This collection contains material belonging to Melvin House, an African American electrician and high school gymnast living
in Los Angeles, California. Included in this collection are documents, photographs, ephemera, articles, booklets, pamphlets,
and other material relating to House's education, career, friends and family; as well as his interests in spirituality, politics,
religion, and the Nation of Islam.
Melvin Douglass House was born in 1940 to Louise House. At some point during his childhood, Melvin lived in the Oakland and
San Jose areas of California, but had moved to Los Angeles by the time he was thirteen. Melvin attended Lincoln High School
located in the Lincoln Heights area of Los Angeles where he was on the gymnastics team earning varsity letters and in 1957
won third place on the horizontal bar in the Southern Pacific Association (A.A.U.) Novice Gymnastic Championships. Melvin
graduated high school in 1958, and that same year was accepted as a member of the United States Naval Reserve. From approximately
1962-1964, Melvin worked as a custodian at Whittier Health Center, while also attending Los Angeles Trade Technical College
where he graduated in June 1964 with a certificate in Electrical Construction and Maintenance. Melvin worked for Square D
Company from 1964-1965, and in 1966 earned a certificate from Southern California Edison's Substation Operators School after
completing a course in substation operating and telephone and radio communications. An employee ID card located in this collection
indicates that Melvin worked for Southern California Edison in the 1970s.
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