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Register of the Lawson (F. Melvyn) Papers, 1924-1994
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The Lawson Papers consist of biographical material; professional writings and correspondence; original poetry and music; photographs and memorabilia relating to the life and career of Sacramento educator, F. Melvin Lawson (1907-1998).
"Mel" Lawson (1907-1998) was born in Sacramento, California and educated at the College of Pacific (B.A. 1929; M.A., 1935). From 1930, Lawson taught at Sacramento High School, ultimately becoming Principal of the school (1941). During World War II he was a pre-flight instructor in the U.S. Navy, serving for three years--chiefly in the South Pacific--and attaining the rank of lieutenant. After the War Lawson returned to Sacramento where he continued his career as a secondary school administrator. In 1948 he was appointed Deputy Superintendent, and from 1960 until his retirement (1968), Lawson was Superintendent of the Sacramento City Schools. In this capacity, Lawson was instrumental in accomplishing the racial integration of the Sacramento Schools. Mel Lawson was active in several civic and fraternal organizations, including: the Sacramento Rotary Club; the Ben Ali Shrine Temple; the Sacramento Community Forum; the Sacramento Christmas Seal Association; and, the United Crusade's educational division. He was also president of the Camellia Festival and a member of the board of directors of the Crocker Art Museum and of KVIE -Channel Six, Public Television.
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