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The Finding Aid of the Warren L. Steinberg papers

Finding aid prepared by Katie Richardson, January 2011

The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Steinberg, Warren L., (Warren Linnington), 1924-2004
Title
Warren L. Steinberg papers
Collection no.
0348
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1966-1997
Date [inclusive]
1944-1998
Extent
8.0 Linear feet, 8 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The papers of Warren L. Steinberg date from 1944 to 1998 with the bulk of the materials dating from 1966 to 1997. The papers focus on Steinberg's involvement with the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, an organization that Steinberg was involved with until his death in 2004.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Warren L. Steinberg papers, Collection no. 0348, Regional History Collections, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

Dr. Warren Linnington Steinberg was born in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York on January 20, 1924 to John M. Steinberg and Gertrude (Vogel) Steinberg. The family moved to Los Angeles during the 1930s. Warren attended Beverly Hills High School before enrolling at UCLA where he received a B.A., M. Ed., and Ph.D. of Education in 1962.

While completing his studies, Steinberg met and married Betty Ruth Blass on June 29, 1949. They had three sons: Leigh William, James Robert, and Donald Kenneth. Steinberg's career in public education lasted for 39 years and he served in a variety of capacities: he was a teacher, a counselor and a coach at Jordan High School; a teacher and athletic coordinator at Hamilton High School; Vice-Principal at University and Crenshaw High Schools; a consultant to the Los Angeles Unified School District Center for Planned Change; Vice-Principal and Principal at Le Conte Jr. High School; Administrative Consultant on Integration for the Los Angeles Unified School District; Administrator for the Student-to-Student Program; Principal at Gage Middle School and Fairfax High School. In addition to his career responsibilities, Steinberg also contributed articles on human relations and youth behavior to professional journals and newspapers. From 1996 until his death, he served as a member of the Board of Directors for Project Echo, Entrepreneurial Concepts, and Hands On.

Steinberg dedicated his life to promoting civil rights, improving human relations, and achieving equity for all. He was a founding advisor to the Los Angeles City Commission on Human Relations and served as President from 1978 to 1985. He is credited with being the longest-standing commissioner and served until his death. Steinberg also received a number of awards and honors including the Beverly Hills B'nai B'rith President's Award, Awards from the Los Angeles City Council, President's Award, the Southern California Community Relations Conference, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission, California Association of Human Relations Organizations Thirtieth Anniversary Civil Rights Lifetime Achievement Award, and Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education special commendations. Steinberg passed away on July 8, 2004.

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Scope and Content

Most of the materials in the collection focus on Steinberg's involvement with the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission. The Commission was established by ordinance #131,700 by the City Council and Mayor on February 1, 1966 after the Watts Riots of 1965. The goal of the Commission is to assist in assuring the people of Los Angeles the opportunity for full and equal participation in the affairs of city government and to promote the general welfare and safety of all residents in the Los Angeles community. Steinberg was involved with the Commission until his death in 2004.

The collection includes the following: correspondence about the Commission and other projects that Steinberg was involved in; article clippings highlighting important events and issues at the time; materials related to the day in and day out operations of the commission such as the budget, meeting minutes and reports, newsletters produced and distributed by the Commission; and materials surrounding the annual luncheon that the Commission would host to honor individuals and companies that positively promoted human relations in Los Angeles.

Also included are materials from the subcommittees of the Human Relations Commission and materials regarding education, immigration, and hate crimes as well as projects that the commission worked on. The Miscellaneous series contains materials that do not specifically relate to the Commission and include materials compiled and produced by other human rights organizations.

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Organization

The collection is organized into the following series: 1. Article Clippings 2. Correspondence 3. Roles, Functions and Duties of the Commission 4. Subject Areas and Projects 5. Miscellaneous

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
January 2011
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

The collection was given to the University of Southern California by Warren Steinberg in 1997.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission. -- Archives
  • Los Angeles (Calif.). Police Dept. -- Archives
  • Los Angeles Unified School District. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Books
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Minutes
  • Newsletters
  • Pamphlets
  • Publications
  • Reports
  • Schedules (time plans)
  • Surveys (documents)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Los Angeles (Calif.)--Emigration and immigration--Government policy--Archival resources
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--Archival resources
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)--Social conditions--20th century--Archival resources

Personal Name(s)

  • Steinberg, Warren L., (Warren Linnington), 1924-2004 -- Archives
  • Steinberg, Warren L., (Warren Linnington), 1924-2004 -- Correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Bills, Legislative--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Criminal justice, Administration of--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Discrimination in housing--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Economic development--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Education--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Emigration and immigration--Archival resources
  • Hate crimes--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Human rights--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Legislative hearings--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Minorities--Civil rights--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Minorities--Housing--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Resolutions, Legislative--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Riots--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • School violence--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
  • Speeches, addresses, etc., American--Archival resources
  • Voluntarism--Awards
  • Youth in development--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Article Clippings 1942-1998 

Scope and Content

The series includes article clippings that highlight important events and issues from 1942 to 1998 relating to education, the Los Angeles Unified School District, minority rights and issues, hate crimes, California's state of affairs, housing, and articles that mention the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission in some capacity.

Box
1
Folder
1-11

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Series 2:  Correspondence 1955-1997 

Scope and Content

The correspondence series includes letters between commission members, Steinberg, and outside parties. The series is organized in chronological order from 1955 to 1997.

Box
2
Folder
1-4
Box
1
Folder
12-15

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Series 3:  Roles, Functions, and Duties of the Commission 1966-1997 

Scope and Content

The series includes information about the commission's rules, policies, procedures, and guidelines. Also included are member rosters, job duties of appointees, meeting minutes, news releases, and files documenting the awards that the commission handed out annually to exceptional volunteers in the community. The series is organized in alphabetical order by folder title.

Box
3
Folder
1-27
Box
2
Folder
5-28
Box
5
Folder
1-5
Box
4
Folder
1-29
Box Folder

 Budget 1976-1997 

2 5

 Calendar 1979-1997 

2 6

 Directory- Community Intergroup Conflict Resolution Resource 1985  

2 7

 Goals and Objectives of the Human Relations Commission 1973-1996 

2 8

 History and Objectives of the Commission 1966-1997 

2 9

 Issues and Tasks to Consider in Developing Sub-Committee Objectives undated 

2 10

 Job Applications and Appointments 1978-1997 

2 11

 Job Duties and Committee Responsibilities 1988-1997 

2 12

 Meeting Minutes, Notes, Agendas, and Reports 1966-1997 

Scope and Content

The subseries includes meeting minutes, notes, notices, agendas, and reports from meetings held by the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission and its subcommittees.

Box
4
Folder
1-25
Box
2
Folder
13-28
Box
3
Folder
1-27
Box Folder

 Ad Hoc Committee on Commission Subcommittee and Advisory Committee 1974-1992 

2 13

 Advisory Committee 1991-1997 

2 14-15

 Affirmative Action Subcommittee 1980 

2 16

 Annual Retreat 1980-1996 

2 17

 Anti-Discrimination Committee 1988-1989 

2 18

 Assessment Report Outline 1993 

2 19

 Bicentennial Committee 1980 

2 20

 Brotherhood Advisory Committee 1982 

2 21

 Commission Resources Subcommittee 1988 April 7 

2 22

 Community Organization Subcommittee 1978-1979 

2 23

 Community Relations/Appreciation for Diversity Subcommittee 1988 

2 24

 Community Relations Subcommittee 1980-1988 

2 25

 Conflict Resolution Committee 1989 

2 26

 Defamation Subcommittee 1979-1980 

2 27

 Education Committee 1966-1997 

2 28

 Employment/Affirmative Action Subcommittee 1977-1982 

3 1

 Executive Director Report 1977-1996 

3 2

 General: Activity Report of the Human Relations Commission City of Los Angeles 1978-1994 

3 3

 General: Annual Reports Human Relations Commission of the City of Los Angeles 1966-1993 

3 4

 General: Meetings of the Human Relations Commission of the City of Los Angeles 1966-1997 


    Box Folder
Textual materials   4 1-10
    Box Folder
Textual materials   3 5-27

Box Folder

 Governmental Relations Subcommittee 1980-1988 

4 11

 Hate Violence Reduction Committee 1989-1993 

4 12

 Housing Subcommittee 1966-1986 

4 13

 Human Relations Commission 1982-1994 

4 14

 Management Team 1997 January 22 

4 15

 Media Committee Meeting 1994 December 14 

4 16

 Police-Community Relations Committee 1966-1979 

4 17

 Report Card Committee 1994 

4 18

 Senior Affairs Subcommittee 1978-1979 

4 19

 Special Events Committee 1992-1997 

4 20

 Statewide Conference of the California Community/Human Relations Commissions 1979 May 

4 21

 Status of Women Subcommittee 1974-1978 

4 22

 Status of Programs 1996-1997 

4 23

 Volunteer Recognitions Committee 1991 

4 24

 Youth Subcommittee 1977-1978 

4 25
Box Folder

 News Releases 1974-1996 

4 26

 Newsletter 1973-1997 

4 27

 Planning Sessions, Proposed Activities, and Activity Summaries 1982-1998 

4 28

 Rosters and Mailing Lists 1966-1994 

4 29

 Salute to Volunteers Annual Luncheon 1974-1996 

4 30

 Salute to Volunteers Awards and Nominations 1976-1996 


    Box Folder
Textual materials   4 30-31
    Box Folder
Textual materials   5 1-2

Box Folder

 Student Essay Contest 1978-1997 

5 3

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Series 4:  Subject Areas and Projects 1952-1997 

Scope and Content

The City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission established subcommittees to oversee, develop and implement specific projects to address the varying needs and issues that arise in the community. Some of the topics the committees focused on were education, hate violence, criminal justice, immigration, housing, and civic engagement. The series consists of files related to those subject areas as well as projects that the Commission was involved in. The series is organized in alphabetical order by folder title.

Box
5
Folder
6-16
Box
6
Folder
1-22
Box
7
Folder
1-71
Box
8
Folder
1
Box Folder

 Bills, legislative circa 1979-1992 

5 4

 Education 1952-1997 

5 5-13

 Hate Crimes 1986-1996 

5 14-17

 Hearings 1978-1997 

6 1-2

 Hearings- Affirmative Action Motion Picture and Television Industry 1982 

6 3

 Hearings-Transportation Issues of the Disabled 1989 

6 4

 Immigration 1986-1997 

6 5-6

 Information about Los Angeles circa 1980s 

6 7

 City Information 1976-1995 

6 8-10

 Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) 1979-1996 

6 11

 Motions circa 1990s 

6 12

 Multiracial Relations 1952-1996 

6 13-18

 Ordinances circa 1990s 

6 19

 Proposals circa 1973-1997 

6 20

 Reports 1962-1996 

Box
6
Folder
16-69
Box Folder

 "A Primer on Managing Intergroup Conflict in a Multicultural Workplace" by the Commission on Human Relations County of Los Angeles 1996 January 

6 21

 "A Report on the Controversy Regarding Allegations of Homophobia Within the Los Angeles City Public Library" by the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission 1991  

6 22

 A Study of the Community Relations Conference of Southern California 1962 June 

7 1

 "A Study of the Community Relations Conference of Southern California- A Dissertation Submitted in Partial Satisfaction of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education" by Warren L. Steinberg, University of California, Los Angeles 1962 June 

7 2-3

 "Affirmative Action Among Private Sector Employees in Los Angeles County" by Bobbi Kimble 1988 September 6 

7 4

 "Analysis of Equity Issues Related to AIDS" by Bobbi Kimble 1987 January 29 

7 5

 "Anti-Semitic Activities" a staff report to the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1980-1981 

7 6

 "Attorney General's Commission on Racial, Ethnic, Religious and Minority Violence Final Report"  1986 April 

7 7

 "Audit of Violence Against Pacific Americans, 1993 Anti-Asian Violence, A National Problem" by the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium 1994 April 

7 8

 "Banking Practices in the African American and Latino Communities" a report on Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1993 May 

7 9-10

 "Blindspots and Changing Attitudes Curriculum Guide" by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1987 August 

7 11

 "City of Los Angeles Departmental Affirmative Action Program Standards"  1991 January 

7 12

 "City of Los Angeles Human Relations Bureau Six Month Report"  1974 May 

7 13

 Democratic Approaches to Affordable Housing - Cooperatives and Mutual Housing Association 1992 October 3 

7 14

 Diversity Communications Plan prepared by UCLA Public Communications 1989 February 

7 15

 "Division in the Midst of Diversity: Continuing Discrimination in Housing" by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1986 April 

7 16

 "Emerging Ethnic Groups in Los Angeles County" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1990 June 

7 17-18

 "Equity Issues in Health" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1986 September 

7 19

 "Ethnic and Economic Diversity in Neighborhoods: the New Integration"  1979-1980 

7 20

 Facts About Segregation in Housing 

7 21

 "Hate Crime in Los Angeles County" a report to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors 1988-1995 

7 22-27

 "Hate Crime in the 1980s: A Decade of Bigotry"  1990 February 

7 28

 "Hate Crime in Orange County "  1995 February 

7 29

 "Homeless Families and Children in Los Angeles County" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1991 April 

7 30

 "Human Relations and Civil Rights Services"  1990 

7 31

 "Is it Working? Findings and Recommendations from Hearing on Los Angeles City's Affirmative Action Contract Compliance System "  1976 July 

7 32

 "Illiteracy in Los Angeles County: Part and Parcel of a Negative Cycle" report on a Public Hearing held by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1987 September 

7 33

 "Implementation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986: Perspectives on Discrimination and Intergroup Relations" n report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1988 September 

7 34

 "Intergroup Conflict in Los Angeles County Schools report on a survey of Hate Crime"  1989 October 

7 35-36

 "Kids, Crime and Jail: The Color of Juvenile Justice" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1988 March 

7 37

 "Los Angeles County: Profiles of Equity"  1990 June 

7 38

 "McCone Revisited: A Focus on Solutions to Continuing Problems in South Central Los Angeles" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1985 January 

7 39

 Minority Housing in Metropolitan Los Angeles 1959 July 

7 40

 "Minority Youth Unemployment: Barriers to Success in the Labor Market" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1985 September 

7 41

 "Plight of the New Americans: Discrimination Against Immigrants and Refugees" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1985 November 

7 42

 "Pomona: A City in Transition" report to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors 1992 June 

7 43

 "Prejudice and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation: Myth and Reality about Gays and Lesbians in Los Angeles County" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1985 April 

7 44

 Proceedings - Ninth Annual Civi Unity with a Focus on Housing 1954 December 3-5 

7 45

 "Public Transportation Issues of People with Disabilities" by the Human Relations Commission of the City of Los Angeles undated 

7 46

 "Rebuilding Human Relations Developing a Moral Vision for Los Angeles County" report to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors 1992 December 

7 47

 "Recommended Modifications Special Order Relative to Reporting Incidents Motivated by Hatred or Prejudice" submitted by the Human Relations Commission of the City of Los Angeles Hate Violence Reduction Committee 1989 March 

7 48

 "Report on Code Compliance in the 8th Council District"  1978 November 9 

7 49

 "Report on the Underpinning Elements of Intercultural Tensions in the City of Los Angeles" by the City of Los Angeles Board of Human Relations Commissioners 1991 

7 50

 "Socio/Demographic Statistics for the City of Los Angeles" a report prepared by the Research Section of the City Planning Department 1990 April 

7 51

 "South Central Los Angeles: An Annotated Bibliography with Accompanying Statistics on Inner City Underdevelopment and Minority Business" by Kaiser Permanente 1993 

7 52

 The Black Partnership Report 1991 October 17 

7 53

 "The Effects of School Reform on Black and Latino Students in Los Angeles County" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1989 June 

7 54

 "The Impact of Aids on People of Color in Los Angeles County" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations and the Los Angeles County Commission on AIDS 1989 April 

7 55

 "The Impact of Soviet Armenian Immigration on Los Angeles County"  1989 April 10 

7 56

 "The Mayor's Special Advisory Committee on Fiscal Administration"  1994 February 

7 57

 The New Asian Peril report of a Hearing on Rising Anti-Asian Bigotry by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1984 May 

7 58

 "The Report of the Board of Police Commissioners Concerning the Shooting of Eulia Love and the Use of Deadly Force Part III- Training and Community Relations"  1980 January 

7 59

 "The State of the City, 1975 Part II, Volume VII Education City of Los Angeles Office of the Mayor Community Analysis Bureau"  

7 60

 "The Status of Minority Women in the Workplace" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1988 April 

7 61

 "The Urban Reality A Comparative Study" by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1965 June 

7 62

 "The Underclass in Los Angeles County" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1989 December 

7 63

 "The 1994 Ralph M. Brown Act"  1993 October 

7 64

 "Today's Conflicts, Tomorrow's Challenges" a Report on Five State of the County Hearings by the Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations 1984 January 

7 65

 "Towards Sustainable Communities: A So. California Town Meeting in preparations for the United Nation's City Summit" produced by the U.S. Network for Habitat II, LA Regional Steering Committee 1996 January 27 

7 66

 "Towards a Workable Remedy: Maximizing Integrated Educational Settings and Equalizing Resource Allocation Policies in the Los Angeles Unified School District-A Response to the Crawford Mandate" a report to Judge Paul Egly submitted by Bernard R. Gifford 1978 November 6 

8 1

 "Under the Hood: A Report on the Ku Klux Klan in the Greater Los Angeles Area"  1980 November 

8 2

 "Understanding Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in Los Angeles and What We Can Do About It"  1996 July 

8 3

 "Utmost Good Faith? American Indians on Los Angeles County's Urban Reservation" by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission 1986 October 

8 4

 "Venice Community Concerns" report by the Human Relations Commission of the City of Los Angeles 1978 October 

8 5

 "Violence and Intimidation: Rising Bigotry Toward Arabs and Muslims" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1991 

8 6

 "Violence in Public Schools" a report from the City Council Ad Hoc Committee 1993 December 10 

8 7

 "Vision of New Los Angeles: A Community United "  1992 

8 8-9

 "West San Gabriel Valley: A Community in Transition" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1989 July 

8 10

 "What's Working in Human Relations" report on a Public Hearing by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 1987 July 

8 11

 "Who is Helping in the Community"  1978 

8 12

 "Women in Broadcasting '74: The Way We Are"  

8 13

 Resolutions circa 1982-1994 

8 14

 Statements and Proclamations circa 1980s-1990s 

8 15

 Survey and Questionnaires 1981-1982 

8 16-18

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Series 5:  Miscellaneous 1944-1996 

Scope and Content

The series includes speeches given by various community officials; flyers, newsletters, and publications about upcoming events in the community; information about other human relations commissions; children's books; schedules and calendars. The series is organized in alphabetical order by folder title.

Box
8
Folder
2-13
Box Folder

 Addresses and Speeches 1976-1994 

8 19

 Books 1944-1973 

Scope and Content

What About Our Japanese-Americans? by Carey McWilliams

Angelenos-Then and Now illustrated by Don Freeman produced by Los Angeles City Schools

The Sesame Street Treasury Volume 1 Starring The Number 1 and the Letter A published by Children's Television Workshop/Funk and Wagnalls, Inc.

8 20

 Flyers 1980-1996 

8 21

 Newsletters and Bulletins circa 1969-1990s 

8 22-23

 Other Human Rights Organizations 1977-1996 

8 24-26

 Other Human Rights Organizations- California Association of Relations Commission (CAHRO) 1979-1996 

8 27-28

 Pamphlets circa 1970s-1990s 

8 29

 Schedules and Calendars 1978-1995 

8 30

 Statistics circa 1980s 

8 31

 Publications 1988-1996 

8 32

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