Libertarian Party of California Historical Preservation Committee
The Libertarian Party of California Historical Preservation Committee (LPC HPC) was formed to oversee the preservation and publication of historical materials relating to the LPC. It serves a role similar to that of the national HPC, but with a focus on California.
- 1 Members
- 2 History
- 3 Work Plan
- 4 Status of Projects
The current members of the LPC HPC are:
The LPC HPC was formed by action of the LPC Executive Committee in September 2018. Kenneth Brent Olsen was appointed Interim Chair, and additional members were then recruited. The new committee held its organizational meeting in January 2019.
- 12 January 2019
- 23 February 2019
- 23 March 2019
Next meeting expected to take place after the state convention.
- Kenneth Brent Olsen (resigned 13 March 2019)
The LPC HPC had an exhibit table at the 2019 Convention in Concord. On the table was a display board which included lists of convention, state chairs, candidates for governor and US Senate, graphs of registered Libertarians and central committee members, a list of past state newsletters along with how many issues are online so far, and the "first two years" article from 1974. Also on the table were a notebook containing outreach material, some historical buttons and bumper stickers, and extra copies of The Libertarian Alternative. The backdrop consisted of two LPC banners used at past events. Also posted on the wall was an outreach poster produced by the LPSF.
The following charts outline the work being planned by the LPC HPC along with some notes about its status.
Activities that the LPC HPC will undertake or recruit others to undertake.
where is it? what is it?
|Need to reach out to people who may have material, make arrangements to look at it and make notes.|
e.g., when in danger of being thrown out
|Need to keep in touch with people who have things so we have warning of when they might be at risk.|
|scanning / digitizing material
into formats that can archived/posted
|Some of this might be done where the material already is, some would be better done by moving the material, and some might be better outsourced to a commercial service.|
|uploading material to LPedia
text articles, PDFs, photos, audio/video files
|Some people are already doing this. There are already structural pages for many of the subjects of interest to us.|
|interviewing long-time activists
(or encouraging them to write articles)
|Need to come up with a list of activists to contact. Then arrange a way to hear from them (e.g., one-on-one interview, presentation at a convention, telephone conference call).|
Subjects of Interest
Subjects about which the LPC HPC will be seeking materials and information to be preserved/published.
|activists (names, positions, other biographical information)|
|other state-level committees|
|counties/regions/affiliates||Lpedia already has pages for most county-level groups|
but content for many is sparse/minimal
|membership stats||dues-paying/CC||extremely spotty records for many periods|
|registration||statewide counts essentially done|
|election results||federal/state||most of these results already in LPedia|
|local/non-partisan||these will require much work to track down|
|Libertarians in public office|
|bylaws and rules|
|newsletters||state||scanning/uploading in progress, see chart below|
|outreach materials||press releases|
Types of Materials Relevant to Meetings
Things that could potentially exist for any convention or other type of meeting.
|recordings (audio or video)|
|personal notes of participants|
|reports (e.g., back to regions, in newsletters)|
Where historical material and information might be found.
|official LP records (in custody of current "office" / officers)||current officers might have some things|
Brent's home now "official storage"
box of documents from Sacramento office transferred from Imhoffs' garage to Joe Dehn
could be something in Monrovia
|material in possession of national HPC (in Colorado storage room)||records moved from national office|
material sent by California activists
|personal collections of physical material (papers, photos, recordings)||known to have significant collections:|
Mimi Robson (stuff given to her by Ted Brown)
Joe Dehn (Santa Clara, misc.)
Gail Lightfoot (LA, R67, central coast, photos used in newsletters)
Dave Schrader (LA area)
Jeff Smith (regional newsletters)
|institutional collections (e.g., at universities)||Hoover Institution|
|government records||Secretary of State: registration data, federal/state election results|
county registrars/clerks: registration data, local election results
some counties might have info about elected central committee members or officers
|traditional news media (e.g., newspaper archives)||major media with statewide coverage|
|social media||Facebook, Twitter, etc.|
e-mail discussion lists, Yahoo groups, etc.
|non-LP online archives||Wayback Machine, Wikipedia|
|early activists (writings, recollections)|
Note: There may be some things we can start doing now to make it easier to find current material when it turns into "history", e.g. current online equivalents of what used to be known as "clipping services", archiving content of Facebook groups.
Things that might help the LPC HPC do its work.
|scanning / digitization equipment||Mimi has: VHS, Betamax, 8mm and 16mm film|
Joe has: VHS, SuperVHS, various digital video
Jon knows somebody in related industry
Status of Projects
Charts to track the progress of current projects.
|# we have
in any form
|California Activist (1982-1984)||22||22||0||scanning in progress|
|California Libertarian News (c. 1986-1992)||78 (est.)||approx 75||33||scanning in progress|
|Liberty Bell (1993-1994)||10||9||4||need large-format scanner|
|Libertarian Party of California News (1994-1996)||29||25||9||need large-format scanner|
|California Liberty (1994-1996)||18||16||0||need large-format scanner|
|LPC Monthly (1997-2003)||70-72 (est.)||70||70|
|California Freedom (2003-2009)||68||67||50||need large-format scanner|
County / Region Organizations
In the following tables, "volunteer" means a person actively trying to gather/organize/post information about the area in question, while "sources" means people who may have material or personal knowledge relating to the history of the area but are not necessarily interested in doing work on HPC projects at this time.
Counties (current organizational struture)
|1||Alameda||Terry Floyd||see also East Bay|
|2||Alpine||see also El Dorado/Alpine|
|3||Amador||see also Gold Country|
|5||Calaveras||see also Gold Country|
|7||Contra Costa||Terry Floyd||see also East Bay|
|9||El Dorado||see also Ed Dorado / Alpine|
|10||Fresno||Devin Harris||see also Valley Libertarians|
|14||Inyo||see also Mono / Inyo|
|15||Kern||Kenneth Brent Olsen|
|16||Kings||Kalish Morrow||see also Valley Libertarians|
|19||Los Angeles||see also sub-county regions|
|20||Madera||see also Madero / Mariposa, Valley Libertarians|
|22||Mariposa||see also Madera / Mariposa, Valley Libertarians|
|26||Mono||see also Mono / Inyo|
|40||San Luis Obispo||Gail Lightfoot|
|42||Santa Barbara||Gail Lightfoot|
|43||Santa Clara||Joe Dehn|
|51||Sutter||see also Sutter / Yuba|
|54||Tulare||Jon Prosser||see also Valley Libertarians|
|55||Tuolumne||see also Gold Country|
|58||Yuba||see also Sutter / Yuba|
Former Multi-County Regions
|1||East Bay||Terry Floyd||Alameda, Contra Costa|
|3||Gold Country||Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne|
|20||Madera / Mariposa||Madera, Mariposa|
|Mono / Inyo||Inyo, Mono|
|North Coast||Lake, Mendocino|
|Sutter / Yuba||Sutter, Yuba|
|10||Valley Libertarians||Kenneth Brent Olsen||at various times Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Tulare|
Sub-Divisions of Los Angeles County
|61||LA - San Fernando Valley|
|62||LA - West|
|63||LA - Foothills / Glendale / Pasadena|
|64||LA - Central|
|65||LA - Southeast|
|66||LA - Long Beach / South Bay|
|67||LA - East San Gabriel|
|68||LA - Antelope Valley|