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David B. Filvaroff and Raymond E. Wolfinger Civil Rights Acts papers

 Collection — Box: 1-27, 28+
Identifier: MS-0173

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of contemporary internal files maintained by David Filvaroff in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Raymond Wolfinger who worked as special assistant to Senator Humphrey during consideration and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, interviews conducted following passage by Raymond Wolfinger of persons involved in the legislative process, and materials on civil rights following the 1964 act.


  • 1957-2000
  • Majority of material found within 1961-1968


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

David B. Filvaroff and Raymond E. Wolfinger Civil Rights Acts Papers, 1957-2000 (1961-1968 bulk) are open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. For executive branch materials, including Department of Justice materials, researchers may paraphrase with proper citation but may not quote from or reproduce these materials without agency permission, unless they are in the public domain. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Item in Box/folder 23.7 may not be photocopied or reproduced without permission from the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley.

Biographical Note - David B. Filvaroff

David B. Filvaroff was a Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General in 1963-1964. Mr. Filvaroff was dean of the University at Buffalo Law School from 1988 to 1992. He had a broad career in law including private practice and serving as a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court. He also taught at the law schools of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas.

Biographical Note - Raymond E. Wolfinger

Raymond E. Wolfinger, on leave from Stanford University in 1964, served as an assistant to Senator Hubert H. Humphrey who was House Majority Whip and floor manager of the Civil Rights bill as it made its way through the Senate. After the bill was passed in late July 1964, Mr. Wolfinger interviewed most of the major participants including members of the Executive branch, Congress, and outside groups. Mr. Wolfinger taught for ten years at Stanford and in 1971 began teaching at the University of California at Berkeley.

Who's Who

White House

  1. Kennedy, John F. - President
  2. O'Donnell, Kenneth - Special Assistant
  3. Sorenson, Theodore - Special Counsel and speechwriter
  4. White, Lee - Special Assistant Counsel
  5. Wofford, Harris - Special Assistant

Department of Justice

  1. Kennedy, Robert - Attorney General
  2. Katzenbach, Nicholas - Deputy Attorney General, chief negotiator for the Civil Rights Act
  3. Filvaroff, David - Special Assistant 1963-1964
  4. Dolan, Joseph - Assistant Deputy Attorney General
  5. Marshall, Burke - Assistant Attorney General in charge of Civil Rights Division
  6. Douglas, John - Assistant Attorney General in charge of Civil Division
  7. Raywid, Alan - Special Assistant

House of Representatives (controlled by Democrats)

  1. McCormack, John (D. MA) - Speaker of the House
  2. Halleck, Charles (R. IN) - Minority Leader
  3. Celler, Emanuel (D. NY) - Chair of Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee No. 5 & floor manager for Civil Rights bill
  4. McCulloch, William (R. OH) - ranking GOP member on Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee No. 5


  1. Mansfield, Mike (D. MT) - Majority Leader
  2. Ferris, Charles - Chief Counsel
  3. Dirksen, Everett - (R. IL) - Minority Leader, ranking member of Judiciary Committee
  4. Finn, Clyde - staff
  5. Waters, Bernie - staff
  6. Humphrey, Hubert H. (D. MN) - Majority whip & floor manager of the Civil Rights bill. Note: Southern Democrats controlled the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Eastland who refused to be floor manager so Mansfield appointed Humphrey.
  7. Stewart, John - Legislative Assistant
  8. Wolfinger, Raymond - Special Assistant
  9. Kuchel, Thomas (R. CA) - Minority whip & co-floor manager with Humphrey
  10. Horn, Stephen - Legislative Assistant


  1. Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) - group of 50+ labor and religious organizations joined to lobby Congress on the general issue of civil rights
  2. Biemiller, Andrew - LCCR (AFL-CIO)
  3. Biedler, Jack - assistant, labor lobbyist
  4. Cohen, David - Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)
  5. Lambert, Miller - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
  6. Mitchell, Clarence - LCCR, Director of Washington Office of NAACP
  7. Rauh, Joseph - LCCR, Vice Chairman of ADA
  8. Reuther, Walter - founder of ADA
  9. Wilkins, Roy - LCCR Chair, head of NAACP


A useful timeline of the 1960's Civil Rights Acts may be found here:


12.93 Linear Feet (27 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)


Contemporary papers kept by the creators during their service in the U.S. Attorney General's Office and on Senator Hubert Humphrey's staff during the consideration and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


This collection is arranged in seven series:

  1. Department of Justice Notebooks
  2. Department of Justice Memos and Correspondence
  3. Legislative History
  4. Clippings
  5. Wolfinger Interviews
  6. Post 1964 Materials
  7. Miscellaneous Files

Custodial History

Prior to donating his papers, Mr. Filvaroff, received Mr. Wolfinger's papers and all materials were boxed together without clarification as to their source. Where the processor was able to determine such, it is so noted.

Acquisition Information

Collection was donated by David B. Filvaroff in May 2009.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources in the University Archives

  1. MS 15, Lydia T. Wright Papers, 1883-1968
  2. 34/9/1071, Charles Haynie Papers, 1963-2002
  3. MS 10, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Buffalo Branch, Records, 1960-1973
  4. 21/F/551, Jacob D. Hyman Additional Papers, 1948-1979
  5. >MS 7, Citizens' Council on Human Relations Records, 1955-1992
  6. 22/33F/1088, Elwin H. Powell Papers, 1960-2001
  7. MS 76, Anthony W. Novitsky and Christopher Densmore Alternative Press Collection, 1963-2000, (1963-1989 bulk)

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Spencer, May 2010.


Finding Aid for the David B. Filvaroff and Raymond E. Wolfinger Civil Rights Acts papers
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Repository Details

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