Biographical Note

Arrangement

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Inventory   [ + ]

Subject Terms


Guide to the Richard J. Brooks Papers



Manuscript Collection No.: 2903
Accession No.: 2903-005
Creator: Brooks, Richard J. , creator
Title: Richard J. Brooks Papers
Date Span: 1956-2000
Quantity: 7.62 cubic feet
8 boxes, one vertical file, one oversize folder, one mapcase folder
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Richard J. Brooks (1923-2001) was a Seattle businessman and inventor who was also active in a variety of regional environmental causes. He founded Chemithon Corporation, an industrial equipment manufacturing company, and was president of the company for thirty years. In 1982, he started Brooks Rand, Ltd., a company which specializes in chemical process development and trace metal analysis. Brooks obtained over thirty United States patents on chemical engineering-related inventions during his career. He was a member of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee for the Seattle City Council, consultant to the City of Seattle for the Gas Works Park cleanup efforts, and a member of the Union Bay Preservation Coalition, a neighborhood organization, from approximately 1992 to 1999. From approximately 1973 to 1990, Brooks was on the board of directors of the North Cascades Conservation Council, through which he became involved in issues such as the opposition to raising Ross Dam on the Skagit River in Washington. He also worked independently on such causes as fighting Interstate-90 freeway expansion in King County, Washington and the expansion of the West Point Treatment Facility in Seattle, Washington by the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (METRO).

Arrangement

The accession is arranged in three series:

  • Personal papers, 1956-2000 (bulk 1968-2000)
  • Union Bay Preservation Coalition records, 1974-2000 (bulk 1989-1996)
  • North Cascades Conservation Council records, 1966-1995

Scope and Content

Brooks' papers document his activities as a businessman and environmentalist. He was concerned with the preservation of wilderness areas, and many urban enviromental issues. This concern is reflected in his correspondence and several files in his personal papers. Subject files contain papers and reference material from his involvement with Gas Works Park, Interstate-90, METRO's sewage treatment facilities, and Ross Dam, among other civic projects. Many of the same correspondents appear in the subject files as in the general correspondence. Letters from North Cascades Conservation Council members appear in the general correspondence and some subject files, such as Stehekin, as well as the North Cascades Conservation Council series. Major correspondents include: Patrick Goldsworthy, Richard Haag, Henry M. Jackson, Grant McConnell, Charles Royer, Seattle City Light, and the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Regional Office.

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users, but access to portions of the papers restricted. Contact Special Collections for details.

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info

Donated by Richard J. Brooks, 1978, 1981, 1994 and by Grace Brooks in 2001.

Processing Info

Processing in 2005 by Emiko Hastings.


Inventory

  
Box/FolderDate
Personal Papers 1956-2000 (bulk 1968-2000)
Arrangement: Arranged by type of record.
General Correspondence
1/1Adams, Brock1968-1990
1/2Belcher, Jennifer1992
1/3Benson, George E.1979-1990
1/4Bonker, Don1976
1/5Bricklin & Gendler1988-1992
1/6British Columbia - Seattle Negotiations1977-1980
1/7Chandler, Rod1984-1988
1/8Donaldson, Sue1994-1999, undated
1/9Evans, Daniel J.1970-1995
1/10Goldsworthy, Patrick D.1986-1999, undated
1/11Gore, Al1993
1/12Gorton, Slade1982-1995
1/13Grant County Planning Department1977-1978
1/14Haag, Richard1984-2000
1/15Hill, Tim1970-1991
1/16Jackson, Henry M.1964-1983
1/17King County Council1977-1996
1/18Kraabel, Paul1976-1988
1/19Kruckeberg, Arthur R.1990, undated
1/20Lamphere, Phyllis1969-1972
1/21Lowry, Mike1979-1988
1/22Magnuson, Warren G.1968-1979
1/23Manning, Harvey1968-1993, undated
1/24McConnell, Grant and Jane1974-1989, undated
VF
2718McConnell, Grant and Jane1990
Restrictions on Use: Restricted due to personal privacy concerns.
Box/Folder
1/25McDermott, James A.1975-1995
1/26Meeds, Lloyd1975-1976
1/27Miller, John R.1976-1990
1/28Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (Washington)1968-1997
1/29Mount Rainier National Park1974-1999, undated
1/30North Cascades National Park1977-1998
1/31Okanogan National Forest (Washington)1966-1999
1/32Olympic National Park (Washington)1968-1999
1/33Pritchard, Joel M.1975-1980
1/34Royer, Charles1978-1988
1/35Seattle City Council1969-1999
1/36Seattle City Light1968-1987
1/37Seattle Department of Engineering1972-1996, undated
1/38Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation 1969-1999
1/39Seattle Mayor1974-1980
1/40 Seattle Times 1968-1999, undated
1/41Seattle Water Department 1975-1988
1/42Sierra Club1973-1978
Scope and Content: Includes letters from the Pacific Northwest Chapter, the Pacific Northwest Representative, and the Sierra Club Foundation.
1/43Spellman, John1970-1983
1/44Street, Jim1985-1995
1/45Thorpe, Silvia1986-1988, undated
1/46Uhlman, Wesley C.1970-1974
1/47United States Army Corps of Engineers1970-1990
1/48United States Federal Energy Administration1974-1979
1/49United States Forest Service1965-1999
1/50United States Forest Service, Darrington Ranger District1989-1995
1/51United States Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region1966-1990
1/52United States Forest Service, Winthrop Ranger District1985-1994
1/53United States National Park Service1973-1998
1/54Washington State Department of Ecology 1978-2000
1/55Washington State Department of Natural Resources 1975-1990
1/56Wenatchee National Forest (Washington)1972-1995
1/57Williams, Jeanette Klemptner1974-1989
1/58-67Miscellaneous A-S
2/1Miscellaneous T-Z
2/2Unidentified1965-1989, undated
Environmental Impact Statements
2/3-4Copper Creek
2/5-6Pickering Corporate Park1985
2/7Weyerhaeuser/Gifford Pinchot National Forest Plan1974
2/8Court Papers: Robertson vs. Methow Valley Citizens Council1988
2/9Manual: King County Surface Water Design Manual1989
2/12Reports1977-1988
2/11Newsletters1970-1993
2/12Statements1975-1986
2/13Speeches and Writings1981-1993, undated
2/14Writings of Others1969-1987
Subject Files
2/15-16Arboretum, Seattle, Washington1972-1974, undated
Gasworks Park, Seattle, Washington
2/17-22General Correspondence1984-2000, undated
Scope and Content: Correspondents include Richard Haag.
2/23Reports1996-2000, undated
2/24Legal Documents1997-2000, undated
2/25Newsletters1988-2000, undated
2/26Notes1998, undated
3/1Background/Reference Information1989-2000, undated
Mapcase
Drawer 19Background/Reference Information    OVERSIZE1989-2000, undated
Box/Folder
3/2Clippings1989-2000, undated
3/3-4Green Lake, Seattle, Washington1980-1995, undated
3/5Interlaken Boulevard, Seattle, Washington1986-1987
Interstate-90
Scope and Content: Concerns Brooks' opposition to the design and location of the Interstate-90 expansion through Snoqualmie Pass.
3/6-7General Correspondence1970-1976, undated
Scope and Content: Correspondents include Irving M. Clark, Ron Sims, and Richard Aramburu.
3/8-9Court Papers1972-1975, undated
3/10Reports1968-1972
3/11Writingsundated
3/12Notesundated
3/13Visual Materials on Autobahn Construction1965-1969, 1973, undated
Scope and Content: Includes seventeen mostly black-and-white photographs of German highway construction, as well as three technical drawings and five color postcards of German viaducts.
3/14Background/Reference Information1971-1973, undated
3/15Clippings1972-1975, undated
Oversize VF
Oversize VF 72Clippings    OVERSIZE1972-1975, undated
Box/Folder
3/16John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders1992, undated
3/17Lake Sammamish, Washington1988-1991, undated
3/18Logger's Point (Stehekin)1982-1999, undated
May Valley Lawsuit
Historical Note : Lawsuit against King County and Burnstead Construction Company concerning the issue of drainage management on the South Firs property owned by Burnstead Construction Company in May Valley, Washington.
3/19-20General Correspondence1983-1996, undated
3/21Legal Documents1985-1988, undated
3/22Financial Records1984-1985, 1992
Mapcase
Drawer 19Maps    OVERSIZE1989, undated
Box/Folder
3/23Notes1984-1985, undated
3/24Background/Reference Information1983-1988, undated
3/25Clippings1985, undated
3/26Milwaukee Road (Railroad) Corridor1984-1986
3/27Mines1989-1997, undated
Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle, Sewage Treatment
Scope and Content: Mostly concerning West Point Sewage Treatment Plant.
3/28-4/1General Correspondence1985-1999, undated
Scope and Content: Correspondents include Citizens to Save Interbay, Robert E. Rindall, Michael W. Geuder
4/2-3Hearings: Seattle City Council1990
Legal Documents
4/4Shorelines Hearings Board1990, undated
4/5Consent Decree1991
4/6Court of Appeals: Appellant's Briefundated
4/7Miscellaneous1989, undated
4/8Reports1988-1997, undated
Newsletters
4/9 Monitor 1988-1993
4/10 Update: West Point Secondary Facilities Project 1989-1991
4/11Financial Records1987-1991
4/12Speeches and Writings1989-1991, undated
4/13Maps1989, undated
4/14Notes1986-1991, undated
4/15-16Background/Reference Information1983-1999, undated
4/17Clippings1988-1996, undated
4/18Olympic National Park/Quileute Reservation Boundary Issue1999-2000, undated
4/19Pratt River Valley, Washington1988-1990, undated
4/20Public Land Law Statement (Chemithon Corporation)1967
4/21Ravenna Creek, Seattle, Washington1997-1998, undated
4/22Redwoods National Park, California1967-1968
4/23San Juan Island Historical Park, Washington1964-1965
Seattle City Light/High Ross Dam
General Correspondence
4/24-25John M. Nelson1968-1970
4/26-29Miscellaneous1968-1980, undated
Reports
4/30Power Generation Alternativesundated
4/31Miscellaneous1969-1972, undated
5/1Environmental Impact Statement: Means of Meeting Peak Electrical Demands1980
5/2Statements1969-1974
5/3Statements of Others1970
5/4Speeches and Writings1968-1970, undated
5/5Speeches and Writings of Others1969-1972, undated
5/6Legal Documents1967-1973
5/7News Releases1969-1970
5/8Newsletters1970, undated
5/9Notes1969-1973, undated
5/10Subject File: City Light Economics1966-1971, undated
5/11Background/Reference Information1969-1972, undated
5/12Clippings1969-1980, undated
5/13Seattle Commons1996, undated
Mapcase
Drawer 19Seattle Commons    OVERSIZE1996, undated
Solid Waste
Box/Folder
5/14-15General Correspondence1956, 1969-1975, 1982-1984, 1997, undated
5/16-17Reports1970-1982
5/18Proposals1971-1972, undated
5/19Speeches and Writings1970-1971, undated
5/20Conference and Convention Files: Steel Can Recycling Demonstration1972
Mapcase
Drawer 19Drawings    OVERSIZE1970-1971, undated
Box/Folder
5/21Notes1970-1972, undated
5/22-24Background/Reference Information1966-1984, undated
5/25Photograph1987
Scope and Content: One 4x6" color photograph by Linn Emrich "from a video tape" taken (aerially?) looking south from Lake Sammamish, showing Squak Mountain, Tiger Mountain, Issaquah, and the proposed incinerator site.
5/26Clippings1970-1973, undated
5/27Spectron, Inc.1985, undated
Stehekin (Washington)
5/28-29General Correspondence1988-1999, undated
Scope and Content: Correspondents include Harvey Manning, Grant McConnell, David Fluharty, James McConnell, and North Cascades National Park.
6/1-2Background/Reference Information1989-1996, undated
6/3R.H. Thomson Expressway, Washington1964-1965
Mapcase
Drawer 19R.H. Thomson Expressway, Washington    OVERSIZE1964-1965
Trails
Scope and Content: Mostly concerns proposed Arboretum/Lakeside trail in Seattle, Washington.
Box/Folder
6/4-5General Correspondence1987-2000, undated
Scope and Content: Correspondents include Bricklin & Gendler and Seattle City Council members Jeanette Williams and Nicholas Licata.
6/6Reports1996-1998, undated
6/7Design Criteria for the Arboretum-Lakeside Trail1986-1987, undated
6/8Legal Documents1988-1999, undated
6/9Maps1997, undated
Mapcase
Drawer 19Maps    OVERSIZE1997, undated
Box/Folder
6/10Notes1996, undated
6/11Background/Reference Information1988-1997, undated
Scope and Content: Includes two color polaroid snapshots, one of 6th Avenue North, Seattle, Washington, the other unidentified.
6/12Clippings1988-2000, undated
Vyzis Project (Lake Sammamish, Washington)
General Correspondence
6/13Indexed1986
Scope and Content: Includes Brooks' correspondence index.
6/14Miscellaneous1986-1993, undated
6/15Reports1986, undated
6/16Legal Documents1986, undated
6/17Architectural Drawings1986, undated
Mapcase
Drawer 19Architectural Drawings    OVERSIZE1986, undated
Box/Folder
6/18Notes1987, undated
6/19Background/Reference Information1986, undated
Scope and Content: Includes 4 aerial color photographs, unidentified but presumably showing the site of the proposed office park.
6/20Washington State Department of Natural Resources1990, undated
6/21Washington Transportation Partners1994
6/22West Seattle Freeway, Arvid Grant Planundated
6/23Resolutions1982
6/24News Releases1982, 1997
6/25Listsundated
6/26Conference: Sustainable Forestry Roundtable1990
6/27Maps1991, undated
6/28Zoning Documents1989-1990
6/29Notesundated
6/30Receiptsundated
6/31Business Cardsundated
6/32Ephemeraundated
6/33Miscellany1987-1990
6/34-35Clippings1969-2000, undated

  
Box/FolderDate
Union Bay Preservation Coalition Records1974-2000 (bulk 1989-1996)
Arrangement: Arranged by type of record.
Scope and Content: Concerns Madison Bay Estates in Seattle, Washington and development by Cosmos Development and Administrative Corporation.
6/36-40General Correspondence1991-2000, undated
Scope and Content: Correspondents include Paul Sikora and Briklin & Gendler.
6/41Agenda: Open Space and Trails Bond Program Citizens Oversight Committee1993
Court Papers
6/42City of Seattle Hearing Examiner: MUP 92-0471992-1993, undated
6/43City of Seattle Hearing Examiner: No. 8906979, 8906981undated
6/44King County Superior Court: No. 93-2-02012-11993, undated
6/45-7/1King County Superior Court: No. 94-2-18934-41994
7/2-3Washington State Shorelines Hearing Board: No. 92-511993-1994, undated
7/4Washington State Supreme Court: No. 62064-41994-1996, undated
Reports
7/5Progress Reportsundated
7/6Miscellaneous1992
7/7Environmental Impact Statement: Madison Estates1992
7/8Permits1992-1995, undated
7/9Laws and Regulations1989-1991, undated
7/10Speeches and Writings1992-1993, undated
7/11Membership Records1994, undated
7/12Financial Records1993-1996
7/13Newsletters1992-1994
7/14Mapsundated
7/15Photographundated
Scope and Content: Printed copy of large color aerial photograph of the Union Bay Project in Seattle, Washington.
Subject Files
7/16Cosmos Settlement1992-1994, undated
7/17Department of Licensing - Cosmos1994-1995, undated
7/18Funding/Bullitt Foundation Application1974, 1988, 1993-1995, undated
7/19-21Johnson Property - Cosmos Development1989-1992, undated
7/22Madison Point Retirement Group1993-1994, undated
7/23Notes1992-1994, undated
7/24Ephemeraundated
7/25Miscellany1992-1996, undated
7/26Clippings1993-1995

  
Box/FolderDate
North Cascades Conservation Council Records1966-1995
Arrangement: Arranged by type of record.
7/27Organizational Features1984
7/28Outgoing Letters1991-1993
General Correspondence
7/29Fluharty, David1985-1995
7/30Goldsworthy, Patrick1973-1990, undated
7/31Jackson, Henry M.1966-1971
7/32Meeds, Lloyd1968-1973
7/33Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (Washington)1968-1989
7/34-36Miscellaneous A - W1966-1977, 1984, 1992-1994
Scope and Content: Correspondents include Brock Adams, Warren G. Magnuson, and Thomas M. Pelly.
8/1Minutes 1973-1990
Reports
8/2Financing of Washington's Highways1974
8/3High Ross Dam - Initial Brief of North Cascades Conservation Council1975
8/4International Joint Commission - Raising Ross Lake1971
8/5Proposals1967-1970
8/6Statements1968-1985, undated
8/7Speeches and Writings1968, undated
8/8News Release1967
8/9Newsletter: The Edelweiss, Alpine Lakes Protection Society1970
8/10Notesundated
8/11Miscellany1967-1971, undated

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Brooks, Richard J.--Archives.
Goldsworthy, Patrick D. (Patrick Donovan), 1919- --Correspondence.
Haag, Richard--Correspondence.
Jackson, Henry M. (Henry Martin), 1912-1983--Correspondence.
McConnell, Grant--Correspondence.
Royer, Charles, 1939- --Correspondence.
Organizations:
Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle.
Seattle City Light--Correspondence.
United States. National Park Service. Pacific Northwest Region--Correspondence.
Geographic Names:
Gas Works Park (Seattle, Wash.)
Interstate 90.
Ross Dam (Wash.)
Subjects:
Conservationists--Washington (State)--Archives.
Environmental protection--Washington (State)--Societies, etc.
National parks and reserves--Washington (State)
Roads--Washington (State)
Genre Headings:
Correspondence.
Last modified: July 16, 2008
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