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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

Periodicals

Newsletters

Catalogs

Miscellaneous

Oversize

Artifacts

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Stephen J. Small Conservation Collection:

An Inventory of Assembled Documents and Artifacts, 1908-2010, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Small, Stephen J.
Title: Stephen J. Small Conservation Collection,
Dates: 1908-2010
Abstract: Assembled by Stephen J. Small, these documents and artifacts relate to the conservation movement in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Collection # R 51.1
Quantity: 3 boxes (3 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Stephen J. Small is the nation’s leading authority on private land protection. He attended Yale University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before entering law school at Georgetown University. He subsequently earned a J.D. in 1978 and LL.M. in Taxation in 1981. Before entering private practice, Small worked for the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C. As an attorney-advisor with the IRS, he authored the federal income tax regulations on conservation easements.

Small has given more than 400 speeches, workshops, and seminars across the country. In addition to numerous articles, he has published four books: Preserving Family Lands: Book I (revised edition, 2009), Preserving Family Lands: Book II – More Strategies for the Future (1997), Preserving Family Lands: Book III – New Tax Rules and Strategies and a Checklist (2002), and The Business of Open Space: What’s Next? (2013).

Small has advised on some of the largest conservation purchases and easement transactions by government and non-profit organizations. Through his efforts more than 1.5 million acres of land have been protected, from small family parcels to large western and southwestern ranches, from plantations to forestland and the Atlantic coast barrier islands. In 1989, he received the Conservation Award from The Trustees of Reservations, and in 1991, he was named Conservationist of the Year by the New England Wild Flower Society.

Small assembled what is now known as The Stephen J. Small Conservation Collection, primarily comprised of more than 200 books that have been integral to creating and shaping the conservation movement in the United States throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Some of the best-known authors in the collection include Edward Abbey, Henry Beston, William Burroughs, Rachel Carson, A.B. Guthrie, Aldo Leopold, Adolph Murie, and Henry David Thoreau. Sowell Collection writers Barry Lopez and Doug Peacock are also represented. Other works document local conservation efforts in the American West and Northeast/Atlantic Coast in which Small participated.

In addition, the manuscript collection includes non-book materials and artifacts that document particularly significant moments or works in the history of conservation, including the letter President Theodore Roosevelt wrote inviting Samuel Galvin, President of the Geological Society of America, to the first national conference on the conservation of natural resources.

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Scope and Content

The collection primarily consists of books which have been individually cataloged. This manuscript collection contains publications, documents, and artifacts regarding environmental activism, conservation, and literature.

The collection is in good condition and is part of the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World.

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Organization

The Stephen J. Small Conservation Collection is organized into the following series:

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Copy requests in excess of 5 pages must be approved by the donor or his representative.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964.
Foreman, Dave, 1946-
Small, Stephen J.
Subjects (Organizations)
Earth First! (Organization)
Malpai Borderlands Group.
Public Resource Foundation (U.S.)
Wild Earth Association.
Wildlands Project.
Subjects (Places)
Medway (S.C.)
Subjects
Conservation
Environmental law.

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Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Stephen J. Small Conservation Collection, 1908-2010, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
2015-0213-B, 2016-0145-A,2016-0083-A

Donation, 2015-2016

Processing Information

Processed by: Kristin Loyd, Diane Warner, 2017

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence

box folder
1 1 The Wildlands Project, includes Dave Foreman, 1993-2003

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Periodicals

box folder
1 2 Animals, vol. 1, no. 5, February 1963
3 The Canyon Keeper, vol. 2, no. 2, Fall/Winter 1999-2000
4 Christie's Great Estates: Medway Plantation, Near Charleston, South Carolina, issue 3, 2004
5 Directory of Historic Preservation Lawyers, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1986
6 Earth Ethics, vol. 1, no.1 (3 copies) and no. 3-4, Fall 1989-Summer 1990
7 Earth Ethics, vol. 2, no. 1-4, Fall 1990-Summer 1991
8 Earth Ethics, vol. 3, no. 1-4, Fall 1991- Summer 1992
9 Earth Ethics, vol. 4, no. 2-4, Winter 1993-Summer 1993
10 The Land, vol. 1 (bound), 1941
11 Nature Conservancy, November-December 1992
12 Nature Magazine, vol. 32, no. 6, June-July 1939
13 Wild Earth,vol. 1, no. 1 (2 copies), Spring 1991
14 Wild Earth, vol. 1, no. 2, Summer 1991
15 Wild Earth, vol. 1, no. 3, Fall 1991
16 Wild Earth, vol. 1, no. 4, Winter 1991-1992
17 Wild Earth, vol. 2, no. 1, Spring 1992
18 Wild Earth, vol. 2, no. 2, Summer 1992
19 Wild Earth, vol. 2, no. 3, Fall 1992
20 Wild Earth, vol. 2, no. 4, Winter 1992-1993
21 Wild Earth, vol. 3, no. 1 (2 copies), Spring 1993
22 Wild Earth, vol. 3, no. 2, Summer 1993
23 Wild Earth, vol. 3, no. 4, Winter 1993-1994
24 Wild Earth, vol. 4, no. 4, Winter 1994-1995
25 Wild Earth, vol. 13, no. 4, Winter 2003-2004
26 Wild Earth, vol. 14, no. 1-2, Spring/Summer 2004
27 Wild Earth, Special Issue (3 copies), 1992

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Newsletters

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1 28 The Earthwise Consumer, vol. 2, no. 6, 1991
29 Malpai Borderlands Group, October 2006
30 Voice of the Rain Forest, vol. 1, no. 3, February-March 1992

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Catalogs

box folder
1 31 Dave Foreman's Books of the Big Outside (2 copies), Spring 1993
32 Dave Foreman's Books of the Big Outside (2 copies), Summer 1993
33 Dave Foreman's Books of the Big Outside, Fall 1993
34 Dave Foreman's Books of the Big Outside, Spring 1994
35 Dave Foreman's Books of the Big Outside, Fall 1995

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Miscellaneous

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1 36 Carson proof, Special Edition for Consumer Reports Subscribers Only, [1962?]
37 Evaluating Landowner Satisfaction with Conservation Restrictions (2 copies), includes correspondence, 1997
38 Great dreams…, Wildlands Project, booklet (2 copies), 2001
39 Identifying First Editions of The Sea Around Us by Rachel L. Carson, 1951
40 Land Exchange on the Fast Track, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, 1993
41 Wildlands and Woodlands, Harvard Forest, Harvard University, includes correspondence, 2010

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Oversize

box folder
2 1 Earth First!, vol. 11, no. 6, June 1991
2 Earth First!, vol. 11, no. 7, August 1991
3 Earth First!, vol. 11, no. 8, September 1991
4 Earth First!, vol. 12, no. 2, December 1991
5 Earth First!, vol. 12, no. 3, February 1992
6 Earth First!, vol. 12, no. 4, March 1992
7 Earth First!, vol. 12, no. 5, May 1992
8 Earth First!, vol. 12, no. 6, June 1992
9 Earth First!, vol. 12, no. 7, August 1992
10 Earth First!, vol. 13, no. 1, November 1992
11 Earth First!, vol. 13, no. 3, February 1993
12 Earth First!, vol. 13, no. 5, May 1993
13 Earth First!, vol. 13, no. 6, June 1993
14 Earth First!, vol. 14, no. 8, September 1994
15 Earth First!, vol. 15, no. 2, December 1994
16 Silent Spring, cover design proof, [1962?]
17 Silent Spring, jacket design proof, [1962?]

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Artifacts

box item
3 1 Framed correspondence, President Theodore Roosevelt to Samuel Galvin, President of the Geological Society of America, invitation to White House conference on conservation, 29 x 27 in., 1908

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