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Jerry Voorhis Papers

Identifier: H-Mss-0922

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Books and papers related to his political campaigns and years in Congress, including his voting record. Research material for his books, files related to his political, economic, and social interests, material about the Voorhis School for Boys, and Voorhis family history. Includes information on co-operatives and personal and business correspondence with prominent figures. Also includes supporting books and periodicals, phonograph records used in radio broadcasts, scrapbooks, photographs, articles and speeches by Voorhis, newspaper clippings, and other artifacts.


  • 1901-1984


Language of Material

Languages represented in the collection: English.


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

Biography / Administrative History

Jerry Voorhis, 1901-1984, was founder of the Voorhis School for Boys in San Dimas, Calif.; U.S. congressman from California's 12th district, 1936-1946, until his defeat by Richard Nixon; member of the Dies Committee on Un-American Activities; president and later executive director of the Co-operative League of the U.S.A.


132 feet (132 boxes)


The collection includes books and papers related to Jerry Voorhis' political campaigns and years in Congress; research material for his books and subject files related to his political, economic, and social interests; Voorhis School for Boys materials; and Voorhis family history.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Cooperatives Subseries 1.1: Cooperatives in the U.S.A Subseries 1.2: Labor Legislation Subseries 1.3: International Cooperative Association, I.C.A. Subseries 1.4: Unemployment Conference Subseries 1.5: Cooperative League of the United States of America (CLUSA) Subseries 1.6: The Cooperative Foundation Subseries 1.7: Consumer Movement Subseries 1.8: Illinois Federation of Consumers Subseries 1.9: Cooperatives Subseries 1.10: Materials Concerning Cooperatives Both in the U.S.A. and Abroad Subseries 1.11: California Commission of Aging; Cooperative housing Subseries 1.12: Cooperative Housing; Paul Bullock; Italian commendation Subseries 1.13: Coop Housing Directory; Coop Foundation; Coop League Subseries 1.14: Cooperative; Oil Independence; Peace and Disarmament Subseries 1.15: Boys Club; Cooperative; Bound letters Subseries 1.16: Cooperatives Subseries 1.17: California Commission of Aging; Cooperative housing Series 2: Correspondence Subseries 2.1: Personal Correspondence Subseries 2.2: General Correspondence Subseries 2.3: Correspondence with Politicians Subseries 2.4: Correspondence; Service Organization; Awards and Degrees; Cooperatives Subseries 2.5: Correspondence Subseries 2.6: Speeches; Congressional Correspondence Subseries 2.7: Dad's Letters Subseries 2.8: Correspondence with U.S. Presidents; Tax Reform; Employment of Inner City Youth Subseries 2.9: Correspondence; Articles on Miscellaneous Topics Subseries 2.10: Correspondence; Group Health Association of America Subseries 2.11: Correspondence with Emily McCormick, 1969 - 1977 Series 3: Economics Subseries 3.1: Cartels and Monopolies Subseries 3.2: War on Poverty Subseries 3.3: The United States Monetary System Series 4: Miscellaneous Suberies 4.1: Latin America Cooperatives Suberies 4.2: Atomic Bomb and Energy Suberies 4.3: Agriculture Suberies 4.4: Flood Control Suberies 4.5: Public Power Suberies 4.6: Miscellany Suberies 4.7: National Council of Churches Suberies 4.8: National Association of Housing Cooperatives Suberies 4.9: Voorhis' Activities in Retirement Suberies 4.10: The Functioning of the U.S. Congress Suberies 4.11: Various Topics Suberies 4.12: Oil Papers Suberies 4.13: Pacific Homes and Claremont Manor Suberies 4.14: Higher Education in California Suberies 4.15: All About India Suberies 4.16: Voorhis Awards Suberies 4.17: Miscellaneous Series 5: Newspaper Clippings Subersies 5.1: Newspaper clippings, 1937 - February 1940 Series 6: Oral History Subseries 6.1: Claremont Graduate School Oral History interview; autobiography Series 7: Photographs Subseries 7.1: Photographs Subseries 7.2: Oversized items -- Awards and Diplomas, Photographs Series 8: Politics Subseries 8.1: Dies Committee Subseries 8.2: Dies Committee Government Documents Subseries 8.3: Congressional Records Subseries 8.4: Veterans Affairs Subseries 8.5: Political, religious, and Congressional Materials Subseries 8.6: Campaign Records, Materials, and Results (except 1946) Subseries 8.7: Peace Movement Subseries 8.8: Military problems Subseries 8.9: Townsend Plan and Social Security Subseries 8.10: Political Activities and Correspondence Subseries 8.11: 1946 Campaign Materials: Voorhis vs. Nixon Subseries 8.12: Epic Campaign; Epic News; Italian commendation Subseries 8.13: Political Papers; Congressional Joint Economic Committee; Cooperative League USA Subseries 8.14: Political Campaign and activities; family and school Subseries 8.15: Yale; Politics; Early Congressional Years Series 9: Publications Subseries 9.1: The People's Business; and radio and other speeches Subseries 9.2: Material for Voorhis' Books: Confessions of a Congressman,American Cooperatives, and Cooperative Enterprise Subseries 9.3: Materials for The Book the Strange Case of Richard Milhous Nixon Subseries 9.4: Memorial Societies Movement Subseries 9.5: Voorhis' Letters, Speeches and Testimony before Congressional Committees Subseries 9.6: U.S. history course, "Development of Social Classes in the U.S., taught by Jerry Voorhis at Pomona College Subseries 9.7: Speeches, Articles and Other Material by Jerry Voorhis Subseries 9.8: Materials for Voorhis's book: Out of Debt, Out of Danger Subseries 9.9: Manuscript: The Strange Case of Richard Milhous Nixon Subseries 9.10: Speeches, Articles, Debates, and Correspondence; Democratic Clubs Subseries 9.11: Writings; Essays; Book Reviews Subseries 9.12: World Peace Biographies Subseries 9.13: Publishing Correspondence Subseries 9.14: Miscellaneous Writings, Pamphlets and Speeches Subseries 9.15: Correspondence; Articles and Other Writings Subseries 9.16: Letters and articles; Book Reviews Subseries 9.17: Political Speeches and Writings Subseries 9.18: Genealogy; "A Soldier's Journal" (Civil War Diary) by A.L. Voorhis Subseries 9.19: Miscellaneous Voorhis Publications Subseries 9.20: Obituaries and Memorial Items, Biographical Materials Series 10: Voorhis School for Boys, 1827 - 1938 Subseries 10.1: Voorhis School for Boys; General Correspondence Subseries 10.2: Voorhis School for Boys Subseries 10.3: Cal Poly Pomona; Voorhis School for Boys

Physical Location

Please consult repository.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Voorhis Family, 1976.


No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Processing Information

Arranged and processed by Special Collections staff.

Jerry Voorhis Papers
Russell Michalak
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Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States