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Inventory of the Sam Farr Papers
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Series Descriptions


Series 1 Bill Files 1981-1994

Physical Description: 240 file folders


Bill files are arranged chronologically by legislative session and then numerically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Most bill files include all or some of the following items: bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, press releases, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. Of particular interest are bills that focused on Farr's "three E's" which he prioritized in the legislature: economic development, educational excellence, and environmental protection. Farr was a strong opponent of President Reagan's proposal to open up certain sections of the California coastline to offshore oil drilling; his AJR19 of 1981-1982 urged Congress to uphold a federal moratorium on drilling. He authored AB2600 in 1981-1982, which would have outlawed the use of certain steel-jawed animal traps. In 1984, his AB2099 became Proposition 18 on the statewide ballot; it sold general obligation bonds to finance improvements and upgrades to state parks (it passed, 63 to 37 percent). Also in 1984, a constitutional amendment of Farr's, ACA6, made it onto the statewide ballot as Proposition 34 (it failed, 53 to 47 percent). In the 1985-1986 session, he proposed divesting all state funds from companies doing business with apartheid-era South Africa (AB1300); banning corporal punishment in public schools (AB1617); requiring agricultural companies to label their products by country of origin (AB1630); allowing judges to require convicted drunk drivers to install ignition interlock ("Breathalyzer") devices in their cars (AB 3939); and holding oil companies fully liable for the negative effects of oil spills (AB4044). The Farr Act of 1987-88 (AB4327) increased state regulation of art dealers, with the intent of reducing fraudulent art sales. A strong supporter of environmental regulation, Farr introduced the Ozone Protection Act of 1993 (AB2358) just before departing the Assembly for Congress.
1981-1982: AB227-AB3802, ACR4-ACR152, AJR19-AJR126 (27ff) LP391:1-27
1983-1984: AB43-AB3979, ACA6-ACA76, ACR4-ACR170,AJR15-AJR95 (41ff) LP391:28-68
1985-1986: AB123-AB4251, ACR60-ACR170, AJR8-AJR42 (75ff) LP391:69-143
1987-1988: AB7-AB4634, ACR37-ACR92, AJR23-AJR72 (30ff) LP391:144-173
1989-1990: AB409-AB4305, ACA35-ACA50, ACR2-ACR112,AJR13-AJR114, AB30X-AB41X, SB14X (33ff) LP391:174-206
1991-1992: AB6-AB3783, ACA17-ACA44, ACR53-ACR74,AJR3-AJR88 (33ff) LP391:207-235
1993-1994: AB160-AB2358, ACR22 (5ff) LP391:236-240

Series 2 Subject Files 1980-1993

Physical Description: 237 file folders


Subject files are arranged alphabetically by subject headings.

Scope and Content Note

Subject Files expand upon topics found in the bill files and include additional background information on topics Farr considered most important as a legislator: arts in education, offshore oil drilling, state parks, local school district issues, and general issues of the 1980s such as abortion, crime, Proposition 13, taxes and welfare.
Included in Subject Files are correspondence from constituents and other legislators, news clippings, government reports, internal memoranda between Farr and his staff, and transcripts of speeches given by Farr.
For a complete list of subjects, see Appendix A in Master Finding Aid at the California State Archives.

Series 3 Press Clippings 1983-1986

Physical Description: 4 file folders


Press clippings are arranged chronologically by year into four years: 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986.

Scope and Content Note

Press clippings consist of photocopied newspaper articles pertaining to Sam Farr - both his legislation and his activities within his district.

Series 4 Press Releases 1982-1986

Physical Description: 6 file folders


Press releases are arranged chronologically by year into five years: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of official press releases from Farr's Assembly office, the Assembly Committee on Economic Development and New Technologies which he chaired, and the Friends of Farr Committee (his election campaign committee).

Series 5 Correspondence 1980-1990

Physical Description: 3 file folders


Correspondence is arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence covers a variety of subjects, ranging from impending legislation (including Farr's legislation and proposals by other legislators), controversial issues of the day, and local issues and problems constituents requiring Farr's assistance. Correspondence is not comprehensive and most, if not all, of the subjects addressed in the correspondence files are addressed in greater detail in the Subject Files and Bill Files of this collection.

Series 6 Campaign Files 1988

Physical Description: 1 file folder


Campaign files are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Campaign files consist of reports filed with the Secretary of State and the Fair Political Practices Commission, internal memoranda between campaign staff, press releases, news clippings, and campaign literature.