Guide to the Evelyn M. Clar Papers, 1912-1993 (bulk 1950-1970)

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Guide to the Evelyn M. Clar Papers, 1912-1993 (bulk 1950-1970)

Collection number: BANC MSS 90/149 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

Collection Processed By:
Lynette J. Stoudt
Date Completed:
September 2004
Finding Aid written by:
Lynette J. Stoudt
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Evelyn M. Clar papers,
Date (inclusive): 1912-1993
Date (bulk): (bulk 1950-1970)
Collection Number: BANC MSS 90/149 c
Creator: Clar, Evelyn Mickelberry, 1908-1989
Extent: Number of containers: 4 cartons, 1 oversize folder

Linear feet: 5.0
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Abstract: The Evelyn M. Clar Papers, 1912-1993, consist of records pertaining to Clar's work with various California organizations. The bulk of the records relate to her work with the League of Women Voters of California. Records in the collection also document Clar's involvement in the California Library Association, Friends of California Libraries, Friends of Sacramento Libraries, and the League of Women Voters of Sacramento. The papers include Board of Directors records, bylaws, committee records, correspondence, meeting and event material, program and project records, clippings, publications, and reports. Much of the material in the collection relates to Clar's work on legislative committees and as a lobbyist in Sacramento. Records in the collection date from 1912 to 1993, with the bulk dating from 1950 to 1970.
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the appropriate curator or the Head of Public Services for forwarding. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Evelyn M. Clar Papers, BANC MSS 90/149 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Related Collections

C. Raymond Clar papers, BANC MSS 75/66 c
Portraits of Charles Raymond Clar from C. Raymond Clar papers, BANC PIC 1975.082-POR
League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville records, BANC MSS 73/107 c
League of Women Voters of the Bay Area records, BANC MSS 2004/162 c
California Library Association records, BANC MSS 83/116 c, BANC MSS 81/172 c, BANC MSS 80/86 c, BANC MSS 85/109 c, BANC MSS 76/92 c, BANC MSS 79/135 c, and BANC MSS 70/112 c

Separated Material

Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Clar, Evelyn Mickelberry, 1908-1989--Archives.

League of Women Voters of California.

California Library Association. Legislative Committee.

Friends of California Libraries.

League of Women Voters of Sacramento.

Associations, institutions, etc.--California.
Women--California--Societies and clubs.
Women in politics--California.
California--Politics and government.
Minutes.

Lobbyists--California.

Administrative Information

Provenance

The Evelyn M. Clar Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Evelyn M. Clar on December 19, 1973. Additions were made by C. Raymond Clar on May 21, 1990, and May 16, 1995.

Funding

Funding for the processing of the records provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biographical Information

Evelyn Mickelberry Clar was born on February 3, 1908, in Fresno, California. She grew up in Bakersfield, California, and graduated from Kern Union High School in 1924. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1929 with an A.B. degree in geography. A long-time resident of Sacramento, she was married to C. Raymond Clar in 1928 and had two daughters.
Evelyn Clar was active in several California organizations for more than thirty years. She was the Northern vice-president of the League of Women Voters of California and served the league as a member of the standing rules, legislative, and organization committees. She also worked as the state league's first lobbyist in Sacramento during the 1950s-1960s. Clar was the vice president and president of the Sacramento League of Women Voters and served six years on the Sacramento league board as publicity, legislative, and section chairman.
In addition, Clar served as the chairman of the legislative committee of the California Library Association. She worked as a legislative observer for the Friends of California Libraries, and served as vice-president, president, and newsletter editor of the Friends of Sacramento Libraries. Clar was also on the board of directors of the Mercy Clinic for Children in Sacramento. In 1962, she was honored as Woman of the Year by the Young Women's Christian Association of Sacramento for her community service with the Parent-Teacher Association.
After several years of affliction with arthritis, Evelyn Clar died on December 11, 1989, at the age of 81.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Evelyn M. Clar Papers, 1912-1993, consist of records pertaining to Clar's work with various California organizations. The bulk of the records relate to her work with the League of Women Voters of California. Records in the collection also document Clar's involvement in the California Library Association, Friends of California Libraries, Friends of Sacramento Libraries, and the League of Women Voters of Sacramento. The papers include Board of Directors records, bylaws, committee records, correspondence, meeting and event material, program and project records, clippings, publications, and reports. Much of the material in the collection relates to Clar's work on legislative committees and as a lobbyist in Sacramento. Records in the collection date from 1912 to 1993, with the bulk dating from 1950 to 1970.
Writings by Evelyn Clar are located throughout the collection. Articles written by Clar that were published in the California Voter and manuscripts and typescripts of talks given by Clar are located in Series 2., League of Women Voters of California. Other writings such as legislative reports by Clar, and the California Library Association's "Handbook for Legislative Action" are located in Series 3., Other Organizations. In Series 3 there is also a League of Women Voters of Sacramento Voter article written by Clar.
Many publications of organizations were retained in the collection since they served as reference material to Clar and are annotated in many cases. Publications that were separated include League of Women Voters newsletters from the national, state, and Bay Area leagues.

Container List

 

SERIES 1: Biographical Material, 1942-1993, undated.

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 1-9

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists primarily of clippings and correspondence. Clippings are on both Evelyn Clar and her daughter Barbara. There is also a folder of clippings on women in politics that were collected by Clar. Most of the correspondence in this series is addressed to Evelyn Clar, however there is also correspondence to C. Raymond Clar in folders 1 and 9.
carton 1, folder 1

C. Raymond Clar correspondence and miscellaneous material, 1949-1992

 

Clippings

carton 1, folder 2

Regarding Barbara Clar, 1948

carton 1, folder 3

Regarding Evelyn Clar, 1942-1968, undated

carton 1, folder 4

Regarding women in politics, 1949-1973, undated

 

Correspondence

carton 1, folder 5

From friends and family, 1952-1953, undated

carton 1, folder 6

From Friends of the Governmental Affairs Institute for German and Japanese Training Programs, 1951

carton 1, folder 7

Crawford McGinnis letters and typescript, 1945, 1956, undated

carton 1, folder 8

Grassroots: Women Who Made a Difference, entry form, 1993

carton 1, folder 9

Obituary and condolences, 1989-1990

 

SERIES 2: League of Women Voters of California, 1912-1970, undated.

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 10-49; Cartons 2-3; Carton 4, folders 1-16; Oversize 1 C and 2 A

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Divided into three subseries: Administrative Files, Committee Records, and Action and Advocacy.
 

SUBSERIES 2.1: Administrative Files, 1912-1970, undated.

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 10-49; Carton 2, folders 1-33; Oversize 1 C and 2A

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries consists of Board of Directors records, bylaws, convention and meeting records, continuing responsibilities, current agendas, correspondence, program planning material, press releases, publications, and reports. Also included in this subseries are articles written by Evelyn Clar for the California Voter and manuscripts and typescripts of talks given by Evelyn Clar. Research materials for her talks date from 1912, however the bulk of the records in this subseries begin with her involvement in the legislative activities of the League of Women Voters of California during the 1950s.
 

Annual Reports

carton 1, folder 10

1960-1961 Annual Report, 1961

carton 1, folder 11

1962-1963 Annual Report, 1963

carton 1, folder 12

1963-1964 Council Kit and Annual Report, 1964

carton 1, folder 13

1964-1965 Annual Report, 1965

carton 1, folder 14

1965-1966 Annual Report, 1966

carton 1, folder 15

1966-1967 Annual Report, 1967

carton 1, folder 16

1967-1968 Council Kit and Annual Report, 1968

carton 1, folder 17

1968-1969 Annual Report, 1969

carton 1, folder 18

Articles by Evelyn Clar published in California Voter, 1958-1962

carton 1, folder 19

Bay Area finance exploratory committee meeting minutes, 1962

 

Board of Directors

carton 1, folder 20

Meeting agendas, 1951-1956

carton 1, folder 21-22

Meeting minutes, 1951-1956

carton 1, folder 23

State board conference with national president, 1951

carton 1, folder 24

State Board Report, 1970

carton 1, folder 25

Bylaws amendment, undated

carton 1, folder 26

Continuing responsibilities and current agendas, 1951-1964, undated

 

Convention records

carton 1, folder 27

1950 annual convention, 1950

carton 1, folder 28

1951 annual convention, 1951

carton 1, folder 29

1952 annual convention, 1952

carton 1, folder 30

1953 annual convention, 1953

carton 1, folder 31

1954 annual convention, 1954

carton 1, folder 32

1955 annual convention, 1955

carton 1, folder 33

1961 annual convention, 1961

carton 1, folder 34

1963 annual convention, 1963

carton 1, folder 35-41

Correspondence, 1929, 1949-1969, undated

oversize folder 1 C

Map of leagues in California, ca. 1950s

carton 1, folder 42

Criteria for league action, undated

carton 1, folder 43

Executive board member list, 1951-1952, 1951

 

League of Women Voters of the United States

carton 1, folder 44

General, 1939-1959

carton 1, folder 45

Clippings, 1931, 1936, undated

oversize folder 2 A

Oversize clippings, 1951-1956, undated

 

Publications

carton 1, folder 46

Brief for Action, 1946-1952

carton 1, folder 47-48

Freedom Agenda, pamphlet series, 1954-1955

carton 1, folder 49

Memo, pamphlet series, 1945-1946

carton 2, folder 1

Memo, pamphlet series, 1947-1953

carton 2, folder 2-3

Miscellaneous pamphlets, 1940-1960, undated

carton 2, folder 4

Report from the Hill Legislative Newsletter, 1956

carton 2, folder 5

Map showing distribution of local leagues in California, 1950

carton 2, folder 6

Orientation program handbook, 1952

carton 2, folder 7

President's report to council, 1960

carton 2, folder 8

Press releases, 1953-1954, undated

carton 2, folder 9

Procedures for selection of program, determining legislative action, and determining position on ballot measures, 1950

carton 2, folder 10

Program activity report, Berkeley league, 1952

carton 2, folder 11-12

Program planning, 1946-1956, undated

 

Publications

carton 2, folder 13

Aid to Action: A Guide to Individual Action on California Legislation, 1963

carton 2, folder 14

California Legislature: Facts for Citizens, 1963

carton 2, folder 15

California Supplement to the Local League Handbook, 1959-1960, ca. 1959

carton 2, folder 16

California Supplement to the Local League Handbook, 1960-1961, ca. 1960

carton 2, folder 17

Education Bulletin, 1956-1957

carton 2, folder 18

Facts About California State Finances, 1950-1951, ca. 1951

carton 2, folder 19

Facts About California's Public Schools, 1959

carton 2, folder 20

Facts About LWV of California, 1955-1956, ca. 1956

carton 2, folder 21

Guide for Observers of Boards and Commissions, 1945

carton 2, folder 22

Guide to the Study of Political Parties, 1947

carton 2, folder 23

Legislative Bulletin, 1955-1961

carton 2, folder 24

Legislative Fact Sheets, 1954, 1956

carton 2, folder 25

Manual of the League of Women Voters of California, 1951-1952, 1951

carton 2, folder 26

Manual of the League of Women Voters of California, 1952-1953, 1952

carton 2, folder 27

Tools for Work on Local Government, 1961

carton 2, folder 28

Yearbook, 1961-1963, ca. 1961

carton 2, folder 29

Publications available at the state league office, 1952

carton 2, folder 30

Quotable quotes, 1952

carton 2, folder 31

Report on the state of the league, undated

 

Talks by Evelyn Clar

carton 2, folder 32

Manuscripts and typescripts, 1959, undated

carton 2, folder 33

Notes and background material, 1912-1960, undated

 

SUBSERIES 2.2: Committee Records, 1947-1963, undated.

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 34-50; Carton 3, folders 1-12

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of committee.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries consists of correspondence, meeting records, notebooks, notes, and reports documenting Evelyn Clar's participation in several committees, including the Bay Area Ad Hoc Committee, the Budget Committee, the Legislative Committee, the Organization Committee, and the Standing Rules Committee. The Organization Committee records contain files on the initial organization of the Santa Rosa, South San Francisco, and Visalia leagues. Included in the Legislative Committee records are Clar's files and notebooks from 1956-1961, which document her role as the league's first legislative secretary. As legislative secretary, she facilitated legislative action by observing and reporting on the introduction and progress of bills in the California legislature.
carton 2, folder 34

Bay Area Ad Hoc Committee, 1957

carton 2, folder 35

Budget Committee, 1951-1956

 

Legislative Committee

carton 2, folder 36-37

General, 1947-1963, undated

carton 2, folder 38

Guide for legislative interviews, 1955, undated

carton 2, folder 39-40

Legislative interviews, 1957-1959, undated

 

Legislative secretary

carton 2, folder 41-46

Files, 1956-1961, undated

carton 2, folder 47-50

Legislative session notebooks, 1953, 1956-1959

carton 3, folder 1-2

Legislative session notebooks, 1961

 

Organization Committee

carton 3, folder 3-6

General, 1948-1956, undated

carton 3, folder 7

Field reports, 1952-1953

carton 3, folder 8

Local league standard bylaws, 1960-1962

carton 3, folder 9

Santa Rosa league organization, 1949-1953, undated

carton 3, folder 10

South San Francisco league organization, 1952, undated

carton 3, folder 11

Visalia league organization, 1951-1953, undated

carton 3, folder 12

Standing Rules Committee, 1948-1950, undated

 

SUBSERIES 2.3: Action and Advocacy, , 1946-1967, undated.

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 13-36; Carton 4, folders 1-16

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries consists of correspondence, project and study kits, clippings, action bulletins, notes, position statements, and reports documenting league action and studies. Topics of action and studies in this subseries include California government, cross filing, education, elections and reapportionment, housing, individual liberties, legislative processes, mental health, public personnel, social welfare, state constitution revision, taxation, technical assistance, and trade.
carton 3, folder 13

Administrative agencies kit, 1946

carton 3, folder 14

Administrative and financial structure of public education in California study 1955-1957, results summary, 1959

carton 3, folder 15

Association of California Consumers, 1967, undated

carton 3, folder 16

Ballot measures, 1952-1962, undated

carton 3, folder 17-18

California government study kit, 1951-1953, undated

carton 3, folder 19

California legislature kit, 1963-1965, 1964

 

Cross filing

carton 3, folder 20

General, 1946-1962, undated

carton 3, folder 21

Clippings, 1956-1961, undated

carton 3, folder 22-23

Education, 1947-1963, undated

carton 3, folder 24-25

Education kit, 1955-1956

carton 3, folder 26-27

Elections and reapportionment, 1952-1963, undated

carton 3, folder 28

Focus on reapportionment kit, 1965

carton 3, folder 29

Government reorganization, 1952, 1956, undated

carton 3, folder 30

Housing, 1953

 

Individual liberties

carton 3, folder 31

General, 1951-1955

carton 3, folder 32

Clippings, 1951-1956, undated

 

Legislative processes

carton 3, folder 33-34

General, 1948-1965, undated

carton 3, folder 35

Clippings, 1953-1963, undated

carton 3, folder 36

Legislative processes kit supplement, 1948

carton 4, folder 1-3

Mental health, 1947-1961, undated

carton 4, folder 4

Mental health kit, 1950

 

Public personnel

carton 4, folder 5

General, 1946-1959, undated

carton 4, folder 6

Handbook on Public Personnel, 1959

carton 4, folder 7

Senate bill no. 562, 1959, undated

carton 4, folder 8

Social welfare, 1951-1963, undated

 

State constitution revision study

carton 4, folder 9-10

General, 1950-1963, undated

carton 4, folder 11

Abridged report of the committee to study ways and means to revise the state constitution, 1957

carton 4, folder 12

Constitution kit, 1957

carton 4, folder 13

State legislative responsiveness and responsibility study, 1963-1966, undated

carton 4, folder 14

Taxation, 1957, undated

carton 4, folder 15

Technical assistance, 1953, undated

carton 4, folder 16

Trade, 1947-1956

 

SERIES 3: Other Organizations, 1948-1974, undated.

Physical Description: Carton 4, folders 17-59

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of organization or committee.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of Board of Directors records, bylaws, correspondence, clippings, meeting records, notes, publications, and reports documenting Evelyn Clar's involvement in several California organizations. Organizations and committees represented in this subseries include the Advisory Committee for Library Services and Construction Act, Title III, the California Library Association, Friends of California Libraries, Friends of Sacramento Libraries, and the League of Women Voters of Sacramento.
carton 4, folder 17

Advisory Committee for Library Services and Construction Act, Title III, correspondence, 1966-1967

 

California Library Association

carton 4, folder 18

Annual conference program, 1968

carton 4, folder 19

CLA Newsletter, 1969-1971

carton 4, folder 20

Correspondence, 1959-1974

carton 4, folder 21

Final Report, 1968

 

Handbook for Legislative Action

carton 4, folder 22

California Librarian article regarding handbook, 1969

carton 4, folder 23

Correspondence, 1968-1970

carton 4, folder 24-25

Drafts, 1968-1969

carton 4, folder 26

Final version, 1969

 

Legislation Committee

carton 4, folder 27-28

Correspondence, 1967-1970

carton 4, folder 29

Meeting records, 1968-1970

carton 4, folder 30

Member lists, 1969-1970

carton 4, folder 31

Program plans, 1968-1969

carton 4, folder 32

Reports, mid-year and final, 1968

carton 4, folder 33

Resignation from committee, 1970

carton 4, folder 34

Resolution regarding Evelyn Clar, 1970

carton 4, folder 35

Mid-Winter meeting proceedings, 1969

 

Friends of California Libraries

carton 4, folder 36

Annual meeting agenda and minutes, 1969

carton 4, folder 37

Annual workshop material, 1965-1970

carton 4, folder 38

Board of Directors meeting agendas and minutes, 1966-1970

carton 4, folder 39

Bylaws draft, 1970

carton 4, folder 40

Correspondence, 1965-1970, undated

carton 4, folder 41

Folio, 1969-1971

carton 4, folder 42

Legislation reports, 1967-1969, undated

carton 4, folder 43

Officers and committees lists, ca. 1966, 1968

carton 4, folder 44

Questionnaire on legislation program, 1969, undated

 

Friends of Sacramento Libraries

carton 4, folder 45

Board of Directors meeting minutes, 1970-1971

carton 4, folder 46

Bylaws, 1969, 1971, undated

carton 4, folder 47

Clippings, 1964-1971

carton 4, folder 48

Correspondence, 1968-1971

carton 4, folder 49

Friends of Sacramento Libraries Newsletter, 1965-1971

carton 4, folder 50

Officers and directors lists, ca. 1966, 1969, undated

carton 4, folder 51

Public library history note cards, ca. 1966

 

League of Women Voters of Sacramento

carton 4, folder 52

Bylaws, 1967

carton 4, folder 53

County probation departments information, 1948

carton 4, folder 54

History of action and studies, 1959

carton 4, folder 55

Meeting records, 1948, 1962

 

Publications

carton 4, folder 56

Directory of Officials and Boards, to be used in conjunction with Sacramento County Government, 1960

carton 4, folder 57

Sacramento County Government, 1955

carton 4, folder 58

Reports, 1949, 1955, 1960-1961

carton 4, folder 59

Voter article written by Evelyn Clar, undated