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Guide to the Records of the California State Parks Council
BANC MSS 68/125 c  
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Relating to the campaign for a comprehensive state park program. Included are copies of letters written by Newton B. Drury and staff, incoming correspondence, interoffice memoranda, minutes of meetings, press releases, articles prepared for newspapers and magazines, speeches and statements, lists of speakers and speaking engagements, clippings, and reference materials, particularly relating to parks in other states.
The California State Parks Council (known originally as the California State Parks Committee) was formed in January 1925 to urge legislation which would give California a comprehensive state park program. The change in nomenclature was made in 1927. The Save-the-Redwoods League furnished headquarters and general office facilities for the Council, and Newton B. Drury, secretary of the League undertook the direction of the legislative campaign. The major objective was attained in 1927 when the California Legislature passed three bills, introduced by Senator Arthur H. Breed, providing for a State Park Commission and a state park survey (which was undertaken by Frederick Law Olmsted), and authorizing a State Parks Bond issue. The $6,000,000 bond issue came before the voters as Amendment 4 on the ballot in November 1928. The publicity campaign which the Council sponsored resulted in wide-spread popular support, and the bond issue was overwhelmingly approved.
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