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Includes agendas, minutes, reports, clippings, financial reports, dockets, new matter forms, notes, and subject files pertaining to SCLDF's Mineral King litigation.

From the description of Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund Records, 1890- [on-going]. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 86132594

Administrative History

The Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (SCLDF) was established in San Francisco in 1971, with funding from the Ford Foundation and the Sierra Club Foundation. Sierra Club Legal Committee members Phillip Berry, Donald Harris, Fred Fisher, and Michael McCloskey were instrumental in its creation. James Moorman was its first executive director. It is legally and financially separate from the Sierra Club, able to solicit tax-deductible donations and represent non-Sierra Club clients.

The young organization immediately became embroiled in a lawsuit, first filed by the Sierra Club in 1969, to prevent the establishment of a major ski resort at Mineral King, California. The decade-long campaign to halt Walt Disney Production's development plans resulted in the addition in 1978 of Mineral King to Sequoia National Park. The courts also granted environmental organizations legal standing to sue to protect public lands, despite their lack of financial interest in the outcome.

SCLDF has been involved in many other landmark environmental law cases throughout the United States. These include the ongoing campaign against the clearcutting of Admiralty Island, Alaska; and the protection of federal lands in the Western United States against strip mining, coal-fired power plants, and uranium mining. The Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund has worked extensively with local Sierra Club chapters and groups on local litigation. In this way, SCLDF's work complements the legislative and grassroots campaigns carried out by the Sierra Club.

For further information on the history of the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, consult Tom Turner's Wild by Law: The Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund and the Places It Has Saved (Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 1990).

From the guide to the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund Records, (The Bancroft Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Sierra Club. Northern Plains Regional Office (Sheridan, Wyo.). Sierra Club. Northern Plains Regional Office (Sheridan, Wyo.) records, 1974-2002. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf William Bingham Foundation. William Bingham Foundation records, Series II, 1955-1999. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Lobaugh, Cliff,. Reid Brothers vs. Alaska Lumber and Pulp Co. and Ketchikan Pulp Co., 1980-1981. Alaska state library
referencedIn Boyte Family Papers, 1941-1981 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Hicks, Laney. Papers, 1969-1976. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund Records Bancroft Library
referencedIn Wheat, Frank, 1921-. Papers of Frank Wheat, ca. 1950-2000 (bulk ca. 1985-2000). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Pettit & Martin. In the matter of phase 1 of the Bay-Delta estuary hearing : closing brief / Pettit & Martin, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund. Water Resources Collections and Archives
creatorOf Sierra Club. Legal Defense Fund. Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund Records, 1890- [on-going]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Berry, Phillip S., 1937-. Phillip S. Berry papers, 1934-1999. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Berry, Phillip S., 1937-. Sierra Club president, 1991-1992 : the club, the Legal Defense Fund, and leadership issues, 1984-1993 / Phillip S. Berry ; with an introduction by R. Frederic Fisher ; interviews conducted by Ann Lage in 1993. University of California Berkeley Law Library, Boalt Law Library; McEnerney Law Library; BerkeleyLaw Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Berry, Phillip S., 1937- person
associatedWith Boyte Family family
associatedWith Hicks, Laney. person
associatedWith Lobaugh, Cliff, person
associatedWith Online Archive of California. corporateBody
associatedWith Sierra Club. Northern Plains Regional Office (Sheridan, Wyo.) corporateBody
associatedWith Wheat, Frank, 1921- person
associatedWith William Bingham Foundation. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Mineral King Valley (Calif.)
Subject
Conservation of natural resources
Occupation
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Active 1980

Active 1981

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