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Archives of the Upper River Fund (MS-652)

Identifier: MS-652

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of five series: administrative records, financial records, correspondence, meeting minutes, and properties.

Series I: Administrative, 1993-2016, contains general history, awards, consultation contracts, land acquisition records, and general maps. The contracts outline the consultation agreements that were made between multiple consultants and Upper River Fund between 1993-2000. This series contains the organization’s records of land acquisitions with dates and contact information of the owners of the land from 1998-1999. The land acquisitions report is organized by counties within the upper Little Miami and the Mad Rivers region. This series also includes general maps that were produced and used by the organization but are not specific to any one property; these maps outline the region that TURF operated within and maps outlining property lines.

Series II: Financial, 1993-2018, contains the invoices and copies of payments to the Upper River Fund from 1994-2015. The series also includes annual summary reports from the Upper River Fund to the Dayton Foundation from 1993-2018.

Series III: Correspondence, 1986-2015, contains general correspondence between organization members such as Irvin G Bieser, Sr., Dane Mutter, and David Nolin. The correspondence outlines the organization’s day to day tasks and projects they were involved in. The correspondence consists primarily of fax cover letters and emails as the main form of communication from 1986-2015.

Series IV: Meeting Minutes, 1992-2015, contains fax and emails outlining topics discussed in annual meetings. The series contains notes taken from meetings and results of discussions from these meetings. The meeting minutes paint a picture of the progress on property projects and the decisions being made within the organization. The documents date from 1992-2015.

Series V: Properties 1986-2016, contains records concerning all properties that TURF was involved with, whether it was purchase, auction sale, appraisals, or conservation easements. Each file is dedicated to a single property and is labelled by owner’s name. Each file contains the correspondence, contracts, other legal documents, maps, and photographs for that property. The files for each property are organized together to provide the best picture of the organization’s role with each property. Additional correspondence can be found in Series III, Correspondence, 1986-2015. The property files for: Acord, Beckley, Frysinger, Hanshaw, Heller, Miller, Tischer, Tudor, and City of Xenia all have maps that can be located in Oversize storage. The series dates from 1993-2015.


  • Creation: 1975-2019


Conditions Governing Access

Oversized materials in this collection are stored off site. Please contact us at least two days in advance if you would like to research this collection

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

An endowment fund established in 1992 created the Upper River Fund (TURF) to preserve the upper Little Miami and the Mad Rivers. Created by former Dayton Journal-Herald editor Glenn Thompson and his wife, Margaret, the fund is in memory of James M. Cox, Jr, whose generosity, and friendship as an employer made much of this gift possible.

Irvin G. Bieser, Sr., was Advisory Committee Chairman for the fund, and David Nolin was Executive Director; Glenn Thompson was the founder. Nolin and Bieser donated the collection to Wright State University Libraries in 2019.


1.91 linear feet

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The Upper River Fund was an endowment fund established in 1992 by Glenn Thompson and his wife Margaret, to preserve the upper Little Miami and the Mad Rivers. The collection contains meeting minutes and correspondence; financial records and reports, records from easement agreements to buy/sell agreements; and some photographs of prospective areas of land and topographical maps that outline easements along the upper Little Miami and Mad Rivers.


The collection is arranged in five series:

  1. Series I: Administrative, 1993-2016
  2. Series II: Financial, 1993-2018
  3. Series III: Correspondence, 1986-2015
  4. Series IV: Meeting Minutes, 1992-2016
  5. Series V: Properties, 1986-2016

Custodial History

The collections were in the custody of Irvin Bieser, Dane Mutter, and David Nolin. David Nolin possessed the Dane Mutter files that were donated to Wright State University Libraries in 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, in May 2019 by Irvin G. Bieser, Sr., Advisory Committee Chairman for the fund.


No further accruals expected.

Related Materials

MS-4 Glenn Thompson Papers MS-45 Five Rivers MetroParks Records MS-661: David Nolin Huffman Prairie Research

Separated Materials

Oversized topographical maps have been separated from the collection for more adequate store and access in oversize mapcase folders and drawers.

Guide to the Archives of the Upper River Fund (MS-652)
Brendan Lee
2021 June 18
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA