The Zero Population Growth of Los Angeles, Inc.Collection documents the activities, events, programs, and policies of Zero Population Growth, Inc., as well as providing information regarding a broad variety of social and environmental problems associated with continued increases in population. It is significant to note that much of the material found this collection is dated between 1980-1989, a time during which the politics of this country took a decided swing towards the right. With Ronald Reagan elected as president in 1980, the conservative forces of the nation found in him a spokesperson, and ZPG found many of their ideals under attack. Reagan helped foster legislation which allowed for cutbacks in federal funding to population related organizations, weakening of abortion rights, weakening of rights of minorities (including women), and relaxation of the Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement strength. There was also a strong political movement against sex education, including family planning, in America's public schools. A significant event during this time occurred at the United Nation's Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) International Conference on Population at Mexico City, Mexico, in 1984. Here, the Reagan Administration announced to the world that the United States would no longer fund global family planning efforts to such organizations who offered abortion services to their clients. Another perceived nemesis was the Catholic Church, whose viewpoints on population often ran counter to that of ZPG. The materials and opinions often expressed by Elaine Stansfield as she went about the day-to-day business of running the Los Angeles chapter reflect the effects of this change in the political climate.
The collection is arranged in nine series: Printed Matter (1966-1982), Correspondence Files (1972-1982), Administrative Files (1969-1990), Legislative Files (1976-1982), Publicity (1971-1981), Oversized Materials (1978-1988), Population-Affiliated Organizations (1967-1989), Subject Files (1969-1989), and Non-Manuscript Material (1982-1989).
Series I, Printed Matter, is divided into six subseries: Project Files (1971-1985), Subject Files (1960-1982), Reports Files (1972-1982), Publications Files (1972-1982), Newsletters (1971-1983), and Newspaper Clippings (1966-1982). The subseries arrangement is based upon the activities of ZPG or the general types of material as they were originally arranged at Zero Population Growth of Los Angeles' office. Documents in this series include correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings, plans, publicity, reports compiled by ZPG and other agencies, and surveys. The files in Project Files and Newsletters are arranged alphabetically, and the remainder of the files in the series are arranged chronologically.
Series II, Correspondence Files, are arranged chronologically according to source. Additional correspondence can be found in Series III.
Series III, Administrative Files, contains the administrative records documenting organizational structure, policies and procedures and include constitutions, by-laws, financial ledgers and statements, handbooks, and minutes. Other materials include those used to compile local newsletters, finished newsletters, and committee files. The series has been divided into two subseries: 1984 Donation (1971-1982), arranged alphabetically by title, and the 1989 Donation (1969-1990), arranged by ZPG chapter.
Series IV, Legislative Files, includes agendas, bills, resolutions, and voting records reflecting ZPG's lobbying efforts. Legislation on such issues as immigration, population growth limits, and public funding of abortions for the economically deprived are represented. The files are arranged alphabetically.
Series V, Publicity, contains advertisements for magazines and newspapers, press releases for radio spots, public relations primes and speech contact reports. The files are arranged alphabetically by record type.
Series VI, Oversized Materials, contains materials that require special housing because of their size.
Series VII, Population–Affiliated Organizations, contains the files of several organizations which, while not directly affiliated with Zero Population Growth, Inc., share as part of their missions concerns over population growth's impact on the world. Notable examples include; the Ecology Center of Southern California; the Global Tomorrow Coalition, (within which ZPG had membership); and The International Planned Parenthood Federation and the United Nations. Similar organizations include The National Audubon Society, The Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, Negative Population Growth, The Population Institute, The Population Reference Bureau, and the Worldwatch Institute. The documents include annual reports, articles, brochures, fact sheets, journals, mailers, newsletters, pamphlets, and press releases. The files are arranged in alphabetical order by organization.
Series VIII, Subject Files, contains major subject areas directly affected by population growth, but whose files were created by organizations or persons other than those found in Series I and II. The subjects are: Animal Rights, Environment, Family Planning, Immigration, Politics, Population, and Women's Rights. Most areas have several sub-divisions. There is a wide variety of document types including articles, brochures, journals, mailers, newspaper clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, papers, and reports. This series demonstrates that the issue of population growth does not stand alone, and it is therefore necessary for population oriented organizations to be involved with areas beyond that of their initial field. The files are arranged in alphabetical order.
Series IX, Non-Manuscript Material, consists of nine audio cassette tapes containing Werner Fornos addressing Californians for Population Stability; Ecology Center of Southern California program "Environmental Directions" with Nancy Pearlman interviewing various guests, 6 video cassette tapes containing ECSC’s show "ECONEWS" with Nancy Pearlman with various guests and topics; People for the American Way, 1 photograph on animal rights, and 2 ZPG book bags.