A wide variety of Sierra Club leaders are represented in this collection, including staff members engaged in national environmental
politics; activists of critical importance to the development of the conservation movement in the United States; and volunteer
activists involved in local conservation efforts. The papers, mostly correspondence and subject files, are a rich resource
not only as a record of individual conservation activities but also for the history of the Club itself. Since the Sierra Club
Mills Tower office and all the records within were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire, the history of the Club during
its first decades can best be traced by examining early members' papers. The most extensive group of early materials is found
in the papers of William E. Colby. Papers are sketchy for the decades of the 1910s through the 1930s. David R. Brower's papers
document conservation battles won and lost, including the long fight to stop the building of dams and roads within the national
Number of containers: 279 cartons, 4 boxes, 3 oversize folders, 8 volumes
Linear feet: ca. 354
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