M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives


Finding Aid for the
PAPERS, 1970-2003

Hope Donovan, Public Hearing on the Returnable Beverage Container Law, January 18, 1989, Albany, NY
Public Hearing on the Returnable Beverage Container Law, January 18, 1989, Series 2: Subject Files
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Finding Aid Compiled by
Evan Rallis
March 2006

The arrangement and description of this collection was made possible through a New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program Arrangement and Description Grant.


M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935

VOLUME: 3 cubic ft., 1 film reel

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Charles Rielly in November 2003.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:

Hope Donovan
Biographical Sketch

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Hope Taussig Donovan was born on August 29, 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri. Donovan attended Washington University in St. Louis. She was involved substantially with the League of Women Voters (LWV), serving on its New York State Board and working for the Albany County chapter of the organization. Donovan had a long-term interest in environmental issues and was noted for her efforts in passing the New York State Bottle Bill, which included a well-publicized walk from Buffalo to Albany to raise awareness of the issues. She worked as a lobbyist for the LWV at the state level, frequently supporting environmental issues. In addition, she was a Legislative Representative for the Adirondack Mountain Club from 1986 to 1990.

Water and air quality were central among Donovan's environmental interests and she was a member of Albany County's Water Quality Coordinating Committee. In 1986, she gave testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works about acid rain issues. Donovan, a Guilderland resident, died on August 26, 2003. At the time, she was survived by husband Robert A. Donovan, a professor in the Department of English at the University at Albany.[1]


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1. The sources for this sketch were, "In memoriam: Hope Donovan: Boundless energy silenced," 2003, New York State Voter, 80 (1): 2; and Obituaries: Donovan, Hope, 2003, Times Union, 28 August, B10.

Hope Donovan
Scope & Content Note

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This collection consists of a variety of materials collected by Hope Donovan during her work as an environmental activist and prominent member of the League of Women Voters of New York State. The collection spans the years 1970 to 2003. The vast majority of the materials are concerned with environmental issues in New York State. The most prominent single subject is water resources, particularly watersheds and groundwater. Other prominent subjects are the Adirondack Park, development issues, and the Smart Growth Conferences from 1999 to 2001. Materials of note include a folder on New York State's Bottle Bill, in which Donovan played a crucial role, and materials related to Guilderland (where Donovan resided), including town history, planning, and land use.

Most of the collection consists of publications, reports, conference proceedings, guides, and papers. There are also some memos and correspondence. Original signatures are rather infrequent, however. Most of the material was not written by Donovan herself, although it does include scattered handwritten notes. It is almost entirely concerned with the various environmental and civic activities connected to Donovan's career, rather than with her personal papers. Generally, the only materials that diverge from the kind of formats mentioned earlier are several maps and plans, related to the Adirondack Park in particular, and a film entitled "A Salute to Garbage."

Related Collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives can be found in the subject guide for Conservation and the Environment. Of particular interest are the records of League of Women Voters of Albany County (APAP-128), which includes further documentation of Donovan's work.

Hope Donovan
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Water Resources, 1979-2002, 1.0 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically

This series consists primarily of material about watersheds and groundwater in New York State. It contains numerous reports prepared by New York State government agencies, particularly the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Health, and their units. This series also contains other studies, newsletters, correspondence, and various photocopied material relating to water resources in New York. A significant amount of material is connected to planning issues.

Series 2: Subject Files, 1970-2003, 2.0 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically

This series contains several folders pertaining to the Adirondack Park, particularly reports and publications of the New York State Adirondack Park Agency, and the Adirondack Council. Another prominent subject is the Smart Growth Conferences, represented by publishing proceedings as well as other assorted materials. The other subjects are arranged alphabetically.

Hope Donovan Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Water Resources, 1979-2002

Box 1

1. The 1996 Priority Waterbodies List, 1996
2. Great Lakes Commission, 1987-1990
3. Groundwater Conference, 1993-1995
4. Groundwater Conference, 1993-1995
5. New York State Source Water Assessment Program Plan, 1999
6. Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials, Reports and Guides, 1996-2000
7. Nonpoint Source Management Program, 2000
8. Organic Chemical and Drinking Water, 1979
9. Source Water Assessment Program Plan, Draft, 1998
10. Watershed, 1998-2001
11. Watershed, League of Women Voters, 1984-2000
12. Watershed, League of Women Voters, 1984-2000
13. Watershed, New York State Government, 1996-2002
14. Watershed Planning Handbook for the Control of Nonpoint Source Pollution, 1994
15. Watersheds in New York, Reports and Guides, 1995-1998
16. Where to Find Information on Nonpoint Source Pollution in New York State, 1993

Hope Donovan
Box and Folder List

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Series 2: Subject Files, 1970-2003

Box 1

1. 2020 Vision: Fulfilling the Promise of the Adirondack Park, Reports, 1988-1990
2. Adirondack Council, Reports, 1986-1988
3. Adirondack Park Agency, 1981-1989
4. Adirondack Park Agency, Citizen’s Guides, 1980-1986
5. Adirondack Park, Maps and Plans, 1980-1988
6. Adirondack Park, Publications, 1970-1990
7. Adirondack Park, Reports and Ephemera, 1988-1990
8. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, Brochure and Pamphlet, 2000-2001
9. Bottle Bill, 1988-1989
10. Coastal Management Conference, 1977-1978
11. Coastal Management Project / Citizen Education Project, 1977-1978
12. Coastal Zone Management Program, Report and Appendix a-e, 1976-1977
13. Coastal Zone Management Program, Report Appendix f-i, 1976-1977
14. Conservationist, May-June 1985
15. Conserving Open Space, 1991-1992
16. Conserving Open Space in New York State, 1997
17. The Department of Environmental Conservation: A 25th Anniversary Review, Executive Summary, 1996
18. Division of Lands and Forests, 1986
19. Empire State Forest Products Association, New York Forest Policy Summary, 1987
20. Energy, Government, Consumer, Nuclear Waste, 1980-1989
21. Finding Common Ground: Conserving the Northern Forest, 1994
22. The First New York State Environmental Congress, 1991
23. Funding Land Resource Acquisition, Recreation Facility Development and Stewardship in New York State – The Next Step, Report, 1989
24. Growing Together within the Capital Region and Capital District Population & Household Projections, 1996-1997

Box 2

1. Guilderland, Environmental Resources and Planning, 1989-2000
2. Guilderland Hamlet Neighborhood Association, By-laws, Minutes, Town History, 2002- 2003
3. Hazardous Waste Information: Focus on New York State, 1986
4. Hudson River Valley Greenway, 1989-1999
5. League of Women Voters, Reports and Guides, 1975-1997
6. A Look at Our Town, Village, City, County Government, 1982
7. Making Land Use Decisions, 1975
8. New York State Canal System, 1993-1994
9. New York State Canal System, Public Hearing, 1991-1992
10. Natural Resources Current Focus, Bumper Sticker, 1978
11. Oregon, Department of Land Conservation and Development, 1992-1995
12. Smart Growth Conference, 1999
13. Smart Growth Conference, 2000
14. Smart Growth Conference, 2001
15. Smart Growth Conference Proceedings, 1999
16. Smart Growth Conference Proceedings, 2000-2001
17. Smart Growth Working Group, 2001
18. Soil Interpretation Report: Pine Bush and Surrounding Area, 1974
19. State and Local Governments Partnering for a Better New York, 2001

A Salute to Garbage, Film, 16 mm.

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