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Warren L. Steinberg papers

Identifier: 0348

Scope and Content

Most of the materials in the collection focus on Steinberg's involvement with the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission. The Commission was established by ordinance #131,700 by the City Council and Mayor on February 1, 1966 after the Watts Riots of 1965. The goal of the Commission is to assist in assuring the people of Los Angeles the opportunity for full and equal participation in the affairs of city government and to promote the general welfare and safety of all residents in the Los Angeles community. Steinberg was involved with the Commission until his death in 2004.

The collection includes the following: correspondence about the Commission and other projects that Steinberg was involved in; article clippings highlighting important events and issues at the time; materials related to the day in and day out operations of the commission such as the budget, meeting minutes and reports, newsletters produced and distributed by the Commission; and materials surrounding the annual luncheon that the Commission would host to honor individuals and companies that positively promoted human relations in Los Angeles.

Also included are materials from the subcommittees of the Human Relations Commission and materials regarding education, immigration, and hate crimes as well as projects that the commission worked on. The Miscellaneous series contains materials that do not specifically relate to the Commission and include materials compiled and produced by other human rights organizations.


  • 1944 - 1998
  • Majority of material found within 1966 - 1997


Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical note

Dr. Warren Linnington Steinberg was born in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York on January 20, 1924 to John M. Steinberg and Gertrude (Vogel) Steinberg. The family moved to Los Angeles during the 1930s. Warren attended Beverly Hills High School before enrolling at UCLA where he received a B.A., M. Ed., and Ph.D. of Education in 1962.

While completing his studies, Steinberg met and married Betty Ruth Blass on June 29, 1949. They had three sons: Leigh William, James Robert, and Donald Kenneth. Steinberg's career in public education lasted for 39 years and he served in a variety of capacities: he was a teacher, a counselor and a coach at Jordan High School; a teacher and athletic coordinator at Hamilton High School; Vice-Principal at University and Crenshaw High Schools; a consultant to the Los Angeles Unified School District Center for Planned Change; Vice-Principal and Principal at Le Conte Jr. High School; Administrative Consultant on Integration for the Los Angeles Unified School District; Administrator for the Student-to-Student Program; Principal at Gage Middle School and Fairfax High School. In addition to his career responsibilities, Steinberg also contributed articles on human relations and youth behavior to professional journals and newspapers. From 1996 until his death, he served as a member of the Board of Directors for Project Echo, Entrepreneurial Concepts, and Hands On.

Steinberg dedicated his life to promoting civil rights, improving human relations, and achieving equity for all. He was a founding advisor to the Los Angeles City Commission on Human Relations and served as President from 1978 to 1985. He is credited with being the longest-standing commissioner and served until his death. Steinberg also received a number of awards and honors including the Beverly Hills B'nai B'rith President's Award, Awards from the Los Angeles City Council, President's Award, the Southern California Community Relations Conference, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission, California Association of Human Relations Organizations Thirtieth Anniversary Civil Rights Lifetime Achievement Award, and Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education special commendations. Steinberg passed away on July 8, 2004.


8 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

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The papers of Warren L. Steinberg date from 1944 to 1998 with the bulk of the materials dating from 1966 to 1997. The papers focus on Steinberg's involvement with the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, an organization that Steinberg was involved with until his death in 2004.


The collection is organized into the following series: 1. Article Clippings; 2. Correspondence; 3. Roles, Functions and Duties of the Commission; 4. Subject Areas and Projects; 5. Miscellaneous


The collection was given to the University of Southern California by Warren Steinberg in 1997.

The Finding Aid of the Warren L. Steinberg papers
Katie Richardson
January 2011
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The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States