Finding Aid for the Tom B. Carvey Papers, 1948-1968

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Tom B. Carvey Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1948-1968
Collection number: 1110
Creator: Carvey, Tom B., 1922-
Extent: 28 boxes (14 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Abstract: Tom B. Carvey (b.1922) was the first president of the Palos Verdes Democratic Club (1948), secretary of the Democratic State Central Committee, a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions (1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968), chairman of the first California Democratic Council State Issues Program, and third president of the California Democratic Council (1961-65). The collection consists of correspondence, minutes, election campaign literature, publications, clippings, photographs, and tapes related to California Democratic Party politics between 1948-67 and the California Democratic Council (CDC) during Carvey's years as president (ca. 1962-65).
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Tom Carvey, 1971.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Tom B. Carvey Papers (Collection 1110). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Carvey was born in 1922; attended Stanford University; engineer, Hughes Aircraft Company; first president, Palos Verdes Democratic Club, 1948; secretary, Democratic State Central Committee; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968; chairman, first California Democratic Council State Issues Program; third president of the California Democratic Council, 1961-65.

Expanded Biographical Narrative

An aeronautical engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company and graduate of Stanford University, Tom B. Carvey, Jr., began his democratic Party political activity in 1948 as the first president of the Palos Verdes Democratic Club. His subsequent activities included serving as secretary of the Democratic State Central Committee, delegate to the 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968 national conventions, chairman of the first California Democratic Council State Issues Program, and CDC's third president, 1961-65.
The papers contain correspondence, minutes of CDC Directors' meetings, election campaign literature, various publications of CDC or relating to issues of interest to CDC, and clippings. In addition to the files on the California Democratic Council, there is a substantial group of materials on the activities of the Democratic Party in the 46th Assembly District from 1953 to 1960.
The arrangement of the collection is basically chronological with a small group of subject files that are listed alphabetically. In most cases, headings established by Mr. Carvey or his secretary have been retained for the various folders.
The collection was a gift of Mr. Carvey in November, 1971, and forms with the previously acquired collections of Joseph Wyatt, Charles Gant, Joyce Fadem, and Knox Mellon, an important research archive documenting California grass roots politics of the 1950's and 1960's.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence, minutes, election campaign literature, publications, clippings, photographs, and tapes related to California Democratic Party politics between 1948-67 and the California Democratic Council (CDC) during Carvey's years as president (ca. 1962-65). Also contains a 16mm. film titled, Year of decision, Carvey's notebooks from his presidency, and a substantial group of materials related to Democratic Party activities in the 46th Assembly District of California from 1953-60.

Organization and Arrangement

  • Chronological files, 1948-68 (Boxes 1-20).
  • Alphabetical files (Boxes 21-24).
  • CDC president Carvey's notebooks (Box 25).
  • Clippings, printed material, publications (Boxes 26-28).
  • Scrapbook and film (Box 29).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Carvey, Tom B., 1922- --Archives.
California Democratic Council.
Democratic Party (Calif.).
Political activists--California--Archival resources.
California--Politics and government--1951-.

Related Material

California Democratic Council Records (Collection 1389)  . Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Partial Index

California Federation of Young Democrats Box 7, folder 2.
Chapel, Charles Box 21, folder 8.
Cranston, Alan Box 14, folders 8-9.
Douglas, Helen Gahagen Box 1, folder 1.
Election campaign materials Box 1, folders 1,4,10; Box 2, folders 4-5; Box 3, folder 3; Box 4, folder 5; Box 9, folders 8-9; Box 21, folder 7.
46th Assembly District Democratic Council Box 1, folder 7; Box 2, folder 6; Box 7, folder 6; Box 23, folder 2.
Humphrey, Hubert Box 5, folder 2.
Johnson, Lyndon Baines Box 5, folder 3.
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald Box 5, folder 4; Box 7, folder 7; Box 12, folder 8.
Miller, Clem Box 23, folder 3.
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Box 15, folders 4-6; Box 23, folder 4.
Nixon, Richard Milhous Box 9, folder 9; Box 27, folder 1.
Salinger, Pierre Box 14, folders 8-9.
Sorenson, Ted Box 9, folder 6.
Stevenson, Adlai Box 3, folder 5; Box 5, folder 5.
Unruh, Jesse Box 17, folder 9; Box 24, folder 6.
Volunteers in politics Box 8, folders 1-2; Box 15, folder 7; Box 17, folder 4; Box 18, folder 6.
Yorty, Samuel Box 24, folder 7.

Container List

 

Chronological Files 1948-1968

Physical Description: (20 boxes)
 

1948-1955

Box 1, Folder 1

Election campaign materials. 1948-1950

Scope and Content Note

[Includes material on Helen Gahagen Douglas and Glenn Anderson.]
Box 1, Folder 2

“Dime a day for democracy.” 1950-1955

Box 1, Folder 3

“Dirty politics.” 1952-1953

Box 1, Folder 4

Election campaign material. 1952

Box 1, Folder 5

CDC Convention (Fresno). 1953

Box 1, Folder 6

Democratic Councils. 1953-1955

Box 1, Folder 7

46th Assembly district Democratic convention. 1953

Scope and Content Note

[For additional material see alphabetical files, Box 23]
Box 1, Folder 8

CDC Board of directors meeting. December 1954

Box 1, Folder 9

CDC Convention (Fresno). 1954

Box 1, Folder 10

Election campaign material. 1954

Box 1, Folder 11

Los Angeles County Democratic convention (pre-primary). 1954

Box 1, Folder 12

CDC Convention (Fresno). 1955

 

1956-1957

Box 2, Folder 1

CDC Convention (Fresno). 1956

Box 2, Folder 2

CDC Convention (Fresno) - Credentials committee. 1956

Box 2, Folder 3

Dollars for Democrats. 1956-1958

Box 2, Folders 4-5

Election campaign material (candidates & propositions).

Box 2, Folder 6

46th Assembly district Democratic convention. 1956

Scope and Content Note

[c.f. alphabetical files, Box 23]
Box 2, Folder 7

Primary election results. 1956

Box 2, Folder 8

CDC Convention (Long Beach). 1957

 

1958-1959

Box 3, Folders 1-2

CDC Convention (Fresno). 1958

Scope and Content Note

[Includes Credentials committee.]
Box 3, Folder 3

Election campaign material. 1958

Box 3, Folder 4

Issue survey report.

Box 3, Folder 5

Speeches: Adlai Stevenson. 1958

Box 3, Folder 6

Dollars for Democrats. 1959-1964

Box 3, Folder 7

CDC Issues Conference. March 13-15, 1959

 

1960

Box 4, Folder 1

CDC Convention (Fresno). 1960

Scope and Content Note

[including Issues conference]
Box 4, Folder 2

California delegation to the Democratic National Convention.

Box 4, Folder 3

Democratic State Central Committee. 1960-1964

Box 4, Folder 4

Democratic State Central Committee. 1960

Box 4, Folder 5

Election campaign material. 1960

Box 5, Folders 1-7

Presidential candidates 1960

Box 5, Folder 1

Chester Bowles.

Box 5, Folder 2

Hubert Humphrey.

Box 5, Folder 3

Lyndon Johnson.

Box 5, Folder 4

John F. Kennedy.

Box 5, Folder 5

Adlai Stevenson.

Box 5, Folder 6

Stuart Symington.

Box 5, Folder 7

Miscellaneous.

Box 5, Folder 8

Primary election. 1960

Box 5, Folder 9

Vice-presidential candidates.

 

1961

Box 6, Folder 1

CDC aims, purposes, etc. 1961-62

Box 6, Folders 2-6

CDC Board of directors meetings 1961

Box 6, Folder 2

April 1961.

Box 6, Folder 3

June 1961.

Box 6, Folder 4

August 1961.

Box 6, Folder 5

October 1961.

Box 6, Folder 6

December 1961.

Box 6, Folder 7

CDC By-laws & By-laws Committee. 1961

Box 6, Folder 8

Confidential file. 1961-1963

Box 6, Folder 9

Confidential memorandum. July 24, 1961

Box 6, Folder 10

CDC Convention (Santa Monica). 1961

Box 6, Folder 11

CDC Convention (Santa Monica) - Issues conference. 1961

Box 7, Folder 1

CDC Convention (Santa Monica) - Issues conference. 1961

Box 7, Folder 2

California Federation of Young Democrats. 1961

Box 7, Folder 3

Correspondence (Carvey). 1961

Box 7, Folder 4

District directors (information sheets). 1961

Box 7, Folder 5

Dollars for Democrats.

Box 7, Folder 6

46th Assembly district council. 1961-1964

Scope and Content Note

[c.f. alphabetical files, Box 23]
Box 7, Folder 7

Kennedy administration - appointments, cabinet, etc.

Box 7, Folder 8

Rayburn, Sam “The house will be in order” [Commemorative Congressional edition].

Box 7, Folder 9

Regional issues conferences. 1961-1962

Box 7, Folder 10

State reapportionment. 1961

 

1961-62

Box 8, Folder 1

Volunteer for Victory dinner (CDC). 1961

Box 8, Folder 2

Volunteer political activity national conference, Los Angeles. 1961

Box 8, Folder 3

Ballot measure. 1962

Boxes 8-9

CDC Board of Directors Meetings 1962

Box 8, Folder 4

February 1962.

Box 8, Folder 5

April 1962.

Box 8, Folder 6

June 1962.

Box 8, Folder 7

August 1962.

Box 8, Folder 8

October 1962.

Box 9, Folder 1

December 1962.

Box 9, Folder 2

CDC By-laws. 1962

Box 9, Folder 3

CDC Convention (Fresno). 1962

Box 9, Folder 5

CDC Convention (Fresno) - “Back-up data.” 1962

Box 9, Folder 6

CDC Convention (Fresno) - Ted Sorenson address. 1962

Box 9, Folder 7

Correspondence (Carvey). 1962

Box 9, Folder 8

Election campaign material.

Box 9, Folder 9

Election campaign material: anti-Nixon literature.

Box 10, Folders 1-5

Election (primary)

Box 10, Folders 1-4

Fradulent material.

Box 10, Folder 5

CDC law suit.

Box 10, Folder 6

FDR dinner.

Box 10, Folder 7

Los Angeles County central Democratic Committee.

Box 10, Folder 8

“Mobilization for '62.” Democratic State Central Committee.

Box 10, Folder 9

Registration (CDC) drive.

Box 10, Folder 10

Trade legislation.

Scope and Content Note

[ Export origin study, state of California. Prepared by U.A. Department of Commerce.]
 

1963

Box 11, Folder 1

Bodega Bay issue. 1963

Box 11, Folders 2-6

CDC Board of Directors meetings 1963

Box 11, Folder 2

January 1963.

Box 11, Folder 3

May 1963.

Box 11, Folder 4

June 1963.

Box 11, Folder 5

September 1963.

Box 11, Folder 6

November 1963.

Box 11, Folder 7

CDC By-laws. 1963

Box 11, Folder 8

California Assembly Bill 2922 - “Truth in endorsements” bill.

Box 11, Folder 9

California Assembly Bill 2922: CDC lawsuit re bill.

Box 12, Folders 1-7

CDC Convention (Bakersfield) 1963

Box 12, Folder 1

[No further description available].

Box 12, Folder 3

Credentials committee.

Box 12, Folder 4

Issues conference.

Box 12, Folder 5

Press and public relations.

Box 12, Folder 6

Replies from invitees.

Box 12, Folder 7

Speakers.

Box 12, Folder 8

Carvey, Tom - Message re assasination of J.F. Kennedy.

Box 12, Folder 9

Correspondence (Carvey). 1963

 

1963-1964

Box 13, Folder 1

CDC “Get out the vote committee.” 1963

Box 13, Folder 2

Dollars for Democrats.

Box 13, Folder 3

Election reform (Sacramento Conference). 1963-64

Box 13, Folder 4

National affairs conference (Los Angeles). June 22, 1963

Box 13, Folder 5

Miscellaneous CDC literature. 1963

Box 13, Folders 6-10

CDC Board of directors meetings 1964

Box 13, Folder 6

January 1964.

Box 13, Folder 7

May 1964.

Box 13, Folder 8

June 1964.

Box 13, Folder 9

September 1964.

Box 13, Folder 10

November 1964.

Box 14, Folders 1-5

CDC Convention (Long Beach) 1964

Box 14, Folder 1

[No further description available].

Box 14, Folder 3

Issues conference.

Box 14, Folder 4

Press kit.

Box 14, Folder 5

Replies from invitees.

Box 14, Folder 6

CDC 10th birthday celebration.

Box 14, Folder 7

Correspondence (Carvey). 1964

Box 14, Folder 8

“Cranston - Engle - Mosk - Salinger affair.” 1964

Box 14, Folder 9

Cranston - Salinger primary campaign.

Box 15, Folder 1

Democratic National Convention. 1964

Scope and Content Note

[Includes California delegation & Democratic National Committee material]
Box 15, Folders 4-6

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. 1964

Note

[c.f. alphabetical files, Box 23]
Box 15, Folder 7

Volunteers in Politics.

Scope and Content Note

[Includes National volunteer politics conference in Atlantic City.]
 

1965

Box 16, Folders 1-6

CDC Board of directors meetings 1965

Box 16, Folder 1

January 1965.

Box 16, Folder 2

April 1965.

Box 16, Folder 3

June 1965.

Box 16, Folder 4

September 1965.

Box 16, Folder 5

October 1965.

Box 16, Folder 6

November 1965.

Box 16, Folder 7

CDC Campaign seminar (Riverside). 1965

Box 16, Folders 8-14

CDC Convention (Sacramento) 1965

Box 16, Folder 8

[No further description available].

Box 16, Folder 9

Agenda.

Box 16, Folder 10

Arrangements.

Box 16, Folder 11

By-laws & program planning.

Box 16, Folder 12

Candidates for CDC office.

Box 16, Folder 13

Credentials committee.

Box 16, Folder 14

Issues conference.

 

1965-1966

Box 17, Folder 1

CDC Convention (Sacramento): Resolutions. 1965

Box 17, Folder 2

CDC Convention (Sacramento): Speakers. 1965

Box 17, Folder 3

Correspondence, (Carvey). 1965

Box 17, Folder 4

Democratic Volunteers Committee of California. 1964-1966

Box 17, Folder 5

Dollars for Democrats.

Box 17, Folder 6

A Fund Raising Feasibility Study For California Democratic Council.

Box 17, Folder 7

Reapportionment.

Scope and Content Note

[Includes Adams vs. Brown - Amcus curiae brief of CDC.]
Box 17, Folder 8

Report of the Program Planning Committee. January 1965

Scope and Content Note

“Strengthening CDC in the 60's” [recommendations for the over-haul of CDC organization made by Roy Greenway and Charles Gant].
Box 17, Folder 9

Unruh and CDC “feud.”

Scope and Content Note

[Includes Viet Nam War issue]
Box 17, Folders 10-12

CDC Board of directors meetings. 1966

Box 17, Folder 10

January 1966.

Box 17, Folder 11

June 1966.

Box 17, Folder 12

September 1966.

Box 17, Folder 13

Carvey's “Next board meeting” file. 1963-1966

 

1966-1968

Box 18, Folder 1

CDC Convention (Bakersfield). 1966

Box 18, Folder 3

CDC Convention (Bakersfield): Issues conference. 1966

Box 18, Folder 4

Correspondence (Carvey). 1966

Box 18, Folder 5

Majority caucus. 1965-1966

Box 18, Folder 6

Volunteers in politics.

Box 18, Folder 7

Miscellaneous ephemera. ca. 1963-1966

Box 18, Folder 8

CDC Board of directors meeting. February 1967

Box 18, Folder 9

CDC Convention (Fresno). 1967

Scope and Content Note

[Includes Issues conference]
Box 18, Folder 10

CDC Convention (Fresno): Rules committee. 1967

Box 18, Folder 11

CDC miscellaneous material. 1967

Box 18, Folder 12

Democratic State Central Committee Campaign conference. 1968

 

Correspondence 1968

Scope and Content Note

Letters to Tom Carvey as delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention, from individuals and organizations, usually with candidate recommendations.
Box 19

A - M.

Box 20

N - Z.

 

Alphabetical Files

Physical Description: (5 boxes)
 

A - C

Box 21, Folders 1-4

Anti-communism [Right-wing material] 1962-

Box 21, Folder 1

[No further description available].

Box 21, Folder 2

Dorothy Healey.

Box 21, Folder 3

Francis amendment [Prop. 24].

Box 21, Folder 4

[No further description available]. post 1962

Box 21, Folder 5

California Moderate Democrats. 1965-1966

Box 21, Folder 6

California statement of vote. 1958-1965

Box 21, Folder 7

Campaign literature. 1960's

Box 21, Folder 8

Chapel, Charles.

Box 22, Folder 1

Dinner programs. 1952-1963

Box 22, Folders 2-5

Directories and address lists 1960-1966

Box 22, Folder 2

CDC Board of Directors. 1963-1966

Box 22, Folder 3

CDC personnel.

Box 21, Folder 4

Democratic State Central committee. ca. 1960-1963

Box 22, Folder 5

Los Angeles Democratic Central Committee.

Box 22, Folder 6

Directories, membership rosters, etc. ca. 1955-1965

Scope and Content Note

[Lists of campaign workers, various local political groups, nominees for office, etc.]
 

D - O

Box 23, Folder 2

46th Assembly district. ca. 1952-1960

Scope and Content Note

[c.f. chronological files]
Box 23, Folder 3

Miller, Clem.

Box 23, Folder 4

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. 1963-1964

Scope and Content Note

[c.f. chronological files]
Box 23, Folder 5

Museum of African Art, Washington D.C.

Box 23, Folder 6

Organization of Democratic Party

Box 23, Folder 7

Organizing a Democratic club.

 

O - Z

Box 24, Folders 1-3

Organizing and campaigning. 1953-1955

Box 24, Folder 4

Political party platforms. 1952-1964

Box 24, Folder 5

Talks, information, and resource material re CDC. 1961-1965

Box 24, Folder 6

Unruh, Jesse.

Box 24, Folder 7

Yorty, Samuel.

 

CDC President's Notebooks 1961-1966

Scope and Content Note

Seven spiral notebooks in which Tom Carvey noted phone conversations, meeting discussions, etc. re CDC and political activities in general.
Entire contents restricted to permission of Mr. Carvey.
 

Clippings re CDC and Politics ca. 1961-1966

Physical Description: (7 folders)
 

CDC Handout Literature

Note

[Most of this material appears elsewhere in the collection.]
Box 27, Folder 1

1962.

Scope and Content Note

[Including Nixon material]
Box 27, Folder 2

1963.

Box 27, Folder 3

1964.

Box 27, Folder 4

CDC Convention reports. 1962-1965

Box 27, Folder 5

“Organizing a club” literature.

Box 27, Folder 6

What is CDC?

Box 27, Folder 7

CDC related reports, etc.

Scope and Content Note

[Includes Leonard Rowe's Pre-primary Endorsements in California Politics.]
 

CDC Publications

Box 28, Folder 1

CDC Bulletin (vol.1, no.1-vol.4, no.2). January 1962-March 1965

Note

[vol.3, no.3 missing]
Box 28, Folder 2

CDC Legislative Newsletter [incomplete]. 1961-1964

Box 28, Folder 3

California Observer (vol.1, no.3,6,7). September 1965, March & April 1966

Box 28, Folder 4

Liberal Democrat (vol.1, no.6-vol.4, no.2). March 1961-October 1963

Scope and Content Note

[Not a CDC publication, but gives heavy coverage to CDC activities.]

Note

[incomplete - 27 issues]
Box 29

Scrapbook: “Tom B. Carvey, Jr.” 1961

Scope and Content Note

Clippings re Carvey's assumption of CDC presidency and activities during the year.
Box 29

Film: “Year of Decision.”

Physical Description: (16mm. B/W, sound)