A professor of History at UCLA, John
Walton Caughey wrote extensively on the history of California and the United States. He
was a representative on the State Superintendent's "Committee of
Sociologists," an advisory committee on school segregation at UCLA, and worked with
the ACLU on the Crawford school desegregation case. The Caughey Collection includes
biographical data, legal briefs, plans and reports related to integration of Los Angeles
public schools, and more specifically with the Mary Ellen Crawford vs. Los Angeles Board
of Education desegregation case.
John Walton Caughey was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1902. He graduated from high school
in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1918, received a B.A. from the University of Texas, an M.A. and
a Ph.D. from the University of California in 1928.
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