INVENTORY OF THE JUANITA MILLENDER-MCDONALD COLLECTION, 1984-2007

Finding aid prepared by Li-Wei Yang, Jean Pierre Vande Zande, and Rob Gutner
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives & Special Collections
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3895
URL: http://archives.csudh.edu/
©2007


Descriptive Summary

Title: Millender-McDonald (Juanita) Collection
Dates: 1984-2007,
Dates: (Bulk 1997-2007)
Collection Number: Consult repository
Creator: Millender-McDonald, Juanita
Extent: 32 boxes [13.34 linear ft]
Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3013
URL: http://archives.csudh.edu/
Abstract: The Juanita Millender-McDonald collection (1992-2007) includes: correspondence, newsletters, press releases, speeches, reports, flyers, questionnaires, bills and amendments, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, and ephemera including photos, plaques and video tapes. A large number of files are devoted to the Congressional Black Caucus, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Congressional Caucus on Women’s issues, California Assembly, and House Administration. Subjects include labor issues, HIV/AIDS, CIA Nicaraguan Contra scandal, education, minority issues, finance, health, the John Kerry Presidential Campaign, political practices and policies, transportation and China.
Language: Collection material is in English

Administration Information

Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], JUANITA MILLENDER-MCDONALD COLLECTION, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were donated by the Millender-McDonald family in September 2007.

Processing Information

Processed in 2007 by Li-Wei Yang, Jean Pierre Vande Zande, and Rob Gutner.

Biography

Juanita Millender-McDonald (1938-2007) was an educator, civic leader and congresswoman who championed women’s and minority issues, human rights and education. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama on September 7, 1938. At three, her mother died and her father moved his family of five children to the Los Angeles area. She received her B.A. in Business at the University of Redlands (1981), and a M.A. in Education Administration from California State University, Los Angeles (1988). She began her career as an English teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) while studying for her first graduate degree. After receiving her Masters, she left the classroom to become a writer for the LAUSD and edited a textbook called Images. The textbook, which was written to steer female students toward non-traditional careers, exemplified Millender-McDonald's life-long interest in women's issues. Later, she was appointed as Director of Gender Equity Programs for the LAUSD.
Her interest in politics began with working on local campaigns including former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley’s gubernatorial race (1982) and as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention (1984; and later as a state legislator, 1992; and as congresswoman, 2000). She was the first African-American woman councilmember (1990-92) and Mayor Pro Tempore (1991) of Carson, California. She began her career-long interest in transportation issues by tackling the freight train and traffic congestion in the Alameda corridor near Carson. In addition, she showed an early interest in gender equity issues by raising the pay of Carson’s city clerk and treasurer.
Millender-McDonald was elected to the California State Legislature (1992-96) as the representative of the 55th Assembly District and became the first woman to chair both the Insurance Committee and the Revenue and Taxation Committee. She was involved early on in raising awareness of HIV and AIDS, especially among black women. For 10 years, she held an annual AIDS Walk at Cal State Dominguez Hills. She continued to be attracted to transportation and education issues. She resolved the Alameda corridor issue through state legislation and then pursued designating the corridor as a national transportation artery for federal funding. In addition, she conducted hearings across the state for three years to create an urban education reform proposal.
Millender-McDonald was elected to the United States Congress (1996) in a special election and represented the 37th District of California, which included Carson, Compton, Long Beach, Signal Hill and Watts. She was reelected to the six succeeding terms (1997-2007) until her death. She was considered a front-runner for the job of Secretary of Transportation if John Kerry had been elected. She was a firm believer in celebrating women’s achievements and in assisting women to fulfill their potential. As an international leader she had been proactive in building coalitions with female leaders in Spain, Africa, Afghanistan, Central America, Canada, China and India to promote the status of women leaders.
As a member of the 109th Congress (2005-06), Millender-McDonald served as the first African-American woman to chair the House Committee on House Administration. She also served on the House Committee on Small Business including the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, the Subcommittee on Tax Finance and Exports (ranking minority member); House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure including the Subcommittee on Aviation, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and the Subcommittee on Highways, New Democratic Coalition, Transit and Pipelines; Joint Committee on the Library of Congress, Joint Committee on Printing, and Congressional Black Caucus.

Scope and Content

This collection documents Millender-McDonald’s professional activities and political interests relating to her career from 1992-2007. This collection includes correspondence, newsletters, press releases, speeches, reports, flyers, questionnaires, bills and amendments, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, and ephemera including photos, plaques and video tapes. The correspondence includes letters from national political figures Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Kerry, and Nancy Pelosi and regional politicians Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Baca John Garamendi, Betty Karnette, and Mervyn Dymally. A significant number of files are devoted to her professional activities with the Congressional Black Caucus, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Congressional Caucus on Women’s issues, California Assembly, and House Administration. Other political interests include labor issues, HIV/AIDS, CIA Nicaraguan Contra scandal, education, minority issues, finance, health, the John Kerry Presidential Campaign, political practices and policies, transportation and China.
Whenever possible, original folder titles have been retained and the folders kept in their original order.

Arrangement

Indexing Terms

Subjects

Congressional Black Caucus
Finance
United States. Congress
African American legislatures
Transportation
AIDS (Disease)—Social aspects
HIV infections
California. Legislature

Personal Names

Millender-McDonald, Juanita 1938-2007
Kerry, John


Container List

 

California State Assembly 1992-1996

Physical Description: 1 box
Physical Description: (.42 linear feet)

Scope and Content Note

This series includes correspondence, memos, flyers, Assembly Daily Journal, Assembly Daily File, Assembly Bill, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and legislative reports. Arranged by year.
Container 1, ID 1

California Assembly 1993-1996

Container 1, ID 2

California Assembly 1993-1996

Container 1, ID 3

California Assembly 1993-1996

Container 1, ID 4

California Assembly -- Bills 1992-1996

Container 1, ID 5

California Assembly -- Bills 1993-1996

 

Congress 1996-2007

Physical Description: 37 boxes
Physical Description: (15.43 linear feet)

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, memo, flyers, newspaper clippings, newsletters, press releases, speech, bill and amendment, biographies, Congressional Black Caucus papers, committee record, district reports, financial records, House Administration records, House Resolution, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee records, Women’s Caucus papers, Greeting cards, plaques, nameplates, and videos. Arranged by year.
Container 2, ID 6

HIV/AIDS issues 1997-2004

Container 2, ID 7

HIV/AIDS issues 2000-2001

Container 2, ID 8

HIV/AIDS issues 2001-2005

Container 2, ID 9

Bills and amendments 1997, 2006

Container 2, ID 10

Bills and amendments 2001

Container 2, ID 11

Biographies 2002

Container 2, ID 12

C17 program 2005-2006

Container 2, ID 13

Congressional Black Caucus 1995-2006

Container 3, ID 14

Congressional Black Caucus 1996-2006

Container 3, ID 15

Congressional Black Caucus 1996-2006

Container 3, ID 16

Congressional Black Caucus 1996-2006

Container 3, ID 17

Congressional Black Caucus 1996-2007

Container 3, ID 18

Congressional Black Caucus 1996-2007

Container 4, ID 19

Congressional Black Caucus 2000-2003

Container 4, ID 20

Congressional Black Caucus -- 2001 Legislative Conference 2001-2003

Container 4, ID 21

Congressional Black Caucus -- Annual Retreat 2001-2005

Container 4, ID 22

Congressional Black Caucus 2001-2005

Container 4, ID 23

Congressional Black Caucus 2001-2006

Container 4, ID 24

Congressional Black Caucus 2003-2005

Container 5, ID 25

California Highway Patrol Strategic Plan 2006-2009 2006

Container 5, ID 26

Campaigns of other candidates 2006

Container 5, ID 27

CIA Nicaraguan Contras scandal 1996

Container 5, ID 28

CIA Nicaraguan Contras scandal 1996

Container 5, ID 29

CIA Nicaraguan Contras scandal 1996

Container 5, ID 30

China 1996-2005

Container 5, ID 31

Correspondence 1992-2007

Container 5, ID 32

Correspondence 1995-2002

Container 6, ID 33

Correspondence 1995-2007

Container 6, ID 34

Correspondence 1996-2000

Container 6, ID 35

Correspondence 1996-2004

Container 6, ID 36

Correspondence 1996-2005

Container 6, ID 37

Correspondence 1996-2006

Container 6, ID 38

Correspondence 1996-2006

Container 7, ID 39

Correspondence 1996-2006

Container 7, ID 40

Correspondence 1996-2006

Container 7, ID 41

Correspondence 1996-2006

Container 7, ID 42

Correspondence 1996-2006

Container 7, ID 43

Correspondence 1996-2007

Container 8, ID 44

Correspondence 1996-2007

Container 8, ID 45

Correspondence 1996-2007

Container 8, ID 46

Correspondence 1996-2007

Container 8, ID 47

Correspondence 1996-2007

Container 8, ID 48

Correspondence 2001-2007

Container 8, ID 49

Correspondence 2003-2007

Container 9, ID 50

Correspondence 2003-2007

Container 9, ID 51

Correspondence 2004-2005

Container 9, ID 52

Correspondence 2005-2007

Container 9, ID 53

Correspondence 2006-2007

Container 9, ID 54

Democratic Committee 1996-2006

Container 10, ID 55

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee 2001-2002

Container 10, ID 56

Democratic National Convention 2004

Container 10, ID 57

District report 2003-2006

Container 10, ID 58

Education issues 1994-2004

Container 10, ID 59

Education issues 1995-2005

Container 10, ID 60

Education issues 2006

Container 10, ID 61

Electronic voting 2006-2007

Container 10, ID 62

Federal employees 1995-2003

Container 11, ID 63

Financial records 2002-2006

Container 11, ID 64

Fine Arts Board 2005

Container 11, ID 65

Handwritten notes Undated

Container 11, ID 66

House Administration 2004-2006

Container 11, ID 67

House Administration 2005-2007

Container 11, ID 68

House Administration 2006-2007

Container 11, ID 69

House Administration 2006-2007

Container 12, ID 70

House Administration -- Election reform hearing 2007

Container 12, ID 71

House Administration -- Election reform hearing 2007

Container 12, ID 72

House Administration -- House Resolution 202 2007

Container 12, ID 73

House Administration -- House Resolution 476 2007

Container 12, ID 74

House Administration -- Voter verified paper audit trail 2004-2006

Container 12, ID 75

House Administration -- Web management review project 2005

Container 12, ID 76

House Resolution -- Cosponsor 2005

Container 12, ID 77

House Resolution -- Cosponsor 2005

Container 13, ID 78

House Resolution -- Sponsor 2005

Container 13, ID 79

House Resolution -- Sponsor 2005

Container 13, ID 80

House Resolution 2002-2003

Container 13, ID 81

House Resolution 2005-2007

Container 13, ID 82

House Appropriations Committee 2005

Container 13, ID 83

Hurricane Katrina 2005

Container 13, ID 84

Inspector General Audit 2004

Container 13, ID 85

John Kerry Presidential Campaign 2004

Container 13, ID 86

King/Drew Medical Center 2004-2006

Container 14, ID 87

King/Drew Medical Center 2004

Container 14, ID 88

King/Drew Medical Center 2004-2005

Container 14, ID 89

Labor issues 1997, undated

Container 14, ID 90

Fair Political Practices Commission Orders 2004

Container 14, ID 91

Library of Congress 2006

Container 14, ID 92

Minority issues 2003

Container 14, ID 93

Minority issues 1998-2003

Container 15, ID 94

Municipal -- Carson and Long Beach 2004

Container 15, ID 95

Newsletter 1996-2006

Container 15, ID 96

Newspaper clipping 2006-2007

Container 15, ID 97

Newspaper clipping 1996-2006

Container 15, ID 98

Newspaper clipping 1996-2006

Container 15, ID 99

Newspaper clipping 1996-2006

Container 16, ID 100

Newspaper clipping 1996-2006

Container 16, ID 101

Policy studies 1996, 2002

Container 16, ID 102

Political contributions 2004

Container 16, ID 103

Position papers 1996-2006

Container 16, ID 104

Press release 1996-2006

Container 16, ID 105

Press release 2001-2007

Container 16, ID 106

Election 1996, 1999

Container 16, ID 107

September 11, 2001 terrorist attack 2001-2002, 2004

Container 17, ID 108

Small Business Committee 1996, 2007

Container 17, ID 109

Small Business Committee 1997, 2003

Container 17, ID 110

Speeches 1996-2006

Container 17, ID 111

Speeches 2000-2007

Container 17, ID 112

Speeches 2001-2003

Container 17, ID 113

Speeches -- King/Drew Medical Center graduation ceremony 2001

Container 17, ID 114

Speeches -- Charles R. Drew University commencement June 1, 2002

Container 17, ID 115

Tax-cut plan 1996, 2001

Container 17, ID 116

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 1996-2001

Container 17, ID 117

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 1996-2005

Container 18, ID 118

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 1996-2005

Container 18, ID 119

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 1996-2005

Container 18, ID 120

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 1996-2007

Container 18, ID 121

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 2001

Container 18, ID 122

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 2001-2002

Container 18, ID 123

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 2001-2002

Container 18, ID 124

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 2001-2002

Container 19, ID 125

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 2001-2004

Container 19, ID 126

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 2002-2005

Container 19, ID 127

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 2004-2005

Container 19, ID 128

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee -- 110th Congress manual 2004-2007

Container 19, ID 129

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee -- Meeting January 17, 2007

Container 19, ID 130

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee -- Markup February 7, 2007

Container 20, ID 131

U.S. Conference of Mayors 2002

Container 20, ID 132

Voters process 2005-2006

Container 20, ID 133

Women's Caucus 1999-2006

Container 20, ID 134

Women's Caucus 2000-2001

Container 20, ID 135

Women's Caucus 2002-2003

Container 20, ID 136

Women's Caucus 2001-2005

Container 21, ID 137

Greeting cards 2001-2007

Container 21, ID 138

Greeting cards -- Ambassadors 1999-2005

Container 21, ID 139

Greeting cards -- California 1994-2005

Container 21, ID 140

Greeting cards -- Executive Branch 2001-2004

Container 21, ID 141

Greeting cards -- Legislative Branch Undated, 2005-2007

Container 21, ID 142

Greeting cards -- Legislative Branch 1999-2007

Container 21, ID 143

I.D. badges 2001-2005

Container 22, ID 144

Plaque 1996

Container 22, ID 145

Nameplate Undated

Container 22, ID 146

Nameplate Undated

Container 22, ID 147

Directory 1995-2003

Container 22, ID 148

Receipt and related records 1997-2004

Container 22, ID 149

The Alameda Corridor (VHS) 1994

Container 23, ID 150

The Alameda Corridor (VHS) 1994

Container 23, ID 151

The Alameda Corridor (VHS) 1994

Container 23, ID 152

The Business of Options (VHS) Undated

Container 23, ID 153

The Century Council (VHS) Undated

Container 24, ID 154

The Neighborhood (VHS) April 1993

Container 24, ID 155

Nightline (VHS) November 15, 1996

Container 24, ID 156

White House Conference (VHS) May 3, 1995

Container 24, ID 157

Pier 400 Progress Report (VHS) June 18, 1996

Container 25, ID 158

America Links Up (VHS) Undated

Container 25, ID 159

Before It's Too Late (VHS) Undated

Container 25, ID 160

The Fullest Possible Accounting (VHS) Undated

Container 25, ID 161

World Business Exchange (VHS) Undated

Container 26, ID 162

No Easy Walk (VHS) 1961-1963

Container 26, ID 163

Fighting for Excellence (VHS) Undated

Container 26, ID 164

Underage access to alcohol over the Internet (VHS) Undated

Container 26, ID 165

Assemblywoman at Compton College (VHS) December 11, 1993

Container 27, ID 166

Lighting Freedom's Flame 2001 (VHS) July 7, 2001

Container 27, ID 167

Legislative procedures of the U.S. Congress (VHS) 1984

Container 27, ID 168

Regional Job Training Center in Compton (VHS) Undated

Container 27, ID 169

HULD and Ballistic Panel Testing (VHS) Undated

Container 28, ID 170

Teaching for America's Future (VHS) Undated

Container 28, ID 171

Life of a Railroader (VHS) July 17, 1996

Container 28, ID 172

Time and Chance (DVD) Undated

Container 28, ID 173

Nightline -- Corporate Discrimination (VHS) Undated

Container 28, ID 174

Congresswoman Millender-McDonald on C-SPAN (VHS) Undated

Container 29, ID 175

Inspire (VHS) Undated

Container 29, ID 176

Machinists and Aerospace Workers Association (VHS) Undated

Container 29, ID 177

NBC News -- Medicare waste (VHS) Undated

Container 29, ID 178

Congressional debate (VHS) Undated

Container 30, ID 179

Photos Undated

Container 31, ID 180

Photos Undated

Container 32, ID 181

Odd size plaque and White House Easter eggs 1997-2005