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Guide to the Howard Jarvis Collection, 1970-1986
1671-1681, 1974, 2119-2124 (B40: A20 b1-b4; A22 b3; A24 b5-A26 a1)  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Correspondents
  • Biography
  • Contents
  • Material Transferred from the Collection
  • Related Collections
  • Other Notes

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Howard Jarvis Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1970-1986
    Box Number: 1671-1681, 1974, 2119-2124 (B40: A20 b1-b4; A22 b3; A24 b5-A26 a1)
    Creator: Jarvis, Howard
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Howard Jarvis Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    California Tax Reduction Movement.
    Jarvis, Howard.
    Real property tax--California.
    Tax and expenditure limitations--California.


    • Caen, Herb
    • Churchill, Winston S.
    • Curb, Mike
    • Dannemeyer, William E.
    • Deukmejian, George
    • Dole, Bob
    • Dornan, Sallie and Bob
    • Feinstein, Dianne
    • Felando, Gerald N.
    • Fiedler, Bobbi
    • Friedman, Milton
    • Laxalt, Paul
    • League of Placer Co. Taxpayers
    • Meese, Edwin
    • Nolan, Pat
    • Reagan, Ronald
    • Rockefeller, Laurance
    • Skopek, Emmanuella
    • Smith, William French
    • Thatcher, Margaret
    • Wilson, Pete
    • Weinberger, Caspar
    • Zechmeister, Eugene L.

    Box 1673, Folder 3

    • Baker, William P.
    • Brown, Dennis
    • Carpenter, Paul
    • Christo, James Earle
    • Curtis, John J.
    • Davis, Ed
    • Donahue, Joe
    • Dorman, Robert K.
    • Felando, Gerald N.
    • Fuentes, Thomas A.
    • Herschensohn, Bruce
    • Kopp, Quentin L.
    • Lacy, James
    • LaFollette, Marion W.
    • Lewis, John
    • Montoya, Joseph B.
    • Nolan, Pat
    • Phelps, Lee A.
    • Rogers, Don
    • Royce, Edward R.
    • Straw, Lawrence


    Howard Jarvis was born in 1902, in Utah, one of five children. After getting his law degree at the University of Utah, he decided not to practice law, but instead bought newspapers. He purchased eleven weeklies in Utah.
    He came to Los Angeles, California, in 1935 and purchased a small chemical company. Later, he developed a device to silence office machinery, followed by a process to demagnitize the hulls of U.S. warships so they wouldn't attract magnetic mines. Jarvis then went into business as a producer of appliances and aircraft sub-assemblies. At 59, with a staff of 13,000 employees, he retired.
    He turned his attention to the fight to reduce taxes. With Paul Gann, he cosponsored Proposition 13. It passed in 1978 by a two to one margin, changing the way taxes are levied, collected and distributed in California. Its ultimate result was to reduce tax bills for property owners and, therefore, restrict the flow of revenue to state and local governments. Jarvis went on to pass Proposition 7 (income tax indexing) in 1987 and to author Proposition 62, which passed on the November 1986 ballot after his death.
    He was president of the Apartment House Association of Los Angeles and chairman of the United Organization of Taxpayers and chairman of the American Tax Reduction Movement.
    He died at age 83 on August 15, 1986.


    Clippings, periodicals, awards, audio tapes, video tapes, photographs, correspondence, news releases.

    Material Transferred from the Collection


    • American National Heritage Association, Howard Jarvis, Mr. Proposition 13. (CALIF* JC 599 U5 F76 1980).
    • Canto, Victor, Proposal for California Complete Flat Tax. (HJ 4652 C285 1990).
    • Carr, Waggoner. Waggoner Carr: Not Guilty!(CALIF* KF 224 C37 S5).
    • Freedom U.S.A., America's Basic Concepts.
    • Galles, Gary M., Proposal for a Revenue Neutral Reform... (HJ 4121 C22 G35 1990).
    • I Love America: Studying the United States Constitution.
    • Jarvis, Howard, I'm Mad as Hell. (c* HJ 4121 C2 J37).
    • Rahushka, Alvin. An Alternative Revenue Plan... (HJ4121 C22 R33 1990).
    • Smith, Rodney. Maintaining the Legacy of Proposition 13. (HJ 4121 C22 S65 1991).

    Textual File:

    • Cartoons: "Gann I-IV.":

      --"If you liked my Howard Jarvis, you'll love my Ronald Reagan."

      --"Jerry's Obedience School."

      --"The Rematch."

    • 7 certificates
    • 1 invitation
    • 1 printed lettersheet and envelope

    Art & Reproductions:

    • Alexander, David. [Silhouette of Howard Jarvis]. 1979.
    • Lind, Mossa. "Howard Jarvis. Stockholm, 2-10-79."
    • Sutorius, C. ["Howard Jarvis--line drawing"].


    • Dole, Bob
    • Jarvis, Howard
    • Reagan, Nancy
    • Reagan, Ronald
    • Smith, William French
    • Thatcher, Margaret
    • Weinberger, Caspar

    Campaign Buttons:

    • "Yes on 9..."
    • "Save Prop. 13"
    • "I've Joined the Tax Revolt"

    Related Collections

    • Title: Californians to Defeat Rose Bird
    • Title: Paul Gann Collection
    • Title: Robert Barrett Collection

    Other Notes

    Rec'd 12/27/90 and added to collection:
    • 1 VHS videotape, "Taxing Times," 10/30/90
    • 1 news release--10/30/90
    • 1 packet: "Taxpayers Right to Vote Initiative, Proposition 136"
    • 1 brochure: "Save the Initiative"