Inventory of the California Democratic State Central Committee Records

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California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the California Democratic State Central Committee Records

Inventory: F3944



California State Archives

Office of the Secretary of State

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California State Archives
  • 1020 "O" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 653-2246
  • Fax: (916) 653-7363
  • Email: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/
Processed by:
The California State Archives staff
© 2000 California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: California Democratic State Central Committee Records
Inventory: F3944
Creator: California Democratic State Central Committee
Repository: California State Archives
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], California Democratic State Central Committee Records, F3725, California State Archives.

Contents

The records of the Democratic State Central Committee are drawn from the papers of Elizabeth Snyder. Elizabeth Snyder was born April 8, 1914 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her political career began during college with the Young Democrats. She received her graduate degree from UCLA in Political Science in 1937. After graduation she was nominated to attend the Young Democrats convention in 1938 as national committee woman. The next few years she spent working on various Democratic party campaigns within California, including the 1948 Truman presidential campaign. In 1950 she worked on the initiative petition to abolish crossfiling. Two years later she served as chairman, women's division, Southern California, Democratic State Central Committee 1952. She also helped form Dime-a-Day for Democracy and the California Democratic Council 1952-1954. In 1954 she was the first woman appointed as chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee. She served as chairman until 1956. She attended the Democratic National Conventions in 1940, 1952 and 1956. In 1958 she became a partner with Snyder-Smith Advertising and Public Relations, and she directed successful campaigns for local candidates throughout the early sixties.
The collection consists of correspondence of Elizabeth Snyder with individuals as well as Democratic organizations. In addition there are records containing day to day activities of the Democratic State Central Committee including memorandums, minutes of meetings and financial statements, papers relating to various Democratic organizations and concerning political campaigns. The collection also contains miscellaneous documents, including press releases, research reports, theses and texts of speeches.

Arrangment and Description

F3944:1-4

1. Correspondence, Elizabeth Snyder. 1950-1984.

Physical Description: 4 File Folders.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Includes Biographical information on Elizabeth Snyder as well as correspondence with Paul Butler (chairman, Democratic National Committee) and with various members and officials of the Democratic party. Correspondence relates to state and national discussions concerning Democratic party policies and procedures.
F3944:5-17.

2. Democratic State Central Committee Files. 1954-1956.

Physical Description: 6 File Folders.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by subject, then chronologically.
The Democratic State Central Committee was created to further the progress of the Democratic party within California. It's purpose was to conduct campaigns for national, state and county candidates, to cooperate with Democratic party organizations within the state, and to publicize and promote policies of the Democratic party. Subjects covered are day to day activities of committee. Records include: memorandums, financial reports, correspondence with contributors, minutes of meetings, by laws, correspondence between officers of committee, correspondence between officers of committee and party members.
F3944:18-25.

3. California Democratic Organization Files. 1953-1978.

Physical Description: 10 File Folders.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by subject, then chronologically.
Records include minutes of meetings, correspondence, etc. of the California Democratic council, Dime-a-Day for Democracy, Kick in Club and the Council for Peace and Equality in Education.
F3944:25-33.

4. Political Campaign Files. 1954-1976.

Physical Description: 8 File Folders.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by subject, then chronologically.
Records include press releases, campaign schedules, correspondence between members of campaign committees, lists of supporters, and campaign literature, of the following campaigns: Adlai Stevenson, Jimmy Carter, Samuel William Yorty, Jesse Unruh.
F3944:34-39.

5. National Policy Issue Files. 1954-1984.

Physical Description: 6 File Folders.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by subject, then chronologically.
Records include: press releases, research reports from the Democratic National Committee research division concerning issues and candidates, newsletters and texts of speeches by candidates.
F3944:40-45.

6. Reports. 1964-1985.

Physical Description: 6 File Folders.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by subject.
Records include: copies of draft and final proposals for campaign reform in California, information packet from Common Cause on lobbying state government, essay on Why Vietnam by Congressman Chet Holifield, report on Democratic clubs in California, essay entitled Money, Campaigns and Elections: What do California Voters Want? by Theodore Anagnoson, a report on legislative candidates defeated in the 1982 general election by the State of California Fair Political Practices Commission, and public opinion survey by Opinion Research of California on the reaction of voters to two bond issues concerning the construction of college universities and funding to acquire and develop beaches and parks throughout the state.
F3944:46-51.

7. Subject Files. 1954-1956.

Physical Description: 6 File Folders.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by subject.
Records include Civic Unity Convention Digest, Office of Women's Activities, Truman Library, Emily Kingsbery and Telegrams.
F3944:52-60.

8. Ephemera. 1938-1980.

Physical Description: 8 File Folders.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by subject
Records include out of state election material, national election material, California election material, inaugural and testimonial dinner programs and personal family memorabilia.
F3944:61.

9. Clippings. 1955-1956.

Physical Description: 1 File Folder.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged by subject.
Newsclippings relating to California politics.