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Finding Aid for the California Democratic Council Records, 1963-1980 bulk 1970s
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California Democratic Council Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1963-1980 bulk 1970s
    Collection number: 1389
    Creator: California Democratic Council
    Extent: 51 boxes (25.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: The California Democratic Council (CDC) was established in 1953 and is a federation of local volunteer clubs. 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. The collection consists of correspondence, minutes, newsletters, resolutions, and notes of the California Democratic Council from 1963-80.
    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.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Knox Mellon, Jr., 1969.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], California Democratic Council Records (Collection 1389). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    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, minutes, newsletters, resolutions, and notes of the California Democratic Council from 1963-80. The bulk of the collection is from the 1970s, and topics covered include fundraising, conventions, legislative and political actions, and affiliated local clubs.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Current administration.
    2. Resolutions and issues.
    3. CDC fundraisers and champions.
    4. Rules and by-laws.
    5. Conventions.
    6. Political action.
    7. Minutes and board meetings.
    8. Legislative action.
    9. Club newsletters.
    10. Press.
    11. Scrapbook.
    12. [Unlabeled].

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    California Democratic Council--Archives.
    California--Politics and government--1951- .
    Democratic Party (Calif.).

    Related Material

    CDC Officer: 1953-1965 [oral history transcript] / Joseph L. Wyatt, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1971. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
    The California Democratic Council and Grass-Roots Politics Oral History Transcript [oral history transcript] / Charles G. Gant, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1970. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
    Joseph L. Wyatt Collection of California Democratic Council Records (Collection 1082)   Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
    Tom B. Carvey Papers (Collection 1110)   Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.