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San Mateo County Resource Conservation District records
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: San Mateo County Resource Conservation District records
    Creator: San Mateo County Resource Conservation District
    Identifier/Call Number: M2131
    Physical Description: 97.5 Linear Feet (43 boxes, 95 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1935-2011
    Abstract: The records of the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District span the history of the organization and include administrative and financial files, meeting minutes, reports, maps, and other material.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift; San Mateo County Resource Conservation District; 2016 and 2018. Accessions MSS 2016-120, 2016-171, and 2018-036.

    Biographical / Historical

    The San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (formerly known as the San Mateo County Soil Conservation District) is a non-regulatory public benefit district to help protect, conserve, and restore natural resources through information, education, and technical assistance programs. The district provides policy direction, information about local agriculture, and rental of specialized equipment, collaborating with private and public land owners, land managers, public agencies, interest groups, and others. The district was first formed in 1939 as the first conservation district in California and one of the first in the nation. Although it began much smaller in size, the district today covers 245 square miles, including portions of Daly City, Colma, South San Francisco, Pacifica, San Bruno, Montara, Moss Beach, and Half Moon Bay, plus areas of unincorporated San Mateo County and all San Mateo County watersheds that drain into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], San Mateo County Resource Conservation District records (M2131). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, California.

    Scope and Contents

    Collection contains Board meeting minutes (a nearly complete set from 1939 to 2008); reports and memoranda, administrative & financial files, project files including maps and plans; publications by and about the District and the region, and other material. Although folder titles were retained when present, most of the collection was arranged prior to receipt by Stanford; much of it is filed alphabetically by subject in Series 2. Also included in the collection are several oral histories sponsored by the district and conducted in 2002-2003 by Albion Environmental, Inc., recording interviews with long-time residents about the Pescadero-Butano watershed.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Conservation of natural resources.
    Soil conservation.
    Environmental protection.
    San Mateo County (Calif.)