This collection contains the papers of Thomas J. Graff, environmental lawyer and founder of the first California office of
the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), which he led for 37 years. These papers document the activity of the EDF California
office, in particular its involvement in water rights, water marketing, emissions, and other ecological projects in California.
These include the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, CALFED Bay- Delta Program, and Hetch Hetchy Valley restoration initiative.
Included are correspondence, financial records, legal documents and case files, reports and project proposals, administrative
records and meeting minutes, and program and publicity documents. These materials reflect Graff’s directorship of the California
office and its legal advocacy and projects.
Thomas J. Graff was born in Honduras on January 20, 1944, and grew up in Syracuse, New York. He graduated from Harvard College
and Harvard Law School, later clerking for a federal court judge and working as a legislative assistant to New York Mayor
John Lindsay. He relocated to San Francisco in 1970 and a year later founded the California office of the Environmental Defense
27 Linear Feet
21 cartons, 1 box
Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction
of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions,
privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond
that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for
any use rests exclusively with the user.
Collection is open for research, Collection is open for research, with exception of unprocessed digital material.