Oral History Guide Interview Summaries



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Oral history interviews conducted by the Regional Oral History Office are available to view in the California State Archives Research Room. Copyright laws limit the number of pages the California State Archives can reproduce from these volumes. Researchers must contact the Regional Oral History Office at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley to obtain full transcripts of these volumes.


Interview Summaries (O)

Oakley, James H. (OH W–45)

"Early Life of a Warren Assistant," Perspectives on the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, Vol. III. (1970).

Oakley discusses his childhood, friends, and professors at Berkeley, the District Attorney's office and its political environs.

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O'Brien, Charles A. (OH 88–18)

Oral History Interview with Charles A. O'Brien. (1987). Chief Deputy Attorney General, 1962–1971; Executive Secretary to the Governor, 1961–1962; Chief Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Law and Enforcement, 1960–1961.

O'Brien covers the duties and responsibilities of California's deputy and assistant attorneys general, law enforcement, state legislators, major problems of law enforcement in California during the 1960s.

Transcript price: (115 pp.) $24.00



O'Connell, John A. (OH 89–3)

Oral History Interview with John A. O'Connell. (1988). Assembly Member, 1955–1961. (pdf ~ 2.48 MB, 75 pages)

O'Connell discusses Democratic politics in San Francisco City and County. He covers his career in the assembly, where he served on the Finance and Insurance, Judiciary, and Criminal Procedures committees. He offers observations on Philip Burton, Goodwin Knight, and colleagues in the 1955 assembly freshman class. He discusses the demise of the California Democratic Council.

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Odeen, Peter (OH W–47)

"Captain of the Point Lobos," The Shipboard Murder Case: Labor, Radicalism, and Earl Warren, 1936–1941. (1972).

Odeen recalls the events of March 22, 1936 and describes his own early adventures at sea, maritime working conditions in the 1930s, and the ultimate fate of the Point Lobos.

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O'Gara, Gerald J. (OH 89–7)

Oral History Interview with Gerald J. O'Gara. (1987). Senator, 1947–1954. (pdf ~ 1.46 MB, 42 pages)

O'Gara discusses his election to the state senate in 1946, impressions of the California legislature including housing and highway issues, creation of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District in 1951; as well as a 1962 campaign fraud incident and campaign practices in the 1980s.

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Oliver, William W. (OH W–17)

"Working in the Supreme Court: Comments on Court, Brown Decision, Warren and Other Justices," Earl Warren: The Chief Justiceship. (1972).

Oliver was originally Chief Justice Vinson's clerk. Upon Vinson's death he was asked to continue, and so became Earl Warren's first head law clerk in the Supreme Court, 1953–54.

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Olney, Warren III (OH W–35)

Law Enforcement and Judicial Administration in the Earl Warren Era. (1978).

Olney discusses his joining the staff of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, the California Attorney General's Office, the California Crime Study Commission on Organized Crime, the Department of Justice, and the Administrative Office of the Courts.

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Ongerth, Henry (OH W–13)

"Recollections of the Bureau of Sanitary Engineering," Earl Warren and the State Department of Public Health. (1970).

Ongerth discusses his observations of sanitary engineering in California, from his studies with pioneer Charles Gilman Hyde in the 1930s, through the expansion of service under the State Dept. of Public Health in the 1940s and into the beginning of concern for environmental factors which became a major political factor in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Orr, Verne (OH R–13)

"Business Leadership in the Department of Motor Vehicles and State Finance," Governor Reagan and His Cabinet: An Introduction. (1982, 1983). Director, Dept. of Finance, 1970–1974; Director, Dept. of Motor Vehicles, 1967–1970.

Orr describes the methods he used and some of his successes in these two departments, as well as his observations of Governor Reagan and his cabinet in action. In the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Orr pursued the recommendations of the governor's task force on economy in government by rotating employees into new jobs and encouraging them to try new ideas. They succeeded in reducing the time taken to renew a driver's license from 60 days to 10. In the Dept. of Finance, Orr was responsible for making the budget cuts the governor decreed. He worked with the departments to make the cuts where they would be least hurtful.

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Outland, George (OH W–5)

"James Roosevelt's Primary Campaign, 1950," California Democrats in the Earl Warren Era. (1972).

Outland was the 1950 statewide campaign manager for Democrat James Roosevelt in the gubernatorial primary in which his chief opponent was Earl Warren, a Republican who made a practice of cross–filing.

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