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John McFall Collection

Identifier: CAC-CC-2017-1
Contains materials obtained or created by McFall and his staff during the time he represented California in the U.S. Congress. Includes twenty-two years of on California Congressman's correspondence, speeches, legislation, and related committee work. McFall's particular interests included agriculture, military affairs and constituent casework.


  • 1957-1978

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection (excluding the Oversized Series which is stored on-site), is stored off-site and requires prior notice to access. If you wish to view these materials, please contact the Congressional Archives staff to arrange an appointment.


605 Linear Feet (417 Containers)

Biographical Note

U.S. Representative John J. McFall, Democrat of Manteca (Calif.), served eleven terms in Congress (1957-78). He represented San Joaquin, Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mono, Tuolumne and portions of Sacramento and Stanislaus counties. McFall was Majority Whip during the 93rd and 94th Congresses and was three times elected Speaker Pro Tempore. His committee assignments included Appropriations, Transportation and Defense. McFall was born in Manteca (1917), attended public schools there, and, after graduation from the University of California (1938), received a J.D. from Berkeley's Boalt Hall law school (1941). Following service in the Army Security Intelligence Corps (1942-46), he returned to Manteca where he was first elected Mayor (1948-1950), then State Assemblyman (1951-56).


Don Walker arranged the McFall papers in 11 series during the processing of the collection for Pacific University. Archivists at the Carl Albert Congress Center have retained this structure for the collection. The series include: 1) Government Departments, 2) Constituent Cases, 3) Committees, 4) Daily Correspondence, 5) District Files, 6) Flood Control, 7) Invitations;Appointments;Trips, 8) Legislation, 9) Grants and Loans, 10) Military, Academies and Veterans, 11) Miscellaneous Papers. Internally, the series include both chronological and alphabetical orders.

Custodial History

The collection was transferred to the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political collections in January of 2017 by Pacific University in consultation with McFall's living heirs.
A Guide to the John McFall Collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2017 June 21: Nathan Gerth revised the finding aid as part of the collection's transfer to the Carl Albert Congressional and Political Collections. The revision involved transferring and refining data from the EAD encoded by Walker in 2004 for Pacific University. Gerth retained the original arrangement and description.

Repository Details

Part of the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections Repository

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