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Guide to the Sierra Club International Program Records
BANC MSS 71/290 c  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Sierra Club International Program Records
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 71/290 c
    Creator: Sierra Club International
    Extent: Number of containers: 17 cartons Linear feet: 20.25
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library . All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Manuscripts Division. 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sierra Club International Program Records, BANC MSS 71/290 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

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    Materials Cataloged Separately

    Newsletters have been transferred to the serials collection of The Bancroft Library.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    In 1970 the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club voted to place the club's historical records in The Bancroft Library. In 1986 the New York Office of the club's International Program began forwarding its inactive files. Now located in Washington, D.C., the International Program continues to transfer groups of historical records in appropriate increments.


    The Sierra Club Records Project was made possible by a major grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Administrative History

    The Sierra Club International Program was established in New York City in 1971. Patricia Rambach (later Scharlin) was its first director.
    In the program's early years, the staff worked closely with the Sierra Club International Committee members and with international environmental organizations and environmentalists on increasing protection for Antarctica, establishing national parks and reserves in Venezuela, and strengthening the Law of the Sea Treaty.
    The International Program's move to Washington, D.C. (where it currently shares quarters with the National Legislative Office) in the mid-1980s reflected a change in emphasis. A primary goal of the program now, under the joint direction of Larry Williams and Sierra Club Chairman Michael McCloskey, is to encourage the United States government to offer environmentally-appropriate development assistance. Recent campaigns have included Sierra Club support for the passage of bills targeting biological diversity, family planning, rain forest preservation, debt-for-nature swaps, and famine relief. A continuing emphasis of the International Program is the monitoring and improvement of lending practices of multi-national development banks, to ensure that grants given to projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America are both environmentally sensitive and sustainable.

    Scope and Content

    The Sierra Club International Program Records document the activities and policies of one of the first organizations to be granted nongovernmental representative status at the United Nations. The records in this collection include correspondence, financial records, minutes, agendas, notes, policy statements, statements and testimony, slide/tape scripts, press releases, clippings, and fact sheets, which document the wide-ranging and effective efforts of the Club to influence international environmental policy.
    Important conservation organizations represented include the International Union on Conservation of Nature; the United Nations, particularly the U.N. Environmental Programme; the United States Agency for International Development; and the Law of the Seas Conference. International conservation issues include Antarctica, biological diversity, man and the biosphere, marine ecology, marine mammals, multi-lateral development banks, and rain forests.