Guide to the Records of the California State Parks Council

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Guide to the Records of the California State Parks Council

Collection number: BANC MSS 68/125 c

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Collection Summary

Creator: California State Parks Council.
Collection Title: Records of the California State Parks Council
Collection Number: BANC MSS 68/125 c
Extent: 3 boxes, 1 carton.
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: 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.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Records of the California State Parks Council, BANC MSS 68/125 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


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.

Scope and Content

These records, which were given to the Bancroft Library by the Save-the-Redwoods League in April 1968, relate to the efforts of the Council in its legislative program and in the bond campaign. They include copies of the letters written by Mr. Drury and staff, incoming correspondence, inter-office memoranda, minutes of meetings, press releases, articles prepared for magazines and newspapers, speeches and statements, lists of speakers and speaking engagements, clippings, and reference materials, particularly relating to parks in other states. Two additional folders, gift of Mr. Drury, June 1969.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Outgoing letters, 1922-1929

Scope and Content Note

Carbon copies of letters written primarily by Newton B. Drury. Arranged chronologically. The few letters written prior to 1925 relate to the formation of a California State Parks Association in Los Angeles.
Boxes 2&3

Incoming correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of individual or organization. A miscellany for single letters precedes the rest of the files. A partial list of correspondents follows the Key. At the end of the files are three folders of miscellaneous letters grouped as follows: letters re speakers for meetings; letters re magazine and newspaper publicity and photographs letters from various state departments of conservation, superintendents of parks, etc.
Box 3

Interoffice memoranda

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically. Carton California State Parks Council -minutes of meetings, reports, etc. N. B. Drury's report to the Council on the campaign -draft State Parks conference, San Francisco, Jan. 5, 1925 -minutes of meeting, list of conferees, extracts from minutes, etc, State Parks Conference, Los Angeles, Feb. 8, 1928 -list of those attending State Parks Conference, San Francisco, Mar. 19, 1928 -Minutes of meeting, list of projects prepared State Park Legislation -copies of bills proposed in California Legislature Material relating to proposed survey of state parks -outlines and revised outlines; report on scope and limitation of the survey, method of conducting it, etc. Data re State Park Bond -manual of information for campaign workers, publicity brochures and other campaign materials Schedules for plan of campaign MSS of articles (4 folders) -Include articles written by William & Colby, Melville W. Erskine, Francis P. Farquhar, J. D. Grant, Joseph R. Knowland, Duncan McDuffie, John C. Merriam, E. J. Murphy and Charles B. Wing. Copies of newspaper editorials'; clippings from newspapers and magazines, etc. Speeches, excerpts from speeches, statements, resolutions, etc. Carton Press releases (3 folders) Photographic projects Special writers Lists of California newspapers Lists of radio stations and various organizations Schedules of meetings; lists of suggested speakers Lists of state parks and monuments; list of proposed parks List of organizations endorsing State Park Bond Registration statistics -elections California State Parks Association -material re organization of Clippings re election returns; notes re estimates of vote on Amendment 4 Miscellaneous material re need for state parks, surveys of state park laws and organization, etc. (2 folders) Material re parks in other states (2 folders) Miscellaneous notes Newton B. Drury Trips Reports, etc.

Partial List of Correspondents


Correspondence Miscellany (single letters)


Breed, Arthur Hastings, 1865-1953


Letter, Sept. 26, 1928


California Forest Protective Association


Letter, Oct, 14, 1926. Enclosure: draft


Chandler, Harry, 1864-1944


Letter, Oct. 15, 1925


Crocker, William Henry, 1861-1937


Letter, Mar. 9, 1928


Erskine, Melville W


Letter, Nov. 9, 1928


Goethe, Charles Matthias, 1875-1966


Letter, Oct. 14, 1927


Gregg, John William, 1880-


Letter, June 1, 1928


Jones, Herbert Coffin, 1888-


Letter, Sept. 29, 1928. Copy, with facsimile


Mulford, Walter


Letter, Oct. 4, 1928


Native Sons of the Golden West


Letter, Sept. 12, 1928


Tubbs, Tallant


Letter, July 18, 1928


Wagner, Harr, 1857-1936


Letter, Sept. 25, 1928




Albright, Horace Marden


2 letters, 1928


Boynton, Albert E, 1875-


2 letters, 1928


Brackenridge, William Algernon


7 letters, 1926-1927


California Academy of Sciences


6 letters, 1928, From Barton Warren Evermann, Director.


California Development Association


5 letters, 1928


California State Parks Association


4 letters, 1922-1923


Chaney, Ralph Works, 1890-


3 letters, 1926-1928


Cheney, Charles Henry


15 letters, 1925-1928


Colby, William Edward, 1875-1964


5 letters, 1922-1928


Commonwealth Club of California


2 letters, 1928


Deering, Tam


5 letters, 1928


Evermann, Barton Warren


Drury, Newton B.


Grant, Madison, 1865-


2 letters, 1928


Jepson, Willis Linn


4 letters, 1928


Lubin, Simon J.


McDuffie, Duncan


31 letters, 1925-1928. Many are unsigned carbon copies.


Mather, Stephen Tyng, 1867-1930


3 letters, 1925-1926


Merriam, John Campbell


11 letters, 1925-1928


National Conference on State Parks


3 letters, 1926-1928


National Parks Association


2 letters, 1927-1928. From Robert Sterling Yard.


Natural History Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego


6 letters, 1928, Signed by Clinton G. Abbott.


Olmsted, Frederick Law


10 letters, 1926-1928


Phelps, Ralph L, 1880-1957


3 letters, 1928


Redwood Empire Association


19 letters, 1927-1928


Reynolds, G. E.


3 letters, 1928


Sacramento Region Citizens Council


11 letters, 1928, Written primarily by Simon J. Lubin.


San Joaquin Valley Tourist and Travel Association


9 letters, 1928


Save-the-Redwoods League


2 letters, 1926-1927


Scott, Winfield


8 letters, 1928


Sierra Club, San Francisco


2 letters, 1927-1928


Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-


5 letters, 1928


State Parks Association of California


12 letters, 1925-1927


Stevenot, Fred G.


4 letters, 1928


Torrey, Raymond H


3 letters, 1926-1928


Wilbur, Ray Lyman, 1875-1949


3 letters, 1928


Williamson, C. J.


19 letters, 1927-1929


Wing, Charles B.


4 letters, 1926-1928


Yard, Robert Sterling


Young, Clement Calhoun, 1869-1947


5 letters, 1928, Written while governor of California, Two are written for him by his private secretary, Charles A. Whitmore.