San Francisco Common Cause Records

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San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 557-4567

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


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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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