The John Mock Collection consists of 13 linear feet (12 boxes, 13 books, 14 scrapbooks, 1 object box, and 1 oversized box). The contents are the personal and professional papers ranging in date from 1924 until 1963 with bulk dates between 1934 and 1956. These dates cover the time when he was the editor of the Outdoor sports section in the Pittsburgh Press. It is composed of twelve series: biographical information, Mrs. Mock, correspondence, associations, conservation, toothbrush patent, photographs, publications, scrapbooks, books, objects, oversized. The collection is strongest in documents pertaining to conservation. Mock was an avid outdoorsman his entire life and through this passion he worked to improve environmental and conservation laws within the state of Pennsylvania. Working as an outdoor editor for over thirty years, he collected many magazine issues about hunting and fishing from the 1930s into the 1950s. These articles can provide insight into recreational activities during the Great Depression and World War II rationing.
Series I: Biographical Information- 0.25 linear feet
This series contains awards presented to Mock as well as letters of condolence, obituaries and the library collection dedication. Most of the information contained within pertains to events following his death but gives good information about Mock’s passions.
Series II: Mrs. Mock- 0.08 linear feet
Mrs. Mary Mock did much to promote her husband’s legacy after his death. This series contains information about her career as a nurse as well as her efforts to create a special archive collection in the Duquesne University Library.
Series III: Correspondence- 0.33 linear feet
This series is arranged by year and contains personal and profession letters. Much of it has to do with conservation legislation but some of it, like the congratulatory letters for being named outdoor writer of the year, has a more personal nature.
Series IV: Associations- 0.5 linear feet
John Mock’s passion was fishing in the great outdoors and this series reflects that passion. Most of the associations are about conservation, fishing or writing.
Series V: Conservation- 0.6 linear feet
This series is the strongest in the collection. It contains a lot of information and correspondence about conservation legislation. Mock documented and verified the location of all the streams in Pennsylvania, he complied information about the conditions of streams around the state and Ohio. He wrote several speeches about his passion for fishing and the importance of state game regulation. This series would be a good source for the foundations of environmental conservation legislation.
Series VI: Toothbrush Patent- 0.08 linear feet
This series contains the correspondence and patent information for an “educational” toothbrush developed by Mock around 1954. His design involved a sliding handle cover that would reveal alphabet letters or numbers to aid children’s learning.
Series VII: Photographs- 0.08 linear feet
This series contains unidentified photographs pertaining to Mock’s life. A majority of the photographs have no identifying information but a few have been labeled. Oversized photos are stored with other items in the oversized box.
Series VIII: Publications- 5.25 linear feet
Mock collected a lot of information about the outdoors. This series contains the outdoor magazines, articles and booklets he collected as well as copies of his own outdoor writing. The magazines have a corresponding guide arranged by subject that seems to be accurate.
Series IX: Scrapbooks- 2 linear feet
This series contains 14 scrapbooks with clippings and letters from 1924-1959. Most scrapbooks cover about a two year range but there is overlap and some may contain stray articles tucked within the pages. The contents are typically clippings of Mock’s writings, article about Mock or related to the outdoors. The scrapbook with the date range of 1924-1959 contains the most correspondence covering topics such as legislation and his outdoor writer of the year award. They are a bit fragile but many of the clippings can be found in the Publication series VIII.
Series X: Books- 1.67 linear feet
The books in this series vary in topics. The sport related books were originally John Mock’s whereas the nursing related books originally belonged to Mrs. Mock
Series XI: Objects
This series contains metals, pins, plaques and pens awarded to Mock during his life.
Series XII: Oversized Box
The oversized box contains a mix of items. There are three special newspaper inserts published in 1949 and 1951, award certificates and enlarged magazine covers featuring mock , two rolled prints, oversized photographs, and the pens used to sign the Sunday fishing bill.