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Earth Island Institute Records
BANC MSS 2009/129  
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This collection contains the records of Earth Island Institute, a Berkeley, California based not for profit environmental group founded in 1982 by David R. Brower. The collection primarily documents the organizational and administrative history of Earth Island Institute and two of its major projects supported through the International Marine Mammal Project campaigns: the Dolphin and Whale Project (including the Dolphin-Safe Tuna Campaign) and the Free Willy Keiko Foundation. Limited records on other Earth Island Institute projects is included in the collection, mainly the Brower Fund, Glen Canyon Institute, Restore Hetch Hetchy and Yosemite projects. Additionally, documentation is included on the group's participation in the World Trade Organization (W.T.O.) protests in Seattle, Washington in 1999.
Based in Berkeley, California, Earth Island Institute is an international nonprofit conservation group established by noted environmentalist David R. Brower. The organization serves as an incubator supporting numerous ecological and social justice projects working to conserve, protect and restore the environment. Earth Island Institute was founded in 1982, opened their first office in San Francisco in 1986, and has fostered hundreds of local and internationally focused environmental projects including Baikal Watch, Bay Area Wilderness Training, Borneo Project, the Brower Fund, International Marine Mammal Project, Restore Hetch Hetchy, Sacred Land Film Project, the Sea Turtle Restoration Project and Transportation Involves Everyone (T.I.E.). The roster of Earth Island Institute projects changes from year to year as some projects are completed, added or otherwise evolve. Brower served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from its founding until his death in 2000. John Knox and David Phillips served in leadership roles as Co-Executive Directors over the time period that these records span. Phillips also serves as director of the International Marine Mammal Project, worked extensively to pass dolphin conservation legislation and helped to establish and lead the Free Willy Keiko Foundation, along with Mark Berman. Berman served as Director to International Marine Mammal Project's Dolphin-Safe Tuna Monitoring Program during much of the period these materials cover, campaigned against the practice of animal captivity in theme parks and was the force behind passing much of the early dolphin protection legislation and campaigns against dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.
30.95 linear feet (23 cartons, 1 box, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder)
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Collection is open for research.