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Finding Aid for the Helene V. Smookler Papers on School Integration, 1969-1985
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Helene V. Smookler collection of Material about the Desegregation of the Los Angeles Unified School District,
    Date (inclusive): 1969-1985
    Collection number: 1547
    Creator: Smookler, Helene V., 1943-
    Extent: 35 boxes (17.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize folder
    Abstract: The collection consists of Helene V. Smookler's papers relating to the court case of Mary Ellen Crawford, etc. et al. (Petitioner) vs. Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles (Respondent), and nation-wide school integration.
    Language: English
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of 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 The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Helene V. Smookler, 1988 and 2004.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Helene V. Smookler Papers on School Integration (Collection 1547). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Helene V. Smookler was a lawyer and consultant involved in the legal battles over desegregation of Los Angeles city schools during the late 1970s. She served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Monitoring Committee (created in May 1978 by Judge Paul Egly) during the case of Crawford, etc. et al. vs. Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles. Funded by the Los Angeles Unified School District and composed of twelve diverse members of the community, the Monitoring Committee was an essential part of the Crawford case. Each member chaired a sub-committee charged with overseeing a particular segment of the integration process, and observed and reported on the integration plans for the Court as well as the general public.
    Smookler taught at Claremont Men's College in the Political Science Department, and is the author of Economic Integration in New Communities: An Evaluation of Factors Affecting Policies and Implementation (c. 1976).

    Scope and Content

    The bulk of material relates to the case of Crawford, etc. et al. vs. Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles and related appeals. The case resulted in numerous Los Angeles Unified School District desegregation plans, including substantial pupil reassignment and busing. The collection includes reports, clippings, subject files, legal papers, maps and other research materials related to school integration and Monitoring Committee activities in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Los Angeles Unified School District, 1969-1985, subseries A-D as follows:
      1. Subject files.
      2. Contributing schools reports.
      3. Racial and ethinic surveys.
      4. Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles.
    2. Research files, 1969-1983, subseries A-B as follows:
      1. Subject files.
      2. Desegregation cases.
    3. Court papers, 1970-1981, subseries A-C as follows:
      1. Correspondence and memos.
      2. Filings.
      3. Reports and simulations.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Smookler, Helene V., 1943- --Archives.
    Women lawyers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    School integration--Law and legislation--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Los Angeles Unified School District.

    Related Material

    Paul Egly Papers (Collection 1282)  . Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
    Monroe Edwin Price Collection about School Integration (Collection 1391)  . Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
    Los Angeles School Monitoring Committee (Collection 1291)  . Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.