Finding Aid to the William Byron Rumford papers, 1934-1982

Mario H. Ramirez
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/
© 2013
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to the William Byron Rumford papers, 1934-1982

Collection number: BANC MSS 73/112 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):
Mario H. Ramirez
Date Completed:
2013
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2013 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: William Byron Rumford papers
Date (inclusive): 1934-1982
Collection Number: BANC MSS 73/112 c
Creator: Rumford, William Byron
Extent: 10 cartons, 1 box, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder (13.50 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 William Byron Rumford papers including correspondence, subject files, legislative files and campaign materials.
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.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright 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 owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Byron Rumford papers, BANC MSS 73/112 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Rumford, William Byron
California -- Legislature -- History.
Berkeley (Calif.)

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by William Byron Rumford in 1973 and 1984.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Mario H. Ramirez.

Biographical Information

A California State Assemblyman for the 17th District from 1949-1967, William Byron Rumford was a steely pioneer who struggled against the obstacles that would bar him and other people of color from succeeding and attaining parity. A proponent of fair housing and employment legislation, Rumford equally concentrated his efforts on curbing youth unemployment and working towards a higher minimum wage. A pharmacist by training and profession (he owned and ran Rumford’s Pharmacy in Berkeley), he also focused on a number of health issues including the effects of air pollution and tuberculosis.

Scope and Content of Collection

Documenting the life and political career of the first African American elected to public office in Northern California, the William Byron Rumford papers are a great resource not only for local Berkeley and California political history, but moreover for the information they provide on the tenor and shift of attitudes towards race at the tail end of the 1950s and early 1960s. The collection also ably documents Rumford’s controversial and contested Senate campaign and the numerous bills he worked on while in office. Additional highlights include materials on the Negro Political Action Association of California (NPAAC) and a small collection of broadsides, pamphlets and newsletters from white supremacists groups in California. In tandem with other documents on civil rights, these materials provide a multi-faceted snapshot of the racial climate in the U.S. mid-century.

Container Listing

carton 1, folder 1-18, carton 2, folder 1-15

Series 1: Fair Housing, undated, 1950-1967

carton 2, folder 16-22, carton 3, folder 1-17

Series 2: Fair Employment, undated, 1949-1964

carton 3, folder 18-19, oversize-folder 1, folder 1-13

Series 3: Civil Rights, undated, 1934-1969

 

Series 4: Legislation, undated, 1950-1969

carton 4, folder 14

AB 2495, Relating to State Archives and Records Management, 1951-1955

carton 4, folder 15-17, carton 5, folder 1-4

AB 91, 1955-1959

carton 5, folder 5

AB 812, Regarding Temporary Housing Projects, 1959

carton 5, folder 6

AB 2031, Alcoholic Beverages, 1959

carton 5, folder 7

AB 60, Sales Tax and Use Tax Exemption, 1961

carton 5, folder 8

AB 315, Fair Trade, Liquor, 1961

carton 5, folder 9

AB 682, Minimum Wage Law, 1961

carton 5, folder 10

AB 683, Minimum Wage Law, 1961

carton 5, folder 11

AB 684, Minimum Wage Law, 1961

carton 5, folder 12

AB 702, School Patrols, 1961

carton 5, folder 13

AB 1548, Coordination of Radiation and Atomic Energy Activities, 1961

carton 5, folder 14

AB 2088, Reimburse for Tuberculosis Sanatoria, 1961

carton 5, folder 15

AB 2092, Compensation County Employees, 1961

carton 5, folder 16

AB 2162, Youth Employment Program, 1955-1962

carton 5, folder 17

AB 2418, Aid to Aged, 1961

carton 5, folder 18

AB 2547, Sick Leave, Classified School Employees, 1961

carton 5, folder 19

AB 2548, Alcoholic Beverages, 1961

carton 5, folder 20

AB 2560, S.F. Bay Area Regional Planning District, 1961

carton 5, folder 21

HR 168, Redevelopment Projects, 1961-1962

carton 5, folder 22

HR 298, Berkeley's Rose Mother, Mrs. Fred Stripp, 1961

carton 5, folder 23

HR 343, David Adams Mulford, 1961

carton 5, folder 24

ACR 84, Small Craft Harbor Loans, 1959-1963

carton 5, folder 25

Grove-Shafter Freeway, 1961

carton 5, folder 26

AB 20, Berkeley Tidelands Bill, 1962

carton 5, folder 27

Subcommittee on Relocation and Housing, 1962

carton 5, folder 28

Assembly Bills, 1963

carton 5, folder 29-30

AB 139, Youth Conservation Corp, 1961-1963

carton 5, folder 31

AB 141, Fireman's Club License, 1962-1963

carton 5, folder 32

AB 329, Savings and Loan Associations, 1963

carton 5, folder 33

AB 1241, Division of Business Practices, 1962-1963

carton 5, folder 34

AB 1519, Regional Park Districts, 1963

carton 5, folder 35

AB 1723, San Francisco Bay Bridges, 1963

carton 5, folder 36

AB 1908, Structural Pest Control, 1963

carton 5, folder 37

AB 2064, San Francisco Transit Tube, 1963

carton 5, folder 38

AB 2104, Youth Conservation and Training Program, 1963

carton 5, folder 39

AB 3036, Community Redevelopment, 1963

carton 5, folder 40

AJR 2, Poll Tax, 1963

carton 5, folder 41

Hearing of the Subcommittee on Radiation Protection, Nuclear Fallout Shelters, 1960

carton 5, folder 42

Legislative Council Opinions, 1964

carton 6, folder 1

HR 17, 1966

carton 6, folder 2

HR 25, 1966

carton 6, folder 3

HR 146, Paul Hurych, Commendatory, 1966

carton 6, folder 4

HR 228, Berkeley Park Resolution, 1964

carton 6, folder 5

AB 63, School District Elections, 1964

carton 6, folder 6

AB 113, Collier Factor Tax Refunds, 1964

carton 6, folder 7-10

AB 1240, 1950-1966

carton 6, folder 11

CR .02, Civil Rights, 1964-1965

carton 6, folder 12-14

CR .09, Civil Rights, 1962-1965

carton 6, folder 15

Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Board, Public Meeting, 1956, 1962

carton 6, folder 16-19

Workreation, 1952-1957

carton 6, folder 20-21, carton 7, folder 1-7

Proposition 14, undated, 1948, 1960-1967

carton 7, folder 8-9

Smog Control, undated, 1954

carton 7, folder 10

Smog Hearing, 1954

carton 7, folder 11

California Standards for Ambient Air Quality and Motor Vehicle Exhaust, undated

carton 7, folder 12

Bay Area Air Pollution Control District Meeting, 1957

carton 7, folder 13-17

Air Pollution, undated, 1952-1963

carton 7, folder 18-20

Hospitals, Medical, undated, 1955-1969

carton 8, folder 1

Emergency Hospital Services, 1966

carton 8, folder 2

Poverty Program, 1964-1965

carton 8, folder 3

Responsible Relatives Law, 1954-1955

carton 8, folder 4

F&I Meeting, Unemployment Insurance, 1965-1966

carton 8, folder 5

AB 1824, Youth Employment, 1956-1957

carton 8, folder 6-9

Education, 1962-1966

carton 8, folder 10

Education, Alameda, 1959-1966

carton 8, folder 11

Higher Education, undated, 1964

carton 8, folder 12

San Lorenzo School, 1965-1966

carton 8, folder 13

Legislative Council Opinions, 1963-1964

carton 8, folder 14

Job Training, California, 1963-1964

carton 8, folder 15

Legislative Council Opinions, Rumford Act and Initiative, 1964

carton 8, folder 16

Selected Aspects of California's Unemployment Insurance Program, 1966

carton 8, folder 17

Discrimination in Employment, 1962-1964

carton 8, folder 18

Segregation in Schools, 1959-1963

carton 8, folder 19

Cosmetology, 1963-1964

carton 8, folder 20

Class Size and Student Achievement, 1966

carton 8, folder 21-22

Youth Employment, 1957, 1960-1964

carton 8, folder 23

Transit and Health, undated, 1957, 1963

carton 8, folder 24

Legislation, Miscellaneous, 1953-1969

carton 8, folder 25-26, carton 9, folder 1-8

Series 5: Correspondence, undated, 1939-1970

 

Series 6 Subject Files, undated, 1939-1982

carton 9, folder 9

Election Investigation, 1967-1974

carton 9, folder 10-12

Speeches, undated, 1960-1973, 1982

carton 9, folder 13

Publicity, undated, 1954-1964

carton 9, folder 14-15

Senate Campaign, 1961-1966

carton 9, folder 16-17

Personal Business Venture, Housing, 1965-1966

carton 9, folder 18

Biographical Material, undated

carton 9, folder 19

Testimonial Banquet, NAACP, 1966

carton 9, folder 20

U.S. Senate Candidacy, 1963-1964

carton 9, folder 21, carton 10, folder 1-2

Negro Political Action Association of California (NPAAC), Sacramento File, 1964-1965

carton 10, folder 3

Small Craft Harbor Commission, 1961

carton 10, folder 4

Calvin C. Dodd, 1955-1961

carton 10, folder 5

Testimonial Dinner, 1959

carton 10, folder 6

Newsletters, 1955, 1962-1982

carton 10, folder 7

Notes, undated

carton 10, folder 8, oversize-folder 1

Miscellaneous, undated, 1939-1964

carton 10, folder 9, oversize-folder 1

California Politics, undated, 1960-1966, 1984

carton 10, folder 10

Programs, undated, 1925-1984

carton 10, folder 11-13

Clippings and Articles, undated, 1948-1984

carton 10, folder 14

Democratic National Convention, 1948

carton 10, folder 15

Press Releases, 1952-1965, 1978

carton 10, folder 16

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, 1941-1942

carton 10, folder 17

Reports, undated, 1957-1964

carton 10, folder 18

Preliminary Report on Pesticides in California, 1964

carton 10, folder 19-21

Publications, 1950-1978

carton 10, folder 22

Campaigns, undated, 1964

carton 10, folder 23

Court Cases, 1965-1966

carton 10, folder 24, oversize-folder 1

Certificates, undated, 1927-1983

box 1, folder 1

High School Yearbook, 1926

box 1, folder 2

Prince George's County Action Project, 1964-1965

box 1, folder 3

Invitations, 1947-1980

box 1, folder 4

Ricks, William Nauns, undated, 1934-1951

box 1, folder 5

Campaign Buttons, undated, 1958

box 1, folder 6

Photoalbum, Recognition Dinner, The Waymakers Club, 1980

box 1, folder 7

Book, Remarkable Pharamacists, 1973

oversize-box 1, item 1-2

Scrapbooks, 1915-1980