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Santa Susana Mountain Park Association Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

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SSMPA Administrative Records

Civic, Cultural, and Social Organizations

Government and Public Agencies

Historical Research Files



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Collection Overview

Title: Santa Susana Mountain Park Association Collection, 1804-1986Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1970-1986

ID: URB/SSMPA

Primary Creator: Santa Susana Mountain Park Association (1971-)

Extent: 8.92 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: SSMPA Administrative Records, 1968-1979

Series II: Civic, Cultural, and Social Organizations, 1963-1981

Series III: Government and Public Agenices, 1966-1982

Series IV: Historical Research Files, 1804-1978

Date Acquired: 10/13/1986

Subjects: Santa Susana Mountains (Calif.) - History

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material, Publications

Languages: English

Abstract

The Santa Susana Mountain Park Association (SSMPA) was formed as a non-profit group in 1971 to preserve the Santa Susana Mountains and the Simi Valley Hills as open space during the rapid urban development of the Santa Clarita, Santa Clara, Simi, and San Fernando valleys. The SSMPA has acted as a citizens' lobbying group to obtain state and federal legislation, local governmental support, and favorable public policy to conserve wilderness areas. The collection consists of administrative records, annual reports, event calendars, environmental impact reports, feasibility studies, legal and legislative documents, maps, meeting minutes, newsletters, photographs, summaries of court proceedings and governmental hearings, and related organizational records.

Biographical Note

The Santa Susana Mountain Park Association (SSMPA) was formed as a non-profit group in 1971 to preserve the Santa Susana Mountains and the Simi Valley Hills as open space during the rapid urban development of the Santa Clarita, Santa Clara, Simi, and San Fernando valleys.  SSMPA was also concerned with the protection of plant and animal life, geologic formations and sites of historical significance. The organization has acted as a citizens' lobbying group to obtain state and federal legislation and local governmental support, and to impact public policy favoring the conservation of wilderness areas.

The group sponsors hikes, fairs, fundraisers, educational programs and related activities to keep the public aware of conservation and preservation issues. They have also supported cooperative ventures with other conservation groups, such as the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy, Sierra Club, local chambers of commerce, neighborhood homeowners associations, and county-wide governmental agencies.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Santa Susana Mountain Park Association Collection consists of administrative records, annual reports, event calendars, environmental impact reports, feasibility studies, legal and legislative documents, maps, meeting minutes, newsletters, photographs, summaries of court proceedings and governmental hearings, and related organizational records. The collection documents SSMPA's work in lobbying to protect wilderness areas in the Simi Valley Hills, as well as the history of the stagecoach station and stagecoach trail at the foot of the Santa Susana Mountains. Copies of archaeological site reports, letters, family histories, interviews and the diary of Fabricio de la Osa (Ossa) an early resident of the San Fernando Valley are also included in the collection. The collection is divided into four major series: SSMPA Administrative Records (1968-1979), Civic, Cultural, and Social Organizations (1963-1981), Government and Public Agencies (1966-1982), and Historical Research Files (1804-1978).

Series I, SSMPA Administrative Records, consists of the administrative record of the SSMPA. The series includes agendas, correspondence, event flyers, maps, membership forms, newsletters, and organizational documents. The files are arranged alphabetically and chronologically within each subject.

Series II, Civic, Cultural, and Social Organizations, contains records relating to SSMPA's dealings with various civic, cultural, and social organizations. Documents include bulletins, correspondence, reports, membership lists, proposals and grant applications, newsletters, and project notes. The files are arranged alphabetically and chronologically within each subject.

Series III, Government and Public Agencies, documents SSMPA's work with various agencies from Los Angeles and Ventura counties, as well as several State of California departments and councils, including Parks and Recreation, the Joint Committee on Open Space Lands, and the Resources Agency. Federal agencies documented include the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior. The series consists of concept reports, correspondence, court filings, environmental impact reports, legislative bills, meeting notes, notes from public hearings, petitions, and related documents. Public figures including presidents, senators, and representatives are identified within the series and generally have their own file. The files are arranged in alphabetical order under the name of branch of government and chronologically within each file.

Series IV, Historical Research Files, contains research papers and related documentation which provides evidence to establish the historical and geological significance of the Santa Susana Mountain Park Area. Accounts of early stagecoach routes and relay stations, records of early mail routes, and archaeological reports support the SSMPA's efforts to conserve this area. Documents in this series include fact sheets, landmark brochures, planning reports and proposals, and legal testimony.

Subject/Index Terms

Santa Susana Mountains (Calif.) - History

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Santa Susana Mountain Park Association

Original/Copies Note: Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the San Fernando Valley History Digital Library. For more information please see https://digital-library.csun.edu/.

Related Materials:

Dorothy Boberg Collection

Northridge Civic Association Papers

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Charla Bench and Neil Bethke

Finding Aid Revision History: Special Collections and Archives staff, 2012


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: SSMPA Administrative Records, 1968-1979]
[Series II: Civic, Cultural, and Social Organizations, 1963-1981]
[Series III: Government and Public Agencies, 1966-1982]
[Series IV: Historical Research Files, 1804-1978],
[All]

Series I: SSMPA Administrative Records, 1968-1979Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: Activities Calendar: notes and calendars, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 2: Agenda and Minutes: with by-laws and notes, 1971-1972, 1974Save to your list.
Folder 3: Anniversary Picnic (35th): flyers; newsclipping, March 1974Save to your list.
Folder 4: Articles of Incorporation, 1971 November 30Save to your list.
Folder 5: Bicentennial Pageant: correspondence; flyers; minutes; notes; proposals, report, 1978-1981Save to your list.
Folder 6: Bicentennial Pageant: scripts and notes, 1968Save to your list.
Folder 7: Bureau of Outdoor Recreation Forum, San Francisco: correspondence; memoranda; outlines, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 8: By-Laws: revised, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 9: By-Laws Review Workshop: by-laws; committee reports; draft of revised by-laws, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 10: Chatsworth Park South: correspondence, 1975, 1977Save to your list.
Folder 11: Correspondence: incoming, 1969Save to your list.
Folder 12: Correspondence: incoming, 1970Save to your list.
Folder 13: Correspondence: incoming, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 14: Correspondence: incoming, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 15: Correspondence: incoming, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 16: Correspondence: incoming, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 17: Correspondence: incoming, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 18: Correspondence: incoming, 1973Save to your list.
Folder 19: Correspondence: incoming, 1974Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Correspondence: outgoing, 1970Save to your list.
Folder 2: Correspondence: outgoing, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 3: Correspondence: outgoing, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 4: Correspondence: outgoing, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 5: Correspondence: outgoing, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 6: Correspondence: outgoing, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 7: Correspondence: outgoing, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 8: Correspondence: outgoing, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 9: Correspondence: outgoing, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 10: Correspondence: outgoing, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 11: Correspondence: outgoing, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 12: Correspondence: outgoing, 1973Save to your list.
Folder 13: Correspondence: outgoing, 1974Save to your list.
Folder 14: Correspondence: outgoingSave to your list.
Folder 15: County Fair and Parade Procedures: organizational records; publicity, March 1972Save to your list.
Folder 16: Eclipse Hike: access permit; article; newsclippings; roster; petition, 1975Save to your list.
Folder 17: Fact Sheets: flyers; notes, 1971-1972Save to your list.
Folder 18: Flyers: general, 1971-1983Save to your list.
Folder 19: Flyers: Hike In, January 1972Save to your list.
Folder 20: Flyers: Hike In, June 1972Save to your list.
Folder 21: Flyers: Parade and Country Fair, March 1972Save to your list.
Folder 22: Flyers: Sponsor Book; art work; copy, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 23: Girl Scout Hike In: information sheets; maps; petitions; roster, November 1971Save to your list.
Folder 24: Goldman, Leslie: "Feasibility of Parks in the Santa Susana Mountains and Simi Hills" position paper, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 25: "Highlights of SSMPA": Chronology, 1969-1972Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: Hike-In: general, June 1972Save to your list.
Folder 2: Hike-In: publicity report, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 3: Hike-In: release forms, 1972 January 23Save to your list.
Folder 4: Hike-In: release forms, 1972 January 23Save to your list.
Folder 5: Hike-In: release forms, 1972 January 23Save to your list.
Folder 6: Hike-In: release form (insurance), 10-11, June 1972Save to your list.
Folder 7: Hike-In: release form, regarding Dourence Group, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 8: Hinkston, Janice: phone notes, 1977Save to your list.
Folder 9: "Identification and Review of Policies Relating to the Proposed Santa Susana Mountain Park"Save to your list.
Folder 10: Information Sheet: SSMPA, ca. 1972Save to your list.
Folder 11: Internal Memoranda, 1972-1973Save to your list.
Folder 12: "January Travel... In and Beyond Southern California," Sunset Magazine, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 13: KCET Public Relations Project: correspondence; notes, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 14: Lechlider, Frank M.: correspondence, 1975, 1979Save to your list.
Folder 15: Maps: SSMPA [copies]Save to your list.
Folder 16: Meetings: minutes; reports, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 17: Membership: application forms, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 18: News Brief SSMPA: brochure proof, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 19: Newsletter SSMPA, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 20: Newsletter SSMPA, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 21: Newsletter SSMPA, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 22: Newsletter SSMPA, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 23: Newsletter SSMPA, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 24: Officials Tour - SSMPA: attendance; feasibility study; newsclippings; notes; summary, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 25: "Once an Idyllic Place": essay by Leslie Goldman, [1979]Save to your list.
Folder 26: Organizational Lists: mailing lists, 1973Save to your list.
Folder 27: Organizational Meeting: invitation; minutes; statement of purpose, 1970 November 1Save to your list.
Folder 28: "Over the Pass... into the Past": book review, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 29: Pageant Project: correspondence; notes; permits; reports, April 1974-December 1975Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 1: Pageant Project: application; background information; correspondence; memorandum; procedural outlines, January 1975-June 1976Save to your list.
Folder 2: Parent Letter: correspondence; fact sheet; flyers; maps, December 1971 - November 1972Save to your list.
Folder 3: Petition to Governor Reagan: regarding acquisition of land for a state historic park, April 1974Save to your list.
Folder 4: Preliminary Inventory of SSMPA Collection: ListSave to your list.
Folder 5: Publicity: news clippings, L.A. Times and Valley News and Green Sheet, 1969-1975Save to your list.
Folder 6: Sears Bike Rally: information sheet and flyer, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 7: Slide Presentations: sign-up sheets, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 8: Slide Presentations: letter of introduction; script for Lawrence Jr. High, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 9: Sponsor Book: book distribution list; flyers, 1973Save to your list.
Folder 10: "Stagecoach Park Portion of the Greater Santa Susana Mountain Park" (proposed): summary, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 11: Statement of Purpose (SSMPA): information sheet, 1970, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 12: Souvenir Book: information sheet; newsclippings; organizational chart; press release; sales tally sheet form; worksheet, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 13: "The Hill": fundraising; photocopy of article Open Space Action magazine, Vol. 1, No. 3, March, April 1969Save to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 2Save to your list.
Folder 1Save to your list.
Item 1: Bicentennial Pageant: The Bicentennial of What? A Revolution, newsletterSave to your list.
Item 2: Souvenir Book: press releaseSave to your list.
Item 3: "Over the Past.....Into the Past," posterSave to your list.

Browse by Series:

[Series I: SSMPA Administrative Records, 1968-1979]
[Series II: Civic, Cultural, and Social Organizations, 1963-1981]
[Series III: Government and Public Agencies, 1966-1982]
[Series IV: Historical Research Files, 1804-1978],
[All]


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