Lake Tahoe Area Council Records

Identifier: NC1200

Scope and Contents

The Lake Tahoe Area Council Records includes LTAC background information, by-laws, abstracts, minutes, membership files, correspondence, reports, public relations, press releases, administrative files, plans for and research about Lake Tahoe, legislation related to Lake Tahoe, environmental files, recreation, transportation, financial accounts and maps. The collection also contains material from other regional organizations such as the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), the Tahoe Regional Planning Commission (TRPC) and the Lake Tahoe Research Coordination Board, as well as material generated by state, local and private groups in California and Nevada, pertaining to Lake Tahoe.


  • 1950-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Administrative History

The Lake Tahoe Area Council was established in 1958 with the sponsorship of the Max C. Fleischmann Foundation of Nevada. A private, non-political and non-profit organization, the Council was chartered under the laws of Nevada and dedicated to the preservation and orderly development of the Lake Tahoe Basin. It had the established goals of seeking cooperation between private land owners and governmental agencies, and providing leadership and assistance in solving basin-wide problems of planning, land use, park and recreation development, pollution control and soil conservation. The Council sought to develop a practical conservation program which would not prohibit development, but instead give it an intelligent direction so the quality of Lake Tahoe and its environment would be enhanced, not diminished.

The Council was governed by a Board of Directors of no less than 30 members and an Executive Committee of no more than 21 members. As a non-profit public service organization, it derived its operating funds from annual membership dues, which were utilized in making studies and reports, as well as in related organized efforts to protect the overall environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin, and the quality of the Lake water.

The Council has been instrumental in basin-wide air and water pollution studies, stronger coordination between government entities, and concerns for special planning features.

The Lake Tahoe Area Council was disbanded in 1975 due to lack of operating funds.


22 Linear Feet (22 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The Lake Tahoe Area Council (LTAC) was a private, non-profit, non-political organization established in 1958 to seek cooperation between private land owners at Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada, and government agencies in solving Tahoe Basin problems of planning, land use, park and recreational development, pollution control, and soil convervation. The LTAC disbanded in 1975 due to lack of funds. The collection includes LTAC background and historical information, bylaws, meeting minutes, membership files, correspondence, press releases, plans for and research on Lake Tahoe, environmental files, legislation related to Lake Tahoe, financial accounts, and maps. Also included is material from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Tahoe Regional Planning Commission, and Lake Tahoe Research Coordination Board.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Administrative; 2) General Information; 3) Financial; 4) Legislation and Government; 5) Environment; 6) Committees; 7) Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA); 8) Tahoe Regional Planning Commission (TRPC); 9) Research; 10) Reports; 11) Miscellaneous; 12) Maps

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jere E. Williams, president of the Lake Tahoe Area Council, in 1986.

Related Materials

Related manuscript collections include the records of the Lake Tahoe Area Research Coordination Board (82-07), Thomas A. Cooke/Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (82-37), the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (82-60), and Walter E. MacKenzie (NC1060).

Separated Materials

Photographs transferred to the Special Collections photo archive as collection number UNRS-P2003-10.

Processing Information

When received by Special Collections, the arrangement of this collection reflected the haste with which the LTAC office shut down. The collection was examined, reduced, and reorganized.

The title pages of published materials were photocopied and filed into Series 11 of this collection. Those published materials were removed from the collection and catalogued into the Special Collections book stacks.


Guide to the Lake Tahoe Area Council Records
Rebecca Richards
February 2, 2000
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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