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Small Wilderness Area Preservation records
BANC MSS 81/38 c  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Alternate Forms Available
  • Related Materials
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Arrangement
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Small Wilderness Area Preservation records
    Creator: Small Wilderness Area Preservation
    Source: Polk, Emily
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 81/38 c
    Physical Description: 8 Linear Feet (5 cartons, 2 document boxes, 3 card file boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1963-1980
    Abstract: This collection contains the organizational records of Small Wilderness Area Preservation, a conservation organization founded by Los Osos resident Emily Polk for the purpose of buying up small parcels of land for preservation as nature parks and reserves. It is includes correspondence, financial records and tax documents, incorporation documents, meeting minutes and membership rosters, newsletters and publicity materials, press and clippings, and program files. The program files include correspondence, proposals, permits, and other working documents related to the various projects undertaken by S.W.A.P. for purchasing and setting aside parkland in California.
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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. 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Small Wilderness Area Preservation records, BANC MSS 81/38 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms for this collection.

    Related Materials

    The Bancroft Library holds several collections related to the conservation and environmental movements in California and the United States. These include the records of Sierra Club, its chapters and members, the Trustees for Conservation, and environmentalists such as David Ross Brower, Thomas J. Graff, and the correspondence of Ansel Adams. The Bancroft also holds the records of the Friends of the River Foundation, Friends of the Earth, and the Save the Redwoods League.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Emily Polk on September 9-12, 1980.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lori Dedeyan in 2017, with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Biographical / Historical

    Small Wilderness Area Preservation (SWAP) was a conservation organization founded in 1971 by Emily Polk, a resident of Los Osos, CA, to purchase and set aside small parcels of land as parks, reserves, and open spaces. SWAP was incorporated in 1971 and solicited tax- deductible contributions from individuals in order to purchase land that would be “either saved from being destroyed, or returned from misuse to a natural wild state.” (1) It worked with and was supported by the Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Club, to which it deeded parcels. It approached landowners in order to persuade them to sell or donate their properties, which it could then lease, sell, or grant to landholding agencies or other foundations or corporations.
    Its original advisory board included leaders of other conservation organizations, such as Ansel Adams, Edgar Wayburn (both of the Sierra Club and Trustees for Conservation), and Margaret Owings. The state advisory board oversaw county committees across nearly a dozen California counties in which the organization had projects. SWAP worked with individuals, planning and development agencies, realtors, and local and state governments. One of its early successes was the establishment of the Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve in 1972.
    1. “The Small Wilderness Area Preserves Program.” Program document, 1970.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains the organizational records of Small Wilderness Area Preservation, a conservation organization founded by Los Osos resident Emily Polk for the purpose of buying up small parcels of land for preservation as nature parks and reserves. It is includes correspondence, financial records and tax documents, incorporation documents, meeting minutes and membership rosters, newsletters and publicity materials, press and clippings, and program files. The program files include correspondence, proposals, permits, and other working documents related to the various projects undertaken by S.W.A.P. for purchasing and setting aside parkland in California.
    The collection is arranged into four series:
    Series 1 (Correspondence) contains professional and personal correspondence.
    Series 2 (Administrative materials) includes financial records, bylaws, board meeting minutes, contributor and membership lists, and other documents.
    Series 3 (Program files) contains correspondence, proposals, publicity, financial, and other working documents related to the various acquisition projects undertaken by S.W.A.P.
    Series 4 (Publicity material and press) includes mailers and newsletters, promotional material, clippings, and material by other conservation organizations.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Wilderness areas--California.
    Environmental protection--California
    Open spaces--California--San Francisco Bay Area
    Open spaces--California.
    Conservation of natural resources--California.
    Parks -- California
    Small Wilderness Area Preservation
    Polk, Emily