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Don Greene Papers

Identifier: 2019-033

The Don Greene Papers document the career of the conservationist and outdoor adventurist in photographs, audio and video recordings, and documents. The "Big Green Book," a large scrapbook album in the archive that was created for the nomination of Greene for the George Washington Medal of Excellence, includes the many recognitions and awards Greene received during his life.

Processing of the collection is ongoing, including digitization and cataloging of numerous slide format photographs, and digitization of audio and video recordings.


  • approximately 1970s-2000s


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12+ linear feet

Biographical Information

Don Greene (1948-2014) was a nature conservationist and outdoor adventurist from Houston, Texas. Greene founded Whitewater Experience in 1975 and guided thousands of whitewater enthusiasts down rivers in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. He was a leader in advocating the preservation of Buffalo Bayou, and served as president of the Bayou Preservation Association and with Save Buffalo Bayou, among other organizations. As an educator, Greene taught for many years at the Kinkaid School. Houston's Don Greene Nature Park is named in his honor.

Custodial History

The Don Greene Papers were acquired for the University of Houston Libraries in partnership with the Houston History Archives initiative of the UH Center for Public History.



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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA