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Manuscripts & Organizational Records

CSUS Special Collections & Archives - Manuscripts & Organizational Records
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Manuscripts, personal papers, and organizational records document local, state, and national politics as well as the diversity of community life in the Sacramento region. Political collections include the papers of Congressman John E. Moss, author of the Freedom of Information Act; former Mayors of Sacramento, Phillip Isenberg and Joseph Serna; and California Senators LeRoy Greene and Albert Rodda. The archive of Wilson Riles, Sr., Superintendent of Public Schools in California in the 1970s, and the papers of Judge Alice Lytle, the first African American woman appointed to the California Superior Court, provide valuable documentation on African American leadership in reforming the California state system of education and of the judiciary, particularly as related to the rights of minorities, women and children.

Manuscript collections include the records of the Sacramento Army Depot, the Port of Sacramento, the American Lung Association--Emigrant Trails, and other public and private agencies. Peace and social justice movements of the 1960s-1990s are represented in records of the Sacramento Peace Center, Grandmothers for Peace, the Women's International League for Peace and Social Justice--Auburn Chapter, Peace Action, and the Friends Committee on Legislation.

The Library continues to collect primary sources on the history of the Mexican American community in Sacramento. Manuscripts, newspapers, pamphlets, photographs, posters and other ephemera document migrant farm labor in California and the role of the United Farm Workers in protecting the rights of migrant laborers.