THE THOMAS AND DOROTHY LEAVEY CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF LOS ANGELES RESEARCH COLLECTION
Collection Description: Bob Beverly Papers
The Bob Beverly collection includes a variety of materials from his district offices, which operated from 1967-1996. Some of the materials in the collection did not originate in his district or capitol offices, but were issued by government entities, the campaigns of other politicians, or private groups, among others. The files within series are organized chronologically, then alphabetically when appropriate. In cases such as the biography series that don't lend itself to this structure, original order has been preserved.
Beverly's Senate bill files reflect the legislation he put forth during the latter part of his 20 years in California's upper house, including bills from the 1983-84 session and from 1989-96. There are no legislative bill files from his tenure as an assemblyman (1967-1976). Also, his first twelve years as a senator are reflected only once in the bill series (1983-1984). However, the senate bill files from the 1989-90 session through the end of his legislative career in 1996 are in the collection. Documents concerning two of the Song-Beverly Acts, which date back to 1970, are included elsewhere in the collection.
The collection includes correspondence from Beverly to constituents regarding his positions on pending legislation, as well as general subjects of political importance. Materials in this series date back to 1970 and extend to the end of his state Senate tenure.
A large part of the collection focuses on local, state and national elections and is especially useful for students interested in the inner workings of political parties and their campaign operations. Though most of the political candidates represented in this series are Republican, there is a good deal of information on other election issues such as ballot propositions and initiatives. There is also a great deal of information pertaining to Beverly's own campaigns which help to provide insight into the evolution of the state's election process and the growing importance of fundraising and endorsements. Records relating to general elections and Beverly's campaigns span from 1962 to 1996.
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