The California Young Democrats Collection documents the organization's operations, administrative structure, and objectives. Materials include governing documents, meeting announcements, minutes, leadership and member rosters, newsletters, correspondence, pamphlets, news clippings, financial statements, campaign literature, and convention materials. It also includes records from the CYD's numerous chartered Democratic clubs, as well as materials from affiliated organizations such as the Young Democrats of America, Young Democrats for Action, the California Democratic Council, Democratic Volunteers of America, and the California Democratic Party. The collection dates from 1958-1987 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1962-1971. The collection is arranged into three series: Administrative Records (1959-1986), Chapter and Regional Files (1961-1987), and Subject Files (1958-1974).
Series I, Administrative Records, makes up the bulk of the collection, and contains the working papers of the CYD. The series contains the CYD Constitution and By-laws, which document the organization's structure, ideology, and procedures for electing officers and chartering Democratic clubs; rosters that identify elected officers and chapter members for designated years; and adopted resolutions that record the organization's stance on local and national issues. Materials also include campaign literature regarding the candidates and policies supported by the CYD; Party convention information that documents the event's agenda and activities; and correspondence, newsletters, and publications of affiliated organizations that interacted or worked with the CYD. Series I also contains annual files with general correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, membership cards, financial statements, and receipts for membership dues, which document the organization's administrative operations. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Series II, Chapter and Regional Files, consists of records from numerous Young Democratic Clubs chartered across California. Materials include newsletters that notify chapter members of upcoming meetings and events, meeting minutes that document meeting agendas, topics of concern, discussion outcomes, flyers advertising events that bolster Party support and participation, rosters that document club membership, and correspondence that records interactions between chapter and regional clubs and the CYD headquarters in Sacramento. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Series III, Subject Files, is a small series predominately comprised of news clippings and a small number of pamphlets and brochures concerning topics of interest to CYD. Subjects include the Vietnam War, the anti-Vietnam War movement, President Richard Nixon, California farm workers, gun control, reapportionment, conscription, wiretapping, the environment, and a number of social and political topics. The series is arranged alphabetically.