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Inventory of the Maxine Waters Papers, 1976-1990
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Inventory of the Maxine Waters Papers, 1976-1990
    Dates: 1976-1990
    Collection number: LP411
    Creator: Waters, Maxine
    Collection Size: 19 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: Maxine Waters was elected to the California Assembly in 1976. She represented the 48th Assembly District, which included a portion of south central Los Angeles and the suburbs of Lynwood and South Gate. The Maxine Waters Papers consist of 19 cubic feet of textual and photographic records. These materials document Waters' activities in the California State Assembly from 1976-1990. They are organized into seven series: Bill Files, Subject Files, South Africa Files, Hearing Files, Correspondence Files, Press Releases and Photographs.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Maxine Waters Papers, LP411:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Biography

    Maxine Waters, Democrat, was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 15, 1938, to Remus and Velma Lee Carr Moore. Waters moved to California in 1960 with her husband, Sidney Williams, and two children, Karen and Edward. Waters received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Los Angeles, where she majored in sociology. Before being elected to the State Assembly, Waters worked in a variety of jobs, including a garment factory when she first moved to Los Angeles. She helped to organize the first Head Start program in the Nickerson Gardens-Watts Housing Project. She later went onto become a teacher and superintendent of parent education for Watts, Wilmington and San Pedro. She was a partner in a groundbreaking public relations firm, which paved the way for minority public relations firms to do business in the competitive commercial world. Also prior to being elected, Maxine helped to raise money for a number of non-profits including the Black Congress, the Mothers of Watts and Dollars for Scholars.
    Waters was elected to the California Assembly in 1976. She represented the 48th Assembly District, which included a portion of south central Los Angeles and the suburbs of Lynwood and South Gate. Waters fought for the divestment of Californian funds in South Africa, a country practicing apartheid. Other legislation by Waters set affirmative action standards for businesses and universities to comply with. Additionally, she carried bills to ensure that female members of the Assembly would be called Assemblywomen rather than Assemblymen. Waters also introduced bills on small business development, insurance and consumer laws.
    In 1990, Waters successfully ran for the U.S House of Representatives, taking the 29th Congressional District, which was later renumbered as the 35th Congressional District after the 1990 Census. She has been reelected nine times and currently holds the office today.
    According to the California Legislature at Sacramento (Handbooks) and the Assembly Final History, Waters served on the following Assembly committees:
    California State Assembly, 1976-1990
    Standing Committees
    Elections and Reapportionment, 1976-1982
    Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments, 1989-1990
    Health, 1976-1980
    Human Resources, 1976-1978
    Governmental Efficiency and Cost Control, 1985-1986
    Governmental Organization, 1985-1988
    Judiciary, 1976-1990
    Labor, Employment and Consumer Affairs, 1979-1980
    Local Government, 1976-1978
    Natural Resources, 1987-1990
    Public Investment, Finance and Bonded Indebtedness, 1985-1986
    Rules, 1981-1984
    Ways and Means, 1978-1990
    Subcommittees
    Ways and Means, #4, 1978-1990
    *Chair, 1978-1990
    Ways and Means, #5, Super Agency Budgets, 1981-1982
    Judiciary, Administration of Justice, 1985-1986
    Select Committees
    California’s Automotive Industry and Plant Closures, 1979-1980
    California Youth, 1981-1982
    County Government, 1981-1982
    Energy Supply, 1981-1982
    Insurance, 1985-1986
    International Trade, Investment and Tourism, 1983-1984
    Office of State Treasurer, 1987-1990
    Olympic Oversight, 1983-1984
    Plastic Pipe Oversight, 1983-1984
    Regulatory Oversight, 1981-1982
    Victims of Sexual Assault, 1987-1988
    Special Committees
    Campaign and Election Reform, 1983-1984
    MediCal Reform, 1979-1980
    Organized Crime and Gang Violence, 1987-1990
    Policy Research Management, 1987-1990
    Public Pension Fund Investments, 1989-1990
    *Chair, 1989-1990
    Ad Hoc Subcommittee
    State and Local Bonds, 1981-1982
    Boards
    Advisory Council to the Small Business Development Board, 1983-1984
    Job Creation Board, 1977-1978
    Public Works Board, 1985-1990
    Small Business Development Board, 1985-1986
    Commissions
    California State World Trade Commission, 1983-1984
    Commission on the Status of Women, 1977-1990

    Scope and Content

    The Maxine Waters Papers consist of 19 cubic feet of textual and photographic records. These materials document Waters’ activities in the California State Assembly from 1976-1990. They are organized into seven series: Bill Files, Subject Files, South Africa Files, Hearing Files, Correspondence Files, Press Releases and Photographs. Also included in these papers are records related to the Commission on the Status of Women, on which Waters served as an Honorary Legislative Member. These records of this subgroup are organized into six series: Meeting Minutes, Pending Legislative Summaries, Commission Business Papers, Meeting Files, Subject Files and California Women Files.
    The Bill Files series reflects Water’s long-standing interests in small business development, minority rights, and divesting of California dollars from South Africa. Waters consistently authored legislation to protect minority populations from discrimination. She continuously authored bills pertaining to victims’ rights. AB270 and AB1367 (1983-1984) are bills concerning the rights of arrested persons. The bills were conceived after two Californian women were strip searched after being arrested for failing to properly license their dogs. The original bill was vetoed by Governor Deukmejian along with a number of other bills written by Waters due to a dispute they were having. The bills drew in correspondence from all over the state in both support and opposition. When she reintroduced the bill later in the session, it was passed into law (Statutes of 1984, chapter 35). She also authored numerous bills each session concerning women. AB290 (1979-1980) would protect the rights of women working in the hazardous materials industry. This bill made it possible for women to take these jobs without the threat of forced sterilization. The bill passed through the legislature and was signed by the governor in 1980 as Chapter 619.
    Waters also took a great interest in small business development in California. In the 1979-1980 legislative session she introduced AB1656, AB1657 and AB1701, all with the intent of aiding the small business owners of California. AB1656 restructured the Office of Small Business Development within the Department of Economic and Business Development; AB1657 was written to appropriate $1 million of the state budget for the California Small Business Loan Program; and AB1701 was authored in order to establish a twenty-five percent state set-aside for small businesses to be able to obtain contracts with the state. Of the three bills, however, only AB1656 went into effect (Statutes of 1979, chapter 875), which successfully reorganized the Office of Small Business Development.
    Another piece of notable legislation authored by Waters was HR6 (1977-1978), a bill to ensure that female assembly members would be known as Assemblywomen rather than Assemblymen, as they had been previously.
    Additional Information
    Related Collections at the California State Archives
    Assembly Elections and Reapportionment
    Assembly Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments
    Assembly Human Resources
    Assembly Governmental Efficiency and Cost Control
    Assembly Governmental Organization
    Assembly Judiciary
    Assembly Labor, Employment and Consumer Affairs
    Assembly Local Government
    Assembly Public Investment, Finance and Bonded Indebtedness
    Assembly Rules
    Assembly Ways and Means

    Accruals

    No further accruals are expected.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Minority business enterprises - California
    Democratic Party (Calif.)
    Affirmative action programs - California