Finding Aid for the Frederick Francis Houser Papers, 1925-1975

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Frederick Francis Houser Papers, 1925-1975

Collection number: 1052

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts 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
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Saundra Taylor, March 1969
Additions processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff, 9 March 1995
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Text converted and initial container list EAD tagging by:
Apex Data Services
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, April 2002
© 2002 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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

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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.


Container List

 

1944 U.S. Senate Campaign

Note

Because the papers are arranged alphabetically and are quite extensive, no effort has been made to list the correspondents individually. The following breakdown is to indicate what letters of the alphabet are in which boxes:
Box 1

A - Bf.

Box 2

Bg - Cf.

Abstract:

Includes correspondence to and from Leo Carrillo, and John W Bricker, Dewey's running mate in 1944.
Box 3

Cg - Cz.

Scope and Content Note

Includes extensive correspondence with Lawrence Ty Cobb, and Murray Chotiner's file.
Box 4

Da - Fk.

Box 5

Fl - Hd.

Box 6

He - Jn.

Box 7

Jo - Ld.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence with Hiram Johnson.
Box 8

Le - Maq.

Box 9

Mar - Nh.

Box 10

Ni - Pz.

Box 11

Q - Sb.

Box 12

Sc - Sz.

Box 13

T - Wn.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence and printed materials relating to the Townsend Plan.
Box 14

Wo - Z.

 

UCLA-Related Correspondence

Box 15

1947-1959.

 

Political

Box 16

Nixon, etc.

Box 16

HSSC.

Box 17

Nixon, Poulson.

Box 18

Senate campaign A - C, 1944.

Box 19

Senate campaign C - D, 1944.

Box 20

Senate campaign D - E, 1944.

Box 21

Senate campaign F - N, 1944.

Box 22

Senate campaign N - Q, 1944.

Box 23

Senate campaign R - Z, 1944.

Box 24

A - B, 1946.

Box 25

C - D, 1946.

Box 26

E - G, 1946.

Box 27

H - I, 1946.

Box 28

J - L, 1946.

Box 29

L - N, 1946.

Box 30

N - P, 1946.

Box 31

P - S, 1946.

Box 32

S, 1946.

Box 33

T - W. Including UCLA files, 1946.

Box 34

W, 1946.

Box 35

W, 1946.

Box 36

Miscellaneous, 1946.

Box 48

A - L.

Box 49

Legislature A - B, Late 1930s.

Box 50

Legislature C - G, Late 1930s.

Box 51

Legislature J - M, Late 1930s.

Box 52

Legislature M - S, Late 1930s.

Box 53

Legislature S - Z, Late 1930s.

Box 53

Legislature A - Z, 1962.

Box 56

Lieutenant governor campaign A - C, 1954.

Box 57

Lieutenant governor campaign C - K, 1954.

Box 58

Lieutenant governor campaign L - R, 1954.

Box 59

Lieutenant governor campaign S - Z, 1954.

Box 60

Lieutenant governor Budget.

Box 60

Lieutenant governor Salary.

Box 60

Land Commission.

Box 60

Legislative handbooks.

Box 60

State Organization Chart.

Box 67

Lieutenant governor files Justice A - B.

Box 68

Lieutenant governor files Justice C - P, 1941.

Box 68

Lieutenant governor files Los Angeles, 1941(?).

Boxes 69-70

Lieutenant governor files, 1941.

Box 73

Election statistics.

Box 73

Lieutenant governor, 1954.

Box 74

Late 1960s.

Boxes 76-78

Alphabetical files Disordered, early 1940s.

Box 83

Knowland, Samish, Warren.

Box 89

U. S. Senator T - Z, 1944.

Boxes 94-96

Late 1960s.

Box 103

Campaign, 1934.

Box 104

A - H.

Box 105

H - S.

Box 106

S - Z.

Box 106

Altadena--Bellflower.

Box 107

Beverly Hills--El Monte.

Box 107

Spreckles--Upland.

Box 108

Vacaville--Yucaipa.

Box 108

Los Angeles A - C.

Box 109

Los Angeles C - H.

Box 110

Los Angeles I - R.

Box 111

Los Angeles R - Z.

Box 111

Malibu - Montebello.

Box 112

Monterey Park - Pomona.

Box 113

Pomona - Santa Anita.

Box 114

Santa Monica - Woodland Hills.

Box 115

San Marino - South Pasadena.

Box 116

South Pasadena - Temple City.

Box 116?

Encino - Lomita.

Box 117

Long Beach - Lynwood.

Box 117

Agnew - Cobb.

Box 118

Colfax - Huntington Beach.

Box 119

Idyllwild - Oakdale.

Box 120

Oakland - Rincon.

Box 121

Rio Lindo - San Diego.

Box 121

San Francisco A - D.

Box 122

San Francisco E - Z.

Box 122

San Jacinto - Santa Barbara.

Box 123

Santa Cruz - Soulsbyville.

Box 123

A - B.

Box 124

B - C.

Box 125

C - D.

Box 126

D - G.

Box 127

G - H.

Box 128

I - L.

Box 129

L - M.

Box 130

M - P.

Box 131

P - S.

Box 132

S - T.

Box 133

T - Z.

Box 134

L, 1942(?).

Box 134

A - F.

Box 135

G - M.

Box 136

M - W.

Box 137

W - Z not Los Angeles County.

Box 137

A - F.

Box 138

G - P.

Box 139

Q - Z.

Box 140

Out of state.

Boxes 140-142

Old / address unknown.

Box 144

Endorsements, 1946.

Box 146

Campaign, 1932.

Box 150

Lieutenant governor, 1954.

Box 151

Campaign, 1946.

Box 152

Primary and general election, 1936.

 

Real Estate

Box 37

A - M, 1944-1946.

Box 38

O - S, 1944-1946.

Box 39

S, 1944-1946.

Box 40

S - W, 1944-1946.

 

Correspondence

Box 41

A - G, 1930s late-1940s.

Box 42

H - L, 1930s late-1940s.

Box 43

M - Q, 1930s late-1940s.

Box 44

R - Z, 1930s late-1940s.

 

Business

Box 45

A - J, 1963.

Box 46

L - M, 1963.

Box 47

N - Z, 1963.

Box 74

1960s late.

Box 89

Renter(&) Venice, 1940s(?).

 

Unknown

Box 54

A - Z, 1960.

Box 54

A - Z, 1961.

Box 54

A - L, 1962.

Box 55

M - Z, 1962.

Box 55

A - Z, 1961.

Box 55

A - L, 1960.

Box 56

M - Z, 1960.

Boxes 79-82

Alphabetical files, 1965.

Box 84

A - C, 1945.

Box 85

D - H, 1945.

Box 86

I - N, 1945.

Box 87

O - S, 1945.

Box 88

Files from trunk(&).

Box 145

1954.

 

Personal

Box 61

Day books, 1940s-1950s.

Boxes 62-66

School papers.

Box 71

Bonds.

Box 72

Correspondence, bills, Late 1930s-1940s.

Box 74

UCLA, Late 1960s.

Box 154

Photographs and certificates--Personal/Political(&).

Box 155

Scrapbooks (2)--Personal / political.

Boxes 157-158

UCLA and student union organizations.

Box 159, Folder 1

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1943.

Box 159, Folder 2

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1944.

Box 159, Folder 3

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1945.

Box 159, Folder 4

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan--old accounts, 1946.

Box 159, Folder 5

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1947.

Box 160, Folder 1

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1948.

Box 160, Folder 2

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1949.

Box 160, Folder 3

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1950.

Box 160, Folder 4

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1951.

Box 160, Folder 5

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1952.

Box 161, Folder 1

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1953.

Box 161, Folder 2

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1954.

Box 161, Folder 3

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1955.

Box 161, Folder 4

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1956.

Box 161, Folder 5

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1957.

Box 161, Folder 6

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1958.

Box 161, Folder 7

Recapitulation - R.A. Rowan, 1959.

Box 162, Folder 1

Airfleets.

Box 162, Folders 2-4

Alhambra--Escrow W. Pine St.

Box 162, Folder 5

Allensworth--Oil and gas leases.

Box 162, Folder 6

Allensworth property--legal file, 1937-1938.

Box 162, Folder 7

Amalgamated Oil & Gas Incorporated.

Box 162, Folder 8

Angiola property.

Box 163, Folder 1

Buildings--repairs, reconstruction & demolition.

Box 163, Folder 2

Burke, George T., M.D.

Box 163, Folder 3

Carpet--rounds.

Box 163, Folder 4

Catalina Island.

Box 163, Folder 5

Hotel Del Coronado.

Box 163, Folder 6

Los Angeles Dodgers.

Note

Material re Chavez Ravine is in oversize box 167.
Box 163, Folder 7

Dogs.

Box 163, Folder 8

Furnace Creek Inn--Death Valley.

Box 163, Folder 9

Glass, Kate Wilde, 1942.

Box 164, Folder 1

Kansas property--Ogallah--Trego County.

Box 164, Folder 2

Kansas property--proposed oil leases, 1937.

Box 164, Folder 3

Kansas--WaKeeney, Trego County, proposed oil leases, 1944.

Box 164, Folder 4

Kansas property--Cedar Bluff Dam, 1948-1951.

Box 164, Folder 5

Knight, Goodwin J.

Box 164, Folder 6

La Habra property, lot 15, tract 243.

Box 164, Folder 7

Laguna Hotel, 1964.

Box 164, Folder 8

Lake Arrowhead, 1948-1952.

Box 164, Folder 9

Light Opera Association.

Box 164, Folder 10

Minneola property (escrow), sale, San Bernardino County--completed April 15, 1949.

Box 164, Folder 11

Mirror-News--Buildings, demolition of old, 1955.

Box 164, Folder 12

Palm Springs.

Box 165, Folder 1

Riverside Drive (Los Angeles), sale of lot 4, tract 4045--escrow.

Box 165, Folder 2

Riverside Drive--Margaret A. Miller escrow.

Box 165, Folder 3

Riverside Drive--proposed oil & gas lease.

Box 165, Folders 4-5

Elysian community lease no.3.

Box 165, Folder 6

Safe deposit boxes.

Box 165, Folder 7

San Francisco.

Box 165, Folders 8-9

Santa Fe Railway Company.

Box 165, Folder 10

Sharp, Dr. George.

Box 165, Folder 11

Strong, Frank R.

Box 165, Folder 12

Title Insurance & Trust Company.

Box 165, Folder 13

Universal Consolidated Oil Company.

Box 165, Folder 14

Beliveau and Shapiro escrow--Valley Boulevard.

Box 165, Folder 15

Louis Herson--Alhambra Avenue.

Box 165, Folder 16

Wells, Warner & Elizabeth--escrow.

Box 166, Folder 1

Venice Canal, subdivision no.1--escrow, 1948.

Box 166, Folder 2

Venice lot (escrow)--closed March 30, 1956-- Short line beach subdivision.

Box 166, Folder 3

Venice--Boyle, Dave Lockard, 1944.

Box 166, Folder 4

Venice--Washington Boulevard Beach Company.

Box 166, Folder 5

Wilde-Strong Building--128-132 E. 4th St.

Box 166, Folder 6

Wilde-Strong Building.

Box 167, Folder 1

Los Angeles Dodgers, ca. 1958-1959.

Note

Oversize Chavez Ravine material from box 163, folder 6.
 

Court

Boxes 90-93

Parole advisory.

Box 97

Conference of California Judges, 1960s-1970s.

Box 98

Conference of California Judges A - F, 1964.

Box 99

Conference of California Judges G - T, 1964.

Box 100

Conference of California Judges U - Z, A - J, 1964.

Box 101

Conference of California Judges J - R, 1964.

Box 102

Conference of California Judgest R - Z, 1964.

Box 102

UCLA Law Associates, 1980s(?).

Box 143

Ledgers, case notes.

 

Miscellaneous

Box 75

Personal, business, political, UCLA, 1960s late.

Boxes 147-149, 153

Miscellaneous.

Box 156

Miscellaneous and posters.