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Finding Aid to the David Donald Mulford papers, circa 1957-1970
BANC MSS 76/156 c  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: David Donald Mulford papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1957-1970
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 76/156 c
    Creators : Mulford, David Donald, 1915-2000
    Extent: Number of containers: 29 cartons, 1 box (linear feet: 36.5)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Papers of David Donald (Don) Mulford, California State Assemblyman for the 16th District and the 18th District (Oakland-Berkeley-Piedmont) from 1957 to 1970.
    Languages Represented: 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.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.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], David Donald Mulford papers, BANC MSS 76/156 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Mulford, David Donald, 1915-2000--Archives
    California. Legislature. Assembly--Leadership
    Republican Party (Calif.)
    Printers--California--San Francisco Bay Area
    California--Politics and government--1951-

    Administrative Information


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lara Michels in 2013.

    Biographical Information

    David Donald (Don) Mulford served as California State Assemblyman for the 16th District and the 18th District (Oakland-Berkeley-Piedmont) from 1957 to 1970. Born in Oakland in 1915, Mulford attended Oakland public schools and the University of California. He served in the army during World War II and then started his own Bay Area insurance company. He and his wife, Virginia Adams, had four children and lived in Piedmont. Mulford, a Republican, was a political ally of Governor Ronald Reagan and served as Chairman of the Minority Caucus from 1963 to 1969, when Republicans became the majority party in the Assembly, and then as Majority Caucus Chairman until 1970. He helped write a range of laws, including ones requiring fire alarms in schools, establishing the California-Nevada partnership to preserve Lake Tahoe, and setting aside open space in the East Bay hills. Mulford also wrote the Mulford Act, a law that prohibits persons from carrying loaded firearms into public places. His commitment to environmental legislation was recognized by the California Wildlife Federation in 1967. Mulford is also remembered for several controversies. In 1961, he demanded (unsuccessfully and much to the displeasure of many of his constituents on the UC Berkeley campus) that University of California President Clark Kerr cancel a speech by Fred Wilkinson, an adversary of the House Un-American Activities Committee. During the years of the Free Speech Movement and anti-war demonstrations in his district, Mulford demanded the dismissal of protesting students and called on the university to discipline faculty involved in anti-draft rallies. In 1970, Mulford left the Assembly, after losing his re-election bid to Ken Meade, and became the protocol officer for the state of California and the city of Oakland.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection includes bill files; resolution files; Legislative Council opinion files; Assembly committee files; materials relating to election results, polls, and petitions; subject files; correspondence; and press releases.