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Guide to the Sylvia and Karl Kothe Collection Ms98
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Description
The collection consists of materials collected or created by Sylvia and Karl Kothe and the organizations in which they were active, primarily concerning the creation of Oak Grove Regional Park in San Joaquin County, California, circa 1979-1999, and citizens’ resistance to the attempted privatization by city officials of Stockton’s water services in 2002-2008. The collection spans 1964-2012 and provides insight into grassroots activism in Stockton, California. It consists of documents, correspondence, newsletters, newspapers, periodicals, photographs, CDs, videotape, book, scrapbooks, posters, and ephemera.
Background
Karl and Sylvia Kothe were long-time members of the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club. Sylvia as well was active in the Stockton League of Women Voters. Twice she was elected its president, the first time in 1969. Karl and Sylvia’s involvement in these groups led them to activism in the issues that were important to them. They were part of a group of volunteers who lobbied successfully for a natural preserve during the creation of Oak Grove Regional Park in San Joaquin County, California, and Karl served as executive secretary for the Valley Oak Alliance. The Kothes also took part in a citizens’ resistance to the attempted privatization by city officials of Stockton’s water services. Sylvia Kothe chaired the Concerned Citizens Coalition (CCC), a group made up of individuals and organizations in the community who opposed privatization, and she became one of its public voices. Following petition and referendum drives and lawsuits, the CCC and their partner groups were ultimately successful in returning control of Stockton’s water services to public control.
Extent
4.0 Linear feet
Restrictions
The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
Availability
Collection is open for research by appointment.