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Collection Overview

Title: Desert Protective Council (DPC) Records, 1938-2016Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1954-2016

Primary Creator: Desert Protective Council (1954-2017)

Extent: 66.62 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

I. Administrative Files

         1. Meeting Minutes, 1954-2013

         2. Membership and Elections, 1955-2006

         3. Educational Outreach Program Materials, 2004-2015

         4. Correspondence

         5. Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1954-2012

         6. Awards, 1956-2009

II. Publications, 1938-2016

         1. Bureau of Land Management, 1962-2012

                  a. Environmental Impact Reports and Statements, 1974-2012

                  b. General Bureau of Land Management Publications, 1962-2004

         2. Desert Bighorn Council, 1957-1974

         3. General Environmental Reports, 1938-2016

         4. Newsletters and Pamphlets, 1955-2016

         5. Newspapers, 1962-1995

         6. News Clippings, 1957-2000

III. Topical Files, 1950-2014

Date Acquired: 01/01/2002. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Environmental impact statements--Law and legislation--California, Environmentalism--California, Southern, Environmental protection--California--San Diego County--Sources, Wilderness areas--Environmental aspects--California--History--20th century--Sources

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Desert Protective Council Records (1938-2016) document the operations of the Desert Protective Council and various environmental causes across the United States. The collection consists of correspondence, publications related to environmental projects, news clippings, newsletters, and topical files. The collection is divided into three series: Administrative Files, Publications, and Topical Files.

The Administrative Files series is divided into six sub-series: Meeting Minutes, Membership and Elections, Educational Outreach Program Materials, Correspondence, Photographs and Scrapbooks, and Awards. Meeting Minutes (1954-2013) include Desert Protective Council and California State Parks and Recreation Board of Directors minutes, which often contain both the draft and official copies. Meeting minutes are arranged alphabetically and chronologically. The Membership and Elections (1955-2006) sub-series contains files documenting the administration of the Desert Protective Council and includes election ballots, membership rosters, and the treasurer and secretary's notebooks. Educational Outreach Program Materials (2004-2015) consist of student projects and quizzes, student and parent testimonials, and detailed information about various educational field trips and sponsored projects. The Correspondence subseries is organized alphabetically by last name of at least one of the correspondents, and consists of correspondence between various Desert Protective Council board members, though there are some letters to and from government officials as well. The Photographs and Scrapbooks (1954-2012) sub-series includes slides, photographs, and scrapbooks documenting Desert Protective Council activities. Awards (1956-2009) consists of various plaques and certificates related to the preservation of the environment and includes awards both from the Desert Protective Council and from external organizations to Desert Protective Council Members.

The Publications Series is the largest of the three series in the collection and is divided into six sub-series: Bureau of Land Management, Desert Bighorn Council, General Environmental Reports, Newsletters and Pamphlets, Newspapers, and Newspaper Clippings. All sub-series are organized alphabetically and chronologically. The Bureau of Land Management sub-series consists of documents published by the Bureau of Land Management regarding proposed environmental projects. The sub-series is further divided into Environmental Impact Reports and Statements (1974-2012) and General Bureau of Land Management Publications (1962-2004). Environmental Impact Reports and Statements consists of drafts and final copies of official Bureau of Land Management impact reports, which range in topic from wilderness designations, to wind energy projects, to the California Desert Plan implementation. The General Bureau of Land Management Publications sub-series contains other documents and reports published by the Bureau of Land Management that is not EIRs. Similarly, Desert Bighorn Council sub-series consists of reports published by the Desert Bighorn Council between 1957-1974 and mostly deals with "transactions": publications detailing the number and preservation of bighorn sheep among the American West and Mexico. General Environmental Reports (1938-2005) consist of publications and documents similar to those within the first two sub-series, but published by other agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Sierra Club, San Diego Gas and Electric, and more. The Newsletters and Pamphlets (1955-2016) sub-series includes Desert Protective Council Newsletters "El Paisano" and "Educational Bulletins," as well as pamphlets, newsletters, and brochures published by various environmental non-profits, charities, government agencies, and museums. Newspapers (1962-1995) mainly includes editions of "High Country News," with numerous local and specialty papers as well. The Newspaper Clippings subseries (1957-2000) is organized chronologically and consists entirely of cut-out articles dealing with environmental topics.

The Topical Files (1950-2014) are also quite expansive. Organized alphabetically, this series overlaps with a number of other series, containing numerous files with detailed notes and supplemental documents regarding organizational documents, governmental publications, and environmental projects. Although not delineated into sub-series, individual files may be labeled according to a topic before the actual title. For example, correspondence related to the Barstow - Las Vegas Off-Roading Race is filed under "Off-Roading: Barstow - Las Vegas: Correspondence."

Biographical Note

The Desert Protective Council (DPC) was first hatched around a campfire in October 1954. What started as a group of over 100 individuals successfully resolving to protect Joshua Tree National Monument from mining grew into a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of desert plants, animals, and landscapes. Notable conservationists of the time were affiliated with the DPC, including the organization's first President and Executive Director, Desert Magazine founder Randall Henderson; biologist Edmund Jaeger; Trailfinders founder Harry C. James; and Dr. Henry Weber. The organization was officially incorporated as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit in July 1955, a designation that would allow for political lobbying for their various causes.

Members spent the following 62 years advocating for various environmental issues. This activism took many different forms, including but not limited to: spearheading public educational programs, corresponding with government officials regarding proposed legislation, commenting on environmental management plans by the Bureau of Land Management and similar agencies, and engaging in litigation when no other option was feasible. The Desert Protection Council worked to prevent excessive off-road activity, dams in Grand Canyon National Park, military expansion, and the construction of a road through the Santa Rosa mountains that would have destroyed a large riparian area in Anza-Borrego State Park.

In the 1970s and 1980s, board members reviewed numerous drafts and amendments to the California Desert Plan, which established the California Desert Conservation Area and helped conserve millions of acres in the California Desert. Later, the Desert Protective Council aided in the drafting and passage of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994. This monumental federal law designated 69 additional areas into the National Wilderness Preservation System and incorporated Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Monuments into National Parks, thus ensuring future preservation of the lands.

In 2001, the Desert Protective Council was one of five environmental organizations to receive $1.67 million in a settlement against the Gold Fields Mining Corporation and their goal of establishing a landfill in Imperial County. The money from the settlement was used to create the "Mesquite Fund," which the Desert Protective Council used to fund various educational programs in Imperial County. The Anza-Borrego Foundation's Camp Borrego, a three-day overnight field trip for fifth-grade students, was one such project and allowed for the participation of over 90 students each year from 2004 to 2016. The Salton Basin Living Laboratory Field Trip likewise supported the education of over one thousand fourth, fifth, and sixth graders between 2008 and 2012.

In March 2017, the Desert Protective Council was dissolved and their assets and mission were passed along to non-profit Basin and Range Watch. The legacy of the DPC can also be seen in the Anza-Borrego Foundation, the official nonprofit of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which was born from the Desert Protective Council's Anza-Borrego Committee and became a state-recognized nonprofit in 1988.

Subject/Index Terms

Environmental impact statements--Law and legislation--California
Environmentalism--California, Southern
Environmental protection--California--San Diego County--Sources
Wilderness areas--Environmental aspects--California--History--20th century--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2002-036, 2016-019, 2016-033

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Desert Protective Council (Terry Weiner)

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Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Desert Protective Council Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


Box and Folder Listing


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Series 1: Administrative FilesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Meeting MinutesAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Anza-Borrego CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: California Desert District Multiple-Use Advisory Board, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: California Desert District Multiple-Use Advisory Board, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 4: California Desert District Multiple-Use Advisory Board, 1983Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: California Desert District Multiple-Use Advisory Board, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 2: California State Park and Recreation Commission, 1969-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 3: California State Park and Recreation Commission, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 4: California State Park and Recreation Commission, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: California State Park and Recreation Commission, 1976-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: California State Park and Recreation Commission, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: California State Park and Recreation Commission, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: California State Park and Recreation Commission, 1981Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: California State Park and Recreation Commission, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 2: California State Park and Recreation Commission, 1982-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: California State Park and Recreation Commission, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 4: California State Park and Recreation Commission, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 5: California State Park and Recreation Commission, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 6: California State Park and Recreation Commission, 1988-1990Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Desert Protective Council (bound), 1954-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Desert Protective Council (bound), 1954-1958Add to your cart.
copy two, with notes
Folder 3: Desert Protective Council (bound), 1959-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Desert Protective Council (bound), 1959-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Desert Protective Council (bound), 1967-1974Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Desert Protective Council (bound), 1975-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Desert Protective Council (bound), 1981-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Desert Protective Council, 1954-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Desert Protective Council, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Desert Protective Council, 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Desert Protective Council, 1965-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Desert Protective Council, 1967-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Desert Protective Council, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Desert Protective Council, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Desert Protective Council, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Desert Protective Council, 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Desert Protective Council, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Desert Protective Council, 1982-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Desert Protective Council, 1984-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Desert Protective Council, 1987-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Desert Protective Council, 1991-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Desert Protective Council, 1995-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Desert Protective Council, 2000-2012Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Desert Protective Council, 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Sierra Club, 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Membership and ElectionsAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 501(c)(4) StatusAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: 1972 Functions of Bob BearAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Advisory Council Resumes, January 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Agency Endowment Fund Agreement, San Diego Foundation and DPC Imperial County Endowment FundAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Articles of Incorporation, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Board of DirectorsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Bylaws, Anza-Borrego FoundationAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Bylaws, Desert Protective CouncilAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Bylaws, Desert Protective Council FoundationAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Bylaws, Mono Lake FoundationAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Desert Protective Council Energy PolicyAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Desert Protective Council HandbookAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Desert Protective Council Options, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Desert Protective Council Publication InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Desert Protective Council Strategic Plan, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Desert Protective Council Treasurer Procedure BookAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Documents and Agreements Regarding Elden HughesAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: DPCINC.org PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Educational Foundation: Establishment, Documents, CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: El Paisano NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Election Results, Ballots, InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Executive Directors' ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Fee / Retainer Agreement, J. William Yeates, 28 March 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Information SheetAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Membership: Committee RostersAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Memorandum of Understanding: Paul Blackburn, Kelly FullerAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Merger Between Desert Protective Council and Desert Protective Council FoundationAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Notes from Board MeetingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Questions and Answers about the Desert Protective CouncilAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Rental Agreement, Desert Protective Council and Jackson Studio, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Revenue Act of 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Secretary's BookAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Secretary's BookAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Statements and CommentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Subleasing Agreement, San Diego Audobon Society and Desert Protective CouncilAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Tax Exempt StatusAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Educational Outreach Program MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Alta California Pre- and Post-QuizAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Anza-Borrego FoundationAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Anza-Borrego Foundation 5th Grade Environmental Camp Borrego, 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Anza-Borrego Foundation and InstituteAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Blanche Charles ElementaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Camp BorregoAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Desert Wildlife Unlimited: New River Wetlands ProjectAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Imperial Valley PosterAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Mallard Duck Test, 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Norma Sullivan Memorial Endowed ScholarshipAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Salton Basin Living LaboratoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Salton Basin Living Laboratory: Desert Garden ElementaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Salton Basin Living Laboratory: Norma Pechtl's ClassAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Salton Basin Living Laboratory: Pre- and Post-TestsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Salton Basin Living Laboratory: Teacher AgreementsAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Salton Basin Living Laboratory: Teacher PrepAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Shell Canyon Field TripAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: SRI InternationalAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Student and Parent Field Trip ReflectionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Students' NotebooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Students' NotebooksAdd to your cart.
Flat File 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Anza-Borrego Desert Field Trip: Ms. Shiffer's 5th Grade ClassAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Anza-Borrego Desert Field Trip: Mrs. Lynn's Class, March 2012Add to your cart.
Item 3: Desert Food Pyramid PosterAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Triptych Project: "Colorado River Delta 3.5 Million Years Ago" -- Alyssa Apodaca, Karla Mendivel, Jovanna RomeroAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Triptych Project: "The Imperial Sea 5 Million Years Ago" -- Nancy Garcia and Krysta GonzalezAdd to your cart.
Flat File 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Triptych Project: "Colorado River Delta 3.5 Million Years Ago" -- Dahlia Ruiz, Noel Quezada, Vianel SolanoAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Triptych Project: "The Shore of Lake Borrego" -- Karina Cid, Cristina Lugo, Ahylin OlmosAdd to your cart.
Flat File 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: DPC Triptych: Algodones DunesAdd to your cart.
Item 2: DPC Triptych: Educational BulletinsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 7: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Allen, DouglasAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Allen, Harriet, 1964-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Allen, Harriet, 1979-2000, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Allen, Harriet and Ed HasteyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Allen, Harriet and Glenn VargasAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Allen, Harriet and Ike EastvoldAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Allen, Harriet and Lyle GastonAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Allen, Harriet and Robert BearAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Allen, Harriet and Robert BoydAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Allen, Harriet and Tasker L. EdmistonAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Allen, Harriet and William HoldenAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Bear, Robert ("Bob")Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Bear, Robert, 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Bear, Robert and Horace ParkerAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Bear, Robert and Randall HendersonAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bear, Robert and Tasker L. EdmistonAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Bear, Robert and Walter P. TaylorAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Bell, Charles ("Chuck")Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Boyd, RobertAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Dengler, HelenAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Edmiston, BeulaAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Gaston, Lyle K.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Goethe, Charles M.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Hazard, Norwood C.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Hill, PamelaAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Hillier, Gerald E.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Holden, William ("Bill")Add to your cart.
Folder 13: James, Harry C.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Johnson, Arthur B.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Malleta, OpalAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Neill, GloriaAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Neill, William ("Bill")Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Norwood, BettyAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Parker, HoraceAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Slaughter, DeanAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Spotts, RichardAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Swedelius, Mary F.Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Vargas, Glenn, 1973-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Vargas, Glenn, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Vargas, Glenn, 1979-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Vargas, Glenn and Roy D. ChapinAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Weber, Henry M.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Weiner, TerryAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Wilshire, H.G.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Wilson, Robert ("Bob")Add to your cart.
Folder 9: DPC FinancesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Photos and ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 10: 35mm SlidesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Anza-Borrego Trip, 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 12: [field trip photos?], May 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Kelso Sand DunesAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Scrapbook, 10 March 1957 – 26 August 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Scrapbook, 30 August 1957- 10 March 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Scrapbook, 11 March 1958 – 3 September 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Scrapbook, 3 September 1958 – 3 March 1959Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Scrapbook, 2 March 1959- 5 October 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Scrapbook, 20 October 1959 – 31 March 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Scrapbook, 1 April 1960 – 18 September 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Scrapbook, 19 September 1960 - 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Scrapbook, General Conservation, 1961 – August 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Scrapbook, San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Nature ReserveAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Undated PhotosAdd to your cart.
Box 157Add to your cart.
Item 1: Scrapbook, [1950s?]Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: AwardsAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Allen, Harriet: Awards, 1979-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Allen, Harriet: Memorial, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Allen, Howard and Harriet, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Desert Protectvie CouncilAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Desert Protective Council Awards of Merit, 1956-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Sullivan, Norma G.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Weiner, Terry, 2009Add to your cart.
Box 161-OVRSZAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Allen, Harriet: Defenders of Wilderness California Wilderness Coalition, 21 October 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Allen, Harriet: State of California Executive Department, 26 November 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Desert Protective Council: The Trust for Public Land, November 2006Add to your cart.

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