Finding Aid for the Charles G. Gant California Democratic Council Records, 1960-1967

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles G. Gant California Democratic Council Records,
Date (inclusive): 1960-1967
Collection number: 1073
Creator: Gant, Charles G., 1916-
Extent: 10 boxes (5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Charles Green Gant (b.1916) served as president of the Northridge Democratic Club (1958) and the Santa Ana Democratic Club (1960-61), California Democratic Council (CDC) director for the 35th congressional district (1963-65), was the manager of the 1964 CDC convention, and served as a member of the Democratic County Central Committee of Orange County. In 1965, he was elected as the first southern vice-president of CDC, but resigned with other board members several months later because of insoluble conflicts with CDC president Simon Casady. Later, he helped form, and then head, Democrats of Southern California. The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, and printed material relating to the activities of the California Democratic Council and former southern vice-president, Charles G. Gant. Includes files on the Simon Casady political disputes, 1965, as well as materials related to Gant's political activities in Orange County, California.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles G. Gant, 1969.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles G. Gant California Democratic Council Records (Collection 1073). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Charles Green Gant was born on September 24, 1916 in Nashville, Tennessee; AB, Antioch College, 1942; moved to Washington, D.C. to be an administrative analyst with the U.S. Bureau of the Budget; in 1951 became comptroller, then Study Director for the National Science Foundation; became business manager of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's research laboratories in Van Nuys, California; director of Philco-Ford Newport Beach operations until 1967; president, Northridge Democratic Club, 1958 and Santa Ana Democratic Club, 1960-61; served as California Democratic Council (CDC) director for the 35th congressional district, 1963-65; manager of 1964 CDC convention; elected as first southern vice-president of CDC in its 1965 reorganization, but resigned with other board members several months later because of insoluble conflicts with CDC president Simon Casady; helped form and then head Democrats of Southern California; elected in 1964 and continued to serve as member of Democratic County Central Committee of Orange County.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence, clippings, and printed material relating to the activities of the California Democratic Council and former southern vice-president, Charles G. Gant. Includes files on the Simon Casady political disputes, 1965, as well as materials related to Gant's political activities in Orange County, California.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. CDC board of directors meetings and minutes (Boxes 1-2).
  2. CDC Bulletin (Box 3).
  3. Simon Casady political disputes (Boxes 3-4).
  4. CDC conventions, etc. (Box 5).
  5. Election reform--NPAAC (Box 6).
  6. Orange County Council of Democratic Clubs--Richards-Kuchel campaign, 1962 (Box 7).
  7. 35th congressional district--volunteer politics conference (Box 8).
  8. Miscellaneous papers (Box 9).
  9. Various campaign and political mementos.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Gant, Charles G., 1916- --Archives.
California Democratic Council--Archives.
Political activists--California, Southern.
California--Politics and government, 1951- .
Orange County (Calif.)--Politics and government.

  • The California Democratic Council and grass-roots politics [oral history transcript] / Charles G. Gant, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1970. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
  • Tom B. Carvey Papers (Collection 1110). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
  • Larry N. Gerston California Democratic Council Records (Collection 1281). Available at Department of Special Collection.
  • Knox Mellon California Democratic Council Records (Collection 1061). Available at Department of Special Collections.

Container List

 

CDC Board of Directors Meetings and Minutes of Meetings 1962-January 1965

Box 1, Folder 1

Fresno. April 1962

Box 1, Folder 2

Long Beach. June 1962

Box 1, Folder 3

Asilomar. August 1962

Box 1, Folder 4

Santa Barbara. October 1962

Box 1, Folder 5

Fresno. December 1962

Box 1, Folder 5a

Club meeting notices.

Box 1, Folder 6

Bakerfield. January 1963

Box 1, Folder 7

Sacramento. May 1963

Box 1, Folder 8

Santa Monica. June 1963

Box 1, Folder 9

Fresno. September 1963

Box 1, Folder 10

Fresno. November 1963

Box 1, Folder 11

Fresno. January 1964

Box 1, Folder 12

Fresno. April 1964

Box 1, Folder 13

Fresno. June 1964

Box 1, Folder 14

Palo Alto. September 1964

Box 1, Folder 15

El Segundo. November 1964

Box 1, Folder 16

Fresno. January 1965

 

CDC Board of Directors Meetings and Minutes of Meetings April 1965-November 1966

Scope and Content Note

[Several of the folders in this box include informal minutes of Executive Committee meetings, usually held prior to the Board meetings.]
Box 2, Folder 1

Bakersfield. April 1965

Box 2, Folder 2

San Francisco. June 1965

Box 2, Folder 3

Fresno. September 1965

Box 2, Folder 4

Los Angeles. October 1965

Box 2, Folder 5

Fresno. November 1965

Box 2, Folder 6

San Francisco. April 1966

Box 2, Folder 7

Fresno. June 1966

Box 2, Folder 8

Santa Monica. September 1966

Box 2, Folder 9

Lake Tahoe. November 1966

Box 2, Folder 10

Board Meetings - Arrangements for the site locations. 1964-1965

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence.
 

CDC Bulletin and Simon Casady Affair 1962-1965

Box 3, Folder 1

Bulletin. 1962

Scope and Content Note

vol.1, no.1-11.
Box 3, Folder 2

Bulletin. 1963

Scope and Content Note

vol.2, no.1-10.
Box 3, Folder 3

Bulletin. 1964

Scope and Content Note

vol.3, no.1-9.
Box 3, Folder 4

Bulletin. 1965

Scope and Content Note

vol.4, no.1-4 [i.e., May].
Boxes 3-4

[Simon] Casady Affair 1965

Box 3, Folder 5

Clippings.

Box 3, Folder 6

Correspondence supporting Casady.

Box 3, Folder 7

General file.

Box 3, Folder 8

"Explanation of Charges Relating to the Competency of Simon Casady as President of the California Democratic Council". October 1965

Physical Description: (16 leaves).
Box 4, Folder 1

Casady Aftermath. 1965

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, clippings, etc. re the activities of CDC following the Casady Affair.
Box 4, Folder 2

Casady Aftermath. 1966

Box 4, Folder 3

Champions of CDC.

Box 4, Folder 4

Civic and Human Relations Committee. 1965

Box 4, Folders 5-6

Correspondence of Southern Vice-President (Gant)

Box 4, Folder 5

April-June 1964.

Box 4, Folder 6

July-December 1965.

 

CDC Conventions, etc.

Box 5, Folder 1

Fresno. 1961

Box 5, Folder 2

Bakerfield. 1963

Box 5, Folder 3

Long Beach. 1964

Box 5, Folder 4

Commendatory letters re Long Beach convention. 1964

Box 5, Folder 5

Sacremento. 1965

Box 5, Folder 6

Sacremento Convention Papers. 1965

Box 5, Folders 7-9

Convention 1966

Box 5, Folder 7

Location plans and correspondence.

Box 5, Folder 8

Aftermath.

Box 5, Folder 9

Dollars for Democrats.

Box 5, Folders 10-13

Election 1966

Box 5, Folder 10

Clippings.

Box 5, Folders 11-12

Democratic Campaign.

Box 5, Folder 13

Primary Results.

 

Election Reform - NPAAC

Box 6, Folder 1

Election Reform.

Box 6, Folder 2

Election Results. 1960-1966

Scope and Content Note

Primarily clippings.
Box 6, Folders 3-6

Issues Program

Box 6, Folder 3

2nd Annual I.P. 1961

Box 6, Folder 4

3rd Annual I.P. 1961

Box 6, Folder 5

1963.

Box 6, Folder 6

1966.

Box 6, Folder 7

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. 1964-1965

Box 6, Folder 8

Negro Political Action Association of California. 1965

 

Orange County Council of Democratic Clubs - Richards-Kuchel Campaign 1962

Box 7, Folder 1

Orange County Council of Democratic Clubs. ca. 1962-1965

Box 7, Folder 2

Organization Committee. 1965

Box 7, Folders 3-4

Political Action

Box 7, Folder 3

Region I. 1966-1967

Box 7, Folder 4

State. 1965

Box 7, Folder 5

Registration Campaign, Sample. 1968

Box 7, Folder 6

Resolutions Committee. 1965

Box 7, Folders 7-8

Richards - Kuchel Campaign for U.S. Senate. 1962

 

35th Congressional District - Volunteer Politics Conference

Box 8, Folders 1-3

35th Congressional District - CDC Director's Affairs.

Box 8, Folder 1

1963.

Box 8, Folder 2

1964.

Box 8, Folder 3

1965.

Box 8, Folders 4-7

Volunteer Politics Conference, Atlantic City. 1964

Box 8

1 large photograph.

 

Miscellaneous Papers

Box 9, Folders 1-2

CDC papers

Box 9, Folder 1

1960-1963.

Box 9, Folder 2

1966-1967.

Box 9, Folder 3

CDC Publications.

Box 9, Folder 4

Journal of CDC.

Scope and Content Note

vol.2, no.1 and vol.23, no.1.
Box 9, Folders 5-6

Democratic campaign literature, various campaigns. Various years

Box 9, Folder 7

Miscellaneous papers and fragments.

Box 9, Folders 8-9

Miscellaneous publications.

Box 10

Various campaign and political mementoes; a few miscellaneous printed items re Laguna Beach's Festival of Arts.