Oral Histories

Interview of Mary E. MacGillivray

Member of the PALS Club and volunteer for the Western White House Ronald W. Reagan's presidency. Wife of California assembly member W. Don MacGillivray.
W. Don and Mary E. MacGillivray
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Vasquez, Carlos
MacGillivray, Mary E.
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 verified proper 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.
Mary E. MacGillivray's background and education; role in her husband's election campaigns; membership in the PALS Club in Sacramento; volunteer worker for the Western White House during the presidency of Ronald W. Reagan.