Don H. Clausen Congressional Papers - Finding Aid

Abstract
Copyright
Biographical Information
Scope and Content of the Collection
Arrangement of the Collection
Container List
Related Works
     Biographical Information of Don H. Clausen
     Clausen Aviation Biography

Collection Number

1999.05


Contact Information

The Library, Special Collections
Humboldt State University
Arcata, California 95521
URL: http://library.humboldt.edu/humco/holdings/clausen.htm


Processed By

Edith Butler, MA, CA
With assistance from Zoe Armstrong, Joan Berman, Cheryl Conner, Bob Ewing, Mari Hillestad Knirck, Grace Moses, Steve Mottaz, Andrew Pierce, Gerald Pusch, Leigh Westphal.


Date Completed

2003


Language

English


Collection Creator

Clausen, Don H.  (1923-    )


Dates Covered by Collection

1963-1983 with supplemental material 1983-2000


Size of Collection

144 cubic feet


Repository

Humboldt State University Library
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521


Abstract

The Don H. Clausen Congressional Papers document Mr. Clausen’s House of Representative service January 1963 – January 1983 as well as selected materials about his career and public service since 1983. Highlights of the collection are materials relating to the creation of Redwood National Park (in 1968) and its expansion (in 1978), securing the funding for the Lake Sonoma/Warm Springs Dam project, the King Range National Recreation Area, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, establishing the 200 mile off-shore fishing limit, the forestry and wine industries, the rivers--especially Eel, Russian, and Klamath, Native American concerns, and aviation--especially aviation education. The photographs (1582 folders) are detailed in a database that is searchable in this finding aid.


Access

The collection is open for research.


Copyright

Copyright to the unpublished material is retained by Don H. Clausen during his lifetime, after which time copyright becomes the sole property of Humboldt State University Library. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Special Collections Librarian.


Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Don H. Clausen Congressional Papers, Humboldt State University Library.


Provenance

Gifted to Humboldt State University by Don H. Clausen between 1983 and 2000.

Upon Congressman Clausen’s departure from Congress in January 1983 portions of his congressional papers were distributed to Humboldt State University, Mendocino Community College and Santa Rosa Junior College. Mr. Clausen retained an additional portion of the records, stored in two locations: a family home in Humboldt County and at a moving and storage company in Eureka, CA. In 1986 the portion given to Mendocino Community College was transferred to Humboldt State University. Apparently sometime in the late 1980s Santa Rosa Junior College transferred its portion of the papers to the HSU Library. Between 1997 and 2000 materials from both the Clausen home and the moving and storage company were transferred to Humboldt State University Library.


Biographical Information

Don Clausen was elected to the House of Representatives in a special election in January 1963. For the next twenty years he represented the citizens of the geographically large and culturally diverse (then) 2nd California Congressional District. Clausen, who began his political career in 1955 by winning a seat on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, worked diligently promoting his vision of Home Rule: wanting the greatest amount of decision making power to be closest to the local level. "There's no telling how much good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit for it," are the upbeat words Clausen framed and hung on his office wall. This was how Don Clausen approached being in the minority party the entire time he served in the House of Representatives.

Donald Holst Clausen was born in Ferndale, California on April 27, 1923. He spent his childhood days on the dairy farm his parents, Henry August and Marie Holst Clausen, worked - just as his grandparents had before them. The three Clausen boys shared the farm work, were athletic, participated in 4-H, and took turns entering their prize-winning livestock at the Humboldt County and California State fairs. Don's first elective office was as President of the Ferndale 4-H Club. Just as Don finished high school he was injured while working on the farm when a spear of alfalfa pierced his ear. Luckily the horses pulling the hay wagon kept still long enough for Don's brother to pull the unconscious Don to safety. The injury resulted in a hearing loss that later that same year forced Don to leave his freshman year at San Jose State University. He then entered the banking business. When the United States entered WWII he enlisted in the Navy and enrolled in the Naval Aviation V-5 Training Program. Soon after that his mother noticed that his hearing had returned to normal. Don credits the air acrobatic portion of his training with his recovery.

After serving as a carrier pilot in the Pacific Mr. Clausen returned to California's north coast and resumed his banking position in Crescent City. But flying had changed his life and he had made a promise to a fellow Navy pilot. He would do what he could to help other average, country kids - like themselves - to have access to flight training and opportunities in aviation careers. Quickly he found a way to start a flight school and ambulance/charter service at the new Del Norte County Airport as well as an aviation program in the local high school. In 1949 Don Clausen and Ollie Piper were married. They have two daughters, Beverly and Dawn Marie, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. In the 1950s Clausen entered local politics, winning a seat on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors and becoming active in the Republican Party at the state and local levels.

These activities put Clausen in a position to run for the congressional seat in 1962. While in Congress, Clausen served on the Public Works and Transportation and the Interior and Insular Affairs committees. Because of unusually fast turnover in the House of Representatives in the 1970s Clausen was able to advance rapidly in seniority. This allowed him to be involved in committee leadership matters and in advancing legislation. The Congressional Papers collection is richer as a result of this circumstance.

When Clausen left Congress in 1983 President Reagan appointed him to the Department of Transportation where he worked with the Federal Aviation Administration to strengthen aviation education programs and to monitor the FAA in implementing legislation as Congress had intended. Clausen remained involved with the FAA until 1990. In 1991 he and Ollie left Washington and returned to their home in the southern part of his old district.

Don Clausen has been awarded the Brewer Trophy (by the National Aviation Association) and the Crown Circle Award (by the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education), the nation's two highest awards in Aviation-Aerospace Education. In 1997 he was awarded the Humboldt State University Distinguished Service Medal in honor of his support for Humboldt State University while serving in the House of Representatives. See the Related Works section of this Finding Aid for additional biographical information.


Scope and Content of the Collection

The Don H. Clausen Congressional Papers document Mr. Clausen's Congressional service January 1963 - January 1983 as well as selected materials relating to his career and public service since 1983. Initially Clausen's northern California coastal district extended from San Francisco Bay to the Oregon border. District boundary changes gradually moved the southern boundary up to mid-Sonoma County and sometimes included the inland counties of Lake, Glenn and Trinity. Clausen represented California's First District from 1963 to 1975, thereafter from 1975 to 1983 the district was California's Second District. The papers were produced or accumulated by Mr. Clausen and his staff. Accumulated papers came from congressional committees, government agencies, constituents, colleagues, political organizations, and the media.

Clausen's committee service was primarily on the Public Works and Transportation and the Interior and Insular Affairs committees. Sub-committee for the Public Works and Transportation Committee included Federal Aid to Highways, Public Transit, Aviation, Water Resources, Economic Development, and Public Buildings and Grounds. Sub-committees for the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee included Indian Affairs, Water and Power Resources, Public Lands, National Parks and Recreation, Energy and the Environment, and Trust Territories. The collection contains significant records for these committees and subcommittees for the main issues taken up by them.

Highlights of the collection are materials relating to the creation of Redwood National Park (in 1968) and its expansion (in 1978), securing the funding for the Lake Sonoma/Warm Springs Dam project, the King Range National Recreation Area, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, establishing the 200 mile fishing limit off the US coasts, the forest products and wine industries, the rivers -especially Eel, Russian, and Klamath, Native American concerns, and aviation - especially aviation education. The photographs (1582 folders) are detailed in a database that is searchable in this finding aid.

Arrangement of the Collection

The bulk of the papers are from the second half of Clausen's terms. As Clausen rose in seniority and had more committee responsibilities the office operations became more complex. More records were generated, filing systems changed, and more records appear to have come from various filing systems. As the end of Clausen's congressional career approached, the district offices in Crescent City, Eureka, and Santa Rosa sent their files to the Washington office. During processing, it was not always possible to distinguish which files were from the Washington office and which were the district offices. Similarly it was not possible to determine where the files of an individual staff member begin or end. Generally the order of the files was not changed though some rearrangement of files was done for the Redwood National Park materials because many of these had already been deliberately brought together years before the formal processing began. The Redwood National Park files are now in general chronological order. Nevertheless some items relating to the Park are scattered through other files within the collection. When they were noticed during processing they were identified in a folder subtitle in square brackets [ ]. Other subject files that were grouped are Aviation Education, and matters concerning Native Americans and the Klamath and Trinity rivers. Most series have a general chronological order.

Don Clausen had a considerable amount of files at his Humboldt County home. These were likely the files nearest to him in his Washington office, and the files from his reelection campaign coordinators. They also include materials from his post-Congress activities. The materials from Clausen's home comprise a separate series ("From Don H. Clausen's Home") with an arrangement of sub-series that closely follows the arrangement in the larger part of the collection.

The necessary pace of the processing of this collection dictated that the original folders be retained, except for the Redwood National Park files and the photographs; the former because of the anticipated level of use and the latter for preservation purposes. Where date information was not on the folder we supplied it during processing by perusing the folder contents and noting the inclusive dates in brackets [ ] on the folder. Multiple copies of materials were weeded from the same file; usually two copies were kept and any with handwritten notations were retained as well. There often are, however, duplicate materials in other files as information about important or protracted matters appears in more than one file, and perhaps in more than one series.

Photographs make up a significant portion of the collection (Boxes 90-98 and 131-137). In anticipation of researchers' needs all available information about these photos was gathered into an Access database. Photographs in folders 0001 - 1310 had been maintained as a photo file in Clausen's office. The information from the labels, notes within the files, and notes on the back of these photographs were recorded in the database. When Don Clausen is in the image he is noted as DHC and M/M means Mr. and Mrs. In the few instances where misfiles were apparent to the cataloger they were left as found and noted in the database record. Photographs 1311-1399 were found in other files and were transferred to the Photograph Subseries. A removal slip was inserted in the original file. These photograph files have been given titles that reflect the file name where the photo was originally found. Most photographs are now rehoused in archival folders. A few large images are in frames. Where negatives were found with prints they were put in a separate box with the number assigned to the print also noted on the archival sleeve holding the negative. Time did not permit further research into the full names of persons or places recorded in the images. There are additional negatives, about 460, that have no identifying information and although they are retained in this series they have not been cataloged at the item level.

Most of the materials in the Constituent Services Series are on microfiche that was created while Clausen was still in office. Apparently the original documents were not retained after they were microfilmed. Some paper files are included and are placed after the microfiche; these files and some of the categories of microfiche are RESTRICTED because they contain personal/confidential information. Access to these restricted materials must have prior approval from the Special Collections Librarian and all research plans must incorporate methods that will protect the privacy of individuals.

Related Materials. Materials that are directly related to Don Clausen but are not part of his Congressional Papers have been included in the Collection, in Boxes 143-146. They are:


Container List


Series: Personal/Political/Official Series: Press Relations/Media Activities Series: Constituent Services - Most of the materials in this series are on microfiche. Some paper files are included after the fiche; these files and some of the categories of microfiche are restricted as they contain personal/confidential information. Access to these restricted materials must be arranged ahead of time with the Special Collections Librarian and all research plans must incorporate methods that will protect the privacy of individuals. See Constituent Services for more information.
Box 109 Box 110 Box 111 Box 112 Box 113
Series: Official Administration
Box 113:17-21
Series: From Don Clausen's Home Series: Oversized Boxes
Box 128 Box 129 Box 130 Box 131 (Boxes 131-137 may be searched in the Photograph Database) Box 132 Box 133 Box 134 Box 135 Box 136 Box 137 Box 138 Box 139 Box 140 Box 141 Box 142
Series: Related Materials
Box 143 Box 144 Box 145 Box 146

Related Works

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
of
DON H. CLAUSEN
Member of Congress 1963-1983

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

BUSINESS AND CAREER OCCUPATIONS

ACADEMIC DEGREES (Honorary)

ORGANIZATIONS – OFFICES HELD

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

CONGRESSIONAL AUTHOR AND CO-AUTHOR

UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Senior Ranking Member (Both Committees)
COMMITTEES AND SUB-COMMITTEES LEGISLATIVE JURISDICTION

PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION

INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS

Source of this document: Don H. Clausen


CONGRESSMAN DON H. CLAUSEN
AVIATION BIOGRAPHY

One of America’s Leading “Champions” of Aerospace – Aviation

1942-1945      

1946-1955      

1947-1962      

1963-1983      

Source of this document: Don H. Clausen, written in 1996


Subject Headings

Clausen, Don Holst
Redwood National Park (Calif.)—History
Warm Springs Dam
Lake Sonoma
Aeronautics—Study and teaching
California, Northern—History
California, Northern—Politics and government
Russian River
Eel River
Klamath River
King Range
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Last Updated: September 29, 2010
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