Don Hamilton Arkansas Wilderness Act Papers

MC 560

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Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Hamilton, Don
Title
Don Hamilton Arkansas Wilderness Act Papers
Inclusive Dates
1977-1985
Identification
MC 560
Extent
1.5 linear feet (243 items + 6 volumes in 2 boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Don Hamilton Arkansas Wilderness Act Papers was donated to the Special Collections Department by Don Hamilton of Little Rock, Arkansas on July 29, 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Anthony J. Wappel; completed in September 1988.

Preferred Form of Citation

Don Hamilton Arkansas Wilderness Act Papers (MC 560), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Don Hamilton, a Little Rock attorney, has served on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation since 1981. He is also a member of the Wilderness Steering Committee, which is involved with the management of the wilderness areas in Arkansas's two national forests. In 1977, Hamilton and the Arkansas Wildlife Federation actively pursued the preservation of wilderness areas within Arkansas national forests. The Arkansas Wilderness Act was introduced in the House of Representatives on May 5, 1983 by Congressman Ed Bethune and later in the Senate by Senators Dale Bumpers and David Pryor on November 7, 1983. Public hearings were held in the House of Representatives and the Senate, in Little Rock and Washington D.C., in which Mr. Hamilton testified as a witness supporting the adoption of the Act in all of these hearings. The Arkansas Wilderness Act required that certain undeveloped national forest lands in the Ouachita and Ozark - St. Francis National Forests be preserved as wilderness areas. It was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on October 19, 1984.

Scope and Content Note

The papers consist of correspondence, policy studies, newspaper clippings and a videotape pertaining to the passage of the Arkansas Wilderness Act of 1984. Mr. Hamilton bound much of the material together into volumes. These volumes consist mostly of correspondence to and from Mr. Hamilton as well as other individuals involved with the passage of the Arkansas Wilderness Act. Volumes 5-6, R.A.R.E., consist of papers pertaining to Roadless Area Review Evaluations. The U.S. Forest Service conducts these studies prior to designating forest lands as wilderness areas.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Newspaper clippings, 1979-1982

Box 1 Folder 2

Newspaper clippings, 1983

Box 1 Folder 3

Newspaper clippings, 1984-1985

Box 1 Folder 4

Paper entitled "How Congress Came to Designate Wilderness Areas in Arkansas", 1986

Box 1 Folder 5

VHS, 1) Congressman Ed Bethune's speech in the U.S. House of Representatives regarding his Arkansas Wilderness Bill given in October 1983 2) Passage of the Arkansas Wilderness Act of 1984 in the U.S. House of Representatives in October 1984 3) Channel 4 (Little Rock) coverage of Senator Bumpers's award by the Arkansas Conservation Coalition in February 1985 4) Channel 11 (Little Rock) coverage of Senator Bumpers's award by the Arkansas Conservation Coalition in February 1985, 1983-1985

Box 2 Volume 1

Arkansas Wilderness Act, January 1983 - June 1983

Box 2 Volume 2

Arkansas Wilderness Act, July 1983 - December 1983

Box 2 Volume 3

Arkansas Wilderness Act, January 1984 - December 1984

Box 2 Volume 4

Arkansas Conservation Coalition Wilderness Study Task Force Report, March 1982

Box 2 Volume 5

R.A.R.E. II, 1977-1981

Box 2 Volume 6

R.A.R.E. II, 1982

END OF COLLECTION

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