Series 1. Administrative Files, 1972-99, n.d.
The series is arranged into the following subseries: 1. Annual
Reports, 2. Minutes, 3. Program Review Files, 4. Miscellaneous
Administrative Files, 5. Grant Files, 6. Personnel files, 7.
Committees, 8. Correspondence, 9. Majors.
Subseries 1. Annual Reports, 1979-84, 1988-89 (3 folders)
Included in this subseries are annual reports of the Environmental
Studies Program (1979-83, 1988-89) as well as the supporting
documents used to write the reports.
Subseries 2. Minutes, 1979, 1980-92 (3 folders)
Contains the minutes of the Environmental Studies Committee
(1979) and the Environmental Studies Program Committee
(1979-92). These committees were composed
from the College of Arts and Sciences. For information on the activities
of the committee see subseries 7.
Subseries 3. Program Review Files, 1984-85, 1992-93 (4 folders)
Consists of program reviews of the Environmental Studies Program
and supporting documents accompany each program
Subseries 4. Miscellaneous Administrative Files, 1978-80, 1981, 1983, 1988,
n.d. (6 folders)
The files in this subseries pertain to decisions carried out
during the transition from an Environmental Studies Program Committee
(1978-79) to the attainment of program
status in 1980. Included are reports and correspondence maintained
by the chairperson of Environmental Studies Committee, investigations
of other academic
Environmental Studies, and Oberlin College generated
Environmental Studies Program proposals.
Subseries 5. Grant Files, 1979-98 (110 folders)
Consists of grant proposals and descriptions
of individual independent projects carried out by the earliest Environmental
Majors at Oberlin (until 1984 ES majors were actually Individual Majors).
Also contained in this subseries are the ES Curriculum Enrichment Grant
(1978-80) and subsequent proposal to the Ohio Environmental Education
Fund to establish
an Environmental Education curriculum in the Oberlin Public Schools.
Subseries 6. Personnel Files, 1980s-90s
The general personnel files contain job descriptions and staffing
requests. Some of these documents report on the interdisciplinary
nature of Environmental
Studies as well as on how departments filed joint applications for
faculty to build up the number of courses in Environmental
Studies. Also contained
within this series are personnel files of individuals. Access to
this series is restricted.
Subseries 7. Environmental Studies and ES Program Committee,
1978-79, 1980-92 (22 folders)
Contained in the subseries are one file of notes and documents
from the Environmental Studies Committee, 1978-79, and ten folders
Program Committee, 1980-86.
For information on the two ad-hoc committees (1971-72, 1977-78),
see also the historical files series.
Subseries 8. Correspondence, 1979-82, 1988 (3 folders)
This small subseries consists of letters written by members of
the ESPC, including one folder of Clayton Koppes’ correspondence.
Subseries 9. Majors, 1972-99 (14 folders)
The bulk of the subseries contains records on students who majored
in Environmental Studies from 1979-88. Materials exist pertaining
to advising and the academic
work of minors. Of special interest is a compiled list 1972-99 of all Environmental
Studies majors, including names of students that pre-date program’s existence.
Series 2. Curriculum Files, 1973-96 (81 folders)
Consists of records relating to the teaching of environemtrnal
issues in other courses, and the development of courses specifically
related to the environment.
Subseries 1. Academic Course Materials, 1973, 1974, 1979-92,
1993 (25 folders)
Contained in this subseries are materials related to courses
taught on Environmental themes. Included are files for two courses
by David Egloff in the
early 1970s. The bulk of the materials,
pertain to courses established by the Environmental Studies Committee and
later the Environmental Studies Program Committee.
See also Committee files for class schedules and course listings
Subseries 2. Winter Term Files,
1969, 1971, 1974, 1977-90 (18 folders)
Consists of files relating to Winter Term
Projects, including "Human Kind Tomorrow."
Subseries 3. Visiting Scholars and Mini-Courses, 1980-88, 1990
The records in this subseries document the selection of visiting
scholars, the mini-course materials used, as well as promotional
materials for academic
work falling under the Visiting Scholar program in Environmental Studies.
These mini-courses formed an integral part of the early ESP curriculum.
Some of the materials in these files span the academic year in which the
mini-course was taught, however, the folders are labeled with the date of
the course was
Subseries 4. Student Papers, 1980-85, (5 folders)
These papers represent a sampling of early student work from
courses, honors projects, private readings, and independent research
Subseries 5. Files relating to the Gorn Prize, 1979-95 (2 folders)
Funded initially by the Joyce A. Gorn (OC ’73) Memorial Prize Fund, and
later with an endowed prize fund, this award recognizes students for “excellence
in an off-campus activity which required personal initiative and was designed
to have an important impact on an environmental problem.”
Subseries 6. Study Abroad Programs, 1987-91 (6 folders)
The subseries contains information on a variety of study abroad
programs related to environmental studies.
Series 3. Historical Files, 1969-93 (16 folders)
Documented in this series is the development of the Environmental
Studies Program at Oberlin. Of particular interest are two early
initiatives—the Eco-Oberlin Conference (1970) and the EXCO “Environment” course
(1971-72, 1978-79). These were collaborative efforts between faculty
and students. The success of the course prompted the founding of
the first ad-hoc Environmental Studies Committee (1971-72). Also
of note in this series are timelines of ES at Oberlin, compiled
lists of committee members and majors from 1969-93.
Series 4. Financial Records, 1980-91 (11 folder)
This series consists of financial records, particularly ones
related to outside grants and speaker funds.
Series 5. Program and Special Events, 1968-69, 1977-93, n.d.
The Environmental Studies Program Committee and ES students sponsored
a number of special events and projects, which are documented in
This series is broken into subseries 1. Speakers’ File (at
Oberlin), 2. Colloquium related materials, 3. Special events at
Oberlin College, and 4. Projects relating to the Oberlin Community.
Subseries 1. Speakers’ File (at Oberlin),
1980-85, 1987-89, 1992-3 (19 folders)
Included in this subseries are the files on talks given at Oberlin
College by prominent environmentalists.
Subseries 2. Colloquium for Majors Related Materials, 1981-87
The correspondence, notices, and planning materials in this
series pertain to the organizational efforts by the Environmental
series for Environmental Studies
Subseries 3. Special Events at Oberlin College, 1969, 1984-5, 1979, 1988-90,
1992, 2000 (11 folders)
Contained in this subseries are information on conferences and
panels held at Oberlin on environmental issues.
Subseries 4. Projects Relating to the Oberlin Community, 1968,
1977-91. n.d. (18 folders)
This subseries documents the programs and projects initiated
in the Oberlin Community by individuals connected to the Environmental
at Oberlin College. Included is the 968 Kenndicot Petition project to
in Washington state. Information and materials on student Environmental
groups at Oberlin, such as the Environmental Cooperative House of Oberlin
and the Environmental Studies Information Center (ESIC), can also be
Series 6. Subject Files, 1969-91 (20 folders)
Files on a variety of topics related to Environmental Studies
are contained in this series, including newspaper clippings and
Series 7. Publications, 1969-2000 (12 folders)
Subseries 1. Printed (regular), 1969-89, 1992, 2000. (5 folders)
This subseries includes printed matter pertaining to the Environmental
Studies program at Oberlin. David Egloff collected many of these files.
Subseries 2. Publicity Files, 1981-83 (2 folders)
Contained in this subseries are publicity releases and admissions
materials for the Environmental Studies program.
Subseries 3. Newsletters, 1985-2000 (4 folders)
The variety of newsletters on Environmental Studies at Oberlin
are located in this subseries, including “Backyard,” “Friends of Environmental
Studies,” and the “Oberlin Environmentalist.”
Subseries 4. Non-Oberlin related publications, 1970s-1990 (2 folder)
Included are newsletters and clippings from regional environmental
organizations, such as the Sierra Club.