Oral Histories

Interview of Paul Ziffren

Lawyer and California Democratic National Committee member.
Paul Ziffren: California Democrat
Interviews not in a series, part one
Politics and Government
Biographical Note:
Lawyer and California Democratic National Committee member.
Cunningham, Craig
Ziffren, Paul
Persons Present:
Ziffren and Cunningham.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by L. Craig Cunningham, graduate research assistant, Oral History Program, UCLA; Completing studies toward a graduate degree in history.
Processing of Interview:
Adelaide Tusler, M.L.S., oral historyProgram, UCLA edited the transcript. The editing, which Is based on a verbatim transcription of the tapes, consists mainly of the addition of punctuation, minor changes in syntax, and name verification. There has been only slight chronological rearrangement of the material.Ziffren reviewed and approved the manuscript, occasionally changing words and phrases, and deleting very little material. Some of the interviewer's questions were deleted.
7 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Family background; education at Northwestern University; early law practice; participation in Chicago politics; move to Los Angeles, 1943; law practice in Los Angeles; involvement in Democratic Party politics; work in United States Senate campaign of Helen Gahagan Douglas, 1950; delegate to Democratic National Convention, Chicago, 1952; role in organizing of California Democratic Council (CDC); Fresno convention, CDC, 1953; CDC in 1954 and 1956 elections; Democratic politics in 1950s; Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles, 1960; associations with political figures Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Sr., Lyndon B. Johnson, Stanley Mosk, Samuel W. Yorty, James Roosevelt, and Adlai E. Stevenson.