Finding Aid to the David Donald Mulford papers, circa 1957-1970

Finding Aid written by Lara Michels
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
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Finding Aid to the David Donald Mulford papers, circa 1957-1970

Collection Number: BANC MSS 76/156 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Lara Michels
Date Completed:
January 2013
2013 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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
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.

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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.

Container List


Series 1:  Assembly and Senate Bill files. 1961-1969

Physical Description: Carton 1-16

Scope and Content Note

Bill files may include copies of bills, correspondence, and research materials.
Carton 1

Assembly and Senate bills, 1961-1964

Carton 2

Senate bills, 1965

Carton 3-6

Assembly bills, 1965

Carton 7

Senate and Assembly bills, 1965-1966

Carton 8

Senate bills, 1967

Carton 9

Senate and Assembly bills, 1967

Carton 10-14

Assembly bills, 1967

Carton 15

Senate bills, 1969

Carton 16

Assembly bills, 1969


Series 2:  Assembly and Senate Resolution Files. 1961-1969

Physical Description: carton 17-18
Carton 17

Assembly and Senate resolutions, 1961-1967

Carton 18, Folder 1-77

Assembly and Senate resolutions, 1968-1969


Series 3:  Legislative Council Opinions. circa 1966-1970

Physical Description: Carton 18, folder 78-108

Series 4:  Assembly Committee Files. circa 1959-1968

Physical Description: Carton 19-20

Series 5:  Petitions, Election Results, Polls, Rosters and Lists. circa 1958-1969

Physical Description: Carton 21

Series 6:  Subject Files. circa 1958-1969

Physical Description: Carton 22-27; carton 28, folder 1-16
Carton 22, Folder 1

Academic Senates

Carton 22, Folder 2-3


Carton 22, Folder 4

Air pollution

Carton 22, Folder 5-6

Alameda County

Carton 22, Folder 7-8

Assemblyman Barnes, Richard E.

Carton 22, Folder 9

Assemblyman Badham, Robert E.

Carton 22, Folder 10

Bagley, William T. (Assemblyman)

Carton 22, Folder 11

Bay Area government,

Carton 22, Folder 12

BART newsclippings

Carton 22, Folder 13

Bay Crossing

Carton 22, Folder 14

Beaches and parks

Carton 22, Folder 15

Berkeley Firefighters Association

Carton 22, Folder 16

Berkeley, Legislative program

Carton 22, Folder 17

Berryhill, Clare (Assemblyman)

Carton 22, Folder 18


Carton 22, Folder 19


Carton 22, Folder 20


Carton 22, Folder 21

Briggs, Assemblyman John V.

Carton 22, Folder 22-23

Brown, Edmund G.

Carton 22, Folder 24

Brown Act -- open hearings

Carton 22, Folder 25

Brown Act -- open hearings

Carton 22, Folder 25-30, Carton 23, Folder 1-3


Carton 23, Folder 4

Burton, Assemblyman John

Carton 23, Folder 5


Carton 23, Folder 6

California Plan

Carton 23, Folder 7

California School Board Association

Carton 23, Folder 8

California School for the Blind

Carton 23, Folder 9

California School for the Deaf

Carton 23, Folder 10

California Teachers Association

Carton 23, Folder 11


Carton 23, Folder 12

Campaign financing

Carton 23, Folder 13

Capitol dome

Carton 23, Folder 14

Capital punishment

Carton 23, Folder 15

Carpenter, Honorable Dennis

Carton 23, Folder 16

Caucus, Sierra County

Carton 23, Folder 17

Cleaver, Eldredge

Carton 23, Folder 18

Constitutional Revision Commission

Carton 23, Folder 19

Civil Rights, 1966

Carton 23, Folder 20

Department of Motor Vehicles

Carton 23, Folder 21


Carton 23, Folder 22

Education and universities (not UC)

Carton 23, Folder 23

Federal-State relations

Carton 23, Folder 24


Box 1, Folder 1

Huey Newton

Carton 23, Folder 25


Box 1, Folder 2

Jacaban, M.H.

Box 1, Folder 3

Jai Alai

Carton 23, Folder 26

Jordan, Frank M.

Carton 23, Folder 27

Knowland, William F. (Senator)

Box 1, Folder 4

Koen, Ross

Carton 23, Folder 28


Box 1, Folder 5

Lanterman, Hon. Frank

Carton 24, Folder 1-3

League of Women Voters

Box 1, Folder 6

Marks, Senator Milton

Carton 24, Folder 4

Materials regarding Berkeley

Carton 24, Folder 5

Materials regarding narcotics

Box 1, Folder 7

Medi-Cal: skilled nursing homes

Carton 24, Folder 6

Mental health

Carton 24, Folder 7

Mime troupe

Carton 24, Folder 8-15


Carton 24, Folder 16-21

Miscellaneous regarding legislature

Carton 25, Folder 1

Mulford Action Newsletter

Carton 25, Folder 2

Mulford bills, local law enforcement

Carton 25, Folder 3

New Left

Carton 25, Folder 4-8

Newsletters (not by Mulford)

Carton 25, Folder 9

Oakland Tribuine

Carton 25, Folder 10


Carton 25, Folder 11


Carton 25, Folder 12

Piedmont Code of Ethics

Carton 25, Folder 13-14

Political materials

Carton 25, Folder 15


Carton 25, Folder 16-17

Press releases (not by Mulford)

Box 1, Folder 8

Priolo, Assemblyman Paul

Carton 25, Folder 18

Private enterprise

Carton 25, Folder 19

Proposition 1-A

Carton 25, Folder 20-21

Public health

Carton 25, Folder 22

Public Health (Assembly Interim Committee on)

Carton 25, Folder 23


Carton 25, Folder 24

Rapid transit (progress report)

Carton 25, Folder 25-26, Carton 26, Folder 1-4


Carton 26, Folder 5


Carton 26, Folder 6

Registration and voting

Carton 26, Folder 7

Rent subsidy

Carton 26, Folder 8-9

Republican party materials

Carton 26, Folder 10

Republican groups

Carton 26, Folder 11

Republican problems

Carton 26, Folder 12

Republican side of the Assembly

Carton 26, Folder 13

Republican State Central Committee

Carton 26, Folder 14


Carton 26, Folder 15

Resolutions sent to Mulford

Carton 26, Folder 16-17


Carton 26, Folder 18

Responsible Citizens Aroused

Carton 26, Folder 19

Revenue and taxation

Box 1, Folder 9

Rumford, Byron

Carton 26, Folder 20

San Francisco Bay

Carton 26, Folder 21-22, Carton 27, Folder 1-4


Box 1, Folder 10

Schrade, Senator Jack

Box 1, Folder 11

Sherman, Senator Lewis F.

Carton 27, Folder 5

Smoking and health

Carton 27, Folder 6

Smoot, Dan (report)

Carton 27, Folder 7

South Vietnam

Carton 27, Folder 8

Squaw Valley

Carton 27, Folder 9


Carton 27, Folder 10

State Franchise Tax Board

Carton 27, Folder 11

State gasoline tax

Carton 27, Folder 12

State highways

Carton 27, Folder 13


Box 1, Folder 12

Stacey, Assemblyman Kent H.

Box 1, Folder 13

Stull, Assemblyman John

Carton 27, Folder 14


Carton 27, Folder 15


Carton 27, Folder 16


Carton 27, Folder 17-18

TV and radio editorials

Carton 27, Folder 19-37

University of California

Box 1, Folder 14

Unruh, Hon. Jesse M.

Carton 27, Folder 38

Unruh-Burns press conference

Carton 27, Folder 39

Urban development

Carton 27, Folder 40

V, miscellaneous

Carton 27, Folder 41

Venereal disease

Carton 27, Folder 42-43


Carton 27, Folder 44-45

Veterans' Home (Yountville)

Carton 27, Folder 46-47, Carton 28, Folder 1-3


Carton 28, Folder 4-5

Watts Riots

Carton 28, Folder 6-9


Carton 28, Folder 10

Western fairs

Carton 28, Folder 11

Women for Peace

Carton 28, Folder 12

X, Y, Z, miscellaneous

Carton 28, Folder 13

Young American Medals for Bravery and Service

Carton 28, Folder 14-16



Series 7:  Correspondence. circa 1957-1970

Physical Description: Carton 28, folder 18-33; carton 29, folder 1-10


Arranged in chronological order by year.

Series 8:  Press Releases. circa 1962-1967

Physical Description: Carton 29, folder 11-54