Oral Histories

Interview of Augustus F. Hawkins (1992)

62nd district California State Assembly member from 1935 to 1963. Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1963 to 1991 serving as the he first black politician west of the Mississippi River elected to the House of Representatives.
Black Leadership in Los Angeles: Augustus F. Hawkins
Black Leadership in Los Angeles
African American History
Woods, Clyde
Hawkins, Augustus F.
Persons Present:
Hawkins and Woods.
Place Conducted:
Tapes I-V: Hawkins's former office in Los Angeles, California; Tapes VI-IX: Hawkins's office in Washington, D.C.
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 Clyde Woods, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., Government, Oberlin College; Master of City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.), Morgan State University; Doctoral Candidate, Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UCLA. Woods prepared for taping sessions by researching extensively in the Augustus Hawkins Papers at the UCLA Department of Special Collections and by reading a draft transcript of a 1988 interview with Hawkins conducted by Carlos Vasquez for the California State Archives State Government Oral History Program.
Processing of Interview:
Kristian London, editorial assistant, edited the interview. He checked the verbatim transcript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling, and verified proper names. Words and phrases inserted by the editor have been bracketed. Hawkins reviewed the transcript. He verified proper names and made minor corrections and additions. Alex Cline, editor, compiled the table of contents and index. Rebecca Mead, editorial assistant, prepared the biographical summary and interview history.
10.5 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series were made possible by support from the UCLA Center for African American Studies, Institute of American Cultures. This is the first of several Oral History Program series focusing on social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of African American citizens in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.