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  • Title: Catherine G. Stern papers
    Collection number: 0301
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.0 Linear feet 2 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1951-2001
    Abstract: Catherine G. Stern was a social activist for civil and human rights. The papers contain correspondence, administrative papers, reports, and publications from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, the Community Relations Conference of Southern California, the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights, and other civic, educational, and artistic organizations with which Stern was involved.
    creator: Stern, Catherine G., 1910-2010


    Original order and original series designation was maintained with the Stern papers.

    Scope and Content

    The Catherine G. Stern papers include materials from 1951 to 2001 that document Stern's involvement with various civic organizations. Her role with the Los Angeles County Commission of Human Relations, the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation Council, and the Community Relations Conference of Southern California is documented in the collection through correspondence, article clippings, reports, pamphlets, copies of speeches, and memorandums.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Catherine G. Stern papers, Collection no. 0301, Regional History Collections, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.


    The papers were given to the University of Southern California in 1997 by Catherine G. Stern.

    Biographical note

    Catherine "Kate" G. Stern was born on November 19, 1910 in New York, but moved with her family to Los Angeles, California during her elementary school years. She attended Los Angeles High School before enrolling at UCLA where she received a B.A. Degree in English with a minor in Psychology in 1932. Between 1945 and 1960, Stern became involved with various organizations. She began her community efforts with the PTA and then moved on to coordinating councils. She volunteered for the Red Cross at their neuro-psychiatric hospital, she was Chair of the Wilshire Coordinating Council where she formed the first Human Relations Committee, and she served as a member for Governor Pat Brown's Advisory Committee. While serving on the Advisory Committee, she was selected as a delegate to attend the White House Conference for Children and Youth in Washington D.C.
    From 1953 to 1991, Stern served on the Board of Directors for the Community Relations Conference of Southern California. From 1960 to 1973, she served on the Board of Directors for the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation Council and as Chair for the Urban Affairs Commission of Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation. She was commissioner of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, President of the L.A. County Commission from 1966-1968, a member of the Board of Directors for Regional Planning Association, and Chair for the "Agony of City Conference" and "Agony of County Conference." In addition, she served on the subcommittee for the Citizen's Advisory Council to L.A. County Regional Planning Commission, the Los Angeles City Social Service commission from 1973-1983, and the KCET Community Advisory Committee from 1979-1989. She received the UCLA Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service 1985.
    In addition to her work as a social activist for civil and human rights, Stern also began studying art in 1971 with such notable artists as Robert Bizinsky, Kero Antoyan, and Barbara Hagan. Stern was a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and had over 30 private shows. She was married to Meyer Stern, a former insurance executive, with whom she had two children, Mathilde and Dean. Catherine Stern died on September 23, 2010.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Brown, Jerry, 1938- -- Archives
    Chandler, Otis, 1927-2006 -- Archives
    Community Relations Conference of Southern California. -- Archives
    Federation of Community Coordinating Councils of Los Angeles County. -- Archives
    Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles. -- Archives
    KCET (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.). Community Advisory Board. -- Archives
    Los Angeles County (Calif.). Commission on Human Relations. -- Archives
    Los Angeles County (Calif.). Regional Planning Commission. -- Archives
    Reagan, Ronald -- Archives
    Stern, Catherine G., 1910-2010 -- Archives
    United States Commission on Civil Rights. -- Archives
    University of California, Los Angeles. -- Archives
    California, Southern--History--Archival resources
    Discrimination in employment--United States--Archival resources
    Human rights--United States--Archival resources
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--Archival resources
    Minorities--Civil rights--United States--Archival resources
    Women’s rights--United States--Archival resources