Oral Histories

Interview of John E. Huerta

Deputy assistant and United States attorney general for civil rights in the administration of President James E. Carter in 1977. Executive director of the Southern California office of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund from 1980 to 1985. General counsel to a coalition dedicated to the 1981 California reapportionment.
John E. Huerta
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Vasquez, Carlos
Huerta, John E.
Persons Present:
Huerta and Vasquez.
Place Conducted:
Huerta's office in Pasadena, 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:
Lisa White, editorial assistant, checked the verbatim manuscript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spellings, and with the interviewer verified proper names. Insertions by the editor are bracketed. The interviewer prepared the introductory materials. Huerta reviewed the edited transcript and returned the transcript with only minor corrections.
4.5 hrs.
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.