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Guide to the Mineral King Collection, 1947-1995
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mineral King Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1947-1995
    Extent: 3 linear feet
    Audiovisual: Two audiocassettes in box 1.
    Photographs: In box 3 and map case __ , drawer__ .
    Repository: Henry Madden Library (California State University, Fresno).

    Sanoian Special Collections Library.
    Fresno, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    The collection was donated by Scott Kruse.

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mineral King Collection, Sanoian Special Collections Library, California State University, Fresno.


    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 valley.

    Scope and Content

    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 Background information series (1947-1995) consists of newspaper and magazine articles that were collected from both national and local publications concerning the Mineral King controversy. This series also includes research papers by college students on the Mineral King issue. Two audiocassettes of talk-radio programs are also included in this series.
    The Government documents series (1969-1979) contains federal reports from the United States Forest Service, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management as well as correspondence between the state and federal politicians that were involved with the Mineral King issue. The state documents are from the California Department of Fish and Game and the State Highway Commission as well as Inyo, Kern, and Tulare Counties. Also included are an environmental impact report and statement from the United States Forest Service.
    The Sierra Club series (1961-1996) documents the opposition of the Sierra Club to the development of the Mineral King Valley. Included are the numerous newsletters and letters released by the Sierra Club and its local chapters, most notably the Kern Kaweah and the Tehipite (Fresno) chapters. Also included in the series are the affidavits and memoranda from its 1968 lawsuit against the United States government.
    The Walt Disney Company series (1965-1972) consists of documents and correspondence among Disney executives involved in the development of the Mineral King area as well as press releases concerning the proposed project.
    The Photographs series (undated) consists of several aerial photos of the area.