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Greenbelt Alliance Records, 1968-2008 (bulk 1979-1990).
BANC MSS 2012/212 carton 1; BANC MSS 2012/212 carton 2; BANC MSS 2012/212 box 1; BANC MSS 2012/212
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Greenbelt Alliance Records, 1968-2008 (bulk 1979-1990)


Greenbelt Alliance, creator


Erskine, Dorothy Ward.


People for Open Space


The records of the Greenbelt Alliance contain materials documenting the work of the organization and its predecessors, Citizens for Regional Recreation and Parks and People for Open Space. Included is documentation of various programs and events sponsored by the group, information on public presentations by staff (primarily, former director, Larry Orman); files on various topics of interest including legislation the group supported; photographs illustrating key issues of interest for the group, such as urban sprawl and traffic; and audiovisual footage of various Greenbelt Alliance events.


1979 (issued)


Greenbelt Alliance -- Archives
People for Open Space -- Archives
Regional planning -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area
Conservation of natural resources -- California -- San Francisco Bay
Greenbelts -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area
Open spaces -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area


COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Collection processed at container level in 2013.
Greenbelt Alliance Records, BANC MSS 2012/212, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift; of Greenbelt Alliance; 2012.
In English.
Related collection: Dorothy Ward Erskine papers (BANC MSS 83/79 c).
The Greenbelt Alliance was founded by Dorothy Ward Erskine (1896-1982) in 1959 as the Citizens for Regional Recreation and Parks to protect parks and recreational areas in the San Francisco Bay Area. Initially focused on preserving existing recreational areas the organization was renamed People for Open Space in 1969 to reflect a new commitment to preserving additional space such as ranch lands, agricultural lands and wildlife preserves. In 1976 People for Open Space adopted the goal of establishing a permanent regional greenbelt. In 1984 they established the Greenbelt Congress as a parallel group fighting for open space, the two organizations merged in 1987 to form the Greenbelt Alliance with a focus on both grassroots activism and policy research.
Future additions are expected.

Physical Description:

2 cartons, 1 box (2.9 linear feet)




BANC MSS 2012/212 carton 1
BANC MSS 2012/212 carton 2
BANC MSS 2012/212 box 1
BANC MSS 2012/212



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