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The Resource Oral history interview with William B. Ross ..., by Enid Hart Douglass

Oral history interview with William B. Ross ..., by Enid Hart Douglass

Label
Oral history interview with William B. Ross ..., 1990
Title
Oral history interview with William B. Ross ...
Statement of responsibility
by Enid Hart Douglass
Inclusive dates
1990
Creator
Contributor
Interviewee
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
William Ross reviews his family background and education. He discusses the structure of his company, the division of responsibilities with Herbert Baus, use of polling, and the strategies employed for various political campaigns conducted for candidates and ballot issues. Mr. Ross talks about his business relationship with many prominent politicians: Sam Yorty, Norris Poulson, William Knowland, Pat Brown, George Christopher, Barry Goldwater, and Richard Nixon
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Additional physical form
Audiotape recording available in the California State Archives.
Biographical or historical data
William Ross was a political consultant from 1948 until his retirement in 1980. In 1937, after graduating from USC, he started his own public relations firm, W.B. Ross & Associates. In 1948, he entered into a partnership with Herbert M. Baus and established Baus and Ross Campaigns. Baus and Ross was one of the first political consulting firms in California, pioneering the use of polling, direct-mail campaigns, and widespread media coverage. The firm worked on various local and state issues, including public housing, school bond issues, and tax exemptions for nonprofit institutions. It also managed campaigns for elective offices at the state and local levels and presidential primaries in California for Republican candidates.
Cataloging source
CSA
Form designation
oral history transcript
Location of originals duplicates
  • The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
  • California State University, Sacramento. Library. University Archives.
  • California State University, Fullerton. Library. Oral History Program.
  • Honold Library for the Associated Colleges, Claremont, California.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Label
Oral history interview with William B. Ross ..., by Enid Hart Douglass
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Transcript of a seven hour interview conducted under the auspices of the Oral History Program, Claremont Graduate School, and the California State Archives, State Government Oral History Program
Cumulative index finding aids
Volume includes name index.
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
iv, 311 leaves, bound
Other physical details
port.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)214934383
  • ucoclc214934383
Terms governing use
Copyright to all program materials is assigned by the interviewee to both the Secretary of State, California State Archives, and the program's cooperating institutions. Copies of interview transcripts can be procured from the state Archives. Tape copies are not made for sale or for distribution outside the program.
Label
Oral history interview with William B. Ross ..., by Enid Hart Douglass
Publication
Note
Transcript of a seven hour interview conducted under the auspices of the Oral History Program, Claremont Graduate School, and the California State Archives, State Government Oral History Program
Cumulative index finding aids
Volume includes name index.
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
iv, 311 leaves, bound
Other physical details
port.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)214934383
  • ucoclc214934383
Terms governing use
Copyright to all program materials is assigned by the interviewee to both the Secretary of State, California State Archives, and the program's cooperating institutions. Copies of interview transcripts can be procured from the state Archives. Tape copies are not made for sale or for distribution outside the program.

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