Gaylord Nelson Papers, 1954-2006 (bulk 1963-1980)

 
Contents List
Container Title
Mss 1018
Part 1 (Mss 1018): Original Collection, 1977-1980
Physical Description: 6.6 c.f. (12 archives boxes and 1 flat box) 
Scope and Content Note

The records of the Kickapoo Valley Association consist of records created during the two year Comprehensive Employment Training Act Grant project to clean up the Kickapoo River Watershed. Records date from 1977-1980. Little in the collection documents the Kickapoo Valley Association as an organization.

The Kickapoo Valley Association records have been organized into four series: Kickapoo Area History, Grant Administration, Financial and Personnel.

The series KICKAPOO AREA HISTORY (undated) consists of two bound volumes of local history and 42 pages of lesson plans for area schools or community groups. All are a result of the KVA-History Project. Volume One includes four entries that detail the early history of the Kickapoo Valley: “Prehistoric Indians in the Kickapoo,” “Kickapoo Beginnings: The Meeting of the Two Peoples in the Fur Trade,” “Whose Land Was It? A Summary of How the Land in the United States Changed Hands,” and “Settlement: The Peopling of the Kickapoo Valley.” Volume Two includes five entries that continue the timeline of the Kickapoo Valley: “Forest-Union Settlement Study: A Melting Pot,” “Waterpower in the Kickapoo Valley,” “Sengin,” “From Muddy Roads to Steel Wheels,” and The Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942.” The lesson plans are intended for students of all ages and focus on the history, geography and social history of the area.

The GRANT ADMINISTRATION series (1977-1980) consists of subject files created and maintained by project coordinator Tom Hovde. The original order has been maintained and thus items are filed alphabetically. The contents of these subject files clearly illustrate the accountability that was required for federal grant projects. Hovde maintained meticulous records of his correspondence, phone calls and progress meetings with various officials at the regional and state Governor's Manpower Office, as well as with area participants. Items within folders are typically in chronological order with related correspondence attached. Of general interest are the following files that contain valuable information about the running of the project: Correspondence, General, Comprehensive Employment Training Act, Reauthorization, Governor's Manpower Office, Grant Application, and Project Final Reports. These records show the reach of the projects, their details that went into carrying out the projects from year to year and are a comprehensive look at the implementation of a federal grant. Additional information regarding the general administration of the grant can also be found in the subject files of the FINANCIAL series and the PERSONNEL series.

The FINANCIAL series (1977-1980) is grouped under three headings, Project Time Sheets, Project Ledger and Journals, and Taxes. Project time sheets document the daily efforts being made to meet the goals set forth by the Kickapoo Valley Association and the Soil and Water Conservation Dept. in the initial grant proposal. Ledgers and Journals were divided by project type and then by grant year and provide information regarding the purchasing habits of each project. The heading Taxes includes Employee Tax Reports, and demographic information about participants, as well as subject files. Subject files include correspondence regarding a federal audit of the program, Comprehensive Employment Training Act reports that detail participant demographics and hiring practices of the project. The heading Time Sheets offer insight to the daily functions of project employees, including their daily activities, locations, and progress on the projects.

The PERSONNEL series (1977-1979) consist of subject files and employee files that have been organized alphabetically to increase accessibility. Records illustrate the hiring and firing practices of the project, documented by correspondence and official project forms. Eligibility to work on the project was determined by an applicant's unemployment status and so most personnel files contain an application essay where need and want for the job is stated. Hiring was not based on education, but educational backgrounds are on the applications. The project was an equal opportunity employer although preference was given to applicants from the Kickapoo Valley Area and there are only a small handful of participants who were not residents. The Personnel files therefore offer insight to who was living and looking for work in the area in 1977. This series has certain access restrictions (see restrictions note for further details).

Given the role of the Kickapoo Valley Association in initiating the grant application process, one would expect the collection to document the wider activities of the organization. The Kickapoo Valley Association is listed as the official grant recipient on all state and federal paper work, however there is little to no documentation of the organization. The importance of the collection is that it offers a complete and cohesive run of records from 1977-1980 that document the Kickapoo Valley community and its residents. When the KVA applied for and received the CETA/LEAP grant it was their intention to clean up a completely unusable watershed while offering a solution to the record levels of unemployment that plagued the community. The records clearly document community members hired to work within the various projects, the administrative responsibilities of project coordinator Tom Hovde, the daily functions of a federal grant project, and the outcome of the projects.

Series: Kickapoo Area History
Box   1
Folder   1
Lesson Plans, undated
Kickapoo Valley History
Box   1
Folder   2
Volume 1, undated
Box   1
Folder   3
Volume 2, undated
Series: Grant Administration
Subject Files
Access Agreements
Box   2
Folder   1
1977
Box   2
Folder   2-3
Signed, 1977, 1979
Box   13
Folder   1
Accounting Reports, 1977-1979
Box   2
Folder   4
Administrative Review, 1977-1978
Box   2
Folder   5
Administrative Service Grants, 1979-1980
Box   2
Folder   6
Affirmative Action Plan, 1978-1979
Audit
Box   2
Folder   7
1979 February 5-7
Box   2
Folder   7
1979-1980
Box   2
Folder   8
1978 October - 1979 September
Box   2
Folder   9
Project Budgets, 1977-1979
Box   2
Folder   10
Correspondence, General, 1977-1979
Box   2
Folder   11
Correspondence with Villages and Townships, 1977
Box   2
Folder   12
Comprehensive Employment Training Act, Reauthorization, 1978-1979
Box   3
Folder   1
Crawford Office of Emergency Government, 1979-1980
Box   3
Folder   2
Environmental Trainers Network Programs of Funding for Erosion Control, 1977
Box   3
Folder   3
Forms, Blank, 1977-1979
Box   3
Folder   4
Green Thumb Project, 1977
Governor's Manpower Office
Box   3
Folder   5
Contract, 1977-197?
Box   3
Folder   6
Eagen, Neuenfeldt, Besse, 1977-1980
Box   3
Folder   7
Grant Application, 1977-1978
Box   3
Folder   8-9
Western Regional Manpower Office, La Crosse, Correspondence, 1977-1980
Grant Modification
Box   3
Folder   10
Energy, 1978-1979
Box   3
Folder   11
History, 1978-1979
Box   3
Folder   12
River, 1977 October - 1978 September
Box   3
Folder   13
River, 1978 October - 1979 September
Box   3
Folder   14
Survey, 1978
Insurance
Box   3
Folder   15
Health, 1977-1979
Box   3
Folder   16
Liability, 1977-1979
Box   3
Folder   17
Job Descriptions, 1978-1979
Box   4
Folder   1
Report to Kickapoo Valley Association, 1977-1979
Box   4
Folder   2
Legislators Representing parts of Kickapoo River Watershed, 1977-1979
Box   4
Folder   3
Log Cabin Village, Crawford County Historical Society, 1978
Box   4
Folder   4
News releases, 1977
Box   4
Folder   5
New York City Workers, Time Sheets, Comprehensive Employment Training Act Youth Program, 1977
Box   4
Folder   6
Occupational Safety and Health Act, Safety Consultant Program, 1977
Box   4
Folder   7
Personnel, Eligibility of Margaret Lee, 1978
Box   4
Folder   8
Progress Reports, 1977-1979
Box   4
Folder   9
Projects, Final Reports, 1979
Box   4
Folder   10
Western Area Manpower Planning Board, Early River Project Material, 1977-1978
Box   4
Folder   11
River Project Meetings, General, Miscellaneous Matters, 1977-1979
Box   4
Folder   12
Rent Agreement, 1977
Box   4
Folder   13
Seeley Burg Park, 1978-1979
Box   4
Folder   14
Soil and Water Conservation Dept., Monroe, Crawford, Richland and Vernon Counties, General, 1977-1978
Box   4
Folder   15
Tax Exempt Status, History, Federal Surplus Property, 1977
Box   4
Folder   16
Training, 1978-1979
Box   4
Folder   17
Vernon Soil and Water Conservation Dept. Signs, Jersey Valley Hiking Trail, 1978
Box   4
Folder   18
Water Quality, Model Implementation Program, 1977-1978
Box   4
Folder   19
Workmen's Compensation Insurance, 1977-1980
Series: Financial
Project Time Sheets
Returned
Box   5
Folder   1
1977 June-September
Box   5
Folder   2-5
1977 October - 1978 June
Energy
Box   5
Folder   6
1978 June-September
Box   5
Folder   7
1978 October - 1979 March
Box   5
Folder   8
1979 April-September
History
Box   5
Folder   9-10
1978 January-September
Box   6
Folder   1-2
1978 October - 1979 March
Box   6
Folder   3-4
1979 April - 1980 September
River
Box   6
Folder   5-8
1978 June-September
Box   7
Folder   1-9
1978 October - 1979 June
Box   8
Folder   1-3
1979 July-September
Box   8
Folder   4
Survey, 1977-1979
Project Ledgers/Journals
Cash Receipt and Disbursement Journal
Box   8
Folder   5
1977 June - 1978 July
Box   8
Folder   6
1978 August - 1979 January
Box   8
Folder   7
History Project, 1978 January - 1979 October
Box   8
Folder   8
Energy Project, Ledger, 1978 July - 1979 September
Box   13
Folder   2
River Project, Ledger, 1979 February-November
Box   8
Folder   9
Survey Project, Ledger, 1978 February-September
Subject Files
Box   8
Folder   10
Audit, 1978-1979
Box   8
Folder   11
Comprehensive Employment Training Act, Close Out, 1979-1980
Box   13
Folder   3
Employee Tax Report, 1979
Box   13
Folder   4
Tax Filing Report, 1978
Box   8
Folder   12
Tax Exemption Request, River Project, 1977
Box   8
Folder   13
Unemployment, 1977-1979
Box   8
Folder   14
Wisconsin State Taxes, 1977, 1980
Series: Personnel
Access Restrictions: Researchers wishing to use this series are asked to sign the archives “Use of restricted material form” certifying that they will not release any personally identifiable information.
Applications, 1977-1978
Box   8
Folder   15-16
1977
Box   8
Folder   17
General, 1978 January-September
Box   9
Folder   1
Received, 1978 October 1 - 1979 September 30
Box   9
Folder   2
Energy Project, 1978
Box   9
Folder   3-4
History Project, 1978
Box   9
Folder   5
Survey Project, 1978
Subject Files
Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA)
Box   13
Folder   5
Grant Performance Reports, 1978-1979
Box   13
Folder   6
Participant Roster, 1978-1980
Box   13
Folder   7
Participant Characteristics, 1977-1978
Box   9
Folder   6
Personnel Policies, 1977-1979
Box   9
Folder   7
Sample Personnel File, 1977
Box   9
Folder   8
Status Change, 1977-1978
Box   9
Folder   9
Summer Youth Program, 1978
Box   9
Folder   10
Terminations, 1979
Personnel Files, 1977-1979
Box   9
Folder   11-18
A-BE
Box   10
Folder   1-46
BI -HE
Box   11
Folder   1-40
HI-OL
Box   12
Folder   1-42
PA-ZA