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G. Corry McDonald Papers

Identifier: MSS-488-BC

Scope and Content

The core of Archive #488 consists of papers, accumulated by Corry McDonald when he was chairperson of the New Mexico Wilderness Study Committee (1966-1976). The collection is divided into five series. The first series (boxes 1-2) contains correspondence, bills, proposals, reports, environmental studies, maps and general information pertaining to New Mexico wilderness areas. The second series, General Southwest, includes information on Southwest regional wilderness, water rights and mineral exploration.

Correspondence and newsletters of the New Mexico Wilderness Society, filed by year, 1975-1988 (box 4) represents an important supplement to the information in Boxes 1-3. The third series, Printed Material on Environmental Issues, housed in box 5 contains information related and unrelated to environmental issues of interest to Corry McDonald and include plans for energy efficient heating and cooling systems designed by him. Printed material, most from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, concerning environmental issues comprises the final series, Regional Printed Matters and Technological Studies.

Also includes two Sierra Club films, one on Glen Canyon and the other on the Grand Canyon.


  • 1966-1988

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.


Corry McDonald, a mechanical engineer and wilderness preservationist, was born in Butte, Montana in 1914. He received a BSME from Montana State College in 1939 and studied at Cal Tech and MIT and received his MSME in 1940. He moved to Albuquerque in 1947 and became active in New Mexico wilderness preservation efforts.

McDonald's interest in environmental issues is reflected by active membership in many conservation organizations. They include: Butte & Montana Game Preservation Association (1932-1936); Save the Grand Canyon Committee (chairperson 1960-1965); Albuquerque Game Preservation Association (1950-); Continental Divide Trail Committee (1979-1981); New Mexico Wilderness Study Committee (1966-, chairperson 1967-1975) and the Wilderness Society (1975-), among others.

McDonald's personal notes from his back country trips became the basis of his book, Wilderness: A New Mexico Legacy (1985). His book, The Dilemma of Wilderness (1987) explores the complexities of special interests and wilderness usage.


8 boxes

Alternate Format

Circulating video cassette copies of "Glen Canyon" (Sierra Club film, 1966) and Grand Canyon (Sierra Club film, 1967) available at Fine Arts Library, University of New Mexico.
Finding aid of the G. Corry McDonald Papers, 1966-1988
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131