Students to Save Robinson Forest records 1981-1984

Descriptive Summary

Title
Students to Save Robinson Forest records 1981-1984
Creator
Students to Save Robinson Forest
Extent
1.35 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Subjects
Phillippi, Ann, 1952-.
Zimmerman, Rich.
University of Kentucky.
Robinson Forest (Ky.)
Green movement -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Land use -- Kentucky.
Student organizations -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Student movements -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Arrangement
This collection is arranged by subject in six series:
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Adam Todd in July 2006 under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, University Archivist.; machine-readable finding aid created by Encoded by
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
In the early 1980s, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees began considering a proposal to mine in Robinson Forest in order to generate revenue for the university. Students to Save Robinson Forest was formed as a response to this plan. The forest, which is comprised of over 14,000 acres in Eastern Kentucky, was deeded to the university in 1923 by E. O. Robinson; in 1930, he gave the university the coal and mineral rights. In both cases, it was noted that the land was to be used for research and education.
Students to Save Robinson Forest was organized in January/February of 1982 with Ann Phillippi and Rich Zimmerman acting as co-presidents. The group's constitution states that it will "call attention to the legal, financial, ethical and moral conflicts associated with the proposed mining of Robinson Forest." The group held its first public meeting on February 25, 1982 and soon became the largest student group on campus. The group achieved a measure of success in 1983, when the Board of Trustees decided against the mining project in Robinson Forest. However, the language of their decision left the door open for other mining projects to be discussed in the future. On February 15, 1984, a permanent Robinson Forest display was dedicated on UK's campus with the purpose of informing future generations about the value of the forest and the struggles to preserve it.
On several occasions since its 1983 decision, the Board of Trustees has considered mining proposals within the forest, and each time Students to Save Robinson Forest has regrouped in order to protest.
Scope and Content
The Students to Save Robinson Forest records include newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, membership and financial records, and publicity materials related to the group's activities during the early 1980s.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
The intellectual rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

I. Newspaper Clippings

The Newspaper Clippings series contains items regarding the debate and controversy surrounding Robinson Forest and the actions taken by Students to Save Robinson Forest during the early 1980s. The clippings come primarily from the Kentucky Kernel and Lexington Herald newspapers. There is also an issue of the Kentucky Coal Journal that contains material on the Robinson Forest issue.

Newspaper clippings, circa 1981-1984

  • Box 1
  • Folder 1
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Newspaper clippings, circa 1981-1983

  • Box 1
  • Folder 2-3
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Kentucky Coal Journal, May 1982

  • Box 1
  • Folder 4
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II. Meetings and Events

The Meetings and Events series contains materials related to Students to Save Robinson Forest gatherings. Included are meeting minutes and agendas, speech transcripts, planning notes and organizational materials, and posters publicizing these events.

First Public Meeting, February 25, 1982

  • Box 1
  • Folder 5
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Hank Graddy Speech, March 25, 1982

  • Box 1
  • Folder 6
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Rally for Robinson Forest, April 20, 1982

  • Box 1
  • Folder 7
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Ann Phillippi Presentation to Trustee Committee, August 19, 1982

  • Box 1
  • Folder 8
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Wendell Berry Speech, September 14, 1982

  • Box 1
  • Folder 9
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General Student Assembly, September 21, 1982

  • Box 1
  • Folder 10
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Dedication Ceremony for Robinson Forest Display, February 15, 1984

  • Box 1
  • Folder 11
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Informational Slide Show, circa 1982

  • Box 1
  • Folder 12
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Meeting Minutes, January 1982-July 1982

  • Box 1
  • Folder 13
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III. Publicity Materials

The Publicity Materials series contains items used to represent and publicize the activities of Students to Save Robinson Forest. The bumper stickers, buttons, and t-shirts could be purchased by individuals in order to support the organization.

Stationary, circa 1982

  • Box 1
  • Folder 14
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Envelopes, circa 1982

  • Box 1
  • Folder 15
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Information flyers, circa 1982

  • Box 4
  • Folder 1
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Fact Sheet flyers, circa 1982

  • Box 4
  • Folder 2
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Bumper stickers, circa 1982

  • Box 4
  • Folder 3
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Button and T-shirt, circa 1982

  • Box 5
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IV. Written Materials

The Written Materials series contains letters, notes, memos, and mailings both to and from members of Students to Save Robinson Forest as well as other individuals and organizations who were in some way related to the group or its cause. The series also contains signed petitions indicating opposition to mining in Robinson Forest. Also included in this series are photocopies of the deed to the Robinson Forest land.

i. Correspondence

Ad Hoc Group communications

  • Box 1
  • Folder 16
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University Senate communications

  • Box 1
  • Folder 17
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Trustee Committee communications

  • Box 1
  • Folder 18
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Student Government communications

  • Box 2
  • Folder 1
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Miscellaneous communications

  • Box 2
  • Folder 2
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ii. Reports

Legal Opinion of Jesse Dukeminier, June 21, 1982

  • Box 2
  • Folder 3
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Annual Report on Robinson Forest to Board of Trustees, 1982

  • Box 2
  • Folder 4
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Deeds and related materials

  • Box 2
  • Folder 5
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Information on lands unsuitable for mining

  • Box 2
  • Folder 6
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Miscellaneous reports

  • Box 2
  • Folder 7
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iii. Petitions and Newsletters

Signed petitions

  • Box 4
  • Folder 4
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Blank petitions

  • Box 4
  • Folder 5
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Newsletters

  • Box 2
  • Folder 8
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Newsletter proof sheets

  • Box 2
  • Folder 9
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V. Administrative

The Administrative series contains materials related to the operation of the Students to Save Robinson Forest organization. Points of interest include the extensive membership lists and applications, financial records, and the organization's constitution.

i. Financial Materials

Application for financial assistance

  • Box 2
  • Folder 10
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Financial record book; Check registers

  • Box 2
  • Folder 11
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Miscellaneous receipts

  • Box 2
  • Folder 12
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ii. Additional Administrative Materials

Constitution; Organization registration

  • Box 2
  • Folder 13
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Computer printout of membership lists and related materials

  • Box 3
  • Folder 1
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Handwritten and photocopied membership lists

  • Box 3
  • Folder 2
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Completed application forms, circa 1982

  • Box 3
  • Folder 3-4
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Complete application forms for sixth graders, 1982

  • Box 3
  • Folder 5
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Membership applications

  • Box 3
  • Folder 6
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VI. Miscellaneous

The Miscellaneous series contains additional materials belonging to Students to Save Robinson Forest. This includes proof sheet versions of some of the printed materials found in the previous series. Folder 10 holds, in its original order, the contents of a file labeled 'Names, notes, etc.' by Ann Phillippi.

Proof sheets of petitions, membership applications, stationary, and flyers

  • Box 3
  • Folder 7
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Media and advocacy information

  • Box 3
  • Folder 8
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Letter writing information

  • Box 3
  • Folder 9
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Additional miscellaneous materials

  • Box 3
  • Folder 10
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