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Finding Aid to the San Francisco Citizens Charter Revision Committee Records 1889-1973 (bulk 1968-1971), SFH 33
SFH 33  
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Description
This collection documents the work of the San Francisco Citizens Charter Revision Committee, which met from to 1968 to 1972 and submitted Proposition E which failed (on Nov. 4 1969), and Proposition R which passed (on Nov. 2, 1971).
Background
The charter is San Francisco's constitution. The first city charter was adopted in 1898, creating a "strong mayor" form of government. Reformers in the 1920s succeeded in voter adoption of a new charter in 1932, establishing a chief administrative officer to direct most of the city's departments. Under this charter, power was diffused throughtout the city. Over time, numerous incremental charter changes made governing arrangements more complex.
Extent
4.0 cubic feet (in 4 cartons and 1 map drawer file)
Availability
The collection is open for research and stored off site. A minimum of two working days' notice is required for use. Please call the San Francisco History Center for hours and information at 415-557-4567.