Oral History Guide Interview Summaries



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Nannini, Rico J. (OH 89–17)

Oral History Interview with Rico J. Nannini. (1986, 1987). Assistant Secretary of State, 1975–1984; Deputy Secretary of State, 1960–1966.

Nannini describes a period of growth and professionalism in the Department, 1948–1984. He was closely involved in the development of the California Uniform Commercial Code, and the development of an electronic data processing system for those records, including the Central Records Depository. The interview also discusses notaries, the development of state election services, state budgets and personnel procedures, affirmative action, and the Political Reform Act of 1974, which changed the requirements for reporting campaign financing, both for candidates and lobbyists. He also discusses the administrative style of Secretaries of State Jordan, Sullivan, Brown, and Eu.

Transcript price: (157 pp.) $27.00



Navarro, Armando (OH 90–28)

Oral History Interview with Armando Navarro. (1989). State Director, Californios for Fair Representation.

Navarro discusses his early life and education in Cucamonga, California, military service and higher education, and provides information about his role as scholar/community activist in such organizations as La Raza Unida, Californios for Fair Representation as well as organizing regional conferences and meetings to discuss such issues as immigration reform, voter registration and education, policy–community relations, church–community relations, and United States–Mexico relations.

Transcript price: (231 pp.) $30.00



Nejedly, John A. (OH 89–31)

Oral History Interview with John A. Nejedly. (1988). Senator, 1969–1980. (pdf ~ 5 MB, 129 pages)

Nejedly discusses the work of the Contra Costa County District Attorney and Nejedly's innovations during the 1960s. It covers his career in the state senate, where he carried much environmental improvement legislation, serving as chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Wildlife.

Transcript price: (129 pp.) $24.00



Nelson, Helen Ewing (OH KB–20)

"The First Consumer Counsel in California," Pat Brown: Friends and Campaigners. (1979). Consumer Counsel, 1961–1966.

Nelson recounts what it was like to be the official consumer advocate working within the governmental system and simultaneously helping to create and direct citizen pressure from the outside. She discusses her efforts to research citizen complaints; organize PTA members, shopping–cooperative members, and mothers into lobbying groups; use the consumer counsel's independence from the governor's office to take highly visible positions that the governor could not take; and extend the educational arm of the consumer counsel by supplying consumer news to fill papers and prime–time public affairs programming on radio and TV. She also discusses the approach of encouraging enforcement of existing laws to get at consumer fraud rather than creating fresh legislation. She includes observations on persons of influence surrounding the governor and comments on the importance of gaining access to the governor. She also discusses the particular frustrations she encountered as a woman in politics and government in dealing with the male–dominated legislature and bureaucracy where policy and political alliances are often forged after hours in a nearby bar.

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Nevins, Richard (OH 91–19)

Oral History Interview with Richard Nevins. (1987, 1989). volume 1 (pdf ~ 10.7 MB, 357 pages), volume 2 (pdf ~ 7.4 MB, 235 pages). Board of Equalization, 1958–1986.

Nevins discusses family and career background, activities in California Democratic organizations, and profiles the Board of Equalization. He reviews developments in California taxation since 1933, interweaving them with BOE policy and structural change. He emphasizes A.B. 80, Reagan era tax reform, Proposition 13 (1978), property and unitary tax issues, and specialized taxes. He concludes with his elections and the election process.

Transcript price: (591 pp.) 2 vols. $63.00



Newman, Frank C. (OH 93–10)

Oral History Interview with Frank C. Newman. (1989, 1991). Justice, California Supreme Court, 1977–1989; Professor of Law, UC Berkeley, 1946–1996. (pdf ~ 9.39 MB, 349 pages)

Newman discusses his education and career, including work with the Office of Price Administration, the University of California (with mention of security/loyalty issues, the Tenney Committee, Governors Earl Warren, Pat and Jerry Brown, and faculty colleagues). Newman discusses the California Supreme Court from 1977 to 1983 with references to his fellow jurists, the Constitutional Revision Commission, and the Commission on Judicial Performance. He talks about human rights work with Amnesty International and the United Nations and his visits to Greece and Chile. He also makes references to politicians, judicial personnel, and presidents throughout the period.

Transcript price: (348 pp.) $33.00



Nichols, Leland L. (OH 93–9)

Oral History Interview with Leland L. Nichols. (1991). Governor's Radio–Television Press Secretary and Chief Consultant to the Assembly, 1960–1968.

Nichols discusses his family and educational background, working as a reporter for NBC News, especially during the 1960 Democratic convention, working for Governor Pat Brown as Radio–Television Press Secretary, working with Jesse Unruh as an assembly staff member and devising and institutionalizing the staff system for the California State Assembly. He also reflects on being gay in political and personal life.

Transcript price: (320 pp.) $33.00



Nielsen, Vigo G., Jr. (OH 90–15)

Oral History Interview with Vigo G. Nielsen, Jr. (1989). Assistant Deputy Controller, 1967–1968; Chief Administrative Officer, California State Assembly, 1969; Chief of Staff, Lt. Governor's Office, 1970–1971; Attorney, Political and State Government Law, 1972– .

Nielsen discusses his youth and education in southern California and at Yale University, his Coro foundation fellowship and work on Ed Reinecke's first campaign for Congress; Flournoy's campaign for controller in 1966 and his staff position in controller's office; duties and politics of chief administrative officer for Assembly; work of lieutenant governor's office under Reinecke, Reinecke's reelection campaign, alleged perjury. He also discusses the emergence of field of political law 1972–present; his legal work for Republican Party candidates and for initiative campaigns; and the effects of Political Reform Act of 1974. He assesses the Fair Political Practices Commission under four chairmen and changes in the state legislature since 1967.

Transcript price: (138 pp.) $24.00



Nigg, Cyril C. (OH 94–4)

Oral History Interview with Cyril C. Nigg. (1993). Regent, University of California, 1955–1957. (pdf ~ 3.59 MB, 163 pages)

Nigg discusses his family background, education at the University of California, Los Angeles, long–time involvement in and support for the UCLA Alumni Association, and the business of the Regents of the University of California during his two years of service as alumni association president.

Transcript price: (163 pp.) $27.00



Nofziger, Franklyn C. (OH R–20)

"Press Secretary for Ronald Reagan, 1966," Issues and Innovations in the 1966 Republican Gubernatorial Campaign. (1978). Communications Director, 1967–1969.

Nofziger discusses the roles of the early supporters of Ronald Reagan, and of party leaders both inside and outside the Republican State Central Committee. He appraised his own role in terms of his relationship with newspaper reporters, with other members of the gubernatorial campaign staff, and with Reagan himself.

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