Finding aid for the Watts Riots records 0084

Natalie Camacho, Sue Luftschein
USC Libraries Special Collections
2014 November
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089-0189

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Title: Watts Riots records
creator: California. Governor's Commission on the Los Angeles Riots
Identifier/Call Number: 0084
Identifier/Call Number: 220
Physical Description: 3.5 Linear Feet 6 boxes
Date: 1965
Abstract: Final report (1965) of the Governor's Commission on the Watts Riots.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the report published by the governor's commission following the Los Angeles Riots of 1965, also known as the Watts Riots, and the supporting documentation. The report itself is titled, "Violence in the City—An End or a Beginning?: A Report by the Governor's Commission on the Los Angeles Riots, 1965". While the additional documents are primarily transcripts of testimony, the testimonies come from a wide range of people directly and indirectly involved in the riots, including Governor Pat Brown, Lieutenant Governor Glen Anderson, several leaders of the Los Angeles Police Department and National Guard, some business leaders, and many members of the affected communities. Some of the other documents include reports about different aspects of the communities and the riots, including arrests, damages, and employment. The commission was headed by John A. McCone, former CIA director. This is copy 7 of the report.

Historical note

The Watts Riots was a race riot that took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from August 11 to 17, 1965, and that resulted in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, 3,438 arrests, and over $40 million in property damage. It was the worst riot in the city's history until the Los Angeles riots of 1992, and is considered by many to be a key turning point in the Civil Rights Movement.
The riots were sparked by the arrest of 21 year old Marquette Frye for reckless driving. The arrest took place blocks from his home, and his mother, when seeing her son forcibly arrested, began fighting with the police. During the arrest, hundreds of onlookers gathered to watch the fight, and rumors quickly spread through the neighborhood. By the evening of the following day, the neighborhood was in the grips of full scale rioting.
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Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Watts Riots records, Collection no. 0084, Regional History Collection, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Watts Riot, Los Angeles, Calif., 1965 -- Archival resources
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Archival resources
Riots -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Race relations -- Archival resources
California. Governor's Commission on the Los Angeles Riots -- Archives

Box 1

Volume I: Table of Contents, Selected Document List, Copy of Report 1965-12

Watts Riots v. 1

Box 1

Volume I: Table of Contents, Selected Document List, Copy of Report (Copy) (1) 1965-12

Box 1

Volume I: Table of Contents, Selected Document List, Copy of Report (Copy) (2) 1965-12

Box 1

Volume II: Chronology

Watts Riots v. 2

Box 1

Volume III: Transcripts of Testimony (Lieutenant Governor Glenn M. Anderson; Mr. Herb Atkinson; Mr. John W. Billet; Councilman Thomas Bradley) 1965

Watts Riots v. 3

Box 2

Volume IV: Transcripts of Testimony (Mr. Wesley Brazier; Mr. Willie F. Brown; Rev. H. H. Brookins; Chief G. E. Brunton; Governor E. G. Brown; Miss Linda Bryant) 1965

Watts Riots v. 4

Box 2

Volume V: Transcripts of Testimony (Mr. John A. Buggs; Mr. Harvey Claybrook; Mr. Hale Champion; Mr. Wendell Collins; Mr. Winslow Christian; Captain Walter Colwell; Commissioner Bradford M. Crittenden) 1965

Watts Riots v. 5

Box 2

Volume VI: Transcripts of Testimony (Dr. Jack P. Crowther; Sergeant J. L. Eberhardt; Supervisor Warren Dorn; Mr. John Ferraro; Sheriff J. F. Downey; Mr. Hugo Fisher, Assemblyman M. M. Dymally; Inspector James Fisk; Mrs. Mary Ann Forniss) 1965

Watts Riots v. 6

Box 3

Volume VII: Transcripts of Testimony (Councilman J. Gibson; Mrs. Jean Gregg; Mrs. Ozie Gonzaque; Mr. Ralph Guzman; Mr. Milton G. Gordon; Mr. Lucien C. Haas; Supervisor Kenneth Hahn) 1965

Watts Riots v. 7

Box 3

Volume VIII: Transcripts of Testimony (Representative Augustus Hawkins; Chief Wm. K. Ingram; General Roderic L. Hill; Captain A. P. Jasich and Chief Raymond Hill; Mr. Norman Houston) 1965

Watts Riots v. 8

Box 3

Volume IX: Transcripts of Testimony (Mrs. Freita Johnson; Attorney General T. Lynch and Mr. Miles Rubin; Mrs. Opal C. Jones; Mr. Richard Kline; Mr. J. P. Maldonado; H. C. McClennan and Murray Lewis) 1965

Watts Riots v. 9

Box 4

Volume X: Transcripts of Testimony (Judge Loren Miller; Mr. Max Mont, Councilman B. Mills; Mrs. Muriel Morse; Mr. John Monning; Mr. Harold Muntz; Deputy Chief Roger Murdock) 1965

Watts Riots v. 10

Box 4

Volume XI: Transcripts of Testimony (Mr. Ellis P. Murphy; General Charles Ott; Chief William H. Parker) 1965

Watts Riots v. 11

Box 4

Volume XII: Transcripts of Testimony (Mr. Benjamin Peery; Colonel Robert Quick; Sheriff P. Pitchess; Deputy Chief T. Reddin; Mr. Eugene Purnell; Representative E. Roybal; Mr. Paul Schrade) 1965

Watts Riots v. 12

Box 5

Volume XIII: Transcripts of Testimony (Deputy Chief R. Simon; Mrs. Helen Nelson; Mr. W. Slaughter; Mr. George Slaff; C. L. Taylor, D.D.S.; Mr. A. L. Wirin; Mr. Paul Ward; Mr. Ed Cray and Mr. Eason Monroe) 1965

Watts Riots v. 13

Box 5

Volume XIV: Transcripts of Testimony (Mr. Ed Warren; Miss Sue Welch; Mrs. Annabelle Williams; Mr. Philip Wing; Evelle J. Younger, District Attorney; Mayor Samuel Yorty) 1965

Watts Riots v. 14

Box 5

Volume XV: Selected Interviews and Other Documents #1 through #75 1965

Watts Riots v. 15

Box 5

Volume XVI: Selected Interviews and Other Documents #76 through #138 1965

Watts Riots v. 16

Box 6

Volume XVII: Reports of Consultants 1965

Watts Riots v. 17

Box 6

Volume XVIII: Reports of Consultants 1965

Watts Riots v. 18