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Guide to the Idaho Conservation League Records 1973-1999


Funding for processing this collection was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

University of Idaho Library
850 Rayburn St.
P.O. Box 442351
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2351
(208) 885-7951

© 2009

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Creation: Finding aid encoded by Lee Steiner 2009
Language: Finding aid written in English

Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives850 Rayburn St. P.O. Box 442351 Moscow, Idaho 83844-2351 (208) 885-7951
Creator: Idaho Conservation League
Title: Idaho Conservation League Records
Dates: 1973-1999
Quantity: 74 cubic feet83 boxes
Abstract:The Idaho Conservation League (ICL) was formed in 1973 by a group of concerned Idaho citizens. This collection contains organizational records.
Identification: MG 431
Language: This collection is in English

This collection was minimally processed with the original order retained within each of the boxes but the arrangement of the boxes within an accession was changed to conform to series or subseries. The first series is made up of the Idaho Conservation League’s general administrative files with two subseries separating the materials into their history/membership files and Board of Directors files. The second series deals with the broader issues relating to the state of Idaho with those files divided further down into two subseries of materials that are the issues themselves and the legislative and legal actions taken. The third series is comprised of materials that were specific to the northern Idaho region and contains two subseries, one on the issues relating to northern Idaho and the other are the papers collected by Gerald Snyder, an officer with the Idaho Conservation League who was involved primarily with the northern Idaho region. The fourth series is focused on the southern Idaho region and is divided into four subseries. The first subseries in the fourth series are the issues related to the southern Idaho region, and the second (Bruce Boccard), third (Mike Medberry), and fourth (Rick Johnson) subseries are the personal papers collected by officers of ICL who were involved primarily with the southern Idaho region. The fifth series is a collection of newspaper clippings that have been alphabetized by topic that either was related to an environmental issue or about ICL.

The Idaho Conservation League records span the years 1973-1999. Included in the records is membership information, board of directors meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, legislative issues and proposals, court cases and mitigation, pollution and contaminant concerns, VHS recordings, photographs, slides, floppy disks, and newspaper clippings.

Historical Note

The Idaho Conservation League (ICL) was formed in 1973 by a group of concerned Idaho citizens who desired an effective information and coordinating center and a citizens’ lobby on conservation and public interest issues. In a little over three years, ICL established itself as one of the most influential non-partisan citizens groups in the Rocky Mountain region. ICL communicates information to their members and the general public through their monthly Newsletter, a statewide telephone network, legislative “alerts”, and periodic press releases. ICL staff travel extensively around the state, meeting with League members and others and conducting informational programs. The staff researches issues, organizes citizens, and maintains lines of public input into decision-making processes. ICL also has an active volunteer base that observes and reports on legislative activity during the session, prepares and sends the Newsletter, and aids in fund raising. The Idaho Conservation Leagues’ members have worked on a myriad of issues and projects and have had many important victories in their efforts to protect and preserve Idaho.

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Idaho Conservation League
Environmental Activism


The collection is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives.

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with Copyright Laws (17 U.S.C.) and any other applicable statutes.

Administrative Information

The records of the Idaho Conservation League were in the possession of the various ICL officers until time of donation.

Idaho Conservation League Records, MG 431, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho

The records of the Idaho Conservation League were donated to the University of Idaho Library in nineteen different accessions by various members of the Idaho Conservation League starting in June 1987 (MA 1987-23), March 1990 (MA 1990-06), May 1990 (MA 1990-15), February 1991 (MA 1991-08 & MA 1991-09), March 1993 (MA 1993-06), July 1994 (MA 1994-20), April 1995 (MA 1995-21), July 1995 (MA 1995-35), October 1996 (MA 1996-39 & MA 1996-42), June 1997 (MA 1997-19 & MA 1997-20), July 1997 (MA 1997-23), November 1997 (MA 1997-35), April 2002 (MA 2002-09), June 2006 (MA 2006-10), March 2009 (MA 2009-16), and June 2009 (MA 2009-25).

This collection was processed using the Basic processing method. Some materials were refoldered. The collection was reduced by 21 cubic feet.

Related Material

Nelle Tobias papers MG 439

Separated Material

Publications were removed and placed into a separate manuscript group Conservation Reports and Publications (MG 449).

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