Oral Histories

Interview of Stanley T. Tomlinson

California assembly member from 1948 to 1954. Santa Barbara city attorney from 1954 to 1972.
Stanley T. and Constance M. Tomlinson
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Biographical Note:
California assembly member from 1948 to 1954. Santa Barbara city attorney from 1954 to 1972.
Vasquez, Carlos
Tomlinson, Stanley T.
Persons Present:
Tomlinson, his wife Constance M. Tomlinson, and Vasquez.
Place Conducted:
Mr. and Mrs. Tomlinson'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 he did have access to well-organized scrapbooks covering the period Mr. Tomlinson served in the state legislature. Moreover, he had access to an oral history conducted with Mr. Tomlinson by the Santa Barbara Historical Society.
Processing of Interview:
Carlos Vasquez edited the interview. He checked the verbatim transcript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling, and verified proper names. Insertions by the editor have been bracketed. The interviewer also prepared the introductory materials. Mr. and Mrs. Tomlinson reviewed and approved the edited transcript and returned it 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.
Stanley Tomlinson's family background; migration to California; education; elected to represent the Thirty-seventh Assembly District, 1948-54; chairs the Committee on Trans-portation and Commerce and the Joint Committee on Impounded Funds from Tide and Submerged Lands; serves as a Republican member of the Committee on Elections and Reapportionment for the reapportionment of 1951; serves as Santa Barbara city attorney, 1954-72.