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Trefts (Carolee Gardner) Pasadena School Board Collection
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
    Title: Carolee Gardner Trefts Pasadena School Board Collection
    creator: Trefts, Carolee Gardner
    Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2018.013
    Physical Description: 3 linear feet
    Physical Description: 9 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1963-1979, 1981, 1983, 1999, 2004
    Date (bulk): 1970-1979
    Abstract: This collection is comprised of various research items compiled by Carolee Gardner Trefts, including her own writings. It mainly documents the history of the Pasadena, California School Board's controversy regarding desegregation and busing effecting the minority students and the internal turmoil within the school board itself between members and school parents. The research also includes a manuscript by Harry Tyler from the 1950s and 1960s, which provides background information for some of the issues that are brought to the forefront in the 1970s. Additionally, there is material from the NAACP, school board members, newspaper articles as well as many other pieces of information referencing civil rights issues in the Los Angeles area and across the United States.

    Biographical / Historical

    Carolee Gardner Trefts, the creator of this collection, was involved in many civil rights issues in Southern California during the 1960s and 1970s. She was an employee of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC). She also garnered support from the NAACP, parents and students in the Pasadena School District against the unjust actions towards the minority students by some of the Pasadena School Board members.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection is comprised of a variety of pieces of writing, some of which were written specifically by Carolee Gardner Trefts, including her correspondence, notes and research compiled from newspapers, city organization meetings and agenda minutes. There is a typed manuscript from the 1950s and 1960s written by the head of the teachers'union, which provides historical background into the issues of the school district. There are also court case papers from 1974-1975 regarding modifications to the "Pasadena Plan". In 1970, the District Court, ordered the Board to submit a plan for desegregation of the Pasadena schools. The "Pasadena Plan" was developed and implemented in 1971. Some teachers, parents and students wanted modifications to the plan, which was the basis of these court case papers against the Pasadena City Board of Education. The newspaper articles mainly cover the Pasadena School Board elections, meetings and the issues surrounding the court cases from the early to mid-1970s.


    Arranged in 9 boxes.

    Conditions Governing Access

    There are no access restrctions on this collection.

    Preferred Citation

    [Title of item], Carolee Gardner Trefts Pasadena School Board Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Louanne Heintz in November 2017.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Busing for school integration
    Civil rights
    Education, Secondary
    School boards
    Pasadena (Calif.)
    Greater Los Angeles Community Action Agency
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
    Pasadena (Calif.). Board of Education
    Pasadena Unified School District
    Watts Labor Community Action Committee (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Young Women's Christian Association
    Community Care and Development Services
    Pasadena Education Association
    Clark, Steve
    Cortines, Ramon C.
    Johnson, Charles B.
    Johnson, Lionel
    Lanterman, Frank
    Lester, Herbert
    Lester, Nora Jean
    Robinson, Inez
    Sheats, Samuel C.
    Spangler, Nancy Anne
    Smith, Pia
    Smith, Shirlee
    Tejeda, Judy
    Tyler, Harry E.
    Trefts, Carolee Gardner