Donella Meadows Collection at Dartmouth

Donella Meadows Collection at Rauner LibraryIn 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.

To read more about the collection, please visit the Rauner Library website. A detailed list of all items in the collection is also available.

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Since its founding in 1996 by environmental leader Donella Meadows, our Institute has been at the forefront of sustainability thinking and training. Our initiatives have addressed economic, environmental, and social challenges from a range of angles and at many levels. In everything we do, the disciplines of systems thinking and organizational learning inform and shape our work. It is this focus on whole-system analysis, combined with careful listening, truth telling, and visioning, that make the Donella Meadows Institute unique among sustainability organizations.  Read More

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