Finding Aid for the Joseph L. Wyatt Collection of California Democratic Council Records, 1953-1967

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Joseph L. Wyatt Collection of California Democratic Council Records,
Date (inclusive): 1953-1967
Collection number: 1082
Creator: Wyatt, Joseph L., 1924-
Extent: 14 boxes (7 linear ft.)
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.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

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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.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

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

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
  • CDC Officer: 1953-1965 [oral history transcript] / Wyatt, Joseph L., interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1971. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
  • California Democratic Council Records (Collection 1389). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

 

1952-1955

Box 1, Folder 1

Campaign literature, 1952 election. 1952

Scope and Content Note

Includes material on R. Nixon, John J. Sparkman, Adlai Stevenson, Dean E. McHenry, et al.
Box 1, Folder 2

CDC - Convention notes, Fresno. November 1953

Box 1, Folder 3

Dime-A-Day for Democracy. 1953

Box 1, Folder 4

CDC - Convention notes, Fresno. February 1954

Box 1, Folder 5

Dime-A-Day for Democracy. 1954

Box 1, Folder 6

Miscellaneous conventions & constitutions. 1954-1958

Scope and Content Note

Includes CDC, Congressional, and assembly districts.
Box 1, Folder 7

Pre-primary campaign literature. 1954

Scope and Content Note

Includes material on Goodwin Knight, Pat Brown, Stevenson, Steve Zetterberg, Edward R. Roybal, Richard Graves, Jesse Unruh, Samuel Yorty, Laurance Cross, et al.
Box 1, Folder 8

Campaigns. “George L. Thomas for Council.” 1955

 

1955-1956

Box 2, Folder 1

CDC Convention. March 19-20, 1955

Box 2, Folder 2

CDC Convention, continued. Correspondence.

Box 2, Folder 3

CDC Convention - Minutes. 1955

Box 2, Folder 4

Dime-A-Day for Democracy. 1955

Box 2, Folder 5

CDC Correspondence - Complaint letters. 1956

Box 2, Folder 6

CDC Minutes. 1956

Box 2, Folder 7

Primary campaign literature. 1956

Box 2, Folder 8

Democratic National Convention. 1956

Box 2, Folder 9

General campaign. 1956

Scope and Content Note

Includes literature on Yorty, Nixon, Stevenson, Thomas Kuchel, Richard Richards, et al. (clippings, campaign literature, some correspondence).
Box 3

1957-1958

Box 3, Folder 1

CDC Convention. 1957

Box 3, Folder 3

CDC Legislative letter. 1957

Box 3, Folder 4

CDC Lists. 1957-58

Box 3, Folder 5

CDC Minutes. 1957

Box 3, Folders 2, 6-9

CDC Correspondence. 1957-1958

Box 3, Folder 2

1957.

Box 3, Folder 6

1958 July-September.

Box 3, Folder 7

1958 October-November.

Box 3, Folder 8

1958 December.

Box 3, Folder 9

Congratulatory. 1958

Box 3, Folder 10

CDR, Minutes. 1958

 

1958-1959

Box 4, Folder 1

CDC - Mosk for Attorney-General. 1958

Box 4, Folder 2

CDC - Right-to-work legislation. 1958

Box 4, Folder 3

CDC - Pre-primary registration data. 1958

Box 4, Folder 4

CDC Committees. 1959

Box 4, Folder 5

CDC Convention. 1959

Boxes 4-5

CDC Correspondence. 1959

Box 4, Folder 6

1959 January.

Box 4, Folder 7

1959 February.

Box 4, Folder 8

1959 March.

Box 4, Folder 9

1959 April.

Box 4, Folder 10

1959 May.

Box 5, Folder 1

1959 June.

Box 5, Folder 2

1959 July.

Box 5, Folder 3

1959 August.

Box 5, Folder 4

1959 September.

Box 5, Folder 5

1959 October.

Box 5, Folder 6

1959 November-December.

Box 5, Folder 7

CDC - Eagle (Clair). 1959

Box 5, Folder 8

CDC - Engle for Senate. 1959

Box 5, Folders 9-10

CDC Issues conference. 1959

 

1959-1960

Box 6, Folder 1

CDC Legislative. 1959

Box 6, Folder 2

CDC Legislative letter. 1959

Box 6, Folder 3

CDC Legislative letter. 1959

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence.
Box 6, Folder 4

CDC Lists. 1959

Box 6, Folder 5

CDC Minutes. 1959

Box 6, Folder 6

CDC Newsletter. 1959

Box 6, Folder 7

CDC - Out-of-state correspondence. 1959-61

Box 6, Folder 8

CDC Research re Nixon. 1959

Box 6, Folders 9-10

CDC Convention. 1960

Box 7, Folders 1-12

CDC correspondence. 1960

Box 7, Folder 1

1960 January.

Box 7, Folder 2

1960 February.

Box 7, Folder 3

1960 March.

Box 7, Folder 4

1960 April.

Box 7, Folder 5

1960 May.

Box 7, Folder 6

1960 June.

Box 7, Folder 7

1960 July.

Box 7, Folder 8

1960 August.

Box 7, Folder 9

1960 September.

Box 7, Folder 10

1960 October.

Box 7, Folder 11

1960 November.

Box 7, Folder 12

1960 December.

Box 8, Folder 1

CDC Issues conference. 1960

Scope and Content Note

i.e. correspondence, etc. re conference.
Box 8, Folder 2

CDC Issues conference. 1960

Box 8, Folder 3

CDC - Kennedy for President. 1960

Box 8, Folder 4

CDC Legislative letter. 1960

Box 8, Folder 5

CDC Lists. 1960

Box 8, Folder 6

CDC Minutes. 1960

Box 8, Folder 7

CDC Presidential delegation (prior to 1960 convention). 1960

Box 8, Folder 8

CDC Primary campaign. 1960

Box 9, Folder 1

CDC Publicity. 1960

Box 9, Folder 2

CDC Publicity, clippings. 1960

Box 9, Folder 3

Democratic National Convention, General. 1960

Box 9, Folders 4-6

Democratic National Convention, California Democratic delegation. 1960

 

1961-1963

Box 10, Folder 1

CDC Board of Directors. April 1961

Box 10, Folder 2

CDC Convention. 1961

Box 10, Folder 3

CDC Correspondence. 1961 January-March

Box 10, Folder 4

CDC Issues conference.

Box 10, Folder 5

CDC Legislative letter (Los Angeles). 1961

Box 10, Folder 6

CDC Legislative letter (San Francisco). 1961

Box 10, Folder 7

CDC Publicity. 1961

Scope and Content Note

Mostly clippings, many re Wyatt's retirement as president of CDC.
Box 10, Folder 8

CDC Convention, Fresno. January 26-28, 1962

Box 10, Folder 9

Elections. 1962

Box 10, Folder 9a

CDC Convention. 1963

Box 10, Folder 10

Kennedy assassination, clippings. 1963

Box 11, Folder 1

CDC Convention, Rules committee. 1964

Box 11, Folder 2

CDC - Cranston for U.S. Senate. 1964

Box 11, Folder 3

CDC Legislative newsletter. 1964

Box 11, Folder 4

CDC Lists.

Box 11, Folder 5

CDC Primary. 1964

Scope and Content Note

Mostly “Cranston for Senate.”
Box 11, Folder 6

CDC Publicity 1964

Scope and Content Note

Includes Governor Brown press releases.
Box 11, Folder 7

Democratic National Convention, California delegation. 1964

 

1965-1966

Box 12, Folder 1

CDC Convention. 1965

Box 12, Folder 2

CDC Convention, photographs. 1965

Box 12, Folder 3

Johnson Inauguration, memorabilia. 1965

Box 12, Folder 4

Miscellaneous. 1965

Box 12, Folder 5

Brown campaign. 1966

Scope and Content Note

Includes other campaign literature - e.g. Lloyd Hand for lieutenant governor & Cranston.
Box 12, Folder 6

CDC Convention. 1966

Box 12, Folder 7

Campaign Literature. 1966

Box 12, Folder 8

Politics 1966

Scope and Content Note

Mostly re Brown campaign.
 

1966-1967

Box 13, Folder 1

Election - Proposition #1, ( re public retirement funds). 1966

Box 13, Folder 2

CDC Convention. 1967

 

CDC Miscellaneous Files 1966-1967

Box 13, Folder 3

Brown, Edmund G. (Pat). 1958-1965

Box 13, Folder 4

CDC - Descriptive literature for distribution.

Box 13, Folder 5

CDC - Clyde Doyle.

Box 13, Folder 6

CDC - Election reform & reapportionment.

Box 13, Folder 7

CDC - Pre-primary endorsements.

Scope and Content Note

Including draft (carbon) of “Preprimary Endorsement” by Leonard Rowe, September 1960.
Box 13, Folder 8

CDC Publicity. 1958-59

Box 14, Folders 1-2

CDC Publicity - Retraction statements. 1960

Scope and Content Note

Includes “anti” campaign material put out in 1960 election campaign.
Box 14, Folder 3

CDC - Report of President Joseph L. Wyatt. 1958

Scope and Content Note

Includes a carbon typescript of Cranston's speech at founding of CDC, 1953.
Box 14, Folder 4

CDC Resolutions. 1958-1962

Scope and Content Note

Includes material on Nixon's governor's race.
Box 14, Folder 5

Diogenes club.

Box 14, Folder 6

Miscellaneous pamphlets. v.d.

Scope and Content Note

Mostly re California Democratic politics, 1952-66.