The Public Service Collection spans from 1935 to 2003, with the bulk of the material dating 1964 to 1995. The collection primarily
consists of textual resources including research reports, correspondence, minutes and agendas, legal material, memoranda,
publications, government reports, and maps. Photographs and field guides are also present. The collection is comprised of
eighteen distinct series. Each of the series within the collection documents a specific conservation issue that the museum
was concerned about, if not directly involved with, both locally and statewide. Some of the significant topics that are represented
in these files are Off-road vehicles in the California desert; Wildland and urban fire management in the East Bay Hills; and
Protection of California reptiles and amphibians. Other series include Ecological study areas protection; The Bodie Protection
Act; and many other conservation issues. Each of the series contains rare material that cannot be found elsewhere -- including
rare government reports and correspondence related to the preservation of crucial habitats within the state of California
Dr. Robert C. Stebbins, Museum Curator and Professor of Zoology at UC Berkeley, created the Public Service collection. Dr.
Stebbins brought the collection together over the span of several years, and it stemmed from his extensive work with many
conservation issues. The issues within the collection are based in California and the surrounding region. Dr. Stebbins’ involvement
with these issues led to numerous interactions with other conservationists, community members, biologists, friends, as well
as prominent government officials, both state and federal. All of these interactions are well documented within this collection.
Copyright restrictions may apply. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted to the Museum of Vertebrate
Zoology Archives in writing for approval. Please contact the Museum Archivist for further information.
The collection is open for research.