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Dasmann (Raymond F.) papers
MS.261  
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Description
This collection contains papers which document the career of conservation biologist Raymond F. Dasmann, covering his career as a professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, his field research and publications, and his professional activities for a number of environmental organizations. The collection includes drafts and manuscripts and reprints of his numerous books, journal articles, and reports; correspondence with editors, publishers, and colleagues; field notes and maps from his research; teaching materials such as lecture notes, syllabi, and course readers; materials from his participation in numerous conferences and symposia; biographical material including resumes and obituaries; manuscripts of his writings and research during graduate school; personal materials including his calendars and planners; and research materials that informed his own work. The forms of materials in this collection include journals, notebooks, newspaper clippings, magazine and journal articles, correspondence, photographs, and manuscripts.
Background
Raymond F. Dasmann was a distinguished biologist whose innovations in the field of conservation biology influenced the environmental movement of the 1960's and 70's. His early research focused on California deer populations and wild game in Africa, however his work also dealt with natural resource management and the way human populations interact with their surrounding ecosystems. He held senior positions in international organizations such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and UNESCO, where he inaugurated the Man and the Biosphere Programme in 1971. In addition to his work with environmental organizations, Dasmann was also committed to teaching younger generations about the importance of ecological sustainability. He held teaching positions at the University of Minnesota and Humboldt State University, and was professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz until his retirement in 1989. Dasmann's textbook, Environmental Conservation, first published in 1959, has become a fundamental text in undergraduate courses and is now in its fifth edition. His other publications include The Last Horizon (1963), The Destruction of California (1964), Planet in Peril (1971), and The Conservation Alternative (1973).
Extent
45.58 Linear Feet 72 half cartons, 2 flat boxes
Restrictions
Copyright for portions of this collection resides with the Regents of the University of California. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. UCSC Special Collections and Archives can grant permission to publish materials to which it holds the copyright. For permission to reproduce or publish the material, or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.
Availability
Collection is open for research.