Guide to the California Republican Assembly Records

Processed by Cyndi Shein; machine-readable finding aid created by Cyndi Shein
Special Collections and Archives
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University of California, Irvine
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Descriptive Summary

Title: California Republican Assembly records
Date: 1955-1969,
Date (bulk): bulk 1955-1957
Collection Number: MS-R128
Creator: California Republican Assembly
Extent: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Languages: The collection is in English.
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: The collection comprises records from the California Republican Assembly (CRA), a grassroots political organization that promotes conservative values, policies, and candidates related to the Republican Party. Over the years CRA has supported several winning candidates in the national political arena and has helped shape politics in California.

Important Information for Researchers


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

California Republican Assembly Records. MS-R128. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information


Processing History

Processed by Cyndi Shein, 2008.

Historical Background

Organizational History

The California Republican Assembly (CRA) is a grassroots, political organization that promotes conservative values, policies, and candidates within the Republican Party. Dr. Robert Craig and Edward Shattuck began the CRA in 1932 with the intention of it being free and open to all Republicans, but for the first ten years, CRA sought the membership solely of men under the age of forty. Shortly after its incorporation in 1935, the CRA had over 8,000 members in 47 of the 48 counties in California. The CRA had 12,000 members by 1940, over 11,000 by 1956, and over 14,000 by 1963. Although membership in CRA was free initially, a bylaw requiring paid memberships was eventually adopted.  CRA's founding fathers maintained an open and liberal philosophy; Dr. Robert Craig felt that paid membership betrayed the original concept and goals of CRA.  By 1955, there were many members whose philosophy was opposed to that of CRA's founders.  The liberals lost control of CRA with the election of moderate president Fred Hall in 1962, and CRA has been dominated by a conservative philosophy since 1972.
Over the years CRA has supported several winning candidates in the national political arena and has helped shape politics in California. Although the CRA supports Republican values and candidates, it does not officially represent the Republican Party.
The following chronology lists CRA presidents through 1969, the most recent date of the materials in the collection.

Biography/Organization History


1932-1938 Robert Craig, executive secretary
1934 February 11 CRA holds its first statewide organizational meeting in San Jose, California.
1934 March 12-1936 Sherrill Halbert, president.
1935 July 12 CRA is incorporated.
1936-1937 Edward S. Shattuck, president.
1937-1938 Robert S. Barkell, president.
1938- George Newell serves as president and dies while in office.
1938-1939 McIntyre Faries, president.
1939-1940 Worth Brown, president.
1940-1941 William D. Campbell, president.
1941-1942 William F. Reichel, president.
1942-1943 Carlyle Lynton, president.
1943-1944 William C. Troyer, president.
1944-1945 Murray Chotiner, president.
1945-1946 Arthur C. Carmichael, president.
1946-1947 G. Revelle Harrison, president.
1947-1948 Arthur F. Strehlow, president.
1948-1949 Gordon X. Richmond, president.
1949-1950 Ernest L. West, president.
1950-1951 Harrison H. McCall, president.
1951-1952 Markell C. Baer, president.
1952-1953 A. Ronald Button, president.
1953-1954 Albert R. Bower, president.
1954-1955 Harold C. Ramser, president.
1955-1956 Robert H. Power, president.
1956-1957 Robert Fenton Craig, president.
1957-1958 George W. Milias, president.
1958-1959 John J. Philips, president.
1959-1960 Gardiner Johnson, president.
1960-1961 Harvey Mydland, president.
1961-1962 Robert Lindsey, president.
1962-1963 Fred Hall, president.
1963-1964 William Nelligan, president.
1964-1965 Nolan Frizzelle, the first of the "conservative" presidents of CRA.
1965-1966 Cyril Stevenson, Jr., president.
1966-1967 Dick Darling, president.
1967-1968 Frank P. Adams, president.
1968-1969 Tirso del Junco, president.
1969-1970 James S. Kraemer, president.


California Republican Assembly. "History of the CRA." California Republican Assembly: 2005. (accessed June 10, 2008).
California Republican Assembly. State By-laws. N.p., 1969.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection comprises records of the California Republican Assembly, a grassroots political organization that promotes conservative Republican platforms. Some of the collection materials once belonged to founder and president Dr. Robert Craig. Materials include bylaws, meeting minutes, convention materials, and reports.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Indexing Terms

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


California Republican Assembly -- Archives.

Collection Contents

Box : Folder 1 : 1

Annual convention: minutes, agendas, and event programs 1955-1958

Box : Folder 1 : 2

Articles of incorporation and bylaws 1965, 1969, undated

Box : Folder 1 : 3

Board meetings: directory, minutes, and newsletter 1955-1959

Box : Folder 1 : 4

Brochures, flier, and bumper sticker 1955, 1963, undated

Box : Folder 1 : 5

Organizational plans and area master plan 1956, undated

Box : Folder 1 : 6

Reports published by CRA 1956, 1958-1959

Box : Folder 1 : 7

Speakers' manual compiled by the Republican State Central Committee Speakers Bureau with the CRA and others circa 1955