Scope and Content of Collection
Title: UCSD Natural Reserve System Records
Identifier/Call Number: RSS 1409
Mandeville Special Collections Library
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Language of Material:
3.2 Linear feet
(8 archives boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1948 - 1999
Records of the UCSD Natural Land and Water Reserves System (NLWRS), later designated as the Natural Reserve System, established
in 1965 as part of the University of California Natural Reserves System represents materials from both the UC Natural Reserves
System and the UCSD Natural Reserve System, including the Dawson/Los Monos Canyon Reserve, the Elliott Chaparral Reserve,
the Kendall Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve, the Scripps Coastal Reserve/Knoll, and the Ryan Oak Glen Reserve (1973-1987).
The files associated with the individual reserves contain species lists, correspondence, maps, administrative and maintenance
files, newspaper clippings, and photographic materials. The inclusive dates of the collection are 1948-1999; however, the
bulk of the material dates from 1962-1994. The administrative files are arranged in two series: 1) UC Natural Reserves System
and 2) UCSD Natural Reserve System.
University of California, San Diego. Natural Reserve System.
UCSD Natural Reserve System Records, RSS 1409. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
The UCSD Natural Land and Water Reserves System (NLWRS), redesignated in 1983 as the Natural Reserve System (NRS), was formally
established in 1965 as part of the systemwide University of California Natural Land and Water Reserves System created to preserve,
protect, and study the native terrestrial, riparian, and marine habitats of California. The founder and first chairperson
of the UC Natural Land and Water Reserves System was Kenneth Norris, professor of zoology at the University of California,
In 1965, the UCSD Natural Land and Water Reserves System consisted of four reserves: the Kendall Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve,
the Scripps Coastal Reserve/Knoll, the Dawson/Los Monos Canyon Reserve, and the Elliott Chaparral Reserve. The Ryan Oak Glen
Reserve was acquired in 1973 and subsequently sold in 1987. The four original reserves have been continuously maintained and
managed by the UCSD Natural Reserve System in an effort to support the research of qualified scientists, faculty, and students
interested in California's endemic ecosystems.
The first chairperson of the UCSD Natural Reserve System was Carl Hubbs (1965-1971), followed by Michael Soule (1971-1973),
Paul Dayton (1973-1994), Ted Case (1994-1997), and Joshua Kohn (1997-present). Ted Case acted as co-chair with Paul Dayton
For further information regarding the UCSD Natural Reserve System, visit: http://nrs.ucsd.edu/
Scope and Content of Collection
The administrative records generated by the University of California, San Diego Natural Reserve System, document its development
and history. The records contain academic plans, annual reports, budgets, correspondence, maps, meeting minutes, photographs
and slides, public relations material, and species lists. The files are arranged in two series: 1) UC NATURAL RESERVES SYSTEM
and 2) UCSD NATURAL RESERVE SYSTEM. The inclusive dates of the files are 1948-1999; however, the bulk of the material dates
SERIES 1: UC NATURAL RESERVE SYSTEM
This series is arranged in two subseries: A) Advisory Committee Files and B) Subject Files.
A) The Advisory Committee Files subseries is arranged chronologically and contains correspondence and meeting minutes. The
meeting minutes include reports related to academic planning (1976-1982), budgets (1967-1970), correspondence (1962-1971),
pending acquisitions, progress, and re-evaluations.
B) The Subject Files subseries is arranged alphabetically and contains a charter, habitat types, general publications, general
reports, and statewide sites.
SERIES 2: UCSD NATURAL RESERVE SYSTEM
This series is arranged in four subseries: A) Administrative Files, B) Reserves Files, C) Subject Files, and D) Slides.
A) The Administrative Files subseries is arranged chronologically and contains academic plans (1977-1982), annual reports
(1970-1994), budgets (1983-1985), correspondence (1964-1986), and meeting minutes.
B) The Reserves Files subseries is arranged alphabetically by reserve and thereunder chronologically. The Reserves Files contains
species lists for each reserve; reserve maps, both geographic and topographic; management and maintenance records; aerial
photographs and slides of several reserves, as well as dedication ceremonies; historical notes; correspondence; newspaper
clippings; sign-in sheets; and user permits.
C) The Subject Files subseries, arranged alphabetically, includes writings of regional ecological observations.
D) The Slides subseries contains photographic slides from 1966-1984, representing native flora studies in the various reserve
Subjects and Indexing Terms
University of California (System). Natural Reserve System.
University of California, San Diego -- Archives
Habitat (Ecology) -- California -- San Diego County
Natural resources management areas -- California
Research natural areas -- California
San Diego County -- Dawson-Los Monos Canyon Reserve
San Diego County -- Elliott Chaparral Reserve
San Diego County -- Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve
San Diego County -- Ryan Oak Glen Reserve
San Diego County -- Scripps Coastal Reserve