Jeannette Merrilees (1930-2013), born
Jeannette Faas York, was an Orange County environmental activist. She received her
bachelor's degree in Government and Religion from Smith College and received her law degree
from the Western States School of Law. In 1973, she moved to Laguna Beach. She worked to
save a portion of Crescent Bay Point from development in order to establish a public park.
In the 1990s, she advocated for preservation of beachside cottages as vacation rentals in
Crystal Cove State Beach against plans for luxury resorts. Recognized for her advocacy for
public coastal access, Jeannette Merrilees' papers document a significant aspect of Orange
County history; development and environmental issues, and social change. This collection
includes collected publications, correspondences, organizational records, photographs, news
clippings, and audiovisual materials documenting Jeannette's activism in Orange
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