Oral Histories

Interview of John F. Burby

Press secretary for Governor Edmund G. Brown, Sr. from 1961 to 1967. Special assistant to Secretary of Transportation, Alan Boyd, from 1967 to 1969.
John F. Burby
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Biographical Note:
Press secretary for Governor Edmund G. Brown, Sr. from 1961 to 1967. Special assistant to Secretary of Transportation, Alan Boyd, from 1967 to 1969.
Vasquez, Carlos
Burby, John F.
Persons Present:
Burby and Vasquez.
Place Conducted:
Tapes I and II: Times Mirror Building in Los Angeles, California; Tape III: Burby's home in Pasadena, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Carlos Vasquez, Director, UCLA State Government Interview Series, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., Political Science, UCLA; M.A., Political Science, Stanford University; Ph.D. candidate, History, UCLA.There exist no private papers which the interviewer was able to consult for this interview.
Processing of Interview:
Vasquez checked the verbatim manuscript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spellings, and verified proper names. Insertions by the editor are bracketed. The interviewer also prepared the introductory materials.Burby reviewed a copy of the edited transcript and returned it with minor corrections.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series were undertaken by the UCLA Oral History Program under the auspices of the California State Archives and in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton, Oral History Program; California State University, Sacramento, Center for California Studies Oral History Program; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program; and the University of California, Berkeley, Regional Oral History Office. Funds were allocated to the state archives after Governor George Deukmejian signed into law Assembly Bill 2104 (Chapter 965 of the Statutes of 1985), establishing a state government oral history program "to provide through the use of oral history a continuing documentation of state policy development as reflected in California's legislative and executive history." All interviews in the series are available at the California State Archives in Sacramento.
Family background; education; World War II military experience; journalist for Hawaii bureau of United Press, Honolulu Advertiser, and San Francisco Chronicle; edits and publishes National Journal (Washington, D.C.); staff writer for Los Angeles Times; assistant editor of editorial pages of Los Angeles Times; author of The Great American Motion Sickness; Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Sr., names Burby as his press secretary; significant events and issues during the Pat Brown administration; state and local politics in Sacramento.