Oral Histories

Interview of Lucien C. Haas

Press secretary and campaign specialist from 1961 to 1984.
Lucien C. Haas
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Biographical Note:
Press secretary and campaign specialist from 1961 to 1984.
Vasquez, Carlos
Haas, Lucien C.
Persons Present:
Haas and Vasquez.
Place Conducted:
Haas's home in Pacific Palisades, 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 was conducted by Carlos Vasquez, Director, UCLA State Government Interview Series, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., Political Science, UCLA; M.A., Political Science, Stanford University; Ph.D. candidate, History, UCLA.There exist no private papers which the interviewer was able to consult for this interview.
Processing of Interview:
Vasquez checked the verbatim manuscript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spellings, and verified proper names. Insertions by the editor are bracketed. The interviewer also prepared the introductory materials.Mr. Haas reviewed a copy of the edited transcript and returned it with minor corrections.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series were undertaken by the UCLA Oral History Program under the auspices of the California State Archives and in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton, Oral History Program; California State University, Sacramento, Center for California Studies Oral History Program; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program; and the University of California, Berkeley, Regional Oral History Office. Funds were allocated to the state archives after Governor George Deukmejian signed into law Assembly Bill 2104 (Chapter 965 of the Statutes of 1985), establishing a state government oral history program "to provide through the use of oral history a continuing documentation of state policy development as reflected in California's legislative and executive history." All interviews in the series are available at the California State Archives in Sacramento.
Family and educational background; brief stint with the Western Beet Sugar Producers, Denver; World War II military service; begins journalistic career with the Los Angeles Daily News; work for other publications until 1961; joins staff of Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Sr., as associate press secretary; serves as communications director or press secretary in several critical statewide campaigns; works for Alan Cranston as policy analyst, press secretary, and speechwriter.