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.
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 Fund (EDF).
27 Linear Feet
21 cartons, 1 box
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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.