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.
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.
Prior to 2022, the members were appointed by the LPC Chair. At its meeting of 19 March 2022, the LPC Executive Committee adopted changes to the definitions of this and several other committees, and for this committee specified that members would be elected by the EC.
- 12 January 2019
- 23 February 2019
- 23 March 2019
- 24 April 2022
- 15 May 2022 - next scheduled meeting
- 9 February 2019
- 18 May 2019
- 10 August 2019
- 9 November 2019
- 18 January 2020
- 26 June 2021
- 25 September 2021
- 11 December 2021
- 19 March 2022
- Kenneth Brent Olsen (resigned 13 March 2019)
- Bill Hajdu (resigned 30 July 2019)
- Gail Lightfoot
- Jon Prosser
- Kevin Shaw
- Robert Parks (resigned 13 April 2022)
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 display at the 2020 Convention included the same display board (with updated graphs) along with a new one featuring the registration sheets from the LPC's first convention (1973), the schedule for the 1974 convention, and the 1974 LPC Platform.
The display at the 2021 convention was very similar, again with updated graphs.
The display at the 2022 convention featured a new panel showing the original state newsletter along with a timeline based on early newsletters, plus a binder containing the 51-page year-by-year Santa Clara County timeline.
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).|
|writing/editing articles||Information from all the sources above needs to be organized and presented in the form of articles. Updates to existing articles need to be made as new sources are found, and also to reflect current events (e.g., elections, actions by conventions).|
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)|
|Executive Committee||members/terms||there are separate pages for all recent terms, some older ones|
|meetings/minutes||list of known meetings|
|other state-level committees|
|counties/regions/affiliates||Lpedia already has pages for all 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|
|conventions||there is a page for every convention, some with lots of info, some with almost nothing|
|bylaws and rules||recent ones uploaded, need older ones|
|platforms||many already uploaded|
|newsletters||state||scanning/uploading in progress, see chart below|
|local||we have very few of these|
high priority to track them down!
|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 was "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)
|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
|The Libertarian (1972)||2 or 3||2||2|
|CaLiber (1973-1983)||70-80 (est.)||2|
|California Activist (1979-1984)||32 (est.)||22||19||no info on 1979-1981 issues|
|California Libertarian News (1985-1992)||87-89 (est.)||86||86|
|Liberty Bell (1993-1994)||10||9||9|
|Libertarian Party of California News (1994-1996)||29||27||10||some scanned but not yet uploaded|
|California Liberty (1994-1996)||18||16||0||some scanned but not yet uploaded|
|LPC Monthly (1997-2003)||70-72 (est.)||70||70|
|California Freedom (2003-2009)||68||67||66|
Note: Counties are used to identify a geographic area for many of the newsletters in this table, but this does not necessarily mean that the newsletter was published by an organization established for exactly that county.
|Geographic Area||Title||Year Range||# issues
|# we have
in any form
|Alameda County, then East Bay||Libertarian Lifeline||?-1983-1990s?||check with Terry Floyd|
|Contra Costa County||Contra Costa Libertarian||?-1983-?|
|Contra Costa County||The Abolitionist||?-1987-?|
|Fresno County||Time for Liberty||?-1983-?|
|Kern County||Advance to Liberty||?-1983-?|
|Lake County||Clearlake Libertarian||?-1983-?|
|Los Angeles County||Libercal||?-1983-?|
|Los Angeles - Region 62||West Los Angeles Libertarian||?-1983-?|
|Los Angeles - Region 62||Westside Libertarian||?-1987-?|
|Marin County||Free Market Marin||?-1983-?|
|Marin County||Free Marin||?-1987-1990s?|
|Sacramento County||Capital Liberty||?-1983-?|
|San Diego County||San Diego Libertarian||?-1983-1987-?|
|San Francisco||San Francisco LP News||?-1983-?|
|San Francisco||Golden Gate Libertarian||?-1987-1990s?|
|San Joaquin County||Voice of Liberty||?-1983-?|
|San Mateo County||Peninsula Libertarian||?-1983-?|
|Santa Clara County||Santa Clara Libertarian||197x?-200x?||many already uploaded|
|Santa Clara County||Santa Clara Libertarian Update||2014-2018||e-mail newsletter|
|Santa Clara County||Liberty Quill||2018-present||e-mail newsletter|
|Santa Cruz County||Santa Cruz Libertarian||?-1983-?|
|Sonoma County||Sonoma Libertarian||?-1987-?|
|Ventura County, et.al.||Channel Counties Libertarian||?-1983-?|
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||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||Jon Prosser||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||Gail Lightfoot|
|68||LA - Antelope Valley|
Outside California History Commentary
- Parks was among the five members elected at the LPC EC meeting of 19 March 2022, at which the method the committee was selected was also changed. He later indicated that he was not interested in serving, and on 13 April made a request specifically to be removed from the committee. Since ordinarily a person has to consent in order to be elected to a position, and since he made clear his intent not to serve before the new group held its organizational meeting, an alternative interpretation is that he was never actually serving as a committee member.