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Outdoor Nature Club Records

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Finding Aid/Inventory

ONC Pre-Donation Inventory

History and Mission

Constitution and By-Laws

Board of Directors

Events

Organization Management

Financial Administration

Study Groups

Publications

Allied Organizations

Environmental Issues

Media

Miscellaneous ONC Folders

Maps and Architectural Drawings



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Outdoor Nature Club Records, 1923-2007 | University of Houston Libraries

By Teresa Tomkins-Walsh, Ph.D.

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Collection Overview

Title: Outdoor Nature Club Records, 1923-2007View associated digital content.

ID: 07/2007-023

Primary Creator: Outdoor Nature Club (Houston, Tex.) (1923-)

Extent: 20.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/2007

Subjects: Nature conservation, Wilderness areas

Forms of Material: Annual reports, Bylaws (administrative records), Financial records, Minutes, Newsletters, Photographs, Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Forms part of Houston History Archives.  Primary organization records including meeting minutes, newsletters, and scrapbooks, photographs, annual reports, and financial records.  Outdoor Nature Club includes approximately 20 linear feet of records including the materials for the study groups.

Related Materials:

Joseph M. Heiser, Jr. Papers (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=386)

Biographical Note

The Outdoor Nature Club was established by Joseph Heiser in 1923.  Heiser's father was Houston's first Superintendent of Parks under Mayor Sam Brashear.  To start the group, Heiser ran an open invitation in the Houston Chronicle for those readers who wanted to strengthen bonds among nature lovers, study local flora and fauna, cooperate with comparable regional and national organizations as well as sportsmen's clubs to create support for meaningful legislation, to work with local initiatives aimed at civic improvement through beautification, and finally to broadcast the natural assets of Houston.

Key to Heiser's early mission was the "enjoyment" of outdoor life, and club members shared social and recreational activities as well as active scientific curiosity.   Birds and their habitats interested those who established an ornithology group, but they also formed study groups for botany, photography, conchology, and other pursuits.  A serious conservationist and preservationist, Heiser brought national attention to his campaign to preserve holly trees by planting rather than cutting during the Christmas ritual. He successfully promoted the mockingbird as the Texas state bird, and he, along with the ONC, campaigned to protect the Roseate Spoonbill on the Vingtune Islands in Trinity Bay in the 1930s and established Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary in the 1950s.  Heiser and ONC members were active participants in Will Hogg's Forum of Civics from 1924-1927 and served on the conservation committee.

Outdoor Nature Club was Houston's first conservation/environmental group, and members were involved in every significant conservation campaign in the Houston area.   They established the Little Thicket Sanctuary in East Texas during the 1950s, and that preserve still operates.  They were one of the organizations that supported Terry Hershey's "Save Buffalo Bayou" campaign in 1966.  The group's relevance to Houston's environmental history is inestimable.

Subject/Index Terms

Nature conservation
Wilderness areas

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Photocopy decisions will be made by Special Collection staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyrights holders.

Acquisition Source: Donated by Outdoor Nature Club

Related Materials:

Joseph M. Heiser, Jr. Papers (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=386)

Sarah and Army Emmott Environmental Papers (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=438)

Preferred Citation: Outdoor Nature Clubs Records. Courtesy of Special Collection, University of Houston Libraries.

Processing Information: Processed by Anna Michelle Burke and Jermaine Brown


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: ONC Pre-Donation Inventory],
[Series 2: History and Mission],
[Series 3: Constitution and By-Laws],
[Series 4: Board of Directors],
[Series 7: Events],
[Series 5: Organization Management],
[Series 6: Financial Administration],
[Series 8: Study Groups],
[Series 9: Publications],
[Series 10: Allied Organizations],
[Series 11: Environmental Issues],
[Series 12: Media],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous ONC Folders],
[Series 14: Maps and Architectural Drawings],
[All]

Series 10: Allied Organizations
Box 17
Folder 24: Audubon Houston Society Bulletin, 1969/1972
Folder 25: Audubon Houston Society- Make a High Island Forever.
Folder 26: Department of Interior- The Balance, 07/16/1969

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: ONC Pre-Donation Inventory],
[Series 2: History and Mission],
[Series 3: Constitution and By-Laws],
[Series 4: Board of Directors],
[Series 7: Events],
[Series 5: Organization Management],
[Series 6: Financial Administration],
[Series 8: Study Groups],
[Series 9: Publications],
[Series 10: Allied Organizations],
[Series 11: Environmental Issues],
[Series 12: Media],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous ONC Folders],
[Series 14: Maps and Architectural Drawings],
[All]

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