The Sempervirens Club Records document the activities of the Club from
its inception in 1900 to the early 1960's. The Sempervirens Club was founded to save old growth Redwoods in Santa Cruz Mountains
of California. The lobbying efforts of the Club resulting in the creation of Big Basin State Park. The Records also document
many activities of Sempervirens founder and professional photographer and painter Andrew Putnam Hill of San Jose California.
Andrew Putnam Hill was a San Jose artist and photographer who is credited
with saving the old growth redwoods of Big Basin, located in the Santa
Cruz Mountains of the California central coast area. Hill first saw the
big trees of the redwood forest in 1899 when he was hired to photograph
them for a magazine story. When he learned that they were to be logged he
was inspired to work to prevent their destruction. From then on, much of
his life was devoted to the cause of preserving the redwoods and to the
creation of a public park at Big Basin.
6 linear feet
(12 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
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