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Finding Aid of the Ernest R. Chamberlain Papers
2019  
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Description
Ernest R. Chamberlain's was a political publicist. He worked for Clifford E. Clinton in his clean-up campaigns against Los Angeles vice and corruption, for Fletcher Bowron's election after the recall of Mayor Frank Shaw in 1938, and worked for Bowron's first reelection in 1941. Chamberlain also publicized many of Clinton's other projects, including Meals for Millions, various issues in Los Angeles Politics, and Clinton's own campaign for mayor in the 1945 primary. In 1942, he collected material for a projected Citizen's yearbook about Los Angeles. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, notes, publications, and memorabilia relating to Oklahoma, and Los Angeles and California politics, as well as Chamberlain's personal subject files relating to his work with Meals for Millions.
Background
Chamberlain's career as a political publicist began in high school, when he worked for William Howard Taft and Senator Charles Curtis; attended Washburn College, then went to Washington, D.C., where he worked for several government bureaus; AB and LL.B from George Washington Univ.; after World War I, he attended the University of Paris, where he earned a Certificate d'Etudes Superieures; moved to Oklahoma, where he played the flute in movie theaters, wrote reviews, and taught dance; did publicity work for Governor J.C. Walton of Oklahoma; moved to Los Angeles where he worked for Clifford E. Clinton, helping him in his clean up campaigns against Los Angeles vice and corruption; worked with him for Fletcher Bowron's election after the recall of Mayor Frank Shaw in 1938, and worked for Bowron's first reelection in 1941; he also publicized many of Clinton's other projects, including Meals for Millions, various issues in Los Angeles politics, and Clinton's own campaign for mayor in the 1945 primary; also worked on publicity for Clinton's Cafeterias; in 1942 he collected material for a projected Citizen's yearbook about Los Angeles.
Extent
6 boxes (3 linear ft.) 91 cartons (91 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes
Restrictions
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.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.