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Finding Aid for the Frederick Francis Houser Papers, 1925-1975
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frederick Francis Houser Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1975
    Collection number: 1052
    Creator: Houser, Frederick Francis, 1904-
    Extent: 115 boxes (57.5 linear ft.) 166 boxes (84.0 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Frederick Francis Houser (1904- ) was a member of the California Republican State Central Committee (1930-40), a member of the California legislature for the 53rd Assembly District (1931-33,1939-43), Republican nominee for Congress (1932,1934, and 1936), served as lieutenant governor (1943-46), ran unsuccessfully as Republican candidate for California senator (1944) and became judge of the California Superior Court (1947). The collection consists of political and personal papers, material regarding his U.S. Senatorial campaign, the UCLA Alumni Association and the UCLA School of Law. The collection also contains business and real estate materials.
    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.
    Language: English.

    Administrative 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.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Frederick Francis Houser, 1966 & 1969.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Frederick Francis Houser Papers (Collection 1052). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Houser was born on November 14, 1904 in Los Angeles, California; AB, 1926, UCLA; served as UCLA student body president, 1925-26; taught government at Harvard University, 1926-29; LL.B, 1929, Harvard Law School; practiced law, 1930-46; member of the California Republican State Central Committee, 1930-40; member of the California legislature for the 53rd Assembly District, 1931-33,1939-43; Republican nominee for Congress in 1932,1934, and 1936; served as lieutenant governor, 1943-46; ran unsuccessfully as Republican candidate for California senator in 1944; became judge of the California Superior Court in 1947.

    Biographical Narrative

    Judge Frederick F. Houser has had a long career in California politics, serving as assemblyman from the 53rd district, 1931-33 and 1939-42, and as lieutenant-governor during Earl Warren's first gubernatorial term, 1943-46. Judge Houser has also served as a member of the Los Angeles County Republican Central Committee, 1926-40, and of the Republican State Central Committee, 1930-40. He was a Republican nominee for Congress, 1932, 1934, and 1936, and in 1944 ran for the United States Senate against incumbent Democrat Sheridan Downey.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of political and personal papers related to former Los Angeles Superior Court judge and California lieutenant governor Frederick Francis Houser. Also includes material regarding his U.S. Senatorial campaign in 1944, the UCLA Alumni Association and the UCLA School of Law, 1947-59. Also contains business and real estate materials.

    Expanded Scope and Content

    The bulk of this collection of papers is correspondence and printed material relating to Judge Houser's campaign for the Senate, both in the primary and the November general election. One item of note about this campaign is that Murray Chotiner was Houser's secretary at the time; consequently, many of the letters, etc., are signed by Chotiner and written by him.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. 1944 U.S. Senate campaign (Boxes 1-14).
    2. UCLA-related correspondence (Boxes 15,47-59).
    3. Political (Boxes 16-36,48-53,56-61,67-70,73-74,76-78,89,94-96,103-42, 144,146,150-52).
    4. Real estate (Boxes 37-40).
    5. Correspondence (Boxes 41-44).
    6. Business (Boxes 45-47,74,89).
    7. Unknown (Boxes 54-56,79-88,145).
    8. Personal (Boxes 61-66,71-72,74-75,154-55,157-167).
    9. Court (Boxes 90-93,97-102,143).
    10. Miscellaneous (Boxes 147-49,153,156).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Houser, Frederick Francis, 1904---Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles.
    Judges--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Lieutenant governors--California--Archival resources.
    California--Politics and government.