Oral Histories

Interview of Manning J. Post

Member of the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy from 1961 to 1982. Member of the management team for multiple politicians from 1948 to 1984.
Manning J. Post
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Vasquez, Carlos
Post, Manning J.
Persons Present:
Post and Vasquez.
Place Conducted:
Post's home in Beverly Hills, 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 spelling, and verified proper names. Insertions by the editor are bracketed. The interviewer also prepared the introductory materials. Post reviewed the edited transcript and returned the transcript to the UCLA Oral History Program 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; attending college in Illinois during the Depression; early introduction to politics; career as a businessman in Los Angeles; Jesse M. Unruh; Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Sr.; service on the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy (known as the Little Hoover Commission); the formation and role of the Little Hoover Commission; the Little Hoover Commission's reports; Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr.; raising funds and organizing political campaigns.