Oral Histories

Interview of W. Don MacGillivray

California assembly member from 1969 to 1974. Worked in various government positions for President Ronald Reagan from 1980 to 1988.
W. Don and Mary E. MacGillivray
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Biographical Note:
California assembly member from 1969 to 1974. Worked in various government positions for President Ronald Reagan from 1980 to 1988.
Vasquez, Carlos
MacGillivray, W. Don
Persons Present:
MacGillivray, MacGillivray's husband Mr. W. Don MacGillivray, and Vasquez.
Place Conducted:
MacGillivray's home in Santa Barbara,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. Although the interviewer did have access to well-organized scrapbooks covering the period Mr. MacGillivray served in the state legislature.
Processing of Interview:
Vasquez checked the verbatim manuscript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spellings, and verifiedproper names. Insertions by the editor are bracketed. The interviewer also prepared the introductory materials.Mr. and Mrs. MacGillivray 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.
W. Don MacGillivray's background, education, and business as a building contractor; serves on Santa Barbara City Council and as mayor; elected to represent the Twenty-sixth Assembly District in 1968; issues and specific legislation while serving in the California State Assembly.