Roland Hauck was born in Duluth, Minnesota on August 17, 1902. He grew up in Oakland and attended Stanford University. He worked in advertising for J. Walter Thompson and other agencies in San Francisco and New York, and had his own agency for many years. After his marriage in 1926 he and his wife acquired creekside property in Napa as a weekend retreat. His exposure to the environment made him aware of the vulnerability of creeks and streams in the region. By the 1960s he and his wife were living in the Sonoma Valley, and in 1972 Hauck helped to found the Save Our Creek Committees of America. Hauck was dedicated to the preservation of creeks, streams, and other waterways in Sonoma Valley and throughout California. He was also interested in city planning as it relates to waterways, and opposed the construction of the Warm Springs Dam. Hauck is considered the father of western urban creek preservation, and he was also a member of Friends of the River, the Sierra Club, and the National Science Foundation. Roland Hauck died on January 20, 1983.
The collection materials, dating from 1963 through 1982, include correspondence, documents, newspaper clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, ephemera and photographs on various county, state, and national environmental issues, including creeks and other waterways, fish and wildlife, the Sonoma Valley, and the Warm Springs Dam.The materials are organized into six boxes.
The research material in the collection is available to view by appointment.