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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Madrona Marsh Collection,
    Dates: 1973-2002
    Collection Number: Consult repository.
    Creator: Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center
    Extent: 4 boxes, [3.6 linear ft]
    Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
    Archives & Special Collection
    University Library, Room 5039
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, California 90747
    Phone: (310) 243-3013
    URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
    Abstract: Madrona Marsh Preserve is a 44-acre nature preserve in Torrance, CA. The preserve was established during the 1970s in a partnership between the Friends of Madrona Marsh and the City of Torrance. The collection includes several albums of photographs documenting the work and visitors to the Marsh. Also includes many reports, environmental impact studies, and materials including "The Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center Management Plan," and "Environmental Resources Element," (Torrance City Planning Department). Donated by the Friends of the Marsh.
    Language: Collection material is in English

    Administration Information


    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Title of item], MADRONA MARSH COLLECTION, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by the Friends of Madrona Marsh in 2011

    Processing Information

    Arranged and described by Christina Delgadillo. Photos were removed from albums and placed in archival sheets for preservation. Plastic binding was removed from reports and placed into eight file folders. Materials were kept in the original order when possible and are arranged in chronological order.


    In the early 1970s, developers expressed interest in the prime real estate on which the area in Torrance, near the Madrona Marsh was located, which started a conflict for the Madrona Marsh. Resistance came from environmentalists who wanted to preserve as much of the wildlife area as possible. As a result, a group formed in 1972 and was called the Friends of the Madrona Marsh. The Friends of Madrona Marsh is a non-profit organization that was established in 1972. They are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the marsh through an assortment of activities throughout the year to bring awareness. Debate continued throughout all the 1970s regarding this piece of property. In 1980s, the city of Torrance was given a 34.4 acres deed to the marsh for wildlife preservation. Three decades later after the first argument started, in 2001, the preserve came to be with the opening of the Madrona Marsh Nature Center in 2001.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consisted of five photo albums and eight reports. The photo albums help capture the variety of plants, shrubs, trees, grasses and animal wildlife of the marsh. The reports included are for the preservation of the marsh and planning of the local surrounding area for residential and commercial development.


    Arranged in two series:
    • Series I. Photographs (1983-2003)
    • Series II. Reports (1973-2002)

    Indexing Terms



    Corporate Names

    Friends of the Madrona Marsh
    City of Torrance – Park of Rehabilitation

    Geographic Areas

    Los Angeles, CA., Torrance, Harbor Regional Park and the Southbay