Oral Histories

Interview of Jerome C. Byrne

Special counsel for the Special Forbes Committee of the University of California Board of Regents in 1965. Important in the research and publication of the Byrne Report.
Jerome C. Byrne
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Treleven, Dale E.
Byrne, Jerome C.
Persons Present:
Byrne and Televen.
Place Conducted:
Byrne's office in Los Angeles, 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 Dale E. Treleven, Director, UCLA Oral History Program. There exist no private papers which the interviewer was able to consult for this interview.
Processing of Interview:
Janet Shiban, editorial assistant, UCLA Oral History Program, checked the verbatim manuscript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spellings, and with the interviewer verified proper names. Insertions by the editor are bracketed. Alex Cline, editor, drafted the table of contents and prepared the biographical summary. Byrne reviewed the edited transcript and returned it with only 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.
Early life in Grand Rapids, Michigan; attends Harvard Law School; memorable professors at Harvard; labor relations case leads to specialization in labor law; serves as special counsel of the Special Forbes Committee of the Board of Regents of the University of California; the Byrne Report; relationship of the Board of Regents' Forbes and Meyer committees; University of California president Clark Kerr; Regent Edwin W. Pauley; assessing students in the sixties; represents El Camino Community College in labor relations matters; involvement with Constitutional Rights Foundation; participation in the Industrial Relations Research Association; work with Democratic Party candidates; personal political leanings during the sixties.