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San Francisco Common Cause Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San Francisco Common Cause Records
    Dates: 1995-2017
    Collection Number: SFH 471
    Creator/Collector: Common Cause -- California -- San Francisco.
    Extent: 4 boxes
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: Documents the organization's activity, mainly during the administration of Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. (1996-2004).
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscrips must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    San Francisco Common Cause Records. San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

    Acquisition Information

    Collection was donated by Charles Marsteller on May 24, 2017, and dedicated to the memory of Margaret Ropchan, the organization's project manager and archivist.

    Biography/Administrative History

    San Francisco Common Cause is the local chapter of a national, nonpartisan organization dedicated to strengthening public participation in government. Common Cause works to ensure accountability and responsiveness of public officials and public institutions. California Common Cause (CCC) appointed its first local governmental chapter board, San Francisco Common Cause, in response to the election of Willie L. Brown as mayor of San Francisco in 1996. The state organization appointed Charles Marsteller as coordinator of the local chapter. CCC has allowed the creation of local chapters to be created, tied to an issue or local leadership, and to assist the organization's Northern California Field Director.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Contains files of the organization mainly during the mayoral terms of Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. (1996-2004). The group followed select aspects and continued to monitor certain issues related to Brown after he left office.

    Indexing Terms

    Political corruption -- United States -- San Francisco.
    Political ethics -- California -- San Francisco.
    Urban policy -- California -- San Francisco.
    Common Cause -- California -- San Francisco -- Archives.
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- Politics and government.

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