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Finding Aid to the Save San Francisco Bay Association Records, 1953-2004, bulk 1961-1990
BANC MSS 87/29 c  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Save San Francisco Bay Association records
    Date (inclusive): 1953-2004,
    Date (bulk): , bulk 1961-1990
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 87/29 c
    Creator : Save San Francisco Bay Association
    Extent: Number of containers: 37 cartons, 2 oversize folders Linear feet: 46.25
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: 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.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or reproduce must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Save San Francisco Bay Association Records, BANC MSS 87/29 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Related Collections

    Save San Francisco Bay Association, 1961-1986: oral history transcript, BANC MSS 88/117 c
    Sylvia McLaughlin papers, BANC MSS 2005/181 c

    Separated Material

    Sound recordings have been transferred to the Microforms Collection of The Bancroft Library. Maps have been transferred to the Water Resources Library.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Conservation of natural resources--California--San Francisco Bay
    McLaughlin, Sylvia
    Gulick, Esther
    Kerr, Catherine Mary Spaulding, 1911-
    Save San Francisco Bay Association
    Water--Pollution--San Francisco Bay
    Nature conservation--California--San Francisco Bay
    San Francisco Bay (Calif.)
    San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Save San Francisco Bay Association Records were given to The Bancroft Library by the Association on August 26, 1986. Additions were made on September 14, 1987, January 17, 1992, January 16, 2004, and April 20, 2004.

    Accruals

    Future additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Ameetha Palanki in 1988. Additions processed by Teresa Maria Mora in 2006.

    Organizational History

    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.
    The Act also established the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) to plan protection of the Bay, regulate shoreline development, and ensure public access. BCDC was made a permanent regulatory agency in 1969 and continues to regulate bayshore development today (2006).
    Save the Bay continues to monitor civic agencies to insure that they serve the public interests in maintaining San Francisco Bay as a natural resource. The Association also serves as a source of information and education regarding the Bay. Through monthly newsletters, special reports, public forums and conferences, the Association provides up-to-date news on legislation, commercial development, and legal issues surrounding the Bay. Save the Bay also provides an arena for public participation in decisions affecting Bay management and conservation.
    The Association has initiated numerous legal actions against corporations and the legislature to prevent excessive bay fill, protect wildlife, and improve water quality and recreational access. The Association has often engaged in such legal action in cooperation with other environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club.
    More information on the Association, its purpose, and history, can be found on its website (http://www.savesfbay.org).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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 collection has been divided into three series: Organizational Records; Reference Files; and Legal Files. The collection primarily covers the early history and development of the Association during the 1960s and the 1970s. Researchers wishing to familiarize themselves with the Association might begin by reading through the Association's newsletters and Board meeting minutes that are included in the Organizational records series. The Organizational records also contain reports from field coordinators who monitored the Bay for any activities that endangered the wildlife or prohibited public access.
    The Reference files make up the bulk of the collection and include information and correspondence relating to topics of interest to the Association. It appears that files were kept communally and correspondence to and from various directors and staff of the organization have been inter-filed by subject.
    The collection also contains a group of records from the Citizens' Alliance to Save San Francisco Bay. The Citizens' Alliance was a coalition of various Bay Area environmental organizations formed in 1969 to lobby against legislation that would allow development in the Bay region that might have an adverse impact on the Bay's ecology or on preserving recreational use of the Bay. Found in the Reference series, the Citizens' Alliance records include subject files, correspondence and administrative materials.
    Also found in the Reference series are records relating to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). The BCDC was founded in 1965, partly due to the work of Save the Bay, to plan protection of the Bay, regulate shoreline development, and ensure public access. The collection includes a complete set of the BCDC Bay Plan as well as minutes, reports, and public statements issued by the Commission.
    The bulk of the legal files appear to have been created by Board member, Barry Bunshoft. Mr. Bunshoft and the various law firms he was associated with appear to have served as Save the Bay's legal counsel for a period of years. A good portion of these records pertain to the legal suit waged by the Association against the City of Albany. They contain affidavits, statements, and correspondence between legal counsel and city officials regarding proposed development of sections of the Bay under Albany's jurisdiction. Legal files also contain research on decisions in relevant cases in which the Association was not directly involved.