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Watts Rebellion Collection
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Series I: Watts 1961-2015 1965-1970

Scope and Contents

The Watts series contains material related to the Watts Rebellion that took place in August 1965, as well as other material related to the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. This series contains newspapers; magazines; photographs; material related to the Watts Rebellion exhibit that took place at CSUDH; material related to the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC); and other documents. This series is comprised of two sub-series: "Watts Rebellion", and "Other Watts Related Material"; and is arranged chronologically.
 

Sub-Series A: Watts Rebellion 1965-2015; undated

Scope and Contents

This sub-series contains documents; photographs; and newspapers and magazines featuring articles regarding the Watts Rebellion; as well as posters, photographs, and ephemera used in a Watts Rebellion exhibit at CSUDH. This sub-series is comprised mostly of newspaper clippings and magazine articles covering the riots and aftermath. Newspapers and magazines included in this series are: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, Life, and others.
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"San Gabriel Tribune" (photocopy of front page) August 12, 1965

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"South Bay Daily Breeze" August 12, 1965

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"Los Angeles Times" August 12-26, 1965

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"Los Angeles Herald-Examiner" August 12, 15, 16, 1965; December 6, 1965

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"Winnipeg Free Press" August 13, 1965

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"Sporting News" August 14, 1965

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"San Francisco Chronicle" August 14, 15, 1965

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"Indianapolis Star" August 14, 1965

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"New York Times" August 15, 1965

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"Dallas Morning News" August 16, 1965

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Photocopy of a document dated August 16, 1965 "Discussion and Proposal of California Rehabilitation Program in re Watts Insurrection"; and memorandum sent to Jim Alexander, Cabinet Secretary Governor's Office from William E. Warne regarding aforementioned document August 16, 1965; March 21, 1966

Language of Material: English.
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"Wilshire Press" August 19, 1965

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"Los Angeles Free Press" August 20, 1965

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"Time: The Weekly Newsmagazine" Vol. 86, No. 8. Includes the cover story, "The Los Angeles Riot" August 20, 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Crisis in Watts is Not Over". Copy of a speech given at First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles August 22, 1965

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"Newsweek" Vol. LXVI, No. 8. Includes article entitled "Los Angeles: The Fire This Time" August 23, 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Watts Upsurge: A Communist Appraisal" [Magazine] August 25, 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Life", Vol. 59, No. 9. Includes cover story "The Los Angeles Riots, Arson, Death, and the war cry "Get Whitey" (two copies) August 27, 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Paris Match", No. 855 with cover story "Le Revolte de Los Angeles" (French language) August 28, 1965

Language of Material: French.
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"Newsweek: Los Angeles, Why?" [Magazine] August 30, 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"The Realist", No. 62. Includes articles regarding The Watts Riots September 1965

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"The Campus CORE-lator", Vol. 1, No. 4. A journal of civil rights, published quarterly by Berkeley Campus CORE Fall 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"New Politics" Vol. IV, No. 3. Includes articles such as "In Defense of the 'New Radicals'" by Hal Draper; and "Behind the Watts Revolt" by Michael Hannon Summer 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Ebony" Vol. XX, No. 12. Includes a photo editorial regarding the Watts Riots, and an article entitled "This Would Never Have Happened...If They Hadn't Kicked That Man, Police Action Ignites Fiery L.A. Riot" October 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Saturday Review". Includes an article entitled "Beyond the Los Angeles Riots" by Martin Luther King; and "A Hard Lesson for the Law" by Murray L. Schwartz November 13, 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Ladies Home Journal", Vol. LXXXII, Number 11. Includes an article entitled "Black and White: The Two Worlds of Robert Matlock" by Vernon Scott November 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Newsweek", Vol. LXVI, No. 24. Includes article entitled "Report on Watts" December 13, 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Lincoln Law Review" Vol. 1, No. 1. Includes an article entitled "The Meaning of Watts" by Hugh R. Manes December 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Anarchy Los Angeles" [Magazine]. Two copies. 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Burn Baby, Burn" [Record] 1965

Language of Material: English.
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Photographs taken during and after the Watts Rebellion 1965

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"GAB in Watts", General Adjustment Bureau pamphlet regarding Watts Rebellion circa 1965

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League for Industrial Democracy "Looking Forward: The Watts 'Manifesto' and the McCone Report" by Bayard Rustin. No. 4 in a series of occasional papers. Reprinted from "Commentary" March 1966

Language of Material: English.
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"Newsweek", Vol. LXVII, No. 22. Includes article entitled "Flashpoint in Watts?" May 30, 1966

Language of Material: English.
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"Liberator" Vol. 6 No. 6. Includes an article entitled "Why Watts, Again?" by Daniel H. Watts June 1966

Language of Material: English.
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"Life", Vol. 61, No.3. Includes a special section entitled "Watts '65-66. Still Hell to Pay" (three copies) July 15, 1966

Language of Material: English.
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"Newsweek" Vol. LXXVI, No. 8. Includes article entitled "Watts: Everything Has Changed- And Nothing" August 24, 1970

Language of Material: English.
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"Los Angeles Times, Watts Ten Years Later: A Special Report" (photocopy) March 23, 1975

Language of Material: English.
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"Life Magazine", Vol. 3, No. 10. Includes an article entitled "Watts, Fifteen Years After the Riots, a Look at the Leaders of the Class of '65" October 1980

Language of Material: English.
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"Life". Vol. 11, No. 5. Special Issue entitled "The Dream Then and Now". Includes a brief article entitled "In Watts, The Cry of 'Burn, Bay, Burn!" Spring 1988

Language of Material: English.
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"Los Angeles Times" Life & Style section. Includes article entitled "Words to Live By. At the Watts Writers Workshop, poets turned social issues into fervent art. Thirty years later, language still consumes them" October 8, 1995

Language of Material: English.
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"Watts Rebellion, Mapping Connections" by Professor Vivian Price's Class, "Social Documentation" [DVD-R] July 2015

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Program for "Envisioning Transformation: A Two Day Academic Symposium on the Watts Rebellion", California State University Dominguez Hills March 22-23, 2016

Language of Material: English.
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CSUDH Watts Rebellion Exhibit Posters 2015

 

Photographs and ephemera used during the CSUDH Watts Rebellion exhibit undated

Scope and Contents

Includes National Urban League pin; images of Time Magazine cover (2015), Eric Garner, a Vietnam protest, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Walter Scott; and captions used in the exhibit.
 

Sub-Series B: Other Watts Related Material 1961-2012; undated

Scope and Contents

This sub-series contains a book, postcards, photographs, magazines, and other material related to the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Included in this series is information regarding the Watts Summer Festival, Wattstax, the Watts Tower, and the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC).
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Watts Towers postcards and photographs 1961-1962; undated

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Photograph taken during the Watts Summer Festival August 13, 1966

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"Watts: From Riot to Festival" [Magazine] 1966

Language of Material: English.
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"Watts Summer Festival Magazine", Vol. 1, No. 5 August 1970

Language of Material: English.
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"Wattstax", 30th anniversary special edition DVD 1972 2004

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Images taken during Wattstax 1972

 

"Wattstax,Crnačka Muzika" [poster from Yugoslavia] undated

Physical Location: Poster is located in Archives and Special Collections storage. Please see staff to view item.
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Photocopied pages from "Watts Stationhouse News", first issue 1978

Language of Material: English.
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"City of Watts 1907-1926" by MaryEllen Bell Ray [book] 1985

Language of Material: English.
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Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC)- pamphlets, brochures, photographs, and other material 1994, 2012, undated

Language of Material: English.
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Poster featuring an image of the Watts Tower for the "Divine Disorder Folk Art Environments of California" exhibit at the Triton Museum of Art 1985

Physical Location: Poster is located in Map Case 3:13.
 

Series II: Los Angeles 1965; 1992

Scope and Contents

The Los Angeles series contains material related to events and occurences that took place in 1965 in the city of Los Angeles, and material regarding the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Included are a yearbook, World Series program, LAPD annual report, images, and newspapers. This series is comprised of two sub-series: "Los Angeles", and "Los Angeles Riots".
 

Sub-Series A: Los Angeles in 1965 1965

Scope and Contents

This sub-series contains material related to the city of Los Angeles such as a yearbook; Rams and Dodgers programs; LAPD annual report; and other documents. Material in this sub-series is all from 1965- the year that the Watts Rebellion took place.
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"Fortune", Vol. LXXI, No. 3. Includes an article entitled "Los Angeles: Prototype of the Supercity" March 1965

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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power dedication program for the water and power building June 24, 1965

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"Los Angeles Police Department Annual Report" 1965

Language of Material: English.
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Thomas Jefferson High School Year Book belonging to John Stitt 1965

Language of Material: English.
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Official souvenir program for World Series; baseball card for Dodgers catcher John Roseboro 1965

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The Los Angeles Rams official press, radio and television guide 1965

 

Sub-Series B: Los Angeles Riots April-May 1992

Scope and Contents

This sub-series is comprised mostly of newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, and Bakersfield Californian, as well as images that document events surrounding the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
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"Enterprise" April 30, 1992

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"Bakersfield Californian" April 30-May 3, 1992

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"Daily News" May 1, 1992

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"Los Angeles Times", Ventura County May 1, 1992; May 6, 1992

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"Los Angeles Times", Special Report May 12-15, 1992

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"New York Times" May 1, 1992

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Images taken during the Los Angeles Riots April 29-May 8, 1992

 

Series III: Other Related Material 1942-1989; undated

Scope and Contents

The Other Related Material series contains mostly articles and documents regarding issues related to race, rioting, civil rights, activism, and poverty. Some topics covered in this series include the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X; the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march; the 1967 Detriot Riot; and school segregation. This series is arranged chronologically.
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article regarding riot at Sojourner Truth Housing Project in Detroit circa 1942-1943

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"Mirror News", Vol. IX, No. 298. Includes an article entitled "Mob Violence Flares at Little Rock" September 23, 1957

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"Look", Vol. 27, No. 14. Includes an article entitled "The Coming Showdown in the Race Crisis" by Harry S. Ashmore July 16, 1963

Language of Material: English.
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"Life", Vol. 55, No. 10. Includes an article entitled "The Washington March"; and card entitled "I Have a Dream, Eloquent Plea to End Bigotry" providing information regarding The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom September 6, 1963; 1980

Language of Material: English.
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"Ebony". Special Issue "In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation" September 1963

Language of Material: English.
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"Las Vegas Review Journal". Includes articles about Malcolm X February 22, 1965

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"Life", Vol. 58, No. 9. Cover story, "Death of Malcolm X and the Resulting Vengeful Gang War, a Monument to Negro Upheaval" March 5, 1965

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"Life", Vol. 58, No. 11. Includes cover story entitled "Civil rights face-off at Selma, The Savage Season Begins" March 19, 1965

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"Look", Vol. 29, No. 6. Includes cover story, "The Negro Now" by Robert Penn Warren March 23, 1965

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"FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin" Vol. 34, No. 4. Includes an article entitled "Let's Have a Riot" April 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Now! News of the World", Vol. 1, No.1. Includes cover story "The American Revolution 1965" June 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Newsweek", Vol. LXVI, No. 7. Includes article entitled "Crime: Rising Tide, Its Upsurge Stirs a Quest for Causes and Cures" August 16, 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Post", 238th year, Issue No. 17. Includes an article entitled "Slum Clearance is a Hoax" by Daniel M. Friedenberg August 28, 1965

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"Newsweek". Includes an article entitled "Back to School- and Back to Segregated Classrooms- in the U.S. Urban North" September 20, 1965

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"Jet", Vol. XXVII, No. 19. Includes cover story "Special Report: Negro Heroes in The Vietnam War" August 19, 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Ebony", Vol. XX, No. 11. Includes articles regarding civil rights September 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"New York Journal American" November 10, 1965

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"Reader's Digest". Vol. 87, No. 523. Includes an article entitled "Why Negroes Riot" November 1965

Language of Material: English.
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"Life". Vol. 60, No. 18. Includes cover story "Stubborn Whites vs Negro Zealots - Northern Town Racked by School Integration" May 6, 1966

Language of Material: English.
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"Life". Vol. 60, No. 23. Includes cover story "Plot to Get 'Whitey', Red-Hot Young Negroes Plan a Ghetto War" June 10, 1966

Language of Material: English.
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"Look". Vol. 31, No. 13. Includes cover story "A Jolting Turn in Civil Rights - The Negro seeks new answers as he faces the long hot summer" June 27, 1967

Language of Material: English.
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"Detroit Free Press" July 25-27, 1967

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"Life". Vol. 63, No. 5. Includes cover story "Negro Revolt - The Flames Spread" August 4, 1967

Language of Material: English.
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"Life". Vol. 64, No. 16. Includes cover story "America's Farewell in Anger and Grief" regarding Martin Luther King Jr. April 19, 1968

Language of Material: English.
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"Jet", Vol. XXXV, No. 11. Includes cover story "Do Cops Cause Riots?" December 19, 1968

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"Ebony" . Vol. XXV, No. 6. Includes cover story "A Powerful New Movie, King - From Montgomery to Memphis" April 1970

Language of Material: English.
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"Ebony", Vol. XXV, No. 10 with cover story "Separation? Integration? Liberation? Which Way Black America?". Special Issue. August 1970

Language of Material: English.
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information cards "race riots parts 1 and 2, 1965-1967" 1979

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"Life". Vol. 12, No. 9. Includes article entitled "Poverty: The Can People" August 1989

Language of Material: English.
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Independent Socialist Club pamphlet, "Defend the Ghetto Uprisings" undated

Language of Material: English.
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"Draft Riots in New York 1863" undated