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Finding Aid for the Ruth Lybeck Papers, 1944-1950
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ruth Lybeck Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1944-1950
    Collection number: 901
    Creator: Lybeck, Ruth
    Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Collection consists of material related to the political campaigns of California congresswoman Helen Gahagan Douglas.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of 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 the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.


    Helen Gahagan Douglas was born on Nov. 25, 1900 in Boonton, NJ; attended Barnard College (1920-22); married Melvyn Douglas, Apr. 5, 1931; starred in plays, including Young Woodley (1925), Enchanted April (1925), Mary Queen of Scotland (1934), and First Lady (1952); toured Europe as a singer (1928-30); starred in the motion picture She (1935); US delegate to the UN General Assembly, 1946; representative in Congress from California's 14th district (1944-50); unsuccessful candidate for US Senate, 1950; secretary, Gahagan Dredging Corp. (1953-69); opera concert singer and poetry reader (1952-62); wrote The Eleanor Roosevelt we remember (1963); died June 28, 1980.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of material related to the political campaigns of California congresswoman Helen Gahagan Douglas. Includes publicity materials for the four campaigns, other campaign materials, precinct election figures, primary schedules, drafts and printed speeches, and correspondence to and from campaign manager Ruth Lybeck and political advisor Ed Lybeck and Mrs. Douglas and her secretary, Mrs. Evelyn Chavoor. Also contains material relating to Los Angeles councilman Ed Davenport, and Dime a day democracy.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence (box 1)
    2. Primary schedules, 1950 campaign materials, Davenport material, Dime a day, miscellaneous (box 2)
    3. Douglas speeches, 1950 election figures
    4. 14th district street guide, newsletter, publicity and campaign material, voting records (box 4).

    Indexing Terms

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


    Lybeck, Ruth--Archives.
    Douglas, Helen Gahagan, 1900-
    Campaign management--California--Archival resources.
    California--Politics and government--1850-1950.