Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Finding Aid to the Sierra Club Mountain Registers and Records, 1860-2005, 1860-2008
BANC MSS 71/293 c  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (131.55 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
 
Table of contents What's This?
  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Sierra Club Mountain registers and records
    Date (inclusive): 1860-2008
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 71/293 c
    Creator: Sierra Club
    Extent: Number of containers: 26 cartons, 2 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder Linear feet: 33
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Contains the Sierra Club Mountaineering Committee records, artifacts including register containers, and mountain registers mainly from California summits of the Sierra Nevada.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sierra Club Mountain Registers and Records, BANC MSS 71/293 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternate Forms Available

    Mount Starr King registers (3 folders in Carton 17) are available on microfilm, (BANC FILM 3063).

    Related Collections

    Sierra Club Records (BANC MSS 70/103 c)
    Sierra Club Members Papers, BANC MSS 71/295 c
    Sierra Club National Legislative Office Records, BANC MSS 71/289 c
    Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund Records, BANC MSS 71/296 c
    Sierra Club Foundation Records, BANC MSS 89/230 c
    Sierra Club International Program Records, BANC MSS 71/290 c
    Sierra Club California Legislative Office Records, BANC MSS 91/1 c
    Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter Records, BANC MSS 71/291 c
    Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter Records, BANC MSS 71/292 c

    Separated Material

    Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library. Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library. Videotapes/sound recordings have been transferred to the Microforms Collection of The Bancroft Library. Maps have been transferred to the Map Collection of The Bancroft Library.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Mountaineering--California
    Mountaineering--History

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    In 1970 the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club voted to place the club's historical records in The Bancroft Library. Included in the first donation were summit registers and committee records of historical value. Registers continue to be added to the collection by club members and other individuals as they are filled and replaced.

    Accruals

    Future additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lauren Lassleben, Project Archivist, and Xiuzhi Zhou, Project Assistant in 1992; Additions by Charis Baz Takaro in 1998, and by Alison E. Bridger from 2004-2007. Additions are processed by Bancroft Library staff as they are accessioned.

    Organizational History

    The Mountaineering Committee was formed in 1932 with Francis P. Farquhar as its chairman. Initially it planned to compile and index a list of early ascents and summit records of the Sierra Nevada. Later the Committee was also engaged in documenting mountain register records and adding historical notations to climbing routes.
    For more information on missing registers see:
    Kirby, Mark. "Paper Chase: Who's Stealing the Sierra's Historic Summit Registers?" National Geographic Adventure Magazine Feb. 2005.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Sierra Club Mountain Registers and Records contains the Sierra Club Mountaineering Committee records, artifacts including register containers, and mountain registers mainly from California summits of the Sierra Nevada.
    This collection contains three series: Mountaineering Committee Records, Artifacts, and Mountain Registers, covering a period of over one century. The committee records reflect the scope of its activity, the policy it set for record keeping, and vivid descriptions of the summits, the trails, and ascents to the peaks.
    The second series contains a variety of artifacts, principally a sampling of register containers and related items retained for exhibit purposes.
    The third series contains mountain registers, mainly from California summits of the Sierra Nevada, with a few from other states and foreign countries. Many registers have weathered snow and rain and are extremely fragile.
    Additional Notes on Collection:
    Because Sierra Club individuals and issues are often represented in more than one of the Sierra Club collections (see related collections), researchers are further advised to consult the related inventories.