An Overview of the CSUS Manuscript Collections
By Julie Thomas, SCUA

The manuscript collection in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) contains many fantastic primary resources of high research value for CSUS students, faculty, staff and the general public. Listed below are some of our manuscript collections, grouped together by broad subject categories. This is by no means a comprehensive list and many of the collections contain material covering many topics. Although it is recommended that researchers make an advance appointment, we welcome all students, scholars, and researchers to tap into the rich resources of SCUA.

The Royal Chicano Air Force poster collection consists of approximately 175 posters from this Sacramento-based artistic collective.

The Japanese American Archival Collection contains hundreds of artifacts, paintings, drawings, poems, photographs of Kabuki dancers, and other items relating to Japanese influenced arts.

The John P. Peper papers, 1926-1965 provides insight into the development of law enforcement training in the 20th century.

The Charles M. Goethe papers, early 1900s to 1966 traces the activities of this leading Sacramento land developer, conservationist, and philanthropist. Although the papers relating to his involvement in Eugenics are not in the collection, Goethe’s interest in population management, botany, biology and natural history, plants and animals on the verge of extinction, the Protestant ecumenical movement, and his travels around the world are documented in the collection.

The Modern Transit Society records, ca. 1974-1992 documents the history of the light rail system and other local transportation in Sacramento.

The Port of Sacramento records. Office of the Director, ca. 1916-1991 highlights the origins and growth of the Sacramento-Yolo Port District, the Sacramento-Yolo Deep Water Channel and the Port of Sacramento, with emphasis on the years 1963-1986.

The Sacramento Army Depot collection, ca. 1942-1993 is comprised of archival documents, newspapers, maps, photographs, audio recordings and artifacts from this U.S. Army support facility that operated as a repair center for high-tech military hardware.

The California State Commission on School Districts, 1945-1949 contains the report and supporting material of the commission, which spearheaded the reorganization of California school districts as a result of the post-World War II population increase.

Our latest addition, the Wilson Riles collection, 1947-1983 includes materials from Riles’ career in the California State Department of Education, including his tenure as the California Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1970-1982.

The Western Society of Physical Education for College Women, ca. 1921-2002 contains the records from this non-profit organization that provides a forum to address and act on issues and concerns of women in physical education and human movement related disciplines in higher education.

The Japanese American Archival Collection chronicles the story of Japanese Americans in Northern California from 1869 through post World War II and continuing present day issues.

The Tsakopoulos Rare Book Collection targets Hellenic scholars of Greece and the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.

The papers of the California Legislature, Constitution Revision Commission, 1959-1973 is comprised of correspondence, clippings, minutes, and research relative to the Commission’s revision of Articles 1 through 34 of the California Constitution.

The Friends Committee on Legislation, ca. 1950s-2000 includes the legal, fiscal and administrative records of this Quaker organization committed to advocacy of California state laws and issues involving peace and social justice.

The Leroy Greene Papers, 1965-1998 traces Greene’s career as California assemblyperson (1963-1982) and California senator (1982-1998). Emphasized are Greene’s legislative efforts on behalf of workforce pay equity for women and his proposed bill to legalize prostitution.

The Phillip Isenberg papers, 1948-2000 documents the turbulent political and social movements emerging in Northern California in the 1960s and early 1970s, Sacramento regional issues during the 1970s, and California state politics in the 1980s and 1990s as reflected in the biographical papers, campaign materials, administrative files, clippings and scrapbooks, correspondence, speeches, and the research files from his early days working on the campaigns of various California Democratic candidates to his terms as a Sacramento Councilman and Mayor (1971-1982) and California Assemblyman (1984-1996).

One of our flagship collections is the John E. Moss papers, 1953-1978, California Assemblyperson (1948-1952) and United States Representatives (1953-1978). Moss was the chief sponsor of the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) of 1976.

The Grandmothers for Peace papers, 1982-2000 is comprised of the archival records from this all-volunteer organization that works to raise awareness about the dangers of nuclear weapons, radioactive waste, sub-critical and computerized nuclear testing, and other peace and justice issues that effect the human family.

The Sacramento Peace Center, ca. 1961-1986 contains the correspondence, publications, fliers, news clippings and administrative files of this organization that concentrated on activities pertaining to peace movements during and after the Vietnam War.

The papers of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Sacramento Branch), founded in 1915, with Jane Addams as its first president, reflects how the WILPF works to achieve world disarmament through peaceful means, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom and justice for all.