documents the professional and personal life of Susan Louise Barr
Nelson, an environmental and community planner, and social and political activist. Nelson
played a fundamental role in the establishment of the Santa Monica Mountains National
Recreation Area, which became the largest urban national park in the United States. The
collection also details Nelson's work with numerous groups and organizations to preserve
open space and parklands for recreational use and includes materials pertaining to a number
of social welfare issues with which she was involved. Additionally, the collection contains
Nelson's personal writings and materials related to her family, home life, and
Susan Louise Barr was born in Syracuse, New York on April 13, 1927 to Mr. and Mrs. Winston
Barr. The family moved to California in 1930, first settling in a bungalow in Hollywood
before moving to the Carthay District Center, which today is known as Carthay Circle, Los
Angeles. With 1930's Los Angeles significantly less affected by urban sprawl, Susan spent
her childhood playing in the area's parks and the Ballona-Playa del Rey Lagoon's marsh,
which resulted in a life-long love of the outdoors and its natural resources.
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