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Finding Aid for the Abolish Cross-Filing in California records 0225
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  • Acquisition
  • Historical Note
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Title: Abolish Cross-Filing in California records
    Collection number: 0225
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8.5 Linear feet 8 boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1950-1953
    Date (inclusive): 1941-1960
    Abstract: This collection contains the records of the group formed by John B. Elliott to abolish the practice of cross-filing in California (Abolish Cross-Filing in California). Cross-filing is a practice that permits candidates for political office to register in multiple parties for primary elections. If a candidate then wins nominations from multiple parties, they run with less (or no) competition in the fall election. The records present in this collection include filing vouchers, correspondence, clippings, subject files, cancelled checks, and financial information. The proposition to abolish cross-filing passed in 1952.
    creator: Abolish Cross-Filing in California.

    Acquisition

    The Abolish Cross-Filing in California records were donated to USC by John C. Elliott in 1968.

    Historical Note

    Cross-filing is the practice that allows candidates for political office to register as candidates in multiple parties in primary elections. If a candidate wins nominations from multiple parties, then they run with less (or no) competition in the fall election. Cross-filing was perceived to be an instrument of the corrupt lobbyist and political-boss controlled political system in California. John B. Elliott (1878-1967) spearheaded the movement to put a proposition on the 1952 ballot that would elminate cross-filing. Elliott, a journalist who had served as the Southern California chairman of Woodrow Wilson's and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first presidential campaigns, was also the president of the Jameson Petroleum Company. His efforts to elimate cross-filing were successful, and the proposition on the 1952 ballot (Proposition #13) passed.

    Arrangement

    The Abolish Cross-Filing in California records consist of subject files arranged by size (either letter or legal) and then in alphabetical order. Boxes 1-6 contain letter-size files; boxes 7 and 8 contain legal ones.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the records of the group formed by John B. Elliott to abolish the practice of cross-filing in California (Abolish Cross-Filing in California). Records include filing vouchers, correspondence, clippings, subject files, cancelled checks, and financial information. Also included are 4 printing blocks, 1 printing plate, and 10 purple paper reverse images of illustrations from the publication "Vote 'Yes' on #13," published by Abolish Cross-Filing in California.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published articles; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for access. Consult finding aid for additional information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Abolish Cross-Filing in California records, Collection no. 225, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Abolish Cross-Filing in California. -- Archives
    Elliott, John B., 1878-1967 -- Archives
    Clippings
    Correspondence
    Elections--California--Archival resources
    Financial records
    Legal instruments
    Political parties--Law and legislation--California--Archival resources
    Printed ephemera