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Jack McCormick papers

Identifier: L095

Scope and Contents

This collection includes indexes, histories, photographs, maps and correspondence from Jack McCormick and the Department of Natural Resources in Indiana ranging from 1883-1970 regarding Pine Hills Nature Preserve, a project of the Nature Conservancy's Indiana Chapter in Montgomery County, Indiana, and Shades State Park.


  • 1820-1964?


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Jack Sovern McCormick was born to James Albert (an attorney who provided legal aid in the acquisition of Pine Hills) and Betty V. Sovern-Smith McCormick in Indianapolis, Indiana on Jan. 19, 1929. He served as resident naturalist at Shades and Turkey Run State Parks in Indiana from 1949-1951 and received his B.S. in Botany from Butler University, Indianapolis in 1951. He married Gwendolyn Adele Terry on Sept. 21, 1951 in Marion County, Indiana and they had two children, James Russell and Wendy Lynn.

He received a Ph.D. in Botany from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1955. He was involved in the creation of the Pine Hills Natural Area (now part of Shades State Park) from 1955-1961. He worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, NY from 1955 through 1961. In 1958 he worked briefly at the Southwestern Research Station of the American Museum of Natural History in Portal, Arizona.

He was an assistant professor of Botany at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio from 1961-1963 and also worked at the Kalbfleisch Field Research Station in 1961. Jack became a curator and chairman of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1963. He was also a member of the Nature Conservancy. He authored three books.

He died in Feb. of 1979.

Information found within the collection.

"McCormick, Jack Sovern". (1974). Indiana authors and their books, 1917-1966. (p. 388). Print. ISLI 016.810 B219I SUPP. 1917-66

"McCormick, Jack Sovern". U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Retrieved 2015/12/11.

"Terry, Gwendolyn". Web: Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012. Retrieved 2015/12/11.

Historical Note

Shades State Park is located about 17 miles southwest of Crawfordsville, Indiana (off S.R. 47) and offers opportunities for hikers and canoeists. The beautiful sandstone cliffs overlooking Sugar Creek and numerous shady ravines provide the backdrop for a journey through this nature lover's paradise.

Also on the property is Pine Hills Nature Preserve, which affords spectacular topography along a fairly long hike.

Shades State Park. Retrieved 2015/12/012.


2.3 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript boxes, 4 oversize folders)


This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: State Parks documents, 1883-1970 Series 2: State Parks oversize documents, 1948; undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Jack McCormick on 1969/08/27 and 1970/08/23.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/01/22 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/01/22 by Edythe Huffman.
Jack McCormick papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.