Lester W. Milbrath Environmental Issues papers
Collection — Box: 1-6
Papers by Lester W. Milbrath on environmental issues, including the Love Canal, nuclear waste at the West Valley site, and Great Lakes water quality, including conference papers, articles and book chapters written or co-authored by Dr. Milbrath; files on the formation of the Environmental Studies Center at the University, its annual reports and other publications of the Center, ca. 1977-1986.
- Milbrath, Lester W. (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection material in English.
Terms of Access
Milbrath, Lester W. Environmental Issues papers, 1971-1990 are open for research.
Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.
3 Linear Feet (6 manuscript boxes)
Papers of Lester W. Milbrath, University at Buffalo political science professor, on environmental issues including Love Canal, nuclear waste at the West Valley site, and Great Lakes water quality. Collection also includes conference papers, articles and book chapters written or co-authored by Dr. Milbrath. Also files on the formation of the Environmental Studies Center at the University, including its annual reports and other publications.
Lester W. Milbrath received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Minnesota, and his PhD from the University of North Carolina. He joined the Political Science Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1966, after teaching at the University of Tennessee, Duke University and Northwestern University. In December 1969, he was named to head the Social Science Institute of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Administration, which was formed to coordinate organized research conducted by UB faculty. In 1976, he was named Director of the Environmental Studies Center and appointed to the University Steering Committee on Regional Environmental Problems in 1978.
Historical NoteThe Environmental Studies Center (ESC) was established at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976 from the Environmental Studies Group. The ESC was an interdisciplinary research and teaching center within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Administration and oversaw the environmental track, offering MS programs in the Faculties of Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. The fundamental purpose in establishing the ESC was to carry out "research on problems of environmental perceptions, beliefs and values." The ESC saw environmental issues as social problems. A Department of Environmental Studies was proposed, but not established. The ESC was phased out in 1986.
This collection is arranged in five series: I. Environmental Studies Center, II. Annual reports, III. Love Canal study, IV. Occasional papers, and V. Papers, articles and book chapters.
Donated to the University Archives of the State University of New York at Buffalo, by Dr. Lester W. Milbrath, Professor Emeritus, Political Science Department.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
Collection processed by Archives Staff. Items expected but never received were removed from the finding aid, May 2012: 4.10, 5.23, 5.30, 6.5, 6.11.
- Conference reports
- Environmental Issues in Western New York Collection (State University of New York at Buffalo)
- Love Canal Chemical Waste Landfill (Niagara Falls, N.Y.)
- Milbrath, Lester W. -- Archives
- Radioactive waste repositories -- West Valley (N.Y.)
- State University of New York at Buffalo -- Archives
- Water quality -- Great Lakes (North America)
- Finding Aid for the Lester W. Milbrath Environmental Issues papers
- Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff.
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