Accession GA87 - Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain fonds.

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Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain fonds.

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ca. 35.5 m of textual records and other material

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The Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain began in 1981 and for most of the 1980's was Canada’s largest environmental group. It played a central role in raising awareness of the acid rain issue, through advocacy, educational programmes and by lobbying the governments of both Canada and the United States for the passage of legislation resticting acid rain-causing emissions. With the passage of amendments to the U.S. Clean Air Act in 1990 the Coalition’s mandate was completed and the group disbanded. During the decade of its existence the Coalition was headed by Michael Perley and Adele Hurley, its executive co-ordinators and chief lobbyists. Starting in 1981 with 12 member groups representing tourism, naturalist and sportsmen’s associations, the CCAR maintained offices in both Toronto and Washington. Registered as a charitable organization in Canada, the CCAR was registered as a lobby group in the United States, and was the first-ever Canadian lobby group to be so registered in Washington. By 1991 the Coalition had grown to 58 member groups, representing over 2 million Canadians.
CCAR worked closely with the Canadian Acid Precipitation Foundation, a registered charitable organization created to carry out a variety of educational projects on the acid rain issue, and to support the educational work of the Coalition. The Foundation’s activities included extensive direct mail campaigns asking for private donations, the sale of merchandise, charitable dinners featuring such prominent speakers as Senator Edward Kennedy and Alan Gotleib (former Canadian ambassador to the United States), and the AirWatch monitoring project.

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Fonds consists of the records of the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain documenting all aspects of its activities and operations during its 10-year existence from 1981-1991. These include correspondence, minutes and reports, research files, financial records, legal records, publications, ephemera, audio-visual material, realia, and other material created or received by the CCAR and CAPF in the course of their business, and constitute a study in Canada-U.S. environmental relations.

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Includes 33.5 m of textual records, 3 cm of photographs, 0.5 m realia, 23 sound recordings, 14 videorecordings.

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Donated in 1994. In 1996 1 audio cassette was added: “Acid Rain Retires”, a recording of Michael Perley with Peter Gzowski on “Morningside”, CBC, Nov. 20, 1990.


Fonds is arranged in 6 broad series with sub-series:

  • 100. Acid Rain: Canada.
  • 200. Acid Rain: United States.
  • 300. Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain.
  • 400. Acid Rain: Foreign.
  • 500. Canadian Acid Precipitation Foundation.
  • 700. Non-textual materials.

The first five series numbers are as assigned by the Coalition while series number 700 has been arbitrarily assigned. There is no series 600. CCAR’s complex series, sub-series and file numbering system has been retained and some gaps and inconsistencies in numbering are present.

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Copyright University of Waterloo Library.

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Article featuring a photo taken at the opening of the Papers of the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain appeared in January 3, 1996 University of Waterloo Gazette article titled: "Library's special collections have shelves groaning."

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Article "Acid in the community" by Jodi Carbert about the donation of the fonds and the history of the Coalition appeared on Page 16 of the February 10, 1995 edition of the Imprint.

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Books forming the library of the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain were catalogued and can be found in the University of Waterloo Library catalogue

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