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Natural Resources

Over 150 linear feet of material

The development, allocation, and use of California’s natural resources are the focus of collections in this category. Materials regarding land formations, water pathways, and climate range from the scientific to the lyrical, the pragmatic to the ideal, and the environmental awareness expressed in each of the collections is of particular interest.

Materials are primarily in English. Although there are no geographical limits, most materials focus on California’s natural resources. Related materials may be found under the headings of Agriculture, California History, and Plant Science.


  • Abstract Statement of Foreign Miners Licenses

    This collection contains 1 folio-sized document detailing foreign miners' licenses issued in San Joaquin County during the 1862-1863 administrative years. The document explains that the allotted over 427 foreign mining licenses were primarily received by Chinese American immigrants.
  • Bainbridge, David A. Papers

    Manuscripts and published versions of his writings which primarily focus on sustainability, solar energy, agroforestry, and restoration ecology. Professor, researcher, author and consultant in sustainable management.
  • Brown, Barry Collection

    Engineering reports on water entities in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah prepared for Western Farm Credit Bank to determine the advisability of mortgage lending. Senior irrigation engineer for Western Farm Credit Bank.
  • Dewees, Christopher M. Papers on Marine Fisheries

    Reprints, subject files, reports, conference proceedings, and video recordings collected by Dewees.
    Marine Fisheries Specialist, University of California Cooperative Extension.
  • Earthmind Archives.

    Books, correspondence, ephemera, financial papers, photographs, serials, and working files relating to energy use; some of these materials were once part of a lending library on alternative energy generation. Non-profit corporation founded in 1972 to develop alternative energy and to contribute to a lifestyle independent of organized society. Originating in Saugus, California, and later moving to Mariposa County, the collective focused on solar and wind power generation. Earthmind's central figure, Michael Hackleman, supported the group by putting up wind machines and by publishing books and articles on alternative energy.
  • Epstein, Emanuel. Collection.

    2 reels of film. Professor of Plant Nutrition and Botany, University of California, Davis.
  • Federal Power Commission. Collection.

    Memorandum about Central Valley Project in California.
  • Francis, Mark. Papers

    Publications, reports, and an extensive set of slides related to landscape architecture projects and related research. Professor of Landscape Architecture,  University of California, Davis.
  • Gilmore, Arthur E. Papers.

    Clippings, slides, and photographs of Sutter County flood damage in 1955. Davis, California resident during the 1955 flood.
  • Gold, Seymour M. Papers.

    Environmental planning and management files; books, manuscripts, and research reports regarding open space preservation, recreation planning, and urban horticulture; public service files, including draft legislation; correspondence. Professor of Environmental Planning, University of California, Davis.