Catherine G. Stern was a social activist for civil and human rights. The papers contain correspondence, administrative papers,
reports, and publications from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, the Community Relations Conference of
Southern California, the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights, and other civic, educational, and artistic organizations with which
Stern was involved.
Catherine "Kate" G. Stern was born on November 19, 1910 in New York, but moved with her family to Los Angeles, California
during her elementary school years. She attended Los Angeles High School before enrolling at UCLA where she received a B.A.
Degree in English with a minor in Psychology in 1932. Between 1945 and 1960, Stern became involved with various organizations.
She began her community efforts with the PTA and then moved on to coordinating councils. She volunteered for the Red Cross
at their neuro-psychiatric hospital, she was Chair of the Wilshire Coordinating Council where she formed the first Human Relations
Committee, and she served as a member for Governor Pat Brown's Advisory Committee. While serving on the Advisory Committee,
she was selected as a delegate to attend the White House Conference for Children and Youth in Washington D.C.