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Oral History Program

The Legislative Oral History Program is intended to provide a service to California's intellectual and scholarly community as well as to the Legislature. By arranging for oral histories of veteran legislators who have been term limited, the Program is creating a repository of information and data that will be invaluable to scholars for years to come. By preserving the individual memories of these legislators, the Program also helps to preserve the institutional memory of the Legislature.

The Legislative Oral History Program represents a unique partnership. The Center raises private contributions to supplement the funds available for oral histories from the State Archives. The State Senate contributes clerical support which reduces the actual costs of an oral history by about one-third.

To date, the program has completed oral histories of former Senators Milton Marks, Al Alquist, Bob Beverly and Leroy Green. An oral history on former Senator Ken Maddy will be completed by December, 2000.

Directed by Sacramento State History Professor Chris Castaneda, the program is part of the State Archives' California Government Oral History Program. The State Archives Project, which also includes the University of California, Berkeley; the University of California, Los Angeles; CSU, Fullerton; and the Claremont Graduate School, is one of the most ambitious and respected oral history projects in the nation.