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Guide to the Zero Population Growth of Los Angeles, Inc. Collection, 1960-1992
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Zero Population Growth of Los Angeles, Inc. Collection
    Dates: 1960-1992
    Bulk Dates: 1972-1989
    Identification: URB/ZPG
    Creator: Zero Population Growth of Los Angeles, Inc.
    Physical Description: 12.04 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: The Los Angeles chapter of Zero Population Growth (ZPG) was established in 1978. ZPG of Los Angeles' educational activities include letter writing campaigns, donation of radio air time for public service announcements and programs, and speeches given to community groups, high schools and colleges. ZPG has also sponsored special events such as "Love Carefully Day" and "National Condom Week" and outreach programs on family planning and O.P.T.I.O.N.S. (Options to Pregnancy-Teen Information on Sexuality.) ZPG coordinates their efforts with other population and environmental groups like Planned Parenthood and The Sierra Club. The records of ZPG of Los Angeles document the activities, events, programs, and policies of Zero Population Growth, Inc., as well as providing information regarding a broad variety of social and environmental problems associated with continued increases in population.

    Historical Note:

    Zero Population Growth (ZPG) was formed in 1968. The organization has affiliations on the national level in Washington, D.C., as well as state organizations which coordinate the actions of the local chapters. Zero Population Growth of California was incorporated in 1971. The Los Angeles chapter of this grass roots organization was established seven years later, in 1978.
    Zero Population Growth, Inc. was concerned with larger issues relating directly to population numbers such as abortion, teen pregnancy, immigration, family planning, and birth control. The organization is also interested in issues which are seen as direct consequences of the country's growing population. Environmental issues such as nuclear power, wilderness and coastal preservation, pollution, air quality, and zoning controls are among those issues ZPG links with population explosion.
    ZPG of Los Angeles' educational activities include letter writing campaigns, donation of radio air time for public service announcements and programs, and speeches given to community groups, high schools, and colleges. ZPG has also sponsored special events such as "Love Carefully Day" and "National Condom Week" and outreach programs on family planning and O.P.T.I.O.N.S. (Options to Pregnancy-Teen Information on Sexuality).
    ZPG also coordinates their efforts with other population and environmental groups like Planned Parenthood and The Sierra Club.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    Zero Population Growth, Inc. -- Archives

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records
    Publications

    Geographic Name:

    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Population

    Personal Name:

    Brown, Lester Russell, 1934-
    Dyer, Kitt
    Ehrlich, Anne H.
    Ehrlich, Paul R.
    Fornos, Werner
    Graham, Helen
    Mann, Donald, 1922-
    Pearlman, Nancy, 1948-
    Reagan, Ronald
    Stansfield, Elaine

    Topical Term:

    Animal rights
    Birth control -- California -- Los Angeles
    Birth control -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church
    Human ecology
    Population
    Women's rights

    Administrative Information

    Accruals:

    11/21/1989

    Processing Information:

    Darcy Eaton, 1984

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) 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 owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Zero Population Growth of Los Angeles, Inc. Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Printed Matter, 1966-1982
        Subseries A: Project Files, 1971-1985
        Subseries B: Subject Files, 1960-1982
        Subseries C: Reports Files, 1972-1982
        Subseries D: Publications Files, 1972-1982
        Subseries E: Newsletters, 1971-1983
        Subseries F: Newspaper Clippings, 1966-1982
    Series II: Correspondence Files, 1972-1982
    Series III: Administrative Files, 1969-1990
        Subseries A: 1984 Donation, 1971-1982
        Subseries B: 1989 Donation, 1969-1990
    Series IV: Legislative Files, 1976-1982
    Series V: Publicity, 1971-1981
    Series VI: Oversized Material, 1978-1988
    Series VII: Population-Affiliated Organizations, 1967-1989
    Series VIII: Subject Files, 1969-1989
    Series IX: Non-Manuscript Material, 1982-1989

    Scope and Contents

    The Zero Population Growth Collection documents the activities, events, programs, and policies of Zero Population Growth, Inc., as well as providing information regarding a broad variety of social and environmental problems associated with continued increases in population. It is significant to note that much of the material found this collection is dated between 1980-1989, a time during which the politics of this country took a decided swing towards the right. With Ronald Reagan elected as president in 1980, the conservative forces of the nation found in him a spokesperson, and ZPG found many of their ideals under attack. Reagan helped foster legislation which allowed for cutbacks in federal funding to population related organizations, weakening of abortion rights, weakening of rights of minorities (including women), and relaxation of the Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement strength. There was also a strong political movement against sex education, including family planning, in America's public schools. A significant event during this time occurred at the United Nation's Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) International Conference on Population at Mexico City, Mexico, in 1984. Here, the Reagan Administration announced to the world that the United States would no longer fund global family planning efforts to such organizations who offered abortion services to their clients. Another perceived nemesis was the Catholic Church, whose viewpoints on population often ran counter to that of ZPG. The materials and opinions often expressed by Elaine Stansfield as she went about the day-to-day business of running the Los Angeles chapter reflect the effects of this change in the political climate.
    The collection is arranged in nine series: Printed Matter (1966-1982), Correspondence Files (1972-1982), Administrative Files (1969-1990), Legislative Files (1976-1982), Publicity (1971-1981), Oversized Materials (1978-1988), Population-Affiliated Organizations (1967-1989), Subject Files (1969-1989), and Non-Manuscript Material (1982-1989).
    Series I, Printed Matter, is divided into six subseries: Project Files (1971-1985), Subject Files (1960-1982), Reports Files (1972-1982), Publications Files (1972-1982), Newsletters (1971-1983), and Newspaper Clippings (1966-1982). The subseries arrangement is based upon the activities of ZPG or the general types of material as they were originally arranged at Zero Population Growth of Los Angeles' office. Documents in this series include correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings, plans, publicity, reports compiled by ZPG and other agencies, and surveys. The files in Project Files and Newsletters are arranged alphabetically, and the remainder of the files in the series are arranged chronologically.
    Series II, Correspondence Files, are arranged chronologically according to source. Additional correspondence can be found in Series III.
    Series III, Administrative Files, contains the administrative records documenting organizational structure, policies and procedures and include constitutions, by-laws, financial ledgers and statements, handbooks, and minutes. Other materials include those used to compile local newsletters, finished newsletters, and committee files. The series has been divided into two subseries: 1984 Donation (1971-1982), arranged alphabetically by title, and the 1989 Donation (1969-1990), arranged by ZPG chapter.
    Series IV, Legislative Files, includes agendas, bills, resolutions, and voting records reflecting ZPG's lobbying efforts. Legislation on such issues as immigration, population growth limits, and public funding of abortions for the economically deprived are represented. The files are arranged alphabetically.
    Series V, Publicity, contains advertisements for magazines and newspapers, press releases for radio spots, public relations primes and speech contact reports. The files are arranged alphabetically by record type.
    Series VI, Oversized Materials, contains materials that require special housing because of their size.
    Series VII, Population–Affiliated Organizations, contains the files of several organizations which, while not directly affiliated with Zero Population Growth, Inc., share as part of their missions concerns over population growth's impact on the world. Notable examples include; the Ecology Center of Southern California; the Global Tomorrow Coalition, (within which ZPG had membership); and The International Planned Parenthood Federation and the United Nations. Similar organizations include The National Audubon Society, The Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, Negative Population Growth, The Population Institute, The Population Reference Bureau, and the Worldwatch Institute. The documents include annual reports, articles, brochures, fact sheets, journals, mailers, newsletters, pamphlets, and press releases. The files are arranged in alphabetical order by organization.
    Series VIII, Subject Files, contains major subject areas directly affected by population growth, but whose files were created by organizations or persons other than those found in Series I and II. The subjects are: Animal Rights, Environment, Family Planning, Immigration, Politics, Population, and Women's Rights. Most areas have several sub-divisions. There is a wide variety of document types including articles, brochures, journals, mailers, newspaper clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, papers, and reports. This series demonstrates that the issue of population growth does not stand alone, and it is therefore necessary for population oriented organizations to be involved with areas beyond that of their initial field. The files are arranged in alphabetical order.
    Series IX, Non-Manuscript Material, consists of 9 audio cassette tapes containing Fornos Werner addressing Californians for Population Stability; Ecology Center of Southern California program "Environmental Directions" with Nancy Pearlman interviewing various guests, 6 video cassette tapes containing ECSC’s show "ECONEWS" with Nancy Pearlman with various guests and topics; People for the American Way, 1 photograph on animal rights, and 2 ZPG book bags.