Marvin B. Durning papers, 1958-2013

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Durning, Marvin B., 1929-
Title
Marvin B. Durning papers
Dates
1958-2013 (inclusive)
Quantity
22.84 cubic feet (24 boxes plus 1 oversized item)
Collection Number
1997
Summary
Lawyer, political activist, and conservationist of Seattle, Washington
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Some material stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Marvin Durning, a prominent environmental attorney for much of his career, was born in New Orleans in 1929. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Oxford University (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale Law School, Durning and his wife, Jean, moved to Seattle in 1959. He was executive director of the Joint Committee on Urban Area Government from 1961 to 1962, and served as chairman of Citizens for Outdoor Recreation, an organization which worked for Initiative 215, the Marine Recreation Land Act. This initiative, which passed in 1964, allowed un-reclaimed gasoline taxes paid on watercraft fuel to be used to purchase marine recreation facilities. Durning was also involved with the Washington State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation, 1965-1967. He ran for state Attorney General in 1968, for governor in 1976, and for Congress in 1977. Following his loss in the congressional race, Durning worked as the chief of enforcement for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for three years, and later as an advisor for companies working for environmental clean-up worldwide. He remained active for much of his life and wrote two books, World Turned Upside Down (2007) and the self-published novel A Journey... Beyond the Baths of All the Western Stars, following his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease. Durning died at age 84 on October 16, 2013.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, diaries, biographical material, minutes, financial records, reports, speeches, writings, press releases, and legislative material.

Papers created Durning's political campaigns for attorney general of Washington (1968), governor of Washington (1976), and U.S. representative (1977); together with papers (1956-1965) relating to Citizens for Outdoor Recreation, a conservation organization, Initiative 215, the Marine Recreation Land Act, and other civic and political activities. Includes material relating to Washington State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation (1965-1967) and Washington State Legislature Joint Committee on Urban Area Government (1958-1962).

In 2014 additional materials similar to the above , plus records created during Durning's appointment and confirmation as Assistant Administrator for the Environment under President Carter, and files created during the writing of his novel: A Journey...Beyond the Baths of All the Western Stars (2011-2013) were added.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on copying, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

Organized into 3 accessions.

  • Accession No. 1997-001, Marvin B. Durning papers, 1958-1977
  • Accession No. 1997-002, Marvin B. Durning papers, 1965-1977
  • Accession No. 1997-003, Marvin B. Durning Papers , 1953-2013

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 1997-001: Marvin B. Durning papers, 1958-1977Return to Top

3.42 cubic feet (4 boxes) plus 1 oversize

Scope and Content: Correspondence, subject files, financial records relating to Joint Committee on Urban Area Government and Citizens for Outdoor Recreation

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

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

Acquisition Info: Donated by Marvin Durning, 8/30/1972.

Container(s) Description Dates
Series 1: Joint Committee on Urban Area Government
Box Accession
1 1997-001
General Correspondence
1958-1962
1 1997-001
Minutes
1961-1963
1 1997-001
Financial Records
1962
1 1997-001
Reports
1960-1962
1 1997-001
Speeches and Writings
1 1997-001
News Releases
1 1997-001
Legislation
1 1997-001
List of Joint Committee Members
1 1997-001
Photographs
1 1997-001
Maps
1 1997-001
Notes
1 1997-001
News Clippings
1 1997-001
Ephemera
1 1997-001
Miscellaneous
Series 2: Citizens for Outdoor Recreation
Box Accession
2 1997-001
General Correspondence
1962-1965
2 1997-001
General Correspondence
1963-1964
3 1997-001
Minutes
1963-1964
3 1997-001
Financial Records
1963-1964
3 1997-001
Statistics
3 1997-001
Reports
1956-1964
3 1997-001
Speeches and Writings
3 1997-001
News Releases
3 1997-001
Legislation
3 1997-001
Drafts, Comments, etc.
3 1997-001
Appointment Book
1964
3 1997-001
List of Delegates of Governor's Conference
3 1997-001
List of Organizations and Interested Individuals
3 1997-001
Notes
3 1997-001
Subject series includes correspondence: Initiative 215
4 1997-001
Unidentified tape recording
4 1997-001
Maps
4 1997-001
Notes
4 1997-001
Clippings
4 1997-001
Ephemera
OS 1997-001
Petitions and Explanatory Material

Accession No. 1997-002: Marvin B. Durning papers, 1965-1977Return to Top

10.42 cubic feet (11 boxes)

Scope and Content: Political campaign files, 1966-1977; records of Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.

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

Acquisition Info: Donated by Marvin Durning, 8/18/1977.

Container(s) Description Dates
Series 1: Washington, Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation
Box Accession
1 1997-002
Washington Agriculture Department
1 1997-002
Association of State Liaison Officers
1 1997-002
Attorney General
1 1997-002
Budget and Finance
1-2 1997-002
U.S. Interior Department Outdoor, Recreation Bureau
2 1997-002
Central Budget Agency
2 1997-002
Clippings
2 1997-002
Code of Ethics
2 1997-002
Commerce and Economic Development Department
2 1997-002
Congress
2 1997-002
Correspondence with General Public
2 1997-002
Motor Vehicles Director
2 1997-002
Fisheries Department
2 1997-002
Fund Formula/Criteria
2 1997-002
Game Department
2 1997-002
Governor
3 1997-002
Highway Department
3 1997-002
HUD, GSA, and other agencies
3 1997-002
Legislature
3 1997-002
Local Agencies
3 1997-002
Natural Resources Department
3 1997-002
Other Federal Agencies
3 1997-002
Other State Agencies
3 1997-002
Parks and Recreation Department
4 1997-002
Personnel and Consultants
4 1997-002
Personnel
4 1997-002
Executed State Project Documents
4 1997-002
Referendum 18
4 1997-002
Sample Formal Documents
4 1997-002
State Finance Committee
4 1997-002
State Motor Pool
4 1997-002
Supplies
4 1997-002
Thompson, Vialle and Associates
4 1997-002
Official Outdoor Recreation Plan
1965 October
5 1997-002
Statewide Outdoor Recreation and Open Space Plan
1966 November
5 1997-002
"Recommended Funding"
5-6 1997-002
Marvin Durning Hearings in Various Cities
Series 2: Durning for Attorney General Campaign
Box Accession
6 1997-002
Calendar
1968
6 1997-002
Correspondence - Media
1968
6 1997-002
Correspondence - Miscellaneous
1968

Accession No. 1997-003: Marvin B. Durning Papers, 1953-2013 (bulk 1970-1989)Return to Top

9 cubic feet (9 boxes)

Scope and Content: Durnings files, notes, correspondence from EPA materials created during Durning's appointment and confirmation as Assistant Administrator for the Environment under President Carter. campaigns, his law office and other biographical materials, speeches; Files created during the writing of his novel: A Journey...Beyond the Baths of All the Western Stars (2011-2013).

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users

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

Acquisition Info: Jean Durning (wife of Marvin Durning) 5/20/2014

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder Accession
1 1997-003
EPA Policy Notebooks; Major Source Enforcement; Industry Studies
1970-1980
2 1997-003
EPA materials regarding Durning's appointment and confirmation as Assistant Administrator for the Environment under President Carter; Statements of Support; Ethics issues; Quailifications; Committee Records; Resignation Letters; Senate Confirmation Hearings
1977-1979
3 1997-003
Durning's EPA Reading Files
Oct. 1978-June 1979
4 1997-003
Durning's EPA Reading Files
July 1978-April 1979
5 1997-003
Durning's EPA Reading Files
July-August 1979
5 1997-003
Personal Correspondence
1977-1979
5 1997-003
Bill to authorize investigations and enforcement; Enforcement and response policies
1979
6 1997-003
Bar Association Records; Insurance records; Correspondence and Statements
1980-1999
6 1997-003
Records of law office dissolution
1998-2000
6 1997-003
Minutes book; Articles of Incorporation
1985-1986
7 1997-003
Studies and writings related to various committees and companies including Outdoor Recreation
1980-1989
8 1997-003
U.S. Navy papers; Political Campaigns and Issue Campaigns
1953-1989
8 1997-003
Speech files; Misc. writings
1966-1982
9 1997-003
Speech Files including Forward Thrust and other regional efforts
1975-2003
9 1997-003
Durning's completed self-published novel (A Journey...Beyond the Baths of All the Western Stars); Drafts; Comments; Resources
2011-2012
9 1997-003
Resources for the novel (A Journey...Beyond the Baths of All the Western Stars)
2011-2013

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Aquatic sports--Law and legislation--Washington (State)
  • Conservation of natural resources--Washington (State)
  • Elections--Washington (State)
  • Governors--Election
  • Governors--Washington (State)
  • Metropolitan government--Washington (State)
  • Municipal government--Washington (State)
  • Outdoor recreation--Washington (State)
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Political activists--Washington (State)
  • Public lands--Recreational use
  • Public lands--Washington (State)
  • Referendum--Washington (State)

Personal Names

  • Durning, Marvin B., 1929- --Archives

Corporate Names

  • United States. Congress. House--Elections, 1977
  • Washington (State). Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • Washington (State)--Politics and government--1951-

Occupations

  • Conservationists--Washington (State)
  • Lawyers--Washington (State)

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Rosellini, Albert D. (Albert Dean), 1910-2011 (creator)
    • Whetzel, Jonathan F., 1927- (creator)
    • Wimmer, Thomas O., 1910-1987 (creator)
    Corporate Names
    • Citizens for Outdoor Recreation (Wash.) (creator)
    • Washington (State). Department of Game (creator)
    • Washington (State). Legislature. Joint Committee on Urban Area Government (creator)
    • Washington (State). Outdoor Recreation Interagency Committee (creator)
    • Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (creator)