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Guide to the Records of the California State Parks Council
BANC MSS 68/125 c  
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  • Collection Summary

    Creator: California State Parks Council.
    Collection Title: Records of the California State Parks Council
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 68/125 c
    Extent: 3 boxes, 1 carton.
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Relating to the campaign for a comprehensive state park program. Included are copies of letters written by Newton B. Drury and staff, incoming correspondence, interoffice memoranda, minutes of meetings, press releases, articles prepared for newspapers and magazines, speeches and statements, lists of speakers and speaking engagements, clippings, and reference materials, particularly relating to parks in other states.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Records of the California State Parks Council, BANC MSS 68/125 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    History

    The California State Parks Council (known originally as the California State Parks Committee) was formed in January 1925 to urge legislation which would give California a comprehensive state park program. The change in nomenclature was made in 1927. The Save-the-Redwoods League furnished headquarters and general office facilities for the Council, and Newton B. Drury, secretary of the League undertook the direction of the legislative campaign. The major objective was attained in 1927 when the California Legislature passed three bills, introduced by Senator Arthur H. Breed, providing for a State Park Commission and a state park survey (which was undertaken by Frederick Law Olmsted), and authorizing a State Parks Bond issue. The $6,000,000 bond issue came before the voters as Amendment 4 on the ballot in November 1928. The publicity campaign which the Council sponsored resulted in wide-spread popular support, and the bond issue was overwhelmingly approved.

    Scope and Content

    These records, which were given to the Bancroft Library by the Save-the-Redwoods League in April 1968, relate to the efforts of the Council in its legislative program and in the bond campaign. They include copies of the letters written by Mr. Drury and staff, incoming correspondence, inter-office memoranda, minutes of meetings, press releases, articles prepared for magazines and newspapers, speeches and statements, lists of speakers and speaking engagements, clippings, and reference materials, particularly relating to parks in other states. Two additional folders, gift of Mr. Drury, June 1969.