Campus: CSU Bakersfield -- November 25, 2002
Wyman Collection Comes to CSU Bakersfield
Assemblyman Phil Wyman, R-Tehachapi, is donating his collection of
legislative records to the Walter Stiern Library at California State
Wyman, whose long legislative service to Kern County ends next week, said
the collection of documents is about 80,000 pages. "The collection includes
copies of every bill I introduced — the ones that made it and the ones that
didn't — plus letters and all my news releases," Wyman said. "It's
a complete history of my legislative service. It's a unique collection because no
one has donated a complete legislative history to the Stiern Library
Wyman said much of the material involves San Joaquin Valley issues. "My
hope is that this gift will be the impetus for a Central Valley repository to
be venued at the Stiern Library for people to research Central Valley
issues," he said. "This collection will be a great resource for
research." He said the collection could provide valuable insights into
such issues as water, agriculture, oil, air quality, transportation and growth.
Wyman was first elected to the California Assembly in 1978, and represented
Kern County in the Assembly until 1992. Wyman was elected to the state Senate
in a 1993 special election. He served in the Senate for two years, before losing
a close race to Jim Costa in 1994. He then was elected to the Assembly in 2000,
and completes his legislative service on Nov. 30.
The outgoing assemblyman credited CSUB Foundation board member Joan Dezember
with helping facilitate the donation of his legislative papers to the Stiern
Library. He and Dezember discussed in September the possibility of creating
an archive of former legislators' files at the Walter Stiern Library. The
proposal also interested legislative archivist Ralph Romo who has visited
Bakersfield to discuss the project. In October Wyman and Dezember presented
the proposal to CSUB President Tomas Arciniega, political science professor
Stanley Eugene Clark and CSUB Information Resources Vice President Wendell
Barbour, who expressed an immediate interest in the project, and were delighted
for the donation.
Wyman has urged former Assemblyman Trice Harvey and former state Sen. Don
Rogers to donate their papers to the library for inclusion in the archive. He
also intends to encourage Sen.-elect Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, who is moving
to the Senate after six years in the Assembly; and outgoing state Sen. Chuck
Poochigian, R-Fresno, to donate their collections of legislative papers to the
He also made an effort to find the late state Sen. Walter Stiern's collection
of legislative papers, but found that the papers are scattered in three or four
locations, none in the library that is his namesake.
"It is my hope that present and future generations of lawmakers and the
public have these relevant historical documents to make sound decisions and
policies that affect our great San Joaquin Valley and all if its unique
qualities," he said.
Curt Asher, special collections coordinator at the Stiern Library, said the
Wyman collection was a windfall for the university. "These records will
be of great value for students of local history and public policy," he
said. "We're most grateful that Assemblyman Wyman has donated his records
to the Stiern Library."
CSUB President Tomas Arciniega also expressed his thanks to Wyman for the
donation. "This is a wonderful gift from a man who has served this county
long and faithfully," he said. "We're just so pleased that
Assemblyman Wyman has made available his legislative work for scholarly
Wyman is a Tehachapi native and still makes his home there. A fourth
generation Californian, Wyman graduated from the University of California, Davis
and received his law degree from the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School
of Law. His family has business and farming ventures in the Tehachapi area.
Wyman's legislative collection is available both in its original paper form and
as PDF files on CDs in the library. Wyman used campaign contributions to pay for
copying the documents onto the CDs.
For more information about the Wyman legislative collection at the Walter
Stiern Library, please call Asher at (661) 664-3251.