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Finding Aid for the Diane E. Watson papers, 1978-2011
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Diane E. Watson papers
    Date (inclusive): 1978-2011
    Collection number: 1886
    Creator: Watson, Diane E.
    Extent: 24 boxes (13.25 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Diane E. Watson is an American politician who served as a United States Representative, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Micronesia, California State Senator, and Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member. The collection covers Watson's time in the California State Senate, Ambassadorship to Micronesia, and in the U.S. Congress. It includes press clippings collected and arranged by Watson's staff, a sizable collection of photographs from events throughout Watson's career, correspondence, and documents from various events, meetings, and conferences.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Diane Watson, March 2011.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Brian Kovalesky in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, August 2011.
    The processing of this collection was generously supported by Arcadia,  

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Diane E. Watson papers (Collection 1886). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    Diane E. Watson (born November 12, 1933) is a former United States Representative (2001-2011), United States Ambassador to the Republic of Micronesia (1999-2000), California State Senator (1978-1998), and Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member (1975-1978). Watson's Congressional (32nd/33rd) and Senatorial (26th/28th/30th) districts are located entirely within Los Angeles County, including Culver City, portions of the city of Los Angeles, and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. She is a life-long resident of the area.
    Watson attended Los Angeles City College and UCLA, where she earned a B.A. in Education. She also earned an M.A. in School Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Claremont Graduate University.
    She was elected to the California State Senate in 1978, making history by being the second woman and first African American woman to serve in that body. During her time in office, she chaired the Senate Health and Human Services Committee (1981-1998) and served on the Senate Judiciary Committee. President Bill Clinton appointed her United States Ambassador to Micronesia in 1999.
    Watson was elected to the 107th U.S. House of Representatives in 2001 in a special election for the seat vacated due to the death of Congressman Julian C. Dixon. She was re-elected four times before her retirement in 2011 at the end of the 111th Congress. While in Congress, Watson chaired the Congressional Entertainment Industries Caucus, and was a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

    Scope and Content

    The collection covers Watson's time in the California State Senate, Ambassadorship to Micronesia, and the U.S. House of Representatives. Note that there are only a limited number of items from her time as ambassador. The collection includes press clippings collected and arranged by Watson's staff, a sizable collection of photographs from events throughout Watson's career, correspondence, and documents from various events, meetings, and conferences. The collection also contains materials related to specific areas of interest for Watson, including the controversy over Ebonics in the Oakland, Calif., School District in the mid-1990s, the Sherrice Iverson Justice Committee, and the debate over the downsizing of the King/Drew medical center. Additionally, the collection includes mementos from Watson's trip to South Korea in August, 2010-particularly significant as her Congressional district included Los Angeles's Koreatown, the largest population of Koreans outside of Korea. Mementos from the trip include Watson's honorary doctorate from Chung Ang University, Korean literature panels, and souvenir menus from banquets in Watson's honor.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. State senate
    2. Ambassadorship to Micronesia and Congress.
    It is further arranged into subseries according to either item type or subject.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Watson, Diane E. --Archives.
    African American women legislators --California --Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    photographs.