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Finding Aid of the Shirley Adelson Siegel papers 0303
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Between 1947 and 1950, attorney and housing rights advocate Shirley Adelson Siegel lived in Los Angeles and became deeply involved with pro bono committee work related to the promotion of civil rights and affordable housing. Although she lived in Los Angeles for less than four years, her work helped shape legislation that was later developed at both the local and state levels. The collection consists of publications, press releases, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, and supplemental materials related to her work in the areas of affordable housing and urban redevelopment policy.
Born July 3, 1918 in the Bronx, New York, Shirley Adelson Siegel was raised in New York City by Jewish immigrant parents. The Great Depression hit the family hard: when Siegel was 13 she and her family were evicted from their Manhattan home when her father, a struggling businessman, failed to make rent. However, despite the family's financial woes, Siegel excelled in school. After graduating at the top of her high school class in the mid-1930s, she enrolled at Barnard College and pursued an undergraduate degree in government. She graduated from Barnard with honors in 1937.
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