John Baldwin papers, 1972-2005

Overview of the Collection

Baldwin, John H
John Baldwin papers
1972-2005 (inclusive)
145.5 linear feet, (97 containers)
Collection Number
UA 205
John H. Baldwin (1951-2005) was a professor in the Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM) program in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon (UO), the founding director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at UO, and was head of the Environmental Studies Program. The collection (1972-2005) contains Baldwin's faculty and administrative papers, professional research and service files, course materials, and personal papers.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 5413463068
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Additional Reference Guides

A paper box and folder listing with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

John H. Baldwin (1951-2005) was an Associate Professor in the Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM) program in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. He was very influential in the creation of PPPM and the Environmental Studies program, and was the founder and first director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at the University of Oregon (Fodor).

Baldwin received his Ph.D in zoology and wildlife ecology in 1977 from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). He joined the UO faculty in 1980. "As Associate Professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management, he taught courses on environmental planning and impact analysis, world energy policy and planning, sustainable development, and on the Oregon Land Use Program" (Fodor). He served twice as PPPM Department chair.

In 1984, he wrote a book titled, Environmental Planning and Management, and co-authored the book, Corporate Environmental Policy and Government Regulation, in 1994. He also "spearheaded" a project where he, along with Russian scientists, toured the area surrounding Chernobyl, talking to people, and gathering and sharing information (Ribe).

The Environmental Policy Makers and Planners (EPP) group annually sponsors the John Baldwin Film and Lecture Series, part of the City of Eugene's Earth Day festivities. An advertisement from the Film and Lecture Series reads: "During his 25 years as a professor of public policy and planning at the UO, John worked at the local, regional, national and international level to make our planet a better place. He taught, presented, provoked, advocated, collaborated, coached, mentored and befriended environmental students and leaders all over the world."

"Baldwin was preparing to teach marine biology for the Semester at Sea program," when he fell ill, and died on March 7th, 2005 (Ribe). He was fifty-four years old.

[Source: Ribe, Robert. "Instrument for Change, Remembering John Baldwin." Eugene Weekly. March 31, 2005.]

[Source: Fodor, Eban. "Remembering John Baldwin." Eugene Weekly. March 17, 2005.]

[Source: School of Architecture and Allied Arts Events webpage. "John Baldwin Film and Lecture Series."]

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains professional and personal correspondence, faculty, administrative and subject files, course information, committee notes and minutes, speeches and articles, and other materials that have been kept in their original order as they were taken out of filing cabinets in John Baldwin's office.

A paper list is available in Special Collections and University Archives, which offers a folder level listing of the files in each box. There is no other intellectual or physical order to this collection. Faculty, administrative, subject, and personal files may share similar folder title names, and share boxes. Many boxes contain alphabetically organized files, but some do not.

In the paper list, some folder titles are capitalized and some are not - it may be that the titles that are capitalized are actual folder titles, while the un-capitalized titles are descriptions of what is in the folder because the folder lacked a title, or the title did not make sense.

Even though Baldwin is the founder of the Institute of Sustainable Environment (ISE), the collection does not seem to hold much information about the Institute, unless that information is within folders that are not titled ISE. There are a few folders titled ISE in box 87 and box 90.

Correspondence can be found in folders titled, "communication," "correspondences," "email," "Thank-you's," "letters sent," and "letters received." Correspondence is also present in many of the faculty, administrative, and subject files. Correspondence may be personal or professional in nature.

Faculty, administrative, and professional service files include committees and councils Baldwin served on including: Diversity Committee; Library Committee; UG Curriculum Committee; AAA Faculty Advisory Council; Promotion, Tenure, Retention Appeal (PTRAC) Committee; Faculty Senate; and PPPM committees, among others.

Baldwin's faculty papers include information regarding classes Baldwin taught (1979- ), and folders are usually titled by the acronym of the course. Class information is available for courses in Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM); International Relations (INTL); Biology (BIO); Environmental Studies (ENVS) - sometimes written as Env Studies; Political Science (PS); Semester at Sea (includes a course list for Spring 2006); Micronesia Program; Landscape Architecture (LA); International College (ICOL); and also FIGs and College Connection classes. Material may include include syllabi, readings, course-packets, and exams.

Faculty and professional service files also include grant and fellowship information. There are also files containing speeches by Baldwin and conference information from meetings and conferences Baldwin attended and/or gave presentations at, including Australia: Environmental Education conference, the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) conferences, and the Oregon Environmental Council (OES).

There are many files that at first glance seem to be "subject files," which may actually be research files, project files, course related readings, gathered information, articles by others, or may contain writings by Baldwin. Subjects (1972 -) include environmental and natural resource related information, Federal and local environmental policies and regulations, Kyrgyzstan, Chernobyl, Japan, China, Russia, USSR, and Kiev, Ukraine, Oregon sustainability, energy and land use in America and other countries, endangered species, Woodrow Wilson, Eugene wetlands, OSPIRG, among many others.

All files may include correspondence, articles, notes, minutes, reports, research, tearsheets, and other printed material. The collection also includes slides and videos.

Also included in the collection are many articles and book reviews written by Baldwin. Many of these folder titles are prefixed by the letters "JB."

Personal files include documents such as a draft copy of Baldwin's thesis on Sandhill Cranes, a copy of his Ph.D dissertation (1977), jobs Baldwin applied for, VITAs, college notebooks, and personal notebooks.

The collection also include minutes, constitution and bylaws, newsletters, and correspondence of/relating to the Northwest Agribusiness Executive Seminar (NWAES), a group that Baldwin may have been a member of (1982-?).

Each box contains a paper listing of the contents of that particular box.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • City planning--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Eugene
  • College teachers--Oregon--Eugene
  • Education, Higher--Oregon--Eugene
  • Environmental policy--History
  • Environmental policy--United States--History
  • Environmentalists--Oregon--Eugene
  • Human ecology--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Eugene
  • Land use--Oregon--Planning
  • Policy sciences--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Eugene
  • Public administration--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Eugene
  • Regional planning--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Eugene
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Eugene

Personal Names

  • Baldwin, John H
  • Baldwin, John H.--Correspondence

Corporate Names

  • Northwest Agribusiness Executive Seminar
  • University of Oregon--Faculty
  • University of Oregon--History
  • University of Oregon. Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management
  • University of Oregon. Environmental Studies Program

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Minutes
  • Notebooks
  • Reports
  • Speeches