A professor of History at UCLA, John
Walton Caughey wrote extensively on the history of California and the United States. He was
a representative on the State Superintendent's "Committee of Sociologists," an advisory
committee on school segregation at UCLA, and worked with the ACLU on the Crawford school
desegregation case. The Caughey Collection includes biographical data, legal briefs, plans
and reports related to integration of Los Angeles public schools, and more specifically with
the Mary Ellen Crawford vs. Los Angeles Board of Education desegregation case.
John Walton Caughey was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1902. He graduated from high school in
Lincoln, Nebraska in 1918, received a B.A. from the University of Texas, an M.A. and a Ph.D.
from the University of California in 1928.
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