Series 5 - Politics


Series 5 - Politics


As a professional and community leader, Colley used all resources available to him, including politics. In 1956, Colley campaigned for the California State Senate, and between 1961 and 1962, he sat on President John F. Kennedy’s Committee on Discrimination for the U.S. Armed Forces. Colley was a member of the California State Democratic Central Committee and the Sacramento County Democratic Central Committee. In 1972, he was the Northern California Chairman of the Humphrey for President Campaign. Throughout his career, governors and other officials courted Colley’s support, recognizing his well-respected and far-reaching role in the community.

Collection Items

California State Senate Campaign Speech
California State Senate Campaign speech, 1956.

Colley for State Senator
Colley for State Senator bumper sticker, 1956.

Vote for Nathaniel S. Colley
Newspaper advertisement for Nathaniel Colley's California State Senate campaign, 1956.

'Kennedy for President'
A newspaper advertisement for John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign, October 1960.

LBJ on the Campaign Trail
A black and white photogrpah of Sen. Clair Engle, Eddie Hall, Nathaniel Colley, Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, Clarence Canson, Rev. Joseph Williams, Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, November 1960

Letter from JFK
Letter from John F. Kennedy to Nathaniel Colley, November 1960.

Invitation to Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy
Invitation to the Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, January 1961.

Colley with California Leaders
A black and white photograph of Nathaniel Colley, Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, and Sen. Clair Engle, c. 1962.

'He Killed Our Lincoln'
Speech written by Nathaniel Colley following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 1964.

Letter from Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown
Letter from Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, November 1962.
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