Inventory of the Williamson M. Evers papers
Finding aid prepared by Beth Goder
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford, CA, 94305-6010
© 2008, 2015
Title: Williamson M. Evers papers
Date (inclusive): 1952-2008
Collection Number: 87011
Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material:
216 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes
(90.9 linear feet)
Bulletins, newsletters, clippings, election campaign literature, serial issues, minutes, correspondence, reports, memoranda,
manuals, curricular material, and photographs, relating to libertarian thought in the United States, activities of the Libertarian
Party, and Libertarian Party electoral campaigns, especially the 1984 campaign of David Bergland for president of the United
States; establishment of academic standards for California public schools; and national educational policy in the United States.
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Evers, Williamson M.
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[Identification of item], Williamson M. Evers papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
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Libertarian Party of California records, Hoover Institution Archives
Ed Clark papers, Hoover Institution
Lawrence Samuels collection, Hoover Institution Archives
Center for Libertarian Studies records, Hoover Institution Archives
Roy A. Childs papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Jeffrey Friedman papers, Hoover Institution Archives
June R. Genis papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Scott M. Olmsted papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Karl Peterjohn papers, Hoover Institution Archives
An American libertarian and member of the Libertarian Party National Committee, Evers served as chair for the Libertarian
Party of California, national campaign manager for Bergland for President Committee in 1984, and as a member of the California
Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards from 1996 to 1998.
||President, East Palo Alto Charter School Board of Directors
||Member, Math Content Review Panel, Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program
||Member, Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
||Education Policy Advisor, George W. Bush 2000 presidential campaign
||Member, California History-Social Science Project Advisory Board
||Member, National Educational Research Policy and Priorities Board
||Member, White House Commission on Presidential Scholars
||Co-recipient, Koret Prize
||Senior Adviser for Education to L. Paul Bremer of the Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority
||Co-editor, Testing Student Learning, Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness
||Member, Santa Clara County Board of Education
||Senior Advisor to Margaret Spellings, United States Secretary of Education
||Assistant Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, United States Department of Education
||Appointed by Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California State Academic Content Standards Commission
Scope and Content of Collection
The papers document the career of Williamson M. Evers, a political scientist, editor, campaign manager for Libertarian presidential
candidate David Bergland, Hoover Institution fellow, and member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education. The collection
contains documents related to libertarian thought in the United States, activities of the Libertarian Party, Libertarian Party
electoral campaigns, the establishment of academic standards for California public schools, and national educational policy
in the United States. Although the collection has not been arranged into series, an index to major groups of material exists
for this collection; however, not all materials are represented in these groups.
Evers was a political science student at Stanford University, beginning his study for a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966 and
earning his Ph.D. from the university in 1978. His files document activism and student protests on the Stanford campus during
the late 1960s and early 1970s, a time that saw ROTC recruitment at the university and the first use of police as a response
to protests on the Stanford campus. During 1969, students protested weapons research conducted at the Stanford Research Institute.
They adopted the name "April 3rd Movement" for their demonstrations, named after a series of meetings beginning on that date
which led to a sit-in at the Applied Electronics Laboratory (boxes 18 and 19). The activism file documents this movement,
as well as the case of H. Bruce Franklin, a Stanford professor who was fired based on charges of disrupting a speech delivered
by Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and inciting an occupation of the Stanford Computation Center in 1971. Documents on the New Left
and Students for a Democratic Society can be found in this file.
Evers was a member of the Libertarian Party, joining the Libertarian National Committee in 1975 and becoming a member of that
group's Publications Committee in 1977. The Libertarian file includes material on the Libertarian Party (especially the Libertarian
Party of California), other Libertarian organizations, and materials from related groups, with letters from Murray Rothbard
(box 68) and Libertarian Party founder David Nolan. The collection includes material on the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus
and its publication Libertarian Vanguard, which ran Evers' "Bouquets and Brickbats" column. Evers was a board member for the
Center for Libertarian Studies (CLS), an organization founded by Murray Rothbard and Burton Blumert in 1976. Documents from
the Libertarian Scholars Conference, which was the origin of the CLS, can be found in this file. Also included are newsletters
from various county and state Libertarian groups, as well as the files of Mary Gingell, who served as chair of the Libertarian
Party of California and national vice chair of the Libertarian Party.
In 1980, Evers campaigned as the Libertarian Party candidate for the House of Representatives in the 12th Congressional District
of California, outpolling the Democratic candidate in San Mateo County. Evers took an anti-draft and anti-inflation stance
in his campaign, arguing that cutting federal spending and balancing the budget would curb inflation. Materials from his campaign
include campaign literature, correspondence, and voting research (boxes 6, 20-22, and 77).
Evers was the campaign manager for David Bergland's 1984 presidential campaign. Documents from the Ed Clark presidential campaign
of 1980 can be found throughout the Bergland campaign files (boxes 4, 6, 7-11, 13, 23, 55, 72, and 75).
In addition to his activities in the Libertarian Party, Evers was involved in various education initiatives, including the
creation of education standards for the state of California. From 1996 to 1998, Evers served on the California State Commission
for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards, also known as the Academic Standards Commission, a group
that developed California's first academic standards for grades K through 12. This file includes drafts of standards and materials
related to the acceptance of those standards by the California State Board of Education.
Evers was a member of the Honest Open Logical Debate (HOLD) on Math Reform, a group that argued against mathematics curriculum
changes in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). This file includes material from HOLD that documents debates over
math curriculum, as well as clippings, correspondence, and campaign literature related to school board elections.
In addition to those groups, Evers was a member of the content review panel of the California 2005 History-Social Science
Adoption, a program that led to the adoption of instructional materials aligning with content standards for history and social
science education in California. Included in this file are instructional materials reviewed by this panel, such as textbooks
from "Reflections: California Series" published by Harcourt School Publishers.
The collection includes material on charter schools in California. Evers was president of the board of directors of the East
Palo Alto Charter School from 1997 to 2004. This file includes meeting materials of the board and discussions of a merger
with the Aspire Public Schools network. In addition, the Santa Clara County Office of Education file contains materials related
to charter schools, such as charter petitions, as well as meeting materials of the Santa Clara County Board of Education.
His work in education led Evers to become an education policy advisor to George W. Bush during Bush's 2000 presidential campaign,
when Evers served on a transition advisory team. The George W. Bush administration and campaign file includes materials concerning
Bush's education policy, as well as documents related to the 2000 presidential campaign.
Sources: Lyman, Richard W. "The Troubles at Stanford: Student Uprisings in the 1960s and '70s." Sandstone & Tile. Winter 2011:
Index of Major Groups
An index of major groups has been created to draw attention to common groups of materials and their physical location within
|1-16, 20-24, 26, 31-106, 108-111, 138, 146-148
Libertarian file, 1953-1998.
Includes materials related to the Libertarian Party, Libertarian organizations, or related groups. Materials include campaign
literature, correspondence, memoranda, serial issues, clippings, newsletters, conference materials, advertisements, financial
reports, videotapes, and bylaws. Includes documents related to Evers' campaign for Congress in 1980 and the 1984 David Bergland
Activism file, 1961-1980.
Includes printed matter, flyers, newsletters, clippings, notes, and writings (including articles by Evers) related to activist
groups, especially student activist groups at Stanford University. Includes New Left and Students for a Democratic Society
material. For Stanford Libertarian groups, see the Libertarian file.
Cato Institute file, 1973-1980.
Includes correspondence, clippings, and writings related to Inquiry and to staffing. See also Libertarian file, boxes 5, 13,
14, 20, 50, and 78-79.
|155-156, 162-169, 171, 207
Palo Alto Unified School District file, 1974-2006 (bulk 1994-2000).
Includes material related to Honest Open Logical Debate (HOLD) on math reform and other materials documenting disagreements
over math curriculum. Includes clippings, correspondence, and campaign literature related to election of members to the school
Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards (1996-1998) file, 1992-2000.
Includes drafts of academic standards for California schools, memoranda, correspondence, meeting materials, comments on standards,
public hearings, and materials concerning acceptance of standards by the California State Board of Education. The commission
active from 1996 to 1998.
East Palo Alto Charter School file, 1994-2004.
Includes minutes and meeting materials of the board of directors, including discussion of the merger with Aspire Public Schools,
clippings, and reports of the School Futures Research Foundation.
George W. Bush administration and presidential campaign file, 1999-2001.
Includes clippings, correspondence, and Republican National Convention conference materials related to Bush's 2000 presidential
campaign and to education policy.
California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) file, 1996-2006.
Includes meeting materials, correspondence, reports, and lesson plans for CHSSP, which was part of the California Subject
Maryland School Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP) file, 1989-2002.
Includes reports, correspondence, clippings, and sample test questions related to a performance test given to 3rd, 5th, and
8th graders in Maryland and a study commissioned by the Abell Foundation to analyze the test.
|170-183, 201-203, 210
Santa Clara County Office of Education file, 2002-2007.
Includes charter school petitions, manuals, clippings, correspondence, and meeting materials of the Santa Clara County Board
California 2005 History-Social Science Adoption file,2000-2007.
Includes instructional material, such as textbooks, readers, and teacher guidebooks, reviewed during the textbook adoption.
|185-199, 201-203, 210
United States Department of Education file,2000-2008.
Includes reports, budget plans, and meeting materials and reports of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel.
|38, 67, 106, 112, 138, 148-149 184, 191, 208, 211, 214, 217
Audiovisual material, 1985-2007, undated.
Includes compact sound cassettes, videotapes, photographs, and CD-Rs, and CD-ROMs. Descriptions are transcribed from labels
on media; accuracy may vary.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
California. Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards.
Inventory and container list for the Williamson M. Evers papers