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Finding Aid for the Norris Poulson Papers, 1938-1976
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Box 1, Folders 1-8

Congressman Poulson's newsletter to constituents. 1943-1944 & 1947-1952

Box 1

Remarks of Hon. Norris Poulson: 81st Congress, 2nd session. 1950

Box 1

Remarks of Hon. Norris Poulson: 83rd Congress, 1st session. 1953

Box 2

Correspondence. 1953

Scope and Content Note

Primarily congratulatory letters and telegrams after Poulson's election as mayor of Los Angeles.

Note

Folders 1-21, alphabetically arranged.
See also package 15 for additional letters.
Box 2

City of Los Angeles. ca. 1960-1961

Box 2

Added and improved services; operating economies and efficiencies; additional development of city services and facilities. ca. 1960

Physical Description: (26 leaves, typescript carbon)
Box 2

Capital improvement program accomplishments July 1, 1953 to December 31, 1960. ca. 1961

Physical Description: (Typescript)
Box 3

“Transcript of preliminary investigation into the matter of rubbish collection in the City of Los Angeles.” June 20-28, 1955

Physical Description: (3 copies, photocopy)
Box 4

Poulson - Yorty campaign for mayor. 1961

Scope and Content Note

Box contains mostly clippings, some correspondence, transcripts of radio and T.V. interviews, etc. Though arranged in 13 labeled folders, these materials have not really been organized and sifted for duplicates.
Box 5

Miscellaneous. 1940-1976

Note

For additions, see page 7
Box 5, Folders 1

Printed memorabilia found loose in Scrapbook 2 “Dad's First Session - California Legislature”

Box 5, Folders 2

Trip to the Mandated Islands. February 1947

Physical Description: (pp.86-101, photocopy)

Scope and Content Note

From Poulson's oral history “Who would have ever dreamed?”
Box 5, Folders 3

The Poulson's European Trip (2 copies). July-August 1952

Physical Description: (Typescript carbon, 26 leaves)
Box 5, Folders 4-7

Miscellaneous - personal. 1947-1965

Scope and Content Note

Clippings, photographs, printed memorabilia, and correspondence.
Box 5, Folders 8-10

Correspondence. 1964-1975

Scope and Content Note

  • Letters to and from Wayne Aspinall, former democratic Representative from Colorado
  • Letters from Wayne D'Ewart, Republican Representative from Colorado
  • Miscellaneous personal correspondence
Box 5

“The Genealogy and Life Story of Erna and Norris Poulson” by Norris Poulson

Physical Description: (Bound copy, 311pp.)

Scope and Content Note

This was written January 1974-ca. 1976 as a keepsake for Poulson's children and grandchildren. Much of the text repeats parts of his oral history “Who would have ever dreamed?” completed by the UCLA Oral History Program in 1966.
Box 5

Mainly scrapbooks containing congratulatory letters, printed memorabilia, clippings, photographs, family memorabilia and souvenirs, correspondence, etc.

Box 6

Assembly campaign. 1938

Box 6

Athletic Commission investigation. 1938

Box 7

Dad's First Session - California Legislature. 1938-1940

Box 7

Assembly campaign for re-election. 1940

Box 8

Assembly memorabilia. 1941

Box 8

Congressional campaign. 1942

Box 8

Congressional clippings and memorabilia. 1943

Box 9

Congressional campaign for re-election against Ned Healy. May-November 1944

Box 9

Congressional campaign and clippings. November-May 1945

Box 10

Congressional campaign. June-December 1946

Box 10

Congressional memorabilia and Mandated Islands Trip. 1947

Box 6

Congressional campaign. 1948

Box 11

California/Arizona water issue. 1948-1949

Box 11

Congressional campaign and water issue. 1948-1950

Box 12

Congressional memorabilia and campaign. 1949-1950

Box 12

Congressional campaign and water issue. 1950

Box 13

Water issue. January-July 1951

Box 13

Water issue and re-election. August 1951-1952

Box 14

“Mayor's race, Book 1.” December 26, 1952-March 15, 1953

Box 14

“Mayor's race, Book 2.” March 14-April 6, 1953

Box 15

“Mayor's race, Book 3.” April 7-May 6, 1953

Box 15

“Mayor's race, Book 4.” May 7-19, 1953

Box 16

“Mayor's race, Book 5.” May 20-26, 1953

Box 16

“Mayor's race, Book 6.” May 26-28, 1953

Scope and Content Note

Includes election returns.
Box 17

Souvenirs and printed memorabilia. January-May 1953

Box 17

“Mayor Elect.” May 28-June 27, 1953

Box 15

“Congratulatory letters and telegrams.” 1953-1957

Note

For additional letters see Box 2, folders 1-21.
Box 18

“Newspaper Clippings, Book 1.” June 1953-December 1958

Box 19

“Newspaper Clippings, Book 2.” December 1958-September 1965

Box 20

“Correspondence.” June 1953-December 1975

Scope and Content Note

Letters received by Poulson during his two terms as mayor of Los Angeles and thereafter, often from famous politicians or celebrities. Some of the more notable are:
  • Willi Brandt, leaves 21
  • Gov. Edmund Brown, leaves 62, 63, 64
  • Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower, leaves 2, 15, 21a, 25, 27
  • Mamie Eisenhower, leaves 3, 7
  • Senator John F. Kennedy, leaves 22
  • Gov. Goodwin Knight, leaves 8, 10, 15
  • Nikita Khrushchev, leaves 80
  • V.P. Richard M. Nixon, leaves 4, 7, 8, 9, 41
  • Speaker Sam Rayburn, leaves 9
  • Edward Rickenbacker, leaves 36
  • Nelson D. Rockefellar, leaves 65
  • Pres. Harry S. Truman, leaves 5, 18, 21a
  • Mrs. Bess Truman, leaves 5
  • Chief Justice Earl Warren, leaf 1, 2
  • John Wayne, leaves 19
Box 20

Photographs. March 1957-June 1961

Scope and Content Note

(Photographs of Mayor Poulson attending public functions during his second term. Mayor Poulson is often photographed with famous persons; some of the more notable are:
  • Willi Brandt, leaves 33, 34
  • King Hussein of Jordan, leaves 52
  • John F. Kennedy, leaves 60
  • Nikita Khrushchev, leaves 49
  • Richard M. Nixon, leaves 17, 50, 57
  • Nelson D. Rockefeller, leaves 57
  • Earl Warren, leaves 29
Box 21

Souvenirs of Trips Made - Civic Functions for distinguished visitors - Important Affairs, Book 1.” 1940-September 1957

Box 21

Souvenirs of Trips Made - Civic Functions for distinguished visitors - Important Affairs, Book 2.” September 1958-June 1961

Box 22

Souvenirs, Remembrances from friends and family, etc., Book 1.” 1913-1960

Box 22

“Souvenirs, Remembrances from friends and family, etc., Book 2.” 1960-1961

Box 23

Miscellaneous letters, clippings, souvenirs. 1940-June 1976

Box 24

“Honorable Norris Poulson, in print. By Joseph Niemiec. vol.1.” May-August 1953

Scope and Content Note

The three volumes in this series include clippings from Poulson's first term as mayor but also many clippings from popular newspaper and magazine columns such as “Ripley's Believe It or Not.”
Box 25

“Honorable Norris Poulson, in print. By Joseph Niemiec. vol.2.” August-December 1953

Box 26

“Honorable Norris Poulson, in print. By Joseph Niemiec. vol.3.” January-June 1954

Box 27

Port of Los Angeles - Annual Reports. 1952-1960

Box 27

Los Angeles Dodgers. 1961

Scope and Content Note

Photo Album with autographs.
Box 28

Los Angeles Examiner: “Los Angeles Reports to its Citizens.” 1956-1960

Physical Description: (5 vol.)
Box 28

Los Angeles Times: “Midwinter Edition.” 1956-1958

Physical Description: (3 vol.)
Box 9

Flight: A Pictorial History of Aviation by the Editors of Year. 1953

Box 16

Eisenhower Presidential Inauguration. January 20, 1953

Scope and Content Note

This scrapbook includes clippings and souvenirs from all the inaugural functions.
Box 5

Southern California Quarterly (vol.62, no.3)

Scope and Content Note

Contains article: Cary S. Henderson. “Los Angeles and the Dodger War, 1957-1962,“ pp.261-286, which Mr. Poulson requested be added to his reminiscences.