Earl Warren Oral History Project transcripts, 1969-ca. 1978.

Creator: Warren, Earl, 1891-1974.
Collection number: 12011
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Abstract: Over 50 bound volumes of photocopies of transcripts of about 150 oral history interviews from the Earl Warren Oral History Project, done at the University of California, Berkeley, 1969-ca. 1978. The interviews document the political career of Earl Warren in California, and concurrent social and political events. Interviewees include Warren family members, political allies and opponents, and writers and scholars of that era, roughly 1925-1953. Note that volumes have been cataloged individually.

Repository: General Manuscripts

Collection Highlights: The nearly 150 men and women interviewed discuss such diverse topics as the status of the Republican and Democratic parties in California during Warren’s tenure as governor, 1943-1952; Warren’s attitudes on race, including his position on the relocation of Japanese-Americans during World War II; and his evolution from a right-wing Republican into a political moderate.

See Volume 1: The interview with Wayne Amerson discusses African American life in Northern California.

Volume 9 includes an interview with C. L. Dellums, International President of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and civil rights leader.

Volume 41 is an interview with NAACP official and civil rights worker, Tarea Hall Pittman.

Volume 42 is an interview with Robert Powers discussing law enforcement and race relations from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Volume 44 is an interview with William Byron Rumford, legislator for fair employment, fair housing, and public health.