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BANC MSS 81/58 c  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: John T. Knox papers
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 81/58 c
    Physical Description: 30 linear feet (24 cartons; 1 oversize folder)
    Date (bulk): 1961-1980 (bulk 1967-1980
    Abstract: The John T. Knox papers document Knox's career as a member of the California Assembly representing the 11th district, with files encompassing 1967-1980.
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John T. Knox papers, BANC MSS 81/58 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The John T. Knox papers were donated to The Bancroft Library by John T. Knox in 1980.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Joanna M. Black in 2015.

    Biographical Information

    John T. Knox, Democrat, was a California Assembly Member who served from 1960 to 1980, representing California’s 11th District, including cities in Contra Costa County.
    Born in Reno, Nevada on September 30, 1924, Knox relocated to California in 1929 and attended public schools in both Sacramento and Alhambra. He is an attorney by profession, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He married Jean Henderson in 1949 and has three children.
    Knox was elected to the California Assembly during a special election in November of 1960 and served as Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore, the second highest leadership position in the House, from 1976 until 1980. He also chaired the Assembly Select Committee on the Revision of the Nonprofit Corporations Code and authored numerous assembly bills, including the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975; the General Corporation Law of 1975; the Nonprofit Corporation Law of 1978; the Corporate Securities Act of 1968; the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970; the Municipal Organization Act of 1977; the Knox-Nisbet Act establishing local agency formation commissions; and the “Save the Bay” bill establishing the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. He received the 2nd Annual Bay Area Environment Award of the San Francisco Bay Area Council for the most significant contribution to the Bay Area environment in 1970.
    After retiring from office in 1980, Knox formed the San Francisco office of a Los Angeles based law firm, Nossaman, Krueger and Marsh. Additionally, a portion of Interstate 580 is called the John T. Knox Freeway in his honor.

    Scope and Content

    The John T. Knox papers document Knox's career as a member of the California Assembly representing the 11th district, with files encompassing 1967-1980. The first series, Legislative Bill Files, includes bill copies, reports, and analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, press releases, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. The second series, Subject Files, includes more general legislative documents, such as campaign and proposition documents, reports and analysis, press releases, speech material, maps, correspondence, committee material, and some administrative documents. Both series’ cover topics such as health care, education, environment, water and energy, local government and corporate law. Folder titles for both series' were assigned by the original record creator.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Knox, John T. (John Theryll), 1924- --Archives
    California. Legislature. Assembly
    Local government -- California
    Contra Costa County (Calif.)
    California -- Politics and government