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Archives & Special Collections
Great Lakes United Environmental and Ecological Issues Collection


Donor: Great Lakes United
Date of Acquisition: May, 2007
Processed: February, 2008
7 boxes; 10.5 linear ft; contents: (ca.) 1984-(ca.) 2004

Historical Background

After their website,, Great Lakes United “organizational members were brought together by the awareness that the world’s largest fresh water ecosystem was under very serious threat. These concerns attracted the attention of individual members who recognized the need for an integrated approach to recovery. The Basin contains twenty per cent of the world’s available surface water and is home to a broad variety of natural habitats. GLU members saw, on the one hand, a basin with abundant water resources and aquatic habitats, with biologically rich coastal waters, blue ribbon trout streams, and sparkling inland lakes. On the other hand, members were keenly aware that over two-thirds of the Basin’s original wetlands had been lost, thousands of miles of rivers had been impaired, and miles of shoreline had been degraded.” Great Lakes United works to preserve and protect the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway and their surrounding ecosystems. Their research material focuses on the eight U.S. Great Lakes states as well as the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and underscores the organization’s work in collecting relevant resources and petitioning the ruling bodies of the Canada, the United States, and First Nations.

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Contents and Inventory

The Great Lakes United collection includes published reports, programs, journals, newsletters, handbooks, fact sheets, pamphlets and video tapes obtained from the organization’s Buffalo, NY, offices. The information gathered in this collection covers issues relevant to both the United States and Canada on the topic of the Great Lakes ecosystem and its environment. The bulk of the collection highlights concerns from and regarding the United States, but there also exists a significant amount of material collected from Canada and the International Joint Commission. Significant topics covered within the materials are issues ranging from water quality reports and protection agendas to environmental awareness publications; the bulk of the collection consists of information regarding the Great Lakes’ total ecosystem. The data spans the approximate years from 1984 to 2004.

Box 1:

I. Great Lakes Issues.

1-1. Ecosystem reports, 1992-2001.
1-2. Ecosystem journals, 1993-2003.
1-3. Ecosystem newsletters and fact sheets, 1996-2002.
1-4. Ecosystem pamphlets, 1990-1995.
1-5. Wildlife and fishery reports, 1990-2002.
1-6. Wildlife and fishery newsletters and journals, 1996-1998.
1-7. Water quality reports, 1989-2002.
1-8. Water quality handbooks, 1996-1997.
1-9. Zebra mussels journals and fact sheets, 1988-1996.
1-10. Infrastructure journal and workshop proceedings, 1998-2001.
1-11. Miscellaneous reports, 1984-2003.

Box 2:

2-1. Miscellaneous surveys, 1993.
2-2. Miscellaneous supplementary agreement, 2001.
2-3. Miscellaneous programs, circa 1997-2000.

II. General Environmental Issues.

2-4. Forestry and parks reports, 1989-1999.
2-5. Forestry and parks yearbooks, 1999-2000.
2-6. Forestry and parks environmental publications, 1996.
2-7. Dry cleaning/wet cleaning reports, 1994.
2-8. Dry cleaning/wet cleaning environmental publications, circa 1995.
2-9. Dry cleaning/wet cleaning articles, 1995.
2-10. Water Quality Regulations codes/laws, 1984-1988.
2-11. General environmental reports, 1988-2001.
2-12. General environmental recommendations, 1991-1992.
2-13. General environmental publications, 1996-2005.

Box 3:

3-1. General environmental sustainability kit, 1996. (2 copies.)
3-2. General environmental handbooks, 1992-2001.
3-3. General environmental articles, 1989-2001.
3-4. General environmental fact sheets, circa 1994-2004.
3-5. General environmental pamphlets, 1993-1999.

III. Energy Reports.

3-6. New York, 1998-2003.
3-7. Ohio, 1995.

IV. Community Guides and Public Opinions.

3-8. Citizens guides, 1988-2001.
3-9. Field guides, 1993-1998.
3-10. Public opinion polls, n.d.

Box 4:

V. The International Joint Commission.

4-1. Water quality reports, 1987-2002.
4-2. Progress reports, 1989-2001.
4-3. Water protection reports, 1993-2002.
4-4. (Satellite) Map [Great Lakes states and Southern Canada], n.d.
4-5. Pamphlet (“Remedial Action Plan for Areas of Concern”), n.d.

VI. Canadian Great Lakes Issues.

4-6. Water quality reports, 1988-2002.
4-7. Water quality newsletters, circa 1995.
4-8. Water quality fact sheets, n.d.
4-9. Water quality pamphlets, circa 1990.
4-10. Ecosystem reports, 1985-2000.
4-11. Ecosystem newsletters, circa 2003.
4-12. Ecosystem guides, 1993-1998.
4-13. Ecosystem pamphlets, n.d.

Box 5:

VII. General Canadian Environmental Issues.

5-1. Forestry and parks reports, 1991-2000.
5-2. Forestry and parks manual, 2004.
5-3. Forestry and parks newsletter, circa 1996.
5-4. Wildlife report, 1991.
5-5. Wildlife publications, 1994-2002.
5-6. Energy and power reports, 1998-2004.
5-7. Energy and power fact sheet, n.d.
5-8. General reports, 1994-2003.
5-9. General publications, 1994-2002.
5-10. General newsletters, 1995-2004.
5-11. General handbook, 1993.
5-12. Map (“Etude Descriptive de l’Incidence du Cancer au Quebec de 1989 a 1993”), 1998.

Box 6:

VIII. Great Lakes Area Contacts.

6-1. Directories, 1984-2000.

Box 7:

IX. Video Cassettes.

7-1. Industrial Waste: A Challenge We Must Meet (Gincourt Productions Limited), 1988.
7-2. Fulfilling the Promise (International Joint Commission), 1996.
7-3. Evangelicals and the Endangered Species Act: TV and Radio News Coverage (Environmental Information Center), 1996.
7-4. Endangered (Evangelical Environment Center; John Franzen Multimedia), 1996.
7-5. Great Lakes United: River to River, n.d. (3 copies.)
7-6. Effects on Aboriginals from the Great Lakes Environment (Eagle Project), n.d.
7-8. Bye-Bye Beaches? Sea-level Animations from Global Warming with Expert Interviews and B-roll for Broadcast, n.d.
7-9. Child's Play (Lake Michigan Federation), n.d.
7-10. Acid Rain: A North American Challenge (Great Lakes United), n.d.
7-11. Drinking Water: Quality on Tap (League of Women Voters of Michigan LMV Education Fund), n.d.
7-12. Time to Decide (Bay of Quinte Rap), n.d.
7-13. The Story of William G. Mather and Great Lakes Shipping, n.d.
7-14. A Little Town That Could: A Rural Community Fights Perrier (Capital Lights Productions), n.d.
7-15. Dollars Down the Drain: Caring for Your Septic Tank, n.d.
7-16. Effect of Pollution on Alligator Reproduction (National Wildlife Federation Annual Meeting Address by Dr. Lou Guillette, University of Florida), n.d.
7-17. The Life of the Lakes: The Great Lakes Fishery (Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Michigan State University), n.d.
7-18. Headwaters: the Lifeline of a River (Sponsored
by the Rouge River Watershed Council and the Southern Michigan Area Wildlife Water Quality Board), n.d.
7-19. Wetland Reproduction Public Service Announcements, Narrated by Garrison Keillor, n.d.
7-20. Citizens: The Essential Link in Wetland Protection (Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council; Hosted by Senator Carl Levin and Garrison Keillor), n.d. 7-21. Fertility at the Brink, n.d.
7-22. Great Lakes Fuji, n.d.

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