Oral Histories

Interview of Charles B. Garrigus II

California assembly member from 1959 to 1966.
Charles B. Garrigus II
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Biographical Note:
California assembly member from 1959 to 1966.
Vasquez, Carlos
Garrigus, Charles B. II
Persons Present:
Garrigus and Vasquez.
Place Conducted:
Garrigus's home in Cayucos, 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.Garrigus reviewed the edited transcript and returned the transcript 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.
Family background in Illinois; migration first to Oregon, later to California; campaigning for a state assembly seat; elected to represent the Thirty-third Assembly District, 1958-66; cochairs, then chairs the Committee on Education; serves on Committees on Agriculture, Water, and Civil Service and Personnel; carries numerous bills affecting the California community college system; the legislative and executive leadership of Jesse M. Unruh and Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Sr.; comments on California politics in the 1950s and 1960s; Brown-era "responsible liberalism"; one man, one vote; California's fifth poet laureate; the relationship between poetry and politics.