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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Inventory of the Robert J. Lagomarsino Collection: Federal Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1974-1992.
    Collection number: 1/92
    Creator: Lagomarsino, Robert J. (Robert John)
    Extent: 200 Linear Feet
    Repository: California State University Channel Islands

    Robert J. and Norma M. Lagomarsino Archives
    Camarillo, CA 93012
    Abstract: This collection documents Federal issues occurring during Robert J. Lagomarsino's public serve as a United States Congressman from 1974 to 1992. The collection also includes current events. The collection consists of correspondence, congressional bills, memoranda, newsletters, press releases, news articles, research publications, special reports, and speeches.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    The collection is open for research. Some confidential matter is restricted.

    Publication Rights

    Reproduction of archival material is subject to the terms and conditions of the Copyright Act. See US Code: Title 17, Section 107, Fair Use, for provisions and guidelines, which include limited, non-profit use for scholarship. The researcher, by signing the registration card, agrees not to quote, publish, reproduce, or display the copy in whole or in part, without permission from the University Library and the copyright owner. Copies may not be further duplicated nor deposited in or given to other institutions, without the written permission of the University Library and the copyright owner. Securing permission to publish is the responsibility of the user. The researcher, by signing the registration card, agrees to hold harmless the University and its governing body and associates and the Library and its staff against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of his/her use of unpublished materials obtained from the archives.
    Libelous statements and the invasion of privacy are actionable under law. The researcher, by signing the registration card, agrees to hold harmless the University and its governing body and associates and the Library and its staff against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of his/her unlawful actions regarding any and all information obtained from the archives. Those topics designated specially are deemed confidential, containing sensitive material protected by law, and will not be produced unless and until express consent is given by the subject individual. See the 1974 FERPA legislation (also called The Buckley Amendment) re: academic information and CA Civil Code Sections 1798.24-1798.24(b).

    Preferred Citation

    Robert J. Lagomarsino Collection, California State University Channel Islands; Leg. Issue Files, 1/7; Letter to Ronald Reagan from Robert Lagomarsino; 2/1/80.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was donated by Robert J. and Norma M. Lagomarsino to the Robert J. and Norma M. Lagomarsino Archives.

    Biography

    It was 1965, when California State Senator Robert Lagomarsino first voted to authorize funds for an advance acquisition site study for a state college. At that time, he also introduced Senate Bill #70, which called for the establishment of a state college for Ventura County. Almost twenty-five years later, Mr. Lagomarsino continued his fight for a Ventura County university at a 1990 California State University site selection meeting. In 1992, Mr. Lagomarsino generously dedicated his papers, furniture, and memorabilia to California State University, Northridge's satellite campus in Ventura, California. The donated collection was transferred in 2000 to California State University Channel Islands, Ventura County's own four year university.
    Robert J. Lagomarsino is a native of Ventura County with a long and distinguished career in public service. He was born on September 4, 1926 in Ventura, California and attended Ventura High School. Mr. Lagomarsino served in the United States Navy as a pharmacist mate during World War II. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1950 and later, the Santa Clara University School of Law in 1954. In 1958, he was elected to the Ojai City Council and shortly thereafter, served as its mayor at the age of 32. In 1961, he was elected to the California Senate and in that same year, was named as one of five outstanding young men in the State by the California Junior Chamber of Commerce.
    In Sacramento, Robert Lagomarsino gained a reputation as a hard-working, effective legislator and was re-elected three times (1961-1974), the later years under then governor, Ronald Reagan. At the time of his election to the U.S. Congress, Mr. Lagomarsino was the senior ranking senator from Southern California and a member of the five person Senate Rules Committee, after having served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Wildlife. Major legislative achievements from this time period include the Garrigus-Lagomarsino Act (1963), which authorized vocational education centers in each county of the State; the California Child Anti-Pornography Act (1969); the Marine Resources Protection Act (1970); the California Wild and Scenic Rivers legislation; the Jury Reform Act (1972); the Consumer Protection Act (1972), which authorized cities to create anti-fraud units; and the Welfare Reform Act (1973).
    After serving twelve years in the California Senate, Robert Lagomarsino became the only Republican elected to the United States House of Representatives in March of 1974, in a special election, when his own congressional 19th district representative, Charles Teague, suddenly passed away. During his service as a United States Congressman from 1974-1992, Robert Lagomarsino was an active member of two major House Committees: the Foreign Affairs Committee, as the third-ranking Republican and the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, as the second-ranking Republican. He was a Congressional Observer to the Geneva Arms Controls Talks and Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs, which oversaw U.S. relations with Canada, Central America, and South America. He was also Chairman of the National Republican Institute for International Affairs, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Afghanistan, and a member of the Asian and Pacific Affairs Committee. In addition, Mr. Lagomarsino served as Chairman of the POW/MIA Task Force, the only official body of Congress that was chaired by a Republican and was House author of a measure creating the Prisoner of War medal.
    Congressman Lagomarsino made several trips abroad, by way of a study or investigative group, which would subsequently generate a report or commentary based upon notable observations and perceptions. He toured South America, the Far East, the Pacific Region, the Soviet Union, and Europe numerous times, but held a particular interest in Southeast Asia; meeting with the Laos government in 1989 and, later, the Vietnamese government in 1990, to obtain information on POWS/MIAS in Southeast Asia.
    He toured the Panama Canal as part of President Carter's diplomacy and was an observer to the Panama National Elections and Kuwait invasion under President Bush. Congressman Lagomarsino also attended annual interparliamentary conferences held in Mexico and on the European continent.
    During his service in Washington, Congressman Lagomarsino specialized in environmental concerns, foreign affairs (particularly Latin America), and illegal drug trafficking. He authored legislation which created the Channel Islands National Park, the Dick Smith Wilderness Area, the Los Padres National Forest, and co-authored the Drug War Bond Act and the Violent Crime and Drug Control Act. He was a leader in efforts to open overseas markets to U.S. products and to ban transfer of strategic goods or technology. Congressman Lagomarsino also maintained a voting record of 99%, with a resounding NO vote to every proposed congressional pay raise.
    As the elected Secretary of the Republican Conference, Congressman Lagomarsino met regularly with President Ronald Reagan while Congress was in session. He was the President's congressman.
    Congressman Lagomarsino compiled a consistent record over his twenty-five year career in support of clean air and water, conservation, governmental efficiency, law enforcement, safe transportation of hazardous materials, tax reform, strong military defense, veterans affairs, and was an early leader in preventive efforts of nuclear proliferation.
    In 1992, Mr. Lagomarsino lost the primary congressional election to multimillionaire Michael Huffington by five points. A congressional reapportionment plan that aided Republicans in California by eliminating a Democratic gerrymander, also placed Congressman Lagomarsino in an enormously complicated position, before the primary election. Mr. Lagomarsino ended up in the same district as his Simi Valley colleague, Representative Elton Gallegly.
    Congressman Lagomarsino, not wishing to split the Republican party, chose to leave his hometown and stay with the Santa Barbara portion of his old district. There, he ran into Huffington, who challenged him in the primary. Despite considerable encouragement by his constituents to become a write-in candidate for the general election, Congressman Lagomarsino realized the inherent obstacles of finances and ballot technicalities and graciously declined. Huffington went on to serve one term as a member of Congress; losing a 1994 bid for the Senate.
    Mr. Lagomarsino has been honored by organizations as diverse as the California and National Wildlife Federation, which named him Legislative Conservationist of the Year and the California Peace Officers Association, which bestowed the title of Legislator of the Year. The Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center even bears his name: The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitors' Center.
    Robert Lagomarsino continues to play a part in history through abundant community involvement. A devoted member of the American Legion, Elks, Moose, and Rotary Club, he currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Channel Island campus of California State University, the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, the Santa Barbara Channel Foundation, and as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Food Share of Ventura.
    On a broader and more international scale, Mr. Lagomarsino continues to sharpen his foreign relations skills as the Chairman of the Board of the American Alliance for Tax Equity and Vice Chairman of the American Samoa Economic Advisory Commission. He is also a member of the World Affairs Council of Ventura County and the Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations.

    Scope and Contents of Collection

    The Robert J. Lagomarsino Collection documents Mr. Lagomarsino's service as a California State Senator (1961-1974) under governors Brown and Reagan and as a United States Representative (1974-1992) under presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush, and Reagan. The collection includes original furniture as displayed in the library exhibit room, artifacts, photographs, and a special compilation of original correspondence and memorabilia from government officials and celebrities. The collection also details the Lagomarsino family history, documenting Ventura County's early beginnings in the State.
    Events documented in the archives include various Watergate hearing transcripts and the final analysis of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. The congressional files offer exclusive special reports made by U.S. observation delegations during their world travels, addressing international state of affairs in Central America, the Middle East, the Far East, and the Soviet Union.
    For those particularly interested in California history, the archive encompasses a wide range of Ventura County events and personalities, such as the Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan campaigns for governor in the 1960s, Santa Barbara student demonstrations regarding the Vietnam War in the 1970s, the space shuttle program at Vandenberg Air Force Base in the 1980s, and tanker oil spills affecting the Santa Barbara Channel in the 1990s.

    Arrangement

    The files originally maintained by the Congressman's office were arranged per every two Congresses (or four sessions) and that organization has been mirrored in the organization of these archival materials.
    Congressional Terms in Collection: 1973-1976, (93-94 Congress); 1977-1980, (95-96 Congress); 1981-1984, (97-98 Congress); 1985-1988, (99-100 Congress); 1989-1992, (101-102 Congress).

    Organization

    Federal Collection

    • The Federal Collection is divided into fourteen manuscript record groups and six non-manuscript record groups. The Lagomarsino Archives also maintains its own Special Collections, consisting of original (signed) letters from the administrations of Richard Nixon to George Bush and autographed photographs from celebrities and government officials.
    • Record Group 1: Legislative Issue Files 1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-102)

      • 67 Boxes
      • The files under this record group consist of correspondence, congressional bills, memoranda, newsletters, press releases, news articles, research publications, special reports, and speeches reflecting two decades of national and international issues.
      • Subgroup I: 1973-1976

        • This subgroup covers the 93-94 Congress.
      • Subgroup II: 1977-1980

        • This subgroup covers the 95-96 Congress.
      • Subgroup III: 1981-1984

        • This subgroup covers the 97-98 Congress.
      • Subgroup IV: 1985-1988

        • This subgroup covers the 99-100 Congress.
      • Subgroup V: 1989-1992

        • This subgroup covers the 101-102 Congress.
    • Record Group 2: Constituent Files 1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-100)

      • 15 Boxes
      • Series I, II, IV, V, VII contain some confidential material protected by law and will not be produced unless express consent is given by the subject individual.
      • Series I: Constituent Case Files

        • The constituent case files and constituent departmental files are similar to the constituent issue files and the constituent congressional bill files, in that all pertain to individual constituent issues brought to the attention of Congressman Lagomarsino, requesting his assistance to resolve the matter. The constituent case files address issues which can be resolved by a governmental agency.
      • Series II: Constituent Departmental Files

        • The constituent departmental files concern issues which directly affect or involve departmental agencies or organizations such as the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic or Department of Health employees.
      • Series III: Constituent Form Letter Responses

        • The constituent form letter responses are form letters sent in response to correspondence received by Congressman Lagomarsino's office relating to specific topics, such as the economy, child pornography, Medicare, the Persian Gulf War, Social Security, and terrorism.
      • Series IV: Constituent Issue Files

        • Constituent issue files address matters pertaining to the interest of more than one constituent and are divided into topics similar to the Legislative Issue Files of Record Group One.
      • Series V: Constituent Congressional Bill Files

        • The constituent congressional bill files encompass congressional bills which Congressman Lagomarsino introduced on behalf of constituents, usually concerning immigration issues or Social Security. The files also contain correspondence referring to the particular bill in question.
      • Series VI: Constituent Thank You Files

        • The constituent thank you files and constituent 1992 election support letters reflect a personal nature, thanking Congressman Lagomarsino for his assistance on a particular constituent's behalf or relaying assurances for his reelection to Congress.
      • Series VII: Constituent Academy Appointment Files

        • The constituent academy appointment files contain applications, grade reports, SAT transcripts, and correspondence relating to those high school students in Congressional Lagomarsino's district who wished to be considered for an Academy appointment to either Westpoint, Annapolis, the U.S. Air Force Academy or the Merchant Marines Maritime Academy.
      • Series VIII: Constituent 1992 Election Support Letters

        • The constituent thank you files and constituent 1992 election support letters reflect a personal nature, thanking Congressman Lagomarsino for his assistance on a particular constituent's behalf or relaying assurances for his reelection to Congress.
    • Record Group 3: Voting Record Files 1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-102)

      • 39 Boxes
      • Series I: Legislative Activity Guide

        • A month-to-month recordation of daily activities within the House. This includes a synopsis of resolutions on the floor, by whom, and the outcome (motions, Yeas and Nays). The Guide not only includes Congressman Lagomarsino's voting activity, but also a detailed explanation of all other voting activity, such as voice, division, and teller votes.
      • Series II: Bill Synopsis

        • A synopsis of each bill introduced, indicating sponsorship, final vote, detailed description, and amendments (if applicable).
      • Series III: Weekly Voting Record

        • Consists of actual pages from the House Congressional Record re: synopsis of House Resolutions (H.R.) and result.
      • Series IV: Individual Record and Subject Guide

        • Subseries I: Category Books

          • This subseries organizes Resolutions (House or Senate) into topics. The bills are listed in chronological detail, with description, roll call, and outcome provided.
        • Subseries II: Individual Records

          • This subseries consists of Congressman Lagomarsino's voting and attendance records. The voting record includes the date, the page in the Congressional Records, a brief description, Lagomarsino's response, and the total vote or response. Lagomarsino's personal cumulative voting record is also noted.
        • Subseries III: Roll Call Subject Guides

          • This subseries provides a general categorization of House Resolutions by date, a brief description of the bill on the floor for that day, and the outcome.
      • Series V: Vote Analysis and Justification

        • Subseries I: House Record Vote Analysis

          • This subseries is a computer print-out which provides an exceedingly detailed description re: the congressional bill, the action taken (whether the bill was passed), and the vote count (Yeas and Nays). The print-out also supplies the Public Law Number and Legislative Digest pages.
        • Subseries II: Congressional Veto of Executive Actions

          • This subseries is the Committee's Congressional Veto of Executive Actions, a memorandum discussing the tilt of legislative power towards the Executive Branch.
        • Subseries III: Vote Justifications

          • This subseries is the Committee's Vote Justifications, a synopsis of particular bills in the House, the representatives and their amendments which relate to that bill, and the outcome. Also included is a brief outline of [the] ''reasoning one may use in justifying a conservative voting position on these votes.''
      • Series VI: Questionnaires and Form Responses (A-H)

        • Subseries I: Constituent Questionnaires

          • Constituent group or organization questionnaires to Congressman Lagomarsino regarding his voting record or stance on various topical issues.
        • Subseries II: Form Responses

          • Congressman Lagomarsino's form responses to individual constituents regarding his voting record or position on various topical issues. This subseries is complete, despite a lack of topics from I to Z. This subseries encompasses only the 99-100 Congress.
      • Series VII: Form Responses (Topical)

        • These are similar to the Form Responses in Series VII, except that they are general responses, with no addresses on the letter. This subseries is complete, despite lack of topics from A to Z. This subseries encompasses only the 99-100-101-102 Congresses (1985-1992).
      • Series VIII: Legislative Profile

        • Subseries I: Legislative Profiles

          • The profiles were prepared by the Committee on House Administration for Congressman Lagomarsino and encompasses the following: (1) List of Sponsored Measures; (2) List of Co-Sponsored Measures; (3) List of Sponsored Measures Organized by Committee Referral; and (4) List of Co-Sponsored Measures Organized by Committee Referral. (This subseries begins with January 1977.)
        • Subseries II: Members of the California Legislature and Other State Officials

          • This subseries consists of a manuscript summation of prominent legislatures from 1981-1983.
        • Subseries III: Legislative Digest

          • This subseries contains House Republican Conference summaries of amendments on a weekly basis.
        • Subseries IV: How They Voted

          • This subseries contains the Business Advocate re: the First Session of the 100th Congress (1987).
        • Subseries V: How They Voted

          • This subseries contains the Business Advocate re: the First Session of the 101st Congress (1989).
        • Subseries VI: Liberty Ledger

          • re: the First Session of the 101st Congress (1989).
        • Subseries VII: House Resolutions

          • re: Foreign Affairs. Details the bill, the Public Law Number; the sponsor and co-sponser, the final vote, and the administrative position (Signed by the President). This subseries is available only for the 101-102 Congress (1989-1992).
      • Series IX: Congressional Records

        • Contains original Congressional Record pages beginning with 1974.
    • Record Group 4: Co-Sponsored Bill Files 1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-102)

      • 55 Boxes
      • Series I: Co-Sponsored Bills

        • Contains House Resolutions, Joint Resolutions, Concurrent Resolutions, and Simple Resolutions made by the House of Representatives (and the Senate, if applicable) on issues of the day.
      • Series II: Legislative Information

        • This series categorizes the bills by date and consists of computer print-outs of each bill description, its committee of referral, the status of the bill and the digest of the bill, that is, what action is/was authorized and which governmental agency will carry out the intention of the particular bill. It also indicates if the bill was enacted into law (Public Law No.) and the passing votes.
      • Series III. Co-Sponsored Bills-Related Matters

        • This series consists primarily of correspondence and special reports regarding some of the co-sponsored bills in Record Group 4, Series I.
      • Series IV: Co-Sponsored Bills-Correspondence

        • Subseries I: Co-Signed Letters

          • Correspondence from Lagomarsino (and other congressmen) to other congressmen, requesting support on a particular bill.
        • Subseries II: Requests for Signature (Orgs./Corps)

          • Correspondence from private and public organizations and/or corporations requesting congressional support from Lagomarsino on a particular bill.
        • Subseries III: Requests for Signature (Federal)

          • Correspondence from other congressmen or executive members requesting congressional support from Lagomarsino on a particular bill.
        • Subseries IV: Thank Yous (Government)

          • Letters of appreciation to Lagomarsino for his co-sponsorship of a particular bill from governmental officials (sometimes from foreign governmental officials).
        • Subseries V: Thank Yous (Orgs./Corps)

          • Letters of appreciation to Lagomarsino for his co-sponsorship of a particular bill from private and public organizations and/or corporations.
    • Record Group 5: Committee on Committees Files 1986-1988 (Congressional Terms: 99-100)

      • 1 Box
      • In 1987, Congressman Lagomarsino was asked by the House Leader to chair a task force to analyze and develop recommendations for the system of selection of standing committee assignments. The Lagomarsino Task Force or the Task Force on Conference Rules and Procedures, Subcommittee on Committee Assignments files consist in that regard, of correspondence, memoranda, special reports, and talking points referencing Republican conference membership, voting procedures, agenda of meetings, conference procedures, possible arrangements of regional representation, chairmanship vacancies, and elections. These files are arranged in chronological order and Alpha order by sub-topic.
    • Record Group 6: Committee On Interior and Insular Affairs Files 1975-1992 (Congressional Terms: 94-102)

      • 3 Boxes
      • These files follow the session dates of Congress. The files are divided per every two Congresses and arranged in chronological order and Alpha order by sub-topic.
      • During his service as a United States Congressman from 1974-1992, Robert Lagomarsino acted as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs and Vice Chairman for the National Parks on the National Parks and Public Lands Subcommittee. The majority of the files contain congressional bills, correspondence, hearing testimonies, and special reports regarding the establishment of the Channel Island National Park, the Dick Smith Wilderness Area, and the Los Padres National Forest.
      • Of special interest may be the file regarding the Chumash Native American dispute re: historical ownership of Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands. The complaint alleged that the Santa Barbara Islands were not included in the territory given by Mexico to the United States under the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
      • Another issue discussed in the files is estate taxation for landowners whose property was acquired by the federal government for a conservation purpose, i.e. a national park, historic trail or wilderness area. The Gherini Ranch on Santa Cruz Island found itself in such a position during the Channel Islands transfer. Congressman Lagomarsino addressed the land-rich but cash-poor dilemma with fellow congressman and urged a bill providing tax relief in cases where estate taxes become due during a transfer of property.
    • Record Group 7: The Watergate Hearing Files 1974 (Congressional Term: 93)

      • 2 Boxes
      • On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Office Building in Washington, D.C. for breaking and entering. Two others, G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt were later taken into custody. During February, 1973, the United States Senate voted to establish a Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities.
      • In late May, 1973, the televised Senate Watergate hearings began. On July 27-30, 1973, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted (27-11) to recommend that President Richard Nixon be impeached. On August 5, 1974, the House impeachment subcommittee obtained an Oval Office tape regarding a June 23, 1972, meeting between President Nixon and his assistant, Robert Haldeman, during which President Nixon asked Haldeman to obstruct justice in the Watergate investigation. On August 9, 1974, President Nixon resigned, rather than face impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction in the Senate.
      • As a member of the House of Representatives, Congressman Lagomarsino was a part of the House investigative hearing, a broad information-gathering technique, which is conducted when there is suspicion of wrongdoing on the part of public officials in governmental operations. The Watergate records in the Lagomarsino Collection consist of reports on the events leading up to and following the Watergate break-in, the White House staff and its re-election campaign, White House surveillance activities, and the Department of Justice's ITT litigation.
      • The papers also include a legal brief submitted on behalf of President Nixon and a recorded transcript of presidential conversations.
    • Record Group 8: Office Files 1975-1992 (Congressional Terms: 94-102)

      • 11 Boxes
      • Congressman Lagomarsino's office files are arranged into five subgroups, as designated by the session dates of Congress, per every two Congresses. They are further divided into four sub-subgroups, based upon the content of the materials. Within each sub-subgroup, the files are separated into chronological and Alpha order by sub-topic.
      • Some files are deemed confidential, containing sensitive material protected by law or for display purposes and will not be produced unless express consent is given by the subject individual.
      • Subgroup I: General

        • Includes various personal correspondence to and from government officials (including the Reagans); talking points on general constituent issues; samples of office stationary; non-election year newspaper articles regarding Jack O' Connell, Gary Hart, and Michael Huffington; the Lagomarsino ''Ode'' and ''March''; commentary literature on the Reagan presidency; and President George Bush's State of the Union address.
      • Subgroup II: Re-Election

        • This subgroup includes general office files relating to Congressman Lagomarsino's re-elections and contains materials of a varied nature: official election certifications; congratulations on reelection and thank-yous for support from government officials, private individuals, and organizations; Lagomarsino campaign analysis data; voter handouts; fundraising correspondence and invitations; and campaign committee corrrespondence.
      • Subgroup III: Special Events

        • Special Events - Includes materials regarding the commissioning of the USS Nimitz; the Republicans' annual Federal Hall conference in Philadelphia; the second flight of the space shuttle Columbia; the U.S. Navy launching of the Jarrett missile, and various POW/MIA medal ceremonies.
      • Subgroup IV: Travel

        • Congressman Lagomarsino's expense reports; identification cards; souvenirs; and regional literature from his trips to Europe, the Middle East, Far East, and Latin America are assembled in these files.
    • Record Group 9: Press Release Files 1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-102)

      • 8 Boxes
      • Series I: General 1974-1992

        • Arranged in chronological (not topical) order. Topics are not designated. The press releases are displayed in a correspondence-like format (not a computer print-out or newspaper article).
      • Series II: Topical 1990-1993

        • Arranged by topic then subtopic. The press releases are displayed in a correspondence-like format. Several of the files also contain parallel copies of newspaper clippings and newsletters from Congressman Lagomarsino. Many local (Ventura County, CA) events are documented within the files.
    • Record Group 10: Speech Files 1984-1992 (Congressional Terms: 98-102)

      • 8 Boxes
      • The speech files follow the session dates of Congress and are arranged in chronological order, beginning with 1984. Sub-topics are designated, but without general headings. The speeches are displayed on either note cards or in a memo-like format. Several of the files contain background materials, such as correspondence, memoranda, press releases, and reports relating to the speech. Many local (Ventura County, CA) events are documented within the files.
    • Record Group 11: Newsletter Files 1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-102)

      • 2 Boxes
      • The newsletter files follow the session dates of Congress and are arranged in both chronological and general topic order, beginning with 1974. Congressman Lagomarsino regularly dispatched interest newsletters to his constituents, which cited his successes with bill passages; revealed his participation in current events, both local and international; and gave basic commentary on governmental policy.
      • Several of the files contain background materials, such as correspondence, memoranda, press releases, and reports relating to particular speeches. Many local (Ventura County, CA) events are documented within the files.
    • Record Group 12: Notepad Files 1986-1988 (Congressional Terms: 99-100)

      • 1 Box
      • These files, while relatively brief in time span, reveal Congressman Lagomarsino's thoughts and ideas, as well as those of others, during meetings with various (and unknown) executive/legislative leaders. The files follow the session dates of Congress and are arranged in chronological order.
    • Record Group 13: Newspaper Files 1975-1992 (Congressional Terms: 94-102)

      • 1 Box
      • Congressman Lagomarsino's newspaper files consist solely of articles and editorials from California newspapers. They are arranged into series by chronological year and then, by general topic.
      • This collection of newspaper articles tackles the same or similar issues as can be found in the Legislative Issue Record Group and should be considered valuable supplementary material to Record Group 1. To political science followers, the Election series is essential, as it follows the Congressional elections of 1974, 1986, 1988, 1990, and 1992 through the eyes of California constituents, as well as the Press. In particular, this series addresses election personalities such as Gary Hart, Gloria Ochoa, Anita Ferguson, and Michael Huffington and such controversial issues as the redistricting of constituent political areas and candidate worthiness.
    • Record Group 14: Post-Congressional Files 1992-Current

      • 11 Boxes
      • Subgroup I: Pre-Channel Islands

        • These files contain papers documenting the origin of the Lagomarsino Archives: the initial donation to California State University, Northridge's Ventura branch campus and later, its current home at Channel Islands. Included are inventory lists of transferred items, fundraising letters, promotional flyers, and newspaper articles.
      • Subgroup II: Lagomarsino Today

        • The second portion of the record group encompasses materials regarding Congressman Lagomarsino's public life today. Interviews given to television or newspaper/magazines reporters, editorials by the Congressman, and special functions attended by the Lagomarsino's are documented within these files.
      • Subgroup III: The Archives at Channel Islands

        • The continuing growth of the Lagomarsino Archives at Channel Islands encompasses the third tier of the post-congressional files. The files include media articles regarding the archives, archival-sponsored special events at the University, and general archives office-related material.
    • Record Group 15: Certificates of Award 1976-1992 (Congressional Terms: 94-102)

      • 2 Boxes
      • The certificate of award files are arranged in chronological order.
    • Record Group 16: Trophies and Plaques 1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-102)

      • Non-manuscript record groups are generally not open for research.
    • Record Group 17: Stamps 1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-102)

      • Non-manuscript record groups are generally not open for research.
    • Record Group 18: Maps 1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-102)

      • Non-manuscript record groups are generally not open for research.
    • Record Group 19: Miniature Flags 1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-102)

      • Non-manuscript record groups are generally not open for research.
    • Record Group 20: Memorabilia and Gifts 1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-102)

      • Non-manuscript record groups are generally not open for research.
    • Record Group 21: Books (Gifts) 1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-102)

      • Non-manuscript record groups are generally not open for research.
    • Record Group 22: Office Wall Decorations 1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-102)

      • Non-manuscript record groups are generally not open for research.
    • Record Group 23: Photographs 1961-Current

      • Most photographs are open for research.
    • Record Group 24: Video Collection 1992-Current

      • Most videos are open for research.
    • Record Group 25: Special Collections

      • Series I: Correspondence 1973-2001

        • This series is generally not open for research.
      • Series II: Photographs 1976-2001

        • Non-manuscript record groups are generally not open for research.
    • Record Group 26: Post-Congressional Specialty Collections

      • Series I: Correspondence 1992-2002

        • This series is not open for research.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects:

    Education--California.
    Economics--Congresses.
    Transportation--California.
    Agriculture--United States.
    Environmental protection--California.
    Environmental policy--California.
    Medicare--Law and Legislation--United States.
    California State University and Colleges.
    Elections--California.
    Political campaigns.
    Military.
    Energy.
    Emigration and immigration.
    Drug abuse and crime.
    Watergate Affair, 1972-1974.
    Ventura County (Calif.).
    California--Politics and government.
    National parks and reserves California History.
    Washington (D.C.)--Social life and customs.

    Genres and Forms of Materials:

    Photographs.
    Videorecordings.
    Maps.
    Artifacts.

    Occupations:

    Legislators--United States.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection:

    Bush, George, 1924-.
    Carter, Jimmy, 1924-.
    Ferguson, Anita.
    Ford, Genald R., 1913-.
    Hart, Gary K.
    Huffington, Michael.
    Lagomarsino, Norma M. (Norma Mabrey), 1926-.
    Lagomarsino, Robert J. (Robert John), 1926-.
    Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994.
    Ochoa, Gloria.
    O'Connell, Jack, 1951-.
    Reagan, Ronald Wilson., 1911-.
    United States. Congress. House.
    Republican Party (U.S. : 1974-1992).
    Republican Party (Calif.).
    United States. Congress--Elections, 1974-1992.
    Channel Islands National Park (Calif.).
    Los Padres National Forest (Calif.).

    Related Papers

    The Lagomarsino Collection can also be utilized in conjunction with that of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California or the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California.

    Separated Papers

    This is one collection of five collections within the Robert J. Lagomarsino Collection.

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    • Agriculture (AGR)
    • Civil Rights (CIV)
    • Communications (COM)
    • Crime (CRI)
    • Drugs (DRU)
    • Economics (ECO)
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    • Election (ELE)
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    • Interior (INT)
    • Judiciary (JUD)
    • Labor (LAB)
    • Military (MIL)
    • Space (SPA)
    • Trade (TRA)
    • Transportation (TRAN)
    • Women's Issues (WOM)