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Livermore, Jr. (Norman B.) Papers
BANC MSS 2011/129  
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Norman B. Livermore, Jr. papers
    creator: Livermore, Norman B.
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 2011/129
    Physical Description: 28.5 linear feet (21 cartons, 4 tubes)
    Date (inclusive): approximately 1933-2006
    Abstract: The papers of Norman B. Livermore, Jr., conservationist, lumber industry executive, and Secretary of Resources under the Reagan gubernatorial administration in California.
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. The copyright for unpublished manuscript material in this collection is held by the donor. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Norman B. Livermore, Jr. papers were gifted to the Bancroft Library by Samuel M. Livermore in 2011.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lara Michels in 2015.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Norman B. Livermore, Jr. papers, BANC MSS 2011/129, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical / Historical

    Norman B. Livermore, Jr. was born in 1911 in San Francisco to Norman B. Livermore, Sr. and Caroline Livermore (for whom Mt. Livermore on Angel Island is named). He was the great-grandson of California pioneer and state senator (from El Dorado County) Horatio Gates Livermore and the grandson of Horatio Putnam Livermore.
    Norman B. Livermore, Jr. was a noted California conservationist and Secretary of Resources under Governor Ronald Reagan. He was also an avid and accomplished mule packer and guide and, in the 1930s and 1940s, was actively involved in running packing stations and leading packing trips into the Sierra. He was also an early director of the Sierra Club. From 1957 to 1965, Livermore served as Treasurer for the Pacific Lumber Company.
    In 1967, Reagan named Livermore as Secretary of Resources, hoping that Livermore would act as a bridge between the worlds of lumber and conservation. Livermore would become one of Reagan's closest advisers. It was Livermore who convinced Reagan to take the pack trip into the high Sierra that convinced that governor to oppose the building of a freeway from the Central Valley across the Sierra into Nevada. Livermore also played a key role in Reagan's decision to curtail development in the Tahoe Basin.
    Livermore served on the boards of the National Audubon Society, the Peregrine Fund, Save the Redwoods League, Tamalpais Savings and the Stanford Business School Advisory Council. He was the founder of the High Sierra Packers Association and treasurer of the Commonwealth Club.

    Content Description

    The papers of Norman B. Livermore, Jr., conservationist, lumber industry executive, and Secretary of Resources under the Reagan gubernatorial administration in California. The collection is arranged into ten series: Resources Agency of California; Speeches; Water; Reagan Presidential Transition; Wilderness; Pack Trips and Packing Stations; Subject Files; Pacific Lumber Company; Personalia; and Maps. Within the files created by Livermore during his tenure as Secretary of Resources in California are correspondence, administrative files, files relating to the Minarets highway controversy, files relating to the establishment of Redwood National Park; and files documenting the Dos Rios Project (to build a dam on the Eel River). The Speeches series contains Livermore's speech transcripts and notes arranged chronologically by year. Files in the Water series pertain to Hetchy Hetchy and to the Garrison Diversion Project. The collection contains a small number of files documenting Livermore's connection to the Ronald Reagan presidential transition. Wilderness files document Livermore's interest in and work on various wilderness related issues in California. The Wilderness series contains some materials created by Livermore as Secretary of Resources in California. The Pack Trips and Packing Stations series documents Livermore's extensive interest and work with pack trips into the High Sierra and includes files of the Packing companies and a packing association he founded and helped operate. The Pacific Lumber Company series consists soley of correspondence created by Livermore during his tenure as Treasurer of the Pacific Lumber Company. This correspondence dates only from 1965 and does not cover his entire tenure as treasurer (1957-1965).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Livermore, Norman B.
    Reagan, Ronald
    California. Resources Agency
    Sierra Club
    Garrison Diversion Project
    Pacific Lumber Company
    Mount Whitney Pack Trains
    Mineral King Packing Company
    High Sierra Packers Association
    Livermore, Norman B. -- Archives
    Wilderness area users -- California
    Wilderness areas -- California
    Hetch Hetchy Reservoir (Calif.)
    Reservoirs -- California -- Eel River
    Minarets Wilderness (Calif.)
    Redwood National Park (Calif.)