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The Arthur Ohnimus Collection

THE ARTHUR A. OHNIMUS COLLECTION

The Collection

When Mr. Ohnimus passed away in March 1965, his wife Bernice carefully stored his vast personal collection of legislative documents, historic photos, newspaper clippings, and political memorabilia dating back to the 1890s. The items cover numerous interesting events in California history. When Bernice passed away in 2007, her estate donated the items to the Assembly Chief Clerk’s office for archiving. Please see links below.

On April 1, 2008, the Assembly honored the legacy of Arthur and Bernice Ohnimus and their families, by adopting House Resolution 28 (Nunez). A brochure and a 10-minute documentary video (links below) were produced to highlight the importance of this historic collection. The State Capitol Museum, in conjunction with the Joint Rules Committee, the Speaker’s Office, the Chief Clerk's Office, and California State Parks, staged an exhibit in the Capitol to showcase some of the materials in the collection. Over 3,000 people attended the five day exhibit in April 2008. Some of the items from the Collection are posted on this web page for educational purposes. Some of the photos in the Collection were posted courtesy of the Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center, the Sacramento Bee, and the California State Library-California History Room.

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Arthur Ohnimus Documentary Video - 10 minutes (wmv file 18.6 mb)

wmv icon 1958 Arthur Ohnimus audio inverview by Assembly Member Jack Beaver (19 minutes). Topics covered: role of Chief Clerk, history of women legislators, Assembly traditions, committee system, districts, differences between Assembly and Senate, Joe Beek, budget process, etc. Note: audio picks-up mid-way into the interview
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Information Brochure (pdf 17.4 mb)*

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Timeline and Interesting Facts (pdf 5,330 kb)*

Documents Thumb for Documents Collection

Documents

Ohnimus Thumb for Photos Collection

Photos

Scrapbook 1
Scrapbook 1
Scrapbook 2
Scrapbook 2
Scrapbook 3
Scrapbook 3
Loose Papers
Loose Papers
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House Resolution 28 adopted April 1, 2008 (pdf 79 kb)*

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