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[Identification of item], Citizens Committee on Natural Resources Records, CONS13, Conservation Collection, The Denver Public Library.
Number of boxes: 1
Number of oversize: 1 OVFF
ORGANIZATIONAL NOTE :
The Citizens Committee on Natural Resources was a small organization whose members were leading conservationists from a variety of environmental groups. The organization was created in response to a 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limited the ability of non-profit groups to lobby on behalf of environmental legislation without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status. Based on the listings in the National Wildlife Federation's annual Conservation Directory, the Citizens Committee appears to have ceased functioning in approximately 1978. The objectives stated in its by-laws were to "advance conservation, restoration and sound management of natural resources in the public interest" by promoting legislation, educating the public, and assisting other environmental groups in their efforts.
Incorporated in the District of Columbia with a small office in Washington, D.C., the Citizen's Committee was not tax-exempt. Thus it could lobby for environmental causes without jeopardizing the tax-exempt status of other groups. In this role it worked for the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964 and lobbied for and against federal legislation affecting the environment. Key members of the Citizen's Committee included Ira N. Gabrielson, Howard C. Zahniser, Spencer M. Smith, Jr., Dewey Anderson, and Daniel A. Poole. Many of these men were also prominent in other conservation organizations such as the Wildlife Management Institute, the Wilderness Society, and the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :
The collection includes records of the Citizens Committee on Natural Resources, a few minutes and reports from the Wilderness Society, and a summary of minutes from a meeting to organize a program to improve hunter-landowner relationships called "Operation Respect." The materials in the collection include by-laws, meeting minutes, reports, and correspondence with government officials and others. It also contains testimony to Congress by environmentalists including Spencer M. Smith, Jr. as Secretary of the Citizen's Committee, public presentations, press releases, mailings, and brochures. The collection spans the period from 1955-1976 with some undated material.
SERIES 1 PAPERS 1955-1974 BOX 1 :
The series consists mainly of the papers of the Citizens Committee on Natural Resources. It also includes a few items from the Wilderness Society and minutes from a meeting about "Operation Respect", a group to promote better relations between hunters and landowners.
SERIES 2 OVERSIZE 1959-1963 OVFF 1 :
Oversize items comprise a brochure about Dinosaur National Monument and printer's proofs of what appear to be mailings.
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