Finding Aid for the Ron Lopez Sleepy Lagoon Research Collection 1921 - 1974 CSRC.6

Processed by Michael Stone. Reprocessed by Doug Johnson, April 2018.
Chicano Studies Research Center Library
April 2018
144 Haines Hall
Box 951544
Los Angeles, California 90095-1544

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Chicano Studies Research Center Library
Title: Ron Lopez Sleepy Lagoon Research Collection
Creator: Lopez, Ronald W., 1930-
Identifier/Call Number: CSRC.6
Physical Description: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1921-1974
Abstract: This collection consists mostly of materials gathered by Ron Lopez for his research into the Sleepy Lagoon murder case.
Language of Material: Collection materials in English and Spanish.
Physical Location: Stored OFF-SITE at SRLF. Requests for viewing must be made two weeks in advance. Contact the CSRC Library for paging information.


Open for research.

Acquisition Information

Papers donated by Ronald W. Lopez to the Chicano Studies Research Center. Deed on file at the CSRC Archive, 180 Haines Hall, UCLA.


The material is arranged alphabetically.


Ron Lopez has had a long career as an educator in Southern California. He has held teaching posts at UCLA, Occidental College, Pasadena City College, and Claremont College in Claremont, California. Ron Lopez has served the community as a drug counselor as well as a tax referee. He has also been a consultant in advertising as well as being in the food business.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ron Lopez Sleepy Lagoon Research Collection, 6, Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles.

Scope and Content

This collection consists mostly of materials gathered by Ron Lopez for his research into the Sleepy Lagoon murder case. Primary documents include statements and correspondence from various groups advocating for the rights of the defendants. Secondary documents include clippings and scholarly articles on the trials and the Zoot Suit Riots. There is also material from the 1920s-1930s and 1960s-1970s about the condition of Mexican Americans more generally. Virtually everything in the collection is a photocopy.

Publication Rights

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of materials, including but not limited to infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Los Angeles (Calif.) Police Department
Mexican American youth
Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee
Sleepy Lagoon Trial, Los Angeles, Calif., 1942-1943
Zoot Suit Riots, Los Angeles, Calif., 1943

Box 1, Folder 1

The Alien in Our Midst - excerpts 1930

Box 1, Folder 2

Articles - miscellaneous 1942-1970

Scope and Contents

Includes:"Pachuco: An American Spanish Argot"; short pieces from Life, The Nation, Newsweek, and other publications.
Box 1, Folder 3

The Belvedere Coordinating Council Minority Group Committee report 1943

Box 1, Folder 4

Bilingualism 1967-1968

Scope and Contents

Includes Congressional Record excerpt; press release from Congressman George Brown.
Box 1, Folder 5

Citizens' Committee for the Defense of American-Mexican Youth circa 1942

Language of Material: Spanish and English.

Scope and Contents

Includes "The Sleepy Lagoon Case."
Box 1, Folder 6

Congress of Industrial Organizations [CIO] 1942-1944

Scope and Contents

Includes resolutions; review of The Sleepy Lagoon Mystery by Guy Endore.
Box 1, Folder 7

Council for Civic Unity 1944

Box 1, Folder 8

Demographic data 1921-1960

Scope and Contents

Includes: map showing location of Mexicans in Los Angeles, 1921 [barely legible]; "Tuberculosis Map of Los Angeles," 1921 [barely legible]; "Mexican Population as of June, 1942"; chart "County Distribution of White Persons of Spanish Surname," 1960.
Box 1, Folder 9

Dimitroff, James Stephan - correspondence 1967-1968

Scope and Contents

Contains letters to a UCLA student writing a thesis on the Sleepy Lagoon murder case. Most of these are responses to research inquiries. Includes letters from Marvin Braude, Alice McGrath, Carey McWilliams, J. Edgar Hoover. The most substantive letter is the first four pages from an unidentified correspondent, possibly Guy Nunn.
Box 1, Folder 10

"Excerpts from the Decision of the Second District Court of Appeal of the State of California In the Sleepy Lagoon Case" 1944

Box 1, Folder 11

"Findings and Recommendations of the Grand Jury of Los Angeles County for 1943, Based Upon Its Inquiry into Juvenile Crime and Delinquency in that County" 1943

Box 1, Folder 12

Fraternidad - Publicacion Mensual del Comite Mexicano contra el Racismo 1944

Language of Material: Spanish.

Scope and Contents

Includes "Wendell Wilkie, Antiracista."
Box 1, Folder 13

Grand Jury testimony 1942

Scope and Contents

Contains: statement by Walter H.C. Laves of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs; testimony of Carey McWilliams; "Tabulation of Facts on Conditions in Hicks' Mexican Camp"; testimony of Guy T. Nunn of the War Manpower Commission; "The Problem of Crime among the Mexican Youth of Los Angeles" bu Harry Hoijer; paper presented by Manuel Aguilar of the Mexican consulate; paper presented by Oscar Fuss of the CIO; letter from Sheriff E. W. Biscailuz.
Box 1, Folder 14

Handwritten notes 1939-1967

Box 1, Folder 15

"Information for the 1942 Los Angeles County Grand Jury" 1942

Box 1, Folder 16

Kenny, Robert W. 1944

Scope and Contents

Letter to Father Joseph Gutierrez.
Box 1, Folder 17

Los Angeles Department of Police - correspondence 1942

Box 1, Folder 18

Los Angeles Times - clippings 1942-1943

Box 1, Folder 19

Mexican Voice 1938-1939

Language of Material: In English and Spanish.

Scope and Contents

Photocopies of articles from the magazine of the Mexican Youth Conference.
Box 1, Folder 20

The New Republic editorials 1943-1944

Box 1, Folder 21

Pacific Reporter - People vs. Zamorra 1944

Box 1, Folder 22

"Report of Special Committee on Problems of Mexican Youth of the 1942 Grand Jury of Los Angeles County" 1942

Box 1, Folder 23

"Sinarquismo Is the Only Salvation of Mexico" undated

Box 1, Folder 24

Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee 1943-1945

Scope and Contents

Includes: letter from Chet Huntley; mailings from Carey McWilliams; report from Alice Greenfield about her trip to Folsom and Sen Quentin prisons; cartoon sketch of a zoot suiter by Delgado; "The Sleepy Lagoon Mystery" by Guy Endore; group photo of defendants inscribed "To Alice with love from her boys."
Box 1, Folder 25

Special Mexican Relations Committee 1942

Scope and Contents

Includes letters to various U.S. government officials; letter to the grand jury.
Box 1, folder 26

"Statistics" by Ed. Duran Ayres undated

Scope and Contents

Profoundly racist essay on the biological disposition of Mexicans to crime.
Box 1, Folder 27

Survey on television viewing and newspaper delivery circa 1974

Box 1, Folder 28

Youth Committee for the Defense of Mexican American Youth undated

Scope and Contents

Letter to Henry Wallace.
Box 1, Folder 29

"The Zoot Suit Riots" by Elizabeth C. Fahr 1971

Box 1, Folder 30

"Zoot Suiters And Mexicans: Symbols in Crowd Behavior" by Ralph H. Turner and Samuel J. Surace 1956-1967

Scope and Contents

Includes handwritten notes.