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Finding Aid to the Sierra Club Board of Directors meeting minutes, 1892-1995
BANC FILM 2945  
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  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Sierra Club Board of Directors meeting minutes
    Date (inclusive): 1892-1995
    Collection Number: BANC FILM 2945
    Creator: Sierra Club. Board of Directors.
    Extent: 13 microfilm reels: negative (BNEG 3225) and positive; 35 mm. 51 digital objects (40168 images)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    The Bancroft Library
    University of California at Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu
    Abstract: The collection consists of the Sierra Club Board of Director Meeting Minutes from 1892-1995. Filmed from originals held by the Sierra Club.
    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], Sierra Club Board of Directors meeting minutes, BANC FILM 2945, The Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library

    Alternate Forms Available

    Microfilm of the Sierra Club minutes are available at The Bancroft Library (BANC FILM 2945). Original copies of the minutes may be found in the Sierra Club Records (BANC MSS 71/103c).

    Related Material

    Sierra Club Records (BANC MSS 71/103c)
    Sierra Club Office of the Executive Director records (BANC MSS 2002/230c)
    Sierra Club Members Papers (BANC MSS 71/295c)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Sierra Club. Archives
    Sierra Club. Board of Directors
    Conservation of natural resources--United States
    Conservationists--United States
    Environmental protection--United States
    Environmentalists--United States

    Administrative Information


    No additions are expected.

    Organizational History

    The Sierra Club was founded on May 28, 1892, by John Muir, a noted preservationist, and a group of influential friends who sought to create an organization to protect the boundaries of the newly established Yosemite National Park. Under Muir’s leadership, the club waged numerous battles to defend the natural wonders of both Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. Despite these early political struggles, the club, prior to WWII, was for the most part an outing organization for climbers, hikers, and campers. Following the war, the club became both far more political and national in its scope under the leadership of David Brower, who involved members in opposing a number of federal reclamation projects. In 1971, the club established the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, a group whose task was to handle the club’s mounting litigation. During the 1980s, the club experienced considerable growth as it garnered support for opposing the policies of Secretary of the Interior James Watt, who advocated use, rather than protection, of wilderness. As a result, between 1980 and 1983, the club’s membership nearly doubled to 346,000. The popularity of environmentalism has helped keep the Sierra Club an appealing and powerful organization for the general public and politicians. The club continues to fight for the preservation of wilderness and the protection of national parks. The club involves itself in new environmental concerns such as clean energy.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of the Sierra Club Board of Director Meeting Minutes from 1892-1995. Filmed from originals held by the Sierra Club.
    Microfilm contents:
    • Reel 1: 1892-April 1951
    • Reel 2: May 1951-1960
    • Reel 3: 1961-1965
    • Reel 4: 1966-May 1969
    • Reel 5: June 1969-March 1971
    • Reel 6: May 1971-Sept 1974
    • Reel 7: Sept. 1974 (cont.)-1977
    • Reel 8: 1978-1980
    • Reel 9: 1981-1983
    • Reel 10: 1984-1986
    • Reel 11: 1987-1989
    • Reel 12: 1990-1992
    • Reel 13: 1993-1995


    Filmed from originals held by the Sierra Club.