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Guide to the Ray E. Williams Files on Newport Bay Environmental Issues MS.R.108
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Friends of Newport Bay files Series 1. Bulk, 1968-1988 1942-2003

Physical Description: 1.2 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains materials generated by the Friends of Newport Bay, including correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, publications, and newspaper clippings. The bulk of the materials were created while Ray Williams was president of the Friends of Newport Bay.


This series is arranged alphabetically by topic or material type.

Back Bay Trunk Sewer: reports and other materials

Folder XOS 01

Maps of proposed trunk sewer, 1977 February 14

Box 1, Folder 1-4

Reports, correspondence, and other materials, 1976-1978

Box 1, Folder 5

Birds in Newport Bay list, undated

Box 1, Folder 6-13

Clippings, correspondence, and other materials, 1969-2003

Scope and Content Summary

Includes writings, advertisements about local ecological issues, and analyses.


During processing, clippings were photocopied for preservation. Originals were discarded.

Compiled materials


Materials were compiled by Williams in a notebook, the order of which was retained during processing.
Box 2, Folder 1

Board meeting agendas and minutes, 1973-1976

Box 2, Folder 2

Handouts and newsletters, 1968-1975

Box 2, Folder 3

Orange County Foundation for Preservation of Public Property papers, 1968-1975

Box 2, Folder 4

Public presentation materials and notes, 1968-1976

Box 2, Folder 5

Published materials, 1942-1975

Box 2, Folder 6

Research papers and other materials, 1969-1974

Box 2, Folder 7

Training materials for tour guides and other materials, 1966-1968


Correspondence and other materials

Box 2, Folder 8-10

Correspondence, 1968-1977


Correspondence, reports, map, and other materials

Box 3, Folder 1, Box 2, Folder 11-12

Correspondence, reports, and other materials, 1970-1982

Folder XOS 01

Map of Upper Newport Bay area, 1970 June 12

Box 3, Folder 2

Summaries of letters, speeches, and testimony, 1968-1980, undated

Scope and Content Summary

The summaries correspond with letters that are located in Correspondence, box 2, folders 8-10.
Box 3, Folder 3

Newport Bay research papers, 1972, 1981

Box 3, Folder 4

Plants in Newport Bay list, 1977 June

Box 3, Folder 5

Publications, 1972-1975

Box 3, Folder 6

Slope Stability Study: Upper Newport Bay, 1974

Box 3, Folder 7-8

Upper Newport Bay Field Committee: reports, correspondence, and other materials, 1973-1974

Box 3, Folder 9

Upper Newport Bay park proposal, 1973 September

Box 3, Folder 10

Upper Newport Bay teacher packet, 1995-1996

Scope and Content Summary

Contains resources including essays, notes, schedules, newsletters, a map, and an activity guide.
Box 3, Folder 11

Wetlands: newsletters and other materials, 1988-1992


Newport Beach City Council files Series 2. 1973-1981

Physical Description: 1.5 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents Ray Williams's work on the Newport Beach City Council, and contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, reports, and other materials. Also included are the planning papers of several city development projects, as well as election documents.


This series is arranged alphabetically by topic or material type.
Box 3, Folder 12

Campaign notes and related materials, 1978-1980

Box 3, Folder 13

Candidate questions and responses, 1980

Box 4, Folder 1-10

Clippings, political advertisements, and analyses, 1976-1983


During processing, clippings were photocopied for preservation. Originals were discarded.
Box 4, Folder 11

The Irvine Company v. The City of Newport Beach lawsuit: correspondence, 1980 February

Box 5, Folder 1

Legal research: reports, journal articles, and statutes, 1973-1976


Pacific Coast Highway Bay Crossing Planning Committee materials

Folder XOS 01

Maps of Pacific Coast Highway bridge plans, 1973-1974

Box 5, Folder 2-5

Correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and related materials, 1974-1975

Box 5, Folder 6

Re-election documents and related materials, 1980-1981

Box 5, Folder 7-9, Box 6, Folder 1

Section 208: Water conservation project materials, 1976-1980

Scope and Content Summary

Contains correspondence, work plans, progress reports, newsletters, clippings, and meeting materials.
Box 6, Folder 2

Speech drafts, clippings, and other materials, 1974-1976

Box 6, Folder 3

University Drive extension: correspondence, reports, and other materials, 1975-1981


Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve materials

Folder XOS 01

Maps of proposed Back Bay trunk sewer, 1976

Box 6, Folder 4-6

Correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and other materials, 1973-1977, undated


Reports and other materials Series 3. Bulk, 1971-1986 1971-2003

Physical Description: 0.6 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises reports, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, settlement agreements, writings, and other materials on Newport Bay compiled by Williams.


This series is arranged alphabetically by report title, topic or material type.
Box 6, Folder 7

At the Crossroads: A Report on California's Endangered and Rare Fish and Wildlife, 1972 January

Box 6, Folder 8

Back Bay Trunk Sewer: Summary of Project and Conditions report, 1977 August

Box 6, Folder 9

Chronology of events in Newport Bay from 1901 to 1998, undated

Box 6, Folder 10

City and School Politics manuscript, undated

Box 6, Folder 11

Determination of the Age of the Islands in Upper Newport Bay report, 1974 February

Scope and Content Summary

Report was written by Royal R. Marshall, a consulting geochemist.
Box 6, Folder 12

Development and Comparison of Alternative Management Systems report, 1982 August

Box 7, Folder 1

Important Fish & Wildlife Habitats of California report, 1980 September

Box 7, Folder 2

Newport Bay Tour student report, 1981

Scope and Content Summary

A school assignment on Newport Bay. Includes labeled photographs of plants, birds, and the Upper Newport Bay landscape.

Processing Note

In order to comply with privacy laws governing student records, the report's title page was copied to redact the student author's name. The original title page was removed from the collection.
Box 7, Folder 3

Newport Beach Annual Report, 1974-1975

Box 7, Folder 4

Photographs, circa 1978-1980

Scope and Content Summary

One photograph of Paul Ryckoff, mayor of Newport Beach (1978-1980), and three photographs of a Friends of Newport Bay event.
Box 7, Folder 5

Political figures of the 1970s in Newport Beach list, 2003, undated

Box 7, Folder 6-7

Preliminary Title Report of the Three Islands in Upper Newport Bay, 1974 June

Scope and Content Summary

Contains a preliminary attorney's opinion, and includes maps, a list of pertinent case laws, an introductory letter, findings of fact and conclusions of law, a recapitulation of the report, a list of exhibits, and a bibliography.
Box 7, Folder 8

Sedimentation Analysis report, 1982 July


Sediment Source Analysis and Sediment Delivery Analysis report

Folder XOS 01

Maps of Upper Newport Bay watershed and drainage areas, 1982

Box 7, Folder 9

Report, 1982 October

Box 7, Folder 10

Silt Removal: Upper Newport Bay report, 1973 November

Box 7, Folder 11

Speeches, letters to the editor, and other materials, 1980-1986

Scope and Content Summary

Also includes campaign materials, notes, and clippings.
Box 7, Folder 12

Stormflow Sedimentation Control Alternatives report, 1982 October

Box 8, Folder 1

Study of Environmental Quality of Newport Bay report, 1972 September

Box 8, Folder 2

Upper Newport Bay Cooperative Planning Project report, 1971 November

Box 8, Folder 3-4

Upper Newport Bay settlement agreement, 1975

Scope and Content Summary

Land transfer to the County of Orange and the City of Newport Beach, by the Irvine Company. Also includes an agreement to create an ecological reserve in Upper Newport Bay.
Box 8, Folder 5

Upper Newport Bay Teacher Workshop materials, 1996

Box 8, Folder 6

Writings: notes and drafts, 1978-1980

Scope and Content Summary

May include notes from city council meetings.