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Title Oral History of Doug Ferguson
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this energetic oral history, attorney, activist and arch-storyteller Doug Ferguson recounts a remarkable life of political and cultural engagement. Born in Oakland in 1939, Doug attended public schools in Berkeley before attending Harvard as an undergrad and then going to Stanford Law School. Initially drawn to Marin by its rural character, he moved to Sausalito with his wife Jane in the late 1960s, and soon after to Mill Valley where they started a family. Some 55 years later, at the time this oral history was recorded, he affirms his unflagging love of the area. Doug expresses his fierce commitment to land conservation and recounts his numerous battles, predominantly victorious, against development projects such as Marincello and Slide Ranch to name just a few, waged with his trusty comrades Huey Johnson, John Olmstead, and others. Doug also describes his involvement in the arts and local cultural initiatives — including, of course, the documentary made about the land battles, Rebels with a Cause, as well as creating the Marin Theatre Company and working with the California Film Institute on the Rafael Film Center and the Lark and Sequoia theaters. Doug credits his father with having provided a model of ambition, creativity, and self-confidence for him growing up, and expresses his desire throughout this oral history to inspire the spirit of daring, invention, and intervention in others.
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Dates of Creation 2015-05-31
Narrator's name Ferguson, Doug
Interviewer Schwartz, Debra
Extent and Medium Transcript: 25pp
Recording: 01:19:35
Search Terms Bohemian Club
California Film Institute
China Camp
Conservation of natural resources
Frontier Arts Institute
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Land development
Lawyers
Marin Theatre Company
Marincello
Rebels with a Cause
Sequoia Theater
Theaters
Trust for Public Land
Object ID 2016.052.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.