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Register of the Community Forum of San Joaquin Papers, 1976-1981
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Community Forum of San Joaquin Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1976-1981
    Collection number: Mss201
    Creator: Ronald H. Limbaugh
    Extent: 0.3 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Community Forum of San Joaquin Papers, Mss201, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


    The Community Forum of San Joaquin was a community organization consisting primarily of educators and community leaders. The Forum's purpose was to conduct community research and to present its findings to the Stockton (Calif.) community through conferences and seminars in an effort to draw individuals into new and active civic roles. Many members of the board were faculty and administrators from the University of the Pacific and San Joaquin Delta Community College. The President of the Board was Fran Abbott, a Trustee of the Lincoln Unified School District. This collection was created by Ronald Limbaugh, a member of the Board of Directors of the Forum, Professor of History at the University of the Pacific and Archivist at the Pacific Center for Western Studies.
    Forerunners of Community Forum began with a conference styled "What Price Progress?" (1976) under a California Council for the Humanities in Public Policy (CCHPP) Grant to the Pacific Center of Western Studies at the University of the Pacific. The proceedings of the conference were published in the Pacific Historian. In Spring of 1977 a second conference called "Community 77, Stockton's Growth: Change and Challenge" was sponsored by the Sociology Department at the University of the Pacific and the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce.
    A planning committee composed substantially of individuals attending the 1976 and 1977 conferences founded the Community Forum and set goals and workshops for a conference in the Fall of 1977 organized by the UOP Sociology Department faculty and students. A third conference "Toward the Year 2000: Social and Criminal Justice Planning for the Stockton Community" (1978) was sponsored by the UOP Sociology Department and the Community Forum and was funded by CCHPP. Seminars in 1978 and 1979 focused on Cultural Pluralism and were organized by George H. Lewis, UOP Sociology Department and a member of the Community Forum. Community '79 was held at Delta Community College and was called "How to Be Heard: Strategies for Citizen Participation in Government." It was organized by Ronald Limbaugh and Peggy Guttieri, Program Manager, Junior Achievement of Stockton.

    Scope and Content

    These papers consist of reports on community issues authored by Community Forum Task Forces or gathered by them for study. Report topics include: education, crime, city image, water issues, traffic patterns, refugee programs, and literacy. Also included are seminar reports, grant proposals to CCHPP, correspondence, minutes, treasurer's reports, budgets, flyers and publications about the conferences and seminars.