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Mello (Henry J.) Political Papers
MS.041  
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Description
This collection includes Sacramento Capital Office Legislative records (1977-1996), Gilroy District Office files (1977-1996), Monterey District Office files (1977-1996), Salinas District Office files (1977-1996), and Santa Cruz District Office files (1975-1996) documenting the career of California State Assemblyman and Senator Henry J. Mello.
Background
A Watsonville native, Henry John Mello was born in Watsonville, California, on March 27th, 1924, the child of an immigrant Portuguese family from the Azores. He attended Watsonville High School and Hartnell College in Salinas. With his father, he worked in the apple business, establishing a family farming business in 1940. Together they founded the Mello Packing Company in 1948, and the Central Industrial Sales Company in 1965. From the mid-1950's on Mello was involved in many local charitable and non-profit organizations. His initial foray into politics began in 1950 when he was a Democratic volunteer during the senate campaign between Richard M. Nixon and Helen Gahagan Douglas. Throughout the 1950's he worked on Democratic campaigns, and was elected to the Democratic Central Committee. His local public service career began when he served as a member of the California Agricultural Advisory Board and as a fire commissioner.
Extent
215 Linear Feet 172.5 cartons, 1 flat
Restrictions
Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.
Availability
Collection is open for research.