Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Marc Reisner:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1928-2004 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Reisner, Marc
Title: Marc Reisner Papers,
Dates: 1928-2004 and undated
Abstract: Papers of the writer Marc Reisner from 1928-2004 and undated.
Collection # R43.1
Quantity: 10 boxes (8 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Environmental writer and advocate, Marc Reisner was born in 1948 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is best known for Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (1986), a book describing the role of water rights and water use in the history and development of the Western United States. Modern Library selected Cadillac Desert as one of the top 100 best nonfiction English-language books of the 20th century. The book was a National Book Critic’s Circle Award finalist (1886) and PBS aired it as a four part documentary (1997). Reisner partnered with The Nature Conservancy and served as a staff writer and communications director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) based in New York. Additional publications include Game Wars (1990) and Overtapped Oasis (1990). Reisner continued his activism and writing until his death in California in July 2000. His last book A Dangerous Place (2004) was published posthumously.

A list of his publications includes:

  • Reisner, Marc. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water. New York City: Viking, 1986.
  • Reisner, Marc with Sarah Bates. Overtapped Oasis: Reform or Revolution for Western Water. Washington, D.C: Island Press, 1990.
  • Reisner, Marc. Game Wars: The Undercover Pursuit of Wildlife Poachers. New York City: Viking, 1990.
  • Reisner, Marc. A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate. New York City: Penguin, 2004.

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of literary works and research material of Marc Reisner. Materials include drafts of published and unpublished work, research material, photographs, audio and video recordings, and computer disk printouts.

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 book titles and by types of material such as publications, AV items, photographs and artifacts. Folder titles in quotations indicate the title was from Marc Reisner’s original folder. Loose items with no obvious association were put in Miscellaneous folders. Word documents on computer disks were printed by the SWC/SCL Library staff. Some disks and files could not be opened.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use.

Copy requests in excess of 5 pages must be approved by the donor or his representative.


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)
Reisner, Marc, 1948-2000
Reisner, Marc, 1948-2000--Cadillac Desert
Reisner, Marc, 1948-2000--A Dangerous Place
Reisner, Marc, 1948-2000--Game Wars
Reisner, Marc, 1948-2000–-Manuscripts
Places
California--Environmental conditions
California--History
Madera (Calif.)
Subjects
Earthquake damage--California
Game wardens
Irrigation--Government policy--West (U.S.)--History
Political corruption--West (U.S.)--History
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Water conservation--Government policy--West (U.S.)
Water resources development--West (U.S.)--History
Water supply--Government policy--West (U.S.)
Wildlife conservation--United States

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Marc Reisner Papers, 1928-2004 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
2014-0241-X

Purchase, 2014

Processed by

Dr. Diane Warner, Sara Roberts, Kathryn Mann, Kristin Loyd


Additional Sources

None for the record.


Collection Inventory

 

Cadillac Desert

box folder
1 1 Draft, bound galley, 462 p., 1986
2 Draft, 563 p., undated
3 Draft, p. 28-563, undated
4 Correspondence, 1966-1997 and undated
5 Publicity, 1986-1997 and undated
6 Research material, Central Arizona Project: Politics and Economics in Irrigated Agriculture, report, includes notes, 1980
7 Research material, Columbia River Power for the People, report, 1987
8 Research material, Elephant Butte Reservoir, report, 1980
9 Research material, Irrigation Efficiency in Promotion of California Crop Calories and Proteins, report, July 1976
10 Research material, notes, handwritten, “recent interviews,” 1982 and undated
11 Research material, Sedimentation Study, Glen Canyon Dam, Colorado River Storage Project, report, May 1962
12 Research material, Water and the Transformation of Nature, four-part video series, spring 1999
13 Research material, The 1964 Sedimentation Survey of Boysen Reservoir Wyoming, Nov. 1965
14 Research material, 1986-1992 and undated



 

A Dangerous Place

box folder
2 1 Draft, incomplete, includes correspondence, 2003 and undated
2 Draft, 184 p., Sept. 2002
3 Draft, 145 p., Aug. 2002
4 Draft, 182 p., Aug. 2002
5 Draft, incomplete, 142 p., June 2002
6 Draft, 143 p., May 2002
7 Draft, includes correspondence with William Lettis, 144 p., Dec. 1999
8 Draft, incomplete, includes correspondence with William Lettis, June 1995
9 Draft, 144 p., undated
10 Draft, 145 p., undated
11 Draft. 146 p., undated
12 Draft, incomplete, 20 p., undated
13 Draft, The Fractures of Rome, 54 p., undated
14 Draft, Life in California, 116 p., undated
15 Book cover design and art, undated
16 Correspondence, 2002-2003 and undated
17 Publicity, 1996 and undated
18 Research material, handwritten notes, 1995-1999 and undated
19 Research material, maps, 2002 and undated
20 Research material, notes, “A Dangerous Place: California’s Unsettling Fate,” undated
21 Research material, “Photographs: Captions and Sources,” 2002 and undated
22 Research material, “Reisner original art,” 2003 and undated
23 Research material, 1989-2002 and undated
24 Reviews, 2002-2003 and undated
25 Miscellaneous, “file labels,” undated



 

Game Wars

box folder
3 1 Draft, includes correspondence, 271 p., 1993
2 Draft, first pass, 331 p., undated
3 Draft, includes correspondence, 128 p., undated
4 Draft, incomplete, includes edits, undated
5 Draft, incomplete, p. 204-212, undated
6 Publicity, book reviews, 1992-1993 and undated
7 Research material, “Case Report, Operation Silver Nook,” 1985
8 Research material, Dept. of the Interior, U.S Fish and Wildlife, includes reports, 1986 and undated
9 Research material, Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Division of Law Enforcement, reports, 1983 and undated
10 Research material, journals, 1985
11 Research material, notes, handwritten, 1984 and undated
12 Research material, 1983-1991 and undated
13 Publicity, tour schedule, 1991 and undated
14 Miscellaneous, “Game Wars by Denis O’Neill, adapted from Marc Reisner’s book of same title,” Jan. 1996



 

Publications

box folder
3 15 “Pre-1979, NRDC,” NRDC Newsletter, 1977-1978
16 “1979-1980,” Amicus, APF Reporter and New Leader, 1979-1980
17 “1981,” Reader’s Digest and Geo, 1981
box folder
4 1 “1982-1984,” Geo, Wilderness and Amicus Journal, 1982-1984
2 “1985,” Amicus Journal, 1985
3 “1986,” San Francisco Chronicle and Connoisseur, 1986
4 “1987-1988,” Amicus Journal and Los Angeles Times Magazine, 1987-1988
5 “1989,” Los Angeles Times, 1989
6 “1990,” Buzz, This World and New York Times Magazine, 1990
7 “1991,” Western Water, Los Angeles Times Magazine and Newsweek, 1991
8 “1992,” Times-News and Culture and Natural Resources Starker Lectures, 1992
9 “1993-1994,”Los Angeles Times and Bay On Trial , 1993-1994
10 “1995-go-go years,” Pacific Sun and New York Times, 1995
11 “1996,” A San Joaquin Valley Farm and Conservation Water Bank, 1996
12 “1997,” American Farmland Trust, Los Angeles Times and Amicus Journal, 1997
13 “1999,” Salt Lake City Tribune, Sacramento Bee and Family Farm Alliance, Reisner articles and speeches, 1999
14 “2000,” California Wild and Time, 2000
15 “Undated,” The Peoples’ Wants, The Planet’s Need, undated



 

The Madera Ranch Groundwater Banking Project

box folder
4 16 Proposal, public review draft, May 1998
17 Proposal, draft, Oct. 1997
18 Proposal, draft, June 1997
19 Summary of project, includes correspondence, Aug. 1996
20 Summary of project, [3 p.], undated
21 Summary of project, 32 p., undated
22 Correspondence, 1997-1998 and undated
23 Financial, 1998 and undated
24 Research material, articles, 1998
25 Research material, Concept Paper On the San Joaquin East-West-Aqueduct, Jan. 1996
26 Research material, “Madera Ranch,” includes Administrative Final Least-Cost CVP Yield Increase Plan, Sept. 1995
27 Research material, maps, undated
28 Research material, Principles of Agreement Among Santa Clara Valley Water District, report, 1997
29 Research material, 1996-1997 and undated



 

Miscellaneous

box folder
5 1 “All contacts,” includes correspondence, 1995-1997 and undated
2 “Business Ventures,” includes correspondence to Levine-Fricke-Recon and draft release of “Marc Reisner Joins Levine-Fricke-Recon as Senior Consultant,” 1996-1997 and undated
3 “Clips-cartoons-miscellancy,” includes the California Rice Straw-Based MDF: The Ultimate Green Project Proposal, 1995-2002 and undated
4 “Corres. since 6/1/95,” June 1995
5 “[for] [MWD] Butte Battle Creek,” includes articles and correspondence, 1998 and undated
6 “Indians and the Landscape,” includes drafts, undated
7 “Pew Fellowship, awarded 3/00,” March 2000
8 University of Nevada Las Vegas, includes Western Water: History, Ethics, and Policy drafts and correspondence, 1997-1998 and undated
9 “Vidler file/letterheads/releases/envelopes/flyers,” 2000 and undated



 

Printouts from Computer Disks

box folder
5 10 Final Hayward-sent to Dan and Joe, Oct. 18, 1999
11 Mario’s CA book/unreadable, Jan. 22, 2000
12 MPR final drafts, Jan. 24, 2002
13 Untitled, black 3M imitation disk, Feb. 11, 2004



 

Photographs

box folder
6 1 Spillway Tunnel construction at Glen Canyon Dam, Colorado and The Yolo Bypass, black and white and color, 1932 and undated
2 Earthquake destruction of unknown city, black and white and color, undated
3 Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, illegal poaching, color, 1983
4 Madera Ranch maps, black and white, undated
5 Fire in corn field, unknown location, color, undated
6 Panel member at University of Nevada Las Vegas, Jim Deacon, Pat Mulroy, Marc Reisner and others, color, 1998



 

Slides

box folder
6 7 Portraits, man, color, Dec. 1985



 

Audio Cassettes

box folder
7 1 A.J. card, 1990
2 All About Books: Cadillac Desert and Game Wars by Marc Reisner, KPFK, Los Angeles, Aug. 1991
3 Bear stories, etc., undated
4 Bill Warne (Laramie), Teton Dam-Cramer, undated
5 Bushell et al, undated
6 California Desert, undated
7 The California Report, KQED, 88.5 FM, San Francisco, CA, July 2000
8 Cecil [Brouttand], notes with [Roust Roberts], undated
9 D. Tullos-conversation 3 and 4, [Lollaway], Noah Camp, undated
10 D. Wall, 9/19, undated
11 Dave Hall, MPR and Dennis, Coon Catcher, Treitler, Nov. 1988
12 David Tullos, #1 conversation, undated
13 David Tullos, #3, undated
14 David Tullos-4/24, nothing much, undated
15 David Tullos, conv. #4 (Thurs. night), then 4/17, undated
16 David Tullos-takedown reminisces, undated
17 Dawson/Jake/herb, bears and stories, tape 2, California article, return to Marc Reisner, Nov. 1986
18 Don and Karen Christensen, Narrows Dam, undated
folder
19 Don Christenson, Narrows Dam, undated
box folder
7 20 Florida, notes to self, undated
21 Glenn Saunders, Oct. 1982
22 Grabaciones Nelly’s, undated
23 Hermosillo/Reisner, undated
24 John Leshy, undated
25 Laramie-Downey, undated
26 LXXXXVII, undated
27 Marc Reisner, 5.4.93, CA and L, May 1993
28 Marc Reisner at Stegner Symposium, April 1999
29 MPR-bureau guys, July 1988
30 Notes to myself-Carolina trip, July-Aug. 1987
31 NPR, Talk of the Nation, hour two, Dec. 1999
32 Overtapped Oasis, 2/2, undated
33 Sacramento Valley Wetlands,” KXJZ, NPR 5:40 pm, Feb. 1994
folder
34 Shooting the Bibian Bro’s, David/Cecil at D’s house, July 1987
box folder
7 35 Side B: goose soundtrack, undated
36 Treagle, undated
37 Treitler + Dale Hall, undated
38 U of Texas-LBJ Library, undated
39 U of Wyoming, archives, Nov. 1981
40 Untitled, 90 Memorex dBS, undated
41 Untitled, black cassette tape, undated
42 Phoenix-Yavapai Tribe Old John Carolina Butler, [OK?], undated
43 Untitled, Maxwell C90, undated
folder
44 Untitled, Sony HF90, undated
box folder
7 45 Untitled, XR90, undated
46 Water Conversation, undated
47 Wayne Aspinall, Aug. 1979
48 (Wyo) #2, Ben Yellen, 2/80, Jan.-Feb. 1980
folder
49 3/26, D. Tullus conversation 2, tape 1, undated



 

Disks

box folder
7 50 Burning to the Sea, undated
51 A Dangerous Place, Marc Reisner, (1) high-res scans (2) art log (3) captions, undated
52 Final Hayward-sent to Dan and Joe, Oct. 18, 1999
53 Mario’s CA book/unreadable, Jan. 22, 2000
54 MPR final drafts, Jan. 24, 2002
55 Untitled, black 3M Imitation, Feb. 11, 2004



 

Mini Audio Cassettes

box folder
7 56 A.J. Caro-Dave Hall, 12/8/88, Dec. 1988
57 Book/Poulk, March ‘86, agents’ gathering road remarks, etc., March 1986
58 Fininxes, side 3, undated
59 Junk, undated
60 List and 2nd sides, Ray Morgan, undated
folder
61 Noah Cross, undated
box folder
7 62 PMac 3, PMac 4, undated
63 Ray Kazmann, Miss. river hydrobiology-for book II, undated
64 Ray Morgan, side 3, undated
65 Shimer-DCF-1 bit of 2, undated
66 Untitled, Maxwell MC60, undated
67 Untitled, Sony MC60, undated



 

VHS Tapes

box folder
7 68 Colorado der rote Fluss blutet aus, ein Film von Claus D. Kleber, NDR 1994, 1994
69 CV, 1st cut, 3.4.96, undated
70 El Paso and Las Cruces Regional Sustainable Water Project, undated
71 Poaching, undated
72 Southern Utah University, Mark [sic] Reisner, Convoction & Conversations, Nov. 18, 1999, Nov. 1999
73 Water Transfers & Mktg. Seminar, July 27-28, Reallocation water Entitlements in CA, with Marc Reisner, undated
box folder
8 1 California River Industry Association, Rice Straw Management Alternatives, 1991
2 Marc Reisner, The Balkanization of Water in California, 11/20/98, 74:00 min, Nov. 1998
3 McNeil/Lehrer, Northwest Resource Information Center, Inc, P.O. Box 427, Eagle, Idaho, 83616, When Salmon Runs Dry, undated
4 MGBH-The Great Depression Program #1, 60:00, 9/16/93, Aug. 1993
5 Politics of Water and Follow-up-call-1h, 57:40, 60:58, undated
6 Sat., 7 pm, Rhode Island, Mr. Reisner, this tape includes Fox Network broadcast of Santa Barbara water project at end of tape, undated
7 Series: To The Point, title: #104, length, 52:37, date: 11-26-93, Nov. 1993
8 Station KUON-TV/Nebraska ETV Network, P.O. Box 83111, Lincoln Nebraska 68501, Politics of Water, Feb. 1989
9 The Wild American, TRT: 12:23 Stereo, Earth Images Foundation, undated
10 Untitled, black Sony VHS, undated
folder
11 Untitled, black VHS, undated
box folder
8 12 Untitled, Sony 8 hrs., T-160 VHS, undated
13 Untitled, TDK EHG, undated



 

Artifacts

folder
1 Framed letter and 1886 silver dollar presented to Marc Reisner from Daniel Frank, editor of Viking Publishing, July 31, 1985



 

Oversize

box folder
10 1 Another Top 100 List: Now It’s Nonfiction, four copies, April 30, 1999
2 Bay on Trial, newsletter, summer 1993
3 Copied newspaper articles with handwritten notes, multiple pages, Aug. 24, 1905-March 13, 1928 and undated
4 Copied newspaper articles, photos of flooding, list of missing and injured people, March 14, 1928
5 High Country News, newsletter, Aug. 4, 2003
6 Map, A Dangerous Place Endpaper Map, 2002
7 Map, Madera Ranch Groundwater Bank, four copies, February 1996
8 Map, Pass Dupe, 2002
9 New York Times Book Review , Sept. 14, 1986
10 Percent of Time ≥ Indicated Amount, chart, Aug-July 1928
11 A Reading from Recent Work, event poster, two copies, Nov. 22, 1999
12 Sacramento Bee, A Special Report, newspaper, Dec. 6-10, 1987
13 San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, magazine, March 23, 2003
14 Sediment Rating Curve for Lee’s Ferry, chart, May 1-July 31, 1944
15 Table 16-Revision of Glen Canyon Area, chart, undated
16 Washington Post Book World, book review of Cadillac Desert, Aug. 3, 1986
17 Western Water: History, Ethics, and Policy, event poster, March 18, 1998
18 Wild Duck Review, magazine, two copies, April 1996
19 Wisconsin Photographer, magazine, Oct. 1979