Wesley A. Groesbeck papers, 1985-1995

Overview of the Collection

Groesbeck, Wesley A.
Wesley A. Groesbeck papers
1985-1995 (inclusive)
5.5 linear feet, (11 boxes)
Collection Number
ACCN 2553
The Wesley A. Groesbeck papers (1985-1995) is a collection of the materials created, adapted, and presented by Groesbeck as part of his work to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable practices in the residential housing industry. The collection covers a wide array of green building topics, including insulation, solar heating, water conservation, urban planning, residential siting, landscaping, and others. The collection is focused on Utah and the intermountain area, but contains supporting material from Germany, Australia and other places as well.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 8015818863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Wesley A. Groesbeck was an advocate, consultant, and educator on the subject of environmentally friendly building practices in Utah. Groesbeck taught workshops, gave assessments, and collected materials on the most affordable and effective ways to minimize the environmental impact of residential housing. Groesbeck went on to co-author a book, The Resource Guide to Sustainable Landscapes, with Jan Striefel in 1994.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Wesley A. Groesbeck papers contain teaching material created or adapted by Groesbeck to use in his education programs. The collection also includes clippings, articles, and printed materials concerning environmentally friendly/sustainable housing issues on a local, national, and international level.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection materials are arranged by subject.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Wes Groesbeck in 2010.

Processing Note

Processed by Michael Bills in 2015.

Separated Materials

Audio tapes and photographs were transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Green building course materialsReturn to Top

Notes, handouts, and transparencies from Mr. Groesbeck's course on sustainable and energy-efficient single family housing practices.

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
The Sick, Wasteful House
1 2
Environmentally friendly homes
1 3
Earth-friendly products/materials
1 4
The Energy Efficient House
1 5
Home assessments

Environmentally friendly and sustainable housing materialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Healthy house materials
Water efficiency
Clippings, pamphlets, and notes on water efficiency in the home.
Waste water, storm water, and small flows
Sustainable lifestyles and communities
Helmut Ziehe, "Correspondence Course Baubiologie"

Subject filesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
7 1
ADAAG materials
7 2
7 3
Austin Green Building Field Guide
7 4
Bau Biologie
7 5
Building products
7 6-7
Brochures and pamphlets
7 8
7 9
Richard Crowther
7 10
dryvit materials
8 1
Energy efficiency presentation
8 2-4
Energy source directory
8 5
Environmental building notes
9 1
"The European Community's Environmental Policies and Practices"
9 2
9 3
First Annual Governor's Conference on Community Forestry
9 4-5
Gardening, trees, and landscape
9 6
1993 Germany trip
10 1-2
Green building materials initiative
10 3
Grey water
10 4
Hazardous waste
10 5
David Kibbey, "Architectural Resource Guide"
10 6
Landscape design and energy conservation
11 1
11 2
Ron Molen, "The Sustainable Village"
11 3
"Passive Solar Strategies; Guidelines for Homebuilders"
11 4
Planetary solutions
11 5
Sacramento Shade Tree Program
11 6
SMUD: Sacramento Municipal Utility District
11 7
Utah Energy Conservation Coalition Residential Energy Auditing Reference Manual
11 8
Utah Energy Conservation Coalition Residential Energy Auditing Reference Manual
11 9
Environmental assessment of Westminster College campus

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Dwellings--Environmental aspects--Utah
  • House construction--Environmental aspects--Utah
  • Landscape architecture--Environmental aspects
  • Sustainable development

Personal Names

  • Groesbeck, Wesley A.--Archives

Form or Genre Terms

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Course materials