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Dorothy Boberg Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Dorothy Boberg Collection, 1957-1990Save to your list.

ID: URB/DBC

Primary Creator: Boberg, Dorothy (1930-)

Extent: 14.46 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Energy and the Environment, 1930-1987

Series II: Urban Planning and Government, 1957-1985

Series III: Personal Papers, 1960-1990

     Subseries A: Articles, 1972

     Subseries B: Correspondence, 1963-1984

     Subseries C: Photographs, 1960-1990

     Subseries D: Reports, 1975

     Subseries E: Speeches, 1963-1987

     Subseries F: Testimony, 1972-1978

Date Acquired: 00/08/1989

Subjects: Boberg, Dorothy, 1930-, City planning - California - Los Angeles, Land use, Urban - California, Nuclear energy - United States, Nuclear power plants - California - Safety measures, San Onofre Nuclear Power Project, Women - Political activity - California

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material, Publications

Languages: English

Abstract

Dorothy Boberg was a community activist who, as a member of numerous local civic and activist organizations, worked on myriad community issues within the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles areas, and beyond. The Dorothy Boberg Collection includes research material pertaining to issues such as atomic energy, nuclear disarmament, energy alternatives, urban planning and growth, women's issues, and state/federal politics and policies.

Biographical Note

Dorothy Kurth was born on March 17, 1930 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She received a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of Nebraska in June, 1951. Kurth married John Elliot Boberg on September 17, 1951. In 1952 the Bobergs moved to Burbank, CA where John took a position at the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. From 1953 to 1957, Dorothy worked as a social worker for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services. In 1957, the Boberg family moved to Northridge, California. From 1959 to 1962 Boberg attended California State University, Northridge (then San Fernando Valley State College) as a graduate student, majoring in Education, and in the 1970's she studied real estate at the University of Southern California.

Boberg was a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) whose leaders had stimulated her interest in government and community problems. Boberg went on to become active in many of AAUW's study groups. It was also at this time that she became co-chair of a San Fernando Valley Voter Registration Drive and co-chair of the Committee to Secure a Fifth City Council District in the San Fernando Valley. She served on the Welfare Planning Council, West Valley Parks Committee, Save Elysian Park Committee, League of Women Voter's Water Committee, and the World Affairs Council Center for International Visitors. Boberg was co-chair of the Women's Committee for a Humane Abortion Law, a group started by AAUW members, from 1964-1966. During the same period was involved in local PTA functions and co-wrote a study on Valley Secession from the City of Los Angeles.

The next ten years found Boberg involved in many projects and organizations. She chaired the Overview Committee of “Destination 90” (city planning study) sponsored by CSUN, was on the Health, Education, and Welfare, Social Concerns, and Townscape committees, and served on the local Election Board. She also volunteered in numerous political campaigns which included serving as the issues chair and volunteer coordinator for the “Barbara Klein for City Council” campaign. For many years, Boberg was on the Board of Directors of the Northridge Civic Association, and served as president from 1971-1973. She conducted studies of the Los Angeles General Plan, Granada Hills and Northridge Specific Plans, Lobbyist Registration Ordinance, Public Funding of Campaigns, Expansion of Northridge Park, Elimination of White Oak Avenue Freeway Off-Ramp, Requirement for Environmental Impact Study and Building of Berms for Route 118 Freeway, and worked on many zoning issues.

In 1971, Boberg founded the North Valley Ecology Council and was a member of the CSUN University-Community Advisory Planning Committee, with an interest in saving space on campus. Women's issues continued to be of concern to Boberg, and in 1972 she was responsible for the founding of the Women's Coalition to encourage women to participate in government commissions and to run for elective office. She also instructed a seminar entitled "Quality Of Life Tomorrow," at CSUN in 1973. From 1974 to 1977 Boberg served on Mayor Tom Bradley's Social Concerns Task Force. Boberg also served as chairperson of the Hazardous Facilities Committee of Mayor Bradley's Task Force on Earthquake Prediction. She was an active member of the Sierra Club Nuclear Task Force and observed City Council and Department of Water and Power Commission meetings, frequently testifying on environmental issues and against plans for construction of nuclear power facilities.

From 1975-1976, Boberg was vice president of the Northridge Community Coordinating Council. She also worked as a research associate for the group “Another Mother for Peace” which culminated in the report: Nuclear Facilities and Radiation Monitoring in California. In 1976, Boberg became the research director for GUARD (a Southern California environmental organization) which intervened in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearings on the construction of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Stations, Units 2 & 3. Boberg also wrote a detailed study of and campaigned for California's Nuclear Safeguards Initiative (Proposition 15). In the late 1970's Boberg was the executive vice president of the Southern California Council of the United Nations Association. She helped to organize the first Sun Day (International Solar Exhibition) at the World Trade Center in Los Angeles, May 3-5, 1978, coordinated the Great Decisions Program for Southern California, and was chair of a "UN and the Environment" study.

In 1983, Boberg was invited to present a paper on her concept of "Complementary Dynamics" at a Universal Peace Conference held in Mount Abu, India. In 1986, she was elected to the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee, and was re-elected to the Committee in 1988. In the capacity of chair for the Environment Committee, Boberg was responsible for assisting in the writing of numerous resolutions recommending federal and state legislation.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Dorothy Boberg Collection primarily contains research material that pertains to political, environmental, and social issues. In addition, testimony given by Boberg before various committees, correspondence files and articles, reports, and speeches can also be found in the collection. The collection consists of three major series: Energy and the Environment (1930-1987), Urban Planning and Government (1957-1985), and Personal Papers (1960-1990).

Series I, Energy and the Environment, consists of documents pertaining to the implementation and effects of atomic/nuclear energy. Boberg’s concerns about air pollution, radioactive waste, alternative energy sources, and land use are well documented within this series. The series is filed alphabetically.

Series II, Urban Planning and Government, consists of documents which reflect Boberg's interest and involvement with political issues, women's issues, and urban problems, such as tax reform, housing, transportation, earthquake preparedness, social welfare, and Los Angeles city government. The series is filed alphabetically.

Series III, Personal Papers, consists of materials that chronicle Boberg's personal and written efforts in regards to the issues she was involved with, and is divided into six subseries: Articles (1972), Correspondence (1963-1984), Photographs (1960-1990), Reports (1975), Speeches (1963-1987), and Testimony (1972-1978). Each subseries is filed chronologically.

Subject/Index Terms

Boberg, Dorothy, 1930-
City planning - California - Los Angeles
Land use, Urban - California
Nuclear energy - United States
Nuclear power plants - California - Safety measures
San Onofre Nuclear Power Project
Women - Political activity - California

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 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: Dorothy Boberg

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

Processing Information: Robert Pflug, 1991

Finding Aid Revision History: Autumn Hayner, 2004; Cathy Kay, 2006


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[Series I: Energy and the Environment, 1930-1987]
[Series II: Urban Planning and Government, 1957-1985]
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Series III: Personal Papers, 1960-1990Save to your list.
Subseries A: Articles, 1972Save to your list.
Box 29Save to your list.
Folder 6: "Alternative Energies", 1972 April 17Save to your list.
Folder 7: "Tritium: One More environmental Threat"Save to your list.
Subseries B: Correspondence, 1963-1984Save to your list.
Box 29Save to your list.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1963 January 14-November 1966Save to your list.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1967 February 14-1970 December 10Save to your list.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1971 January 14-1984 October 22Save to your list.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1971 January 14-1984 October 22Save to your list.
Subseries C: Photographs, 1960-1990Save to your list.
Box 29Save to your list.
Folder 12: Photographs, DB 001-010, 1960-1990Save to your list.
Box 31Save to your list.
Item 1: Photo, Dorothy K. BobergSave to your list.
Item 2: Photo, Herman R Kurth, Father of Dorothy Kurth BobeySave to your list.
Item 3: Photo, Regina Kurth, Mother of Dorothy K BobergSave to your list.
Item 4: Photo, Dorothy Boberg with Husband, Sister in Law and Mother in LawSave to your list.
Item 5: Photo, Mark, Kurt, Dorothy and John BobergSave to your list.
Item 6: Photo, Cory Ellen, Dorothy and Kurt BobergSave to your list.
Item 7: Photo, Marck Craig, Kurt, Cory, and Rebecca Henning BobergSave to your list.
Item 8: Photo, Dorothy Boberg and Lyn Kicks with guide on steps of Ganges River, Varonasi, IndiaSave to your list.
Item 9: Photo, Marjorie Holm, Anneke Vann, Dorothy Boberg, Lyn Harris Hicks, Phyllis Whinsey, United Nations Association ActivistsSave to your list.
Item 10: Mayor Tom Bradley and Dorothy K. Boberg, Celebration of United Nations DaySave to your list.
Subseries D: Reports, 1975Save to your list.
Box 29Save to your list.
Folder 13: New Radiation Protection StandardsSave to your list.
Folder 14: Nuclear Facilities and Radiation Monitoring in California. Some Implications for Public Health - An Interim Report, December 1975Save to your list.
Folder 15: Nuclear Facilities and Radiation Monitoring in California. Some Implications for Public Health - An Interim Report, December 1975Save to your list.
Folder 16: Radwaste: "Minor Incidents" or Potential Catastrophe?Save to your list.
Subseries E: Speeches, 1963-1987Save to your list.
Box 29Save to your list.
Folder 17: Air PollutionSave to your list.
Folder 18: American Association of University Women, 1963 April 21Save to your list.
Folder 19: Atomic Energy, 1978 May 17-December 1979Save to your list.
Folder 20: Clean Environment Initiative, Proposition 9, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 21: Community Problems, 1964 March 2-1967 May 18Save to your list.
Folder 22: Energy and Justice, 1974 February 5Save to your list.
Folder 23: Granada Hills Women's Club, 1972 October 5-1973 January 24Save to your list.
Folder 24: Northridge Junior Women's Club, 1972 February 10Save to your list.
Folder 25: Notes, Bibliography, 1972 November 17Save to your list.
Folder 26: Nuclear Initiative, Drafts, Correspondence, and Pamphlets, 1975 October 13-1976 June 3Save to your list.
Folder 27: Nuclear Power, 1974 March 22Save to your list.
Folder 28: Nuclear War, Open Letter to Ronald Reagan, 1975Save to your list.
Folder 29: On ReproductionSave to your list.
Folder 30: Pamphlets, Drafts, Correspondence, and Newspaper Clippings, 1966 January 13-1981 July 11Save to your list.
Folder 31: Population GrowthSave to your list.
Folder 32: San Fernando Valley State College, 1971 April 23Save to your list.
Folder 33: United Nations, Global Class, 1986 April 19Save to your list.
Folder 34: United Nations, Global Class, 1987 May 9Save to your list.
Subseries F: Testimony, 1972-1978Save to your list.
Box 29Save to your list.
Folder 35: City Planning, Council Planning Committee, 1972 August 10Save to your list.
Folder 36: Nuclear Energy, Fast Breeder Reactors, Los Angeles City Council, 1976 January 22Save to your list.
Folder 37: Nuclear Power, Los Angeles Water and Power Commission, Capital Improvements Committee, 1974 August 29Save to your list.
Folder 38: Nuclear Safeguards Initiative, City Planning Committee, 1976 January 16Save to your list.
Folder 39: Radiation Hazards, Los Angeles Water and Power Commission, Capital Improvements Committee, 1974 August 1Save to your list.
Folder 40: San Joaquin Nuclear Project, Los Angeles Water and Power Commission, Capital Improvements Committee, 1976 June 16-1976 June 17Save to your list.
Folder 41: San Joaquin Nuclear Project, Los Angeles Water and Power Commission, Capital Improvements Committee, 1976 July 21Save to your list.
Folder 42: Senate Select Committee on Investment Priorities and Objectives, 1978 November 29Save to your list.

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