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Inventory of the John Francis "Jack" Shelley Collection, 1905-1974
1992/020  
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Series Description

 

Series I: Biographical

Physical Description: .5 cubic ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of one file of biographical summary sheets and profiles, multiple copies of California Living, April 30, 1967, cover article "Jack Shelley: The Mayor and the Man", and a file from the Eagles convention of 1967 at which Shelley was awarded that organization's "Mayor of the Year."
 

Series II: Scrapbooks 1938-1952 (oversize)

Scope and Content Note

This series of 10 scrapbooks covers Shelley's career as a State Senator and labor leader. While volume seven ostensibly covers publicity for the years 1943-1945, clippings include coverage of his first terms in the United States Congress through 1952.
 

Series III. Mayor, 1963-1968

Physical Description: 17 cubic ft. and oversize

Scope and Content Note

This series covers Shelley's campaign for Mayor and his term of office in that position. Thirteen scrapbooks and 16 boxes of subject files include clippings from the three major San Francisco dailies: The San Francisco Examiner, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The San Francisco Call-Bulletin. A scattering of clippings from San Francisco ethnic community newspapers are also present. One box contains the speeches delivered during his term as mayor
 

Series III: U.S. Congressional Representative serving the 5th District, 1950-1963

Physical Description: 3 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains Shelley's voting record, public and private bills he sponsored, speeches and committee assignments. The bulk of the series consists of photocopies of the many public and private bills sponsored by Shelley during his career as Congressional Representative to the Fifth District collated by the Library of Congress' Congressional Information Services. The original bound editions reside with the Shelley family. At the front of each of these folders a list is provided of Shelley's bills sponsored for the session.
 

Series IV: Audio-Visual Material

Physical Description: 1.5 cubic ft.
 

Series V: Posters

Scope and Content Note

Campaign poster for SF Mayor, 1963 (oversize)

Container List

 

Series I: Biographical

 

One file of biographical summary sheets and profiles, multiple copies of California Living, April 30, 1967, cover article "Jack Shelley: The Mayor and the Man", and a file from the Eagles convention of 1967 at which Shelley was awarded that organization's "Mayor of the Year."

 

Series II: Scrapbooks 1938-1952 (oversize)

 

1938 - campaign for state senator; 1939 - labor and political

Volume Vol. 1

Shelley campaign buttons

 

AFL Political League controlled by Vandeleur of the State Federation of Labor and Buzzell, LA Central Labor Council czar does not endorse Shelley because of his "Unity" approach toward the AFL v. CIO issue and Shelley's involvement with the CIO's Labor Non-Partisan League.

 

Pamphlet "Tom Mooney's message on the 1938 California Elections"

 

Biography of Shelley, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/26/1938.

 

1939 State Labor Convention - Vandeleur v. Kidwell/Watchman factions

 

1939 & 1941 Legislative Session

Volume Vol. 2

SF State College campus appropriation.

 

Lake Merced District site from Haight and Buchanan Streets

 

WPA funds available

 

Bill to allow city to assume control of the Port of SF

 

Health insurance bill

 

Cow Palace appropriations bill

 

"Salute the Flag" bill which Shelley opposes

 

Anti-Loan shark bill

 

Shelley support of the bill to outlaw the Communist Party (1940)

 

J. Vernon Burke v. Shelley for head of Labor Council

Additional Note

Burke is president of Web Pressman's Union and secretary of Labor Non-Partisan League.
 

Thank you letters from Henry Wallace and Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Hot Cargo Labor Bill

 

4/23/41 re: Harry Bridges Deportation hearings (p. 136-7)

 

1941 Machinist Shipyard strike

 

1941 Legislative Session

Volume Vol. 3

SF Labor Council elections: Shelley v. J. Vernon Burke

 

City control of SF Harbor

 

Relief agency battles. State v. county control

 

Little Wagner Act Bill

 

Household employees. Maximum hours bill introduced by Shelley

 

Eight hour day, 48 hour week bill

 

Hot Cargo and Secondary Boycott bills -- Senate override of Olson veto

 

Loan shark bill

 

SF State College appropriation

 

Labor management issues around defense industries (machinists)

 

Cow Palace appropriations

 

American Union Labor Committee for Tom Rolph for Congress in opposition of re-election of Frank R. Havenner, a strong Harry Bridges defender. (Last three pages of scrapbook)

 

1942 Campaign for State Senate

Volume Vol. 4

Campaign material including bumper sticker and button

 

Shelley on Republican, Democrat, and Union Labor Party tickets

 

Civilian defense

 

Buy war bonds

 

1941-1942 Publicity

Volume Vol. 5

State relief agency crisis

 

AFL v. CIO

 

Shelley involvement in Restaurant workers strike and Hotel workers strike (AFL v. CIO)

 

Eleanor Roosevelt column en route from SF to Portland

Additional Note

"I wish I could say that wherever I see magnificent trees cutdown, I could also see plantations of new trees, but I have not noticed that as yet. One important lesson we still must learn, we cannot use anything that comes from the soil and not return something to it for the use of generations to come." (Sustainable development)
 

Obituary of Shelley's uncle, John Casey, SF Police Captain (May 27, 1942)

 

Shelley as member of Gov. Olson Kitchen cabinet

 

Golden Gater, SF State College photo of Shelley breaking ground of new campus at Lake Merced on November 1939 (last page)

 

1943 Publicity

Volume Vol. 6

SF Mayors race - Roger Lapham, Angelo Rossi, George Reilly, Chester McPhee

 

United Labor Committee for George Reilly

 

SF Trolley merger

 

Information bulletin issued by Piledrivers Union #34, 22 Apr 1943.

 

Textbook banning issue

 

1943-1945 Publicity

Additional Note

(Delicate condition; clips coming unglued from scrapbook)
Volume Vol. 7

Food shortage results in productivity decline in shipbuilding industry in Bay Area

 

1949. Shelley's election to U.S. Congress. In this race, he defeats Republican Cosgrove and Democrat, Charles R. Gary.

 

1950. San Francisco shipbuilding industry in doldrums.

 

1951. Shelley on committee investigating Military/Big Business fraud conspiracies. Major company accused, Tank Arsenal

 

1951. San Francisco Internal Revenue Bureau scandal

 

1952. Shelley sub-committee investigating ship subsidies. Focus on the S.S. U.S. Bay Southern Crossing. Location: Candlestick to Oakland Airport. A solid fill Bay Crossing is advocated because, for one, it is safer in air attack

 

1952. Issue: importation of South Korean Laborers for the farm fields of California.

 

1952. Adlai Stevenson visits the Bay Area

 

1952. Anton Refregier's post office murals debated as subversive art. Shelley supports free speech.

 

1946 Primary Campaign for Lieutenant Governor

Volume Vol. 8

Robert Kenny v. Earl Warren for Governor results in Warren landslide in Primary as non-partisan and cross party candidate.

 

General tenor critical of CIO Political Action Committee activities

 

June 26-Oct 2, 1946; 1946 Campaign for Lieutenant Governor

Additional Note

(this volume, provided by Allen's clipping service monitors publications state-wide.)
Volume Vol. 9 (Book 1)

Shelley v. Goodwin Knight

 

Red baiting evident

 

James Roosevelt, Franklin's and Eleanor's son, is head of CA State Democratic Party

 

1946 Campaign for Lieutenant Governor

Additional Note

Continuation of volume 9.
Volume Vol. 10 (Book 2)

Political Action Committees generally and Shelley's ties to the Labor PAC specifically receive negative press publicity during the campaign as Shelley loses to Goodwin Knight.

 

1938-1946 Shelley as State Senator

 

a) Disability Bill

 

b) Loan Shark Bill

 

c) Loans to Veterans

 

d) Apprentice Training Act

 

e) Education - Shelley shepherds through State Legislature a 5 million dollar appropriation for State Teachers College relocation to Lake Merced campus from Haight and Buchannan site.

 

Series III. Mayor, 1963-1968. (17 cubic ft. and oversize)

 

1963 Publicity

Volume Vol. 11

Mostly coverage of mayoral race

 

September-November 1963 Publicity

Volume Vol. 12

Includes some biographical overview material of Shelley up through 1963.

 

1967 Publicity

Volume Vol. 13

State Senator Eugene McAteer v. Shelley

 

Issues include Stadium, Freeway, Mass Transit (BART), Jobs programs for the poor, the war on Hippies, Model (Demonstration) Cities Program

 

Bridge District scandal. Painters Local 18 accused of racism. Local 18 leader at the time of the scandal is Harry Bigarani.

 

Nov. 7, 1963-July 1964 (mostly SF Examiner)

Volume Vol. 14

Civil Rights hiring pact agitated for and won at Mel's Drive-In. Union demands hiring role.

 

Firemen stoned at Hunters Point.

 

Mayoral inaugural--January 8-9, 1964

 

Civil rights articles including auto row picketing, Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) activities

 

Shelley veto of birth control funds. Accused of vetoing legislation because of being Catholic; the Mayor claims his veto is based upon the necessities of fiscal responsibility.

 

July 13, 1964-June 1965 ( SF Examiner)

Volume Vol. 15

7/25/64. San Francisco Human Rights Ordinance signed

 

Typographical Union Strike mediated by Shelley

 

Navy departing from Hunters Point--Job loss

 

A young Willie Brown, prominent as attorney representing Sheraton Palace and Auto Row Sit-in demonstrators.

 

Johnson v. Goldberg campaign. Republican convention takes place at the Cow Palace.

 

June 1965-September 1965 ( SF Examiner)

Volume Vol. 16

Article analyses industrial flight. Reasons given include: inventory tax, wages, union practices, land availability

 

The Great Society

 

Racism in the SF Fire Dept.

 

Preservation of the Bay

 

UN Celebration --20th anniversary

 

Civil Service sex discrimination

 

the anti-poverty program $3.1 mil.

 

Build up of the VietNam War

 

Funds for the War on Poverty

 

Enactment of the SF Human Rights Commission

 

anti-poverty program and the EOC (Economic Opportunity Council)

 

Freeway building controversy with Gov. Brown

 

San Francisco city and county assessor, Russ Wolden, indicted on bribery counts

 

September 13, 1965-March 1986 ( SF Examiner and News-Call)

Volume Vol. 17

Economic Opportunity Council

 

South of Market Development

 

Bay Area Rapid Transit District

 

Freeway funds

 

Hunters Pt. Housing (p. 84)

 

Ronald Reagan enters politics via Television running against George Christopher, former mayor of San Francisco

 

Demonstration Cities Program--Urban Renewal and anti-poverty

 

Threat to close the Hunters Pt. Shipyard

 

McAteers prominence as likely Mayoral Candidate

 

Freeway plans disputed

 

Diamond Heights Renewal

 

SF Human Rights commission's Research Committee report of 2/25/66 presented by it's chair, Earl Raab

 

Nov. 7, 1963-Dec. 12, 1964 ( SF Chronicle)

Volume Vol. 18

Picketing at Mel's Drive Inn over discriminatory hiring practices including Union involvement

 

John Kennedy assassination

 

possible closure of Hunters Pt. Navy Yard.

 

Freeway wars

 

Mayoral appointments

 

Danger signs for the city, a report issued by Arthur D. Little

 

Building height limitation (16 to 1 floor area ratio)

 

Police brutality

 

Civil rights pickets at: Sheraton Palace Hotel and Cadillac Agency with Shelley mediating

 

Birth Control appropriation in city budget is vetoed by Shelley. The amount vetoed is later bequeathed by a wealthy donor.

 

Building low rent units

 

Study on the impact of Civil Rights movement in SF to be sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in cooperation with SF State College. Research to be lead by Louis S. Levine, Professor of Psychology. This study is to observe activities of various partisan groups and interviews with key individuals. The study is to be partially financed by the Irving Luacks Fund. SF Chronicle, 5/10/1964.

 

Opposition to freeway through the Golden Gate Park.

 

Congress on Racial Equality v. Bank of America results in a Fair Employment Practices Commission agreement.

 

James P. Mitchell, former Sec. of Labor for 8 years under Eisenhower is to chair the SF Human Relations Committee

 

Settlement of the 11 month long International Typographical Union strike

 

Beatle fans protest refusal of City to present Fab Four with the Key to City

 

Report by the Interim committee on Human Relations mentions role of Unions. SF Chronicle, 10/19/1964.

 

Dec. 8, 1964-Dec. 14, 1965 ( SF Chronicle)

Volume Vol. 19

Freeway wars

 

End of the Actors' Workshop

 

Joe Mazzola, as chair of the Housing Authority is accused of racism (p. 83) Mazzola eventually resigns later in the year

 

Bay fill issues

 

Arrests at topless nightclubs and eventual acquittals.

 

Feud develops within the anti-poverty plan

 

U.N. 20th anniversary celebration and session

 

Vietnam protest as President Johnson arrives in city

 

Fighting over highway construction and anti-poverty program

 

Dec. 17, 1965-March 9, 1966 ( SF Chronicle)

Volume Vol. 20

Hunters Point Housing

 

Actors Workshop

 

City employees, change in residence requirement

 

Highway v. Crystal Springs Reservoir and watershed

 

"Shelley's irate union 'friends'" p. 22

 

Freeway wars

 

Nov. 1963-March 1965 ( SF News-Call Bulletin)

Volume Vol. 21

Shelley's mayoral inauguration

 

Bay Area Rapid Transit planning

 

Freeway wars

 

Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) pickets Luckys, Cadillac Dealership, Bank of America, the Republican Convention

 

Birth Control in the city budget

 

Appointment of Terrence Francois as first Black Supervisor

 

Water Quality

 

San Francisco Bay environmental quality

 

March 15, 1965-Sept. 8, 1965 ( SF News-Call Bulletin)

Volume Vol. 22

Police "moonlighting" scandal

 

Joe Mazzola resigns from SF Housing Commission position p. 39

 

Anti-Poverty program

 

August 7, 1964-Sept. 22, 1965 ( SF News-Call Bulletin)

Additional Note

Only 13 pages. Publications include The Dispatcher, San Francisco Labor, Richmond Banner, Sun Reporter, Chinese World, Jewish Community Bulletin, and The Sunset News.
Volume Vol. 23

Appointment of Terrence Francois as first Black Supervisor

 

Typographical Union strike settlement

 

The Republican Convention in SF

 

Files: Mayor's newspaper clippings --1965-1967

Additional Note

Arrangement by year and then alphabetically including the following subjects:
 

Aging, Office of

 

Air Pollution

 

Airport

 

Alcatraz

 

Alcoholism

 

Art Commission

 

Assessor

 

Bay Conservation, Study Committee

 

Board of Permit Appeals

 

Board of Supervisors

 

Board of Education

 

Bond Issues

 

Bridges

 

Brundage Art Collection

 

Budget

 

Business - local

 

Caen, Herb

 

CA State (month by month)

 

CA Palace Legion of Honor

 

Celebrations and Campaigns - Local

 

Chamber of Commerce

 

Charter

 

Chief Administrative Officer

 

City Planning Commission

 

Civil Service Commission

 

Civil Rights

 

Commercial

 

Community Renewal

 

Controller

 

Conventions and Tourism

 

Culture

 

Development

 

DeYoung Memorial Museum

 

Dignitaries

 

Disaster Council

 

District Attorney

 

Federal - misc.

 

Finance and Records

 

Foreign

 

Freeways

 

Grand Jury

 

Health Service Commission

 

Hetch Hetchy

 

Housing Authority

 

Human Rights Commission

 

Industrial

 

Japanese

 

Judiciary

 

Labor (multiple folders)

 

Legislative Representative

 

Maritime

 

Market Street

 

Mayor - personal

 

Military

 

Misc.

 

Municipal Railway

 

Obituaries

 

Parking Authority

 

Police Commissions (multiple folders) including Political hippies/drugs/politics/Dow Wilson murder

 

Public Health

 

Rapid Transit

 

Recreation

 

Redevelopment Agency

 

Riot

 

Taxes

 

Youth Guidance

 

1965

Physical Description: (four record transfer boxes each one cubic ft.)
 

A - District Attorney

 

EOC - Market Street

 

Misc. - Police Commission

 

Presidio - UN

 

1966

Physical Description: (six record transfer boxes each one cubic ft.)
 

Aging-Caen

 

California - Culture

 

Department of Public Works - Judiciary

 

Labor - Police Commission

 

Parking - Political

 

Presidio - Youth Guidance

 

1967

Physical Description: (five record transfer boxes each one cubic ft.)
 

Alcatraz - Civil Rights

 

Civil Service - Police Commission

 

Police Commission - Youth Guidance

 

June-August

 

Sept.-Nov.

 

Mayor Shelley's Speeches, 1964-1967

Physical Description: (1 cubic ft.)
 

Index - Mayor's Speeches

 

Speech file - Background Material

 

Copies of letters requesting speeches

 

Speeches "A"-"XYZ" (24 folders)

 

Speeches - Personal

 

Speeches - Inaugural Address

 

Series III: U.S. Congressional Representative serving the 5th District. 1950-1963

 

Private bills seek constituency relief measures, mostly regarding immigration matters for families of World War II veterans.

 

Public bills sponsored by Shelley include legislation affecting veteran and pension benefits, retiree pay, seamen's rights, water resource rights, highway construction, mass transit, wilderness protection and labor, human and civil rights.

 

Shelley's Voting Record: 1950-1963

Physical Description: (.5 cubic ft.)
 

Index 1950-1963

 

Voting record, session by session (7 folders)

 

Voting record of the 81st Congress

 

Shelley's voting record of the 81st Congress

 

Shelley's voting record of the 82d Congress

 

Speeches from the Congressional Record

Physical Description: (.5 cubic ft.)
 

1958

 

1959

 

1961

 

1963

 

Shelley sponsored bills: 1950-1963

Physical Description: (1.5 cubic ft.)
 

1950

 

1951-1952

 

1953-1954

 

1955-1956

 

1957-1958 (2 folders)

 

1959-1960 (2 folders)

 

1961-1962 (2 folders)

 

1963 (2 folders)

 

Series IV: Audio-visual material

 

General

 

Series V: Posters

 

Campaign poster for SF Mayor, 1963 (oversize)