Finding Aid to the California Civil Rights Initiative Records, 1990-1996

Linda Koistinen
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to the California Civil Rights Initiative Records, 1990-1996

Collection number: BANC MSS 2005/179 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Finding Aid Author(s):
Linda Koistinen
Date Completed:
November 2010
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: California Civil Rights Initiative records
Date (inclusive): 1990-1996
Collection Number: BANC MSS 2005/179 c
Creators: Wood, Thomas E., 1946- Custred, Harry Glynn, 1939-
Extent: 4 cartons 5 linear feet
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The California Civil Rights Initiative Records document the history of this anti-affirmative action ballot measure from the first attempt at placing it on the California ballot in 1991, through the successful campaign for the 1996 version of the initiative, Proposition 209.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], California Civil Rights Initiative Records, BANC MSS 2005/179 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Separated Material

Audiovisual materials have been transferred to the Microforms Collection of The Bancroft Library.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Connerly, Ward, 1939-
California. Proposition 209 (1996)
Affirmative action programs in education--Law and legislation--California.
Affirmative action programs--Law and legislation--California
Discrimination in employment--Law and legislation--California
Discrimination in higher education--Law and legislation--California
Campaign literature--California--20th Century
Clippings--California--20th Century
Press Releases--California--20th Century

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The California Civil Rights Initiative materials were given to The Bancroft Library by Glynn H. Custred, Jr. in 2000 and 2005.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Koistinen in 2010.

Organizational History

The California Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) was co-authored and managed by Glynn Custred and Thomas E. Wood. They began work on the anti-affirmative action legislative initiative in 1991 and developed the campaign for CCRI from that time to 1996 when California voters approved Proposition 209. Their intention in bringing this initiative to the public was to end affirmative action gender and race quotas and preferences in state employment, contracting, and education in California.
Harry Glynn Custred, a professor of anthropology at California State University, Hayward, received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University. He has received many awards, scholarships, and grants including a Fulbright teaching grant in 1992 to conduct a seminar at the National Institute of Anthropology of Buenos Aires in Argentina on the topic of ethnicity and nationalism. At the time of the initiative campaign, Dr. Custred was a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Scholars. His writing includes numerous articles dealing with Andean ethnography, language use in Transylvania, and language boundaries in South America. He co-edited and contributed to the book, Land and Power in Latin America (1979).
Thomas E. Wood, co-author and co-principal of the CCRI with Glynn Custred, was the Executive Director of the California Association of Scholars (CAS) at the time of the CCRI campaign. Wood received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975. His doctoral thesis, Empiricism and Current Linguistic Theory , examined the philosophy of language and linguistic theory. Wood taught in the Departments of Philosophy and Religion at California State University, Fresno and the State University of New York, New Paltz. He was also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco from 1989 to 1993. His writing includes three books published by the University of Hawaii Press for the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy: The Mandukya Upanisad and the Agama Sastra (1990), Mind Only (1991) and Nagarjunian Disputations (1994).
--Taken from CCRI, California Civil Rights Initiative flyer, "Thomas E. Wood," circa 1995, California Civil Rights Initiative Records, BANC MSS 2005/179 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content of Collection

The California Civil Rights Initiative Records document the history of this anti-affirmative action ballot measure from the first attempt at placing it on the California ballot in 1991, through the successful campaign for the 1996 version of the initiative, Proposition 209.
The collection has been divided into five series: Administrative Records; Correspondence; Affirmative Action Resources; Clippings; and News Summaries. Administrative papers include the development of the initiative through several drafts; organizational and financial records and promotional materials. Correspondence consists of letters, emails, and fax transmissions. Most correspondents are supporters of the initiative. Affirmative action resources provide background information on topics such as, higher education, race, ethnicity, and gender inequity; and immigration and affirmative action victims' cases. Material from the California State University system, the California Association of Scholars (CAS), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) form the bulk of affirmative action materials. Print media coverage of the initiative and related issues is provided through news clippings and news summaries.

Container Listing

 

Series 1: Administrative Records. 1991-1996

Physical Description: Carton 1

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and then chronologically.

Content/Description

Consists of information on the development and writing of the initiative, financial records, memoranda, public relations materials, and contacts.
ctn. 1, folder 1-18

Initiative Development. 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996

ctn. 1, folder 19-30

Finances. 1994-1995

ctn. 1, folder 31-35

Memos. 1991, 1994, 1995

ctn. 1, folder 36-37

Endorsements. 1994-1995

ctn. 1, folder 38-43

Flyers. 1994-1996

ctn. 1, folder 44

Magazine Ads. 1994

ctn. 1, folder 45-47

Press Releases. 1991, 1996

ctn. 1, folder 48-65

Speakers and Writers. 1994-1996

ctn. 1, folder 66-79

Contacts. 1993-1995

ctn. 1, folder 80

Berkeley Conference Information. 1995

 

Series 2: Correspondence. 1991-1995

Physical Description: Carton 2

Arrangement

Incoming Correspondence arranged alphabetically; Outgoing correspondence arranged chronologically by author.
ctn. 2, folder 1-62

Incoming. 1992-1995

ctn. 2, folder 63-68

Outgoing from Custred. 1993-1995

ctn. 2, folder 69

Outgoing from Klein, lawyer for CCRI, to Rev. Gene Thompson regarding competing initiative 1995

ctn. 2, folder 70-95

Outgoing from Wood. 1991-1995

 

Series 3: Affirmative Action Resources. 1990-1995

Physical Description: Carton 3, Folders 1-49

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by folder title and then chronologically within folder group.
ctn. 3, folder 1

Assembly Bills 727 and 833. 1995

ctn. 3, folder 2-13

Colleges and Universities. 1990-1995

ctn. 3, folder 14-26

Colleges and Universities: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). 1991-1994

ctn. 3, folder 27-29

Immigration. 1993-1995

ctn. 3, folder 30

Limbaugh, Rush. 1993

ctn. 3, folder 31-33

Organizations. 1994-1995

ctn. 3, folder 34

Public Contract Code. 1994

ctn. 3, folder 35-39

Race and Ethnicity. 1993-1995

ctn. 3, folder 40

Reverse Discrimination. 1995

ctn. 3, folder 41

School Segregation and Desegregation. 1993

ctn. 3, folder 42-44

Victims' Cases. 1993, 1995

ctn. 3, folder 45-49

Women. 1993, 1995

 

Series 4: Clippings 1990-1996

Physical Description: Carton 3, Folders 50-55; Carton 4, Folders 1-16

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
ctn. 3, folder 50-55

Clippings. 1990-1994

ctn. 4, folder 1-16

Clippings. 1994-1996

 

Series 5: News Summaries. 1996

Physical Description: Carton 4, Folder 17-28

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
ctn. 4, folder 17-28

News Summaries. 1996

 

Series 6: Wood, Thomas, E., Mind Only. 1991

Physical Description: Carton 4, folders 29-31
ctn. 4, folder 29-31

Annotated manuscript. 1991

 

Series 7: Computer Disks. 1990-1994, undated

Physical Description: Carton 4, box 1

Arrangement

In box in carton 4.
ctn. 4, box 1

Floppy disks. 1990-1994, undated

Physical Description: 42 3.5" floppy disks

Scope and Content Note

Some disks are unlabeled. May duplicate materials elsewhere in collection.