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Polly Dyer papers, 1953-2001

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Dyer, Polly
Title
Polly Dyer papers
Dates
1953-2001 (inclusive)
Quantity
approximately 134.32 cubic ft
Collection Number
3258
Summary
Conservationist of Seattle, Washington
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Consult the restrictions governing access for each of the accessions listed below.

Some records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Languages
English

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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Conservationist of Seattle, Washington. Polly Dyer was an activist on conservation issues as the following memberships and leadership roles indicate: Mountaineers Conservation Committee chair for 1957; national board member of the Sierra Club; president, Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs during 1958-1959; Northwest Wilderness Conference; North Cascades Conservation Council. Organized Olympic coastline hikes with William O. Douglas, 1958, 1964. In 1974-1978, Dyer served on the Washington Forest Practices Board. The FPB drafted rules governing the implementation of the Washington State's Forest Practices Act, to insure the future of timber production by requiring reforestation after harvesting. She also worked on the establishment of the North Cascades Conservation Council. Dyer served as the president, Olympic Park Associates, 1989-1994.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, minutes, reports, writings, subject series, clippings, maps, photographs, testimony, ephemera, sound and video recordings. Chiefly documents conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest, especially Washington state.

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Accession No. 3258-001: Polly Dyer papers, 1953-1970Return to Top

2' linear.

Scope and Content: Correspondence, writings, subject series, clippings, ephemera; ca. 1953-1970. These files consist of 2 boxes. Box 1 - Olympic National Park and Box 2 - Olympic National Park Citizen Group Survey. Box 1 documents Mrs. Dyer's early involvement in conservation issues, replacing Bill Degenhardt as Mountaineer representative on Governor Langlie's Olympic National Park Review Committee. Box 2 is a student project, 1970, the results of which were published in "Sunset", Oct. 1970.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Polly Dyer papers

Accession No. 3258-002: Polly Dyer papers, 1968-1979Return to Top

1' 7 1/2" linear.

Scope and Content: Correspondence, reports, related files; 1968, ca. 1974-1979. Includes research materials accumulated by Dyer on SE Alaska forestry issues for a geography research project in 1968. Also includes information on regulating forest practices within Washington state during the 1970s.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Polly Dyer papers

Accession No. 3258-003: Polly Dyer papers, 1964-1975Return to Top

3' 5" linear.

Scope and Content: Correspondence, minutes, ephemera, and related series; bulk ca. 1964-1975.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Polly Dyer, 1987-02-05

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Polly Dyer papers

Accession No. 3258-004: Polly Dyer papers, 1971-1974Return to Top

5' 10" linear.

Scope and Content: General correspondence, subject series, reports, writings, clippings, maps, ephemera; ca. 1955-1974 (bulk 1971-1974) Documents early conservation efforts toward wilderness status for the North Cascades, including the establishment of the North Cascades Conservation Council. Other issues including Alaska and other areas of the U.S. are documented, partly because of her service on the Sierra Club national board. Regarding Alaska materials: as a former resident of Alaska, Dyer was concerned about proposals to develop and protect wild areas there. She also collected material for a possible master's thesis in geography on these issues.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Polly Dyer papers

Accession No. 3258-005: Polly Dyer papers, 1961-1987Return to Top

1' linear.

Scope and Content: Minutes, correspondence, notes, ephemera and similar materials; ca. 1961-1963, 1965, 1985-1987.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Accession No. 3258-006: Polly Dyer papers, 1960-1970Return to Top

3' linear.

Scope and Content: Correspondence, reports, conferences and conventions, newsletters, clippings, ephemera; 1960-1970. Entire contents of Box 1 is Fifth World Forestry Congress, 1960. Bulk of Box 3 is clippings on a variety of subjects.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Polly Dyer papers

Accession No. 3258-007: Polly Dyer papers, 1952-1962Return to Top

1' 5" linear.

Scope and Content: Correspondence, minutes, reports, publications, clippings, newsletters, maps, photographs, ephemera, subject series; 1952-1962. Many Oregon issues are documented. Also Northwestern agitation for Wilderness Act.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Polly Dyer papers

Accession No. 3258-008: Polly Dyer papers, 1970-1992Return to Top

16.79 cu. ft. (18 boxes)

Scope and Content: Subject files; 1970-1992 (bulk 1970-1979)

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Polly Dyer papers

Accession No. 3258-009: Polly Dyer papers, 1978-1993Return to Top

40 cu. ft. (40 boxes)

Scope and Content: Predominantly the paper records and cassette tapes from programs and conferences sponsored and developed by the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Washington; ca.1978-1993.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access contact repository.

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

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Polly Dyer papers

Accession No. 3258-010: Polly Dyer papers, 1953-1994Return to Top

4.63 cu. ft. (6 boxes)

Scope and Content: Correspondence, notes, testimony, legislation, reports, clippings, and related materials reflecting her environmental activism, including formation of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Sierra Club, 1953; opposition to Echo Park Dam in Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado, 1954; support for the Wilderness Bill, 1957-1963; and support for removal of dams on the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, ca. 1987-1994. Span dates of the accession are 1953-1963, 1987-1994.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Polly Dyer, 1997-09-12

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Polly Dyer papers

Accession No. 3258-011: Polly Dyer papers, 1985-1987Return to Top

1.42 cu. ft. (2 boxes)

Scope and Content: Meeting notes, agenda, reports, correspondence, clippings, and other materials related to her involvement in the Puget Sound Alliance; 1985-ca 1987.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Polly Dyer, 1998-04-29

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Polly Dyer papers

Accession No. 3258-012: Polly Dyer papers, 1955-2001 (bulk ca. 1984-1996)Return to Top

Total extent: 48.17 cubic ft. (48 boxes, 1 tube); 10 videocassettes (VHS); 13 sound tape reels; 26 sound cassettes

Scope and Content: Notes, agendas, minutes, letters, ephemera, photographs, sound and video recordings of NW Wilderness Conferences, and other papers related to the various environmental groups with which she was involved; 1955-2001 (bulk ca. 1984-1996)

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users but CLOSED until processed

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries

Acquisition Info: Polly T. Dyer, 2001-04-24

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Accession No. 3258-013: Polly Dyer papers, 1959-2002Return to Top

3.42 cubic feet (5 boxes); 72 video recordings; 9 Mini DV

Scope and Content: Video cassettes, conference procedings, posters, books, correspondence, and other documents relating to Northwest Wilderness Conferences and the Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs. There are three cartons of video cassettes are from 1998, 2000, and 2002 conferences. The bulk of the paper records relate to the 1966 Northwest Wilderness Conference.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries

Acquisition Info: [Information not available], 2011-01-04

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Polly Dyer papers