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Finding Aid to the Alan Cranston Papers, 1914-1993, bulk 1940-1993
BANC MSS 88/214 c  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Alan Cranston papers
    Date (inclusive): 1914-1993,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1940-1993
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 88/214 c
    Creators : Cranston, Alan, 1914-2000
    Extent: Number of containers: 625 cartons, 1 box, 48 volumes, 3 oversize folders Linear feet: 800.95 linear feet
    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: Includes papers relating to Alan Cranston's pre-Senatorial career, Senate career, and other political activities; also includes personal papers.
    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


    Partially restricted collection. Files regarding Derwinski (ctn. 107) and Senate Ethics Committee Hearings (Series 2.6) restricted until September 20, 2025.

    Publication Rights

    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], Alan Cranston Papers, BANC MSS 88/214 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Related Collections

    Eleanor Fowle Cameron Papers, BANC MSS 90/177 c

    Separated Material

    Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 2008.064).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Cranston, Alan, 1914-2000--Archives
    United States. Congress. Senate
    California. Office of State Controller
    United States--Politics and government--20th century

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Alan Cranston Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Alan Cranston on March 16, 1988.


    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the carton level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Susan Goldstein, with assistance from Dennis Scott and Steven Mandeville-Gamble.

    Biographical Information

    Cranston, Alan, a Senator from California; born in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, Calif., June 19, 1914; attended the public schools in Los Altos, Calif., Pomona College, and the University of Mexico; graduated, Stanford University 1936; International News Service, covering England, Germany, Italy, and Ethiopia 1937-1938; chief, foreign language division, Office of War Information 1940-1944; enlisted in the United States Army in 1944 and served until the conclusion of the Second World War; national president, United World Federalists 1949-1952; elected State comptroller of California in 1958, and reelected in 1962; business career in land investment and home construction; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1968 for the term commencing January 3, 1969; reelected in 1974, 1980, and again in 1986 and served from January 3, 1969 to January 3, 1993; was not a candidate for reelection in 1992; reprimanded by the Select Committee on Ethics for "improper conduct" on November 20, 1991; Democratic whip 1977-1991; chairman, Committee on Veterans' Affairs (Ninety-fifth, Ninety-sixth, One Hundredth through One Hundred Second Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 1984; was a resident of Los Altos, Calif., until his death on December 31, 2000; remains were cremated.
    --Taken from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000877 

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers are divided into four series: Pre-Senatorial Career, Senate Career, Political Activities, and Personal. The Pre-Senatorial Career series contains the following subseries: Journalism/Writing, Common Council for American Unity, Office of War Information, United World Federalists, California Democratic Council, and California State Controller. The Senate Career series is subdivided into the following subseries: Schedules, Whip/Leadership, Administrative Assistant Files, Administrative, Alan Cranston Files, and Ethics Committee Hearings, Mail, California Files, Legislative Record, Legislation, Committees and Press series. The Political Activity series is divided into two subseries: Campaign and Political Activity. The Personal series consists of two subseries: Personal papers and Photographs.
    A couple subseries are further divided into subsubseries, most notably Legislation and Campaigns. Legislation is broken down by subject into the following subsubseries: Agriculture/Environment/Native Americans, Arts/Education/Labor, Energy and Transportation, Foreign Policy and Defense, Health, Judiciary Issues, Social Services, Tax and Trade. The Campaign subseries consists of the following campaigns: 1958 Controller campaign, 1962 Controller campaign, 1964 Senate campaign, 1966 Controller campaign, 1968 Senate campaign, 1974 Senate campaign, 1980 Senate campaign, 1984 Presidential campaign, and 1986 Senate campaign.
    No casework files remain with the collection. Approximately 1,482 cartons of casework from 1969-1993 were destroyed when the office closed in order to ensure constituent confidentiality. Because the cases were filed by constituent last name rather than agency, it was decided that even a sample would not yield sufficiently important historical information to justify retaining these files.
    No incoming constituent mass mailings were retained. Although it is possible to determine the volume of office mail from the Mail Reports, and a copy of each outgoing response was saved, over 3,000 cartons of mass mailings were destroyed because of their low historical value. In addition, the central mail files were retained on microfilm, while all hard copies were destroyed. In all, over 4,000 cartons of incoming mail were weeded from the collection.
    Duplicates, declined invitations, background reports and publications, background clippings, research or reference materials, and printed congressional documents that do not document Senator Cranston's role have all been discarded.