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Save the Dunes Council collection

 Collection — Folder: S1527
Identifier: S1527

Scope and Contents

This collection includes several letters sent by the Save the Dunes Council between 1958 and 1965 regarding its campaign to preserve the Indiana Dunes and its support for the establishment of the dunes area as a national park; a June 15, 1959 letter sent to Nelle Coats at the Indiana State Library from Alton A. Lindsey, a Purdue University professor, in response to her request for information about an award-winning paper written by Jerry S. Olson; a letter and petition distributed by Lindsey at the Indiana Academy of Science meeting in October 1963; and an August 6, 1965 letter with clippings of the Sierra Club Bulletin article “The Battle for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore” sent by Herbert C. Jones, a lawyer from San Jose, California, to Gayle Thornbrough of the Indiana Historical Society.


  • 1958-1965


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical note

The Indiana Dunes are located in Northwestern Indiana on the shore of Lake Michigan. As far back as 1899, there has been public interest in protecting the dunes from the encroachment of industry and preserving them as a national park. Dorothy Richardson Buell, an English teacher and resident of Ogden Dunes, helped found the Save the Dunes Council in 1952. Buell and the Council faced opposition due to a number of politicians and businessman pushing to develop the land and build a “Port of Indiana” to take advantage of the linking of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence Seaway. Buell and the Council received support from Illinois Senator Paul H. Douglas and his efforts helped pave the way for the passage of legislation that authorized the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 1966. In February 2019, the Indiana Dunes officially became the Indiana Dunes National Park.


National Park Service. "Indiana Dunes: History & Culture." Accessed December 16, 2019.

Randall, Cassidy. "The Story Behind Indiana's First National Park." REI Co-op Journal, March 13, 2019.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from Indiana Division clippings collection.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/12/17 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/12/17 by Laura Eliason.
Save the Dunes Council collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.