A new collection documenting the California Constitution Revision Commission, the organization charged with editing the lengthy California State Constitution from 1964-1974, was recently deposited at the UCI Libraries. The collection comes to Special Collections and Archives from the Orange County Public Law Library (OCPLL), where Judge Bruce W. Sumner, a member of the Orange County Superior Court and commission chairman, donated the materials in 1983. The Commission scrapped a whopping 40,000 words from the Golden State’s verbose document, and Sumner’s collection provides a glimpse into this feat of legal virtuosity.
The Bruce W. Sumner collection on the California Constitution Revision Commission (MS-R172) includes reports, minutes, and correspondence of committees charged with revision of select constitutional articles, commission minutes and reports, and press clippings from throughout California documenting media coverage of commission activities. Ballot pamphlets dating from 1912-1968, as well as notes, documents, and other background research materials collected by Sumner, are also included. A sampling of these resources can be seen below:
The collection complements the UCI Libraries’ extensive Government Information holdings, which include materials on the U.S., California, inter-governmental organizations, and Orange County. Circulating resources can be found in the basement of Langson Library.