Dorothy Gilbert and the Phoenix Mountains Preserve
In the late 1950s, there was indication of impending growth and sprawl in the Valley of the Sun. Concerned citizens of Phoenix, led by Dorothy Gilbert and other founding members, banded together to “save the mountains” from encroaching development. Once organized, the advocates for preservation circulated petitions and sent informative and persuasive letters to influential politicians. This was a “grassroots” effort to protect the mountain range wilderness and preserve it as an urban oasis.
"Dorothy Gilbert and the Phoenix Mountains Preserve" comprises select digitized primary and secondary source materials from the Dorothy Gilbert Collection that trace the evolution of the Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council. Preliminary Materials include historical summaries about the preserve and council. The Timeline includes primary and secondary source materials that exemplify the grassroots effort. Land Boundaries include primary source materials that identify the boundaries of land acquisitions. Maps includes a list of selected maps that illustrate the development of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve and the maps' location in the Arizona Collection.
The web site is designed as a resource of historical information about Phoenix Mountains Preserve and the Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council, and as an example of grassroots organizational methods.
Squaw Peak Park Calendar of Events,1957-1973. ACC# 98-1906, 1/8, 3 pages
Squaw Peak Area Study, 8/60. ACC# 98-1906, 1/52
Squaw Peak Park Extension Land Applications 1960s ACC# 98-1906, 1/45
Copies of Squaw Peak Topographical map 1960 one showing mine claims another showing trails 1960s. ACC# 98-1906, 1/45
Land Acquisition plan for BLM 1964. ACC# 98-1906, 1/44
Open Space Plan for Phoenix Mountains- Squaw Peak 4/66. ACC# 98-1906, 1/44
Squaw Peak Mining Claims 1969. ACC# 98-1906, 1/44
Paradise Valley Wilderness Area 8/4/69. ACC# 98-1906, 1/47
Colored coded Phoenix Mountains Preserve boundaries; to be acquired and under option lands as of 1975. ACC# 98-1906, 1/45
Phoenix Mountains Preserve Amended Boundary, revised 3/29/75. ACC# 98-1906, 1/44
Phoenix Mountains Preserve amended boundaries as approved by the city council 7/14/75, revised 5/17/76. ACC# 98-1906, 1/12
South Mountains Preserve 7/14/75 revised 12/2/75. ACC# 98-1906, 1/44
Land Acquisitions and Current status PMP, City of Phoenix-Parks Division 3/21/77. ACC# 98-1906, 1/48
Phoenix Mountains Preserve Alternate 1, adopted by resolution #14026, January 24, 1978 8/4/81. ACC# 98-1906, 1/42
City of Phoenix Quarter Section Map showing right of way properties around the preserve 11/5/82. ACC# 98-1906, 1/41
General Plan Phoenix Mountains Preserve adopted by PR & LD 12/83. ACC# 98-1906, 1/53
The Pointe South Mountain a Gosnell Map- Land Exchange Map 1/3/86. ACC# 98-1906, 4/16
This site was produced collaboratively by Rose Minetti, Archives and Special Collections; Sue McNamara, also with Archives; and Heather Knowles, Library Instruction, Systems and Technology, at Arizona State University Libraries.