Overview of the Collection
Arrangement of Materials:
Scope and Contents
Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Zero Population Growth of Los
Angeles, Inc. Collection
Bulk Dates: 1972-1989
Zero Population Growth of Los Angeles,
12.04 linear feet
Language of Materials:
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.
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.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Zero Population Growth,
Inc. -- Archives
Genre/Form of Material:
Los Angeles (Calif.) --
Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects
Los Angeles (Calif.) --
Brown, Lester Russell,
Ehrlich, Anne H.
Ehrlich, Paul R.
Birth control -- California -- Los
Birth control -- Religious aspects --
Darcy Eaton, 1984
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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.
[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
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
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
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
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.