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California Young Democrats Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: California Young Democrats Collection, 1958-1987Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1962-1971

ID: URB/CYD

Primary Creator: Democratic Party (Calif.). California Young Democrats. (1938-)

Extent: 6.48 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Administrative Records, 1959-1986

Series II: Chapter and Regional Files, 1961-1987

Series III: Subject Files, 1958-1974

Date Acquired: 00/00/1980

Forms of Material: Ephemera, Paper records, Publications

Languages: English

Abstract

Established in 1938 as the youth organizing branch of the Democratic Party in the state of California, the California Young Democrats (CYD) have worked for decades to advance the Democratic Party's initiatives of progressive change, civil rights, social programs, and diplomacy within the state of California. CYD focuses on engaging Californians aged 14-35 in government affairs and the political process, and works to gain lifelong supporters of the Democratic Party's candidates and platforms. The California Young Democrats Collection documents the organization's general operations, administrative structure, objectives, programs, and political activity from 1958-1987 through state-level administrative files and regional chapter files.

Biographical Note

The California Young Democrats (CYD) is the youth organizing branch of the Democratic Party in the state of California. It serves to motivate Californians aged 14-35 in becoming active participants in government affairs and the political process, and to gain lifelong supporters of the Democratic Party's candidates and platforms. CYD is affiliated with the California Democratic Party and Young Democrats of America, and promotes the ideals and work of the National Democratic Party. It is comprised of a state headquarters located in Sacramento, and various chartered Young Democratic Clubs located throughout California. The organization holds local and state meetings and conventions, conducts fundraising, disseminates information on local and national political and social issues, participates in voter registration activities and party recruitment, and holds organizational campaigns and elections for state and regional CYD leadership. It is active in local, state, and national campaigns and elections.

Established in the 1930s, CYD has worked for decades to advance the Democratic Party's initiatives of progressive change, civil rights, social programs, and diplomacy. During the 1960s and 1970s, the organization actively promoted these ideals. On the national front, CYD openly opposed the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War and explicitly called for the nation's withdrawal from the conflict. Furthermore, the organization condemned President Lyndon Johnson's war policy, refused to support the Party's 1968 Presidential nominee Hubert H. Humphrey for his lack of opposition to the war, and opposed the draft.

CYD were also staunch supporters of a host of other issues. Members supported the Civil Rights Movement, and lent Robert Kennedy its support in efforts to end discrimination in the United States in all its forms and manifestations. It also denounced supporters of segregation, including Democratic Governor and Presidential candidate George Wallace. Locally, CYD advocated for social and educational programs and the alleviation of urban poverty, witnessed the strife of California grape growers and the formation of the National Farm Workers Association, and rallied against the proliferation of nuclear reactors in California. Still active today, CYD serves as a training ground for California's youth to become political leaders in the Democratic Party.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: California Young Democrats

Related Materials: California Democratic State Central Committee Collection

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Jennifer Shelly, 2017


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[Series I: Administrative Records, 1959-1986]
[Series II: Chapter and Regional Files, 1961-1987]
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Series III: Subject Files, 1958-1974Save to your list.
Box 12Save to your list.
Folder 26: 4th Party (Peace and Freedom), 1971Save to your list.
Folder 27: The 15th Annual California Democratic Council Convention, March 1967Save to your list.
Folder 28: The 15th Annual California Democratic Council Convention, March 1967Save to your list.
Folder 29: America in the 1970's, An Action Statement by the Democratic Policy CouncilSave to your list.
Box 13Save to your list.
Folder 1: Bayh, Birch, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 2: Bills of California Legislature, 1973Save to your list.
Folder 3: Bills of California Legislature, 1973Save to your list.
Folder 4: Book Reviews, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 5: Bradley, Tom, 1964 July 28Save to your list.
Folder 6: California Legislatures, 1969-1971Save to your list.
Folder 7: Conscription, 1970-1971Save to your list.
Folder 8: Dissenting Democrats, 1967Save to your list.
Folder 9: Education, 1969-1970Save to your list.
Folder 10: ElectionsSave to your list.
Folder 11: The Environment, 1958-1971Save to your list.
Folder 12: Farm Workers, 1969Save to your list.
Folder 13: Foreign Aid Bills, 1965-1969Save to your list.
Folder 14: General, 1972Save to your list.
Folder 15: Governor's Race, 1974Save to your list.
Folder 16: Gun Control, 1969Save to your list.
Folder 17: Hospitals, Mental Health, 1969-1970Save to your list.
Folder 18: Hughes, Harold, 1971-1972Save to your list.
Folder 19: Israel, 1964-1966Save to your list.
Box 14Save to your list.
Folder 1: Law and Justice, 1970Save to your list.
Folder 2: Legality of Registration, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 3: Lindsay, John, 1968Save to your list.
Folder 4: Los Angeles Mayor and City Council, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 5: E.M. McCarthy, 1969-1971Save to your list.
Folder 6: McCloskey, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 7: Mexican-Americans, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 8: Military (ABM), 1966-1967Save to your list.
Folder 9: Wilbur D. Mills, ca.1971Save to your list.
Folder 10: MIRV, 1969Save to your list.
Folder 11: Muskie, Edmund S., 1969-1971Save to your list.
Folder 12: Mussell, Gary, 1964-1970Save to your list.
Folder 13: Nader's Raiders, 1969Save to your list.
Folder 14: Newspaper Clippings, 1970-1971Save to your list.
Folder 15: Nixon, 1969-1970Save to your list.
Folder 16: Nixon's People, 1969-1971Save to your list.
Folder 17: Nuclear Energy, 1965Save to your list.
Folder 18: Over Population, 1969Save to your list.
Folder 19: Peace Action Council, 1968Save to your list.
Folder 20: Peace Action Council of Southern California, 1967-1968Save to your list.
Folder 21: Pesticides, 1969Save to your list.
Folder 22: Police, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 23: Political Cartoons, ca.1968Save to your list.
Folder 24: Political Parties, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 25: Politics in the Abstract (Theory), 1969Save to your list.
Folder 26: Poverty, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 27: Prisons/Crime, 1969-1971Save to your list.
Folder 28: The Progressive, The Official Publication of the Independent Young Democrats, 1967Save to your list.
Folder 29: Reagan, 1969-1971Save to your list.
Folder 30: Reapportionment, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 31: Republicans, 1967-1971Save to your list.
Folder 32: Revenue Sharing, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 33: Ripon Society, 1970-1971Save to your list.
Folder 34: Roosevelt Center for American Policy StudiesSave to your list.
Folder 35: Roster of Organizations and Departments Affiliated with California Council on Children and Youth, 1969Save to your list.
Folder 36: Southeast Asia, 1967-1971Save to your list.
Folder 37: Supreme Court, 1969Save to your list.
Folder 38: Tax Reform, California, 1970Save to your list.
Folder 39: Vasconcellos, John, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 40: Vietnam, 1966-1968Save to your list.
Folder 41: Welfare, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 42: Wiretapping, 1969Save to your list.
Folder 43: Jules Witcover, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, 1971Save to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 4Save to your list.
Folder 2: The Environment, Daily Weather Map, 1963 July 28Save to your list.
Folder 3: Nuclear Energy, Your Partner in Progress, ca. 1960Save to your list.

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