Oakland Junior Chamber of Commerce Records, 1935-1978

Black and white photograph of four young men examining a mannequin
Members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce pose with a mannequin. Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Center.

The Oakland chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce (also called the Oakland Jaycees) was founded in 1929. Members were men between the ages of 21 and 35. Chapter presidents, elected annually, planned and oversaw meetings, events and programs for the year. Events and programs were evaluated by judges at the California statewide level. Assorted records dealing with events and programs are the core of the collection. Coverage begins in 1935 and ends in 1978; records for 1936-1939 and 1975-1976 are lacking.

The events and programs described in the collection reflect the social and cultural currents of the times, and range widely between recurring events (e.g., the Oakland Miss America pageant and the Oakland Mother of the Year contest) and individual programs on an array of topics including juvenile delinquency, urban renewal and building investment portfolios. A notable 1953 event coordinated with National Guard Day included U.S. army troops in mock battles at Lake Merritt.
(OHC COLL 2021-1)

31 boxes (17 linear feet)


Go here for a more detailed list of this collection's contents. 

Available at Oakland History Center, Main Library.  

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