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Finding Aid to the David Pesonen papers, 1921, 1947-1987 (bulk 1961-1984)
BANC MSS 98/133 c  
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: David Pesonen papers
    Date: 1921,
    Date (inclusive): 1947-1987
    Date (bulk): 1961-1984
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 98/133 c
    Creator: Pesonen, David E., 1934-
    Extent: 9 cartons; 11.25 linear feet
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The David Pesonen Papers include materials produced and acquired by Pesonen relating to his professional activities as an environmental activist, lawyer, and judge in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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 the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], David Pesonen papers, BANC MSS 98/133 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Related Collections

    Oral history interview with David E. Pesonen, 1992 : transcript (BANC MSS 95/166 c).
    Attorney and activist for the environment, 1962-1992 : opposing nuclear power at Bodega Bay and Point Arena, managing California forests and East Bay regional parks : oral history transcript (BANC MSS 97/132 c).

    Separated Material

    Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Pesonen, David E., 1934- -- Archives.
    California. Dept. of Forestry.
    California. Superior Court (Contra Costa County)
    Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
    Antinuclear movement
    Environmental lawyers -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.
    Environmentalism -- California.
    Forests and forestry -- California.
    Judges -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.
    Lawyers -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.
    Nuclear energy -- Environmental aspects -- California.
    Nuclear energy -- Law and legislation -- California.
    Nuclear power plants -- California -- Bodega Bay.
    Nuclear power plants -- California -- Mendocino County.
    Nuclear power plants -- California -- Point Arena.
    Nuclear power plants -- California -- Sonoma County.
    Nuclear power plants -- Environmental aspects -- California.
    Bodega Bay (Calif.)
    Point Arena (Calif.)
    Legal documents -- California.
    Trial proceedings.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The David Pesonen papers were given to The Bancroft Library by David Pesonen on March 18, 1998.


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Josh Roselle in 2010.

    Biographical Information

    David Pesonen was an environmental activist, lawyer, and judge in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from Boalt Law School, at the University of California, in 1968, he began work at a San Francisco law firm and became involved in the anti-nuclear movement. He was elected chairman of Californians for Nuclear Safeguards, and was one of the authors of Proposition 15—an unsuccessful 1976 ballot initiative to restrict nuclear power production in California. He was also involved in the successful opposition to proposed nuclear power plants near Bodega Bay, in Sonoma County, and Point Arena, in Mendocino County. In 1979 Pesonen was appointed by Governor Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr. to the office of Director of Forestry. In the final days of Governor Brown's term in office, he appointed Pesonen to the Superior Court in Contra Costa County. He ran unsuccessfully for reelection to the post in 1984.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The David Pesonen Papers, 1947-1987 (bulk 1961-1984), include materials produced and acquired by Pesonen relating to his professional activities as an environmental activist, lawyer, and judge in the San Francisco Bay Area. The collection consists primarily of environmental reports, court proceedings, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. The collection is divided into six series: Subject Files; Proposition 15; Bodega Bay Power Plant; California Department of Forestry; Superior Court Judge; and Mendocino Power Plant.