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Register of the Lawson (F. Melvyn) Papers, 1924-1994
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lawson (F. Melvyn) Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1924-1994
    Collection number: Mss240
    Creator: Floyd Melvyn Lawson
    Extent: 6 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lawson (F. Melvyn) Papers, Mss240, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Lawson, Floyd Melvyn (1907-1998)
    Lawson, Verna K.

    corporate name

    Rotary International (Sacramento, Calif.)


    Schools -California -Sacramento
    World War, 1939-1945 -Campaigns -New Guinea
    School administrators -California -Sacramento
    Poets -California -Sacramento
    Composers -California -Sacramento


    "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.
    Lawson has authored books and articles on a variety of topics. His works include A Saga of Service, the history of Sacramento's Rotary Club. Together with his wife, Lawson co-authored a study guide used in the Sacramento public schools history program. He was also an amateur poet and song writer.

    Scope and Content

    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).