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Kenneth F. Lockwood Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MG Lockwood-(Main)

Scope and Contents

Box 1: contains several binders of Lockwood's correspondence, mostly relating to the League (1918-1944); a large binder of biographical material and copies of clippings on Lockwood, the League and wildlife conservation in New Jersey compiled by Elizabeth Lockwood Coombs in 1970; "Monthly Reports NJFGCL (1940, 1944, 1945)"; Lockwood's Deputy Fish and Game Warden certificate and badge (1924); a copy of the League's magazine, "The New Jersey Sportsman" (December 1922), with an article by Lockwood; a copy of "The American Angler' (August 2, 1884); miscellaneous biographical materials; and a mounted photograph of Lockwood and three other New Jersey conservationists (1912?)

Box 2: contains files labeled "New Jersey Outdoorsman," "WNJR Broadcasts (1947-1948)," and "Diary of John Davidson" (handwritten account of a fishing trip in New York State, 1865, including encounters with African-Americans, with transcript); and printed material on conservation efforts at the national level

Box 3: contains a Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club Year Book (1954); files labeled "Explorers Club" (with many photocopies of Club correspondence ca. 1898-1908), "Split Rock Pond Preserve of the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club (1915-1923)," "Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club" (with an illustrated history by Elizabeth Lockwood Coombs, and a 1919 banquet program, listing Gutzon Borglum among the speakers), "Rod and Gun Editors Association" (1938-1945, with two original photos), and "Tuna Tournaments", (with an original photograph); and an illustrated report of the Izaak Walton Conservation Foundation (1928).


  • 1865 - 1970


Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff. Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

Biographical / Historical

Kenneth F. Lockwood (1881-1948) wrote a regular column, "Out in the Open," for the Newark News (from 1916); broadcast a weekly program about fish and game on WNJR; and served several terms as President of the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club. Born in Albany, NY in 1881, he attended Miami Military Institute (PA). After working as a reporter for some years, he became a staff writer for the News in 1912, and moved his family to 92 Richelieu Terrace in Vailsburg in the same year. He was a founder and served as Secretary of the New Jersey Fish and Game Conservation League (NJFGCL). The League was launched at a dinner in Newark in November 1918 and immediately enlisted 1,200 paid-up charter members; Lockwood energetically solicited memberships from smaller sportsmen's clubs in Newark and across the state, and the League grew rapidly. Its objects were "the preservation and protection of fish, game, forests and waters of the State...." The League's first President was Newark lawyer Benjamin S. Whitehead. Lockwood was also a trustee of the New Jersey Audubon Society, a national director of the Izaak Walton League, a judge at innumerable fishing tournaments, and President of the Rod and Gun Editors Association of Metropolitan New York. The collection includes tributes to Lockwood by his friend Henry Wellington Wack of California, a founder and first edior of "Field and Stream." Wack lived in Newark from 1913 to 1920 and was Executive Director of the City's 250th Anniversary celebrations in 1916 and chairman of Newark's Little Theatre Guild.

In 1934 the New Jersey Board of Fish and Game commissioners named the Public Shooting and Fishing Ground at Wellpack after Lockwood, in recognition of his long service to the state. Lockwood, by then a resident of East Orange, died in 1948.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 Hollinger boxes)

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