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Finding Aid to the Mark Dubois Papers, 1970-2002
BANC MSS 2003/314 c  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Mark Dubois papers
    Date (inclusive): 1970-2002
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2003/314 c
    Creators : Dubois, Mark, 1949-
    Extent: Number of containers: 16 cartons, 1 box, 1 oversize folder Linear feet: 20
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Mark Dubois Papers document Dubois's work as an environmental advocate over the course of three decades (1970-2002). An avid river rafter, Dubois began his career as an environmental advocate in 1973, co-founding Friends of the River. Dubois went on to co- found and direct numerous environmental awareness organizations and campaigns, including the California Water Protection Council, the International Rivers Network, and WorldWise. He also served as International Coordinator for Earth Day 1990 and 2000 and has served as an advisor to numerous other groups. The collection has been divided along the lines of his work and contains records of the individual organizations as well as Dubois's personal files from his tenures at each organization.
    Languages Represented: Bulk of collection materials are in English. Some form correspondence and publicity is in various other languages.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research, with the following exceptions: Two folders regarding International Rivers Network have been closed by the donor for a period of twenty years from date of creation (2008).

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been assigned to The Bancroft Library. Materials in these collections are protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) and may not be used without permission of The Bancroft Library. Use may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, privacy and publicity rights, licensing terms, and trademarks. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mark Dubois Papers, BANC MSS 2003/314 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Related Collections

    Friends of the River Foundation Records, BANC MSS 88/25 c

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Dubois, Mark, 1949--Archives
    Friends of the River Foundation
    Environmentalists--California
    Water resources development--California--Stanislaus River
    Stream conservation--California--Stanislaus River
    New Melones Dam (Calif.)
    New Melones Lake (Calif.)

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Mark Dubois Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Mark Dubois in 2003. Additions were made in 2006.

    Accruals

    Future additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Teresa Mora in 2006.

    Biographical Information

    Born on February 24, 1949, Mark Dubois was raised in Sacramento, California and spent much time rafting the Stanislaus River and exploring its canyons. In 1972 he co-founded Environmental Traveling Companions, a non-profit rafting outfit specializing in taking delinquent and inner-city children and disabled adults down the Stanislaus.
    Dubois began his career as an environmental advocate in 1973 when he took up the fight to save the Stanislaus River from being dammed, co-founding Friends of the River to organize the campaign. Dubois rose to national prominence when, in 1979, he chained himself to the Stanislaus River canyon bedrock as the new reservoir was being filled. His action resulted in a temporary halt in the filling of the reservoir, buying time for legal action and the formation of a legislative campaign to save the Stanislaus River. Despite these efforts, the reservoir was filled in 1982, but Dubois continued his work on behalf of the natural environment, co-founding the International Rivers Network in 1984 and serving as International Coordinator for Earth Day 1990 and 2000. Recognizing the devastating effects of dams around the world and the promotion of dams as "development," his work has expanded to include lobbying the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. In 1991, Dubois founded WorldWise, a grassroots campaign for international bank reform, challenging the World Bank to reform and redirect their investments to fund projects with more positive and sustainable social, environmental, and economic benefits.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Mark Dubois Papers document Dubois's work as an environmental advocate over the course of three decades (1970-2002). An avid river rafter, Dubois began his career as an environmental advocate in 1973, co-founding Friends of the River. Dubois went on to co-found and direct numerous environmental awareness organizations and campaigns, including the California Water Protection Council, the International Rivers Network, and WorldWise. He also served as International Coordinator for Earth Day 1990 and 2000 and has served as an advisor to numerous other groups. The collection has been divided along the lines of his work and contains records of the individual organizations as well as Dubois's personal files from his tenures at each organization.
    The collection has been divided into nine series: Friends of the River; California Water Protection Council; International Rivers Network; Earth Day 1990; WorldWise; Earth Day 2000; Other Organizations; Reference Files; and Non-governmental Organizations.
    Succinct series descriptions provide a basic outline of the records available. The researcher should consult the container list to determine if the records contain a topic of interest as not all subjects are mentioned in these brief descriptions. The researcher should be aware that many topics might be covered in more than one series. Many of Dubois's interests carried through from one organization to another. For example, materials regarding the damming of rivers can be found throughout the collection.
    The collection arrived at the Bancroft Library in little order. Where evident, existing folder titles have been retained; however much of the order has been imposed by the archivist. Material was duplicated throughout the collection, and for the most part, duplicates have been discarded. The collection also contained numerous faxes of poor quality that have been reformatted.