The Library has an extensive collection of materials related to Charlotta Bass that
anyone is free to come to the Library and look through. A selection of
historical documents and memorabilia from the collection
is also available on this website, as well as photos of Bass and
photos from the California Eagle.
A brief description of the Library's collection on Charlotta Bass follows.
The Library's Charlotta Bass Papers primarily cover the period from 1924 to the 1960s.
- the draft and manuscript of Bass's book Forty Years
- her biographical and personal papers
- financial records for Bass and the Eagle
- papers of her nephew John Kinloch
In addition to the draft and manuscript of Bass's book Forty Years, published in
1960, the papers include a file on publicity for the book. Along with copies of her articles
and speeches, Bass's political and personal correspondence from the 1920s through the 1960s
constitutes the heart of the collection. The collection also documents most of her political campaigns
Los Angeles City Council, 1945; Congress, 1950; and her run for the U.S. Vice-Presidency on the
Progressive Party ticket with Vincent Hallinan, 1952. There are also incomplete financial records
for Bass and the Eagle.
Writings by and extensive correspondence from Bass's nephew John Kinloch round out the collection.
Bass had mentored him to take over the Eagle. His death serving in the U.S. military in Europe in
World War II was one of the greatest losses of her life.
The finding aid for the
Charlotta Bass Papers on the Online Archive of California provides a more detailed description of
the contents of this collection.
Papers related to Bass's finances and her estate currently reside in the Library's collection of
papers from attorneys Ben Margolis and John McTernan. Margolis, a friend of Bass's, served as her lawyer.
The Peace Candidate, a short 16 mm black and white film that was created to promote the 1952
Progressive Party presidential ticket provides footage of Charlotta Bass speaking about the campaign. It
can be found in the Library's documentary film collection.
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