Oral Histories

Interview of Ann Sumner (1982)

Chief publicist for University Extension and active UCLA alumna.
Subtitle:
Distinguished Alumna
Topic:
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Administration
Interviewer:
Wutkee, Winston
Interviewee:
Sumner, Ann
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Language:
English
Copyright:
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Abstract:
Family background in New York State; move to Altadena, California, following father's death; attending Normal School Elementary School and University of Southern California Preparatory School; editing high school and college page of Los Angeles Express at fifteen; meeting Edward A. and Wilhelmina Dickson; living with the Dicksons; Los Angeles High School; newspaper work during college years; University of California, Southern Branch; David Bjork; Frank J. Klingberg; Waldemar Westergaard; Paul Périgord; Frederick Woellner; Louis Koontz; Frederic Blanchard; Loye Holmes Miller; Malibu and Rindge family; Charles H. Rieber; Lily Bess Campbell; Helen Laughlin; Evalyn Thomas; early campus architecture; Earl J. Miller; dormitory willed to UCLA by Mira Hershey; Dickson's influence on UCLA development; Ernest Carroll Moore; joining university publicity staff; working at Los Angeles Express after graduation; return to UCLA publicity work and University Extension Division; early Westwood; Dickson named regent; Ralph Bunche; women at UCLA; Moore's fears of communists; Vern O. Knudsen; establishing Graduate Division; Frederick Thorne-Rider; origins of Gold Shield; UCLA Affiliates; Hansena Frederickson; California of the Southland, 1937; UCLA on the Move, 1969; Extension Division News; extension radio series; Earle Hedrick; Robert Gordon Sproul; Andrew J. Hamilton; travels with Dicksons, 1931, 1936, and 1938; Olympic Games, 1936; anti-Semitism in Germany and Austria; war preparations; Sproul founds California Club; statewide coordination; Ebell Club work; extension war-training programs; J. Robert Oppenheimer; Bertrand Russell; Lawrence Clark Powell; Lindley Bynum; Dickson and the Walter and Louise Arensberg collection; Karl With; Walter Starkie; board of UCLA Progress Fund; Faculty Women's Club; Faculty Center; Clarence A. Dykstra; Neil H. Jacoby; Stafford L. Warren and UCLA medical school; William C. Ackerman; Dickson and Tennis Patrons Association; Friends of the Library; Majl Ewing; Raymond B. Allen; L. Dale Coffman; Gustave O. Arlt; German émigré community; Alma Mahler Werfel; Horace W. Magoun; UCLA Art Council; Mrs. Sidney Temple; Vincent Price; Friends of the Performing Arts; Design for Sharing; Franklin D. Murphy; Charles E. Young; Office of Public Affairs; Agnes Robb and Sproul; future of UCLA.