Finding Aid to the Lara Hilder and Peter Liederman papers, 1976-1995

Christina Mune
Processing of this collection was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.
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Finding Aid to the Lara Hilder and Peter Liederman papers, 1976-1995

Collection number: BANC MSS 97/142 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Processing of this collection was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.
Finding Aid Author(s):
Christina Mune
Date Completed:
December 2010
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Lara Hilder and Peter Liederman papers
Date (inclusive): 1976-1995
Collection Number: BANC MSS 97/142 c
Creators: Hilder, Lara Marie, 1946-
Extent: 11 cartons 13.75 linear feet
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The Lara Hilder and Peter Liederman Papers document the couple’s environmental and nuclear disarmament activities with the Sierra Club from 1985 to 1994. These efforts focused mainly on campaigns to include nuclear disarmament in the Sierra Club’s policy agenda and publication of and research for environmentalist periodicals. The bulk of material consists of research for the publications, including government reports regarding the military’s impact on the environment, newsletters from various peace, environmental and nuclear disarmament groups, and newspaper and magazine clippings. Sierra Club activity files demonstrate Hilder and Liederman’s work to increase the organization's participation in anti-nuclear activities.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
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Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lara Hilder and Peter Liederman papers, BANC MSS 97/142 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Related Material

Guide to the Sierra Club Members Papers, BANC MSS 71/295 c
Guide to the Sierra Club Records, 1891-, BANC MSS 71/103 c
Guide to the Sierra Club National Legislative Office Records, 1960-[on-going], BANC MSS 71/289 c
Sierra Club Office of the Executive Director Records, BANC MSS 2002/230 c

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Hilder, Lara Marie, 1946--Archives
Liederman, Peter, 1946--Archives
Sierra Club
Uncovering California's Environmental Collections Project
Antinuclear movement
Environmental protection--California
Environmentalists--California
Nuclear disarmament

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Lara Hilder and Peter Liederman papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Lara Hilder and Peter Liederman April 20, 1997.

Processing Information

Processing of the Lara Hilder and Peter Liederman Papers was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The Bancroft Library was awarded a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from 2010-2012, "Uncovering California's Environmental Collections," in collaboration with eight additional special collections and archival repositories throughout the state and the California Digital Library (CDL). Grant objectives included processing of over 33 hidden collections related to the state's environment and environmental history. The collections document an array of important sub-topics such as irrigation, mining, forestry, agriculture, industry, land use, activism, and research. Together they form a multifaceted picture of the natural world and the way it was probed, altered, exploited and protected in California over the twentieth century. Finding aids are made available through the Online Archive of California (OAC).
This collection was processed by Christina Mune in 2010.

Biographical Information

Lara Marie Hilder (Gundel), born 1946, earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Valparaiso University in 1967 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from U.C. Berkeley in 1975. As a chemist and researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) since 1977, Hilder developed ground-breaking methods to measure air pollutants. Peter Liederman, born 1946, holds a B.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in Public Administration from Golden Gate University and a law degree from John F. Kennedy University School of Law. Since 1999 he has practiced real estate end environmental law in Berkeley, California.
Both Hilder and Liederman took an active interest in nuclear disarmament campaigns in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s and 1990s as leaders of the Sierra Club Disarmament Committee. As editors of the environmental periodicals Peacepaper(1986-1988) and IMPACTS(1991-1994), and contributors to the Sierra Club’s Yodeler, Hilder and Liedermen sought to educate the public and encourage activism regarding the negative environmental impact of the arms race and military nuclear development, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Lara Hilder and Peter Liederman Papers document the couple’s environmental activities with the Sierra Club Disarmament Committee from 1985 to 1994. These efforts focused mainly on campaigns to include nuclear disarmament in the Sierra Club’s policy agenda along with publication of and research for periodicals promoting the end of the arms race. Both acted as chief editors of Peacepaper (1986-1988) and IMPACTS (1991-1994), and were frequent contributors to the newspaper of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club, Yodeler. The bulk of material consists of research for the publications that includes government reports regarding the military’s impact on the environment, newsletters from various peace, environmental and nuclear disarmament groups, and newspaper and magazine clippings. Sierra Club activity files demonstrate Hilder and Liederman’s work as part of the Sierra Club Disarmament Committee to increase the organization's participation in anti-nuclear activities.
The collection has been divided into three series: Periodicals, Sierra Club Activities and Research Files. Periodicals and Sierra Club Activities reflect the original chronological organization of the collection. Research Files have been arranged alphabetically for better access and to express the relationship between the large number of files on the Department of Energy, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Navy’s policy of homeporting the USS Missouri in Alameda. Original folder titles and the order within folders have been maintained.

Container Listing

 

Series 1: Periodicals. 1979-1994

Physical Description: Cartons 1-2

Arrangement

Arranged Chronologically

Scope/Content

Research, drafts and completed editions of Sierra Club periodicals Hilder and Liederman edited and contributed to from 1985-1991. Hilder and Liederman were editors of Peacepaper and IMPACTS. They also contributed to the Sierra Club's Yodeler and created a supplement for the publication in 1986 titled "Environmental Hazards of the Military: the Arms Race in our Community."
carton 1, folder 1

Ideas for National Newsletter (Peacepaper) 1985

carton 1, folder 2

Peacepaper, Sierra Club Disarmament Comm. 1985-1986

carton 1, folder 3

Peacepaper Mini-Grant 1986

carton 1, folder 4

Peacepaper No. 4 1986 April

carton 1, folder 5

Peacepaper No. 5 1986 September

carton 1, folder 6

SDI Policy for Peacepaper No. 5 1986

carton 1, folder 7

Peacepaper No. 6 1986 December

carton 1, folder 8

Peacepaper Paste-up Supplies and Labels 1986

carton 1, folder 9

Peacepaper Background, Sierra Club Referendum 1986-1987

carton 1, folder 10

Peacepaper No. 7 1987 March

carton 1, folder 11

Peacepaper No. 8 1987 October

carton 1, folder 12

Peacepaper No. 9 1988 March

carton 1, folder 13

Peacepaper No. 10 1988 June

carton 1, folder 14

Peacepaper No. 11 1988

carton 1, folder 15

Peacepaper Paste-up Sheets 1987-1988

carton 1, folder 16

Peacepaper Extra Copies 1985-1988

carton 1, folder 17

IMPACTS Background 1988-1992

carton 1, folders 18-19

IMPACTS Background 1990

carton 1, folder 20

IMPACTS Background Iraq Environmental Impact 1991

carton 1, folder 21

IMPACTS Background Middle East Fires 1991

carton 1, folder 22

IMPACTS Background Oil Fires 1991

carton 1, folder 23

IMPACTS Background Ozone Depleting Chemicals 1991

carton 1, folders 24-26

IMPACTS Background 1991

carton 2, folder 1

IMPACTS Background 1991

carton 2, folder 2

IMPACTS Text 1991

carton 2, folder 3

IMPACTS Background 1991 Summer

carton 2, folder 4

IMPACTS Background DOE Reports 1991

carton 2, folder 5

IMPACTS Background 1992 Summer/Autumn

carton 2, folders 6-7

IMPACTS 3 Background 1992 Summer

carton 2, folders 8-9

IMPACTS 4 Background 1992 Autumn

carton 2, folder 10

IMPACTS Background DOE Reports 1992

carton 2, folder 11

IMPACTS 5 Background 1993

carton 2, folder 12

IMPACTS 5 Background 1993-1994

carton 2, folder 13

IMPACTS Background Government Reports 1979-1991

carton 2, folder 14

Yodeler 1985

carton 2, folder 15

Yodeler 1986

carton 2, folder 16

Yodeler Supplemental Distribution 1987-1988

carton 2, folder 17

Yodeler 1992

carton 2, folder 18

Yodeler 1993

 

Series 2: Sierra Club Activites. 1984-1994

Physical Description: Carton 3

Arrangement

Arranged Chronologically.

Scope/Content

Series consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, referendums and ballot drafts surrounding Hilder and Liederman's participation in the Sierra Club Disarmament Committee.
carton 3, folder 1

San Francisco Bay Chapter Miscellaneous. 1984

carton 3, folder 2

Nuclear Arms. 1985

carton 3, folder 3

Nuclear Concerns Coalition. 1985

carton 3, folder 4

Referendum. 1985

carton 3, folder 5

Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. 1986

carton 3, folder 6

Disarmament Subcommittee. 1986

carton 3, folder 7

Organic Security. 1986

carton 3, folder 8

Nuclear Referendum. 1986

carton 3, folder 9

Miscellaneous. 1986

carton 3, folder 10

Environmental Impacts of Warfare Committee. 1986-1987

carton 3, folder 11

Executive Committee Election. 1986-1987

carton 3, folder 12

Environmental Impacts of Warfare Committee. 1987 December

carton 3, folder 13

Hidden Villa. 1987

carton 3, folder 14

San Francisco Bay Chapter. 1987

carton 3, folder 15

Disarmament Subcommittee. 1987-1988

carton 3, folder 16

Executive Committee Election (Hilder as candidate). 1988

carton 3, folder 17

Military Impacts on the Environment Committee. 1988

carton 3, folder 18

Disarmament Committee Meeting List. 1989

carton 3, folder 19

San Francisco Bay Chapter. 1989

carton 3, folder 20

Disarmament Subcommittee. 1989-1990

carton 3, folder 21

Military Impacts on the Environment Committee. 1990

carton 3, folder 22

Military Impacts on the Environment Committee. 1991

carton 3, folders 23-24

Military Impacts on the Environment Committee- Meeting Notes. 1992 November

carton 3, folder 25

National News Report. 1992-1993

carton 3, folder 26

San Francisco Bay Chapter. 1992-1993

carton 3, folder 27

Board Meeting. 1993

carton 3, folder 28

Military Impacts on the Environment Committee. 1993 April 18

carton 3, folder 29

Military Impacts on the Environment Committee. 1993

carton 3, folder 30

San Francisco Bay Chapter. 1993

carton 3, folder 31

Military Impacts on the Environment Committee. 1994 January

 

Series 3: Research Files. 1980-1994

Physical Description: Cartons 4-11

Arrangement

Arranged Alphabetically.

Scope and Content of Collection

Contains research files comprised of reports, newsletters and clippings regarding nuclear disarmament and the impact of the military on the environment. Series includes large sections on the Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Files on the Navy's policy of stationing the USS Missouri in Alameda have been arranged under "Homeporting".
Miscellaneous Research files were originally titled "Xerox". These contain notated periodicals and clippings that seem to have been given to Hilder and Liederman by colleagues. Most pertain to nuclear weapons, disarmament, and the military's impact on the environment.
carton 4, folder 1

Anti-Ballistic Missile Treat and Related Issues 1994

carton 4, folders 2-3

Anti-Nuke Clippings 1980

carton 4, folders 4-5

Arms Control 1991-1992

carton 4, folder 6

Arms Race in Our Backyard Prop. Notes 1985-1987

carton 4, folder 7

Capitol Crosswinds 1992

carton 4, folder 8

Capitol Crosswinds 1993

carton 4, folder 9

Chemical Weapons 1993

carton 4, folder 10

Chemical and Biological Weapons 1989-1992

carton 4, folders 11-12

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Ozone and Military CFCs 1990-1992

carton 4, folder 13

Citizens for a Better Environment 1988-1989

carton 4, folder 14

Clean Air Act 1991

carton 4, folder 15

Climate Change, Ozone, Greenhouse 1991

carton 4, folders 16-19

Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty 1985-1994

carton 4, folder 20

Department of Defense Environmental Problems 1993

carton 4, folder 21

Department of Energy: Conversion 1991-1992

carton 4, folder 22

Department of Energy: Declassification 1994

carton 4, folder 23

Department of Energy: Environmental Survey of Facilities 1988

carton 4, folder 24

Department of Energy: Facilities, Individual Plants 1989

carton 4, folder 25

Department of Energy: Fernald 1992

carton 4, folder 26

Department of Energy: Freedom of Information Act 1991

carton 4, folder 27

Department of Energy: Hanford 1992

carton 4, folder 28

Department of Energy: Health Hazards 1989

carton 4, folder 29

Department of Energy: Idaho and NPR 1992

carton 4, folder 30

Department of Energy: Keystone Dialogues 1993

carton 5, folder 1

Department of Energy: Labs and General Problems 1989

carton 5, folder 2

Department of Energy: Los Alamos 1992

carton 5, folder 3

Department of Energy: National Ignition Facility 1994-1995

carton 5, folder 4

Department of Energy: Nuclear Facilities 1987

carton 5, folders 5-6

Department of Energy: Nuclear Weapons Clippings 1988-1990

carton 5, folder 7

Department of Energy: Oakridge 1992

carton 5, folder 8

Department of Energy: Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements (PEIS) 1992-1993

carton 5, folder 9

Department of Energy: Radiation Tests 1994

carton 5, folder 10

Department of Energy: Risk Assessment 1994

carton 5, folder 11

Department of Energy: Rocky Flats 1992

carton 5, folder 12

Department of Energy: Savannah River 1991-1992

carton 5, folders 13-14

Department of Energy: Spent Nuclear Fuels 1993

carton 5, folder 15

Department of Energy: Tritium 1989

carton 5, folder 16

Department of Energy: Tritium 1993

carton 5, folder 17

Department of Energy: Virginia Lawsuit 1991-1992

carton 5, folder 18

Department of Energy: Waste 1989

carton 5, folder 19

Department of Energy: Waste 1993

carton 5, folder 20

Department of Energy: Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) 1991-1994

carton 5, folders 21-24

Department of Energy: Miscellaneous Clippings 1991-1994

carton 6, folder 1

Earth Island Institute 1988-1989

carton 6, folder 2

Earth Summit and Related Conferences 1991-1992

carton 6, folder 3

Eastern Europe Environmental Action 1987

carton 6, folder 4

EcoNet 1992

carton 6, folders 5-7

Economic Conversion 1989-1993

carton 6, folder 8

Environmental Defense Fund 1987

carton 6, folder 9

Environmental Impact of the Arms Race 1987

carton 6, folders 10-12

Environmental Issues 1991-1993

carton 6, folder 13

Environmental Movement Media 1987

carton 6, folder 14

Europe and NATO 1991-1992

carton 6, folder 15

Federal Facility Compliance Act 1993-1994

carton 6, folder 16

Green Politics 1985

carton 6, folder 17

Greens 1988-1989

carton 6, folders 18-25

Homeporting USS Missouri 1987-1989

carton 6, folder 26

Institute for Energy and Environmental Research 1991-1992

carton 6, folder 27

Iraq Nuclear Weapons 1991

carton 6, folder 28

Iraq Nuclear and Chemical Weapons 1993

carton 6, folder 29

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Department of Energy Facility Conference 1988-1989

carton 6, folder 30

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Department of Energy Impact Report 1992

carton 7, folder 1

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Disarmament Committee Project 1986-1987

carton 7, folder 2

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Environmental Impact of Nuclear Weapons 1989

carton 7, folder 3

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Environmental Impact of University of California Contract 1987

carton 7, folder 4

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Environmental Research 1987

carton 7, folders 5-6

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Hazardous Waste Environmental Impact Statement 1987-1988

carton 7, folder 7

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Tiger Team 1990

carton 7, folder 8

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: University of California Contract 1995

carton 7, folder 9

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Uranium-Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Seperator 1992

carton 7, folders 10-17

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Miscellaneous Clippings 1989-1993

carton 7, folders 18-22

Middle East Environment 1991-1993

carton 8, folders 1-2

Military Base Closures 1992-1993

carton 8, folder 3

Military Base Closures and Conversions, Bay Area 1993

carton 8, folder 4

Military Base Closures and Realignment Report from Department of the Navy 1990

carton 8, folders 5-6

Military Bases in the Bay Area 1987

carton 8, folder 7

Military Budget 1993

carton 8, folder 8

Military Computing and Artificial Intelligence 1987

carton 8, folder 9

Military Environmental Impact 1990-1992

carton 8, folders 10-11

Military Land Issues 1991-1993

carton 8, folders 12-13

Military Nuclear Information 1994

carton 8, folder 14

Military Toxic Waste 1987-1988

carton 8, folder 15

Military Toxic Waste San Francisco Bay Area 1990

carton 8, folder 16

Mitchell Bill/Resource Convservation and Recovery Act 1991-1993

carton 8, folder 17

Mount Tam Project and Tamalpais Conservation Club 1987

carton 8, folder 18

Nevada Test Site Visit 1988

carton 8, folder 19

New Zealand Nuclear Issues 1986

carton 8, folders 20-21

Nuclear Arms Control, Lawrence Berkeley Lab Reading Group 1985

carton 8, folder 22

Nuclear Arms: Miscellaneous Clippings 1980-1988

carton 9, folder 1

Nuclear Free Zone, Oakland and Alameda 1989-1990

carton 9, folder 2

Nuclear Initiative Proposition 15 1976

carton 9, folder 3

Nuclear Issue, The 1989

carton 9, folder 4

Nuclear Issues, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Reading Group 1984-1986

carton 9, folder 5

Nuclear Issues, Local 1988

carton 9, folder 6

Nuclear Issues, Political 1985

carton 9, folder 7

Nuclear Issues Miscellaneous Clippings 1987

carton 9, folder 8

Nuclear Power 1991

carton 9, folder 9

Nuclear Power and Waste 1991

carton 9, folder 10

Nuclear Proliferation 1993

carton 9, folders 11-12

Nuclear Weapons Issues 1989

carton 9, folders 13-14

Nuklips 1992-1993

carton 9, folder 15

Ozone 1992

carton 9, folder 16

Peace Action Reports 1992

carton 9, folders 17-23

Peace Groups 1986-1993

carton 10, folders 1-6

Peace Groups 1986-1993

carton 10, folder 7

Peace Park at Crissy Field 1987

carton 10, folder 8

Peacenet 1986

carton 10, folders 9-10

Persian Gulf Environment 1991-1992

carton 10, folder 11

Plutonium Challenge 1987

carton 10, folder 12

Plutonium Uranium 1993

carton 10, folder 13

Presidio 1994

carton 10, folder 14

Proliferation 1991-1992

carton 10, folder 15

Radiation Health Issues 1993

carton 10, folder 16

Rainforest Gaurdian 1989

carton 10, folder 17

Rocky Flat Dose Reconstruction Study 1992

carton 10, folder 18

Russia Nuclear Weapons Security 1991-1992

carton 10, folder 19

Russia: Miscellaneous Clippings 1992-1994

carton 10, folder 20

San Francisco Bay Ecology 1984-1988

carton 10, folder 21

SANE/FREEZE Newsletter 1988

carton 10, folder 22

SANE/FREEZE Newsletter 1992

carton 10, folder 23

Strategic Analysis and Policy 1993

carton 10, folder 24

Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty 1991-1992

carton 11, folder 1-2

Strategic Defense Initiative 1985-1987

carton 11, folder 3

Strategic Defense Initiative 1993

carton 11, folder 4

Strategic Defense Initiative and the Anti-Ballistic Missile 1991-1992

carton 11, folder 5

Tributyltin 1987

carton 11, folders 6-8

Ultimate Environmental Issue Slideshow 1985-1987

carton 11, folders 9-15

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 1990-1993

carton 11, folder 16

Uranium and Plutonium 1990-1992

carton 11, folder 17

Weapons, B2 1991

carton 11, folder 18

Weapons- Sales 1993

carton 11, folders 19-21

Miscellaneous Research 1991-1992