Guide to the Friends Committee on Legislation of California records, 1952-2000 (1959-1998)

Finding aid prepared by Ashley Franklin
California State University, Sacramento Special Collections & University Archives
The Library
2000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA, 95819-6039
916-278-6144
scua@csus.edu
Fall 2011


Title: Friends Committee on Legislation of California records
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 2002/01
Contributing Institution: California State University, Sacramento Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 19.25 Linear feet (21 record cartons)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1959-1998
Date (inclusive): 1952-2000
Abstract: Collection consists of administrative, legal and fiscal records including articles of incorporation and by-laws, meeting minutes from committees and regional branches, and research files relative to lobbying efforts including the death penalty and prison reform. In addition, it includes other information collected by the organization on the issues they address agriculture, death penalty, prison reform, violence prevention, and other programs.
Language of Materials note: English.
creator: Friends Committee on Legislation of California.

Custodial History note

The records were originally kept by the Friends Committee on Legislation of California, and later donated to the Department of Special Collections and University Archives in 2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Friends Committee on Legislation of California Records were given to the CSUS Special Collections and University Archives by Jim Lindburg in 2002.

Accruals note

No additions are expected.

Scope and Contents note

Included in the papers are the administrative, legal and fiscal records of the FCL including articles of incorporation and by-laws, budget material, meeting minutes from various committees and regional branches, fund-raising and special event files, staff records, and general office files that reveal the organization's operating procedures. Also documented is the FCL's research activities relative to their lobbying efforts on the issues of the dealth penalty, juvenile crime, prison reform, and agricultural labor.
Collection is unprocessed and remains in its original arrangement.

Biographical/Historical note

The Friends Committee on Legislation (FCL) was founded in 1952 by members guided by Quaker values to advocate California state laws and issues involving peace and social justice. These include civil rights, criminal and economic justice, prison reform, housing, health care, education and other services for those who are lower income and lack a strong voice to represent their interests. They are also involved in Project Vote Smart which gives information on candidates, officials, and legislation where the FCL include their own ratings on these and endorsments of officials.
In 1984, The Friends Committee on Legislation in California (FCLCA), headquartered in Sacramento, established their Education Fund to educate the public on the legislative process and current issues. They also believe that violence can be prevented through special programs or rehablilitation. They provide information on programs found in the state dealing with domestic violence, school-based and neighborhood programs, community developement projects, and correctional programs.
The FCLCA's legislative advocate works in the state capital to help influence state legislation by lobbying, working on ballot initiatives, testifying before committies, and conducting research. The donor of the collection, Jim Lindburg, became advocate in 2002 after working as a teaching assistant at California State University, Sacramento where he had also earned his Master's Degree in Government.
The FCLCA has contiuously worked against such things as the death penalty and, in 1998, has established a coalition of religious groups opposing the spread of the death penalty. They have developed programs in criminal justice to help mentaly ill offenders and for parolees to find jobs in addition to rehabilitation. They also go out and speak to students, public intrest groups, and conduct research on current concerns with our state and local government. The FCL has worked to inform people about important issues including the Vietnam War in the 1960s to the current issues of over populated prisons and the state budget.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research. Some restrictions may apply.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item including date], [Folder Title], MSS 2002/01, Friends Committee on Legislation of California records, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, The Library, California State University, Sacramento.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. Requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce from collections must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Permission for publication is given on the behalf of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Library, California State University, Sacramento as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Related Archival Materials

Related materials to the Friends Committee on Legislation of California may be found in the following collections in this repository:
Friends Committee on National Legislation publications (BX 7748 .P7 F81).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Friends Committee on Legislation of California.
Lindburg, Jim
Capital punishment.
Lobbyists--California.
Political activists
Quakers