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Politics and Protest: Collections from The Bancroft Library

Bancroft Dictations

Narración histórica: Don Pio Pico, 1877 (available online)
► Last governor of Alta California under Mexican rule, 1845-1846

Statement of historical facts on California: George Hyde, 1878

► 3rd American Alcalde of San Francisco, 1847-1848

Statement of historical facts on California: Phillip A. Roach, 1878

► First Mayor of Monterey, 1849; California State Senator, 1852-1853

Dictation from Mayor Eugene J. Gregory, 1880

► 18th Mayor of Sacramento, 1887-1888

Dictation from Charles F. Foster, 1885

► California State Senator, 1883-1886

Dictation from William James Shaw, 1886

► California State Senator, 1856-1857, 1865-1867

Abram Pease Williams dictation and biographical sketch, 1886

► US Senator from California, 1886-1887

History of the life of John G. Downey, 1886-1889

► 7th Governor of California, 1860-1862

Biographies of Washington Bartlett, 1886-1890

► 20th Mayor of San Francisco, 1883-1887; 16th California Governor, 1887

Recollections of events in California: Alfred Lovering Tubbs, 1887

► California State Senator, 1865-1868

James A. Johnson dictation and biographical sketch, 1887

► California Congressman, 1875-1880; 14th Lieutenant Governor of California, 1875-1880

Dictation from Henry Thomas Hazard, 1887

► 20th Mayor of Los Angeles, 1889-1892

Andrew Jackson Bryant dictation and biographical sketch, 1887

► 17th Mayor of San Francisco, 1875-1879

George C. Perkins dictation and biographical sketches, 1888

► California State Senator, 1869-1874; 14th California governor, 1880-1883

Robert Whitney Waterman biographical sketch, 1890

► 17th California Governor, 1887-1891

Dictation of Charles Maclay, undated

► California State Senator, 1867-1872

Annals of San Francisco: Henry Perrin Coon, undated

► 11th Mayor of San Francisco, 1863-1867

Statement from Frederick Ferdinand Low, undated

► California Congressman, 1862-1863; 9th California Governor, 1863-1867

Oral History Center Projects

Advocacy and Philanthropy - Individual Interviews
This project documents the development and impact of organized philanthropy in northern California, recording the experiences and philosophies of men and women who have significantly shaped charitable activities in the Bay Area, many of which continue to influence national and international as well as regional issues.

African American Faculty and Senior Staff
This collection of interviews explores the experiences of African American faculty and senior staff at UC Berkeley. Some of the key stories that emerge in this set of interviews are those of the Third World Strike and Third World College; the creation of the African American Studies Department; the formation of affirmative action policy and its subsequent demise with SP1, SP2 and Proposition 209; and the circumstances surrounding the creation of the American Cultures requirement.

AIDS Epidemic in San Francisco
The intention of this project was to document events of 1981-1984 in the early history of the AIDS epidemic, focusing how decisions were made on biomedical, public health, and social and political issues pertaining to AIDS.

Athletics at UC Berkeley
The purpose of the project is to explore the history of the management of Intercollegiate Athletics at UC Berkeley from the 1960s to the present. A key topic covered is the passing and implementation of Title IX. This federal civil rights law ensure that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

California State Politics
This project documents state policy development as reflected in the legislative and executive branches of the state government and as reflected by others who played significant roles in the policy process of the State of California.

Chicana/o Studies
This project commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Chicana/o Studies and documents the formation of the field through in-depth interviews with the first generation of scholars who shaped it.

Commerce, Industry, and Labor - Individual Interviews
Of interest are interviews of those who represented workers through unions or other organizations such as Germain Bulcke and Mattie Jackson

Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement
This project captures the history of a remarkable movement by people with disabilities to win legally defined civil rights and control over their own lives. More than 100 oral histories with leaders, participants, and observers of the movement in the 1960s and 1970s have preserved the living memory of the movement.

Earl Warren in California
This project documents the executive branch, the legislature, criminal justice and political campaigns during the Warren Era in California. Focusing on the years 1925-1953, the interviews also provide a record of the life of Earl Warren and yield new information on the changes wrought in California by successive Depression, war, and postwar boom.

Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
The majority of these interviews document the singular contributions of individuals to the University of California and education in the United States and the larger global arena such as those of Carlos Muñoz and Charles Muscatine.

Free Speech Movement
These interviews recount the experiences of a cross section of participants in or witness to the Free Speech Movement, including: student leaders and the lawyers who defended those disciplined and arrested; faculty who were in favor of and others who vehemently opposed FSM; and ordinary students.

Freedom to Marry
This project focuses on the pivotal role played by Freedom to Marry (the national campaign launched by Evan Wolfson in 2003) and their closest state and national organizational partners, as they drove the winning strategy and inspired, grew, and leveraged the work of a multitudinous movement.

Goodwin Knight and Edmund G. Brown Gubernatorial Eras in California
This series of 84 interviews carries forward inquiry into significant issues, processes, and personalities in public administration, which was begun in 1969 with the documentation of the Earl Warren governorship. Topics discussed in the Knight-Brown Era interviews include: the rise and decline of the Democratic party, the impact of the California Water Plan, the upheaval of the Vietnam War escalation, capital punishment controversy, election law changes, environmental concerns, new political techniques forced by television and increased social activism, reorganization of the executive branch, growth of federal programs in California, and the rising awareness of minority groups.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Care
This project delves into many facets of Kaiser Permanente medicine and medical research, medical care delivery, and the politics, business, and economy of medicine in the United States since 1970. Project themes of interest include Diversity in the Workplace and in the Provision of Health Care and Government Relations.

Law Clerks of Chief Justice Earl Warren
This project records oral history interviews with all those who clerked for the Chief Justice Earl Warren from the time he was appointed by President Eisenhower in 1953 until his retirement from the bench in 1969. The Warren Court is renowned for its guiding theme of equality before the law and expansion of the judiciary's protection of individual rights.

On the Waterfront: Richmond, California
A collection of 18 oral history volumes based on interviews with 20 Bay Area residents. They include members of early Richmond families, black and white, World War II Kaiser Shipyard workers recruited from the South and Midwest, cannery workers, fishermen, and whalers. Interviews with longtime Richmond residents and new arrivals during the wartime boom document the transformation of this small working-class town during World War II.

Politics, Law, and Policy - Individual Interviews
The majority of these interviews document the singular contributions of individuals to politics, law, and policy outside of the existing projects conducted by the Oral History Center.

Port Chicago
This collection of nine oral histories is told from the perspective of the survivors themselves. The interviews were conducted by Robert Allen, activist, writer, and retired professor of African-American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the UC Berkeley. These interviews are the some of the only surviving first-person accounts of the events.

Presidio Trust
Of interest is the portion of interviews dedicated to the Presidio 27 - a group of AWOL soldiers imprisoned at the Presidio Stockade whose sit-down protest against the Vietnam War and military prison conditions brought the GI movement onto the national stage.

Ronald Reagan Gubernatorial Era
California government and politics from 1966 through 1974 are the focus of this project. Interviews deal with the efforts of the administration to increase government efficiency and economy and with organizational innovations designed to expand the management capability of the governor's office, as well as critical aspects of state health, education, welfare, conservation, and criminal justice programs.

Rosie the Riveter World War II American Home Front
These interviews seek to illuminate why people from different backgrounds came to the Bay Area, what they did when they arrived, and what they learned from the fluidity and flux of wartime life that affected decisions they made after the war ended. Recurring themes include changes in women's relationship to work and family life, and how the war affected race relations and reshaped civil rights struggles.

Six Weeks in Spring: Managing Protest at a Public University
For six weeks during the spring of 1985 UC Berkeley saw huge protests by thousands pushing for University of California divestment of financial holdings in companies doing business with South Africa. In these interviews, Chancellor Heyman and many of his staff tell how the campus administration handled the anti-apartheid sit-ins, sleep-ins, and other forms of protest that took place during April and May of 1985.

This project documents the UC Berkeley campus political organization SLATE, which existed from 1958 to 1966. These interviews provide the opportunity for significant figures in the SLATE movement to describe the development of their political consciousness, their role in SLATE, the influence of their work with SLATE in their subsequent political activities, and their overall evaluation of SLATE’s legacy.

In the early 1970s this project collected interviews with twelve leaders and participants in the woman's suffrage movement. These interviews preserved the memories of these remarkable women, documenting formative experiences, activities to win the right to vote for women, and careers as leaders of the movements for welfare and labor reform, world peace, and the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
These oral histories, sponsored by the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, document the evolution of the modern federal district court. Topics include California politics, civil rights, and ethics.

Women Political Leaders
This project documents the experiences of California women who became active in politics during the years between the women’s suffrage movement and the feminist movement - roughly 1920 to 1965. The interviews represent a variety of political views from elected and appointed officials at national, state, and local government levels.

Other Oral History Center projects that may contain interviews of interest include:

The Oral History Center has also compiled four collection guides that contain many hidden gems that are not linked with a specific project:

Donated Oral History Collections

Women Workers in World War II
BANC MSS 80/85

Conducted by students for History 103D at UC Berkeley

Women in America oral history interviews

Conducted by students for History 679 at San Francisco State University

Oakland Oral History Project
BANC MSS 2006/112

Conducted by graduate students at UC Berkeley as part of a collaborative project between the University-Oakland Metropolitan Forum, the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley, and the African American Museum and Library in Oakland

Passing It On: Stories from the Civil Rights Movement
BANC MSS 2002/42

Conducted by students at Martin Luther King Junior High School, Berkeley, California

Surviving in Two Worlds: oral history transcripts
BANC MSS 98/144

Conducted by Lois Crozier-Hogle and Darryl Babe Wilson for their book Surviving in Two Worlds: Contemporary Native American Voices

Fred Pelka Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement Oral History Collection
Phonotape 3858 C

Conducted by Fred Pelka for his book What We Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights Movement

Berkeley Oral History Project
Sample title: A conversation with George Yasukochi, controller of Consumers Cooperative of Berkeley (BANC MSS 97/125)
Conducted by the Berkeley Historical Society

Bay Area Social Work Oral History Project
Sample title: Meeting the needs of children (BANC MSS 88/96)
Conducted by Isabelle Maynard and Robert Larsen, Project Directors

Social Work Oral History Project
Sample title: With community in her heart, 1972-1995 (BANC MSS 2002/313)
Conducted by the Department of Social Work Education, California State University, Fresno

Black Women Oral History Project
Sample title: Interview with Etta Moten Barnett (BANC MSS 88/203)
Conducted by the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Leaders with Developmental Disabilities in the Self-Advocacy Movement Project
Sample title: Interview with Roy Rocha, Bakersfield, CA (BANC MSS 2010/134)
Conducted by Joe Caldwell, Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago