Scope and Content
Title: Ruth Altman Spiegel Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1946-1951
Collection number: MSS 54
Ruth Altman Spiegel
1 legal folder
Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
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.
Obtained by Library founder, Emil Freed.
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[Identification of item], Spiegel (Ruth Altman) Papers, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles,
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.