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Finding Aid of the Irmgard Lenel papers 0212
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Personal Papers

Scope and Content

Series contains the personal papers, legal documents, correspondence, and photographs of Irmgard Lenel. Her personal correspondents included Dorothy Healey, Helmut Cron, and the various parties involved with getting various members of her family visas to immigrate to the United States in the late 1930s and 1940s. Lenel's personal papers consists of notebooks with recipes, poems and other writings, legal documents (including passports and a copy of her birth certificate) from Nazi Germany, receipts and other financial records, and her school papers and references. Photographs present in this series are primarily of Lenel with family members in various German locations in the 1920s and 1930s, although photographs of Santa Monica and Lenel's siblings and their families in England and Larchmont, New York, are also present.
Box 1

Legal Documents

Box 1-3


Box 3

Financial Records

Box 3


Box 3-5


Box 5

Autograph Book 1913-1919

Box 5

Employment Correspondence & Records

Scope and Content

Series contains correspondence pertaining to Lenel's employment (usually as a secretary or stenographer), both in Germany in the 1930s and after she moved to the United States in 1937. Also included in this series are her personnel records from various employers and the correspondence between Lenel, her lawyer and the Veterans Adminstration pertaining to her firing due to suspected disloyalty to the United States in 1951.

Correspondence with Governments

Scope and Content

Series contains Lenel's correspondence with agencies, departments, and representatives of federal, state, and local governments on a variety of policy and political issues. She wrote letters to the President, Senators and Representatives (both of California and other states), the Department of State, and various state and local government officials. Copies of her outgoing correspondence are often found with the response she received (usually from a staffer of whatever office she wrote to, not the actual official). Also included in this series is campaign literature she received in the mail.
Box 5-6


Box 6

State and Local

Box 6

Political Campaigns

Box 7

Correspondence with Radio & TV Stations

Scope and Content

Series contains Lenel's correspondence (both incoming and outgoing) with a variety of radio and TV commentators and subscription solicitations from public radio and TV stations. Lenel was an active supporter of a number of radio and television stations, including KPFK, KUSC and KCET and this series includes a reel recording of her 1964 "Subscriber's Report" broadcast with Robert Adler for KPFK. Also included in this series is correspondence documenting her support of the World Peace Broadcasting Foundation.
Box 7-10

Correspondence with Political Groups

Scope and Content

Series contains correspondence documenting Lenel's involvement with politically active organizations, including the Friends Committee on Legislation (FCL), Women for Legislative Action (WLA), and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

Subject Files, Publications & Newspaper Clippings

Scope and Content

Series contains subject files and publications on various topics Lenel followed, including civil liberties curtailment (especially McCarthyism), the civil rights movement, the disarmament, and anti-war movements. Clippings contained in this series are from both English and German newspapers. While the English clippings are generally about Lenel's interests (outlined above), the German ones are mostly from socialist and/or women's publications from before World War II.
Box 10-12

Subject Files

Box 13, 15, 16

Miscellaneous Publications

Box 13-16

Newspaper Clippings