park Service -- [Reports], 1994-1995 series 8box 11folder 8
Subjects -- Historical Fiction, 1984-1989, 1996 and undated series 8box 11folder 9
Subjects -- History as literary art, 1971-1992 and undated series 8box 11folder 10
Subjects -- [Humor] History Can be Fun, 1949-1995 and undated series 8box 11folder 11
Subjects -- Legislation, 1966, 1974, 1978 series 8box 12folder 1
Subjects -- Old Merchant's House, NY, 1970-1988 series 8box 12folder 2
Subjects -- Personal library, enclosures, 1972-1995 and undated series 8box 12folder 3
Subjects -- The "Pure" in Historic Preservation, 1987-1989 and undated series 8box 12folder 4
Writings -- Articles, 1940-1993 series 8box 12folder 5
Writings -- Articles -- Clinton-Sullivan Expedition, 1943, 1953, 1960-1961 series 8box 12folder 6
Writings -- Articles -- Cooperstown Graduate Program, 1965 series 8box 12folder 7
Writings -- Articles -- Future articles, 1972, 1988, 1995, 1997, and undated series 8box 12folder 8
Writings -- Articles -- Historic Preservation issue of Courier, 1988, 1995 series 8box 12folder 9
Writings -- Articles -- Historic Preservation issue of Courier -- Drafts, 1987-1988 series 8box 12folder 10
Writings -- Articles -- "Reflections on Historic Preservation and the National Park Service, the Early Years", 1982, 1991 and undated series 8box 12folder 11
Writings -- Book Reviews, 1933-1996 and undated series 8box 13folder 1
Writings -- Consultancy Reports -- Index and Summary, 1995 and undated series 8box 13folder 2
Writings -- Consultancy Reports -- Delaware and Hudson Canal, 1965 series 8box 13folder 3
Writings -- Consultancy Reports -- Fort Jackson, 1957-1958, 1996 and undated series 8box 13folder 4
Writings -- Consultancy Reports -- Historic Madison [Indiana], Inc, 1991-1994 and undated series 8box 13folder 5
Writings -- Consultancy Reports -- Lexington [Massachusetts] Historical Society, 1967-1971 and undated series 8box 13folder 6
Writings -- Consultancy Reports -- National Park Service, Hyde Park and Boston Management Appraisal, 1966, 1969 and undated series 8box 13folder 7
Writings -- Consultancy Reports -- New Brunswick Museum, 1967-1971 and undated series 8box 13folder 8
Writings -- Consultancy Reports -- Niagara County Historical Society, 1970-1971 series 8box 14folder 1
Writings -- Consultancy Reports -- Poughkeepsie City Hall, 1967 series 8box 14folder 2
Writings -- Consultancy Reports -- South Street Seaport Museum, 1966, 1969-1972, 1980-1981, and undated series 8box 14folder 3
Writings -- Discover America -- [Administration] -- Alex Doster, 1992-1995 series 8box 14folder 4
Writings -- Discover America -- [Administration] -- Contract, 1994-1995 series 8box 14folder 5
Writings -- Discover America -- [Administration] -- Expense Account, 1994-1996 series 8box 14folder 6
Writings -- Discover America -- [Administration] -- Promotion, 1992, 1995 series 8box 14folder 7
Writings -- Discover America -- [Administration] -- Prospectus, 1994 series 8box 14folder 8
Writings -- Discover America -- [Administration] -- Reviews, 1996 and undated series 8box 14folder 9
Writings -- Discover America -- [Research and Writing] -- Charles Little, 1993-1995 and undated series 8box 14folder 10
Writings -- Discover America -- [Research and Writing] -- Organizational Plan, 1994 and undated series 8box 14folder 11
Writings -- Discover America -- [Research and Writing] -- Origins, 1949, 1983-1996 series 8box 14folder 12
Writings -- Discover America -- [Drafts and Research] -- Forward, 1983, 1988, 1995 series 8box 14folder 13
Writings -- Discover America -- [Drafts and Research] -- Introduction, 1965, 1969, 1983, 1988-1995 series 8box 14folder 14
Writings -- Discover America -- [Drafts and Research] -- Chapter 1, 1990, 1994-1995, and undated series 8box 14folder 15
Writings -- Discover America -- [Drafts and Research] -- Chapter 2, 1961, 1975, 1986-1995, and undated series 8box 14folder 16
Writings -- Discover America -- [Drafts and Research] -- Chapter 3, 1988-1993 and undated series 8box 15folder 1
Writings -- Discover America -- [Drafts and Research] -- Chapter 4, 1995 series 8box 15folder 2
Writings -- Discover America -- [Drafts and Research] -- Chapter 5, 1993-1995 series 8box 15folder 3
Writings -- Discover America -- [Drafts and Research] -- Chapter 6, 1995 series 8box 15folder 4
Talks, 1956-1996 and undated series 8box 15folder 5
Talks -- Cooperstown Graduate Program, 1964-1992 series 8box 15folder 6
Talks -- Special talks and reports, 1941-1996 series 8box 15folder 7

Series 9: Photographs, 1933-1985 (154 items)

This series contains black and white and color photographic prints, with several sets of miniature real photo postcards transferred from Series I through VIII. Included are images from Rath's time at Dartmouth, his service overseas during World War II, the various historic sites at which he worked, and images of people he knew and places he visited. Of particular note are a formal portrait of David E. Finley, inscribed to Rath by Finley; a series of photographic prints of the Cooperstown Farmer's Museum taken and printed by photographer Milo Stewart; and two pieces of correspondence written on real photo postcards, one from Louise duPont Crowninshield and one from Weeks Hall of Shadows-on-the-Teche in Louisiana. Arrangement follows the order of the series, boxes, and folders from which the photographs originated.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 10: Audiovisual and Electronic Materials, 1979-2001 (10 items)

This series consists of seven audio cassettes, three 90-minute tapes and four unmarked tapes, removed from Series I, II, and VIII; one 5-1/4 inch floppy disk with text files, removed from Series II; and one CD-ROM with text files, also trasnferred from Series II. The audio cassettes include two recordings of reunions made by the Dartmouth Alumni Association; oral histories from the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites Oral History Project documenting life at the Roosevelt home in Hyde Park, New York, transferred from wire cartridges; two oral histories made by Rath while researching the history of the National Park Service, one of Elbert Cox and the other of Virginia and J. C. "Pinky" Harrington; and a recording of a talk Rath gave at a Hyde Park volunteer luncheon. The floppy disk and CD-ROM are both from the Hyde Park Oral History Project and contain text files of transcripts of oral history interviews. No specific permissions for reproductions from these recordings or transcripts are included in the materials. Researchers should consult the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites Curatorial Facility for information about the Hyde Park oral history project. In his papers, Rath states his intention to deposit his oral history interviews on the history of the National Park Service in the National Park Service History Collection at the Harper's Ferry Center Library. Researchers should consult with a librarian at Harper's Ferry for information on intellectual property rights.

Arrangement is by format.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Audiocasettes -- Dartmouth, Highlights - 1934 Reunion Show, 1974, 1979 series 10box 1folder 1
Audiocasettes -- Interview with Elbert Cox, Tape 1, 1986 series 10box 1folder 2
Audiocasettes -- Interview with Elbert Cox, Tape 2, 1986 series 10box 1folder 3
Audiocasettes -- Interview with Virginia and J.C. "Pinky" Harrington, Tape 1, 1986 series 10box 1folder 4
Audiocasettes -- Interview with Virginia and J.C. "Pinky" Harrington, Tape 2, 1986 series 10box 1folder 5
Audiocasettes -- Hyde Park oral history project -- Wire cartridge 1(copy), 1993 series 10box 1folder 6
Audiocasettes -- Hyde Park oral history project -- Wire cartridge 2 (copy), 1993 series 10box 1folder 7
Audiocasettes -- Hyde Park oral history project -- Wire cartridge 3 (copy), 1993 series 10box 1folder 8
Audiocasettes -- Hyde Park volunteer luncheon talk by Rath, 1993 series 10box 1folder 9
CD-ROM -- Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Hstiory Sites wire recorder orah history interviews (copy), 2001 series 10box 1folder 10
Floppy Disk -- Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites Wire Cartridge Log, 1992-1993 series 10box 1folder 11

Series 11: Memorabilia, 1941-1945 (3 items)

This series contains a pair of spectacles in their original case from Rath's period in the American Field Service, a German cross, and Rath's identification bracelet. These items have been removed to the Archives and Manuscripts Department Memorabilia collection, item numbers 1728, 1729, and 1730.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Related Material

The papers of William Murtagh, first keeper of the National Register, and the papers of Charles Hosmer, author of Preservation Comes of Age, are both held by the Archives and Manuscripts Department, University of Maryland Libraries.

Rath's book collection has been cataloged in the University Libraries' Catalog using the note "Frederick L. Rath, Jr. Collection," and added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection, University of Maryland Libraries, includes over 100 linear feet of vertical files kept by staff at the National Trust and include materials collected during Rath's time at the Trust. Many of the subjects and projects reflected in the Rath papers are also reflected in these vertical files.

The National Park Service History Collection at the Harper's Ferry Center Library in Harper's Ferry, WV contains a wealth of archival materials relating to the history of the agency, its employees, and its historic sites.

The National Archives and Records Administration is the legal repository for the organizational records of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

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This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Maryland Libraries' Catalog. Researchers desiring related materials about these topics, names, or places may search the Catalog using these headings.

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