A. Dobie Jenkins Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2006-20

Scope and Contents

The A. Dobie Jenkins Papers relate to the California-Nevada Interstate Water Compact about which legislation was being drafted and acted upon by the California Legislature. The materials focus on public policy issues as seen from the perspective of a legislative consultant and reflect the views and concerns of one individual and his relating these views to legislators, members of the press and other individuals who aspired to prevent further damage to renowned Pyramid Lake and to protect the rights of the Northern Paiute tribe whose lands surround the lake.

Central to this collection were the efforts and expertise of Reno attorney Robert Leland who represented the Pyramid Lake tribe over a number of years. The collection contains carbon copies of some of his letters written to various entities on behalf of the tribe. Also included is a clipping file about Pyramid Lake and the concerns of the Paiute Tribe which was kept by Mr. Leland. The types of materials contained in the collection are photocopies of correspondence, carbon copies of letters, legislative bills, photocopied newspaper articles and magazine articles, and reports from governmental agencies.

Dates

  • 1957-1972

Creator

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.

Biographical Note

A. Dobie Jenkins was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on November 17, 1936 to Iredell Jenkins and Lawson Cook Jenkins. He was raised in Louisiana, Connecticut, and Alabama. He attended Reed College and the University of Alabama, graduating in 1961 with a B.A. in history and political science. Jenkins served in the U.S. Army as a translator-interpreter following training in Korean and Japanese at the Army Language School in Monterey, California (1957-1959). He attended Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley (1961-1964) under the Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellowships. He was awarded a M.A. in public policy and land use planning in 1966. He was a legislative intern with the California Assembly from 1962-1963.

Jenkins married Ann Cureton Bradshaw in December 1962 and has two sons, Anthony and Stewart born 1966 and 1967 respectively.

Jenkins was a legislative consultant for various California Assembly committees from 1965-1971, focusing on regulation of businesses and professions, civil rights, conservation and the environment. He was a field representative to U.S. Senator Alan Cranston, 1971-1972, then legislative analyst with the Office of the President of the University of California, 1972-1975. He lived abroad with his family from 1975-1976. From 1977-1985 Jenkins was a research regulations administrator for the Berkeley campus and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory of the University of California.

Jenkins was self-employed in real estate and travel businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1986-2000. He has been semi-retired since 2000 residing in Watsonville, California where he has served on the city Library Trustees Board and the 2005 General Plan Steering Committee. He is active in hiking, arts and history groups in Santa Cruz County and is the founder of the Monterey Bay Hiking Club.

Extent

0.75 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

A. Dobie Jenkins (1936-) was a legislative consultant for various California Assembly committees from 1965-1971, focusing on regulation of businesses and professions, civil rights, conservation and the environment. Contains information relating to the California-Nevada Interstate Water Compact public policy issues including the protection of Pyramid Lake the rights of the Northern Paiute tribe. Included are photocopies of correspondence, carbon copies of letters, legislative bills, photocopied newspaper articles and magazine articles, and reports from governmental agencies.

Arrangement

Arranged in the following series: 1) Correspondence; 2) California-Nevada Interstate Compact Materials; 3) Pyramid Lake

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Sonated by A. Dobie Jenkins in September 2006.

Related Materials

NC1202: Pyramid Laker Water Papers, 1969-1979
NC1035: Robert Leland Papers, 1955-1973
Fred H. Settelmeyer Papers, 1955-1971
NC1060: Walter E. Mackenzie Papers, 1958-1980

Creator

Title
Guide to the Papers of A. Dobie Jenkins
Status
Completed
Author
Jacquelyn Sundstrand
Date
May 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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