Highlights – Selected Searches in the Archive

Using Advanced Search on the Explore page can let you find amazing discoveries about the Stanislaus and the fight to save it. Here are a few of the searches that you can run by just clicking the link:

Special Portfolio – Select images, video, audio and documents that represent key times and iconic moments (more coming as we add to the archive)

Proposition 17 – The 1974 initiative campaign involved over 200,000 people, trying to keep the upper river from destruction by New Melones – here are images and artifacts from that amazing effort

Tim Palmer’s Collection – Author, photographer, activist, and so much more, Tim’s legacy for the Stan is captured here.

Video and audio files – Movies, interviews, songs – they’re all in this selection.

Witness and Encampment – the April – June 1979 gatherings that focused on how to stop and memorialize the gradual flooding of the river were a pivotal moment of thoughtful, passionate non-violent protest.

May-June 1979: Chaining as protest – Mark Dubois’ dramatic protest, matched by a number of others who did the same, against filling the New Melones reservoir gave room for pro-river efforts to be undertaken

River guides – Only a few images at present, this selection highlights men and women who guided for commercial companies, showing slices of their lives.

Examples from Martin Blake’s Stanislaus Museum Notebooks – Martin’s museum is a treasure trove of articles, images and other artifacts about the Stanislaus, with only a small selection currently in the archive.

Up Rose Creek – The experience of the pools of Rose Creek was a joyful moment for anyone who was on the river and hiked up, as these images attest

Friends of the River scenes and materials – FOR came into being in the 1974 Proposition 17 campaign and continued on during the 70s and 80s, and to this day; those early days are shown here.

Headwaters – All the issues of FOR’s Headwaters newsletter during the 1970s, early 1980s

The pro-dam people and New Melones – The arguments and the people who pushed for the dam and the destruction of the Stanislaus River

The flooding that destroyed Stanislaus – Hard to look at, the gradual flooding left scenes of tragedy all along its course

The history and cultural places of the river – the images and history of places you may not even have heard about

Poems about the Stanislaus – Some of those who used verse to celebrate the river, the fight for it, the lessons from the efforts to save it.

Other searches to try:

  • Creator = Don Briggs, or Coni Beeson, both of whom have amazing libraries of images, or any others shown.
  • Location – rapids, camps, other places, 60+ marked along the river and off-river (Natural Bridges, Chicken Falls, so many more..)
  • Keywords – try “Joy”, or “Cultural”

Go to Advanced Search and try typing in words in Title, or Description, or choosing any of the other items there!