Joseph E. Shaw (1889-1965) was born in Lamar, Colorado. Shaw was the brother and secretary of Los Angeles Mayor Frank L. Shaw
(elected 1933, relected 1937). In 1938, a civic reform movement successfully sponsored the recall of Mayor Shaw. He was replaced
by Superior Court Judge Fletcher Bowron. Joseph Shaw was convicted in 1940 of selling civil service jobs during his brother's
administration, although his conviction was reversed by the California Supreme Court the following year. The collection consists
of correspondence, manuscripts, business papers, tape recordings, photographs, phonograph records, clippings, and printed
material related to Los Angeles politics when Joseph E. Shaw served as secretary to his brother and afterward.
Joseph E. Shaw was born in LaMar, Colorado, on February 25, 1889; served in the U.S. Navy, 1905-33; became secretary to his
brother, Los Angeles Mayor Frank Shaw (b. 1877), in 1933; a recall movement replaced Frank Shaw with Fletcher Bowron as mayor
of Los Angeles in 1938; Joseph Shaw was convicted of selling civil service jobs in 1940; his conviction was reversed by the
California Supreme Court the following year.
18 boxes (9 linear ft.)
6 oversize boxes
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