Guide to the Russell R. Miller Papers, 1970-1972.

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Guide to the Russell R. Miller Papers, 1970-1972.

Collection number: BANC MSS 78/44 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1978
Encoded by:
Hernán Cortés
© 1997. The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Russell R. Miller Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1970-1972.
Collection Number: BANC MSS 78/44 c
Origination: Miller, Russell R., 1937-
Extent: Number of containers: 2 cartons, 1 package Linear ft.: 3
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Papers re his 1970 political campaign, including correspondence, with letters from Edmund G. Brown, Alan Cranston, Roger Kent, Leo McCarthy, George Moscone, Edmund S. Muskie, Elmer E. Robinson, William M. Roth, Sargent Shriver, Benjamin H. Swig and Jesse Unruh; campaign biographies; statement and position papers; material on campaign strategy and office organization; campaign literature and memorabilia; press releases; radio and TV spots; campaign schedule; research material gathered by his staff on various issues including Vietnam; background material on his opponent, William S. Mailliard; clippings; public opinion studies; etc. Some post-election papers, 1970-1972 also included.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Russell R. Miller papers, BANC MSS 78/44 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

This collection of papers relates to Russell R. Miller's 1970 campaign, as Democratic candidate running against the long-time Republican incumbent William S. Mailliard, for the sixth Congressional District seat, representing parts of San Francisco and Marin counties. Although unsuccessful in his bid for election, he ran one of the closest races in the state and considerably reduced Mailliard's usual victory margin. The final vote was 53 percent to 47 percent.
The papers, given by Mr. Miller to The Bancroft Library in September 1977, include correspondence, statements and position papers, press releases, campaign literature and memorabilia, materials on strategy and office organization, research materials gathered by his staff on important issues, information on his opponent, William Mailliard, newspaper clippings, etc. They are described in greater detail below.

Key to Arrangement

Ctn. 1


Additional Note

Primarily carbon copies of Miller's letters to individuals and organizations soliciting and/or thanking them for interest and support, forwarding campaign materials, etc. A few incoming letters also included. Arranged alphabetically (2 folders). Letters from a few prominent individuals have been placed in separate folders for convenient retrieval, as follows:

Brown, Edmund G.


Letter, Oct. 21, 1970 (photocopy)


Cranston, Alan


Letter, Dec. 22, 1970


Democratic Party. California. State Central Committee


Letter, July 2, 1970, from Leon M. Cooper, State Chairman, South


Democratic Party. National Committee


Letter, Nov. 18, 1970, from Lawrence F. O'Brien, Chairman


Kent, Roger


Letter, June 5, 1970. Copy of a letter to William S. Mailliard, expressing his reasons for support of Miller


McCarthy, Leo


Comments written on a letter addressed to him, July 9, 1970, by Miller (photocopy)


Moscone, George


Telegram, Nov. 3, 1970. Also: copies of two letter from Miller


Muskie, Edmund S.


2 letters, 1970-1971


Robinson, Elmer E.


Letter, Jan. 8, 1971. Also: copy of Miller's letter, Oct. 28, 1970


Roth, William M.


Letter, Oct. 30, 1970. Also: copy of letter from Miller, Nov. 13, 1970


Shriver, Sargent


Letter, Aug. 13, 1970


Swig, Benjamin H.


Letter, Sept. 14, 1970. Also: copy of letter from Miller, Nov. 3, 1970


Unruh, Jesse


Telegram, Oct. 13, 1970


Campaign biographies


Statements and position papers - on various topics, including Vietnam, Cambodian invasion, inflation, air pollution, unemployment, crime, social security, education, drug abuse, mass transit and veteran benefits.


Campaign strategy and office organization - Include memoranda outlining overall strategy and analyzing staff functions and responsibilities; analyses of voting trends; budget information; guide lines for research tasks; instructions for mailings and telephone calls, etc.


Campaign literature


Campaign newsletters and form letters


Campaign buttons, bumper strips and other memorabilia


Press releases (2 folders)


Speech before World Affairs Council


Radio and TV spots


Press lists


Campaign schedule - 5" x 8" cards listing appointments, Oct. 9-Nov. 3


Statements supporting Miller's candidacy from Sargent Shriver, Movement for a New Congress, Society for Individual Rights, and Lee Barrett


Miller's response to Mailliard's newsletters


Marin Co. campaign information - Includes lists of key persons, instructions for registration drive, etc.


Background material on the following subjects:



Physical Description: (2 folders)



Corte Madera Creek


Defense Budget


Labor Unions


Congressional voting records (2 folders)

Ctn. 2

Background material on William S. Mailliard, as follows:


Campaign material


Voting record (4 folders)


Legislation introduced


Waterfront legislation




Campaign contributions


Business interests


Congressional Record


Bike route and Golden Gate Recreation Area


Newsclippings - Russell Miller


Newsclippings - William S. Mailliard


Newsclippings - 1970 campaign


Newsclippings - cuts in military spending


Newsclippings - Corte Madera Creek


Newsclippings - proposed Presidio School


Newsclippings - general, 1970 campaigns


Newsclippings - general


Other Democratic campaigns - primarily flyers and campaign literature


Democratic Fact Book 1970


Miscellaneous political material


Post-election material - Includes Miller's newsletter stating achievements statistical memo recapitulating the final vote; notice of Miller's appointment of three members to the Democratic State Central Committee, Dec. 19, 1970; press release announcing Miller's support of Roger Boas' candidacy for the Congressional seat in 1972 with Miller's letter stating he was not a candidate; flyer asking support for Miller as a delegate to the Democratic convention, 1972.

package Package

Two public opinion studies prepared for Miller by Corey, Canapary & Galanis


v. 1: "Public Opinion Survey Regarding the 1970 Congressional Race Sixth Congressional District (A Portion of San Francisco County and a Portion of Marin County," August 1970. With a folder of accompanying data.


v. 2: "Public Opinion Survey Among Registered Democrats and Voters Who Decline to State Their Registration/Sixth Congressional District (A Portion of San Francisco County and a Portion of Marin County)," Nov. 7-12, 1970. With a folder of accompanying data.