Harold Miossi Papers, MS 112
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains the extant papers of California native and environmental activist Harold Miossi. The collection contains extensive correspondence with other environmentalists, government employees, elected officials, and leaders of non–profit environmental groups; legal proceedings, government documents, including drafts and final reports; photographic prints; maps; and monographs; serials; local, state, and federal government documents; as well as text and notes for many of Miossi's statements at public hearings.
A local government document on the Central Coast shoreline from 1942 is the earliest piece in the collection; the most recent holdings in the collection are correspondence from the early 1990s. The bulk of the material in this collection extends from the mid–1970s through the late 1980s.
The collection is organized into five series:
- Professional Papers
- Government Documents
- Visual Materials
Significant materials found in the Personal Papers record group include legal proceedings against Miossi and then County Supervisor Richard Kresja regarding the Oak Shores real estate development near Lake Nacimiento, California; Miossi's years of work to establish the Santa Lucia Wilderness Area in San Luis Obispo County; his tenure on the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District; his efforts battling the State Highway Commission's plans for Cuesta Grade; the fight against Pacific Gas & Electric regarding placement of transmission lines; and his work on the Open Space/Agricultural Liaison for the county's Land Use Plan. In addition, there is a combined box of Miossi's papers, correspondence and research on various other environmental issues from the past thirty years. Researchers should note that monographs, serials, and government documents relating to the specific subjects outlined in the Personal Papers records group are filed with those subjects; printed publications on other topics are found in Series 2, 3, and 4, arranged alphabetically by author or government agency. Geographical locations noted in this guide are in California unless noted otherwise.