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Finding Aid for the California Republican Assembly Records, 1936-
2039  
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Description
The California Republican Assembly (CRA), a statewide volunteer organization, was founded in 1934. The CRA furnished Republican candidates with preprimary endorsements as well as financial and volunteer support. The assembly wielded a major influence on modern American politics by serving as a model for other party auxiliaries, such as the California Democratic Council. The collection consists of minutes of board meetings, CRA documents and publications, clippings, correpondence, scrapbooks, election campaign materials, and photographs.
Background
The California Republican Assembly (CRA), a statewide volunteer organization, was founded in 1934; furnishing Republican candidates with preprimary endorsements and financial and volunteer support, the CRA was the preeminent force in California Republican politics; from 1942 through 1952 each of its 22 endorsed statewide candidates was nominated and it dominated California's state party committee and national convention delegations; in the 1950s CRA's electoral influence declined, and by the early 1960s CRA was controlled by the party's conservative faction; CRA wielded a major influence on modern American politics by serving as a model for other party auxiliaries, such as the California Democratic Council, and by its support of Republican leaders including Earl Warren, Thomas Kuchel, Goodwin Knight, William Knowland, Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan.
Extent
143 boxes (71.5 linear ft.) 22 oversize boxes 1 oversize folder
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.