Bill (William M.) Kortum Papers


Press Democrat

Sonoma State University
University Library, Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center
Kortum, Bill (William M.), 1927-2014. ; Environmentalists -- California -- Sonoma County. ; Political activism -- Sonoma County (Calif) -- History -- Sources. ; Land use -- California -- Sonoma County. ; Public lands -- California -- Sonoma County. ; Water reuse -- California -- Sonoma County. ; Conservation of natural resources -- California -- Sonoma County. ; Environmental policy -- California -- Sonoma County. ; Shoreline protection -- California. ; Coastal zone management -- California. ; Transportation -- California -- Sonoma County -- Passenger traffic -- Planning.
The Bill (William M.) Kortum Papers, dating from the 1960s through the 2000s, include correspondence, government documents, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, fliers and ephemera on various county, state, and national environmental issues. Bill Kortum was a longtime Sonoma County environmental activist involved in many of California's most important land-use campaigns. A veterinarian specializing in dairy cows, he was well acquainted with the county's rural and coastal agricultural open spaces and determined to save them. Dr. Kortum worked to pass Proposition 20, a measure that established the California Coastal Commission. He advocated through public office (Petaluma School Board, Democratic Central Committee, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors), though he and another Supervisor were later recalled during county turmoil over a building moratorium and property taxes. Nevertheless, the policies he advocated were ultimately adopted countywide.
Dates covered:
1960s - 2000s
Collection Size:
28 boxes
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