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.
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."
The collection is arranged in two series: Water Resources and Subject Files.
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 2003.2003 November
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|1||1||The 1996 Priority Waterbodies List||1996|
|1||2||Great Lakes Commission||1987-1990|
|1||5||New York State Source Water Assessment Program Plan||1999|
|1||6||Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials, Reports and Guides||1996-2000|
|1||7||Nonpoint Source Management Program||2000|
|1||8||Organic Chemical and Drinking Water||1979|
|1||9||Source Water Assessment Program Plan, Draft||1998|
|1||11||Watershed, League of Women Voters||1984-2000|
|1||12||Watershed, League of Women Voters||1984-2000|
|1||13||Watershed, New York State Government||1996-2002|
|1||14||Watershed Planning Handbook for the Control of Nonpoint Source Pollution||1994|
|1||15||Watersheds in New York, Reports and Guides||1995-1998|
|1||16||Where to Find Information on Nonpoint Source Pollution in New York State||1993|
|1||1||2020 Vision: Fulfilling the Promise of the Adirondack Park, Reports||1988-1990|
|1||2||2. Adirondack Council, Reports,||1986-1988|
|1||3||Adirondack Park Agency||1981-1989|
|1||4||Adirondack Park Agency, Citizens Guides||1980-1986|
|1||5||Adirondack Park, Maps and Plans||1980-1988|
|1||6||Adirondack Park, Publications||1970-1990|
|1||7||Adirondack Park, Reports and Ephemera||1988-1990|
|1||8||The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, Brochure and Pamphlet||2000-2001|
|1||10||Coastal Management Conference,||1977-1978|
|1||11||Coastal Management Project / Citizen Education Project||1977-1978|
|1||12||Coastal Zone Management Program, Report and Appendix a-e||1976-1977|
|1||13||Coastal Zone Management Program, Report Appendix f-i||1976-1977|
|1||15||Conserving Open Space||1991-1992|
|1||16||Conserving Open Space in New York State||1997|
|1||17||The Department of Environmental Conservation: A 25th Anniversary Review, Executive Summary||1996|
|1||18||Division of Lands and Forests||1986|
|1||19||Empire State Forest Products Association, New York Forest Policy Summary,||1987|
|1||20||Energy, Government, Consumer, Nuclear Waste||1980-1989|
|1||21||Finding Common Ground: Conserving the Northern Forest||1994|
|1||22||The First New York State Environmental Congress||1991|
|1||23||Funding Land Resource Acquisition, Recreation Facility Development and Stewardship in New York State The Next Step, Report||1989|
|1||24||Growing Together within the Capital Region and Capital District Population & Household Projections||1996-1997|
|2||1||Guilderland, Environmental Resources and Planning||1989-2000|
|2||2||Guilderland Hamlet Neighborhood Association, By-laws, Minutes, Town History||2002- 2003|
|2||3||Hazardous Waste Information: Focus on New York State||1986|
|2||4||Hudson River Valley Greenway||1989-1999|
|2||5||League of Women Voters, Reports and Guides||1975-1997|
|2||6||A Look at Our Town, Village, City, County Government||1982|
|2||7||Making Land Use Decisions||1975|
|2||8||New York State Canal System||1993-1994|
|2||9||New York State Canal System, Public Hearing||1991-1992|
|2||10||Natural Resources Current Focus, Bumper Sticker||1978|
|2||11||Oregon, Department of Land Conservation and Development||1992-1995|
|2||12||Smart Growth Conference||1999|
|2||13||Smart Growth Conference||2000|
|2||14||Smart Growth Conference||2001|
|2||15||Smart Growth Conference Proceedings||1999|
|2||16||Smart Growth Conference Proceedings||2000-2001|
|2||17||Smart Growth Working Group||2001|
|2||18||Soil Interpretation Report: Pine Bush and Surrounding Area||1974|
|2||19||State and Local Governments Partnering for a Better New York||2001|
|Reel 1||A Salute to Garbage||Undated|