THE ARTHUR A. OHNIMUS COLLECTION

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Bernice Ohnimus, 1968

Former Assembly Member Bill Bagley, Assembly Member Mervyn Dymally, and former Assembly Speaker Robert Monagan, April 1, 2008 Arthur Ohnimus ceremony in Assembly Chamber. (Photo by Krishnia Parker, Speaker's Office of Member Services)

Assembly Member Noreen Evans, former Assembly Member Bill Bagley, Assembly Member Patty Berg, and former Assembly Member Jerome Waldie, April 1, 2008 Arthur Ohnimus ceremony in Assembly Chamber. (Photo by Krishnia Parker, Speaker's Office of Member Services)

Assembly Member Patty Berg, and former Assembly Member Jerome Waldie, April 1, 2008 Arthur Ohnimus ceremony in Assembly Chamber. (Photo by Krishnia Parker, Speaker's Office of Member Services)

Appellate Justice Ronald Robie and former Assembly Chief Clerk R. Brian Kidney April 1, 2008 Arthur Ohnimus ceremony in Assembly Chamber. (Photo by Krishnia Parker, Speaker's Office of Member Services)

Former Assembly Member Jack Knox and Assembly Member Van Tran April 1, 2008 Arthur Ohnimus ceremony in Assembly Chamber. (Photo by Krishnia Parker, Speaker's Office of Member Services)

Assembly Member John Laird and former Assembly Speaker Robert Monagan April 1, 2008 Arthur Ohnimus ceremony in Assembly Chamber. (Photo by Krishnia Parker, Speaker's Office of Member Services)

Assembly Members John Laird and Noreen Evans with former Assembly Speaker Robert Monagan April 1, 2008 Arthur Ohnimus ceremony in Assembly Chamber. (Photo by Krishnia Parker, Speaker's Office of Member Services)

Former Assembly Member Jerome Waldie shaking hands with Assembly Member Karen Bass. Assembly Members Bill Emmerson and John Laird in background. April 1, 2008 Arthur Ohnimus ceremony in Assembly Chamber. (Photo by Krishnia Parker, Speaker's Office of Member Services)

Ohnimus, Wemple, Kayser, and Crutcher families accepting resolutions honoring the Bernice Ohnimus Wemple Crutcher estate donation of the Ohnimus Collection. April 1, 2008 Arthur Ohnimus ceremony in Assembly Chamber. (Photo by Krishnia Parker, Speaker's Office of Member Services)

Left to right: Assembly Member Michael Villines, Justice Robie, former Assembly Member Bill Bagley, Assembly Member Karen Bass, former Assembly Member Jack Knox, Assembly Member Mervyn Dymally, former Assembly Member Jerome Waldie, former Assembly Speaker Robert Monagan, former Chief Clerk R. Brian Kidney, Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Sally Lieber presiding at rostrum. April 1, 2008 Arthur Ohnimus ceremony in Assembly Chamber. (Photo by Krishnia Parker, Speaker's Office of Member Services)

Arthur Ohnimus exhibit, State Capitol Museum, week of April 1, 2008. Exhibit produced by State Capitol Museum in conjunction with the Assembly Speaker's office, Assembly Chief Clerk's office, California State Parks, Joint rules Committee, and the California State Library.

Arthur Ohnimus exhibit, State Capitol Museum, week of April 1, 2008. Exhibit produced by State Capitol Museum in conjunction with the Assembly Speaker's office, Assembly Chief Clerk's office, California State Parks, Joint Rules Committee, and the California State Library.

Arthur Ohnimus exhibit, State Capitol Museum, week of April 1, 2008. Exhibit produced by State Capitol Museum in conjunction with the Assembly Speaker's office, Assembly Chief Clerk's office, California State Parks. Joint Rules Committee, and the California State Library.

Arthur Ohnimus exhibit, State Capitol Museum, week of April 1, 2008. Exhibit produced by State Capitol Museum in conjunction with the Assembly Speaker's office, Assembly Chief Clerk's office, California State Parks, Joint Rules Committee, and the California State Library.

Arthur Ohnimus exhibit, State Capitol Museum, week of April 1, 2008. Exhibit produced by State Capitol Museum in conjunction with the Assembly Speaker's office, Assembly Chief Clerk's office, California State Parks, Joint Rules Committee, and the California State Library.

Arthur Ohnimus exhibit, State Capitol Museum, week of April 1, 2008. Exhibit produced by State Capitol Museum in conjunction with the Assembly Speaker's office, Assembly Chief Clerk's office, California State Parks, Joint Rules Committee, and the California State Library.

Arthur Ohnimus exhibit, State Capitol Museum, week of April 1, 2008. Exhibit produced by State Capitol Museum in conjunction with the Assembly Speaker's office, Assembly Chief Clerk's office, California State Parks, Joint Rules Committee, and the California State Library.

Arthur Ohnimus exhibit, State Capitol Museum, week of April 1, 2008. Exhibit produced by State Capitol Museum in conjunction with the Assembly Speaker's office, Assembly Chief Clerk's office, California State Parks, Joint Rules Committee, and the California State Library.

Plaque on redwood tree in Capitol Park planted in honor of Arthur Ohnimus in 1973 pursuant to Assembly Concurrent Resolution 93.



 

Chief Clerk Arthur Ohnimus, former Speaker Charles Lyons, Supt. of Bldgs and Grounds George Killiam (retiring after 25 years), 1947.

Ohnimus as Asst. DA in SF Courtroom, circa 1930s

Ohnimus as Asst. DA in SF Courtroom, circa 1930s (with lady)

Ohnimus at dais, convening session circa 1940s

Ohnimus at a young man, circa 1910s

Ohnimus with Bernice in kitchen, circa early 1960s

Ohnimus with clerk staff, at his desk. Clerk's office, circa 1960.

Ohnimus at desk with a legislative staffer, circa 1955 (color)

Ohnimus at desk with clerk staff, circa 1955 (color)

Eleanor Donoghue, Minute Clerk, circa 1950s

Bernice Wemple Ohnimus at home, circa late 1950s

Bernice Ohnimus at home with lady, circa late 1950s

Arthur and Bernice Ohnimus outside, circa 1960

Arthur and Bernice Ohnimus and lady in kitchen, circa late 1950s

Ohnimus at desk, clerk's office, circa late 1950s

Bernice Ohnimus modeling coat at home, circa late 1950s

Ohnimus in chair at home, circa late 1950s

Ohnimus reviewing the rules with incoming Chief Clerk James Driscoll in 1963. Sacramento Bee, Oct 8, 1963. Photo posted with permission of Sacramento Bee.

Arthur Ohnimus, Charles Johnson, and Harvey Chester on set of television show, circa 1950s. Harvey Chester is listed in 1957 Handbook as accredited press representative for KCCC-TV.

Unknown persons performing oath ceremony in Assembly Chambers, circa 1950s

Assembly Speaker L.H. Lincoln (right) & Speaker pro Tempore Thomas Maloney (left), 1955 or 1956 (autographed)

Ohnimus in front of voting display board in Chamber, approximately 1955-58

 

Speaker Ralph Brown and Speaker pro Tempore Carlos Bee at rostrum. Desk staff (left to right: (unknown sitting), Stuart Hall (standing), James Driscoll (Chief Assistant Clerk), (unknown sitting), Chief Clerk Arthur Ohnimus, Minute Clerk Eleanor Donoghue, File Clerk Ruth Riley, (unknown standing),  and (unknown sitting)) circa 1959-61. (Driscoll was intern/fellow in 1957-58, on desk staff 1959-1963; Hall was intern/fellow in 1959). (McCurry photo posted with permission of Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center)

Assembly Rules Committee in 1961: Jerome Waldie, Eugene Nisbet, Jack Schrade, Chief Clerk/CAO Arthur Ohnimus, Augustus Hawkins (Chair), Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms Wes Munroe, Rules Committee Secretary Peggy James, Fiscal Officer John Saylor, Tom Bane, Harold T. Sedgwick, Charles J. Conrad, Speaker Ralph M. Brown.

 

Rules Committee in February 1963: Jack Casey, Lou Cusanovich, Gordon Cologne, Arthur Ohnimus, Tom Bane (Chairman), (unknown secretary), (unknown), James L. Holmes, Myron Frew, Jerome Waldie. -COLOR version.

Assembly Rules Committee in February 1963: Jack Casey, Lou Cusanovich, Gordon Cologne, Arthur Ohnimus, Tom Bane (Chairman), (unknown secretary), (unknown), James L. Holmes, Myron Frew, Jerome Waldie. -B&W version.

Assembly Leadership/Rules Committee in Room 4202 on February 8, 1962. Showing Jerome Waldie, John T. Knox, Tom Bane, Eugene Nisbet, Carlos Bee, Augustus Hawkins, Speaker Jesse Unruh, Jack Schrade, Charles Conrad, Harold Sedgwick, Asst. Sgt at Arms Wes Munroe, Fiscal Officer John Saylor, Rules secretary Peggy James, Chief Clerk/CAO Arthur Ohnimus. -COLOR version

Assembly Leadership/Rules Committee in Room 4202 on February 8, 1962. Showing Jerome Waldie, John T. Knox, Tom Bane, Eugene Nisbet, Carlos Bee, Augustus Hawkins, Speaker Jesse Unruh, Jack Schrade, Charles Conrad, Harold Sedgwick, Asst. Sgt at Arms Wes Munroe, Fiscal Officer John Saylor, Rules secretary Peggy James, Chief Clerk/CAO Arthur Ohnimus. -B&W version

Rules Committee in 1961: Jerome Waldie, Eugene Nisbet, Jack Schrade, Chief Clerk/CAO Arthur Ohnimus, Augustus Hawkins (Chair), Assistant Sgt. at Arms Wes Munroe, Rules Committee Secretary Peggy James, Fiscal Officer John Saylor, Tom Bane, Harold Sedgwick, Charles Conrad, Speaker Ralph Brown. -COLOR version

Rules Committee in 1961: Jerome Waldie, Eugene Nisbet, Jack Schrade, Chief Clerk/CAO Arthur Ohnimus, Augustus Hawkins (Chair), Assistant Sgt. at Arms Wes Munroe, Rules Committee Secretary Peggy James, Fiscal Officer John Saylor, Tom Bane, Harold Sedgwick, Charles Conrad, Speaker Ralph Brown. -B&W version

Rules Committee in 1960: Speaker Ralph Brown (ex officio), Jerome Waldie, Eugene Nisbet, Jack Schrade, Chief Clerk/CAO Arthur Ohnimus, Richard Hanna (Chair), (unknown secretary), Augustus Hawkins, Harold Sedgwick, Charles Conrad, Majority Floor Leader William Munnell (ex officio) -COLOR version

Rules Committee in 1960: Speaker Ralph Brown (ex officio), Jerome Waldie, Eugene Nisbet, Jack Schrade, Chief Clerk/CAO Arthur Ohnimus, Richard Hanna (Chair), (unknown secretary), Augustus Hawkins, Harold Sedgwick, Charles Conrad, Majority Floor Leader William Munnell (ex officio) -B&W version

Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms Tony Beard, Chief Clerk/CAO Arthur Ohnimus, Minute Clerk Eleanor Donoghue, approximately 1963.

Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Thomas Maloney and Ohnimus, approximately 1955.

Ohnimus calling the Assembly to order, Feb 4, 1962.

Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms Tony Beard, Chief Clerk/CAO Arthur Ohnimus, Minute Clerk Eleanor Donoghue, circa 1963.

Assemblymen William S. Grant, Harold K. Levering & Chief Clerk Arthur Ohnimus, circa 1958-61

 

Ohnimus with Assemblyman Bill Bagley, circa 1961-63.

Redwood gavel presented by Assemblyman Belotti to Rules Committee Chairman Gus Hawkins in 1961.

Ohnimus circa 1961

September 1959: Assemblyman Charles Meyers presents resolution to Capitol workers. Arthur Ohnimus, Chief Clerk; AC Morrison, Chief Deputy Leg Counsel; Joe Maloney, Asst Bill Room Supervisor; Edith MacNair, legislative secretary to the Speaker; Merle Bierney, chief telephone operator; Western Munroe, First Deputy St at Arms; Grace Stall, chief stenographer; Warner Van Gundy, Capitol garage attendant; Vincent Strei, Chief of State Police. (Assemblyman Meyers in center with dark suit).

September 1959. Assemblyman Charles Meyers presents resolution to Capitol workers. Arthur Ohnimus, Chief Clerk; AC Morrison, Chief Deputy Leg Counsel; Joe Maloney, Asst Bill Room Supervisor; Edith MacNair, legislative secretary to the Speaker; Merle Bierney, chief telephone operator; Western Munroe, First Deputy Sgt at Arms; Grace Stall, chief stenographer; Warner Van Gundy, Capitol garage attendant; Vincent Strei, Chief of State Police.

Arthur Ohnimus with freshman Assemblyman Don Anderson (R-LA) and Lou Cusanovich (R-LA).

Governor Warren greeting students in Capitol, circa late 1940s

Ohnimus in Chamber, circa 1930s

Ohnimus shown in Assembly Chamber (c. 1943-45)

 

Ohnimus at his desk in annex office, circa 1950s

Ohnimus at his desk in annex office, circa 1950s

Assemblyman Caspar Weinberger introducing ACA 1, which would separate liquor control from the Board of Equalization and create new department to handle liquor laws. Pictured with Chief Clerk Ohnimus. (March 2, 1954 Sacramento Bee). Photo posted with permission of Sacramento Bee.

Ohnimus in Chamber, circa 1930s

Ohnimus presenting resolution to Assemblyman Elywn Bennett (D-LA), circa 1943-50.

Ohnimus at home, circa 1950s in his Lewis Apartment flat, 11th and N Street in Sacramento.

Ohnimus presiding, circa late 1940s-early 1950s.

Assembly Chamber during youth group mock session in the 1950s.

Ohnimus at a Member's desk in Assembly Chamber, 1925.

Assembly Member N.V. Wemple, 1925 (father of Bernice Wemple Ohnimus).

Ohnimus at Member's desk in Assembly Chamber, 1923 (his first year as Chief Clerk).

Arthur Ohnimus (in middle), San Francisco, circa 1899. Caption: "George, Arthur, Edmund, Sam the goat."

Ohnimus in Assembly Chamber, circa 1930s

Ohnimus circa 1961

Ohnimus at Chamber desk, circa 1943-46.

Ohnimus with Desk staff, late 1940 (1947-52)

Ohnimus with USAF serviceman, circa 1950s.

Ohnimus with USAF servicemen, circa 1950s.

Ohnimus in front of vote panels, circa 1959-61.

Ohnimus in Assembly Chamber, circa 1960

Birthday cake presented to Arthur Ohnimus on the Floor of the Assembly on his 70th birthday, June 1963. He remained as Chief Clerk until October 1963 when he retired. Speaker Unruh brought him back on contract with the Assembly Rules Committee in February 1964 to revise the Assembly Rules.)

Senator Dan E. Williams (Bernice Wemple was his secretary in 1933.)

 

Ohnimus at Assembly Desk microphone in March 1941.

Telegram from Board of Equalization Member Paul Leake to Bernice Ohnimus Crutcher regarding recent marriage and retirement, August 27, 1968.

The California Senate in session, c. 1940s.

1940s photo showing  Joseph Beek and Paul Mason during a session of the California Senate. Mr. Beek is standing at the reading clerk’s podium and Mr. Mason is seated on the stool in front of the President of the Senate.


Mr. Beek was Secretary of the Senate for 47 years and founded the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries, the first national organization for legislative staff. Paul Mason was the Chief Assistant Secretary of the Senate and authored the Constitutional History of California and the Manual of Legislative Procedure. Mason’s Manual is now used as the parliamentary authority by most state legislatures.

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