Austin History Center

Austin Regional Group of Sierra Club Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Sierra Club. Austin Regional Group.
Title: Austin Regional Group of the Sierra Club Records
Inclusive Dates: 1992-2000
Abstract: The Austin Regional Group of the Sierra Club is a volunteer organization organized in the late 1960s and comprised of individuals from Austin and the surrounding region who are concerned about the environment. The Austin Regional Group is one of several Texas regional groups that belong to the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. The Executive Committee meeting minutes and Adopt-a-Highway project files give a glimpse into the activities of the organization in the 1990s.
Identification: AR.2003.002
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Austin Regional Group of the Sierra Club is a volunteer organization organized in the late 1960s and comprised of individuals from Austin and the surrounding region who are concerned about the environment. The Austin Regional Group is one of several Texas regional groups that belong to the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. The first Chairman of the Executive Committee was Dan Willard. Early projects of the organization included participating in planning sessions for the construction of MoPac, including the inclusion of a hike and bike trail under the MoPac bridge across Lady Bird Lake. The first issue of the newsletter the Austin Sierran was published in March of 1969 and then, as now, the newsletter is used to keep members informed about meetings, club outings and local issues concerning the environment.


Scope and Contents

The small collection of the Austin Regional Group of the Sierra Club records include Executive Committee meeting minutes and Adopt-a-Highway project files dating from the 1990s. The Executive Committee meeting minutes date from 1992-1993 and highlight the local environmental issues the organization was involved in such as lawsuits, letter writing campaigns and appearances at public hearings; upcoming programming suggestions and plans; and fundraising efforts and financial decisions. Also included in the collection is Executive Committee member Sarah Shaw's proposal to have the Austin Sierra Club participate in the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Adopt-a-Highway program. Included is the correspondence with TxDOT to establish the volunteer program and arrange for the schedule litter pick up four times a year, communications with the Austin Sierra Club members about the volunteer opportunity, and sign-up sheets.


Arrangement

Collection is arranged by material type.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Russell, Philip.
Shaw, Sarah.
Organizations:
Sierra Club. Austin Regional Group.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Environmentalism--Texas--Austin.
Land use, Urban--Environmental aspects--Texas--Austin.
Outdoor recreation--Texas--Austin.

Related Material

Periodicals Collection - Austin Sierran: The Newsletter of the Austin Regional Group.

Austin Files - Ecology-Sierra Club E0400 (7)


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by an Executive Committee member.

Preferred Citation

Austin Regional Group of the Sierra Club Records (AR.2003.002). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1998/044

Donation Date: 2003

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2012.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Executive Committee meetings, 1992-1993
2-3 Adopt-a-Highway, 1992-2000