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Paul Knight papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 822

Scope and Contents

The collection is organized first by the initial donation, and the subsequent accession in 1980.

The collection contains the working files of Knight as assistant to Secretary of the Interior.

Each file title corresponds with a category of responsibility or activity as they are listed and described in the outline for the publication, "General Responsibilities as Staff to Secretary: Resources Program Staff, 1961-1966," a copy of which is included in the collection.

The collection has been kept as originally organized, and there is a paper finding aid in the Reading Room that contains a list of the folder titles. The paper finding aid also notes the corresponding page number of the "General Responsibilities" publication where more information about a project or responsibility can be found.

Files of projects and programs include Ecological Task Force Report, Grand Canyon, pesticides, Water Resources Council, environment and ecology, public lands, Senator Kennedy-Udall pollution trip, and Senator Montoya briefing material on New Mexico.

There are also chronological files (1962-1966) that consist of outgoing correspondence to citizens on behalf of the Secretary or President. Material also includes memoranda to and from the Secretary and staff, summaries, reports, and addresses by Secretary Udall.

Another section of files consists of the General Year Files (1963-1968). These files are like supplements to the chronological files. They contain further outgoing correspondence to citizens, memoranda, interdepartmental correspondence regarding department assignments, reports, official statements, reports and articles from sources on conservation, pollution, etc. Much of this correspondence is between governmental departments and sources regarding inquiries, briefs, and reports.

Accession 85.221.M consists of resource planning material (1962-1968), and a partial manuscript of a book edited by Knight titled, "The Evolution of Conservation in North America: A Documentary History." Resource planning material includes subject files on pesticides, ecology, environmental contamination, Supreme Court decisions, legislative and administrative decisions, newsletters of the Conservation Foundation (1970s), and also an envelope of photographs of a White House conference on preservation in May of 1962.


  • 1961-1967


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Paul Knight was a staff assistant and member of the Resource Program Staff which was responsible to the secretary of the Department of the Interior, Stewart Udall. Secretary Udall is celebrated for his environmental conservation work while Secretary.


6 linear feet (4 containers)

Language of Materials



Paul Knight was a staff assistant and member of the Resource Program Staff which was responsible to the secretary of the Department of the Interior, Stewart Udall. The collection (1961-1967) contains the working files of Knight from when he served as assistant to Secretary of the Interior and includes source research, subject files on environmental, conservation, water, and pesticide issues, memoranda, briefs, reports, interdepartmental correspondence and letters to citizens on behalf of the President or Secretary, and a manuscript by Knight.


Materials within this collection are arranged first by initial accession(s) that were processed together as a whole and then by subsequent accession(s). This organization reflects the fact that the collection had been processed at one point in time and then more materials were acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them into a whole at this point in time, given the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Physical Description

4 record storage boxes.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Carla Johnson, 1978; Tanya Parlet, 2013.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection may have received a basic level of processing including some organization and rehousing. The initial accession(s) were processed and arranged as a whole and are reflected in the series arrangement. Subsequent accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each subsequent accession is described separately.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Paul Knight Papers
Complete Description
Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA