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Finding Aid to the John F. "Jack" Shelley Papers, 1953-1967 (bulk 1964-1967)
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Series 1 Legislative and Issue Files, 1961-1977

Physical Description: 5 cubic feet

Scope and Contents

Minutes, notes, memoranda, correspondence, reports, newsletters, and mechanical drawings, with a focus on the issue of redevelopment. A common thread is the concern by residents of both the Hunters Point and Western Addition Area A-2 communities of a recurrence of the Western Addition Area A-1 experience, with demolition removing thousands of low-income people who received insufficient relocation housing assistance and inadequate replacement housing.

Related Materials

See also Series 3: Public Services.


This series is organized into subseries by staff member.

Subseries A John F. Shelley, 1964-1967

Physical Description: 0.33 cubic feet

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains the mayor's files on only a few subjects including the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), civil disturbance procedure, and the Palace Hotel. Soon after Shelley came into office, he was faced with Negro rights pickets at the Palace Hotel, Lucky Stores, and the city's "Auto Row." Constituent correspondence reveals opinions on the Palace Hotel strike, in particular.
ABAG, a regional planning agency started in 1961, was dealing with issues including the filling of San Francisco Bay, open space, transportation, and regional home rule. Shelley brought San Francisco into ABAG for the first time and was an advocate of regional home rule, recommending the establishment of a unified, limited-function government structure for the Bay Area to deal with regional planning, refuse disposal, open space, and an airport system. The ABAG files demonstrate his efforts to legislate such a body, to change the composition of ABAG's executive committee to half publicly-elected instead of all supervisors and city councilmen, and to maintain the city's watershed areas in Alameda and San Mateo counties.


Arranged alphabetically by subject, then chronologically.
Box 1, Folders 1-4

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), 1965-1967

Box 9, Folder 1

ABAG, Preliminary Regional Plan, November, 1966

Box 1, Folder 5

Biographical and Office Organization, [ca. 1964]-1965

Box 1, Folder 6

Civil Disturbance Procedure, 1967

Box 1, Folders 7-9

Palace Hotel, Constituent Correspondence, 1964

Box 11, Folder 1

Real Estate Property Transfers, 1966-1967


Subseries B T.J. Kent, 1961-1967

Physical Description: 2.0 cubic feet

Biographical and Historical Note

T.J. (Jack) Kent was Coordinator of Housing, Planning and Development. His title was changed to Deputy for Development in July, 1966. On leave from his job as professor of city planning with the University of California, Berkeley, Kent was responsible for promoting the regional home rule plan which would not be implemented.

Scope and Contents

This subseries focuses on housing and development issues, including the City Demonstration Program and the Transit Task Force. The City Demonstration Program, also known as the Model Cities Program, was a proposal to revitalize the Hunters Point-Bayview community by taking advantage of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "Demonstration Cities Act of 1966." After more than a year of work on the proposal, its submission was terminated at the last minute. Of note is the mayor's recommendation against including a portion of the Mission District in the application, contrary to the Redevelopment Agency's recommendation. There is also a memo written by Justin Herman summarizing the Hunters Point housing situation (City Demonstration Program, 9 of 9).
In Kent's Mission District Redevelopment files is evidence of opposition as well as (failed) efforts by the mayor to get the Board of Supervisors' approval for an Inner Mission plan. Legislative efforts to make federal funding available for Hunters Point, Area G, are found in the Hunters Point Redevelopment file.
The Transit Task Force, also known as the Market Street (Design) Task Force, coordinated the design of the two-decked subway for Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and the Municipal Railway (MUNI), as well as the above-ground street.


Arranged alphabetically by subject, then chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 10

Area Manpower Planning, 1967



Box 1, Folder 11

Planning Directors Committee, 1965

Box 1, Folders 12-17

Regional Home Rule, 1965-1967

Box 1, Folder 18

Regional Planning Committee, 1967

Box 1, Folder 19

Bay Area Regional Organization, Joint Legislative Committee on, 1967

Box 1, Folder 20

Bay Area Council, 1967

Box 1, Folder 21

Bay Area Transportation Study Commission, 1967

Box 1, Folder 22

Bay Conservation and Development Commission Meeting Minutes, 1966-1967

Box 2, Folders 1-3

Capital Improvement Advisory Committee (CIAC), 1966-1967

Box 2, Folders 4-5

Recommended Six-Year Capital Improvement Program, Jan. 20, 1967

Box 2, Folder 6

Excerpts from the Recommended Six-Year Capital Improvement Program, 1967

Box 2, Folder 7

Citizens Housing Task Force, 1967

Box 2, Folders 8-16

City Demonstration Program, 1966-1967

Box 2, Folder 17

Strategies for Shaping Model Cities, 1967

Box 2, Folder 18

Deputy and Assistant Deputy for Development, Title Changes, 1966

Box 2, Folder 19

Deputy for Social Programs, New Position, 1966

Box 2, Folder 20

Hunters Point Redevelopment, 1961-1966

Box 2, Folders 21-23

Inter-Agency Committee on Urban Renewal, 1964-1967

Box 2, Folder 24

Housing and Relocation, 1966

Box 2, Folders 25-26

Mission District Redevelopment, 1966-1967

Box 20, Folder 4

Mission Transit Station, Conceptual Illustration, November, 1964

Box 2, Folder 27

Ocean View-Merced Heights-Ingleside Stabilization and Improvement Project, 1966

Box 2, Folder 28

Recreation and Park Department, 1967

Box 2, Folder 29

South of Market Area D-1/Yerba Buena Center, 1966

Box 3, Folders 1-5

Transit Task Force (formerly Market Street Task Force) 1966

Box 3, Folder 6

Market Street Development Report, 1965

Box 3, Folder 7

Market Street Design Report Number 2, June 23, 1965

Box 3, Folder 8

Market Street Design Report Number 4, May 9, 1966

Box 3, Folder 9

Meeting Notes, 1966-1967

Box 3, Folder 10

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Agreement, 1967

Box 3, Folder 11

BART, Davis Street Station, 1967

Box 3, Folder 12

University of California Extension, Community Design Center, 1966-1967

Box 3, Folder 13

War Memorial Opera House Expansion, 1966-1967

Box 3, Folder 14

Western Addition Area A-2, Evaluation of Housing Proposals, 1966


Subseries C Irwin Mussen, 1964-1967

Physical Description: 1.25 cubic feet

Biographical and Historical Note

Irwin Mussen served as Urban Renewal Coordinator, a position he also held in George Christopher's administration. Mussen left City Hall in June, 1965. Under Kent, Mussen advised the mayor on renewal, housing and development activities. As co-director of the Community Renewal Program (CRP), a federally funded program to study and guide urban renewal, he wrote the original CRP prospectus. The Urban Renewal Coordinator prepared the annual Workable Program for Community Development report, whose certification was required to receive federal money for urban renewal and low-rent housing. Mussen was chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Urban Renewal (IACUR), which ironed out the differences between city agencies in their renewal programs. He was also involved in the Market Street Task Force.

Scope and Contents

This subseries includes files of districts undergoing renewal and code enforcement, including South of Market and the Western Addition. The Embarcadero Freeway file includes mechanical drawings of two plans for a depressed roadway which did not proceed. Notably, the Western Addition Area A-2 files include the United San Francisco Freedom Movement's critical assessment of the A-2 renewal plan, maintaining that the area was really two distinct neighborhoods, with the Fillmore being predominantly Negro, poor, and low-rent as compared to the "L-shaped" neighborhood being white, wealthy, and moderate-rent. The assessment also maintains that the A-2 plan was essentially "Negro removal." The A-2 files also note the formation of block clubs of residents opposed to redevelopment, as well as the recommendation of "phased redevelopment" by the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union/Pacific Maritime Association.


Arranged alphabetically by subject, then chronologically.
Box 3, Folder 15

Bay Crossings, 1964

Box 3, Folder 16

Bay Model, 1964


Community Renewal Program (CRP),

Box 3, Folder 17

Citizens Advisory Committee, 1964-1965

Box 3, Folder 18

Citizens Advisory Committee Membership, 1964-1966

Box 3, Folder 19

Monthly Progress Reports, 1964

Box 3, Folder 20

Other Reports, 1964-1965


District and Project Files,

Box 3, Folder 21

Embarcadero Freeway, 1964-1965

Box 3, Folder 22

Glen Park, 1964

Box 3, Folder 23

Haight-Ashbury, 1964-1965

Box 3, Folder 24

Market Street Development Project, 1964-1965

Box 3, Folder 25

Statement of Objectives, September 13, 1965

Box 3, Folders 26-27

Market Street Coordinating Committee, 1964

Box 3, Folders 28-30

Market Street Coordinating Committee and Task Force, 1964-1965

Box 3, Folder 31

Market Street Design Task Force, Advisory Board and Executive Committee, 1965

Box 3, Folder 32

Mission, 1964-1965

Box 3, Folder 33

Old Hall of Justice, 1963-1964

Box 3, Folder 34

Chinese Cultural and Trade Center, 1965

Box 4, Folders 1-2

South of Market Area D-1, 1964-1965

Box 4, Folder 3

Development Committee Membership, 1964

Box 4, Folder 4

Exhibition Space/Sports Arena, 1964

Box 4, Folder 5

Reports, 1964-1965

Box 11, Folders 2-6

Yerba Buena Center, 1964-1967

Box 4, Folder 6

Waterfront, Height Limits, 1964

Box 4, Folder 7

Western Addition Area A-1, 1964

Box 4, Folder 8

Japanese Cultural and Trade Center, 1961-1965

Box 4, Folder 9

Saint Francis Square, 1964

Box 4, Folders 10-11

Western Addition Area A-2, 1963-1964

Box 4, Folder 12

International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union/Pacific Maritime Association Plan, 1964

Box 4, Folder 13

Board of Supervisors, 1964

Box 4, Folder 14

Published Plans, 1964

Box 4, Folder 15

Western Addition, Beyond Project Areas, 1964

Box 4, Folder 16

Requests for Information, 1964-1965

Box 4, Folder 17

Urban Renewal Coordinator, Classification of Duties, 1964-1965

Box 4, Folder 18

Workable Program for Community Improvement, 1965


Subseries D John H. Anderson, 1964-1967

Physical Description: 1.67 cubic feet

Biographical and Historical Note

John H. Anderson became Urban Renewal Coordinator in July, 1965. Anderson's title was changed to Assistant Deputy for Development in 1966. Anderson worked on the 95.6 million-dollar City Demonstration Program application (which would not be submitted). He also authored the IACUR "Report on Housing in San Francisco." The Citizens Housing Task Force reviewed the IACUR reports on housing and business relocation, and recommended establishing a Housing Commission to provide centralized housing services, and a Citizens Advisory Committee.

Scope and Contents

Anderson's Hunters Point file includes discussion of the maintenance and expected removal of the temporary war housing structures in the Ridge Point project in Hunters Point. A draft statement by the Human Rights Commission on an affirmative action housing program is within the City Demonstration Program, Hunters Point Reports and Memoranda, file. Also, there is a draft resolution by the commission on low- and moderate-income housing (Housing, 1 of 2). A report on the activities of the Economic Opportunity Council which the mayor established to coordinate anti-poverty efforts is found in the council file. Plans for a subsurface roadway connecting the Golden Gate Bridge approaches to the Embarcadero Freeway along the northern waterfront are found in the Golden Gate Freeway file. Of particular note is a copy of T.J. Kent's report on the city's redevelopment policies prepared for Mayor-Elect Alioto.


Arranged alphabetically by subject, then chronologically.
Box 4, Folder 19

BART, 1965-1966

Box 4, Folder 20

CIAC, 1964-1967

Box 4, Folder 21

Citizens Housing Task Force, 1967

See Also:

Box 4, Folder 22

Formation, 1967

Box 4, Folder 23

Minutes, 1967

Box 4, Folder 24

Relocation Subcommittee, 1967

Box 4, Folder 25

First Report, October-November, 1967

Box 4, Folders 26-29

City Demonstration Program, 1966-1967

See also:

Hunters Point
Box 4, Folder 30

Family Service Agency, 1965

Box 4, Folder 31

Assignments, March-April, 1966

Box 4, Folder 32

Advisory Committee Members, April, 1966

Box 4, Folder 33

Minutes, March-June, 1966

Box 4, Folder 34

Hunters Point Reports and Memoranda, 1966

Box 4, Folder 35

Parents & Taxpayers Newsletters, 1966

Box 4, Folder 36

San Francisco Unified School District, 1966

Box 4, Folder 37

Staff, 1966

Box 4, Folder 38

United Community Fund, 1966

Box 11, Folder 7

Civic Center Development Plan, 1964

Box 11, Folder 8

Community Renewal Program, 1965-1966

Box 11, Folder 9

Correspondence from T.J. Kent, 1966-1967

Box 11, Folder 10

Current Issues, no date

Box 11, Folder 11

Downtown Economy Report, 1963

Box 4, Folder 39

Economic Opportunity Council, 1966

Box 4, Folder 40

Golden Gate Freeway, 1965

Box 11, Folder 12

Greenbelt Talk by T.J. Kent, 1965

Box 5, Folders 1-2

Housing, 1966-1967

See Also

Box 5, Folder 3

Studies, 1966-1967

Box 5, Folder 4

Hunters Point, 1965-1967

See Also:

City Demonstration Program


See Also:

Citizens Housing Task Force
Box 5, Folder 5

Corridor Sub-committee, 1966

Box 5, Folder 6

Housing Report Drafts, 1967

Box 5, Folder 7

"A Report on Housing in San Francisco" May, 1967

Box 5, Folder 8

"Report on Housing and Business Relocation Services" (Draft), June, 1967

Box 5, Folder 9

Relocation, Subcommittee on, 1966-1967

Box 11, Folder 13

Robert F. Kennedy Jobs and Housing Bills, 1967

Box 5, Folder 10

Kent, T.J., Development Policies Report to Mayor-Elect Alioto, December 28, 1967

Box 5, Folder 11

Kent, T.J., Staff Memoranda, 1966

Box 5, Folder 12

Market Street Design Task Force, 1965

Box 5, Folder 13

Citizens Advisory Committee, 1965

Box 11, Folder 14

Plan, 1967

Box 11, Folder 15

Memoranda to Mayor Summarizing Activities, 1965-1967

Box 11, Folder 16

Parking, North Beach, 1965

Box 5, Folder 14

Plan of Action for Challenging Times, 1966

Box 11, Folder 17

Regional Government, 1967

Box 5, Folder 15

Resources Agency of California, 1966

Box 11, Folder 18

Southern Freeway, 1965

Box 11, Folder 19

Transportation Bill, 1966

Box 5, Folder 16

Transportation Plan (Working Paper), December, 1966

Box 11, Folder 20

Urban Crisis Article, 1967

Box 11, Folder 21

Urban Development Bill, 1966

Box 11, Folder 22

Urban Renewal Coordinator, 1965

Box 5, Folder 17

Western Addition Area A-2, Relocation Project Proposal (Redevelopment Agency), September 18, 1964

Box 5, Folder 18

Western Addition Area A-2, 1966-1967

Box 5, Folder 19

Workable Program, 1967

Box 11, Folder 23

Yerba Buena Center, 1965-1967


Series 2 Press and Speeches, 1964-1967

Physical Description: 7 folders

Scope and Contents

This series contains only two press releases and five speeches, including Shelley's report to the Board of Supervisors following the Hunters Point riots. A few other speeches and statements are found in the Legislative and Issues series. Those topics include: regional home rule (in the mayor's ABAG files); "18-Point Program" for San Francisco (summary, in T.J. Kent, IACUR, 2 of 3); Western Addition Area 2 (in Irwin Mussen, A-2, 2 of 2); Midtown Park dedication (Mussen, Western Addition Area 1); Western Addition Area 2 (radio address, in John Anderson's A-2 file); rehabilitation of temporary war housing (Anderson, Hunters Point); and the Hunters Point riots (Anderson, City Demonstration Program, 4 of 4). Additionally, the John Francis "Jack" Shelley Collection at the Labor Archives, San Francisco State University, includes mayoral speeches and news clippings.


Arranged alphabetically by subject, with press releases followed by speeches.
Box 5, Folder 20

Press, Appointments, 1966-1967

Box 5, Folder 21

"After 16 Months on the Hot Seat", April 30, 1965

Box 5, Folder 22

Board of Supervisors, Report to, October 3, 1966

Box 5, Folder 23

Downtown Association Board of Directors, November 25, 1964

Box 11, Folder 24

Inaugural Address, Jan. 8, 1964

Box 5, Folder 24

Press Club Gang Dinner, September 18, 1964

Box 5, Folder 25

St. John's Armenian Apostolic Church, January, 1965


Series 3 Public Services, 1953-1967

Physical Description: 2.6 cubic feet

Scope and Contents

This series contains proclamations and events, including the visits of special guests, and the Public Service Director's interoffice memoranda. Of interest are the approximately 100 black-and-white photographs documenting Sister City activities with Osaka, Japan. Also noteworthy are plans for the twentieth anniversary celebration of the United Nations, and correspondence regarding the deed to Father Junipero Serra's house in Mallorca, Spain. (See the Small Manuscripts collection MSS 20/9-12 for the deed.) The Interoffice Memo subjects include the watershed property in San Mateo County (May 18, 1964 and July 6, 1964), employment of the physically handicapped (April 14, 1964), retention of the Naval shipyard (April 7 and 28 and July 1, 1964 and other dates), and opposition to the Panhandle Freeway (Oct. 19, 1964), as well as a directive from the mayor (March 25, 1964) that "Coats must be worn in my office."


Arranged alphabetically by subject, then chronologically, with constituent concerns followed by special events.

Constituent Concerns

Box 5, Folder 26

Commissioners, [196-]

Box 5, Folder 27

Constituent Correspondence (Responses), January-February, 1964

Box 11, Folders 25-27

deYoung Museum, Avery Brundage Collection, 1966-1967

Box 11, Folder 28

Education Appointments 1964-1966

Box 11, Folder 29

Golden Gate Bridge, 1965-1967

Box 5, Folders 23-31

Interoffice Memos, 1964-1965

Box 5, Folder 32

Maritime Museum,

Box 5, Folder 33

Neighborhood Youth Corps, 1965

Box 5, Folder 34

Pornography, 1965

Box 5, Folder 35

Sanitation, 1965

Box 5, Folder 36

Serra House, Father Junipero, 1963-1967

Box 5, Folders 37-38

Serra House, Father Junipero, Chief Administrative Officer's Files, 1953-1966

Box 5, Folder 39

Youth Opportunities Center, 1965


Special Events

Box 5, Folders 40-41

Consular Corps Dinner, 1966-1967

Box 5, Folder 42

de Anza Scholarship, 1964

Box 5, Folder 43

Film Festival, 1964-1966

Box 5, Folder 44

Giants Opening Game, 1967

Box 5, Folder 45

Inaugural Ceremonies, January 8, 1964

Box 5, Folder 46

Latin American Fiesta, 1966

Box 6, Folder 1

League of California Cities, [196-]

Box 6, Folder 2

MacDonald, Jeanette, Funeral, 1965

Box 6, Folder 3

Marionettes, 1967

Box 6, Folders 4-5

National Flags, 1964-1967

Box 6, Folder 6

Navy Dance, 1967

Box 6, Folder 7

New Neighbors Now, Western Airlines, 1965-1966

Box 6, Folders 8-10, Box 8

Osaka-San Francisco Sister Cities, 1964-1967

Box 6, Folder 11

Miss Sister City (Osaka), 1964

Box 6, Folders 12-14

Goodwill Mission From Osaka, 1965-1966

Box 6, Folder 15

Miss Sister City (San Francisco), 1965-1966

Box 6, Folder 16

Town Affiliation Bulletins, 1964-1967

Box 6, Folder 17

Japan World Exposition, 1966-1967

Box 6, Folder 18

News, 1966-1967

Box 6, Folder 19

World Traffic Safety Conference, 1966-1967

Box 6, Folders 20-23

Proclamations, 1964-1967

Box 6, Folder 24

1968 Republican National Convention, 1965-1967

Box 6, Folder 25

Rose Bowl Trip, 1967

Box 6, Folder 26

St. Patrick's Day Committee, 1967

Box 6, Folders 27-28

San Francisco's Birthday Celebration, 1966-1967

Box 7, Folders 1-7

United Nations 20th Anniversary 1964-1965

Box 7, Folder 8

Pamphlets, 1965

Box 7, Folder 9

Petitions of Protest, 1965

Box 7, Folder 10

United Nations Day, 1966-1967

Box 7, Folder 11

USS Coral Sea, 1967

Box 7, Folders 12-14

Veterans Day Parade, 1965-1967



Box 7, Folder 15

Princess Margaret of Great Britain, 1965

Box 7, Folder 16

Lord Mayor of London, 1966

Box 7, Folder 17

President of Upper Volta, 1965

Box 7, Folder 18

U.S. World Trade Fair, 1964


Series 4 Campaigns, 1963-1967

Physical Description: 4.0 folders

Scope and Contents

This series contains a few items from Shelley's mayoral and re-election campaigns, two bond measures of June 2, 1964, and an endorsement of Alan Cranston in his bid for U.S. Senate in 1964.


Arranged chronologically, with Shelley's campaigns first.
Box 7, Folder 19

Shelley for Mayor, 1963

Box 7, Folder 20

Re-election Campaign, 1967

Box 7, Folder 21

Proposition A, Sewer Bond, and Proposition B, Lighting Bond, 1964

Box 7, Folder 22

Cranston for U.S. Senator, 1964