Scope and Content
Title: Community Forum of San Joaquin Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1976-1981
Collection number: Mss201
Ronald H. Limbaugh
Extent: 0.3 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Community Forum of San Joaquin Papers, Mss201, Holt-Atherton
Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
The Community Forum of San Joaquin was a community organization consisting primarily of
educators and community leaders. The Forum's purpose was to conduct community research
and to present its findings to the Stockton (Calif.) community through conferences and
seminars in an effort to draw individuals into new and active civic roles. Many members
of the board were faculty and administrators from the University of the Pacific and San
Joaquin Delta Community College. The President of the Board was Fran Abbott, a Trustee of
the Lincoln Unified School District. This collection was created by Ronald Limbaugh, a
member of the Board of Directors of the Forum, Professor of History at the University of
the Pacific and Archivist at the Pacific Center for Western Studies.
Forerunners of Community Forum began with a conference styled "What Price Progress?"
(1976) under a California Council for the Humanities in Public Policy (CCHPP) Grant to
the Pacific Center of Western Studies at the University of the Pacific. The proceedings
of the conference were published in the Pacific Historian. In Spring of 1977 a second
conference called "Community 77, Stockton's Growth: Change and Challenge" was sponsored
by the Sociology Department at the University of the Pacific and the Greater Stockton
Chamber of Commerce.
A planning committee composed substantially of individuals attending the 1976 and 1977
conferences founded the Community Forum and set goals and workshops for a conference in
the Fall of 1977 organized by the UOP Sociology Department faculty and students. A third
conference "Toward the Year 2000: Social and Criminal Justice Planning for the Stockton
Community" (1978) was sponsored by the UOP Sociology Department and the Community Forum
and was funded by CCHPP. Seminars in 1978 and 1979 focused on Cultural Pluralism and were
organized by George H. Lewis, UOP Sociology Department and a member of the Community
Forum. Community '79 was held at Delta Community College and was called "How to Be Heard:
Strategies for Citizen Participation in Government." It was organized by Ronald Limbaugh
and Peggy Guttieri, Program Manager, Junior Achievement of Stockton.
Scope and Content
These papers consist of reports on community issues authored by Community Forum Task
Forces or gathered by them for study. Report topics include: education, crime, city
image, water issues, traffic patterns, refugee programs, and literacy. Also included are
seminar reports, grant proposals to CCHPP, correspondence, minutes, treasurer's reports,
budgets, flyers and publications about the conferences and seminars.