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Guide to the Common Sense Foundation Records, 1983-2008 and undated

Abstract

Progressive policy think-tank based in North Carolina.

Spanning the years 1983 to 2008, the Common Sense Foundation (CSF) Records contain manuscript, print, audiovisual, and electronic materials related to the foundation's administration and work on various policy initiatives, which include the death penalty, taxation and economic justice, the environment, gay rights, health care, testing in public schools and other education issues, the tobacco industry, and North Carolina politics. The collection primarily contains clippings, reports, administrative documents, and correspondence, including emails, and is organized into the following series: Administrative Files, Audiovisual Materials, Board of Directors, Photographs, Printed Materials, Research Files, Staff Files, and Website. The largest group of materials relates to CSF's research on public policy. Several thousand electronic files in the collection have been migrated to a library server. Acquired as part of the Human Rights Archive at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Common Sense Foundation.
Title
Common Sense Foundation records 1983-2008 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
19.0 Linear Feet, Approximately 11,625 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Spanning the years 1983 to 2008, the Common Sense Foundation Records contain manuscript, print, audiovisual, and electronic materials related to CSF's administration and work on various policy initiatives, which include the death penalty, taxation and economic justice, the environment, gay rights, health care, testing in public schools and other education issues, health care, the tobacco industry, and North Carolina politics, and many other civil rights issues. The collection primarily contains clippings, reports, administrative documents, and correspondence, including emails, and is organized into the following series: Administrative Files, Audiovisual Materials, Board of Directors, Photographs, Printed Materials, Research Files, Staff Files, and Website. The largest group of materials relates to CSF's research on public policy. Thousands of electronic files representing materials related to the series in the collection have been migrated to a library server. Files must be screened for confidential material before use can be granted.

Several series focus on the administration of the foundation. In addition to documenting the foundation's bylaws and history, the Administrative Files Series contains documents related to CSF's finances and membership, sponsorship of events, strategic planning, and personnel. Related material can also be found in the Staff Files Series. The administration and strategic plan of the foundation is also treated in the Board of Directors Series (closed until 2020), which contains minutes of board meetings and information about board members. The Photographs Series houses images of CSF events.

Other series document the foundation's policy initiatives. The Printed Materials Subseries contains copies of works published by CSF, clippings of articles written by CSF staff, and publications on related topics printed by other organizations. Organized by topic, the Research Files Series contains files related to the foundation's research and organizing work, principally on the death penalty, economic issues, fair testing in public schools, North Carolina politicians, and health care. Primarily containing clippings and reports, this series also includes letters written by incarcerated people to CSF, and includes the foundation's survey of lawyers who represented death row inmates. The Audiovisual Materials Series contains videocassettes related to CSF's policy initiatives and that document foundation-sponsored events. CSF's presence on the internet is documented in the Website Series, which contains both policy and administrative material.

Acquired as part of the Human Rights Archive at Duke University.

Administrative Information

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Some materials in the collection are closed. The Board of Director Series is closed until June 8, 2020.

Electronic records have been migrated to a library server. To request access, please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection. Files must be screened for confidential material before use can be granted.

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Contents of the Collection

Administrative Files Series, 1994-2008

(9 boxes and 3234 electronic files)

Contains electronic and paper files concerning the general operations of the foundation. Arranged into subseries on Fundraising and Membership, Events and Projects, Meetings and Planning, Personnel, and Other documents. Some related documents can also be found in the Staff Files Series.

Contains electronic and paper files related to projects and events sponsored by the foundation. Events include invited speakers, meetings with legislators, house parties to promote membership and/or particular causes, and Message Madness, a grassroots training program for activists and non-profits. Other materials relate to CSF's participation in the Peace List Enhancement Action Project (LEAP) and the North Carolina Alliance for Economic Justice (NCAEJ). Documents include mailings, handouts, attendance lists, and planning materials. Folders are arranged by topic and then chronologically.

[Electronic records have been migrated to a library server. To request access, please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection. Files must be screened for confidential material before use can be granted.]

Guest register for An Uncommon Evening, 1995 Nov 4
Box 1
Events, 1997-2003
(24 folders)
Box 1
Legislative web project, 2002
Box 1
Message Madness, 1997-2007
(11 of 17 folders)
Box 1
Message Madness, 1997-2007
(6 of 17 folders)
Box 2
North Carolina Alliance for Economic Justice, 2002-2003
(5 folders)
Box 2
Peace LEAP, 2001-2007
(6 folders)
Box 2

[Records have been migrated to a library server. To request access, please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection. Files must be screened for confidential material before use can be granted.]

Calendars
(3 folders, 15 files, 523 KB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Special Events
(22 folders, 125 files, 9.26 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Message Madness
(6 folders, 67 files, 2.40 MB)
Electronic Folder Message Madness

Contains electronic and paper files related to the foundation's finances and membership. Documents include budgets, donor and member lists, and grant applications. Folders are arranged by topic and then chronologically.

Donor and member lists and mailings, 2000-2002
(12 of 32 folders)
Box 2
Donor and member lists and mailings, 2000-2002
(20 of 32 folders)
Box 3
Grant applications, 1996-2008
(10 of 24 folders)
Box 3
Grant applications, 1996-2008
(14 of 24 folders)
Box 4

[Records have been migrated to a library server. To request access, please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection. Files must be screened for confidential material before use can be granted.]

Database
(3 folders, 45 files, 209 MB)
Electronic Folder Database
Accounting and Finances
(20 folders, 118 files, 16.5 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
CES DataBase
(6 files, 19.8 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Donors
(2 folders, 10 files, 838 KB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Foundation Foundations
(3 files, 74.5 KB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Grant Research
(5 files, 139 KB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Insurance
(5 files, 718 KB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Invoices
(16 files, 473 KB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Proposals
(10 folders, 50 files, 1.68 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Thank You
(15 files, 2.83 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Monthly Renewals
(7 folders, 68 files, 2.09 MB)
Electronic Folder Monthly Renewals
Sales Tax Refund
(5 files, 439 KB)
Electronic Folder Sales Tax Refund

Contains electronic and paper files produced during staff meetings and retreats as well as those related to the foundation's mission and strategic plan. Folders are arranged by topic and then chronologically.

Staff meetings and retreats, 2000-2003
(10 folders)
Box 4
Strategic planning, 2000-2001
(17 folders)
Box 4

[Records have been migrated to a library server. To request access, please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection. Files must be screened for confidential material before use can be granted.]

StratPlan 2000
(8 folders, 47 files, 2.03 MB)
Electronic Folder StratPlan 2000

Contains miscellaneous administrative electronic and paper files. Folders are arranged by topic and then chronologically.

Academic advisory committee, 1997
Box 5
Articles of incorporation, 1994
(2 folders)
Box 5
By-laws, 2002
(2 folders)
Box 5
Charitable solicitation license, 1999-2007
(2 folders)
Box 5
Correspondence, 1995-2008
(6 folders)
Box 5
CSF accomplishments, 1999
Box 5
Event planning, 2002
(2 folders)
Box 5
Instructions for technology and mailings, 2000-2004
(10 folders)
Box 5
Journal, 2000-2001
(3 folders)
Box 5
Logo redesign, 2000
Box 5
Other documents, 1996-2007
(5 folders)
Box 5
North Carolina non-profit letter, 1995
Box 5
Office property, 2002-2007
(2 folders)
Box 5
Resources for non-profits, 2000-2006
(9 folders)
Box 6
Speeches, 1994-2005
(8 folders)
Box 6
Talk shows, 1995
(3 folders)
Box 6

[Records have been migrated to a library server. To request access, please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection. Files must be screened for confidential material before use can be granted.]

Contact Numbers & Lists
(14 files, 1.61 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Faxes
(4 files, 186 KB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Letterheads, Coversheets, Labels, Templates, etc
(36 files, 1.20 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Letters
(14 files, 3.88 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Logos and Brochure
(17 files, 3.73 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Manuals
(8 files, 1.24 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Old Word, Access, Excel Docs
(4 folders, 37 files, 5.68 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Research\Academic Advisory Committee
(13 files, 506 KB)
Electronic Folder General Admin

Contains electronic and paper files related to staff, interns, and volunteers. Documents include job descriptions, recruitment efforts, publicity, and policy manuals. Personally-identifiable personnel records and search committee materials with personal information have been removed. Folders are arranged by topic and then chronologically.

Personnel and staff management files, 1999-2008
(9 folders)
Box 6

[Records have been migrated to a library server. To request access, please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection. Files must be screened for confidential material before use can be granted.]

Personnel and Staff Related
(289 folders, 2,631 files, 44.5 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin

Contains videocassettes that document Common Sense Foundation events or are related to policy initiatives, such as the death penalty and education.

[Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use of these materials may require production of listening or viewing copies. Please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection.]

Communications Is What It's All About! Raleigh, NC: TMP Video Communications, 1996
Box 7
The Death Penalty Glasgow, Scotland: Media Services, undated
Box 7
Effective School Partnerships: Easy as 1-2-3. Running time: 16:30. [NC]: Parent Partners, undated
Box 7
Fair testing commission, Durham, 2001 May 17
Box 7
Going to the Well. Running time: 12:18. Washington DC: Advocacy Institute, undated
Box 7
Health in America: Search for a Cure. Running time: 57:00. Introduction by Dr. Charles Sanders, undated
Box 7
The Great Limbaugh Con. Running time: 47:50. Raleigh, NC: The Common Sense Foundation, 1994
Box 7
High stakes testing, undated
Box 7
L & E Research, Inc. 5:30 pm, 2006 June 29
Box 7
L & E Research, Inc. 7:30 pm, 2006 June 29
Box 7
Legislative Week in Review, Episode 816, May 11, 2001. Produced by Mary Kannan DeMolli. Research Triangle Park, NC: UNCTV, 2001
Box 7
AT issue lottery, undated
Box 7
Message Madness, undated
Box 7
Media Training: Common Sense, El Pueblo, Acorn, 2006 July 11
Box 7
Media Training: Action for Children, NC Voter Ed, Common Sense, 2007 Feb. 14
Box 7
No Other Choice, undated
Box 8
Predatory lending practices news coverage. Running time: 27:26, 1997-1998
Box 8
People, Pigs & Politics: Cleaning Up the Hog Industry in North Carolina. Running time: 19:00. Charlottesville, VA: Southern Environmental Law Center, 1998
Box 8
Testing forum - Charlotte, 2001 Oct. 18
(2 videocassettes)
Box 8
Testing forum - Greensboro, 2001 Oct. 10
Box 8
Testing forum - Wilmington, 2001 Sept. 20
Box 8
The Unmet Promise. [NC]: Legal Services of North Carolina, Inc., undated
Box 8
Unlabeled videocassettes
(4 items)
Box 8

Board of Directors Series, 1996-2008

(2 boxes and 270 electronic files)

Contains electronic and paper files concerning the Foundation's Board of Directors, including minutes of board meetings and retreats. Arranged in original order as received.

[Records in this series are CLOSED until June 8, 2020.]

Articles of incorporation
Box 9
Executive committee
(2 folders)
Box 9
Member survey
Box 9
Board development committee
Box 9
Bylaws
(2 folders)
Box 9
Rebecca High
Box 9
New board member info
Box 9
Board bios
Box 9
Board packets
(3 folders)
Box 9
Board member expectations
Box 9
Board labels
Box 9
Board member job description
Box 9
Board development
Box 9
Helpful tips
Box 9
Mission Statement
Box 9
Board recruitment
Box 9
Board fundraising
Box 9
Advisory committee
Box 9
Clips, 2001
Box 9
Succession planning
Box 9
Meeting schedule
Box 9
Board how-to
Box 9
Work plan
Box 9
Old board info
Box 9
Budget information
(7 folders)
Box 9
Board meeting minutes and notes, 1996-2008
(6 of 40 folders)
Box 9
Board meeting minutes and notes 1996-2008
(34 of 40 folders)
Box 10
Board retreat files, 1998-2005
(6 folders)
Box 10

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Board
(3 files 139 KB)
Electronic Folder Alison
Board
(30 folders, 182 files, 7.30 MB)
Electronic Folder Board
Board of Directors
(49 files, 1.72 MB)
Electronic Folder Brian
ChrisF\CSF\Board
(36 files, 882 KB)
Electronic Folder Former Employees

Photographs Series, 2002-2006 and undated

(3 folders and 179 electronic files)

Contains print and electronic photographs of foundation speakers and events, especially Message Madness.

Message Madness, undated
(12 prints)
Box 11
2002 Feb. 25
(22 prints)
Box 11
CD-Rom
Box 11

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My Pictures
(18 folders, 91 files, 164 MB)
Electronic Folder Brian
CSF Pics
(88 files, 113 MB)
Electronic Folder Brian

Printed Material Series, 1983-2008

(5 boxes and 1613 electronic files)

Contains a wide variety of publications in both print and electronic form. Includes reports, periodicals, flyers, and pamphlets published by the Common Sense Foundation, such as The Journal of Common Sense and Common Sense Says.... Also includes publications printed by other organizations and clippings of articles written by Chris Fitzsimon, the foundation's first director, as well as articles that mention the foundation. Materials relate to a variety of the foundation's policy initiatives, such as fair testing, the death penalty, and workers' rights. Organized into Clippings, Common Sense Foundation Publications, and Other Publications subseries, the materials are in original order as received.

From The Left, Chris Fitzsimon's monthly column in the Triangle Business Journal, 1996-1999
(66 folders)
Box 11
Fitzsimon's articles in The Charlotte Observer
Box 11
Fitzsimon's articles in The Independent
Box 11
Fitzsimon's articles in The News and Observer
Box 11
Fitzsimon's articles in The Spectator
(3 folders)
Box 11
Articles written by Jim Jenson
Box 11
TV news clips referring to CSF
Box 11
News clippings referring to CSF, 1997-2002
(33 of 45 folders)
Box 11
News clippings referring to CSF, 1997-2002
(12 of 45 folders)
Box 12

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News Items
(71 folders, 1,017 files, 4.84 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Common Sense Foundation Publication list, 2000, winter
Box 12
Common Sense Says..., Vols. 1-10, 1998-2007
(18 folders)
Box 12
Common Sense Notes, 1995-1996
(3 folders)
Box 12
Journal of Common Sense, Vols. 1-6, 1995-
(5 of 23 folders)
Box 12
Journal of Common Sense, Vols. 1-6, 1995-2001
(18 of 23 folders)
Box 13
The Plain Truth, 2001-2002, 2006
(3 folders)
Box 13
The State of the Worker in North Carolina, 2000
Box 13
Race and the Death Penalty, 1993-1997
(2 folders)
Box 13
Liberty and Justice For All, a study of LGBT issues, 2005
Box 13
Common Sense Guide to the General Assembly, 1995
(1 of 2 folders)
Box 13
Common Sense Guide to the General Assembly, 1995
(1 of 2 folders)
Box 14
Common Sense Guide to the General Assembly, 1999-2000
Box 14
Local TV News, report,1998
Box 14
Public opinion survey, 2005
Box 14
Schools press release, 1999
Box 14
AIDs press release, 2002
Box 14
Sentencing press release, 2003
Box 14
State of the worker and death penalty postcards
Box 14
Consider This flyer
Box 14
Workers' rights flyers
Box 14
LGBT issues and lobbying reform flyers
Box 14
Fair testing flyers
Box 14
Common Sense in the News flyers
Box 14
Death penalty brochure
Box 14
Diskettes
Box 14

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Research\CS Says
(35 folders, 188 files, 17.4 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Publications
(39 folders, 408 files, 12.9 MB)
Electronic Folder Publications
The New Right in the States, 1983
Box 14
Rethinking Rural Development
Box 14
Back on Track, 2006
Box 14
Conservative Citizen, 2006 Spring and Fall
Box 14
Improving Your Business Climate, 1996
Box 14
Life or Death Matter, article from The Charlotte Observer, 2002 Oct. 22
Box 14
The Achievement Gap 2001: A Progress Report
Box 14
How to Change Health Policies Affecting North Carolina Consumers, by Pam Silberman, J.D., Ph.D.
Box 14
Mining the Golden Years, in The Independent, 1997 Apr. 30-May 6
Box 14
Public employees and testing flyers
Box 14
QNotes: LGBT News and Views, 2007 Oct. 6 - Nov. 17
Box 14
QNotes: LGBT News and Views, 2007 Dec. 1 - 2008 Jan. 21
Box 15
Mental Illness and the Death Penalty, 2006
Box 15
Understanding Capital Punishment, 2003 Mar.
Box 15
Not in our Name: Murder Victims' Families Speak out Against the Death Penalty, 2003
Box 15
Working Hard is Not Enough,1997
Box 15
Bulletin of the Friends of Thomas Paine, 2006-2008
Box 15
Assorted reports and surveys
(3 folders)
Box 15
Assorted other periodicals
Box 15
Non-Profit periodicals
Box 15
Non-profit guides
Box 15

Research Files Series, 1993-2008

(16 boxes and 282 electronic files)

Contains electronic and paper research files related to the foundation's policy initiatives. Folders are arranged into subseries by topic and then chronologically. Some related documents can also be found in the Staff Files Series.

Electronic and paper files are primarily related to the foundation's work in opposition to the death penalty in North Carolina. Contains work related to Death Penalty Project 2000, a 2006 Capital Defense survey of lawyers, and a 2007 study of the death penalty and mental illness. Prominent defendants are: Zane Hill, Ricky Lee Sanderson, Charles Munsey, Wendell Flowers, Bobby Lee Harris, Henry Lee McCollum, Willy Fisher, Ernest McCarver, and Henry Lee Hunt. Other topics covered are race and the criminal justice system, juvenile justice, and mandatory minimum sentencing. Documents include correspondence, clippings, reports, research, organizing work, expenses, and contacts. Three folders contain handwritten correspondence from incarcerated people. Folders are in loose chronological order.

Paper files, 1997-2008
Box 16-19

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Research\Death Penalty Project 2000
(53 files, 10.8 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin

Electronic and paper files relate to various foundation policy initiatives, including tax policy in North Carolina, corporate welfare, predatory lending, the Bill Lee Act, banking, Earned Income Tax Credit, wages, workers' rights, unionization, and workers' compensation. Also included are documents related to the North Carolina State Budget and a set of research files on specific corporations operating in the state. Documents are primarily clippings but also include email correspondence, reports, research, organizing work, and contacts. Folders are in loose chronological order.

Paper files, 1994-2007
Box 19-23

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Research\labor
(46 files, 22.3 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin

The majority of electronic and paper files relate to the foundation's participation initiatives to promote fair-testing, including grassroots organizing work in various school systems. Also included is research on charter schools, Smart Start, teacher pay, and sex education. Documents are primarily related to organizing efforts with parent groups but also include clippings, reports, and email correspondence. Folders are in loose chronological order.

Paper files, 1996-2007
Box 24-26

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Research\ABCS
(5 folders, 153 files, 17.7 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Research\testing commission
(7 files, 346 KB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Research\ABCS
(7 files, 206 KB)
Electronic Folder General Admin

Electronic and paper files are related to the foundation's research on campaign finance reform, elections reform, term limits, lobbyists, voter turn-out, and specific legislative and judicial races in North Carolina. Also included is research on specific politicians, including their financial holdings, and lists related to specific legislators, districts, and elections. Documents are primarily clippings but also include organizing work, email correspondence, contact lists, and reports. Folders are in loose chronological order.

Paper files, 1993-2008
Box 26-27

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General Assembly
(8 files, 0.97 MB)
Electronic Folder General Assembly

Contains electronic and paper files related to various other foundation policy initiatives. Documents are primarily clippings but also include organizing work, email correspondence, contact lists, and reports. Folders are grouped by topic and then arranged in loose chronological order.

Affirmative action, 1996
Box 28
Research\agriculture, 1999-2000
(8 files, 0.97 MB)
Electronic Folder General Admin
Children, 1999-2003
(6 folders)
Box 28
Drugs, 1997-1999
(2 folders)
Box 28
Elderly, 1997-1999
(2 folders)
Box 28
Environment, 1999-2007
(10 folders)
Box 28
Food stamps, 2000
Box 28
Gun control, 1999-2004
(3 folders)
Box 28
Health, 1997-2007
(11 of 28 folders)
Box 28
Health, 1997-2007
(17 of 28 folders)
Box 29
Higher education, 1999-2003
(10 folders)
Box 29
Housing, 2001-2003
Box 29
Independent media, 2004
Box 29
Latinos and immigration, 1999-2008
(4 of 9 folders)
Box 29
Latinos and immigration, 1999-2008
(5 of 9 folders)
Box 30
LGBTQ, 2002-2007
(18 folders)
Box 30
Public employees, 1999-2003
(4 folders)
Box 30
Separation of church and state, 2002-2004
(4 folders)
Box 30
Sexual and domestic violence, 2002-2006
(2 folders)
Box 30
Tobacco, 1999-2003
(6 of 8 folders)
Box 30
Tobacco, 1999-2003
(2 of 8 folders)
Box 31
Tort reform, 1999-2006
(11 folders)
Box 31
TV news, 1995-1998
(3 folders)
Box 31
Women-owned businesses, 2002
Box 31
Unused ideas, 2002-2006
(4 folders)
Box 31

Contains electronic files of administrative and research documents maintained by specific staff members. Content overlaps with several different series. Arranged by staff member in original order as received. Contents have received preliminary screening for potentially confidential information; however, files will be screened before access is granted.

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Alison, 2007-2008

Contains electronic files of Alison Kiser, Associate Director. Primarily contains administrative files, including event planning, membership lists, donor letters and databases, grant applications, fundraising documents, mailings, volunteer lists and tasks, and statistics on CSF policy areas. Areas of research are EITC and affordable housing.

(30 folders, 211 files, 23.6 MB)
Electronic Folder Alison
Brian, 2005-2007

Contains electronic files of Brian Elderbroom, Associate Director. Administrative files include event planning, membership lists, donor letters and databases, grant applications, fundraising documents, mailings, volunteer lists and tasks, contact lists, and budgets. Principal areas of research are AIDs, bilingual education, the death penalty, environmental justice and LGBTQ issues.

(107 folders, 777 files, 218 MB)
Electronic Folder Brian
Cat, 2008

Contains electronic files of Cat Warren, Communications Director. Contains a monthly activity log and op-ed articles on collective bargaining and public transportation.

(1 folder, 6 files, 328 KB)
Electronic Folder Cat
David, 2002-2008

Contains electronic files of David Mills, Research Director (2002-2003) and then Executive Director (2003-2008). Documents include Mills' drafts and publications for Consider This, Common Sense Says, press releases, op-eds, and public appearances. Administrative files include hiring staff and interns, event planning, membership lists, donor letters and databases, grant applications, fundraising documents, mailings, volunteer lists and tasks, media contacts, budgets, and tax issues. Principal areas of research are charter schools, corporate welfare, the death penalty, health care, housing, immigration, LGBTQ issues, the lottery, tax policy, tobacco, tort reform, UNC tuition, lobbyists, NC elections, and the minimum wage. Also included is Mills' correspondence with incarcerated people.

(463 folders, 2,412 files, 213 MB)
Electronic Folder David
Barbara, 2001-2002

Contains electronic files of Barbara Shumannfang, Coordinator, Commission for Fair Testing. Documents are principally correspondence, contact lists, meeting minutes, drafts, and research related to education and fair testing.

(2 folders, 64 files, 2.85 MB)
Electronic Folder Former Employees
ChrisF, 1997-2003

Contains electronic files of Christ Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director. Documents include Fitzsimon's drafts and publications for Common Sense Legislative Update, reports, columns, and press releases. Administrative files include hiring staff, event planning, membership lists, donor letters, grant applications, fundraising documents, mailings, contact lists, budgets, and tax issues. Principal areas of research are campaign finance reform, the death penalty, mental health care reform, lobbyists, and tax inequality.

(44 folders, 1,009 files, 535 MB)
Electronic Folder Former Employees
Daniella, 2001-2002

Contains electronic files of Daniella Cook. Documents include Cook's drafts and publications for Burning at the Stake and fair testing updates. Administrative files include agendas and minutes of staff retreat and meetings, staff feedback, and event planning. Documents are principally related to research and organizing around issues of education and fair testing.

(78 folders, 726 files, 142 MB)
Electronic Folder Former Employees
JanetC, 1998-2001

Contains electronic files of Janet Cowell, Development Director. Administrative files include hiring staff, event planning, membership lists, donor letters and databases, grant applications, fundraising documents, mailings, contact lists, strategic planning, budgets, and tax issues. Principal areas of research are mental health and health care reform.

(136 folders, 783 files, 320 MB)
Electronic Folder Former Employees
MeredithN, 2000-2001

Contains electronic files of Meredith Nicholson, Project Director, North Carolina Death Penalty Research Study. Documents are principally correspondence, research, and organizing work related to the Death Penalty 2000 project.

(55 files, 10.8 MB)
Electronic Folder Former Employees
Interns, 2003-2006

Contents are organized by individual intern. Among other topics, contains research and reports related to health care, tort reform, LGBTQ issues, affordable housing, the death penalty, landfills, AIDS, workers, elections, lobbyists, and bilingual education.

(60 folders, 295 files, 44.8 MB)
Electronic Folder Interns
Front Office PC\alex\Greg Work, undated

Documents include drafts and publications for Consider This. Administrative files include contact lists, Principal areas of research are the Bill Lee Act, housing, banking, the death penalty.

(6 folders, 86 files, 45.8 MB)
Electronic Folder Old Machines
Scott, 2008

Contains electronic files of Scott Browning, Development Director. Administrative files include event planning, donor letters, grant applications, and mailings.

(9 folders, 30 files, 4.33 MB)
Electronic Folder Scott

Website Series, 2000s

(6040 electronic files)

Contains a webcapture and backup of the foundation's website.

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Website files
(64 folders, 1,831 files, 77.9 MB)
Electronic Folder common-sense.dreamhosters.com
Ketul
(83 folders, 1,736 files, 39.5 MB)
Electronic Folder Ketul
Website
(59 folders, 1,725 files, 59.7 MB)
Electronic Folder Website
Website-NS-Backup
(30 folders, 748 files, 25.7 MB)
Electronic Folder Website-NS-Backup
Thomas Paine Award to Congressman Mel Watt, 2000 (plaque)
Box 32

Historical Note

The Common Sense Foundation (CSF) was a progressive, nonprofit, public-policy organization incorporated in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1994. It sought to promote "fairness, justice, and opportunity in the state public-policy debate." Executive Director Chris Fitzsimon led CSF from 1994-2003. Among CSF's publications were the Journal of Common Sense from 1995 to 2001 and Common Sense Says... from 1998 to 2007. In 1997, CSF began offering a weekly email update, called the Common Sense Legislative Update, with a subscription base of over 500 people. CSF launched its website in 1998. Its primary policy initiatives included the death penalty and testing in public schools. In 2003, Research Director David Mills took over for Chris Fitzsimon as CSF's Executive Director. At its height, CSF had a membership of approximately 800 and a permanent staff of four. CSF dissolved in 2008.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Common Sense Foundation Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Common Sense Foundation Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Kevin Modestino and Elizabeth Shesko, November 2010

Encoded by Kevin Modestino and Elizabeth Shesko, November 2010

Accessions 2010-0021 and 2010-0162 are described in this finding aid.

This collection has been given basic processing: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.