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Finding Aid for the Ellen Stern Harris papers
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Description
The Ellen Stern Harris papers document the efforts and accomplishments of a California environmental activist whose concerns ranged from protecting the California coastline to cleaning up campaign finances. Harris established herself as a leading activist through exhaustive correspondence, editorials, committee testimonies, lectures, cable television shows, and a Los Angeles Times consumer advocate column. Highlights of the collection include papers concerning her fight against the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (1971), the writing and passing of Proposition 20 (1972), her term as Vice Chairwoman of the California Coastal Zone Conservation Commission (1972-1976), and her internal investigation of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (1978). Also included is her research on such topics as media power, financial reform, electromagnetic field health concerns, and Beverly Hills community issues. This collection documents Harris’ lifelong dedication to promoting citizen rights in both her professional appointments and personal interests.
Background
Ellen Stern Harris (1929-2006) was an environmental activist primarily concerned with water management and coastal protection. She grew up in Beverley Hills, California and was largely self-taught—she did not attend college. She was the mother of two children and was divorced in the mid-1960s. Harris served on a number of environmental committee boards and has a diverse set of accomplishments to her name, including founding the non-profit organization the Fund for the Environment in 1970 and serving as Executive Director until her death.
Extent
18.4 linear ft. (45 document boxes, 1 flat box)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.