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Finding Aid for the Joseph L. Wyatt Collection of California Democratic Council Records, 1953-1967
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Partial List of Correspondents in Collection
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joseph L. Wyatt Collection of California Democratic Council Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1953-1967
    Collection number: 1082
    Creator: Wyatt, Joseph L., 1924-
    Extent: 14 boxes (7 linear ft.)
    Abstract: The California Democratic Council (CDC), a federation of local volunteer clubs, was established in 1953. CDC endorsements and campaign support led to the first full statewide slate of Democrats in 40 years (1954) and also figured prominently in the election of Edmund G. “Pat” Brown as California governor in 1958. Joseph Lucian Wyatt, Jr. (b.1924) was the secretary of the California Democratic Council (1953-57), and president (1957-61). He was also the California delegate at the Democratic National Conventions in 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968. The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, and printed material related to the formation, development, and activities of the California Democratic Council (CDC) between 1953 and 1967, and materials related to another organization, the Dime-A-Day Democracy Group.
    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.

    Biography

    Joseph Lucian Wyatt, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, February 21, 1924; attended Northwestern University (AB, 1947) and Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1949); became a lawyer and sole practitioner, Los Angeles, California, in 1949; member California State Personnel Board, 1961-71; Director, Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1956-59; secretary, California Democratic Council (CDC), 1953-57; president, CDC, 1957-61; California delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968.
    The California Democratic Council (CDC), a federation of local volunteer clubs, was established in 1953; under the direction of founding president Alan Cranston, the CDC was able to balance its electoral and legislative goals; CDC endorsements and campaign support led to the first full statewide slate of Democrats in 40 years (1954) and also figured prominently in the election of Edmund G. “Pat” Brown as California governor in 1958; as the CDC's focus became increasingly ideological, tensions led to a steady decline in its membership and presence in California politics; membership peaked at 75,000 in 1964.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, clippings, and printed material related to the formation, development, and activities of the California Democratic Council (CDC) between 1953 and 1967. Materials relate to Wyatt's involvement in the CDC as its secretary and president. Also contains materials related to another organization, the Dime-A-Day Democracy Group.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Wyatt, Joseph L., 1924- --Archives.
    California Democratic Council--Archives.
    Democratic Party (Calif.).
    California--Politics and government, 1951- .

    Partial List of Correspondents in Collection

    Anderson, Glenn M. lieutenant-governor of California
    Bowlest Chester
    Brown, Edmund G. (Pat) governor of California
    Burns, Hugh California State Senate
    Cranston Alan
    Doyle, Clyde California congressman
    Eagle, Clair California senator
    Galbraith, John Kenneth
    Gore Albert Tennessee senator
    Hanna, Richard T. California state legislator
    Johnson, Lyndon Baines Senate majority leader
    Kefauver, Estes Senator
    Miller, George California congressman
    Mosk, Stanley judge and California state attorney-general
    Pitchess, Peter J. Los Angeles County sherrif
    Rees, Thomas California state legislator
    Richards, Richard California state legislator
    Roosevelt, James California congressman
    Schleisenger, Arthur M. Jr.
    Unruh, Jesse California state legislator
    Wagner, Robert F. Jr. New York City mayor
    Wyman, Rosalind Los Angeles City councilwoman
    Yarborough, Ralph Texas senator
    Yorty, Samuel Los Angeles Mayor
    Ziffren, Paul Democratic national committeeman
    • CDC Officer: 1953-1965 [oral history transcript] / Wyatt, Joseph L., interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1971. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
    • California Democratic Council Records (Collection 1389). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.