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Barbara McCarthy Papers

Identifier: H-Mss-0515

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papaers acquired by Barbara McCarthy during her tenure on the Citizen's Advisory Committee. The majority of the collection is comprised of correspondence, reports, news clippings, and memos relating to the activities of the commission.


  • 1958-1962 and undated


Language of Materials

Languages represented in the collection: English.


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Barbara McCarthy (Mrs. Henry M.) served on The Citizens Advisory Commission of the Joint Committee on the Public Education System (the Commission will from here be referred to as the CAC) from its inception in 1958 until it presented its final report to the California State Assembly in 1962. During this period she served as Chair of the Subcommittee on Teacher Training and Curriculum and was chosen as one of the California delegates at the White House Conference on Children and Youth in early 1960. Mrs. McCarthy lived in Van Nuys and taught English at Sun Valley Junior High School.

In a letter to Mrs. McCarthy dated August 25, 1958, Assemblyman Donald D. Doyle, Tenth District, summarized the charge of the CAC:

“…[to] investigate all phases of the public education system in California…to make recommendations to the Legislature for any changes necessary to strengthen the schooling program for the children of the State.”

As an original member of the CAC, Mrs. McCarthy’s papers cover the span of years during which the CAC worked; included in the papers is correspondence of the CAC members, interim and final reports, study materials, and clippings.

Researchers interested in the CAC should also consult the Robert J. Bernard Papers as he was a member of the Joint Committee and worked with members of CAC.


4.5 Linear Feet (4 records boxes, 1 document box)


This collection contains materials relating to Barbary McCarthy's time on the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Joint Committee on the Public Education System. These materials include a variety of correspondence, reports, and other administrative papers. The committee was charged with investigating California's public education system and make recommendations for changes deemed necessary. Mrs. McCarthy was herself an English teacher at the Sun Valley Junior High School in Van Nuys, California.

Organization and Arrangement

The majority of the collection is arranged alphabetically by subject. Reports are arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Provenance / Source of Acquisition

Gift of Barbara McCarthy, 1994.


No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Processing Information

Materials within the collection were placed in archival folders and then placed in boxes. Newspaper clippings were photocopied onto acid-free paper. Reports were arranged chronologically, with the rest of the materials arranged alphabetically by subject.

Barbara McCarthy Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States