Saturday, May 28, 2011

In the News: Conservationist Ellen Stern Harris

Martha Groves, UCLA Will Catalog Noted Conservationist's CollectionLos Angeles Times, May 2, 2011.
Ellen Stern Harris, known as the mother of the California Coastal Zone Conservation Act of 1972, left a vast but unorganized collection of letters, photographs, publications, and research files. This article highlights the challenges of processing Harris' papers, the value of the collection for researchers, and plans for digitizing the collection.

Archiving the Mother of the California Coastal Zone Conservation Act of 1972 (Moving Image Archive News, May 11, 2011) This blog post covers the audio-visual materials in the collection and what they reveal about Harris.

Related Sources
See the following digital collections that document the work of women conservationists and environmentalists:

Rachel Carson Papers (Yale) This collection includes photographs of Carson as a child and adult; images from draft manuscripts for the books Under the Sea Wind, Silent Spring, and The Sense of Wonder; and an early article by Carson in Nature Magazine.

A Tale of Two Women: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Marjorie Harris Carr (Everglades Digital Library)
Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998), author of landmark book The Everglades: River of Grass (1947), helped found Friends of the Everglades in 1969. Marjorie Carr helped stop a construction project that threatened central Florida's ecosystem. This collection includes interviews with Douglas and Carr, as well as a lecture by Douglas about a variety of environmental issues.


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