The Mineral King collection measures 3 linear feet and dates from 1947 to 1995. The
collection is arranged in six series: Artifacts, Background information, Government
documents, Sierra Club, Maps, and Photographs Walt Disney Company,. Most of this material
was collected in the 1960s and 1970s by John Harper, a geography professor at Humboldt
State University, the original impetus being conservation work with the Sierra Club and
research for Harper's 1982 book, Mineral King: Public Concern with Government
Policy (Woodward: F868 S5 H368). Scott Kruse, one of Harper's students,
subsequently added to the collection, a practice that continues today.
The Mineral King movement first began in the late 1940s when the United States Department
of Agriculture's Forest Service proposed alpine ski development in the area. The movement
resurged in the1960s when the Forest Service re-introduced the ski resort proposal and
the Walt Disney Company was awarded the bid to build such a resort. The Disney Company
proposed a resort for both winter and summer activities with a total of twenty ski lifts
as well as accommodations for thousands of visitors and employees in the southern Sierra
Nevada, near Visalia, California. The opposition to the the development centered around a
proposed road into the Mineral King Valley, with the Sierra Club spearheading measures to
protect the valley. The Sierra Club's grass-roots effort, in addition to a legal battle
in the late 1960s, led to many delays and ultimately, the end of any development in the
Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno.
The collection is open for research.