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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:
The intellectual rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.
[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.
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.
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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