Pacific Lutheran University & Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Grant Papers, 1955-2019

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SPEC 1.6.1

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Pacific Lutheran University & Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Grant Papers, 1955-2019


  • 1955 - 2019 (Creation)


4.5 linear feet and approximately 1 GB of digital storage

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Scope and content

The Pacific Lutheran University & Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Grant Papers primarily center around the effects of and response to urban sprawl on the Clover Creek and the Chambers Creek Basin in Pierce County, Washington between 1955 and 2019. These materials include the administrative records of the South Suburban Sewer District, as well as materials relating to the organization’s annexations, correspondence, sewerage planning, and regional reporting on the sewer district’s activities. The material also includes records related to the Chambers Creek-Clover Creek Sewerage Plan, Pierce County organizations and community projects centered on environmental and heritage initiatives, as well as materials that center on the relationship between Pacific Lutheran University’s Environmental Studies Program and the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed.

System of arrangement

The Pacific Lutheran University & Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Grant Papers are organized into four series, including: (1) South Suburban Sewer District, (2) Chamber Creek-Clover Creek Sewerage Plan, (3) Pierce County Organizations & Community Projects, and (4) Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Council. Subseries are noted in the detailed description of the collection.

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Conditions governing access

Some material in this collection may be subject to restrictions. Please consult the University Archivist for more information.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Please note that the Pacific Lutheran University Archives makes these materials available for educational purposes only and may not hold or know who holds copyright for materials housed in our collections. It is the researcher’s responsibility to discover and follow copyright laws as applicable. For more information on receiving permission to publish materials from this collection, please consult the University Archivist.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Custodial history

The purpose of the Pacific Lutheran University & Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Grant Papers, 1955-2019, was to assemble a collection of records relating to the social, political, corporational, and ecological history of Clover Creek, especially as its history connects to the history and development of Pacific Lutheran University and Pierce County. As such, the material in this collection comes from multiple accessions, pulled together to specifically aid in the discoverability of the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed in its social, political, and corporational context. The collection is made up of material donated in 2019 by the South Suburban Sewer District (2023.022), in 2022 from Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Council Member Al Schmauder (2023.023), and as part of a legacy collection, undated, from Pierce County Conservation District Member, Donald R. Farmer (leg.spec.015).

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At Pacific Lutheran University:

SPEC 1.1.7: Parkland Ruralite

SPEC 1.1.8: Parkland-Spanaway Post

SPEC 1.3: Richard Osness Papers

SPEC 1.7.1: Nisqually Plains Photograph Collection

UA 4.17.2: Donald R. Farmer Papers

At the Tacoma Public Library:
CAC2007: Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Council Records

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General note

This collection, as well as the Clover Creek Watershed Digital Exhibit, was funded by Pacific Lutheran University’s Kelmer Roe Research Fellowship in the Humanities Grant and a Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed Council Grant, which funded, in part, student participation in the arrangement and discovery of this collection’s material.

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Archivist's note

Finding Aid & Machine-readable text: Lauren Loftis, 2023
Processed by: Allyson Lessard & Makaela Whalen, 2022

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