This California Digital Library (CDL) project will uncover 33 hidden collections at institutions across California related to the state's environment and environmental history. The collections were selected and assembled for their unique and diverse perspectives on this broad theme. They document an array of important sub-topics such as irrigation, mining, forestry, agriculture, industry, land use, activism, and research. Together they form a multifaceted picture of the natural world and the way it has been probed, altered, exploited, and protected in California over the past century. Highlights include the corporate records of Unocal, a major oil company; the papers of Frank Sherwood Rowland, the Nobel-prize winning scientist who discovered the effects of CFCs on the ozone layer; the Rudi Becking collection, describing the political battle to enlarge the Redwood National Park; several collections illustrating the development and impact of hydraulic mining; the records of prominent California leaders in the Sierra Club and other activist organizations; field research on the development of the citrus industry; and materials on the state’s tidelands controversy, with a complete environmental profile of Los Angeles Harbor. (See Project Plan Appendix for complete list.) Our partners: California State University Chico; California State University Fresno; Humboldt State University; UC Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, and Riverside; and University of Southern California.
Cataloging Hidden Collections
University of California Office of the President
1871 - 2005
All collections relate to California. Some show contributions to environmental protection beyond the state, e.g. papers of activists and scientists.