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169 Notes Prologue 1. Leslie Ann Epperson, Saving Nature, WILL-TV, Urbana, IL, 1989, documentary film. 2. George B. Fell, “We Strive for Beauty,” single-page manuscript, December 14, 1993, George Fell Papers, University of Illinois Archives (hereafter cited as Fell Papers). Fell kept copies of minutes, memos, correspondence, and other materials from his time with various organizations. When he died, all of these materials were in the possession of the Natural Land Institute but were later transferred to the University of Illinois Archives. 3. George B. Fell, “The Natural Areas Preservation Movement in the United States, Its Past and Future,” Natural Areas Journal 3, no. 4 (October 1983): 51. Chapter 1.  From the Bend of a Beautiful River to the Alcatraz of Conscientious Objector Camps 1. Rockford 1912 (Rockford, IL: Rockford Morning Star, 1912), 43. 2. Elizabeth Carter, interview with author, December 19, 2002, tape recording. 3. George and Barbara Fell, interview with Brian Anderson, November 4, 1993, transcript, 35, Fell Papers. 4. Ibid. 5. Olive Brady Fell to George Fell, March 17, 1935, Fell Papers. 6. Carter, interview with author. 7. “Dr. Egbert Fell Dies at Age 82,” Rockford Register Star, July 17, 1960. 8. McCoy’s Rockford City Directory 1922 (Rockford, IL: McCoy Directory Company, 1922), 163. 9. Carter, interview with author. 10. George and Barbara Fell, Anderson interview, 36. 11. Egbert W. Fell, M.D., “Illinois Physician-Botanists,” Illinois Medical Journal 109, no. 5 (May 1956): 1. 12. “Dr. Egbert Fell Dies,” Rockford Register Star. 13. C. Hal Nelson, ed., Sinnissippi Saga (Mendota, IL: Wayside Press, 1968), 516. 14. “Doctor’s Hobby Becomes Area Plant Life Crusade,” Rockford Register Star, May 6, 1956. 15. Elizabeth Carter, letter to author, January 9, 2003. 170 Notes to Pages 9–17 16. Stephen Fox, The American Conservation Movement: John Muir and His Legacy (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985), 333. 17. Ibid., 121–30. 18. Oliver H. Orr Jr., Saving American Birds: T. Gilbert Pearson and the Founding of the Audubon Movement (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1992), 8–34. 19. Fox, The American Conservation Movement, 274. 20. Ibid., 275–77. 21. Alden C. Hayes to Barbara Fell, December 18, 1994, Fell Papers. 22. George B. Fell, high school botany workbooks (Fall Semester, 1931, and Spring Semester, 1932), Fell Papers. 23. Minutes of Third Meeting of Board of Trustees, Natural Land Institute, December 30, 1960, 3. 24. George B. Fell, “A Hilltop” (student paper, Keith Country Day School, September 22, 1932), Fell Papers. 25. George B. Fell, “A Storm on the Water” (student paper, Keith Country Day School, September 30, 1932), Fell Papers. 26. George B. Fell, “The Depression and I” (student paper, Keith Country Day School, circa 1932), Fell Papers. 27. “The Morrow Plots: A Century of Learning,” University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign , http://cropsci.illinois.edu/research/morrow (accessed May 27, 2016). 28. Illinois Department of Agriculture, “Facts about Illinois Agriculture,” https:// www.agr.state.il.us/facts-about-illinois-agriculture (accessed May 27, 2016). 29. Maynard Brichford, “A Brief History of the University of Illinois,” University of Illinois Archives, 1971 (rev. June 1, 1983), www.library.illinois.edu/archives/features /history.php (accessed May 27, 2016). 30. Greg Mitman, The State of Nature: Ecology, Community, and American Social Thought, 1900–1950 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992), 16–18. 31. Robert A. Croker, Pioneer Ecologist: The Life and Work of Victor Ernest Shelford, 1877– 1968 (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991), 64. 32. William Temple Hornaday and Frederic Collin Walcott, Wildlife Conservation in Theory and Practice (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1914), 184. 33. Croker, Pioneer Ecologist, 121. 34. George B. Fell, “What I Think of College Profs” (loose-leaf paper, circa 1938), Fell Papers. 35. Croker, Pioneer Ecologist, 49. 36. Ibid., xvii. 37. George Fell to Egbert Fell, October 11, 1940, Fell Papers. 38. Egbert Fell to George Fell, September 21, 1934, Fell Papers. 39. George Fell to Egbert Fell, February 10, 1937, Fell Papers. 40. Illio (yearbook for the class of 1938), University of Illinois, 465. 41. George Fell to Olive Brady Fell, October 13, 1936, Fell Papers. 42. George Fell to Olive Brady Fell, October 19, 1936, Fell Papers. 43. George Fell to Olive Brady Fell, June 13, 1937, Fell Papers. 44. George Fell to Olive Brady Fell, October 19, 1936, Fell Papers. 45. “Ramsar Convention Country Profiles,” http://www.ramsar.org/countryprofiles (accessed May 27, 2016). 46. Alden C. Hayes to Barbara Fell, December 16, 1984, Fell Papers. Notes to Pages 18...



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  • Fell, George B.
  • Nature Conservancy (U.S.) -- History.
  • Natural Areas Association (U.S.) -- History.
  • Illinois Nature Preserves Commission -- History.
  • Natural Land Institute (Rockford, Ill.) -- History.
  • Natural areas -- Illinois -- History.
  • Nature conservation -- Illinois -- History.
  • Conservationists -- Illinois -- Biography.
  • Natural areas -- United States -- History.
  • Nature conservation -- United States -- History.
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