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Register of the Sierra Club California Legislative Office Records, 1970-[ongoing]
BANC MSS 91/1 c  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Sierra Club California Legislative Office Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1970-[ongoing]
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 91/1 c
    Collector: Sierra Club. California Legislative Office
    Extent: Number of containers: 7 cartons Linear feet: 8.75
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item] Sierra Club California Legislative Office Records, BANC MSS 91/1 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

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    Materials Cataloged Separately

    Office newsletter, The Legislative Agenda, has been transferred to the serials collection of The Bancroft Library.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Sierra Club California Legislative Office began donating its records to The Bancroft Library in 1991. The office continues to transfer groups of historical records in appropriate increments.

    Administrative History

    John Zierold, formerly the head of the California Planning and Conservation League, began advising the Sierra Club on state legislative matters in the 1960s, and he became a full-fledged lobbyist for the club in 1970. Some of his early successes included helping to pass the legislation which created the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the [San Francisco] Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and the California State Solid Waste Management Board. He also influenced laws on logging and forestry management, nuclear safeguards, coastal zone management, and California's counterpart to the National Environmental Policy Act.
    When Zierold retired in 1984, his assistant, Michael Paparian, became the state director. Paparian currently supervises a staff of experts in such areas as ancient forests, public lands, hazardous materials, and energy and water policy legislation. The Sacramento office also maintains a consultative relationship with Sierra Club California, which is comprised of volunteers from each California chapter.

    Scope and Content

    The Sierra Club California Legislative Office, located in Sacramento, began in the late 1960s. It was one of the first offices established to work strictly on state-level environmental legislation.The staff consists of a state director, currently Michael Paparian, legislative representatives, the editor of the California Legislative Agenda, and a fund-raising coordinator.
    Records were received from the office in December, 1990. Most are files of former staff members. In June, 1991, the office was destroyed in a fire.
    The best-documented issues are energy-related, including liquefied natural gas, nuclear energy, and the California Energy Commission. Water quality, hazardous substances, pesticides, and all terrain vehicles on public lands are subjects which can be found in the papers of the state directors, legislative representatives, and the subject files.