Guide to the Howard Jarvis Collection, 1970-1986

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Guide to the Howard Jarvis Collection, 1970-1986



California State Library

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California History Room
  • California State Library
  • Library and Courts Building II
  • 900 N. Street, Room 200
  • P.O. Box 942837
  • Sacramento, California 94237-0001
  • Phone: (916) 654-0176
  • Fax: (916) 654-8777
  • Email: cslcal@library.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/
Processed by:
The California State Library staff
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1998 California State Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Howard Jarvis Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1970-1986
Box Number: 1671-1681, 1974, 2119-2124 (B40: A20 b1-b4; A22 b3; A24 b5-A26 a1)
Creator: Jarvis, Howard
Repository: California State Library
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Howard Jarvis Collection, California State Library.

Access Points

California Tax Reduction Movement.
Jarvis, Howard.
Real property tax--California.
Tax and expenditure limitations--California.

Correspondents

  • Caen, Herb
  • Churchill, Winston S.
  • Curb, Mike
  • Dannemeyer, William E.
  • Deukmejian, George
  • Dole, Bob
  • Dornan, Sallie and Bob
  • Feinstein, Dianne
  • Felando, Gerald N.
  • Fiedler, Bobbi
  • Friedman, Milton
  • Laxalt, Paul
  • League of Placer Co. Taxpayers
  • Meese, Edwin
  • Nolan, Pat
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Rockefeller, Laurance
  • Skopek, Emmanuella
  • Smith, William French
  • Thatcher, Margaret
  • Wilson, Pete
  • Weinberger, Caspar
  • Zechmeister, Eugene L.

Box 1673, Folder 3

  • Baker, William P.
  • Brown, Dennis
  • Carpenter, Paul
  • Christo, James Earle
  • Curtis, John J.
  • Davis, Ed
  • Donahue, Joe
  • Dorman, Robert K.
  • Felando, Gerald N.
  • Fuentes, Thomas A.
  • Herschensohn, Bruce
  • Kopp, Quentin L.
  • Lacy, James
  • LaFollette, Marion W.
  • Lewis, John
  • Montoya, Joseph B.
  • Nolan, Pat
  • Phelps, Lee A.
  • Rogers, Don
  • Royce, Edward R.
  • Straw, Lawrence

Biography

Howard Jarvis was born in 1902, in Utah, one of five children. After getting his law degree at the University of Utah, he decided not to practice law, but instead bought newspapers. He purchased eleven weeklies in Utah.
He came to Los Angeles, California, in 1935 and purchased a small chemical company. Later, he developed a device to silence office machinery, followed by a process to demagnitize the hulls of U.S. warships so they wouldn't attract magnetic mines. Jarvis then went into business as a producer of appliances and aircraft sub-assemblies. At 59, with a staff of 13,000 employees, he retired.
He turned his attention to the fight to reduce taxes. With Paul Gann, he cosponsored Proposition 13. It passed in 1978 by a two to one margin, changing the way taxes are levied, collected and distributed in California. Its ultimate result was to reduce tax bills for property owners and, therefore, restrict the flow of revenue to state and local governments. Jarvis went on to pass Proposition 7 (income tax indexing) in 1987 and to author Proposition 62, which passed on the November 1986 ballot after his death.
He was president of the Apartment House Association of Los Angeles and chairman of the United Organization of Taxpayers and chairman of the American Tax Reduction Movement.
He died at age 83 on August 15, 1986.

Contents

Clippings, periodicals, awards, audio tapes, video tapes, photographs, correspondence, news releases.

Material Transferred from the Collection

Books:

  • American National Heritage Association, Howard Jarvis, Mr. Proposition 13. (CALIF* JC 599 U5 F76 1980).
  • Canto, Victor, Proposal for California Complete Flat Tax. (HJ 4652 C285 1990).
  • Carr, Waggoner. Waggoner Carr: Not Guilty!(CALIF* KF 224 C37 S5).
  • Freedom U.S.A., America's Basic Concepts.
  • Galles, Gary M., Proposal for a Revenue Neutral Reform... (HJ 4121 C22 G35 1990).
  • I Love America: Studying the United States Constitution.
  • Jarvis, Howard, I'm Mad as Hell. (c* HJ 4121 C2 J37).
  • Rahushka, Alvin. An Alternative Revenue Plan... (HJ4121 C22 R33 1990).
  • Smith, Rodney. Maintaining the Legacy of Proposition 13. (HJ 4121 C22 S65 1991).

Textual File:

  • Cartoons: "Gann I-IV.":

    --"If you liked my Howard Jarvis, you'll love my Ronald Reagan."

    --"Jerry's Obedience School."

    --"The Rematch."



  • 7 certificates
  • 1 invitation
  • 1 printed lettersheet and envelope

Art & Reproductions:

  • Alexander, David. [Silhouette of Howard Jarvis]. 1979.
  • Lind, Mossa. "Howard Jarvis. Stockholm, 2-10-79."
  • Sutorius, C. ["Howard Jarvis--line drawing"].

Photographs:

  • Dole, Bob
  • Jarvis, Howard
  • Reagan, Nancy
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Smith, William French
  • Thatcher, Margaret
  • Weinberger, Caspar

Campaign Buttons:

  • "Yes on 9..."
  • "Save Prop. 13"
  • "I've Joined the Tax Revolt"

Related Collections

  • Title: Californians to Defeat Rose Bird
  • Title: Paul Gann Collection
  • Title: Robert Barrett Collection

Other Notes

Rec'd 12/27/90 and added to collection:
  • 1 VHS videotape, "Taxing Times," 10/30/90
  • 1 news release--10/30/90
  • 1 packet: "Taxpayers Right to Vote Initiative, Proposition 136"
  • 1 brochure: "Save the Initiative"

Container List

Box Box 1671

Incoming Correspondence

 

Photographs

 

American Tax Reduction Movement

 

"Byline" scripts

 

"Meet the Press" transcript

 

"Taxing Times" Memorial Issue

Box Box 1672

Periodicals

 

AirCal, July 1984

 

Apartment Age, April 1982

 

Apartment Journal, May 1984

 

Book Digest Magazine, December 1979

 

California Construction, September 1987

 

California Journal, February 1981

 

Conservative Digest, July 1983

 

Consumer Reports, September 1979

 

The 8 Ball, February 1979

 

Financial Planning, January 1984

 

Forbes, February 27, 1984

 

Libertarian Review, May 1978, July 1978, June 1979

 

Newsweek, August 18, 1980

 

Newsweek, September 13, 1982

 

Now!, October 5-11, 1979

 

Personality, December 1978

 

Taxing Times, n.d., Fall 1988

 

Time, June 19, 1978

 

Trusts & Estates, June 1979

 

UCU Magazine, Winter 1979

Box Box 1673

Proposition 13 Decade--Clippings, Promotional materials, letters

 

Clippings

 

Proposition 9

Box Box 1674

Clippings

 

Propositions 71 and 72

Box Box 1675

Proposition 71 and 72--promotional materials, news releases, audio and video tapes

Box Box 1676

Clippings

 

Propositions 90 and 98

 

Out-of-state

 

Gann

 

Proposition 136--Promotional material

Box Box 1677

Clippings

 

November 1976-April 1978

Box Box 1678

Clippings

 

May-June 1978

Box Box 1679

Clippings

 

July-December 1978

Box Box 1680

Clippings

 

1979

Box Box 1681

Clippings

 

1980-1984

Box Box 1682

Scrapbooks: Howard Jarvis, Hawaii 1979, Small Business Assoc.

Box Box 1974

Clippings regarding Jarvis's death

 

Photographs

 

Sketch

 

Various lists, etc.

Box Box 2119

Video Cassettes (U-MATIC 3/4")

 

Mayor Pete Wilson - workprint, visible time code

 

Jack Kemp Interview - 1/21/80 - dub with visual code

 

Howard Jarvis, Howard Ruff, William Simon - work print

 

Jarvis TV show - p/u factory, freeway, fire and police, metal shop interview, 3/20/80 (3 reels)

 

Butcher-Forde - Jack Kemp Interview, 1/21/80

 

Proposition 9

 

Roll 1 - Mike Curb, Bill Campbell

 

Roll 2 - Reverse Jarvis Campbell, Sen. Wilson, Prof. Laffer

 

Roll 3 - Reverse Jarvis Laffer, Liddencoat, Master & Reverse

Box Box 2120

Videocassettes (3/4") Proposition 9

 

Yes on Prop. 9 Committee, 4/17/80

 

Butcher-Forde, 6/15/78 (30 second spots)

 

Alan B. Rosin, "Howard Jarvis"

 

3 reels original material, 3/11/80

 

1 reel original material graphics, 3/21/80

 

1 reel dup up material, 3/20/80

 

Jarvis, 10/2/78 (Dave Bell & Associates)

 

Jarvis, 3/17/80 (Creative Video Assoc.) 4 reels

Box Box 2121

Audio Tapes and Other Tapes

 

Jarvis TV Show: 3 reels, 7 1/2 IPS half-track mono

 

Yes on 9 radio spots - 14 reels, 7 1/2 IPS tapes, 4/80-5/80.

 

Jarvis TV Show - 3 reels

 

Voice Over: Howard Jarvis Tax Protest Show, 1 reel, 7 1/2 IPS tape

 

Yes on Prop. 9 "Pete Wilson," 5/15/80 - 30 seconds, 2" tape

 

Howard Jarvis United Organizations of Taxpayers, Inc., 1 cassette

 

Byline, weeks 37 & 38, 9/7/81-9/18/81, 1 cassette

 

Geo. Putnam w/Jesse Unruh, 1/5/82, 1 cassette

 

Byline, weeks 33 & 34, 8/9/82-8/20/82, 1 cassette

 

Howard Jarvis - Piano Jackson Hole, Sept. 1982, 1 cassette

 

TV and radio voice "Eddie Childs, Conservative Patriot," "Weldon Shopstall, it can happen here." A.B.C. - 2/19/83, 1 cassette

 

Lindsey Williams - "The Energy Non-Crisis." Arizona Breakfast Club, 2/26/83, 1 cassette

 

Disc - "Face to Face"

 

San Diego debate, 9/13/84, 1 cassette

 

Jarvis-Honig, 10/3/84, 1 cassette

 

Documentary: "Haunted Housing: The Spirit of 13." 9/29/85, 1 cassette

 

Roos-Fox, KPFK, 2/10/87, 1 cassette

 

2 unidentified cassettes

 

Howard Jarvis Short Election, [11/30/79?]. 8mm film

 

Jarvis film, 12/4/80 -3/4" videotape

 

Howard Jarvis [5/22/84], VHS videotape

 

Debate with Joe Donahue and the League of Women Voters on Prop. 36. 1 Beta videotape

 

"Taxing Times" show, TV spot, 10/30/90 - 1 VHS Videotape

Box Box 2122

Awards, Plaques

 

Brass balls. "Jarvis."

 

Cleaver - "To Howard Jarvis...from Citizens for Limited Taxation," Oct. 15, 1978.

 

Clipboard - "To Dad From Elaine, 1981."

 

1978 California Young Americans for Freedom "Guardian of Freedom" Award

 

Certificate of Achievement - California State Association of Local Elected Officials, May 15, 1987.

 

National Independent Business Alliance Person of the Year, 1978.

 

Appreciation Award, Apartment Owners Association of San Fernando Valley, Oct. 16, 1970.

 

Mike Curb and Howard Jarvis - California Tax Reduction Movement.

 

Community Service Award, Canoga Park Chamber of Commerce, April 24, 1980.

 

Man of the Hour, Years Century, United Organizations, Inc., 11/26/78.

 

Guest Speaker, Southwest Los Angeles, Bar Association, Oct. 14, 1976.

 

Key to the City of Des Moines, Iowa.

 

Appreciation, KSEO Radio, Montana Farm Forum, Shelby Mont. 1980.

 

"To Howard Jarvis from the Boys in Texas."

 

Man of the Year--Beverly Hills Republican Club, Oct. 7, 1978.

 

American Institute for Public Service, Jefferson Award.

 

Lloyd Freeman Hunt Citizenship Award, 1978.

 

Assoc. Glenn County Tax Payers, Dec. 2, 1982.

 

Banquet of the Golden Plate, June 24, 1978.

 

Taxpayers Congress Gold Scissors, 1978.

oversize-box Box 2124

Oversize ms. Box

 

"Ax Your Tax"

 

Draft

 

Board Game