Karl Boyd Brooks Papers, 1986-1996  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Brooks, Karl Boyd
Title
Karl Boyd Brooks Papers
Dates
1986-1996 (inclusive)
Quantity
18.0 linear feet, (36 boxes)
Collection Number
MSS 235
Summary
The Karl Boyd Brooks Papers correspondence, memos, reports, bills, studies, campaign documents, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photos, and other papers, relating to Brooks’ service in the Idaho State Senate (1986-1992), his campaigns for office, and his work as legislative and executive director of the Idaho Conservation League (1993-1995). Among the topics addressed in the files are abortion legislation, Idaho water resources, Idaho rivers, Payette River in particular, forest health, grazing on public lands, Indian gaming, and Democratic Party politics in the 1980s and 1990s.
Repository
Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
1910 University Drive
Boise ID
83725
Telephone: 208-426-3958
archives@boisestate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Karl Boyd Brooks was born in Boise, Idaho, on August 23, 1956. A graduate of the Boise public schools, he earned a bachelors degree in history (Phi Beta Kappa) from Yale University, a masters degree in international relations from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Harvard. On his return to Boise in 1983, he went to work as a litigator for Boise Cascade Corporation, a forest products company, and stayed with the company for seven years before moving to the law firm of Holland & Hart in 1990. Active in politics, he was elected as a Democrat to the Idaho State Senate in 1986 representing southeast Boise. In the legislature, he quickly earned a reputation as an environmentalist. He was reelected in 1988 and 1990, but did not seek reelection in 1992. In 1993 he left Holland & Hart and went to work for the Idaho Conservation League, the state's largest environmental organization. He served as the organization's executive and legislative director between 1993 and 1996. Brooks then returned to academe, earning a Ph.D. in history from the University of Kansas in 2000. He has been a professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Kansas since then. He is the author of numerous articles and the book Public Dams, Private Power: The Hells Canyon High Dam Controversy (University of Washington Press, 2006).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Karl Boyd Brooks Papers document his service in the Idaho State Senate (1986-1992), his work with the Idaho Conservation League (1993-1996), and Idaho politics in general during the 1980s and 1990s. They cover the issues that came before the Idaho legislature during those years, particularly the environment, river protection, abortion, and Indian gaming. Included in the papers are records from Brooks' campaigns for the legislature in 1986, 1988, and 1990, the fullest set being for his initial bid for office in 1986. They reveal a serious, well-organized, campaign by a first-time candidate. Brooks' political papers also document his exploration of bids for higher office. He considered running for the U.S. Senate in both 1990 and 1992 and launched a campaign for Governor in 1994, but ultimately did not enter the primary election for either office. Materials from committees may include Senate bills, House bills, minutes, resolutions, and agendas.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[item description], Karl Boyd Brooks Papers, Box [number] Folder [number], Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1:  LegislativeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1-6
Legislative Correspondence
1986-1988
2 1-4
Legislative Correspondence
1989-1992
2 5
Legislative Correspondence, Reapportionment
1992
3 1
Investment and Retirement Funds Committee minutes
1987
3 2-5
Judiciary and Rules Committee
1987
3 6
Transportation Committee
1987
3 7-8
Judiciary and Rules Committee
1988
3 8
Human Resources Committee
1989
3 9
Judiciary and Rules Committee
1989
3 10
Judiciary and Rules Committee, Local Government and Taxation
1990
4 1
Human Resources Committee
1990
4 2
Judiciary and Rules Committee, Idaho Centennial Legislature
1990
4 3
Human Resources Committee
1991
4 4
Judiciary and Rules Committee
1991
4 5-6
Local Government and Taxation
1991
4 7-9
Judiciary and Rules Committee
1992
4 10-13
Human Resources Committee
1992
5 1-5
Environmental Issues
1987-1992
5 6
Air Quality
1990
5 7-8
Boise Wood Smoke Pollution
1983-1987
5 9-10
Idaho Fish and Game
1988-1992
5 11
Idaho Forest Management Act
5 12
Ground Water
1989
5 13
INEL
1987-1992
5 14
Land Use
1988-1989
5 15
Natural Resources
1990-1993
6 1
Outstanding Resource Waters, Middle Fork Salmon River
1991
6 2
Payette Lake Property Ownership
1989-1991
6 3
Salmon
1988-1991
6 4
Salmon Recovery
1992-1993
6 5
Saylor Creek Bombing Range
1992-1993
6 6-10
Water Quality
1987-1992
6 11
Land Management
1990
7 1-2
Idaho Natural and Recreation Rivers Act, S1394
1986-1987
7 3
Idaho Protected Rivers Act, S1467
1988
7 4-5
Comprehensive State Water Planning Bill, S1504
1988
7 6
Water Resources Appropriation, S1566
1988
7 7
Comprehensive State Water Plan, H780
1988
7 8
Boise River Plan
1989-1991
7 9
California Issues
1988-1989
7 10-11
Conservation Groups
1987-1991
7 12
Dworshak Hydropower Project
1989
7 13
Electrical Consumer Protection Act
1986
7 14
Swan Falls Water Rights Agreement
1987
7 15
Federal Regulations
1987-1988
7 16
Governor's Office
1986-1988
8 1-2
Henrys Fork of the Snake
1986, 1992
8 3-4
Hydroelectric Power
1986-1988
8 5
Idaho Fish and Game
1987
8 6-8
Idaho State Water Plan
1986-1992
8 9
News articles
1988-1990
8 10
Northern Rockies Rover Project
1989-1990
8 11-12
Northwest Power Planning Council
1987-1989
8 13
Notes
1987-1989
8 14
Oregon Waterways
1972, 1985-1988
8 15
Pacific Northwest Rivers Study
1986
8 16
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
1990
8 17
Payette River
1987-1988
8 18
Power Companies
1987-1988
8 19
Priest River Basin
1990
8 20
Protected Area Policy
1988-1989
8 21
Shoshone-Bannock Reserved Water Rights Settlement
1990
8 22
Snake River
1987
8 23
Water Quality
1989
8 24
Water Resources Board
1988-1989
8 25
Water Rights
1987-1988
8 26
Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
1989
9 1-10
Payette River Plan
1987-1992
10 1-5
Migratory Water Fowl Stamp
1984-1990
11 1-9
Abortion
1989-1991
12 1-11
Abortion
1978-1990
13 1-3
Abortion
1991-1993
14
Abortion Notebook
Folder
13 4
1% Initiative
1991
13 5
Associated Taxpayers of Idaho
1986
13 6-7
AIDS
1987-1988
13 8
Library Theft
1991
13 9-10
State Board of Education: Vacancy, John Keiser firing
1991
13 11
State Employee Compensation, HCR 40
1988
13 12
Workers Compensation-Agricultural Appeal
1991-1992
15 1-13
Indian Gaming: Correspondence, legislation, articles
1991-1993
16 1-4
Legislative Scrapbooks
1987

Idaho Conservation LeagueReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
17 1-6
Correspondence
1993-1994
18 1-6
Correspondence
1994-1996
19 1-2
Speech: Sustainable Development Conference
1994
19 3
Speech: Idaho Rivers Symposium
1994
19 4
Speech: Leadership Academy
1994
19 5
Speech: Liberalism Seminar
1994
19 6
Speech: Future of Idaho's Water Resources
1994
19 7
Speech: Idaho Environmental Professionals
1994
19 8
Speech: Idaho Bombing Range debate
1994
19 9
Speech: Wilderness Press Conference
1994
19 10
Article: Forest Health guest opinion Idaho Statesman
1994
19 11
Speech: Forest Health hearings
1994
19 12
Speech: Public Lands class
1994
19 13
Speech: Fire, an Aspect of Forest Health (Idaho Rural Development Council)
1994
19 14
Speech: Endangered Species Act: The Future (Idaho Water Users Association)
1994
19 15
Speech: Public/Private Partnership for Sustainable Use Natural Resources Conference
1995
19 16
Speech: Judaism and Ecology
1995
19 17
Speech: Environmentalism vs. Progress
1995
19 18
Speech: Economic Benefits of Conservation
1995
19 19
Speech: Open Space (Soil and Water Conservation Society)
1995
19 20
Speech: Conflict Resolution (Range Management Society)
1995
19 20
Speech: Idaho Environmental Professionals
1996
19 22
Speech: Public Land Heist, Idaho Ag Summit
1996
19 23
Speech: Ad Hoc Conservation Politics Task Force
1996
19 24
Speech: Wood River Earth Day
1996
20 1-4
Conservation politics and policy
1994-1995
20 5-7
Forest health
1993-1994
20 8-9
Forests: Logging
1993-1995
21 1-3
Grazing: BLM Reform
1993-1995
21 4
Legislative issues
1995
21 5
Owyhee bombing range/Owyhee Canyonlands
1992-1994
21 6
Public lands: Defense and attacks
1993-1995
21 7-8
Public trust repeal (HB794)/elimination (HB274)
1995-1996
22 1-2
Salmon and dams
1993-1995
22 3-7
War on the West
1992-1995
22 8-11
Wise Use movement/Radical Right
1993-1995
23 1
Andrus, Cecil D.
1994
23 2
Boise Cascade Corporation: George Harad speech
1995
23 3
Boise Grove Hotel construction: Ground contamination
1996
23 4
Bruneau Snail controversy
1995
23 5
Cascade Reservoir Association, Spruce Creek timber sale
1994
23 6
Economics of wilderness
1993-1994
23 7
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
1995
23 8
Idaho Department of Water Quality
1996
23 9
Idaho Legislature: Environmental voting record
1993-1996
23 10
Northwest Earth Institute, Dick Roy
1994
23 11
Butch Otter fundraising
1994
23 12
Wilderness in Idaho
1993-1994
23 13
ICL report: Management of Idaho's State Endowment Lands
1992
23 14
ICL report: Sustainable Economics, a Transition for Idaho's Rural Communities
1993
23 15
ICL report: The State of Idaho's Environmental Economy
1994
23 16
Wilderness Act trip to Washington
1994
24 1
Natural Resources News
1996
24 2
Press releases
1993-1995
24 3-9
News clippings
1993-1996
25 1
Executive Director transition
1994
25 2
Karl Brooks work reports
1994
25 3-7
Board of Directors meetings
1993-1995
25 8-9
Staff retreat and planning
1995
25 10
Strategic Plan
1994
25 11
Legislative report/strategic planning
1996
25 12
Lobbying efforts
1996
25 13
Personnel policies

PoliticsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
26 1
Political clippings
1986-1991
26 2-17
State Senate campaign
1986
27 1-4
State Senate campaign
1986
27 5-9
State Senate campaign
1988
27 10-13
State Senate campaign
1990
28 1
U.S. Senate candidacy consideration
1990
28 2
Idaho Attorney General candidacy consideration
1990
28 3
U.S. Senate candidacy consideration
1992
28 4-12
1994 Gubernatorical campaign
1992-1993
29 1-10
Politics: Idaho
1986-1991
30 1-2
Politics: Idaho
1992
30 3
Larry Jackson nomination to Tax Commission
1987-1988
30 4-7
Legislative authority/Idaho Senate
1990
30 8-12
Politics: Ada County
1988-1992
30 13
Boise City mayoral contest (Tracy Andrus)
1990
31 1
Democratic Study Group (Idaho)
1988-1989
31 2
Senate Democratic Cuacus
1988
31 3
Gay rights
1992-1993
31 4
Albert Gore Presidential campaign
1987-1988
31 5
Orval Hansen
1974
31 6
Gulf War
31 7
Legislative voting records, 1979-1987
31 8-9
Voter analyses
1986-1992
31 10-15
J.D. Williams Congressional campaign
1992
32 1-5
Idaho politics clippings
1986-1992
33-34
Scrapbooks, State Senate campaigns and Idaho politics
1986-1989
34
Fundraiser guest book
1990
34
Calendar
1992
34
T-shirts
34
Video: Gary Glenn's 1986 Right to Work debate
1986
34
Video: Karl Brooks 30 second television spot
1986
34
Video: Karl Brooks/Cheryl Schwartz debate
1988

Personal PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
35 1
Resumes
35 2
Daily journal
1986
35 3
Legal brief: Phillips v. U.S.A.
1993
35 4
Legal brief: Teply v. Lincoln
1993
35 5
Idaho Commission for National and Community Service Appointment
1994
35 6-7
Holland and Hart Business Development/Indian gaming litigation
1993
35 8
Career transition
1993
35 9
Jennifer (daughter)
1994
36
Photographs: campaign, hiking/camping, Europe trips, family

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Abortion--Law and legislation--Idaho.
  • Conservation of natural resources--Idaho
  • Democratic Party (Idaho)
  • Gambling on Indian reservations
  • Grazing
  • Grazing--Environmental aspects
  • Idaho Conservation League.
  • Idaho. Legislature. Senate
  • Idaho--Politics and government--20th century
  • Payette River (Idaho)
  • Political campaigns--Idaho
  • Rivers--Idaho
  • Water resources development--Idaho