The Greenpeace Pacific Southwest Records are comprised of files and documents pertaining to environmental activism in Southern Nevada from 1962 to 1994, primarily addressing the organization of protests at the Nevada Test Site. The collection contains newspaper articles, newsletters, publications, financial records, protest information, correspondence, meeting minutes, articles of incorporation, Freedom of Information Act requests, and Nevada Test Site information. Also contained in the collection are maps and documents related to various environmental issues such as nuclear waste, land use, wildlife protection, and international environmental activism.
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Scope and Contents Note
The Greenpeace Pacific Southwest Records span 1962 to 1994. The records are comprised of files from Greenpeace officers and activists in Southern Nevada pertaining to environmental issues, and deal primarily with demonstrations against nuclear testing in Nevada at the Nevada Test Site. The records contain Greenpeace Pacific Southwest's financial records, meeting minutes, protest information, correspondence, Nevada Test Site information, newspaper articles, newsletters, and publications. Also included in the materials are Greenpeace's articles of incorporation, applications for tax-exempt status, maps, and documents concerning environmental issues such as nuclear waste, land use, wildlife protection, and international environmental activism. The materials also contain Greenpeace interviews on cassette tape and CD, and Greenpeace ephemera such as a Greenpeace necklace, pins, and buttons.
Collection is open for research, with the exception of materials that are restricted to protect personally identifiable information. Restrictions are noted at the file level of this inventory.
Materials in this collection may be protected by copyrights and other rights. See Reproductions and Use on the UNLV Special Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permissions to publish.
Materials remain in original order.
Biographical / Historical Note
Greenpeace was founded in 1971 by a group of anti-nuclear weapons activists, and one of the organization's primary goals was to bring attention to the dangers of nuclear testing. Since its founding, Greenpeace has been an active voice on environmental issues such as instituting commercial whaling bans, stopping nuclear testing, and protecting Antarctica. Greenpeace maintained an office in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1982 through 1993 as a part of the Greenpeace Pacific Southwest (GPW) region. The majority of Greenpeace's work in Southern Nevada focused on demonstrations and activism at the Nevada Test Site.
"About Greenpeace," Greenpeace.org, accessed July 16, 2015. http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/about/.
Greenpeace Pacific Southwest Records, 1962-1994. MS-00363. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Materials were donated in 1995 by Steven Rohl; accession number 1995-51.
Materials were processed by Aron McArthur in 2011. In 2015, as part of a legacy finding aid conversion project, John Grygo revised and enhanced the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards. In 2020, Jimmy Chang added materials to the collection and enhanced the collection description.