The records of the Save the San Francisco Bay Association document the work of the organization committed to preserving the
San Francisco Bay as a natural resource. Based in Berkeley, California, the association was founded in 1961 by Esther Gulick,
Catherine Kerr, and Sylvia McLaughlin. The collection covers the early history and development of the Association and includes
Board of Director's meeting minutes, legal documents, reports, studies, newsletters, field reports, and the files of the Citizens'
Alliance, a coalition formed by the association in 1969. The Alliance of local environmental organizations lobbied against
legislation that would allow development with an adverse impact on the Bay's ecology.
The Save San Francisco Bay Association, also known as Save the Bay, was founded by Esther Gulick, Katherine Kerr, and Sylvia
McLaughlin in 1961. The three East Bay residents were concerned about discussions to fill in the Bay (effectively turning
it into a river) in order to gain more land for population growth. The Association was founded to "protect open water, improve
recreation opportunities, support wildlife conservation, beautify the shoreline, and promote resource planning." The group
mobilized thousands of members to stop bay fill and in 1965 won a legislative moratorium against placing fill in the Bay,
the McAteer-Petris Act.
Number of containers: 37 cartons, 2 oversize folders
Linear feet: 46.25
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