The Max Mont Collection provides documentation on Mr. Mont’s various personal and organizational activities in support of open housing for minorities and the poor, state civil rights legislation, integration of Los Angeles public schools, and the farm workers movement. The collection is composed primarily of subject files of Max Mont and the several organizations in which he served. The files contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, leaflets, pamphlets, position statements, legal briefs, documentary transcripts, rosters, budgets, and testimony, as well as administrative, publicity and legislative advocacy files, and photographs. The collection is arranged into eight series according to Mont's organizational activities: California Committee for Fair Practices (1948-1967), Californians Against Proposition 14 (1964), Community Relations Conference of Southern California (1956‑1980), Emergency Committee to Aid Farm Workers (1959-1968), Governor's Office (1959-1966), Citizen's Advisory Committee for School Integration (1974-1979), Personal Activities (1952-1978), and Non-Manuscript Material.
Series I, California Committee for Fair Practices, includes the minutes, rosters, correspondence, financial statements, newsletters, reports, brochures, and pamphlets of the committee, including newspaper clippings, published material, and leaflets of other groups collected by the organization. The majority of the documents are dated after 1960 when Max Mont officially became the Executive Secretary of the committee. This series is further divided into five major subseries based on the activities of the California Committee for Fair Practices: Administration (1959-1968), Fair Employment Practices Commission (1957-1967), Legislative Advocacy (1957-1967), Civil Rights Concerns (Non-Housing) (1957-1969), and Fair Housing (1948-1967). Each subseries is filed alphabetically.
Series II, Californians Against Proposition 14, documents Californians Against Proposition 14 (CAP 14), a temporary committee formed during 1964 by then-Governor Edmund G. Brown to coordinate election campaign efforts against the ballot initiative to repeal the Rumford Fair Housing Act of 1963. The committee was active from February to December, 1964. These records were collected and maintained by Max Mont, who served as the Southern California campaign coordinator for CAP 14. It includes correspondence, financial reports, rosters, campaign manuals, position statements, press releases, leaflets, pamphlets, newspaper clippings and a small amount of campaign ephemera. This series is further divided into the following four subseries: Administration, Campaign Literature and Publicity, Special Interest Committees, and Proponents of Proposition 14. Each subseries is filed alphabetically.
Series III, Community Relations Conference of Southern California, documents the work of the Community Relations Conference of Southern California and affiliated organizations and projects. The series contains correspondence, testimony, reports, ordinances, conference programs, minutes and newsletters pertaining to the issues of housing, development, civil rights and community relations between ethnic groups within Los Angeles County and Southern California. The files were collected and maintained by Max Mont as a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. The series is further divided into five subseries: General Projects (1959-1972), Human Relations Commission of Los Angeles (1969-1972), Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (1957-1966), The Los Angeles Citizens Committee for Fair Housing (1966-1972), and The Housing Opportunity Center (1969-1972). Each subseries is filed alphabetically.
Series IV, Emergency Committee to Aid Farm Workers, consists of agreements, budgets, by‑laws, correspondence, financial statements, legislative bills, minutes, newsletters, published reports, transcripts and related documents dealing with the controversial issues of the Bracero program, unionization of domestic farm labor, the California table grape strike and boycott, antipoverty programs and migrant poverty of the 1960s. The series is sub-divided into four subseries: Administration (1961-1967), Newsletters and Publicity (1961-1966), Project Files (1962-1968), and Subject Files (1947-1968). Each subseries is filed alphabetically.
Series V, Governor's Office, includes correspondence, position statements, speeches, press releases, fact sheets and reports prepared and received by the office of Governor Edmund G. Brown between 1959 and 1966. These records were forwarded to Max Mont by William L. Becker, the Governor's Advisor on Civil Rights and Mont's predecessor as West Coast Executive Director of the Jewish Labor Committee. The series is divided into three subseries: General Information (1962-1965), Farm Labor and Agriculture (1964-1966), and Civil Rights and Housing (1959-1965). Each subseries is filed alphabetically.
Series VI, Citizens Advisory Committee for School Integration, consists of committee records, correspondence files, legal documents, and survey data covering topics that include bilingual-bicultural education, integration and bussing, and the Los Angeles Unified School District and is filed alphabetically.
Series VII, Personal Activities, contains brochures, conference programs, correspondence, legislative bills, newspaper clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, position papers, reports and similar documentation covering the wide subject areas found in the rest of the collection however, Mont's personal papers differ in that they are not primarily composed of records from a distinct single‑issue organization. Instead, the series contains Mont's own personal records pertaining to issues and activities of concern after his organizational involvement ended or before it began and documents Mont's political and civic activism and interests, his work as West Coast Executive Director of the Jewish Labor Committee, as representative for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL‑CIO, and as a private individual. It is divided into seven subseries: Civil Rights (Non‑ Housing) (1953-1980), Extremist Groups (1964-1972), Farm Labor (1943-1973), Fair Housing (1952-1974), Jewish Community Concerns (1960-1976), School Integration (1970-1980), and General Material (1954-1980). Each subseries is filed alphabetically.
Series VIII, Non-Manuscript Material, consists of 40 photographs.
Series I: California Committee for Fair Practices, 1948, 1955-1967
Series II: Californians Against Proposition 14, 1964
Series III: Community Relations Conference of Southern California, 1956‑1970, 1980
Series IV: Emergency Committee to Aid Farm Workers, 1959-1968
Series V: Governor's Office, 1959-1966
Series VI: Citizen's Advisory Committee for School Integration
Series VII: Personal Activities, 1952-1978