Guide to the Harold Miossi Papers

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Guide to the Harold Miossi Papers

Special Collections Department



Robert E. Kennedy Library

1 Grand Avenue

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407–0600

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  • Special Collections Department
  • Robert E. Kennedy Library
  • 1 Grand Avenue
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, CA 93407–0600
  • Phone: (805) 756–2305
  • Fax: (805) 756–5770
  • Email: archives@lib.calpoly.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.calpoly.edu/specialcollections/
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Harold Miossi Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1942-1990
Date (bulk): (bulk 1975-1990)
Collection number: MS 112
Creator: Miossi, Harold James, 1922-2006
Extent: 11 Paige boxes; 3 flat files
Languages:

English
Repository: Special Collections, Robert E. Kennedy Library
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California 93407-0605
On deposit from:
The Environmental Archives of San Luis Obispo County
PO Box 8106
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106
Abstract: Papers of California native and environmental activist Harold Miossi, containing extensive correspondence with other environmentalists, government employees, elected officials, and leaders of non–profit environmental groups, legal proceedings, government documents, photographic prints, maps, and text and notes for many of Miossi's statements at public hearings, donated by Harold Miossi in 1994.

Provenance

Harold Miossi donated his papers to the Environmental Archives of San Luis Obispo County, which was he founded at Cuesta College in the summer of 1992. The collection is housed in and administered by Special Collections at Cal Poly under the terms of a depository agreement.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to qualified researchers by appointment only. For more information on access policies and to obtain a copy of the Researcher Registration form, please visit the Special Collections Access page. Collection stored remotely. Advance notice for use required.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

The materials from this collection are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. Photocopying of material is permitted at staff discretion and provided on a fee basis. Photocopies are not to be used for any purpose other than for private study, scholarship, or research. Special Collections staff reserves the right to limit photocopying and deny access or reproduction in cases when, in the opinion of staff, the original materials would be harmed.
For use other than private study, scholarship, or research, including permission to reproduce, publish, broadcast, exhibit, and/or quote from this collection, researchers must submit a written request and obtain permission from Special Collections as the owner of the physical collection. Researchers should also consult with an appropriate staff member regarding specific literary or other intellectual property rights pertaining to this collection. The researcher assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials. Permission to reproduce, publish, broadcast, or exhibit is granted by separate licensing agreement on a fee basis.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item]. Harold Miossi Papers, San Luis Obispo County Environmental Archives, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Biography

Harold Miossi was born on April 20, 1922, at the family–owned La Cuesta Ranch in Cuesta Canyon immediately north of San Luis Obispo, California. His four grandparents emigrated from Canton Ticino, Switzerland (near Locarno, Italy), between 1864 and 1870, settling in San Luis Obispo County as dairy farmers. Miossi's parents were both born in San Luis Obispo County: his father, Bernard Miossi, was born on a ranch near Pismo Beach and his mother, Vera Gnesa Miossi, was born on a ranch in Green Valley near Cambria. He had one brother, Bernard, who headed the biological science department of Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco; he retired in 1993 after 53 years teaching there.
Miossi attended San Luis Obispo public schools, graduating in 1939 from San Luis Obispo High, where he was a California Scholarship Federation seal bearer and elected to Alpha Gamma Sigma and Beta Gamma Sigma. In 1941 he graduated from San Luis Obispo Junior College, which then had a common campus with the high school, with an A.A. degree. Miossi was awarded two scholarships to attend University of California at Berkeley, where he majored in economics, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1943.
Miossi soon returned to the family ranch to assist in its operation, only to be placed in charge when his father drowned in a fishing accident a year later. He continued to operate the cattle ranch until 1960, when he was appointed to the position of Inheritance Tax Appraiser for San Luis Obispo County by then State Controller Alan Cranston. When he retired in the late 1990s as California Probate Referee for San Luis Obispo County, he had served five State Controllers of both political parties.
A firm believer that individuals shape the world in which they live, Miossi was an active community leader. His activities included the county Grand Jury, the Farm Bureau, the Knights of Columbus, the Democratic Central Committee, the Montana de Oro Advisory Committee, the Sierra Club, Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation district board, as well as many city and county advisory committees, usually in the planning or environmental fields.
In 1960, he was drawn more and more to environmental activism. His work with the Montaña de Oro State Park Advisory Committee – the first such body in the state – began after his appointment by William Penn Mott, then Director of the State Department of Beaches and Parks, and later to become director of the National Parks Service. This assignment brought him into a close working relationship with conservationist and condor activist Ian McMillan; together they crafted a master plan to keep Montaña de Oro in its natural state, and thwarted efforts to permit off–road vehicular use.
Later in the 1960s, Miossi, McMillan, Dr. Robert Hoover, and Martin Litton fought within and without the Sierra Club against construction of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, and testified at a Public Utilities Commission hearing to prevent the devastation to surrounding countryside caused by erection of the PG&E power transmission lines. Other activities involved battling the U.S. Forest Service to prevent clear-cutting of the Sargent Cypress grove on west Cuesta Ridge, which was aided U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.
Miossi was most proud of his effort to prevent the "burying of Cuesta Canyon alive" with an eight–lane freeway, a feat that McMillan later described "as the greatest conservation achievement so far in the history of San Luis Obispo County." The Miossi papers included documents related to this effort. What started as a lonely battle with Miossi opposing Caltrans ended as a concerted effort of adherents from all areas of the community. Pressures were brought to bear statewide – from articles in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Sunset magazine, an undertaking of gigantic proportions that could well serve as a syllabus for coalition building. Mary Barnett, in her 1980 California Today piece entitled "How to Beat Mr. Big," wrote, "When Miossi undertook his fight, it was a lonely one against what seemed great odds. But he had faith in the justice of his stand, and in the democratic process, in his friends and neighbors and in their good sense and love of the land. If faith can move mountains, it can also sometimes keep them where they are."
When Miossi became the second chair of the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club, a primary goal was the creation of the Santa Lucia Wilderness Area, a project that the chapter had been working for since the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964. Wilderness status was being thwarted by the district's Congressional representative Burton Talcott and by the U.S. Forest Service, who used the argument that only "experts and bureaucrats should determine what tracts should be saved." But when Alan Cranston was elected to the U.S. Senate from California in 1968, Miossi redoubled his efforts. Cranston sent his staff headed by Roy Greenaway, another friend of long standing, to tour Lopez Canyon, part of the proposed Wilderness Area. On seeing the dramatic beauty of the canyon, Greenaway at the end said, "Write the bill! Alan will introduce it!" Miossi and Lee Wilson, a former chair of the Santa Lucia Chapter, drafted the legal description of the 22,250–acre tract, which Cranston introduced in December 1971, called Senate Bill 3027 for Lopez Wilderness. But the opposition from Talcott continued and successfully thwarted enactment. The name was changed from "Lopez" to "Santa Lucia Wilderness" after the name of the mountain range. However, it was not until Leon Panetta defeated Talcott for the district's congressional seat in 1976 that the area was incorporated with other wilderness proposals, and was passed and signed by President Carter in 1978.
Descendants of the Gnesa family, Miossi's mother's relatives, contributed 110 acres of their Bishop Peak Dairy ranch as permanent open space to the California State Park System. It was the family's hope that this would stimulate owners of the other Morros to contribute to assure their permanent preservation as open space; unfortunately, their generosity has not yet been matched. The only stipulation to the gift was a that a plaque been placed on the property, which is inscribed as follows:
This Peak is given to the People of this Community by Lena Negranti, Vera Miossi, Hilda Giacomazzi and Josephine Johnson, in memory of and in tribute to their parents, James and Sofia Giorgi–Gnesa, who in 1870 as youths emigrated from Canton Ticino, Switzerland, settled in this County, raised a family, prospered, and contributed to the betterment of this Community.
Harold Miossi died at La Cuesta Ranch on November 8, 2006.
Sources
Harold Miossi, 1994
"Harold James Miossi" [obituary], San Luis Obispo Tribune, 11 Nov 2006.
Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com, accessed 15 Sep 2007

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the extant papers of California native and environmental activist Harold Miossi. The collection contains extensive correspondence with other environmentalists, government employees, elected officials, and leaders of non–profit environmental groups; legal proceedings, government documents, including drafts and final reports; photographic prints; maps; and monographs; serials; local, state, and federal government documents; as well as text and notes for many of Miossi's statements at public hearings.
A local government document on the Central Coast shoreline from 1942 is the earliest piece in the collection; the most recent holdings in the collection are correspondence from the early 1990s. The bulk of the material in this collection extends from the mid–1970s through the late 1980s.
The collection is organized into five series:
1. Professional Papers
2. Monographs
3. Government Documents
4. Articles
5. Visual Materials
Significant materials found in the Personal Papers record group include legal proceedings against Miossi and then County Supervisor Richard Kresja regarding the Oak Shores real estate development near Lake Nacimiento, California; Miossi's years of work to establish the Santa Lucia Wilderness Area in San Luis Obispo County; his tenure on the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District; his efforts battling the State Highway Commission's plans for Cuesta Grade; the fight against Pacific Gas & Electric regarding placement of transmission lines; and his work on the Open Space/Agricultural Liaison for the county's Land Use Plan. In addition, there is a combined box of Miossi's papers, correspondence and research on various other environmental issues from the past thirty years. Researchers should note that monographs, serials, and government documents relating to the specific subjects outlined in the Personal Papers records group are filed with those subjects; printed publications on other topics are found in Series 2, 3, and 4, arranged alphabetically by author or government agency. Geographical locations noted in this guide are in California unless noted otherwise.

Funding

A generous gift from Harold Miossi funded the arrangement and description of this collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Miossi, Harold, 1922-2006
Conservationists – California – Biography
Diablo Canyon Nuclear Powerplant (Calif.) – History
Environmental protection – California –- San Luis Obispo – Citizen participation
Land use – Environmental aspects – California – San Luis Obispo County – History
McMillan, Ian I., 1905-1991 – Correspondence
Miossi Family – San Luis Obispo (Calif.) – History – La Cuesta Ranch
Miossi, Harold, 1922 –2006 – Correspondence
Montana de Oro State Park Advisory Committee
Ranchers – California – San Luis Obispo County – Biography
San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) – History
San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) – Biography
Santa Lucia Wilderness (Calif.)
Sierra Club - Santa Lucia Chapter
Williamson Act Program (Calif.)

Genre and Forms of Materials

Correspondence
Photographs
Clippings
Serials
Visual media
Maps

Related Material

Materials Cataloged Separately
Darlington, David. In Condor Country, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987
Related Collections
Special Collections, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo:
Guide to the Enrico Bongio Papers, 1952-1993 (MS 124)
Guide to the Kathleen Goddard Jones Papers, 1933-2001 (MS 119)
Guide to the Ian McMillan Papers, 1925-1990 (MS 111)
Guide to the Lee Wilson Papers, 1956-1989 (MS 113)
The Environmental Archives of San Luis Obispo County was founded in the summer of 1992 when environmental activist Harold Miossi invited leaders in local environmental causes to gather and discuss how best to preserve "the letters, writings, photos, publications, and thinking of ...prominent [local] conservationists for present students and for posterity." Miossi further proposed that the archives be established at Cuesta College, as "a fitting repository since the College District embraces all of San Luis Obispo County." Cuesta College president Grace Mitchell approved the project, stating, "Cuesta College is proud to make this contribution to our county's future." The Cuesta College Foundation agreed to sponsor the project, and Miossi contributed the first major gift to the Cuesta College Foundation for the new archives.
The principal mission of the Environmental Archives of San Luis Obispo County is as follows: "To collect, preserve and make available for research the writings, documents, and photographs dealing with the history and development of the environmental movement in San Luis Obispo County." The archives include the papers of five local activists: Harold Miossi, Ian McMillan, Lee Wilson, Enrico Bongio, and Kathleen Goddard Jones.

Container List

 

1. Professional Papers 1960-1990s

Scope and Content Note

Contains eight subseries: A. Oak Shores Development, B. Santa Lucia Wilderness Area, C. Coastal San Luis Resource Conservancy, D. Miscellaneous Papers, E. Flood Control, F. Cuesta Grade, G. Pacific Gas and Electric Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, H. Open Space Preservation.
 

A. Oak Shores Development

Scope and Content Note

Contains legal proceedings against Miossi and then County Supervisor Richard Kresja regarding the Oak Shores real estate development near Lake Nacimiento, California, arranged by record type, 1960-1970s. 1 box.
Box 1, Folder 1

County Board of Supervisors – Resolutions, Agendas and Petitions re Oak Shores Referendum

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 3

Environmental Impact Reports

Box 1, Folder 4

General Resource Development (GRD) vs. Miossi, et al. – Legal Documents

Box 1, Folder 5

General Resource Development (GRD) vs. Miossi, et al. – Pleadings

Box 1, Folder 6

General Resource Development (GRD) vs. Miossi, et al. – Research

Box 1, Folder 7

General Resource Development (GRD) vs. Miossi, et al. – Transcripts

Box 1, Folder 8

Newspaper Clippings

Box 1, Folder 9

Planning Commission Documents

Box 1, Folder 10

Planning Department Documents – General Plans

Box 1, Folder 11

Planning Department Documents – Specific Plans

 

B. Santa Lucia Wilderness Area

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence and records relating to Miossi's efforts to secure federal wilderness area protection for Lopez Canyon area, arranged alphabetically by issue, 1960s-1990s. 1 box.
Box 2, Folder 1

Articles by Harold Miossi re Wilderness Area

Box 2, Folder 2

Congressional Record re Wilderness Bill

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence

Box 2, Folder 4

County Records

Box 2, Folder 5

Federal Legislative Records re Wilderness Area

Box 2, Folder 6

Lobbying Efforts

Box 2, Folder 7

Local Hearings on Wilderness Area

Box 2, Folder 8

Maps – Wilderness Area

Box 2, Folder 9

Newspaper Clippings

Box 2, Folder 10

Petitions

Box 2, Folder 11

Photographs Used at Senate Hearings

Box 2, Folder 12

Press Releases

Box 2, Folder 13

Proposals and Revisions for Wilderness Area Bill

Box 2, Folder 14

Research on Wilderness Areas

Box 2, Folder 15

Senate Hearings on Wilderness May 18, 1972

Box 2, Folder 16

Senate Hearings on Wilderness Area– Expenses

Box 2, Folder 17

Sierra Club Correspondence re Wilderness Area

Box 2, Folder 18

Slides of Lopez area – 28 color slides assorted numbers 1–39, 8 slides lettered A–H used in brochure of Santa Lucia Wilderness Area

Box 2, Folder 19

Talcott Proposal for Wilderness Area

 

C. Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence and records relating to Miossi's service on the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District, arranged alphabetically by record type, 1970s-1990. 1 box.
Box 3, Folder 1

Agricultural Preserve/Open Space Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District

Box 3, Folder 2

Appointment – Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District

Box 3, Folder 3

Awards and Events – Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District

Box 3, Folder 4

California Association of Resource Conservation Districts

Box 3, Folder 5

Insurance – Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District

Box 3, Folder 6

Land Conservation Act of 1965 – Implementation in San Luis Obispo County

Box 3, Folder 7

Minutes – Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District

Box 3, Folder 8

Morro Bay Watershed Enhancement Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District

Box 3, Folder 9

Revenue Detail – Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District

Box 3, Folder 10

Upper Salinas – Las Tablas Resource Conservation District

Box 3, Folder 11

Worthan vs. County of San Luis Obispo Appeal

 

D. Miscellaneous Issues

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence and records relating to Miossi's efforts on various environmental issues, including correspondence with government officials, arranged alphabetically by issue, 1960-1990s. 1 box.
Box 4, Folder 1

Correspondence with Government Officials

Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence and Notes – Various

Box 4, Folder 3

Drought Disaster Relief

Box 4, Folder 4

Energy

Box 4, Folder 5

Energy – Articles

Box 4, Folder 6

Energy – Correspondence

Box 4, Folder 7

General Politics and Philosophies

Box 4, Folder 8

Land Use (BLM) Bureau of Land Management; Nature Conservancy

Box 4, Folder 9

Miscellaneous Newspaper Articles

Box 4, Folder 10

Montana de Oro

Box 4, Folder 11

Montana de Oro – Master Plan

Box 4, Folder 12

Pecho Coast Article – Drafts, Notes, and Publication

Box 4, Folder 13

Pesticides

Box 4, Folder 14

Recreational Vehicles

Box 4, Folder 15

San Luis Mountain (Madonna)

Box 4, Folder 16

Sargent Cypress Grove

Box 4, Folder 17

Water

Box 4, Folder 18

Williamson Act – Open Space Agricultural Liaison

 

E. Flood Control

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence and records relating to Miossi's efforts on flood control in San Luis Obispo County, including hearing statements, arranged alphabetically by record type, 1970s-1980s. 1 box.
Box 5, Folder 1

Creek Improvement Correspondence

Box 5, Folder 2

Environmental Reports – Flood Control

Box 5, Folder 3

Flood Advisory Committee – Zone 9

Box 5, Folder 4

Flood Control – Charts and Maps

Box 5, Folder 5

Flood Control – Press Releases and Articles

Box 5, Folder 6

Flood Control and Drainage Master Plan

Box 5, Folder 7

Flood Control and Drainage Master Plan – Drafts

Box 5, Folder 8

Flood Control Hearings – Miossi's Statements

Box 5, Folder 9

Measure B – Milne/Miossi Correspondence

Box 5, Folder 10

Measure B – Newspaper Articles

Box 5, Folder 11

Zone 9 Photographs

 

F. Cuesta Grade – Opposition to Highway 101 Widening

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence and records relating to Miossi's opposition to an eight-lane freeway over the Cuesta Grade in San Luis Obispo County, arranged alphabetically by record type, 1960s-1990s. 1 box.
Box 6, Folder 1

Caltrans Correspondence re Highway Issues

Box 6, Folder 2

Chamber of Commerce Highway Committee

Box 6, Folder 3

Citizen's Committee Against the Freeway

Box 6, Folder 4

Correspondence re Highway 101

Box 6, Folder 5

County Board of Supervisors re Highway Issues

Box 6, Folder 6

Letters to the Editor by Harold Miossi

Box 6, Folder 7

Newspaper Clippings

Box 6, Folder 8

Maps

Box 6, Folder 9

Obispo Beautiful

Box 6, Folder 10

Photographs Cuesta Grade

Box 6, Folder 11

Planning Department Report re Cuesta Grade

Box 6, Folder 12

Research

 

G. Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Opposition

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, records, and reports relating to Miossi's opposition to the construction of Pacific Gas and Electric's nuclear power plant in Diablo Canyon, arranged alphabetically by record type, 1960s-1980s. 1 box.
Box 7, Folder 1

Atomic Energy Commission — Hearing RE Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

Box 7, Folder 2

Bassi vs. Pacific Gas and Electric — Expenses

Box 7, Folder 3

Biaggini vs. Pacific Gas and Electric — Case #9075

Box 7, Folder 4

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant — Correspondence

Box 7, Folder 5

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant — Newspaper Clippings

Box 7, Folder 6

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant — Pacific Gas and Electric Publications

Box 7, Folder 7

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant — Sierra Club Minutes

Box 7, Folder 8

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant — Sierra Club Publications

Box 7, Folder 9

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Site Preconstruction Photos

Box 7, Folder 10

Diablo Canyon: The Purchasing of the Sierra Club

Box 7, Folder 11

Environmental Review Committee for Diablo Canyon Power Lines Box 7 Folder 12 Nuclear Power Plants — Research

Box 7, Folder 13

Public Utilities Commission Hearing re Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, 1967 — Statement

Box 7, Folder 14

Public Utilities Commission Hearing — Pacific Gas and Electric vs. Sierra Club

Box 7, Folder 15

Public Utilities Commission Hearing — Pacific Gas and Electric vs. Sierra Club — Statements and Notes

Box 7, Folder 16

San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission — Correspondence and Statements re Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

Box 7, Folder 17

Scenic Shoreline Preservation Conference

Box 7, Folder 18

Tree Removal — Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

Box 7, Folder 19

United States Forest Service Special Use Permit — Pacific Gas and Electric

 

H. Open Space Preservation

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, records, and reports relating to Miossi's support for open space initiatives in San Luis Obispo County, arranged alphabetically by record type, 1970s-1990s. 1 box.
Box 8, Folder 1

Open Space Plan — Hearing Draft

Box 8, Folder 2

Open Space Preservation — Correspondence

Box 8, Folder 3

Open Space Preservation — Government Documents

Box 8, Folder 4

Open Space Preservation — Hearing Statements and Notes

Box 8, Folder 5

Open Space Preservation — Review Committee

 

2. Monographs 1967-1973

Scope and Content Note

Contains one subseries: A. Land Use Resources.
 

A. Land Use Resources

Scope and Content Note

Contains research resources Miossi used in the course of his advocacy, arranged alphabetically by author/title, 1967-1973. 1 box.
Box 9, Folder 1

Barnes, Peter, and Larry Casalino. Who Owns the Land? A Primer on Land Reform in the USA. Berkeley: Center for Rural Studies, 1972

Box 9, Folder 2

Brandborg, Stewart M. A Handbook on the Wilderness Act. Washington D.C.: Wilderness Society, undated

Box 9, Folder 3

Heckendorf, Richard C. "West Cuesta Road: A New Scenic Drive". Senior Project. Calif. State Polytechnic U, 1970. San Luis Obispo, California, 1970

Box 9, Folder 4

How to Work Under the Wilderness Act. San Francisco: Sierra Club Conservation Dept., 1967

Box 9, Folder 5

Land: Program of the Northern California Land Trust. Berkeley: Northern California Land Trust, 1973

Box 9, Folder 6

Laven, John Eugene. "Conservation Conflict, Ombudsman Alternative." Thesis. Sacramento State College, 1970. Sacramento: Sacramento State College, 1970

Box 9, Folder 7

Miossi, Harold. "Singular Crossing: The Historic Dimensions of Cuesta Pass," 1968

Box 9, Folder 8

Santa Cruz and the Environment. Santa Cruz, Calif.: U of Calif. undated

Box 9, Folder 9

Stanford Biology Study Group. A Legacy of Our Presence: The Destruction of Indochina. San Francisco: California Tomorrow 1970

 

3. Government Documents 1967-1989

Scope and Content Note

Contains three subseries: A. Government Documents – Federal, B. Government Documents – State, and C. Government Documents – San Luis Obispo County
 

A. Government Documents – Federal

Scope and Content Note

Contains research resources Miossi used in the course of his advocacy, arranged alphabetically by author/title, 1967-1989. 1 box.
Box 10, Folder 1

United States. Cong. House. Designating Certain Endangered Public Lands for Preservation as Wilderness, Providing for the Study of Additional Endangered Public Lands for Such Designation, Furthering the Purposes of the Wilderness Act of 1964, and for Other Purposes . 95th Cong., 1st Session. Washington: GPO 1977

Box 10, Folder 2

United States. Cong. House. Endangered American Wilderness Act of 1978. 95th Cong., 2nd Session. Washington: GPO, 1978

Box 10, Folder 3

United States. Cong. House. San Rafael Wilderness. 90th Cong., 1st Session. H.R. 5161, H.R. 5494, S. 889. Washington: GPO, 1967

Box 10, Folder 4

United States. Cong. Senate. San Rafael Wilderness. 90th Cong., 1st Session. S. 889. Washington: GPO, 1967

Box 10, Folder 5

United States. Cong. Senate. The United States Senate in Session. 92nd Cong. Washington: GPO, 1971

Box 10, Folder 6

United States. Cong. Senate. A University View of the Forest Service. 91st Cong., 2nd Session. Washington: GPO, 1970

Box 10, Folder 7

United States. Dept. of Agriculture. Forest Service. California District. Santa Barbara National Forest, California. Map. Washington: GPO, 1927

Scope and Content Note

[Los Padres National Forest]
Box 10, Folder 8

United States. Cong. Forest Service. California Region. Mission Planning Area Management Alternatives February '77. Washington: GPO, 1977

Box 10, Folder 9

United States. Cong. Forest Service. Fact Sheet for Lopez Canyon and Vicinity Management Proposals. Washington: GPO. 1972

Box 10, Folder 10

United States. Cong. Forest Service. Forest Planning Issues (Preliminary). Washington: GPO, 1979

Box 10, Folder 11

United States. Cong. Forest Service. RARE II: California. Supplement to Draft Environmental Statement Roadless Area Review and Evaluation. Washington: GPO, 1978

Box 10, Folder 12

United States. Cong. Forest Service. RARE II: Draft Environmental Statement Roadless Area Review and Evaluation. Washington: GPO, 1978

Box 10, Folder 13

United States. Cong. Forest Service. RARE II: A Quest for Balance in Public Land Use. Washington: GPO, 1978

Box 10, Folder 14

United States. Cong. Forest Service. County of Los Angeles. A Homeowner's Guide to Fire and Watershed Management at the Chaparral/Urban Interface, . Washington: GPO 1982

Box 10, Folder 15

United States. Cong. Soil Conservation Service. Morro Bay Watershed Enhancement Plan Draft: San Luis Obispo, California. Washington: GPO, 1989

Box 10, Folder 16

United States. Cong. Soil Conservation Service. Morro Bay Watershed Enhancement Plan: San Luis Obispo, California. Washington: GPO, 1989

Box 10, Folder 17

United States. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Public Health Service. Environmental Health Service. National Air Pollution Control Administration. Environmental Quality: The First Annual Report of the Council on Environmental Quality, 1970. Washington: GPO, no date

Box 10, Folder 18

United States. Department of the Interior. Bureau of Land Management. Final Intensive Inventory: Public Lands Administered by BLM California Outside the California Desert Conservation Area Wilderness. Washington: GPO, 1979

Box 10, Folder 19

United States. Cong. Bureau of Land Management. Interim Management Policy and Guidelines for Lands Under Wilderness Review. Washington: GPO, 1979

 

B. Government Documents – State of California

Scope and Content Note

Contains research resources Miossi used in the course of his advocacy, arranged alphabetically by author/title, 1967-1989. 1 box.
Box 10, Folder 20

California. Assembly. Report of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Planning, and Public Works, Part V. Sacramento: State of California, 1967

Box 10, Folder 21

United States. Dept. of Conservation. Land Conservation Unit. Draft Recommendations for a California Soil Conservation Plan: A Working Paper for Public Comment Prepared by the Soil Conservation Advisory Committee, March, 1986 . Sacramento: State of California, 1986

Box 10, Folder 22

United States. Dept. of Conservation. Land Conservation Unit. Williamson Act Task Force Consensus for Action: An Interim Report to the Secretary for Resources. Sacramento: State of California, 1986

Box 10, Folder 23

United States. Office of Planning and Research. An Urban Development Strategy for California: Advisory Committee Draft for Public Review and Comment. Sacramento: State of California, 1977

Box 10, Folder 24

United States. The Resources Agency. Dept. of Conservation. Office of Land Conservation. Division 9 Public Resources Code, Resource Conservation, Jun 1989. Sacramento: State of California, 1989

Box 10, Folder 25

United States. Cong. Dept. of Conservation. Soil Conservation Advisory Committee. Conserving the Wealth of the Land: A Plan for Soil Conservation. Sacramento: GPO, 1988

Box 10, Folder 26

United States. Cong. Dept. of Conservation. Soil Conservation Advisory Committee. Soil Conservation Advisory Committee: First Year Report, 1985. Sacramento: State of California, 1985

Box 10, Folder 27

United States. University of California. Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Cooperative Extension. California's Environment 21, and 31, (Sep- Oct 1974) (May-Jun 1976)

Box 10, Folder 28

United States. University of California, Davis. Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Cooperative Extension. Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program: First Progress Report July 1986–December 1987. Davis: University of California IHRMP, 1988

Box 10, Folder 29

United States. University of California, Berkeley. Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Cooperative Extension. Living Among the Oaks: A Management Guide for Landowners. Berkeley: Univ. of Calif. Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Program, no date

Box 10, Folder 30

United States. Cong. Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Cooperative Extension. Oaks 'n Folks: A Newsletter of the Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program. 3.2, (1988)

 

C. Government Documents – San Luis Obispo County

Scope and Content Note

Contains research resources Miossi used in the course of his advocacy, arranged alphabetically by author/title, 1982-1990. 1 box.
Box 10, Folder 31

San Luis Obispo County. Board of Supervisors. Saving the Farm: A Handbook for Conserving Agricultural Land. January 1990. San Francisco: American Farmland Trust, 1990

Box 10, Folder 32

San Luis Obispo County. Dept. of Auditor-Controller. Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District. Audit Report, June 30, 1984 and June 30, 1985. San Luis Obispo County, 1985

Box 10, Folder 33

San Luis Obispo County. Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District. Arroyo Grande Creek Critical Area Treatment RC8D Measure Plan. California: Central Coast Resource Conservation 8 Development Area, 1987

Box 10, Folder 34

San Luis Obispo County. Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District. Coastal San Luis RCD Annual Progress Report, 1987–88. San Luis Obispo, [1988]

Box 10, Folder 35

San Luis Obispo County. Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District. The Cover Up Story of San Luis Obispo County: A Resource Management Guide. San Luis Obispo: CSLRCD, 1985

Box 10, Folder 36

San Luis Obispo County. Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District. Central Coast Resource Conservation and Development Area. A Report on Prime Farmland Conversion in the Arroyo Grande Valley and La Cienega Valley. San Luis Obispo: CSLRCD, 1982

Box 10, Folder 37

San Luis Obispo County. Dept. of Agriculture and Measurement Standards. Annual Report 1984. San Luis Obispo County, 1984

Box 10, Folder 38

San Luis Obispo County. Dept. of Agriculture and Measurement Standards. Annual Report 1988. San Luis Obispo County, 1988

Box 10, Folder 39

San Luis Obispo County. County Engineering Dept. San Luis Obispo County Water Ethic Final Draft. San Luis Obispo County, 1989

Box 10, Folder 40

San Luis Obispo County. Dept. of General Services. Recreation Facilities Division. Lopez Guide. San Luis Obispo County, 1984

Box 10, Folder 41

San Luis Obispo County. Planning Commission. Amended Master Plan of Shoreline Development for San Luis Obispo, California. San Luis Obispo County, 1955

Box 10, Folder 42

San Luis Obispo County. Planning Commission. The Master Shoreline Plan: San Luis Obispo County , [1942]

Box 10, Folder 43

San Luis Obispo County. Planning Department. A Discussion of Agricultural Issues and Opportunities. San Luis Obispo, 1978

Box 10, Folder 44

San Luis Obispo County. San Luis Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest. Establishment Report for Lopez Canyon Scenic Area. San Luis Obispo County, 1970

 

4. Articles 1961-1988

Scope and Content Note

Contains one subseries: A. Ecology.
 

A. Environmental Articles

Scope and Content Note

Contains research resources Miossi used in the course of his advocacy, arranged alphabetically by author/title, from 1 box.
Box 11, Folder 1

"Air Pollution." Honolulu Star-Bulletin , 17 Feb 1968

Box 11, Folder 2

Bliss, Betsy. "Ecology." U.S. Catholic , Jul 1972

Box 11, Folder 3

Bonanza. [Motherlode Chapter, Sierra Club], Feb 1972

Box 11, Folder 4

Borland, Hal. "Summer: A Time for Perspective." The Progressive , Jul 1970

Box 11, Folder 5

Borrelli, Peter. "That Was the Year That Was." Eco–Alert , Nov 1970

Box 11, Folder 6

California Farmer Consumer Reporter , Oct-Nov 1972

Box 11, Folder 7

Canyon Echo. [Grand Canyon Chapter, Sierra Club], Apr 1971

Box 11, Folder 8

The Concrete Opposition , 1972-74

Box 11, Folder 9

Cousteau, Jacques–Yves. California Monthly , May 1972

Box 11, Folder 10

Cry California: the Journal of California Tomorrow , 1968 1971-72

Box 11, Folder 11

Dawson, A.D. "The Law of the Land." New England Sierran , Jun 1971

Box 11, Folder 12

Defenders of Wildlife , 1961

Box 11, Folder 13

Dreyfuss, John. "Ecology Bright Spot: Marine Life Returns as Harbor Clears Up." Los Angeles Times , 28 Feb 1971

Box 11, Folder 14

Earth's Advocate: A Publication of the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo County , 1975-76

Box 11, Folder 15

Ehrlich, Paul. "Eco–Catastrophe!" Ramparts , Sep 1969

Box 11, Folder 16

Environmental Action , 1971, 1975

Box 11, Folder 17

Friends for Ecology , 1973

Box 11, Folder 18

Hightower, Jim. "Hard Tomatoes, Hard Times: The Failure of the Land Grant College Complex." California Agriculture , Nov-Dec 1972

Box 11, Folder 19

"The Land: How to Design with Nature." Time , 10 Oct 1969

Box 11, Folder 20

Land Lines , Winter 1988

Box 11, Folder 21

Luckett, Liz. "Plain Dealing." California Farmer , 9 Mar 1988

Box 11, Folder 22

McMillan, Ian. "Doing Away with Wildness." Defenders of Wildlife News , Nov-Dec 1968

Box 11, Folder 23

Mechling, Thomas B. "Public Equity: A Businesslike Approach to Public Interest Law." Alternatives: Legal Services and the Public , Aug 1975

Box 11, Folder 24

Miller, Willard M. "Radical Environmentalism." Not Man Apart , Nov 1972

Box 11, Folder 25

"Mineral King at the Crossroads." The Sierra Club Outdoor Newsletter , 19 May 1969

Box 11, Folder 26

Miossi, Harold. "Time to Kill Harbor District?" The Earth's Advocate , no date

Box 11, Folder 27

Monthly Summary of Business Conditions in Southern California , Sep 1971

Box 11, Folder 28

Northwest Conifer: Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Sierra Club , 1972

Box 11, Folder 29

Pacific Gas and Electric Progress , 1970

Box 11, Folder 30

Private Property and the Public Interest: Summary of a California Tomorrow Legal Seminar on the Use and Regulation of Land. San Francisco: California Tomorrow, 1974

Box 11, Folder 31

"Protection for the Beach Creatures." Los Angeles Times , 9 Mar. 1972

Box 11, Folder 32

Resources , Oct 1975

Box 11, Folder 33

Ritter, Norman. "Interstate 87." The Atlantic , Sep 1967

Box 11, Folder 34

Santa Barbara Survival Times , Dec 1970

Box 11, Folder 35

Spherics , Apr 1970

Box 11, Folder 36

Wilderness Report , May 1976

Box 11, Folder 37

"The Worst is Yet to Be?" Time , 24 Jan 1972

Box 11, Folder 38

"You Can Relive History on the Cuesta Grade." Sunset , Jul 1968

 

5. Visual Media circa 1947-1973

Scope and Content Note

Contains eight subseries: A. Cuesta Canyon Highway Oversized Photographs, B. Diablo Canyon Oversized Photographs, C. Grover Beach Oversized Photographs, D. Lopez Canyon and Lopez Creek, E. Morro Bay Oversized Photographs, F. Pecho Coast Oversized Photographs, G. Maps, H. Lobbying Displays.
 

A. Cuesta Canyon Highway Oversized Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Contains 11x14 photographic prints used by Miossi when testifying about widening Highway 101 over Cuesta Grande, arranged by title, 1968. 1 folder.
Dexter flat files 31, Folder 1

Highway print with painted mylar overlay of proposed freeway

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 1

Highway print with painted mylar overlay looking south

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 1

Highway print with painted mylar overlay, photo 7x19, "Scenic Corridor looking south."

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 1

Old Stagecoach Road, gravel road

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 1

Old Stagecoach Road, mowed field

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 1

Old Stagecoach Road, oaks and clearing

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 1

Old Stagecoach Road, oaks and dirt road

 

B. Diablo Canyon Oversized Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Contains oversized photographic prints used by Miossi when testifying about widening Highway 101 over Cuesta Grande, arranged by title, 1970. 1 folder.
Box 31, Folder 2

Aerial view of Diablo Canyon and Pecho Coast, 16x16, photographer – Martin Litton

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 2

Aerial view of power lines, 10.5x13.25, caption "Vandalism is defined as the destruction of values of which one is ignorant" – Dr. Robert F. Hoover

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 2

Aerial view of power plant under construction, 7.5x7.5, photographer – Martin Litton

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 2

Aerial view of power plant under construction, 1970, 7.5x7.5, photographer – Martin Litton

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 2

Aerial view of power plant under construction, 16x20, photographer – Martin Litton

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 2

Aerial view of power plant under construction, labeled "Desalting Plant", 30x40

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 2

Aerial view of road to power plant, 1970, 7 1/2x8, photographer – Martin Litton

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 2

Coon Creek or Upper Diablo Canyon, 16x19

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 2

Coon Creek, 15x16

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 2

Four Martin Litton photos of various sizes – two aerial views, two coastal scenes

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 2

Display of six aerial photos of power plant with label "Did Pacific Gas and Electric Win Because It Turns So Much Earth?"

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 2

Oak tree, removed for construction of power plant, 16x16

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 2

Oak tree and structure, removed for construction of power plant, 16x17.5

Dexter flat files 31, Folder 2

Trail through wooded area, 16x16, photographer – Martin Litton

 

C. Grover Beach Oversized Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Contains mounted prints of Grover Beach area, arranged by title, 1940s-1950s. 1 folder.
Dexter flat files 32, Folder 1

Aerial view of cities, Grover Beach and Pismo, mid–late 1950s, 16x19.5, photographer – Martin Litton

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 1

Aerial view of city and coast, 9/13/1947, 16x20, Spence Air Photos

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 1

Aerial view of city and coast (three miles south of Pismo), 13 Sep 1947, 16x20, Spence Air Photos

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 1

Aerial view of city and coast, 11/3/1947, 16x20, Spence Air Photos

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 1

Aerial view of city, coast and dunes, 16x19, photographer – Martin Litton

 

D. Lopez Canyon and Lopez Creek Oversized Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Contains mounted prints used by Miossi when testifying to create Santa Lucia Wilderness Area, arranged by title, 1960s. 1 folder.
Dexter flat files 32, Folder 2

Lopez Creek, 16x17.75

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 2

Lopez Canyon Valley, 11x14, exhibit H–20

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 2

Lopez Canyon Valley, 11x14, exhibit H–23

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 2

Lopez Canyon Valley, 11x14, farmland now covered by Lopez Reservoir

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 2

Lopez Canyon Valley floor now covered by Lopez Reservoir, 11x14, exhibit H–15

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 2

Lopez Canyon Valley floor now covered by Lopez Reservoir, 11x14, exhibit H–16

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 2

Lopez Creek, 11x14, exhibit H–10

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 2

Upper Arroyo Valley floor now covered by Lopez Reservoir, 11x14, exhibit H–14

 

E. Morro Bay Oversized Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Contains 16x20 photographs of Morro Bay, arranged by title, from 1947-1950s. 1 folder.
Dexter flat files 32, Folder 3

Aerial view of the city of Morro Bay, Morro Rock and sand spit

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 3

Aerial view of the city of Morro Bay and Toro Creek

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 3

Aerial view of the city of Morro Bay and Toro Creek north of Morro Rock, late 1950s

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 3

Aerial view of dunes north of Morro Rock, 1947

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 3

Aerial view of Morro Bay, Morro Rock and sand spit, 1947

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 3

Aerial view of Morro Bay and White Point, 1947

Dexter flat files 32, Folder 3

Aerial view of Morro Bay and White Point

 

F. Pecho Coast Oversized Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Contains photographs of Pecho Coast, arranged by title, from the 1960s. 1 folder.
Dexter flat files 33, Folder 1

Aerial view of Pecho Coast

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 1

Aerial view of Pecho Coast – Montaña de Oro

 

G. Maps

Scope and Content Note

Contains topographic maps of areas Miossi worked to conserve, arranged in original order, 1960s. 1 folder and 1 tube.
Dexter flat files 33, Folder 2

State of California, Department of Parks and Recreation, Resources Agency of California, Montana de Oro State Park Ownership, folder 1 of 2

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 2

State of California, Department of Parks and Recreation, Resources Agency of California, Montana de Oro State Park Ownership, folder 2 of 2

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 2

State of California, Department of Parks and Recreation, San Luis Obispo Study Area, Land and Boundary Study, plate 1, 1966

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 2

State of California, Department of Parks and Recreation, San Luis Obispo Study Area, Land Use and Facilities Study, plate 2, 1966

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 2

Topographical Map of Lopez Mountain, #43

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 2

Topographical Map of Santa Margarita, #44

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 2

Topographical Map of Tar Spring Ridge, color

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 2

Topographical Map of Tar Spring Ridge, cropped

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 2

Topographical Map of Tar Spring Ridge, #54

Dexter Tube 1

Diablo Canyon Power Plant–Midway Station E.H.V. Transmission, Sheet 1 (Pacific Gas and Electric power line routes)

Dexter Tube 1

Diablo Canyon Power Plant–Midway Station E.H.V. Transmission, Sheet 2 (Pacific Gas and Electric power line routes)

Dexter Tube 1

Photomechanical duplication of Santa Lucia Wilderness, San Luis County, Senate Bill No. 113, January 1973

Dexter Tube 1

Photomechanical duplication of Santa Lucia Wilderness, San Luis County, Senate Bill No. 113, January 1973

Dexter Tube 1

Santa Lucia Wilderness, San Luis County, Senate Bill No. 113, January 1973

Dexter Tube 1

Santa Lucia Wilderness, San Luis County, Senate Bill No. 113, January 1973

Dexter Tube 1

Santa Lucia Wilderness, San Luis County, Senate Bill No. 113, January 1973

 

H. Lobbying Displays

Scope and Content Note

Contains mounted prints used by Miossi when testifying about local environment issues, arranged by title, 1967-1972. 1 folder.
Dexter flat files 33, Folder 3

Local Opposition to Cuesta Canyon Route–Various newspaper articles, 1968

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 3

Local Opposition to Diablo Canyon – Various newspaper articles, 1971

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 3

"Congressman Hashes out Desalter with County Candidates," Paso Robles Daily Press, August 8, 1972

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 3

Planning Department, 1968

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 3

Resolutions—Audubon Society, California State Historical Association, Board of Supervisors, Obispo Beautiful Association, and Sierra Club

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 3

San Luis Obispo County Telegram Tribune Editorials, 1967-68

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 3

San Luis Obispo County Telegram Tribune Feature Articles, 1967-68

Dexter flat files 33, Folder 3

San Luis Obispo County Telegram Tribune, March 12, 1968