Inventory of the Governor and the Students Videotape Series, 1973-1974

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Title: The Governor and the Students videotape series
Date (inclusive): 1973-1974
Collection Number: 84078
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1 manuscript box and 77 videotapes 27.4 linear feet
Abstract: Videotape cassettes and selected transcripts of broadcasts of a televised series of question-and-answer sessions with high school students conducted by Ronald Reagan as governor of California, relating to California state political issues. Produced by JRH and Associates, Inc.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The Governor and the Students videotape series, 1973-1974, [Box number if appropriate], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1984.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Related Collections

Deaver & Hannaford records, Hoover Institution Archives

Historical Note

Ronald Reagan described The Governor and the Students this way:
"During my last two years in office we had a program in cooperation with the department of education. Each week a different high school class would come to the Capitol and I would field their questions (or try to) for one hour. The program was entirely unrehearsed. I would meet them only a few minutes before we actually started and, of course, had no preview of their questions.
"The hour was taped for television and made available for closed circuit classroom use in all of California's 1100-plus school districts. It was also played on the educational TV network." [Box 1; original source unidentified]
The program gave Reagan a way to connect with young people. Modeled on the press conference format, the idea for the show originated with Reagan aides Michael K. Deaver and Joseph R. Holmes. High school students were chosen over college students on the theory that they lived with their parents, had not been exposed to liberal college professors, and would therefore be more polite and less radical.
The shows were taped on a weekday after school, and the videotapes were distributed to TV stations in California to air at no cost. While most were public broadcast stations, it aired on a commercial station in Visalia because there was no public broadcast station in that area. The series was produced by JRH and Associates in Sacramento. The name Young People's Television (YPTV) is also associated with this program.
Source: John H. Fund, "Leave It to Deaver: 'Close Reagan Aide Dies.' I Remember Him from High School," Jewish World Review, 20 August 2007, http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/fund082007.php3 .

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection consists of videotapes and selected transcripts of broadcasts of a televised series of question-and-answer sessions with high school students conducted by Ronald Reagan as governor of California, relating to California state political issues.
Transcripts are available for ten programs, and lists of questions asked by the students are available for another ten shows.
Labels on the videotapes provide limited information about their contents. Fully identifying each tape by date and version is dependent on, and limited by, its label. Some tapes are labeled as opening and closing credits sequences. Based on the videotape labels, it appears that the programs are about 30 minutes in duration.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

JRH and Associates, Inc.
Reagan, Ronald.
California--Politics and government--1951-
Video tapes.

 

Lists and transcripts 1973-1974

Scope and Contents note

Lists of questions asked, and transcripts of entire programs, arranged by physical form.
Mixed Materials 1 : 1

General papers undated

Scope and Contents note

Account by Reagan and public broadcast schedule for 1973-74 season
Mixed Materials 1 : 2

Lists of questions or topics 1973-1974

Mixed Materials 1 : 2

Loretto High School 14 May 1974

Mixed Materials 1 : 2

Rio Vista High School 18 March 1974

Mixed Materials 1 : 2

Pleasant Hill High School 13 March 1974

Mixed Materials 1 : 2

Stockton Unified School District 26 February 1974

Mixed Materials 1 : 2

Sacramento High School 4 February 1974

Mixed Materials 1 : 2

Oak Grove High School (San Jose) and Encina High School (Sacramento) 7 January 1974

Mixed Materials 1 : 2

Delta High School 14 January 1974

Mixed Materials 1 : 2

San Diego 25 October 1973

Mixed Materials 1 : 2

Orange County Schools 16 October 1973

Mixed Materials 1 : 2

Durham High and Chico Senior High 3 October 1973

Mixed Materials 1 : 3

Transcripts 1973

Mixed Materials 1 : 3

Eighth graders 7 February 1973

Mixed Materials 1 : 3

Rocklin School 8 March 1973

Mixed Materials 1 : 3

Sutter Junior High 22 March 1973

Mixed Materials 1 : 4

El Camino High School 12 April 1973

Mixed Materials 1 : 4

Rio Americano High School 26 April 1973

Mixed Materials 1 : 4

Luther Burbank High School 5 May 1973

Mixed Materials 1 : 4

Summer school students, Sacramento area 18 June 1973

Mixed Materials 1 : 5

Boy's State 21 June 1973

Mixed Materials 1 : 5

San Jose School District 17 September 1973

Mixed Materials 1 : 5

Rio Americano 24 September 1973

 

Videorecordings 1973-1974

Scope and Contents note

Videotapes of entire programs and of opening and closing credits sequences. Arranged by videotape format in three groups: one-inch videoreels, two-inch videoreels, and U-matic videocassette.
Tapes: 1-26

One-inch videoreels 1973-1974

Tape: 1

Modesto City Schools (Inter-High Student Council), 29 January 1973

Tape: 2

Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, 7 February 1973

Tape: 3

Rocklin Elementary School, time: 59:35 9 March 1973

Rocklin Elementary School, time: two 1/2 hour shows,, 9 March 1973

Scope and Contents note

Eighth graders from Rocklin ask Governor Ronald Reagan questions. While the slate indicates 8-23-73 as recording date, the note on the original container states: "First half hour shown 3/9/73."
Sequence data: Opening title sequence begins (00:47), program opens with Reagan's introduction (01:14), first question (01:33), gaps (30:35 to 30:45 and 31:31 to 31:41, possibly others), program ends in mid-sentence (59:35).
Tape: 4

29 March 1973 (?),

Tape: 5

Rio Americano High School, time: 28:30, 24 April 1973

Tape: 6

Hiram Johnson High School, time: 28:15, 14 May 1973

Tape: 7

Hiram Johnson High School, #10, 14 May 1973

Tape: 8

Luther Burbank High School, #11 and 12, 22 May 1973

Tape: 9

College of Marin, #13 and14, 11 June 1973

Tape: 10

San Jose High School, 17 September 1973

Tape: 11

Rio Americano High School, 24 September 1973

Tape: 12

GPS Master, 30 September 1973

Tape: 13

Chico Schools, 3 October 1973

Tape: 14

Encina-Oak Grove, #17 A and B, time: 28:30 and 28:30, January 1974

Tape: 15

#18 A and B, Delta, time: 28:10 and 28:25, 14 January 1974

Tape: 16

Sacramento High School, #19 A and B, time: 27:30 and 27:30, 13 February 1974

Tape: 17

Pleasant Hill, 1st and 2nd half, 27 March 1974

Tape: 18

Loretto High School, time: 28:30 and 28:25, 14 May 1974

Tape: 19

Face the Students (Joe Holmes), show #6A and 6B, time: 27:10 and 27:30, 13 November 1974

Tape: 20

Holmes-Land, undated

Tape: 21

Holmes-Land, undated

Tape: 22

Untitled, undated

Tape: 23

Untitled, undated

Tape: 24 (#6)

For GPC, Department of Motor Vehicles, undated

Tape: 25

Senator A. Alquist, Report, time: 11:07, undated

Tape: 26

#15 and 16, McClatchy, undated

Tapes: 27-76

Two-inch videoreels 1973-1974

Tape: 27

Joe Holmes (on the cover), time: 3:00, 19 April 1973

Tape: 28 (17)

Press Conference (Show #7), Master, time: 28:00, 26 April 1973

Tape: 29

Show #8, 26 April 1973

Tape: 30

San Jose, time: 28:36, 7 September 1973

San Jose, time: 28:36,, 7 September 1973

Tape: 31 (12)

Chico, time: A-27:05, B-27:40, 3 October 1973

Tape: 32 (11)

Rio Americano, Master, (Glitch throughout both programs), time: 2-A-28:00, 2-B-28:10, 10 October 1973

Tape: 33

Opening title sequence, time: 01:45 29 October 1973

Opening title sequence, time: 01:45, 29 October 1973

Scope and Contents note

This is one of the opening title sequences used for "The Governor and the Students."
Sequence data: Slate appears (00:53), opening title sequence begins (01:05), sequence ends (01:36)
Tape: 34

28 November 1973, time: 28:20

Tape: 35 (21)

Holmes-Land, College of Marin (A), time: 26:50, 19 December 1973

Tape: 36 (32)

Jesuit High School 19 December 1973

Jesuit High School, 19 December 1973

Scope and Contents note

This program features a group of honorary scholastic students at Jesuit High School in Sacramento. It was taped on location in one of the studios of Channel 10.
A public safety announcement (PSA) about seat belts precedes the main program. Governor Reagan drives up to a sheriff who is standing along the road and talks to him through the car window. The sheriff thanks Reagan for wearing his seat belt. Reagan tells the sheriff how seat belts save lives, then turns to the camera and says, "Why don't you belt yourself." The sheriff turns to the camera and suggests that you "belt your wife or girlfriend--keep her alive too."
Labels on the tape indicated that this tape concerned the College of Marin, 19 December 1973. While there is no introductory slate, Reagan's introduction details it to be Jesuit High. There is no confirmation of the date on the label.
Sequence: seat belt PSA (00:23), opening title sequence (01:18), Reagan begins speaking (01:40), first question, about public aid to private schools (02:15), closing sequence (28:18).
Tape: 37 (25)

Encina-Oak Grove, #17A, time: 27:24, 9 January 1974

Encina-Oak Grove, #17A, time: 27:24,, 9 January 1974

Scope and Contents note

This program features a combination seniors from two schools, Oak Grove High School in San Jose and Encina High School in Sacramento. Two videotapes represent two different programs taped at the same location on the same day, identified on the slate as programs 17A and 17B, taped January 7.
Program 17A sequence: Visual of Reagan talking to students, but no sound (00:00), black (01:06), introductory slate (01:12), opening title sequence (01:42), Reagan begins speaking (02:03), first question, about Watergate (02:37), closing sequence (28:42).
Program 17B sequence: introductory slate (01:17), opening title sequence (01:38), Reagan begins speaking (02:00), first question, about oil drilling around Santa Barbara and the environment (02:23), closing sequence (28:44).
Tape: 38

College of Marin? part 2, time: 29:15, 9 January 1974

Scope and Contents note

This program features an unidentified group of students. It appears to have been taped in the studio at the state capitol. Tape labelling indicates this as College of Marin, but the introductory slate indicates only that it is the Governor and Students 6/11 number 14. Because the program cuts off some amount of the beginning, Reagan's introduction, during which he identifies the students to the audience, is missing. While the tape label lists the date as 9 January 1974, the slate suggests it is June 11.
To view the streaming video, see the link at Jesuit High School.
Sequence: introductory slate (00:33), McGraw-Hill Pacific Productions slate (01:27), opening title sequence (01:38), program begins in the middle of a student asking Reagan a question (01:58), closing sequence (30:31).
Tape: 39

Delta 18B, time: 28:28, 14 January 1974

Tape: 40 (17B)

Encina-Oak Grove, time: 27:30, 16 January 1974

Scope and Contents note

See program 17A for a description and link to the streaming video.
Tape: 41 (4)

Delta High School, 18-A, 23 January 1974

Delta High School, 18-A,, 23 January 1974

Tape: 42 (3)

Sacramento High, time: 27:30, 4 February 1974

Sacramento High, time: 27:30,, 4 February 1974

Scope and Contents note

This program features juniors and seniors at Sacramento High School in Sacramento. Two videotapes represent two different programs taped at the same location on the same day, identified on the slate as programs 19A and 19B, taped February 4.
Program 19A sequence: introductory slate (01:13), opening title sequence (01:33), Reagan begins speaking (01:54), first question, about banning visitors to the state capitol due to seismic safety concerns (02:10), closing sequence (29:15).
Program 19B sequence: introductory slate (01:23), opening title sequence (01:44), Reagan begins speaking (02:05), first question, about Reagan's future political aspirations (02:18), closing sequence (29:34).
Tape: 43 (7)

Sacramento High, time: 27:30, 4 February 1974

Scope and Contents note

See the previous program for a description and link to the streaming video.
Tape: 44 (9)

Mark Keppel School, A Master, time: 27:52, 8 February 1974

Mark Keppel School, A Master, time: 27:52,, 8 February 1974

Tape: 45 (1)

Stockton, time: 27:22, 26 February 1974

Stockton, time: 27:22,, 26 February 1974

Scope and Contents note

Juniors and seniors at Edison, Stag, and Franklin high schools in the Stockton Unified School District asked about such polictical issues as the tuition increase at state colleges, gas rationing, the drinking age, women in politics, the Patty Hearst kidnapping, the state lottery, mental hospitals, the Peripheral Canal, and the desegregation lawsuit filed against a Stockton school. Before the program, a public service announcement on bicycle safety from the Office of Traffic Safety, State of California, features baseball player Frank Edwin "Tug" McGraw Jr. riding a ten-speed bike.
Tape: 46 (8)

Pleasant Hill (program 1), time: 28:52, 13 March 1974

Pleasant Hill (program 1), time: 28:52, , 13 March 1974

Scope and Contents note

Seniors at Pleasant Hill High School ask Governor Reagan questions about political issues in California. This is one of two programs taped at the same location on the same day, identified on the slate as program 22A. Before the program, a public service announcement on motorcycle safety from the Office of Traffic Safety, State of California, features Los Angeles Rams quarterback John Hadl holding a motorcycle helmet and urging students to wear a helmet all the time when they ride.
Sequence data: Slate, pgm 22A (00:45), John Hadl motorcycle safety public service announcement (00:54), opening title sequence (01:18), Reagan introduces the program (01:39), first question (02:00), closing credit sequence (28:17).
Tape: 47 (15)

Pleasant Hill (program 2), time: 29:40, 13 March 1974

Scope and Contents note

Seniors at Pleasant Hill High School ask Governor Reagan questions about political issues in California. This is the second of two programs taped at the same location on the same day, identified on the slate as program 22B. Before the program, a public service announcement on motorcycle safety from the Office of Traffic Safety, State of California, features Los Angeles Rams quarterback John Hadl holding a motorcycle helmet and urging students to wear a helmet all the time when they ride.
Sequence data: Slate, pgm 22B (01:29), John Hadl motorcycle safety public service announcement (01:46), opening title sequence (02:12), Reagan introduces the program (02:30), first question (02:46), closing credit sequence (29:08).
To view the program, use the link for Pleasant Hill (program 1).
Tape: 48 (38)

Rio Vista, time: 27:10, 18 March 1974

Tape: 49 (23A and 23B)

Rio Vista, time: 26:45, 18 March 1974

Tape: 50 (2)

Hi Band Color, time: 28:15, 19 April 1974

Tape: 51 (5)

Hi Band Color, time: 28:12, 19 April 1974

Tape: 52 (22)

Holmes-Land #22, 22 April 1974

Tape: 53 (1A)

Car theft (part 1), time: 1:03:23, 13 May 1974

Car theft (part 1), time: 1:03:23, 13 May 1974

Scope and Contents note

Four men convicted of car theft in California are interviewed about their experiences stealing cars--how and why they did it, how they got caught, what prison is like, being on parole, as well as characteristics of various makes and models of cars. Their names are not known; it appears that they are introduced in the first few minutes of the program, during which there is no sound. This tape is part of the Governor and the Students video collection, but does not fit with that television series.
Sequence data: First image/no sound (01:19), sound starts (02:22).
Tape: 54 (2A)

Car theft (part 2), time: 33:09, 13 May 1974

Scope and Contents note

Sequence data: First image (01:17), ends in mid-sentence (33:09)
Tape: 55 (6)

Loretto High School, time: 28:30, 14 May 1974

Loretto High School, time: 28:30,, 14 May 1974

Scope and Contents note

This program features freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior students at Loretto High School, a girls school in Sacramento. It was filmed on location at Loretto High.
Sequence: introductory slate (01:15), voice-over introduction (01:49), Reagan begins speaking (02:07), first question, about the lack of planning for the energy crisis despite warnings (02:53), voice-over closing (29:38), black (30:00).
Tape: 56

It's No Life For Nobody, Master, time: 30:00, 22 July 1974

Tape: 57 (39)

Holmes-Land, #39, Petaluma, Show #1A, time: 26:43, 4 September 1974

Tape: 58 (40)

Petaluma, time: 27:08, 4 September 1974

Petaluma, time: 27:08,, 4 September 1974

Tape: 59 (33)

Show #2B, time: 27:40, 18 September 1974

Tape: 60 (34)

Face the Students, Castro Valley High School, #2A (3), time: 27:50, 18 September 1974

Conditions Governing Access note

Use copy reference number: 84078_v_0001525
Tape: 61

Face the Students, Show #3B-Modoc and Orland, Master, time: 27:30, 9 October 1974

Tape: 62

Face the Students, Show #4A, time: 28:00, 11 November 1974

Tape: 63

Face the Students, Show #4B, time: 1 hour (28:03), 11 November 1974

Tape: 64 (35)

Face the Students, Show #6A, Galt, time: 27:10, 13 November 1974

Tape: 65

Face the Students, Show #6B, time: 27:30, 13 November 1974

Tape: 66

Face the Students, Show #13: Cozens, time: 28:30, 10 January 1975

Tape: 67

Face the Students, Show #17, time: 28:30, 14 February 1975

Tape: 68

Face the Students, 11 April 1975

Tape: 69 (16)

Governor News Conference, Luther Burbank students (part 1), time: 28:41, 24 May 1973

Tape: 70 (18)

Holmes-Land, time: 21:50, undated

Tape: 71 (19)

Holmes-Land, interviews, time: 30:00, undated

Tape: 72 (23)

Holmes-Land, #23, time: 25:15, undated

Tape: 73 (30)

Governor News Conference, Luther Burbank students (part 2), time: 28:30, undated

Governor News Conference, Luther Burbank students (part 2), time: 28:30,, undated

Tape: 74

Untitled, undated

Tape: 75

Governor Ronald Reagan bill signing, time: 09:17 undated

Governor Ronald Reagan bill signing, time: 09:17, undated

Scope and Contents note

Footage of Reagan signing a bill concerning occupational health and safety. He says it will retain OSHA protections in state hands; it is a real getting together of labor and management.
Sequence data: Reagan speaks (00:35), Reagan signs (01:00), Reagan presents souvenir pens and bills (01:54), Reagan gets up from desk, formal session ends, views of people mixing (04:03), Reagan seated at desk for special photographs (05:37), Reagan makes "compulsive doodler" comment (05:46), Reagan remembers his time with Screen Actors Guild negotiating with producers in Rexall building (06:45), Reagan posed at desk (07:10), Reagan stands to leave and shakes hands (07:45)
Tape: 76

Untitled, undated

Tape: 77

U-matic videocassette undated

Tape: 77

San Diego, time: 28:30, undated