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Guide to the California Democratic State Central Committee Collection, 1948-1982
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: California Democratic State Central Committee Collection
    Dates: 1948-1982
    Bulk Dates: 1961-1968
    Identification: URB/CDSCC
    Creator: Democratic Party (Calif.). State Central Committee
    Physical Description: 9.16 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives

    Historical Note:

    The California Democratic State Central Committee (CDSCC) coordinates all Democratic Party activities in the State. It was created to publicize and promote the work of the Democratic Party in California, conduct fundraising and campaigns at county, state, and local levels, disseminate literature on election campaigns and legislative issues, manage volunteer efforts, and maintain a state headquarters for the party. The CDSCC has been in existence since at least 1928 and was responsible for establishing the California Democratic Council (CDC) in 1953, an important grassroots organization comprised of nearly 500 local political clubs which support and endorse local democratic candidates during election years.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records
    Photographic material

    Administrative Information


    1982, 2004

    Processing Information:

    Robert G. Marshall, 1991, Autumn J. Hayner, 2004, Cathy Kay, 2006, April Feldman, 2015

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Administrative Records, 1954-1971
    Series II: Subject Files, 1948-1982
    Series III: Affiliated Organizations, 1957-1979

    Scope and Contents

    The papers of the California Democratic State Central Committee document the work of the Democratic Party within the state of California predominately in the 1960s. Some materials are from related organizations such as the California Democratic Council, the Democratic National Committee, and Democratic Associates, Inc. A small selection of materials from conservative and Republican groups is also included. The collection is arranged in three series: Administrative Records (1954-1971), Subject Files (1948-1982), and Affiliated Organizations (1957-1979).
    Series I, Administrative Records, consists of the organization’s working papers including by-laws, meeting minutes, and a substantial number of press releases. These materials are arranged alphabetically.
    Series II, Subject Files, makes up the bulk of the collection and includes material on such diverse topics as state and national Democratic campaigns and conventions, education, Vietnam, election law reform, and party organization. The series also includes a small number of photographs and material regarding Republican organizations and is arranged alphabetically.
    Series III, Affiliated Organizations, is a small series of consisting of materials generated by organizations affiliated with the California Democratic State Central Committee. These include the Democratic National Committee, the Young Democrats, and the Western States Democratic Conference. These materials are arranged alphabetically.