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Description
Charles Jeremy Lewis was an American politician who served in the California State Assembly from 1969 to 1979 and then the US House of Representatives from 1979 to 2013. This collection contains papers, photographs, and videotapes which were formerly held by Lewis’s congressional office and transferred to UCLA upon his retirement in 2013. The materials document the work done by Lewis over his half century of involvement in local, state, and federal politics, containing everything from election records to legislative background material to personal correspondence.
Background
Charles Jeremy Lewis was born in Seattle, Washington, on October 21, 1934. He grew up primarily in California, however, graduating from San Bernardino High School in 1952 and UCLA in 1956. After receiving his BA, Lewis returned to the Inland Empire and worked for many years as a successful insurance broker. In 1964, he decided to run for a position on the San Bernardino City Unified School District board, which he won and held until 1968. His appetite for politics whetted, in 1966 he worked on the staff of Jerry Pettis, who was elected to Congress to represent California’s 33rd district. In 1968, Lewis made a run of his own to represent California’s 73rd district, encompassing eastern San Bernardino, in the California State Assembly.
Extent
73.4 linear ft. (6 record carton boxes, 27 document boxes, 3 flat boxes)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where UCLA Library Special Collections does not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the reference desk for paging information. Series 5: Restricted Material is restricted from access until January 1, 2023.