Records of the environmental organization the Mono Lake Committee (MLC) span the years 1919-1997, with the bulk of the material
pertaining to the years 1977-1995. The collection includes the operational records of the organization as well as historical
and research records used by the organization in their political and legal efforts to protect Mono Lake. The collection is
organized in twelve series: Administrative Files, Program Files, Media Files, Subject Files, Research & Reference Materials,
MLC Publications, Ephemera, Legislative Files, Legal Records, Petitions, Photographs, and Artwork.
In 1974, David Gaines became acquainted with Mono Lake during an inventory of the natural areas of Mono County. In 1976 he
helped to form the Mono Basin Research Group with undergraduates from Stanford, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and Earlham College,
which received grant funding from the National Science Foundation. The Mono Basin Research Group conducted the first comprehensive
ecological study of Mono Lake, An Ecological Study of Mono Lake, California, which was published in June 1977 by the UC Davis Institute of Ecology.