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Morey Wolfson papers

 Collection
Identifier: COU:1752

Scope and Contents

The Morey Wolfson Papers consist of 58 boxes and 1 oversize. The papers are currently in the order in which they were received. They contain publications, articles, newspaper clippings, reports, correspondence, and miscellaneous. Audio-visual materials are also included in these files.

Dates

  • 1969 - 1978

Conditions Governing Access

This collection contains or may contain private and personally identifiable information (PPII). Researchers must sign the University Libraries’ Private and Personally Identifiable Information Agreement in advance of access to collection materials. Contact sca@colorado.edu for more information.

Research access to original moving image films in this collection is restricted, due to preservation concerns. Contact sca@colorado.edu with a list of desired items and a statement of intended use, which will be evaluated by the Moving Image Archivist based on preservation condition of the desired items and staff availability; please note that access may not be guaranteed for all items. All analog sound recordings, video formats, and badly deteriorated film held by the Archives must be digitized for research access, due to preservation concerns. If these materials have not previously been digitized, the researcher is responsible for the cost of digitization. Researchers may request access to previously-digitized audiovisual materials that are not online on the CU Digital Library by contacting sca@colorado.edu

Copyright Statement

The University Libraries may not own the copyright to all materials in this collection. Researchers are responsible for contacting the copyright holder(s) for this material and obtaining permission to publish or broadcast. The University Libraries will not grant permission to publish or broadcast this material and are not responsible for copyright violations resulting from such use.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers may not make notes, reproductions (including photographs), or other record of any private and personally identifiable information (PPII) located in this collection and may not publish, publicize, or disclose that PPII to any other party for any purpose. Exclusions may apply to researchers who have obtained authorization from the University of Colorado Institutional Review Board to produce human subject research records in de-identified form. All researchers must sign the University Libraries’ Private and Personally Identifiable Information Agreement indicating their understanding of the use restrictions for PPII found in this collection. Contact sca@colorado.edu.

Historical Note

Morey Wolfson has long been an advocate of ecological and social justice concerns. He received a B.A. in American History from San Francisco State University in 1968 and in 1973 Wolfson received an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado. In addition to these, he has also received certificates from a variety of other programs. Wolfson was among the first to recognize the environmental hazard posed by the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility. In response, he formed the Denver area activist group, Environmental Action of Colorado (EAC). The purpose of this organization was to collect information on the Rocky Flats nuclear plant.

In 1971, Wolfson founded and became the director of EAC. As a side activity of EAC, he was the owner of the Solar Energy Book Store from 1975-79. Wolfson served as executive for the Solar Heating and Cooling/Energy Conservation Conference in Denver in 1974. In 1978, he worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an air pollution specialist in Region 8 of Denver. Next, Wolfson was the executive director of the Capitol Hill Community Center in Denver from 1979 to 1981. Between 1981 and 1983, he worked as the utility director for the Colorado Public Interest Research Group, and then as an administrative officer with the Colorado Division of Housing during the following two years. From 1985 to 1991, he worked for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission as an assistant to the commissioners. As of 1991, he had served in these organizations: Executive Committee, Denver Urban Forest; Public Information Committee, Rocky Flats Environmental Monitoring Council; Colorado Interagency Energy Policy Planning Group; and Staff Subcommittee on Energy Conservation, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

In late 1969, Morey Wolfson was involved with the student government at the University of Colorado at Denver. The student government received a letter from an organization called Environmental Action that was recently founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson and led by Denis Hayes. The purpose of that organization was to coordinate Environmental Teach-Ins on campuses throughout the United States on April 22, 1970, a day they dubbed as “Earth Day.” With some coercion from Wolfson, the student government decided to go ahead with the event, which was held at Currigan Hall in Denver and attracted 5,000 participants. This was the second largest Earth Day event in the U.S. Afterwards, the student government was contacted by several people wanting more environmental information. A committee was formed and the focus shifted to the relationship between energy and environment. The Public Service Company of Colorado financed studies by graduate students, which resulted in the publication of Environmental Action Papers Number One: Energy. This was mailed to 15,000 selected environmental, anti-war, and church groups around the country. In turn, the mailing elicited a huge response from many people wanting energy information from EAC. The majority of requests were for material regarding solar energy, energy conservation and nuclear power. This opened up a mail order business for EAC, which forced the organization to relocate to a new location off-campus. In addition, the group opened up the Solar Book Store in 1975. In 1979, the book store closed due to the fact it could no longer maintain a market for solar information with SERI and other federal outlets. The EAC mail order business moved again to La Veta, Colorado, where it was maintained by Ben Billings for two more years. The organization then became inactive, was bought by others, and eventually sold back to Billings around 1988.

The EAC essentially began as a student organization at the University of Colorado at Denver. While on campus, the organization met the information requirements of a student body recently initiated to the cause of environmentalism. When its founders and members slowly left through graduation, the organization moved off campus with Morey Wolfson. During its later years, the EAC began to focus on energy issues: Rocky Flats, the anti-nuclear movement, and alternative energy sources.

Over the years, Morey Wolfson has helped to form or participated in the following organizations: Bicycles Now!, Community Pride Recycling Center, PLAN Metro Denver, Rocky Mountain Center on the Environment, Center for Environmental Learning, Keep Colorado Beautiful, Rocky Flats Action Group, People for Rational Energy Sources, Capitol Hill Community Center, Coloradans for Safe Power, Colorado Solar Energy Association, Denver Solar Energy Association, and Friends of the Earth.

Extent

87 linear feet (58 Boxes and 1 Oversized Box)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The Morey Wolfson Papers consist mainly of the professional papers of the Environmental Action of Colorado (EAC), as well as other related organizations and events, from approximately 1969 to 1978. Wolfson played a significant role in the formation and maintenance of several environmental groups. Most of the papers deal with the concept of renewable energy, along with solar and anti-nuclear materials. There are many articles regarding a variety of personalities, political commentary, recent developments, and current events on environmental and nuclear topics. This collection also contains several folders with general information on nuclear energy and associated subjects, much of which relates to the Rocky Flats nuclear plant. See similar collections: Floyd Haskell

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was given by Morey Wolfson in 1991.
Status
In Progress
Author
Inventoried by Paul Irwin, September 1, 1999. Edited by Winglam Kwan, December 17, 2003. Reedited by Emily Semenoff, October 14, 2010.
Date
September 1, 1999
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Repository

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