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Guide to the California Constitution Revision Commission collection, 1930-1974 (1965-1970)
MSS 1998/10  
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  • Custodial History note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Processed by:
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Accruals note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note

  • Title: California Constitution Revision Commission collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 1998/10
    Contributing Institution: California State University, Sacramento Special Collections & University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4.0 Linear feet (10 manuscript boxes)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1965-1970
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1974
    Abstract: The collection consists of the 1963 California Constitution Revision Commission files collected by Donald H. Pflueger while he served as a member of the commission including agendas, minutes, memorandums, correspondence and background material.
    Language of Materials note: Collection is in English.
    creator: California Constitution Revision Commission.

    Custodial History note

    Donald Pflueger assembled these papers over many years as part of his effort to document the California Constitution Revision Commission.

    Scope and Contents note

    Collection consists of three series: General Files, Working Files of the Constitutional Revision Commission, and Legislation and Voting Information.

    Processed by:

    Ruth Craft.

    Preferred Citation note

    [Identification of item including date], [Folder Title], MSS 1998/10, California Constitutional Revision Commission collection, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Library, California State University, Sacramento.

    Biographical/Historical note

    California's first Constitution was adopted in 1849, and the second Constitution was adopted in 1879. This second Constitution was very detailed and quite lengthy. Many unsuccessful attempts subsequently were made to revise the 1879 constitution. Between 1879 and 1962 the Constitution was amended over 300 times, increased from 16,000 to 75,000 words and became the fourth longest constitution in the world.
    In 1962, the Legislature passed and the voters approved an amendment to article 18, which permitted the legislature to propose revisions of the constitution. Prior to this time overall revision was possible only by convention, and the legislature was permitted only to propose certain amendments.
    In 1963, the Legislature establishes the Constitution Revision Commission, which began working on February 20, 1964. The Commission was composed of approximately 60 non-compensated citizens members, 6 legislative members and 16 ex-officio legislative members. The goal of the Commission was to make suggestions for change in the Constitution. Judge Bruce W. Summer was elected the Chairperson. The Commission was terminated on March 4, 1974.
    This collection contains material used by Donald Pflueger while he was a member of the California Constitutional Revision Commission. In addition to background material, Mr. Pflueger kept agendas, minutes, memorandum, correspondence, and sample ballots and information that went to California voters. Material covers the time period of 1930 to 1974 with the majority of material covering the 1965-70 time period.
    Mr. Pflueger taught for 31 years at Cal Poly, Pomona. He was a World War II veteran and served as U.S. cultural attache in Amman, Jordon and Jerusalem. He also served on the California Historical Resources Commission. Mr. Pflueger was the author of several articles and a book on the history of Cal Poly, Pomona.

    Accruals note

    No additions are expected.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Copyright is protected by copyright law, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. Requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce from collections must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Permission for publication is given on the behalf of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Library, California State University, Sacramento as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection is open for research. Some restrictions may apply.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The Constitution Revision Commission collection was given to the CSUS Special Collections and University Archives by Donald Pflueger in 1998.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California Constitution Revision Commission.
    Pflueger, Donald H.
    Constitutional law -- California