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Sierra Club California Legislative Office Records
BANC MSS.91/1 c  
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  • Acquisition Information
  • Administrative History
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Related Collections
  • Scope and Content
  • Materials Cataloged Separately
  • Publication Rights

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Sierra Club California Legislative Office Records,
    creator: Sierra Club. California Legislative Office
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS.91/1 c
    Physical Description: 38 linear feet (31 cartons)
    Physical Description: 66 videocassettes
    Physical Description: 4 audiocassettes
    Date (inclusive): 1962-2000
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.


    Collection is open for research.

    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.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lauren Lassleben, Project Archivist and Feliz Fuentes, Project Assistant; machine-readable finding aid created by Gabriela A. Montoya. Additions processed by Lisa Marie Monhoff in 2019 with the generous support of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Related Collections

    Title: Sierra Club Records,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 71/103 c
    Title: Sierra Club Members Papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 71/295 c
    Title: Sierra Club National Legislative Office Records,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 71/289 c
    Title: Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund Records,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 71/296 c
    Title: Sierra Club Foundation Records,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 89/230 c
    Title: Sierra Club International Program Records,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 71/290 c
    Title: Sierra Club Mountain Registers and Records,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 71/293 c
    Title: Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter Records,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 71/291 c
    Title: Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter Records,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 71/292 c

    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.

    Materials Cataloged Separately

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

    Publication Rights

    Some materials in these collections 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. For additional information about the University of California, Berkeley Library's permissions policy please see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/about/permissions-policies

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Sierra Club. California Legislative Office
    Sierra Club. California Legislative Office