Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

The Orion Society:

An inventory of Its Audio-Visual Collection, 1994-2004, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Orion Society
Title: The Orion Society Audio-Visual Collection,
Dates: 1994-2004
Abstract: Audio and visual tapes of conferences, symposiums, and readings sponsored by the Orion Society.
Collection # R25.1
Quantity: 8 boxes (4.5 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The Orion Society, founded in 1992, is a group of nature writers, environmentalists, and activists who believe that “humans are morally responsible for the world in which we live, and that the individual comes to sense this responsibility as he or she develops a personal bond with nature” (www.orionsociety.org). The Society focuses on teaching how nature and communities might be healed. Four important events in the Society’s history which this collection documents are: the Forgotten Language Tours, the Watershed, Yaak Valley and Artful Advocacy conferences. The Forgotten Language Tours, 1992-2003, facilitated events in communities across the U.S. in which writers and poets offered readings, workshops, and discussions that attempted to strengthen the local community's understanding of the natural world and human community as well as to promote nature literacy. The Watershed: Writers, Nature and Community conference, which was cosponsored by the Library of Congress, took place in Washington, D.C., April 15-20, 1996, with over three thousand people in attendance. Speakers from the Orion Society also held a conference in Yaak Valley, Montana, home to Rick Bass and the subject of many of his books. Artful Advocacy: Building a New Movement for Responsible U.S. Global Engagement was held in Tarrytown, New York, Nov. 7-9, 2003. It was organized with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Speakers in the Orion Society collection include: David Abram, Rachel Bagby, Rick Bass, Wendell Berry, Lucille Clifton, Alison Deming, Cornelius Eady, John Elder, Marion Gilliam, Robert Hass, Linda Hogan, Wes Jackson, William Kittredge, Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Stephanie Mills, Gary Paul Nabhan, Richard Nelson, David Orr, Michael Pollan, Robert Michael Pyle, Pattiann Rogers, Scott Russell Sanders, Annick Smith, Catherine Sneed, Gary Snyder, Kim Stafford, Terry Tempest Williams, Paul Winter, and Susan Witt.


Scope and Contents

The collection has a variety of audio and visual materials detailing the intellectual gatherings and informal discussions of various Orion Society events: Forgotten Language tours, the Watershed, Yaak Valley and Artful Advocacy conferences. The collection is in good condition and is part of the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World.


 

Organization

The collection is organized by format (VHS tapes and audio cassettes) and by lecture series. Tapes have both Orion Society numbers (on the VHS tape labels) and archival box and tape numbers affixed during processing; number systems do not always coincide.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The audio-visual collection is open for research. However, all items must be reformatted to preservation copies prior to use. Therefore, researchers should allow at least 2-5 working days for this processing. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Please contact Dr. Diane Warner or the Reference Archivist for assistance.


Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Abram, David, 1957-
Bagby, Rachel L.
Bass, Rick, 1958-
Berry, Wendell, 1934-
Blake, H. Emerson
Clifton, Lucille, 1936-
Deming, Alison Hawthorne, 1946-
Eady, Cornelius
Elder, John, 1947-
Gilliam, Marion
Hass, Robert
Hogan, Linda
Jackson, Wes
Kittredge, William
Lopez, Barry Holstun, 1945-
Matthiessen, Peter
Mills, Stephanie, 1948-
Nabhan, Gary Paul
Nelson, Richard K.
Orr, David
Pollan, Michael
Pyle, Robert Michael
Rogers, Pattiann
Sanders, Scott R. (Scott Russell), 1945-
Smith, Annick, 1936-
Sneed, Catherine, 1954-
Snyder, Gary
Stafford, Kim Robert
Williams, Terry Tempest
Winter, Paul
Witt, Susan
Subjects
Environmental ethics
Natural history
Natural history in literature
Subjects (Geographic)
Yaak Valley (Mont.)
Subjects (Corporate Names)
Forgotten Language Tour
Watershed: Writers, Nature and Community (April 15-20, 1996)
Orion Society
Artful Advocacy: Building a New Movement for Responsible U.S. Global Engagement (Nov. 7-9, 2003)
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Nathan Cummings Foundation

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collection:

  • Rick Bass Papers, 1958-2001 and undated
  • Max Crawford Papers, 1960-2000 and undated
  • David James Duncan Papers, 1959-2002 and undated
  • David James Duncan Artifact Collection
  • David James Duncan Oversize Items, 1959-2002 and undated
  • Gretel Ehrlich Papers, 1923-2005 and undated
  • Edward Hoagland Papers, 1953-2007 and undated
  • William Kittredge Papers, 1954-2000 and undated
  • Barry Lopez Papers, 1964-2001 and undated
  • Barry Lopez Speaking Engagement Papers, 1971-1999 and undated
  • Barry Lopez Photograph Collection: Apológia, 1977
  • Barry Lopez Audio-Visual Collection, 1964-2001 and undated
  • Barry Lopez Photograph Collection, 1964-2001 and undated
  • Barry Lopez Collection, Requests for Book Jacket Blurbs, 2003-2004 and undated
  • Walter McDonald Papers, 1945-2003 and undated
  • Bill McKibben Papers, 1971-2001 and undated
  • Doug Peacock Papers, 1950-2000 and undated
  • David Quammen Papers, 1956-1999 and undated
  • Pattiann Rogers Papers, 1960-1999 and undated
  • Pattiann Rogers Papers, 1977-2000
  • Annick Smith Papers, 1940-2000 and undated
  • Sandra Scofield Papers, 1958-2005 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Orion Society Audio-Visual Collection, 1994-2004, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.

Accession number(s): 2007-0139-A

Gift, 2005

Processed by

Jamie Wormsbaker, Adam Houle, Dr. Diane Warner, 2008-2009.


Collection Inventory

 

VHS Tapes

box tape
1 1 Forgotten Language, tape #1, Kim Stafford, Atlanta Outside Class (30 minutes), [1996]
2 Forgotten Language, tape #2, Kim Stafford, Atlanta, Outdoor Class, [1996]
3 Forgotten Language, tape #3, Alison Deming and Robert Hass, Emory, [1996]
4 Forgotten Language, tape #4, Rick Bass, Emory, [1996]
5 Forgotten Language, tape #5, Rick Bass, Robert Hass, Emory, [1996]
6 Forgotten Language, tape #6, Bob Hass, Emory (17 minutes), [1996]
7 Forgotten Language, tape #7, Kim Stafford, Emory Classroom, [1996]
8 Forgotten Language, tape #8, Kim Stafford, Rick Bass, Emory Museum, [1996]
9 Forgotten Language, tape #10, Alison Deming, Atlanta, Emory Classroom, [1996]
10 Forgotten Language, tape #10, “Master,” [1996]
11 Forgotten Language, tape #11, Richard Nelson, Kim Stafford, Atlanta (30 minutes), [1996]
12 Forgotten Language, tape #12, Davidson, Atlanta (30 minutes), [1996]
13 Forgotten Language, tape #13, Alison Deming reading, “Science,” Emory (30 minutes), [1996]
14 Forgotten Language, tape #15, Davidson, Raptor Center, Richard Nelson (29 minutes), [1996]
15 Forgotten Language, tape #16, Raptor Center and Picnic Talk (30 minutes), [1996]
16 Forgotten Language, tape #17, Davidson Picnic, [1996]



 

Printed Material

box folder
1 17 Printed schedule, from H. Emerson Blake, of Orion Society Conferences, Institutes, Colloquia, and Forgotten Language Tours, 1991-2004 [2004]



 

VHS Tapes

box tape
2 1 Forgotten Language, tape #18, Kim Stafford, Richard Nelson, Davidson Picnic (30 minutes), [1996]
2 Forgotten Language, tape #20, David Abram, Pattiann Rogers, Davidson, 2nd evening continued, [1996]
3 Forgotten Language, tape #21, Pattiann Rogers, Kim Stafford, Davidson, (21 minutes), [1996]
4 Forgotten Language, tape #22, Kim Stafford, “Jefferson’s Tulips,” / “Monticello,” [1994-2003?]
5 Forgotten Language, tape #24, Adams House continued, [1994-2003?]
6 Forgotten Langauge, tape #25, Adams House, [1994-2003?]
7 Forgotten Language, tape #26, Adams Home end and Watershed—Dirt Rich, [1994-2003?]
8 Forgotten Language, tape #27, “Dirt Rich,” Cornelius Eady, Lucille Clifton (30 minutes), [1994-2003?]
9 Forgotten Language, tape #28, End of Lucille Clifton, Cornelius Eady, [1994-2003?]
10 Forgotten Language, tape #29, Cornelius Eady, Richard Nelson, [1996?]
11 Forgotten Language, tape #30, Interview with Richard Nelson and Scott R. Sanders, [1994-2003?]
12 Forgotten Language, tape #31, Interview with Scott R. Sanders, [1994-2003?]
13 Forgotten Language, tape #33, Rachel Bagby Interview, Robert Michael Pyle Interview, [1994-2003?]
14 Forgotten Language, tape #34, End of Robert Pyle interview, beginning of Barry Lopez interview, [1994-2003?]
15 Forgotten Language, tape #35, Interview with Barry Lopez, [1994-2003?]
16 Forgotten Language, tape #36, End of Barry Lopez interview, beginning of Pattiann Rogers interview, [1994-2003?]
17 Forgotten Language, tape #37, Pattiann Rogers interview, Alison Deming interview, [1994-2003?]
box tape
3 1 Forgotten Language, tape #38, Alison Deming, [1994-2003?]
2 Forgotten Language, tape #39, Richard Nelson, Gary Snyder, Lutheran Church, [1994-2003?]
3 Forgotten Language, tape #40, Bob Hass and Richard Nelson reading, [1994-2003?]
4 Forgotten Language, tape #41, Bob Hass, Richard Nelson, Linda Hogan reading, Lutheran Church, [1994-2003?]
5 Forgotten Language, tape #42, Gary Snyder (“Old Bones”), Linda Hogan, Lutheran Church, [1994-2003?]
6 Forgotten Language, tape #43, Gary Snyder, Paul Winter reading, Lutheran Church, (30 minutes), [1994-2003?]
7 Forgotten Language, tape #44, Wes Jackson interview continued, [1994-2003?]
8 Forgotten Language, tape #46, Wendell Berry interview, [1994-2003?]
9 Forgotten Language, tape #47, Bob Hass interview, [1994-2003?]
10 Forgotten Language, tape #48, Bob Hass interview continued, Terry Tempest Williams interview, “Shots of L.I.C. Beauty,” [1994-2003?]
11 Forgotten Language, tape #49, Terry Tempest Williams interview, [1994-2003?]
12 Forgotten Language, tape #50, Gary Snyder interview, part William Kittredge, [1994-2003?]
13 Forgotten Language, tape #51, David Abrams, [1994-2003?]
box tape
4 1 Yaak tapes, tape #1, Hike up to Vinal Creek, [1997]
2 Yaak tapes, tape #2, Rick Bass, Richard Nelson, Bob Hass on hike, [1997]
3 Yaak tapes, tape #3, Robert Pyle, Richard Nelson, Rick Bass interviews, [1997]
4 Yaak tapes, tape #4, End hike, interview with Richard Nelson and Rick Bass, [1997]
5 Yaak tapes, tape #5, Rick Bass with college kids, clear cuts and panoramas, [1997]
6 Yaak tapes, tape #6, Richard Nelson, Yaak public school with writers and students, Troy Theatre, [1997]
7 Yaak tapes, tape #7, Troy reading, “young kids, outdoor class, jungle bars,” [1997]
8 Yaak tapes, tape #8, exterior theatre, #1 Troy performance, [1997]
9 Yaak tapes, tape #9, #2 Troy performance, community meeting, [1997]
10 Yaak tapes, tape #10, #3 Troy performance, Robert Pyle reading, [1997]
11 Yaak tapes, tape #11, #4 Troy performance, Aerial #1, [1997]
12 Yaak tapes, tape #12, Aerials #2, [1997]
13 Yaak tapes, tape #13, Community meeting #1 (first ten minutes aerials then start Forestry Congress), [1997]
14 Yaak tapes, tape #14, Community meeting #2, Forestry Congress, [1997]
15 Yaak tapes, tape #15, Forestry Congress, [1997]
box tape
5 1 Yaak tapes, YAAK River Rafting (transferred from DV mini), [1997]
2 Yaak tapes, tape #16, Lumber Yard interview / Sawmill with Nels, [1997]
3 Yaak tapes, tape #17, Lumber Yard with Robert Pyle and Lumber Men, [1997]
4 Yaak tapes, tape #18, Rick Bass in his writing cabin, [1997]
5 Yaak tapes, tape #19, Local Residents / Beauty Shots / Singing by locals, [1997]
6 Yaak tapes, tape #20, Top of mountains, Flowers, YAAK community center, MG UB, Pyle, [1997]
7 Yaak tapes, tape #21, YAAK community reading, [1997]
8 Yaak tapes, tape #23, Bighorn Read (“Storm”), [1997]
9 Yaak tapes, tape #24, Bighorn Read (window dub), [1997]
10 Yaak tapes, tape #25, Bighorn Read (Bob Pyle), [1997]
11 Yaak tapes, tape #26, End of Bighorn Read, Tortoise Steps, [1997]
box tape
6 1 JK [Watershed?], tape # 3, Peter Matthiessen, Lutheran Church (17 minutes), [1996]
2 JK [Watershed?], tape #5, Cornelius Eddy (“Honeybees”), Lucille Clifton (“Black People”), “Dirt Rich / Watershed,” (34 minutes), [1996]
3 JK [Watershed?], tape #6, Birdey School, Robert Hass and Rachel Bagby speak to children at Birdey School about poetry and nature, [1996]
4 JK [Watershed?], tape #8, Dialogue: John Elder, David Orr, Catherine Sneed, [1996]
5 JK [Watershed?], tape #16, Dialogue: Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, Susan Witt, Rachel Bagby / Washington Beauty Shots (14 minutes), [1996]
6 JK [Watershed?], tape #24, Stephanie Mills (31 minutes), [1996]
7 JK [Watershed?], tape #25, Peter [Matthiessen?], Gary Snyder (30 minutes), [1996]
8 JK [Watershed?], tape #27, Anacostia Clean Up, [1996]
9 JK [Watershed?], tape #28, Anacostia Clean Up, [1996]
10 JK [Watershed?], tape #29, Gary Nabhan, Wendell Berry, (26 minutes), [1996]
11 JK [Watershed?], tape #30, Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams (30 minutes), [1996]
12 JK [Watershed?], tape #32, All Barry Lopez (32 minutes), [1996]
13 JK [Watershed?], tape #52, David Abram’s Magic Trick, Gray Nabhan, [1996]
14 JK [Watershed?], tape #53, Bob Hass, Annick Smith, [1996]
15 JK [Watershed?], tape #54, Last Day Watershed, Annick Smith, William Kittredge, [1996]
16 JK [Watershed?], tape #1, Gary Snyder, Rachel Bagby, Terry Tempest Williams, [1996]
17 JK [Watershed?], tape #2, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez, Pattian Rogers, Robert Michael Pyle, Richard Nelson, [1996]
18 JK [Watershed?], tape #3, Richard Nelson, Scott Russell Sanders, Alison Deming, Wes Jackson, [1996]
19 JK [Watershed?], tape #4, David Abram, Cornelius Eady, Bob Hass, [1996]
box tape
7 1 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes?], “Legacy Continued,” [1994-2003?]
2 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes?], “The Legacy We Leave,” John Elder, Peter Matthiessen, Pattiann Rogers, Scott Russell Sanders, [1994-2003?]
3 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes?], “The Legacy We Leave,” John Elder, Peter Matthiessen, Pattiann Rogers, Scott Russell Sanders, [1994-2003?]
4 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes], Marion Gilliam, Robert Hass, Scott Russell Sanders, [1994-2003?]
5 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes?], Scott Russell Sanders, Pattiann Rogers, [1994-2003?]
6 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes?], Pattiann Rogers, Peter Matthiessen, [1994-2003?]
7 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes?], Peter Matthiessen, [1994-2003?]
8 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes?], Rachel Bagby, Wes Jackson, Dialogue, [1994-2003?]
9 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes?], Rachel Bagby, Wendell Berry, Susan Witt, Wes Jackson, Catherine Sneed, Dialogue, [1994-2003?]
10 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes?], Gary Snyder, Richard Nelson, Linda Hogan, Lutheran Church, [1994-2003?]
11 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes?], Scott Russell Sanders interview, [1994-2003?]
12 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes?], end of Barry Lopez, beginning of Bob Hass, [1994-2003?]
13 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes?], Peter Matthiessen audience questions, Church of the Reformation, Schaller Statement, [1994-2003?]
14 JK [Misc. Forgotten Language Tapes?], Selects from the Adams House, [1994-2003?]
15 Copy of The Corporation, A Film by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, and Joel Bakan, Zeitgeist Films, 2003
16 “Frost Case,” PBS “Now,” February, 2003
17 PBS “Now,” Documentary about Greenbelt movement against corporations and development, [2004?]



 

Audio Cassettes

box tape
8 1 Artful Advocacy Symposium Tapes, tape #1, November 7-9, 2003
2 Artful Advocacy Symposium Tapes, tape #2, November 7-9, 2003
3 Artful Advocacy Symposium Tapes, tape #3, November 7-9, 2003
4 Artful Advocacy Symposium Tapes, tape #4, November 7-9, 2003
5 Artful Advocacy Symposium Tapes, tape #5, November 7-9, 2003
6 Artful Advocacy Symposium Tapes, tape #6, November 7-9, 2003
7 Artful Advocacy Symposium Tapes, tape #7, November 7-9, 2003
8 Artful Advocacy Symposium Tapes, tape #8, November 7-9, 2003
9 Great Barrington Land Conservancy / Spring 2003 Lecture—Michael Pollan—“Following the Food Chain: The Politics & ecology of eating,” November 7-9, 2003
10 Bioneers: Revolution form the Heart of Nature (Severn Cullis-Suzuki-- Remember the Future; Percy Schmeiser—The Theft of the Ark), November 7-9, 2003