Finding Aid to the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter Records

Feliz Fuentes, Project Assistant; Karen Gracy, Project Assistant; Stephen Sturgeon, Sierra Club Intern; Lisa Monhoff, Project Archivist. Additions processed in 2019 by Lisa Monhoff with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
The Bancroft Library
1992, 2019
The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
Title: Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter records,
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 71/291 c
Physical Description: 36.25 linear feet (30 cartons, 1 volume
Date (inclusive): 1908-[on-going]
Language of Material: In English.

Access Information

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.

Access Information

Collection open for research.


Organized in 5 series: 1. Operational and Financial Records, 1914-1990; 2. Committees, Task Forces, Sections, and Groups Records, 1908-1989 (Committee Records, 1908-1987; Task Force Records, 1983- 1986; Section Records, 1932-1974; Group Records, 1972-1989); 3. Subject Files, 1934-1986; 4. Conservation Coordinators Records, 1932-1990 (Paula Carrell Papers, 1966-1987; David Nesmith Papers, 1932-1990; Dana Kokubun Papers, 1948-1988). 5. Additions, 1936-1998.

Biographical / Historical

The San Francisco Bay Chapter, founded in 1924, is second in membership size and longevity only to the Angeles Chapter, in Southern California. The chapter office is located in Oakland and serves members in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco Counties. The Bay Chapter has served as a training ground for many prominent national Sierra Club leaders, including former executive director David R. Brower, and past presidents Richard M. Leonard, Francis P. Farquhar, Edgar Wayburn, and Lewis Clark (all of whose papers are found in the Sierra Club Members Papers, BANC MSS 71/295 c). Rock climbers, skiers, and hikers trained on local trips went on to spearhead the club's nationally-famous Outing Program.

Ownership and Custodial History

In 1970 the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club voted to place the club's historical records in The Bancroft Library. Soon thereafter the San Francisco Bay Chapter also began donating its records to The Bancroft Library. The chapter continues to transfer groups of historical records in appropriate increments.

Preferred Citation

Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter records, BANC MSS 71/291 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley..

Additional Collection Guide

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Sierra Club. San Francisco Bay Chapter.
Sierra Club. San Francisco Bay Chapter -- Archives.
Conservationists -- California.
Environmentalists -- California.
Environmental protection -- California.
Conservation of natural resources -- California.
Environmentalism -- United States.
Environmental protection -- United States -- Citizen participation.