The collection is divided into three main sections. The first consists of carbon copies of Bowron's letters while he was mayor
of Los Angeles, personal correspondence (1934-1965), reports, and information on the election campaigns of 1945, 1947, 1949,
and 1950. The second section pertains to Bowron's Metropolitan Los Angeles History Project. The source material he gathered
is filed alphabetically by subject and contains information on city planning and zoning, public housing, sanitation, transportation,
water and power and many other topics. Following this are the notes, outlines, drafts, bibliographical material, card index
files, etc., for the project. The third main section consists of boxes of clippings which are arranged in folders in chronological
order, some with listings of subjects. There are also three photograph albums and some memorabilia.
Fletcher Bowron (1887-1968), who was mayor of the city of Los Angeles from 1938 to 1953, came into office as a reform candidate
in a recall election. His goal was to eradicate political corruption and establish a professional municipal government. For
15 years he was continually reelected to this important position-fifteen years of tremendous growth and unusual problems for
the Los Angeles area.
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