Alfred Ely Jr.


Gyongyver "Kitty" Beuchert



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Alfred Ely discusses growing up in Lawrence, Long Island, with Clay Frick, another Boone and Crockett Club member. He describes his family’s relationship with the Roosevelts and serving with Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and Quentin Roosevelt during World War Two. Ely recalls his nomination to the Club in 1960 and serving as the Club’s secretary for 11 years. He discusses the Club’s relationships with other conservation organizations. Ely mentions the Club’s policy against accepting professional writers and professionals in general as members and suggests how the Club could attract the right kinds of new members. He talks about the Club’s original purpose of being a “crusader for wildlife” and his belief that its merger with the National Rifle Association [NRA] was beneficial despite the conflict it caused. Ely discusses the Club’s involvement in the 1964 Rampart Dam study and its involvement in scoring game and awarding prizes. He mentions Francis Colby and how the Francis Colby Room at the Boston Museum of Science was established.


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Document Type

Oral History


Boone and Crockett Club; Clay Frick; Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.; Robert Ferguson; Redmond Cross; John Rhea; Douglas Burden; Francis T. Colby; Robert C. Reeve; National Rifle Association [NRA]; Outdoor Life; Wildlife conservation; Conservation efforts; Rampart Dam; Boston Museum of Science

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Boone and Crockett Club Oral History Project, OH 297, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 297-008, 009

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (45 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:15:20 minutes

Local Filename

OH_297_008_009.mp3; OH_297_008_009.pdf