William E. Colby Memorial Library
Sierra Club Archives
Burro used by Harold Bradley's children to practice packing for the trail and William E. Colby's travel kit. | Colby Library collection; all rights reserved.
The Sierra Club's official national archive was established at the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, in 1958, and it continues to be one of their most visited archives. This archive has been a resource for many writers and others interested in the Sierra Club's incredibly rich history and tradition, and in the Club's influence on the development of the environmental movement in this country, and internationally.
Included among these archival materials are records of the Club's San Francisco headquarters; mountain registers and records; the papers of more than seventy activists and staff members; as well as the records of the Washington, DC and the California legislative offices, the International Program, the Legal Defense Fund, the Sierra Club Foundation, the San Francisco Bay Chapter, and the Mother Lode Chapter.
Many Chapters have their own archives housed in university libraries or historical societies in their region. Along with the national Club archives, these Chapter archives hold the Club's rich history.
The Colby Library offers advice and assistance to Sierra Club leaders and staff in identifying, organizing, and transferring their archival materials.
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