Guide to Special Collections -- Public Officials' Papers (POPS)

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 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 DebsErnest 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 -
Dymally and RoybalMervyn 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 Edward Roybal.
John C. Holland (1897? -      )
LA City Councilman (1943 - 1966)
Chavez Ravine Eviction 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 original eviction 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 Eduction papers.

Edward R. Roybal (1916 -      )
United States Congressman (1962 -     )
Roybal photographEdward 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.