Finding Aid for the Joseph Edward Shaw Papers, ca. 1887-1963, bulk 1933-1941

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 2002
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Joseph Edward Shaw Papers, ca. 1887-1963, bulk 1933-1941

Collection number: 840

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
L. Leader, May 1969
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Text converted and initial container list EAD tagging by:
Apex Data Services
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, April 2002
© 2002 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Joseph Edward Shaw Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1887-1963, bulk 1933-1941
Collection number: 840
Creator: Shaw, Joseph Edward, 1889-
Extent: 18 boxes (9 linear ft.) 6 oversize boxes
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: 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.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

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  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joseph E. Shaw, 1963.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joseph Edward Shaw Papers (Collection 840). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

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.

Scope and Content

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, Los Angeles Mayor Frank Shaw.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Clippings and printed materials.
  2. Correspondence and radio speeches.
  3. Personal correspondence and records.
  4. Photographs and notebooks.
  5. Record tapes.
  6. Scrapbooks (arranged by subject).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Shaw, Joseph Edward, 1889- --Archives.
Shaw, Frank L.
Los Angeles (Calif.)--Office of the mayor.
Mayors--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
Los Angeles (Calif.)--Politics and government.

Related Material

Crusader in Public Service [oral history transcript] / Margarete Clark, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1981. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

Boxes 1, 3

Clippings.

Box 2

Clippings: Mickey Cohen.

Box 4

Magazines.

Box 5

Clippings: Communism, Latin America.

Box 6

Clippings. 1930- .

Box 7

Manuals, court transcripts, briefs.

Box 8

Correspondence, reports, statements, including Frank Shaw correspondence. 1930-1937.

Box 9

Civic, Clinton, correspondence, radio speeches, pamphlets, articles. 1936-1945.

Box 10

Clinton radio speeches. 1938.

Box 11

Correspondence, reports, statements. 1938.

Box 11

Scrapbook and campaign correspondence. 1925-1938.

Box 11

Special San Pedro Report. 1935.

Box 11

City Employee Index. 1926-1932.

Box 12

Correspondence, reports, speeches. 1940-1948.

Box 13

Correspondence, radio campaign. 1949.

Box 14

Personal correspondence. Pre-1940-1963.

Box 15

Personal records and correspondence. 1950-1963.

Box 16

Personal records, correspondence, Navy papers.

Box 17

Photos, datebooks, notebooks, business cards.

Box 18

Recording tapes.

 

Eight Scrapbooks of Clippings, ca.1930-1950

Box 19

Mayor--Council. 1938-1940.

Scope and Content Note

Water Power issue, etc. Much on Bowron administration.
Box 20

Mexico; C.I.V.I.C. (a political reform organization); Clifford Clinton; Byron Fitts; Kynette.

Box 21

Miscellaneous clippings. 1944-1945.

Box 24

Clippings on Joseph Shaw.

Scope and Content Note

Bribery case, resignation, etc.
Box 24

Early days of Bowron administration, Joe Shaw probes, indictment, conviction.

Box 21

Kendall case. 1939.

Box 21

Mickey Cohen. 1949.

Box 19

Munson case. 1937.

Box 22

Police department, vice, etc. 1938-1940.

Box 23

Miscellaneous clippings. 1937-1941.

Boxes 25, 26

Phonograph records.