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Series I. Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter, 1972-1997

Scope and Content Notes:

Series I consists of correspondence, memos, reports, agendas, and meeting minutes related to the activities of the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter. Subject files about specific issues are included, as are articles, correspondence, membership and activist lists, and a history of the chapter.

The subject files in this series are related to the location of incinerators and landfills in Pennsylvania communities, and the efforts of the Pennsylvania chapter to stop their placement. Correspondence, memos, and meeting minutes detail other activities of the chapter throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s. Other materials detail the chapter’s lobbying efforts to influence Pennsylvania politicians. A collection of newsletters detail community events in which the Pennsylvania chapter was active, including nature outings with inner-city children.

Additional records document the activities of the Southwestern Group of the Pennsylvania chapter in the 1970s and early 1980s. These documents are mostly correspondence related to Sierra Club activities in response to a variety of environmental issues, especially strip mining. Newsletters produced by the Southwestern Group from 1972 to 1982 titled Southwestern News are included in this series.

Subseries 1. History, Chapter Memos, and Meeting Minutes


Box 1
Folder 1 PA Chapter History 1980
Folder 2 Chapter 1980 Agendas, January-June
Folder 3 Chapter 1980 Agendas, July-December
Folder 4 Chapter 1981 Agendas
Folder 5-6 Chapter 1982 Agendas
Folder 7 Chapter 1983 Agendas
Folder 8 Chapter 1984 Agendas
Folder 9 Chapter 1995-1996 Agendas
Folder 10 Affiliations, 1980
Folder 11 Bulk Mailing Rates, 1981
Folder 12 Chapter Correspondence, 1981-1982
Folder 13 Environmental Education Correspondence, 1978
Folder 14 Gubernatorial Questionnaire, 1978
Folder 15 International Committee (Pamphlet on the development of the tropics, released by the United Nations), 1980
Folder 16 PA Chapter National File (By-laws and memos on interests of the Sierra Club), 1979-1980
Folder 17 Club Information, 1980-1982
Folder 18 Chapter Policy Guides, 1976-1980
Folder 19 Legal Committee, 1978-1982
Folder 20 Pittsburgh Chapter Lobbyists, 1978-1980
Folder 21 Lobbyist Candidates, 1980
Folder 22 Membership (Local and National), 1980-1981
Folder 23 Outings Policy, 1975-1982
Folder 24 Club Priorities (ranked by importance), 1980-1981
Folder 25 National News Reports, 1981-1982
Folder 26 Chapter Directories, 1975-1981
Folder 27 PA Chapter Brochures & Fundraising, 1980-1982
Folder 28 Insurance, 1978
Folder 29 Special Newsletters, 1981
Folder 30 New Groups, 1980-1982

Subseries 2. Responses to Local Environmental Concerns


Box 2
Folder 1 Strasburg Landfill, 1979-1983
Folder 2 Radioactive Waste Clippings, 1982-1983
Folder 3 Heleva Landfill, 1976-1980
Folder 4 Cherryville, 1983
Folder 5 Various Clippings, 1983
Folder 6 CHRIN Landfill, 1985
Folder 7 York City Incinerator, 1985-1986
Folder 8 Lancaster Incinerator, 1986
Folder 9 Centre County Solid Waste Management, 1986
Folder 10 Berks City Incinerator, 1987
Folder 11 Leigh Valley Incinerator, 1987
Folder 12 Potter City Incinerator, 1987
Folder 13 York City Incinerator Permit
Folder 14 Radioactive Waste- Canonsburg, PA, 1980-1982
Folder 15 Federal Coal Leasing, 1984
Folder 16 Priority Campaigns (Pamphlets dedicated to the Sierra Club's Clean Water Campaign), 1983-1984
Folder 17 Chesapeake Bay, 1982-1983
Folder 18 Assisted State Issues, 1984-1986
Folder 19 Pine Creek, 1978
Folder 20 Limerick Nuclear, 1979-1981
Folder 21 Department of Environmental Resources Probe, 1983
Folder 22 Miscellaneous State Issues, 1975-1979
Folder 23 Oil and Gas (Bill copies and memos on House Bill #402, protecting residents from companies drilling for oil & gas on their property without their consent), 1983-1984
Folder 24 Project 70 Lands (court proceedings & memos dealing with the Project 70 land acquisition case in Schuylkill County over the building of a mall), 1978
Folder 25 Raptor Conference (Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA), 1980
Folder 26 Delaware River, 1974-1978
Folder 27 Conneaut, OH (US Steel Mill), 1978
Folder 28 Inspection and Maintenance (I/M), 1981
Folder 29 Lake Pleasant (Erie County, PA), 1980
Folder 30 Montage (memos between the Sierra Club and Montage Inc., on the construction of a ski resort in Moosic, PA), 1980

Subseries 3. Chapter Activities: Outreach and Activism


Box 3
Folder 1 Raptor Conference, 1980
Folder 2 Tock's Island, 1976-1978
Folder 3 Trexler Dam, 1976-1977
Folder 4 Proposed Statewide Wilderness System, 1979
Folder 5 PA Legislation Lobbyists, 1979
Folder 6 Allegheny National Forest, 1985
Folder 7 Transportation, 1980
Folder 8 Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), 1976-1978
Folder 9 Legal Activities, 1980
Folder 10 Air- SIP, 1979
Folder 11 Chapter 1983
Folder 12 Sierra Club Info, 1988
Folder 13 PennDOT 21st Century Focus Group Meeting, 1998
Folder 14 Clean Air/ National Resources Defense Council, 1995-1997
Folder 15 Health Issues,
Folder 16 Low Level Energy, 1990
Folder 17 Current Bills of Interest, 1980
Folder 18 Conservation Subcommittees & Political Action Chairs, 1979-1980
Folder 19 Club Testimony (Testimony by various club members on a variety of environmental topics), 1981-1983
Folder 20 Inner City Outings Newsletter, January 1978-August 1979
Folder 21 DER Environmental Economics Program, 1979
Folder 22 PA Energy Policy, 1980
Folder 23 PA Energy Parks, 1975
Folder 24 Draft Audit Findings, 1986
Folder 25 Department of Environmental Resources (DER), 1979-1981
Folder 26 Anti-Smoking Legislation, 1993
Folder 27 Clean Air Act, 1993
Folder 28 PA Chapter Political Training
Folder 29 PA Chapter Lobby Campaign
Folder 30 PA Chapter Activist Reference List, 1990
Folder 31 PA Chapter Membership, 1990
Folder 31 Sierra Club Radioactive Waste Campaign, 1980-1983
Folder 32-35 Strip Mining
Folder 36 Radioactive Waste- Canonsburg, PA

Subseries 4. Chapter Correspondence and Administrative Information


Box 4
Folder 1 Sierra Club Reports, 1996
Folder 2 Political & Environmental Events
Folder 3 Chapter Newsletters, 1977-1983
Folder 4 Political Committee
Folder 5 Activist Network Serving Environmental Leaders (ANSEL) Worksheets, 1997
Folder 6 Petition Campaign to Replace Watts, 1981
Folder 7 Clean Air Strategies, 1997
Folder 8 State Parks, 1988-1989
Folder 9-10 Miscellaneous Reports
Folder 11 Sierra Club Conservation Committee, 1996-1997
Folder 12 Sierra Club Guides, 1996
Folder 13 Sierra Club's Environmental Voter Education Campaign, 1991-1998
Folder 14 Treasurer's Report & Budget, 1996-1997
Folder 15 Conflict Resolution Committee, 1997
Folder 16 Utility Commission, 1997
Folder 17 Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal in PA: Recommendations Procedures & Assessment, November 1978
Folder 18 Miscellaneous Correspondence
Folder 19 Sierra Club Environmental Lobby (SPEL), 1984
Folder 19 PA Chapter Newsletter, Sylvanian, 1986
Folder 20 PA Chapter Newsletter Inserts, 1978-1983
Folder 21 Hazardous Waste Policy, 1984
Folder 22 Wild Resource Conservation Fund, 1985
Folder 23 Correspondence Concerning Interstate 99/Route 220, 1997
Folder 24 Political Actions Fund, 1998
Folder 25 Sierra Club Publication: Environmental Spotlight, 1996-1997
Folder 26 Chapter Publicity, 1979-1980
Folder 27-29 Sierra Club in the News (various clippings that pertain to the Sierra Club), 1985-1991
Folder 30 HB 1852, 1988
Folder 31 DER/ Citizen Interaction Committee, 1989
Folder 32 Allegheny National Forest, 1974-1998
Folder 33 Wyona Coleman, 1987-1999
Folder 34 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1979-1996
Folder 35 PA Chapter Meeting Minutes, 1974-1975
Folder 36 PA Chapter Meeting Materials, 1973
Folder 37 PA Chapter Meeting Materials, 1977
Folder 38 PA Chapter Meeting Materials, 1978
Folder 39 By-laws and Regional Groups Handbooks, 1973
Folder 40 Committee of Pennsylvania Environmental Groups (COPEG), 1979-1980
Folder 41 PA Chapter Meeting Materials, 1978-1979
Folder 42 PA Chapter Meeting Materials, 1973
Folder 43 PA Chapter Meeting materials, 1973-1975
Folder 44 PA Chapter Memorandums, 1973-1977

Subseries 5. Chapter and Group Newsletters


Box 5
Folder 1 Miscellaneous PA Chapter Material, 1975
Folder 2 Miscellaneous Correspondence & Material, 1976
Folder 3 PA Chapter Memorandums & Correspondence, 1977
Folder 4 PA Chapter Meeting Minutes, 1976
Folder 5 Memorandum on Possible Litigation of State Mine Bond Program, 1999
Folder 6 Mining, 1977-1982
Folder 7 Allegheny Group Newsletters, 1983
Folder 8 Southwestern Group Newsletters, 1980-1982
Folder 9-10 Southwestern Group Newsletters, 1979-1980
Folder 11 Southwestern Group Newsletters, 1979-1981
Folder 12 Southwestern Group Newsletters, 1972-1981
Folder 13 Southwestern Group Newsletters, 1972-1975
Folder 14 Southwestern Group Newsletters, 1976-1977
Folder 15 PA Chapter Newsletter, 1975-1983
Folder 16 Photos (photo negatives, cartoons, etc.)
Folder 17 Southwestern Group Newsletter, 1976-1981
Folder 18 Southwestern Group Newsletter, 1978-1982