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Ruth Altman Spiegel Papers, 1946-1951
MSS 54  
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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Biography
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ruth Altman Spiegel Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1951
    Collection number: MSS 54
    Creator: Ruth Altman Spiegel
    Extent: 1 legal folder

    Repository: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
    Los Angeles, CA 90044
    Abstract: These papers document the professional and employment status of Ruth Altman Spiegel, a social worker, when she worked for the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles and the School of Social Welfare at UCLA in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Spiegel was involved in a union strike of social service workers against the Jewish Federation, and was fired from UCLA for not signing a loyalty oath.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Obtained by Library founder, Emil Freed.

    Access

    The collection is available for research only at the Library's facility in Los Angeles. The Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Researchers are encouraged to call or email the Library indicating the nature of their research query prior to making a visit.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. Researchers may make single copies of any portion of the collection, but publication from the collection will be allowed only with the express written permission of the Library's director. It is not necessary to obtain written permission to quote from a collection. When the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research gives permission for publication, it is as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Spiegel (Ruth Altman) Papers, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles, California.

    Biography

    Ruth Altman Spiegel was a social worker who was District Director for the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles and was a visiting assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare at UCLA from 1950-1951. Spiegel was involved in a strike between the Social Service Employees Union and the Jewish Federation, of which the Jewish Family Service was a part. In 1951 she was dismissed from her faculty position at UCLA for failure to sign a loyalty oath. Spiegel was active in the Non-Senate Academic and Administrative Employees who protested the implementation of the loyalty oath requirement at the university.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains correspondence dealing with Spiegel's employement with Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) and her firing from UCLA. There are fliers and documents from JFS, as well as fliers, clippings and documentation relating to the loyalty oath controversy at the University of California, particularly UCLA.