The Western Nudist Research Library
It’s hard to believe that what used to be the home of Glen Eden founders Ray and Midred Connett is now the Western Nudist Research Library (WNRL). Opened on Saturday, May 26, 2007, on the grounds of Glen Eden, this important research facility marks the culmination of ten years of dreaming, planning, and dedicated labor, largely due to the efforts of several Glen Eden members, in particular Jeannette DeRosier, Richard Hirst, and Jim Zack.
The first of its kind on a regional level, the facility’s purpose is to serve as a centralized location for collecting, preserving, and displaying materials related to the origin and development of the American Social Nudist movement. As a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, the Library relies solely on financial support from its members.
There has been no shortage of interest where inventory is concerned. Materials have been donated from a variety of sources, and the Library is literally brimming with items that are now catalogued and on display. A core group of volunteers spent countless hours renovating the structure of the vintage trailer originally occupied by Glen Eden founders Ray and Mildred Connett, and donations have been gratefully accepted from various benefactors. Membership dues and contributions from benefactors enabled basic structural improvements to the facility, but much more work needs to be done to do justice to the precious contents contained within the Library. For information on how you can help, please contact us through the methods listed at the end of this article.
The mission of the WNRL is to preserve the history of social nudism. It is a nonprofit organization licensed by the state of California, and is considered a private library. However, it is open to all WNRL members, Glen Eden members, and all others interested in social nudism. Other non-members are invited to the Library for research study and preservation of all material concerning social nudism. The visitor may be required to present proper identification upon first-time arrival. For questions or comments, please contact us at (951) 277-9821 or visit the WNRL website at www.nudistresearchlibrary.org.
Excerpts for this piece taken from article written by Wendy Zaske for the “Western Sun,” August 2007.