INVENTORY OF THE MADRONA MARSH COLLECTION, 1973-2002

Finding aid prepared by Christina Delgadillo
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives & Special Collections
University Library, Room 5039
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3895
URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
©2011


Descriptive Summary

Title: Madrona Marsh Collection,
Dates: 1973-2002
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Creator: Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center
Extent: 4 boxes, [3.6 linear ft]
Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room 5039
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3013
URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
Abstract: Madrona Marsh Preserve is a 44-acre nature preserve in Torrance, CA. The preserve was established during the 1970s in a partnership between the Friends of Madrona Marsh and the City of Torrance. The collection includes several albums of photographs documenting the work and visitors to the Marsh. Also includes many reports, environmental impact studies, and materials including "The Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center Management Plan," and "Environmental Resources Element," (Torrance City Planning Department). Donated by the Friends of the Marsh.
Language: Collection material is in English

Administration Information

Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], MADRONA MARSH COLLECTION, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Friends of Madrona Marsh in 2011

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Christina Delgadillo. Photos were removed from albums and placed in archival sheets for preservation. Plastic binding was removed from reports and placed into eight file folders. Materials were kept in the original order when possible and are arranged in chronological order.

History

In the early 1970s, developers expressed interest in the prime real estate on which the area in Torrance, near the Madrona Marsh was located, which started a conflict for the Madrona Marsh. Resistance came from environmentalists who wanted to preserve as much of the wildlife area as possible. As a result, a group formed in 1972 and was called the Friends of the Madrona Marsh. The Friends of Madrona Marsh is a non-profit organization that was established in 1972. They are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the marsh through an assortment of activities throughout the year to bring awareness. Debate continued throughout all the 1970s regarding this piece of property. In 1980s, the city of Torrance was given a 34.4 acres deed to the marsh for wildlife preservation. Three decades later after the first argument started, in 2001, the preserve came to be with the opening of the Madrona Marsh Nature Center in 2001.

Scope and Content

The collection consisted of five photo albums and eight reports. The photo albums help capture the variety of plants, shrubs, trees, grasses and animal wildlife of the marsh. The reports included are for the preservation of the marsh and planning of the local surrounding area for residential and commercial development.

Arrangement

Arranged in two series:
  • Series I. Photographs (1983-2003)
  • Series II. Reports (1973-2002)

Indexing Terms

Subjects

Marsh
Wetlands

Corporate Names

Friends of the Madrona Marsh
City of Torrance – Park of Rehabilitation

Geographic Areas

Los Angeles, CA., Torrance, Harbor Regional Park and the Southbay


Container List

 

Series 1. Photographs, 1983-2003

Physical Description: 3 boxes [3 linear feet]

Scope and Content Note

This series contains five albums all pertaining to the Madrona Marsh.
Box 1

Shirley Turner Photo Album #1, 1983-1994

Box 2

Shirley Turner Photo Album #2, 1995-1999

Box 3

Shirley Turner Photo Album #2 /Tracy Drake Photo Album, 1987-2003

 

Series 2. Reports, 1983-2003

Physical Description: 1 box [.6 linear feet]

Scope and Content Note

This series contains eight various reports and are arranged chronologically.
Box 4, Folder 1

Environmental Resources Element, 1973

Box 4, Folder 2

Draft – Environmental Impact Report, 1974

Box 4, Folder 3

Final – Environmental Impact Report #1, 1982

Box 4, Folder 4

Final – Environmental Impact Report #2, 1982

Box 4, Folder 5

Park Rehabilitation and Open Space Preservation Report, 1989

Box 4, Folder 6

Daft – Master Plan Update Volume 3, 2002

Box 4, Folder 7

Madrona Marsh Preserve’s Fabulous 40’s, 2005

Box 4, Folder 8

Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center Management Plan, 2008