Public Officials' Papers (POPS)
The collection of Public Officials' Papers had its beginnings when
University Librarian, Morris Polan, established a depository for
the papers of distinguished California public officials. To date,
the collection includes the papers of Richard Alatorre, Ernest Debs,
Mervyn Dymally, John Holland, Julian Nava, and Edward Roybal.
- Richard Alatorre (1943 - )
CA State Assemblyman (1973 -1986)
LA City Councilman (1986 - )
Richard Alatorre was born in Los Angeles, May 15, 1943. He earned
his B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles (1965) and
his M.P.A. from USC (1970). In process, the Library has 38 linear
feet of his State Assemblyman (55th District) papers.
- Ernest E. Debs (1904 -
CA State Assemblyman (1942 -1947)
LA City Councilman (1947 - 1958)
LA County Supervisor (1958 - 1974)
- Ernest E. Debs was born in Ohio in 1904, and moved to Los Angeles
while in his teens. He represented the 56th District as State Assemblyman,
the 13th District as City Councilman, and the 3rd District on the
County Board of Supervisors.
While in the State Assembly, he authored
the bill establishing California State University, Los Angeles. As
County Supervisor, he chaired thirteen major departments, and served
on numerous other committees. The Library has clippings beginning
with 1947, and 182 linear feet of his County Supervisor papers.
- Julian Dixon
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- Mervyn M. Dymally (1926 - )
CA State Assemblyman (1962 -1966)
CA State Senator (1966 - 1974)
CA Lieutenant Governor (1974 - 1978)
United States Congressman (1980 -
- Mervyn Dymally was born in Trinidad, British West Indies, May 12,
1926. He earned is B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles
(1954) and his M.A. from CSU Sacramenta (1970). In addition to honorary
doctorates, he has a Ph.D. from the United States International University.
From the 53rd District, Dymally served as California State Assemblyman,
and as State Senator from the 29th District. He served as Lieutenant
Governor under Jerry Brown and was elected to the 97th United States
Congress representing the 31st District. The Library has 79 processed
linear feet of Mr. Dymally's Assembly/State Senator papers, and approximately
360 linear feet of his Lieutenant Governorship papers.
The photograph to the right shows Mervyn Dymally with
- John C. Holland (1897? -
LA City Councilman (1943 - 1966)
John C. Holland was born in the late 1890's in Bartlett, Texas.
He received a B. A. from Stanford University in 1917. In 1919, he
established an electric appliance business in Highland Park which
he operated until December 1951. In the primary election of April
1943, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council, representing
the 14th District. He was reelected 1945 - 1955, 1959, and 1963. He
acted as chair of both the Finance committee and the Police, Fire
and Traffic Committee, and was a member of many other important committees.
The Library has 30 linear feet of his papers; all are processed.
John Holland was City Councilman during the time when Chavez Ravine
was turned into Doger Stadium. Before the stadium was built, Chavez Ravine was
a thriving Latino community. The photograph at the right shows
Los Angeles County
Sheriffs forcibly evicting Mrs. Aurora Vargas, 36, from her home
at 1771 Malvina Avenue in Chavez Ravine. Media representatives record the event.
The family put up a fight and reported they had only received a written eviction
notice, causing criticism of the government's methods. The photograph is dated
May 9, 1959. The Holland Collection contains one of the very few remaining
notices (click to see a large, readable image) mailed out by the
City of Los Angeles Housing Authority to residents of Chavez Ravine. The letter
is Dated July 24, 1950.
- Julian C. Nava (1927 -
LA City Board of Education (1967 - 1980)
United States Ambassador to Mexico (1980 - )
- Julian C. Nava was born in Los Angeles, June 19, 1927. He earned
his B. A. from Pomona College, Caremont, and his Ph.D. from Harvard
University (1955). He is currently a member of the history department
faculty at CSU Northridge. Before he was appointed as Ambassador to
Mexico in 1980, he served on the Los Angeles City Board of Education
for thirteen years. The Library has 40 linear feet of his Board of
- Edward R. Roybal (1916 -
United States Congressman (1962 - )
- Edward R. Roybal was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February
10, 1916. He was first elected to Congress on November 6, 1962. He
has been reelected each succeeding year, representing the cities of
Alhambra, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park (in part), Bradbury, Covina
(in part), Duarte, Glandora, Monrovia, Pasadena (in part), San Gabriel,
San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, and part of Temple City.
The Library has proceessed 410 linear feet of his papers for the years
1963 - 1980. Approximately 20 linear feet of these documents for the
period 1981 to present are yet to be proceessed.