Oral Histories

Interview of Helen Manz Moede

Councilor and director of the girls’ department at Los Angeles Juvenile Hall.
Recollections of Juvenile Hall
Interviews not in a series, part one
Politics and Government
Biographical Note:
Councilor and director of the girls’ department at Los Angeles Juvenile Hall.
Schippers, Donald J. and Dixon, Elizabeth I.
Moede, Helen Manz
Persons Present:
Tapes I to II: Moede and Dixon; Tapes III to IV: Moede and Schippers.
Place Conducted:
Moede's apartment in Los Angeles, California.
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 for tapes I to II were conducted by Elizabeth I. Dixon, Head, Oral History Program, UCLA; B.S., international relations, USC; M.L.S., library service, UCLA. The interview for tapes III to IV were conducted by Donald J. Schippers, Interviewer-Editor, Oral History Program, UCLA; B.A., UCLA; M.A., American history, Occidental College; M.L.S., Llbrary service, UCLA.
Processing of Interview:
The Dixon-Moede tapescripts were edited by Bernard Galm, Editor, Oral History Program, UCLA. The editing was minor in nature, mainly punctuation and spelling corrections.The Schippers-Moede series was edited by the interviewer.On reviewing the manuscript, and with the encouragement of the Program in this particular case, the interviewee made extensive changes, adding new material and rearranging the existing taped material to eliminate repetitions and to achieve a better continuity. Brackets are used to indicate material that either did not appear in the original sessions or that is not in its original position in the tapescript.The index was compiled by the editor.
5 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Early life; education at St. Cloud Teachers College; teaching career at Owyhee Indian Reservation, Haskell Indian College, and schools in Puerto Rico; move to California; work with mentally retarded children; first position at Los Angeles County Juvenile Hall, 1926-29; assignment as counselor in girls department, 1929-49; conditions in Juvenile Hall before 1929; changes following move to new buildings, 1929; initiation and development of girls club; attitudes of staff and girls; suggestions for changes at Juvenile Hall.