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Joseph L. Wyatt collection of California Democratic Council records, 1953-1967
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Partial List of Correspondents in Collection
  • Related Material
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID

  • Title: Joseph L. Wyatt collection of California Democratic Council records
    Collection number: 1082
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 7.0 linear ft. (14 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1953-1967
    Abstract: The California Democratic Council (CDC), a federation of local volunteer clubs, was established in 1953. CDC endorsements and campaign support led to the first full statewide slate of Democrats in 40 years (1954) and also figured prominently in the election of Edmund G. “Pat” Brown as California governor in 1958. Joseph Lucian Wyatt, Jr. (b.1924) was the secretary of the California Democratic Council (1953-57), and president (1957-61). He was also the California delegate at the Democratic National Conventions in 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968. The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, and printed material related to the formation, development, and activities of the California Democratic Council (CDC) between 1953 and 1967, and materials related to another organization, the Dime-A-Day Democracy Group.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Wyatt, Joseph L., 1924-

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to 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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Joseph L. Wyatt, Jr., 1969.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joseph L. Wyatt Collection of California Democratic Council Records (Collection 1082). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Joseph Lucian Wyatt, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, February 21, 1924; attended Northwestern University (AB, 1947) and Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1949); became a lawyer and sole practitioner, Los Angeles, California, in 1949; member California State Personnel Board, 1961-71; Director, Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1956-59; secretary, California Democratic Council (CDC), 1953-57; president, CDC, 1957-61; California delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968.
    The California Democratic Council (CDC), a federation of local volunteer clubs, was established in 1953; under the direction of founding president Alan Cranston, the CDC was able to balance its electoral and legislative goals; CDC endorsements and campaign support led to the first full statewide slate of Democrats in 40 years (1954) and also figured prominently in the election of Edmund G. “Pat” Brown as California governor in 1958; as the CDC's focus became increasingly ideological, tensions led to a steady decline in its membership and presence in California politics; membership peaked at 75,000 in 1964.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, clippings, and printed material related to the formation, development, and activities of the California Democratic Council (CDC) between 1953 and 1967. Materials relate to Wyatt's involvement in the CDC as its secretary and president. Also contains materials related to another organization, the Dime-A-Day Democracy Group.

    Partial List of Correspondents in Collection

    Anderson, Glenn M. lieutenant-governor of California
    Bowlest Chester
    Brown, Edmund G. (Pat) governor of California
    Burns, Hugh California State Senate
    Cranston Alan
    Doyle, Clyde California congressman
    Eagle, Clair California senator
    Galbraith, John Kenneth
    Gore Albert Tennessee senator
    Hanna, Richard T. California state legislator
    Johnson, Lyndon Baines Senate majority leader
    Kefauver, Estes Senator
    Miller, George California congressman
    Mosk, Stanley judge and California state attorney-general
    Pitchess, Peter J. Los Angeles County sherrif
    Rees, Thomas California state legislator
    Richards, Richard California state legislator
    Roosevelt, James California congressman
    Schleisenger, Arthur M. Jr.
    Unruh, Jesse California state legislator
    Wagner, Robert F. Jr. New York City mayor
    Wyman, Rosalind Los Angeles City councilwoman
    Yarborough, Ralph Texas senator
    Yorty, Samuel Los Angeles Mayor
    Ziffren, Paul Democratic national committeeman

    Related Material

    California Democratic Council Records (Collection 1389).  Available at UCLA Library Special Collections.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 3649313 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California Democratic Council--Archives.
    Democratic Party (Calif.).
    Wyatt, Joseph L., 1924- --Archives.
    California--Politics and government, 1951- .