The collection consists of letters, manuscripts (including
23 diaries, 1915-74), documents, 17 scrapbooks, and
photographs related to the life and interests of Louise
Louise Whipple Ward Watkins, leader in women's rights,
California politics, and Los Angeles organizations, came
to California from New York with her family when she was
fifteen years old. Louise studied dramatics in New York
and law at the University of Southern California, and in
1915 she married Edward Francis Watkins. Mrs. Watkins was
active in the cause of woman suffrage, women's clubs, the
Japan American Society, and Republican politics. She
served on several state commissions, founded the Southern
California Republican Women (1935), and ran for the U.S.
Senate in 1938
22 boxes, 23 diaries, 17 scrapbooks, 10 oversize folders, and 1 album
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