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Guide to the William R. Meiners Papers 1965-1994


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 Laura Guedes 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: Meiners, William R., 1921-1995
Title: William R. Meiners Papers
Dates: 1965-1994
Quantity: 13 cubic feet 13 boxes
Abstract:William R. Meiners was a conservationist and a member of numerous conservation organizations. This collection contains his personal papers.
Identification: MG 446
Language: This collection is in English

The thirteen boxes that comprised Accession MA 1996-46 were kept in the same order as they were accessioned. Materials from Accession MA 1997-13 are identified and were placed at the rear of box 06. A rough description of the content is provided in the inventory of the boxes, based on the original titles of the folders. Note that this description is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. There might exist other subjects and projects inside each box as well as more of the same in different boxes.

The papers of William R. Mainers span the years 1965 to 1994. Included in the records are reports, correspondence, clippings, copies of legal documents, reference materials, and photographs related to his professional activities.

Biographical Note

William Robert Meiners, 1921-1995, was a conservationist. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in Range and Range Livestock Management in 1947 and a Master of Science degree from Utah State University in Range Management in 1965. He served as a range conservationist and resource management specialist for approximately 30 years with the United States Forest Service-USFS, the Soil Conservation Service-SCS, the Bureau of Indian Affairs-BIA, and the Bureau of Land Management-BLM, in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Utah. After retiring William R. Meiners founded the Resources Planning and Management Company with Roderick Scurlock, and began a career as a private consultant. As such, he was a member of the US delegation to the United Nations World Conference on Desertification, convened in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1977 and County Comprehensive Planner, Ada Council of Governments, Ada County, Idaho. He was a member of numerous conservation organizations including the Idaho Wildlife Federation, Ada County Fish and Game League, Idaho Nature Conservancy and the Golden Eagle Chapter of the National Audubon Society. He was appointed a member of the State of Idaho Outfitters and Guides Board by Governor John V. Evans in 1983. His efforts to create the River of No Return Wilderness resulted in the “Central Idaho Wilderness Act of 1980.”

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.

Meiners, William R.--Archives
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 papers of William R. Meiners were in the possession of William R. Meiners until the time of his death when they were transfered to the possession of Mrs. Marilyn J. Meiners until time of donation.

William R. Meiners Papers, MG 446, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho

The papers of William R. Meiners were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Marilyn J. Meiners in two accessions, November 1996 (Accession MA 1996-46) and April 1997 (Accession MA 1997-13).

This collection was processed using the Basic processing method. Some materials were refoldered.

Separated Material

River of No Return Wilderness Council Records MG 452

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