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Cannon (Lou) Rodney King papers
Mss 258  
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  • Access Restrictions
  • Use Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material at UCSB
  • Related Material at UCLA
  • Related Material at the USC
  • Other Descriptive Information

  • Title: Lou Cannon Rodney King papers
    Identifier/Call Number: Mss 258
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 33 linear feet (24 cartons, 3 document boxes, 1 oversize box, 116 audiocassettes, and 1 DVD)
    Creator: Cannon, Lou
    Date (inclusive): 1965-1997
    Date (bulk): 1991-1995
    Abstract: The collection mainly contains materials relating to Lou Cannon's book Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD (1997). Some files are closed, pending review for confidential materials.
    Physical Location: A portion of the collection is located at the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF).

    Access Restrictions

    A portion of the collection is stored offsite. Advance notice is required for retrieval. Some portions of the collection are closed, pending release by donor, as noted in the container list.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Lou Cannon Rodney King papers, Mss 258. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Lou Cannon, Oct. 8, 2008; additions, 2009.

    Biographical Note

    Lou (Louis S.) Cannon was born in New York City on June 3, 1933. He is an American journalist and, non-fiction author, best known for his several works on Ronald Reagan. He was raised in Reno, Nevada and attended the University of Nevada, Reno, and San Francisco State College. He was state bureau chief for the San Jose Mercury News in the later 1960s, while Reagan was Governor of California. In 1972 he began working for the Washington Post as a political reporter. He became senior White House correspondent for the Washington Post during the Reagan administration and also wrote a weekly syndicated column. In addition, he is the author of Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD (1997).

    Scope and Content

    The collection mainly contains materials relating to Lou Cannon's book Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD (1997). Some files are closed, pending review for confidential materials.

    Arrangement

    Book [Research] Files. Arranged alphabetically. Boxes 1-8.
    Internal Affairs and Related Documents. Some files closed, pending review by LC. See container list for details. Box 9.
    Interviews. Some interviews closed, pending release by LC. See container list for details. Boxes 10-11.
    Reports. Most re King Case, but some earlier, re LAPD. Arranged alphabetically, by title. Boxes 12-13.
    Research / Background Files. Includes Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department [Christopher Commission] files. Boxes 14-16.
    Riot Newspapers. Los Angeles Times and Washington Post, Apr. 30-May 9, 1992, Apr. 18, 1993, Aug. 15, 1993. Box 17.
    Trial Transcripts - Federal Trial (Boxes 18-19), Simi Trial (Boxes 20-23), Williams, Damien (Boxes 24-25), Miscellaneous Cases (Box 26), Other Documents, (Boxes 26-27).
    Oversize. Comb-bound copies of the Los Angeles Daily News, Mar. 6 – July 28, 1991. Box 28.
    Audiovisual Materials - Audiocassettes. Interviews, Alphabetical and Chronological Series. 116 tapes, separately numbered. Some interviews closed, pending release by LC. See container list for details.
    DVD. "The Final Report: LA Riots"

    Related Material at UCSB

    Cannon [Lou] Oral History (OH 27). Life history, including recollections re researching and writing of Official Negligence. This collection is closed, pending release by LC.
    Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD (1997). Cataloged copies of the book are in the UCSB Library Black Studies Collection and also in Special Research Collections. An additional copy is included in Box 8 of this collection.
    Sheinbaum [Stanley K.] Papers (Mss 217). Includes LAPD Files, mainly from the time when SKS was Chair of the LAPD Police Commission.

    Related Material at UCLA

    Gibbs (Jewelle T.) Research Material on the Police Beating of Rodney King, 1993-2005 (bulk 1993-2005). Young Library, Department of Special Collections, Collection No. 1807. Collection stored off-site at SRLF.

    Related Material at the USC

    Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department Records [also known as the Christopher Commission]. USC Library, Regional History Collections, Collection No. 0229. 48.5 linear feet. Collection stored off-site: Advance notice required for access. See the following website for further information: http://www.usc.edu/libraries/finding_aids/records/finding_aid.php?fa=0229
    Richard M. Mosk Christopher Commission Records. USC Library, Regional History Collections, Collection No. 0395. 1 linear foot. See the following website for further information: http://www.usc.edu/libraries/finding_aids/records/finding_aid.php?fa=0395
    Los Angeles Webster Commission Records, USC Library, Regional History Collections, Collection No. 0244. 50 linear feet. Collection stored off-site: Advance notice required for access. See the following website for further information: http://www.usc.edu/libraries/finding_aids/records/finding_aid.php?fa=0244

    Other Descriptive Information

    List of acronyms:
    LC = Lou Cannon JVD= Jaxon Van Derbeken, reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Rodney King Riots, Los Angeles, Calif., 1992
    Racism -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century
    African Americans -- Civil rights -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Politics and government
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Race relations
    Audiocassettes
    DVDs
    Interviews
    Newspapers
    Reports
    Research notes
    Transcripts
    Cannon, Lou -- Archives
    King, Rodney, 1965-2012
    Los Angeles (Calif.). Police Department