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Carlos J. Moorhead papers, 1973-1995
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  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Carlos J. Moorhead papers
    Date (inclusive): 1973-1995
    Collection number: 494
    Creator: Moorhead, Carlos J.
    Extent: 111 boxes (55.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Carlos J. Moorhead was the Representative for the Forty-third Assembly District of California from 1966 until 1972. Collection consists of correspondence, an extensive array of legislative material, and printed ephemera.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Carlos J. Moorhead, 1996.

    Processing Note

    These materials were from Moorhead's congressional office in Washington, DC. The papers were retained or discarded according to the House Historian Office guidelines.
    The materials that were retained focus on Moorhead's committee work within his areas of interest, ie. copyright and immigration.
    Materials from his office in Glendale, CA were discarded. They were comprised of case files, some printed materials and constituent files.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Carlos J. Moorhead papers (Collection 494). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Carlos J. Moorhead was born on May 5, 1922 in Long Beach, Calif. He graduated from Hoover High in Glendale (1940), UCLA (1943) and, after serving in WWII, USC Law School. He became the Representative for the Forty-third Assembly District of California from 1966 until 1972. During his tenure, Moorhead was vice chair of the Natural Resources, Planning and Public Works Committee, and a member of the California Law Revision Commission. Moorhead left the Assembly after being elected in 1972 to the U.S. House of Representatives. Upon beginning his term in the House in 1973, Moorhead served on the Judiciary Cte during the impeachment hearings of President Nixon. He served as Vice Chair of the Energy and Commerce Cte and of the Subcte on Intellectual Property and Judicial Administration. He also was Republican dean of the California congressional delegation and was appointed to serve on the Federal Court Study Commission by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. Moorhead was a founding member of the California Institute for Federal Policy, a think tank formed to help inform California's congressional members.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, an extensive array of legislative material, and printed ephemera. Topics cover a broad range of issues reflective of Moorhead's long tenure, including those relating to antitrust, appropriations, the national budget, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, California redistricting, commemorations and designations, Congressional reform, military defense, education, energy, the envionment, gun control, health care, immigration, intellectual property, judiciary matters, mass transit, telecommunications, and wages and benefits.

    Glossary of Subject Terms used for the Carlos J. Moorhead Collection

    • Corr - Both formal and informal letters to and from Moorhead
    • Dear Colleague Letter - Correspondence from and between Congressmen usually regarding pending legislation and petitions for bill sponsorship
    • Bill summary - A brief synopsis of pending legislation, occasionally includes a bill's status and current sponsors.
    • Legislative history summary - A synopsis of legislation which can include dates, original sponsors, and status in a committee.
    • News clippings - Includes original articles on newsprint cut from a newspaper, photocopies of articles, news wires from Associated Press, Dow Jones, or Lexis-Nexis news services.
    • Hearing Notice - A lengthy memo to Committee members which provides background, questions & answers, proposals, and amendments to pending legislation.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Affirmative action
    2. Anti-abortion
    3. Antitrust
    4. Appropriations
    5. Budget
    6. Burbank Airport
    7. California Institute
    8. California redistricting
    9. Commemoration/designation
    10. Commerce
    11. Congressional reform
    12. Defense
    13. Education
    14. Election campaign reform
    15. Elections
    16. Energy
    17. Environment
    18. Gun control
    19. Health care
    20. Immigration
    21. Intellectual property
    22. International relations
    23. Judiciary
    24. Legislation
    25. Mass transit
    26. Religious liberties
    27. Rose Bowl
    28. School prayer
    29. Taxation
    30. Telecommunications
    31. Wages and benefits

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Moorhead, Carlos J., --- 1922- Archives.
    Legislators --- California --- Archival resources.
    California. --- Legislature. --- Assembly.
    United States. --- Congress. --- House.
    Republican Party (Calif.)
    California --- Politics and government --- 1951-

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4432614 

    Related Material

    Oral history interview with Carlos J. Moorhead [oral history transcript] / by Susan Douglass Yates [interviewer].   UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1997. Available at UCLA Library Special Collections.