Scope and Content
Title: Marc McGinnes papers
Identifier/Call Number: UArch FacP 59
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Language of Material:
19.6 linear feet
(19 document boxes, 1 flat box, 107 videocassettes, 6 audiocassettes, 1 DVD)
McGinnes, J. Marc, 1941-
Date (inclusive): 1965-2019
Date (bulk): 1979-2003
Abstract: These papers contain environmental studies course files, correspondence, notes, research materials, photographs, and recorded
lectures relating to Marc McGinnes' tenure as a professor of environmental studies at UC Santa Barbara, as well as his work
with the Institute for Peaceful Resolution of Conflict and the Environmental Defense Center of Santa Barbara, California.
Also included are case files, research reports, and conference proceedings relating to his career as a lawyer and legal ecologist.
Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
The collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish
or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication
is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
[Identification of Item], Marc McGinnes papers, UArchFacP 59. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library,
University of California, Santa Barbara.
Gift of Marc McGinnes, 2016.
In June of 1969, Marc McGinnes was a young lawyer when Republican Representative Pete McCloskey encouraged him to move to
Santa Barbara to start the new field of environmental law. As an environmental activist and lawyer since 1969, Marc McGinnes
led the founding of one of the first ecology centers in 1970. Concurrent to the founding, McGinnes began his teaching career
in 1970 at UC Santa Barbara in one of the first environmental studies programs. His course, Principles of Environmental Law,
is one of the longest-running undergraduate courses in environmental law in the United States. His teachings covered environmental
law, policy, and ecopsychology. As a Stanford University graduate and recipient of a law degree from UC Berkeley, in addition
to his teaching, McGinnes has pursued parallel careers as both an environmental lawyer and a legal ecologist. McGinnes was
a founder of one of the first public interest environmental firms, the Environmental Defense Center of Santa Barbara, in 1977,
as well as the Institute for Peaceful Resolution of Conflict. McGinnes is a former Alfred P. Sloan, Rotary International Foundation,
and Ford Foundation scholar and fellow. In 2005, after over thirty years of teaching, McGinnes retired.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of correspondence, course work and syllabi, administrative documents, recorded lectures, case files,
photographs, research files, and notes relating to professor Marc McGinnes activities during his tenure, from 1970 to 2005,
as a professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The bulk of the material reflects
his activities in environmental education and community political activism as well as his involvement with establishing the
Institute for Peaceful Resolution of Conflict. Noteworthy components of the collection includes iterations of his
Principles of Environmental Law, a course and curriculum book related to Env S 125A: Principles of Environmental Law, the longest-running undergraduate course
in environmental law in the United States. Also included are conference proceedings, correpondence, and ephemera related to
his work with Institute for Peaceful Resolution of Conflict. In addition, the collection includes case proceedings, reports,
and related legal research materials regarding practicing environmental law as a consultant to the Environmental Defense Center.
Of particular note, the collection includes case proceedings form Santa Barbara County in relation to Western LNG (Liquid
Natural Gas) and Cold Spring Canyon Bridge barrier, all of which summarizes the county government's actions.
The collection has been kept physically in original order but arranged descriptively by subject. The filenames retain the
creator's naming convention. The files are organized into six series:
Institute For Peaceful Resolution of Conflict,
Environmental law career,
Published literature listed below has been separated out from the collection for cataloging, and will be accessible through
the UCSB Library Catalog.
Milovskiĭ, Aleksandr Sergeevich.
Ancient Russian Cities: A Travel Guide to the Historical and Architectural Monuments and Fine Art Museums. Moscow: Raduga Publishers, 1986.
Brailsford, Barry, Maaka Tipa, & Renzie Hanham.
Song of the Old Tides. Christchurch, N.Z.: StonePrint Press, 2004.
Environmental Defense Center records, SBHC Mss 94, University of California, Santa Barbara. Special Research Collections.
Community Environmental Council (CEC) records, SBHC Mss 109, University of California, Santa Barbara. Special Research Collections.
Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Collection, Mss 18, University of California, Santa Barbara. Special Research
Paul Relis journals, PA Mss 110, University of California, Santa Barbara. Special Research Collections.
University of California, Santa Barbara, Arts and Lectures Records, UArch 16, University of California, Santa Barbara. Special
University of California, Santa Barbara, Office of Public Information Biographical Files, UArch 11, University of California,
Santa Barbara. Special Research Collections.
University of California, Santa Barbara, Environmental Studies Program Collection, UArch 76, University of California, Santa
Barbara. Special Research Collections.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Environmentalism -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Environmental law -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Environmental justice -- California -- Santa Barbara -- History
Environmentalists -- California -- Santa Barbara
Political activists -- California -- Santa Barbara
California -- Politics and government
McGinnes, J. Marc, 1941- -- Archives
University of California, Santa Barbara. Faculty
University of California, Santa Barbara. Environmental Studies Program
Environmental Defense Center