Austin Regional Group of Sierra Club Records
An Inventory of the Collection
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.
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.
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Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use
Donated by an Executive Committee member.
Austin Regional Group of the Sierra Club Records (AR.2003.002). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1998/044
Donation Date: 2003
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2012.
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