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Inventory of the California Law Revision Commission Records
R178, F3883:1-465  
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Series Descriptions

F3883:1-128, 430-465

Series 1 Study Files 1954-1978

Physical Description: 205 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged numerically by study file number.

Scope and Content Note

Each study file includes various materials including minutes of commission meetings, memoranda and exhibits, correspondence, reports and studies, publications, and commission recommendations.
Because of their size, study numbers 36 (Eminent Domain) and 39 (Attachment and Garnishment) are further divided into sub-topics which are arranged by type of record such as minutes, memoranda, correspondence, studies, publications, and recommendations.
See Appendix A at the California State Archives for study numbers, subject titles, and identification numbers.
R178.001, Box 1, folder 1 - Box 2, folder 9

Series 2 Approved Minutes 1970-2010

Physical Description: 29 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by meeting date.

Scope and Content Note

Approved Minutes comprise selected materials from the commission meetings that have been assembled by the commission. The Approved Minutes are a condensed version of the minutes and may include agendas, notes, letters, and study comments, in addition to the meeting minutes.
F3883:129-429. R178.002, Box 2, folder 10 - Box 24, folder 2

Series 3 Minutes 1954-2005

Physical Description: 760 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by meeting date.

Scope and Content Note

Minutes contain the meeting agenda as well as the meeting minutes. Also included are studies, information on legislation under review or proposed legislation, letters to and from the committee about proposed changes, memoranda, and transcripts of meetings.
February 1954-November 1973, F3883:129-429
February 1974-November 2005, R178.002
R178.003, Box 24, folder 3 - Box 48, folder 5

Series 4 Memoranda Files 1977-2007

Physical Description: 557 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year, then numerically by memoranda number.

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda Files were created by the Law Revision Commission to discuss possible changes to the law. Prominent topics include probate law, property law, trial court unification, eminent domain, health care, and common interest development. The memoranda are created by the Commission to detail thoughts on topics as well as suggestions for revisions. Memoranda may include exhibits, proposed bills and amendments, letters to and from the commission, tentative recommendations, and information from relevant court cases.
If a memorandum is listed as "not in file" it may mean one was never created for that number or that it was not received by the Archives.
See Appendix B at the California State Archives for memoranda numbers, subject titles and identification numbers.
R178.004, Box 48, folders 6-19

Series 5 Tentative Recommendations 1977-2000

Physical Description: 14 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

Tentative Recommendations address issues and changes to law. They are distributed to the public so that people are aware of the tentative conclusions and can make their comments and suggestions to the Commission. Tentative Recommendations may include the recommendations, summaries of recommendations, and recommendations to the legislation. Prominent topics include probate law and inheritance, power of attorney issues, statutes of limitation, trail court unification, and homestead exemptions.
At the beginning of each year is a sheet that lists the study numbers and titles contained in the file for that year.
R178.005, Box 49, folder 1 - Box 50, folder 13

Series 6 Bill Files 1961-1970

Physical Description: 36 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by legislative session, then numerically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bill files may contain drafts of bills, proposed amendments, correspondence, fiscal reports, memos, commission recommendations, and reports from legislative committees. A prominent topic in these files is sovereign immunity which involves the liability of public employees when neglectful or wrongful acts occur on the job. This topic is discussed in SB42 to SB47 of 1963 as well as SB100 of 1969 and SB94 of 1970.
1961: AB464-AB832 (1ff) Box 49/1
1961: SB202-SB219 (3ff) Box 49/2 - Box 49/4
1963: SB23-SB499 (5ff) Box 49/5 - Box 49/9
1965: AB333-AB1735 (3ff) Box 49/10 - Box 49/12
1965: SB967-SB1140 (4ff) Box 49/10 - Box 49/13
1967: SB244-SB531 (4ff) Box 49/14 - Box 49/17
1968: AB39-AB73 (2ff) Box 49/18 - Box 49/19
1968: SB19-SB71, SCR2-SCR3 (3ff) Box 49/18 - Box 49/22
1969: SB98-SB105, SCR16-SCR17 (4ff) Box 49/23 - Box 50/3
1970: AB123-AB171 (4ff) Box 50/4 - Box 50/7
1970: SB90-SB266, SCR6-SCR8 (6ff) Box 50/8 - Box 50/13
R178.006, Box 50, folders 14 - 22

Series 7 Legislative Files 1959-1969 1980

Physical Description: 9 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year then alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

Legislative Files include correspondence, legislative programs, legislative histories, and status reports on legislation as well as background materials on bills. Also included is a report on the functions of the Law Revision Commission written in 1980 that includes a brief history, goals, and functions of the commission as well as some of the topics being studied at the time including Enforcement of Judgments, the Marketable Title Act, and Community Property.
R178.007, Box 50, folder 23 - Box 52, folder 5

Series 8 Research Files 1959-1991

Physical Description: 26 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

Research Files contain studies, reports, drafts of bills, copies of court cases, newspaper and journal clippings, drafts of code revisions, correspondence and notes by the Commission that the Commission used as background materials for proposed legislation and studies conducted. Court Unification comprises most of this series and relates to justice court consolidation and the consolidation of superior and municipal courts. Within the Court Unification files are administrative files, reports and research proposals, legislation and proposed legislation as well as other topics. The Research Files document proposed revisions to the business, civil and government codes as well as annual reports, incentives and retirement benefits for judicial service, and other topics.
R178.008, Box 52, folder 6 - Box 53, folder 19

Series 9 Inverse Condemnation Files 1954-1978

Physical Description: 44 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged numerically by code number as assigned by the Commission.

Scope and Content Note

Files contain memoranda, studies, correspondence, notes by the Commission, and copies of relevant court cases. Inverse condemnation takes place when the owner of a piece of property alleges that the government has damaged or obtaind a piece of his or her property without proper compensation to the owner and the owner is trying to recoup their losses. Subjects discussed within the files are losses to a person's property or to the value of their property by highway and street improvements, proximity damage, water damage, and noise damage.
R178.009, Box 53, folder 20 - Box 57, folder 6

Series 10 Correspondence Sent 1975-1995

Physical Description: 89 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year, then alphabetically by name or affiliation.

Scope and Content Note

The letters found in these files are from the commission and are mainly addressed to lawyers, judges, law professors, and other committees and branches of government as well as people concerned with changes to California law.
A note to researchers, items were filed different ways over the years and as such may be filed by a person's last name, their company, or their country of residence. For example, a letter to the Assembly Judiciary Committee may be filed under A or J, while a letter to a professor at the University of Toronto may be found under his or her name, department, or C for Canada.
R178.010, Box 57, folders 7 - 10

Series 11 General Correspondence 1979-1988

Physical Description: 4 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

These correspondences contain letters to and from the Commission regarding proposed legislation, studies, and requests for documents.