In the spring of 2011, our Institute donated Donella Meadows’ paper files to the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Since then, we have been working with the library team there to preserve this collection and make it available as a resource to students, professors, and the community.
The Donella Meadows Collection contains a wealth of information and resources from throughout Dana’s life. The papers of the collection contain manuscripts of her writings and publications, including “The Limits to Growth” and “Beyond the Limits,” as well as notebooks, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, negatives, slides, and materials related to her teaching in the Environmental Studies department at Dartmouth College, her involvement with the “Club of Rome,” and the Sustainability Institute. The collection also contains transcripts, correspondence, and notebooks related to the “State of the World” television program, “Race to Save the Planet,” and manuscripts of the textbook, “A Sustainable World: An Introduction to Environmental Systems.” Additionally, clippings of her newspaper column “The Global Citizen” and her “Dear Folks” newsletter are included. Meadows’ personal papers, including letters and photographs documenting early education, personal relationships, and travel, flesh out the collection.