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Princeton Game and Fish Club Records


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Princeton Game and Fish Club Records, 1877-2006 | Northern Illinois University

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Collection Overview

Title: Princeton Game and Fish Club Records, 1877-2006

ID: RHC/RC/113

Extent: 4.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 09/22/1980. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Fishing, Hunting, Princeton (Ill.), Princeton Game and Fish Club, Shooting preserves, Wildlife conservation

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Princeton Game and Fish Club Records document the history of the organization and reveal the wildlife conservation policies of the state of Illinois from 1877 to 2006.  Minutes, correspondence, and treasurer's records detail the club’s semi-annual business meetings, decisions on membership applications, land and building expenses, and responses to game laws. Applications, shares assignments, proxies, and transfers document club membership and depict member selectivity and the group's strict adherence to membership rules.  Data on the availability of game for each season and the club's hunting success is in the kill records (1943-1994).  Legal documents, particularly land leases, responses to flood control proposals, and conservation information complete the collection.  This material provides an excellent opportunity for studying the history of some of the wildlife preservation issues facing the world today.

Collection Historical Note

The Princeton Game and Fish Club first met on October 3, 1887 to encourage and promote the sports of hunting and fishing and to aid in the enforcement of the game and fish laws of the state of Illinois.  The 43 charter members elected Gilbert V. Thomas, president, Isaac R. Stewart, Vice President, Howard H. Priestly, secretary, and Jacob Chritzman, treasurer.  On June 2, 1892, the club incorporated and limited its membership to 50 and by the mid-1900̓s the Princeton Game and Fish Club owned and leased hundreds of acres of land in Bureau and Putnam Counties.  

Over the years, the club supported and opposed conservation laws proposed by the state of Illinois.  In 1946, the Federal Dike project raised objections and club members contacted all the area farmers to join in their protest.  Prior to that time shooting prohibition during the spring season caused friction.  The group also changed internally.  At first, the club banned hunting on Saturday and Sunday; on March 4, 1895 they suspended the Saturday ban.  In 1902 guest hunter rules changed--guest hunters could be women.  Many of the old rules are still apparent today, 50 members only, for instance, but the Princeton Game and Fish Club strives to continue their work to preserve wildlife and encourage outdoor recreation.

Subject/Index Terms

Princeton (Ill.)
Princeton Game and Fish Club
Shooting preserves
Wildlife conservation

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Several addenda were added at later dates.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection remain with the Princeton Game and Fish Club; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: George S. Skinner

Acquisition Method: George S. Skinner, President, deposited the Princeton Game and Fish Club Records with the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on September 22, 1980.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1
Folder 1-2: By-Laws and Amendments, 1887-1972
Folder 3: Legal Documents (Leases), 1877-1957
Folder 4-6: Minutes, 1887-1961
Folder 7-11: Correspondence, 1892-1969
Folder 12: Description of Club Lands and Maps, 1911-1915
Folder 13: Building Committee Reports and Invoices, 1918-1919
Folder 14-16: Treasurer's Reports, 1908-1949
Folder 17-19: Treasurer's Account Ledgers, 1891-1900, 1940-1966
Folder 20-23: Dues Account Ledgers, 1898-1924

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