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 (Y)

Yorty, Samuel W. (OH KB–22)

"Samuel Yorty: A Challenge to the Democrats," Political Advocacy and Loyalty. (1979). Assembly Member, 1937–1940, 1949–1951.

Yorty discusses his philosophy, the attraction of political life, and the beliefs and practices he developed during his long span of political involvement, with particular reference to the gubernatorial administrations of Goodwin Knight and Edmund G. Brown, Sr.

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Younger, Evelle J. (OH R–26)

A Lifetime in Law Enforcement. (1982). Attorney General, 1971–1978.

Younger recalls his initial career in the FBI and subsequent involvement in Republican party politics in the 1950s. He comments on his first elective offices as a superior court judge and Los Angeles County district attorney. The bulk of the interview focuses on his 1970 campaign for California attorney general, the organization and administration of the Dept. of Justice during his tenure, and his role in various aspects of law enforcement policy in the state. He also assesses the effect of the Reagan administration's policy in the areas of crime control and criminal justice.

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