Guide to the ECOS Records, 1969 - 2001


ECOS (Environmentally Conscious Organization of Students) is a Duke University and Durham, N.C. environmental activist group founded in 1969. ECOS is also known as the Environmental Alliance. The records of ECOS include articles of incorporation, event reports, member lists, ECOS constitutions, bylaws, minutes, correspondence, printed e-mail correspondence, a webpage printout, financial materials, clippings, flyers, meeting announcements, and newsletters. Major subjects include Duke University students, ECOS, Duke Environmental Center, Durham (N.C.) history, New Hope Dam, Eno River State Park, environmental protection, public interest groups, political activity, and student groups. Materials range in date from 1969 to 1990 (bulk 1970-1973). English.

Collection Details

Record Group
ECOS records
1969 - 2001
1.5 Linear Feet, 1,000 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Collection Overview

The ECOS records include correspondence, establishment and governance documents, meeting minutes, events information, financial materials, a statement of purpose, and materials relating to ECOS projects and causes. The most significant ECOS projects within these records include the Eno River Park project, the New Hope Dam project, and Carolina Power and Light Company's proposed power plant in Wake County. The records also include publicity, clippings, and other printed material related to ECOS, the Duke Environmental Center, and the Environmental Coordinating Council at Duke.

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[Identification of item], ECOS Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Articles of Incorporation, 1970
Box 1
Folder 1
Bike-a-Thon events, 1972-1976
Box 1
Folder 2
Minutes, Board of Directors, 1971-1972
Box 1
Folder 3
Chapter establishment and tax status, 1970, undated
Box 1
Folder 4
ECOS constitution and bylaws, undated
Box 1
Folder 5
Correspondence, 1970-1973
Box 1
Folder 6
Duke Environmental Center, 1973
Box 1
Folder 7
Eno River Park project, 1970-1971
Box 1
Folder 8
Environmental Coordinating Council, 1970-1971
Box 1
Folder 9
Environmental studies proposal, ca. 1970
Box 1
Folder 10
Environmental teach-in, ca. 1970
Box 1
Folder 11
Financial materials, ca. 1970
Box 1
Folder 12
Pamphlets and artwork, undated
Box 1
Folder 13
New Hope Dam project, 1970-1971
Box 1
Folder 14
Operations and Funding Committee correspondence, 1970-1972
Box 1
Folder 15
General publicity, undated
Box 1
Folder 16
Clippings, 1970-1979
Box 1
Folder 17
ECOS statement of purpose, undated
Box 1
Folder 18
The Duke Green Guide, 1990
Box 1
Folder 19
ECOS newsletter, ca. 1970, 1973, 1974
Box 1
Folder 20
Position paper, Carolina Power and Light Company's Proposed Power Plant in Wake County, 1973
Box 1
Folder 21
Printed webpage, 2001
Box 1
Folder 22
Printed e-mail correspondence, 2001
Box 1
Folder 23

Historical Note

ECOS (Environmentally Conscious Organization of Students) was formed at Duke University in 1969. ECOS grew to include members of the Durham, N.C. community in their efforts to educate people on environmental concerns. Other environmental groups active around the Raleigh-Durham, N.C. area in the early 1970s were: Chapel Hill ECOS, Organization for Environmental Quality (Raleigh), and the Conservation Council of North Carolina.

ECOS members were advocates of University-wide recycling, conservative population growth, and responsible consumption. At Duke University, members proposed an environmental studies program and organized a teach-in. ECOS came to be known for their recycling efforts, employing a small staff to collect newspapers, aluminum, and glass for resale to local companies.

Some of ECOS' awareness-raising activities included a Bike-a-Thon between Raleigh and Durham, protesting the development of the Eno River area, protesting construction of the New Hope Dam, and lobbying for environmentally sound work spaces. The Eno River Park project was particularly important to the Durham, N.C. region. In the early 1970s, ECOS and supporters led a campaign to save the Eno River area from commercial development. Due to ECOS' protest efforts, the city of Durham withdrew its efforts to construct a reservoir. The Eno River State Park was established in 1972.

As of 2003, ECOS is known as the Environmental Alliance and is active at Duke University.

Related Material

  • NCPIRG records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Office of the Chancellor. Environmental Concerns Committee records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Environmental Center [Small Collections]. (University Archives, Duke University.)

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The ECOS Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1975 and 1980.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn

Completed February 2003

Encoded by Jill Katte, September 2003