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Students to Save Robinson Forest records 1981-1984

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Students to Save Robinson Forest records




University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections


This collection is arranged by subject in six series:

Conditions Governing Access note

The intellectual rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Students to Save Robinson Forest records, 1981-1984, 1984UA015, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington


1.35 cubic feet (5 boxes)


In the early 1980s, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees began considering a proposal to mine in Robinson Forest in order to generate revenue for the university. Students to Save Robinson Forest was formed as a response to this plan. The forest, which is comprised of over 14,000 acres in Eastern Kentucky, was deeded to the university in 1923 by E. O. Robinson; in 1930, he gave the university the coal and mineral rights. In both cases, it was noted that the land was to be used for research and education.

Students to Save Robinson Forest was organized in January/February of 1982 with Ann Phillippi and Rich Zimmerman acting as co-presidents. The group's constitution states that it will "call attention to the legal, financial, ethical and moral conflicts associated with the proposed mining of Robinson Forest." The group held its first public meeting on February 25, 1982 and soon became the largest student group on campus. The group achieved a measure of success in 1983, when the Board of Trustees decided against the mining project in Robinson Forest. However, the language of their decision left the door open for other mining projects to be discussed in the future. On February 15, 1984, a permanent Robinson Forest display was dedicated on UK's campus with the purpose of informing future generations about the value of the forest and the struggles to preserve it.

On several occasions since its 1983 decision, the Board of Trustees has considered mining proposals within the forest, and each time Students to Save Robinson Forest has regrouped in order to protest.

Scope and Content

The Students to Save Robinson Forest records include newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, membership and financial records, and publicity materials related to the group's activities during the early 1980s.


  • Phillippi, Ann, 1952-.
  • Zimmerman, Rich.
  • University of Kentucky.
  • Robinson Forest (Ky.)
  • Green movement -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Land use -- Kentucky.
  • Student organizations -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Student movements -- Kentucky -- Lexington.

User Restrictions

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Collection Inventory

I. Newspaper Clippings
Scope and Content Note:

The Newspaper Clippings series contains items regarding the debate and controversy surrounding Robinson Forest and the actions taken by Students to Save Robinson Forest during the early 1980s. The clippings come primarily from the Kentucky Kernel and Lexington Herald newspapers. There is also an issue of the Kentucky Coal Journal that contains material on the Robinson Forest issue.

Newspaper clippings, circa 1981-1984
[box: 1, folder: 1]
Newspaper clippings, circa 1981-1983
[box: 1, folder: 2-3]
Kentucky Coal Journal, May 1982
[box: 1, folder: 4]
II. Meetings and Events
Scope and Content Note:

The Meetings and Events series contains materials related to Students to Save Robinson Forest gatherings. Included are meeting minutes and agendas, speech transcripts, planning notes and organizational materials, and posters publicizing these events.

First Public Meeting, February 25, 1982
[box: 1, folder: 5]
Hank Graddy Speech, March 25, 1982
[box: 1, folder: 6]
Rally for Robinson Forest, April 20, 1982
[box: 1, folder: 7]
Ann Phillippi Presentation to Trustee Committee, August 19, 1982
[box: 1, folder: 8]
Wendell Berry Speech, September 14, 1982
[box: 1, folder: 9]
General Student Assembly, September 21, 1982
[box: 1, folder: 10]
Dedication Ceremony for Robinson Forest Display, February 15, 1984
[box: 1, folder: 11]
Informational Slide Show, circa 1982
[box: 1, folder: 12]
Meeting Minutes, January 1982-July 1982
[box: 1, folder: 13]
III. Publicity Materials
Scope and Content Note:

The Publicity Materials series contains items used to represent and publicize the activities of Students to Save Robinson Forest. The bumper stickers, buttons, and t-shirts could be purchased by individuals in order to support the organization.

Stationary, circa 1982
[box: 1, folder: 14]
Envelopes, circa 1982
[box: 1, folder: 15]
Information flyers, circa 1982
[box: 4, folder: 1]
Fact Sheet flyers, circa 1982
[box: 4, folder: 2]
Bumper stickers, circa 1982
[box: 4, folder: 3]
Button and T-shirt, circa 1982
[box: 5]
IV. Written Materials
Scope and Content Note:

The Written Materials series contains letters, notes, memos, and mailings both to and from members of Students to Save Robinson Forest as well as other individuals and organizations who were in some way related to the group or its cause. The series also contains signed petitions indicating opposition to mining in Robinson Forest. Also included in this series are photocopies of the deed to the Robinson Forest land.

i. Correspondence
Ad Hoc Group communications
[box: 1, folder: 16]
University Senate communications
[box: 1, folder: 17]
Trustee Committee communications
[box: 1, folder: 18]
Student Government communications
[box: 2, folder: 1]
Miscellaneous communications
[box: 2, folder: 2]
ii. Reports
Legal Opinion of Jesse Dukeminier, June 21, 1982
[box: 2, folder: 3]
Annual Report on Robinson Forest to Board of Trustees, 1982
[box: 2, folder: 4]
Deeds and related materials
[box: 2, folder: 5]
Information on lands unsuitable for mining
[box: 2, folder: 6]
Miscellaneous reports
[box: 2, folder: 7]
iii. Petitions and Newsletters
Signed petitions
[box: 4, folder: 4]
Blank petitions
[box: 4, folder: 5]
[box: 2, folder: 8]
Newsletter proof sheets
[box: 2, folder: 9]
V. Administrative
Scope and Content Note:

The Administrative series contains materials related to the operation of the Students to Save Robinson Forest organization. Points of interest include the extensive membership lists and applications, financial records, and the organization's constitution.

i. Financial Materials
Application for financial assistance
[box: 2, folder: 10]
Financial record book; Check registers
[box: 2, folder: 11]
Miscellaneous receipts
[box: 2, folder: 12]
ii. Additional Administrative Materials
Constitution; Organization registration
[box: 2, folder: 13]
Computer printout of membership lists and related materials
[box: 3, folder: 1]
Handwritten and photocopied membership lists
[box: 3, folder: 2]
Completed application forms, circa 1982
[box: 3, folder: 3-4]
Complete application forms for sixth graders, 1982
[box: 3, folder: 5]
Membership applications
[box: 3, folder: 6]
VI. Miscellaneous
Scope and Content Note:

The Miscellaneous series contains additional materials belonging to Students to Save Robinson Forest. This includes proof sheet versions of some of the printed materials found in the previous series. Folder 10 holds, in its original order, the contents of a file labeled 'Names, notes, etc.' by Ann Phillippi.

Proof sheets of petitions, membership applications, stationary, and flyers
[box: 3, folder: 7]
Media and advocacy information
[box: 3, folder: 8]
Letter writing information
[box: 3, folder: 9]
Additional miscellaneous materials
[box: 3, folder: 10]

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