A former Broadway star, Helen Gahagan Douglas served as representative of California's Fourteenth Congressional District, 1945-1951. This photo collection contains black-and-white portraits of Douglas and pictures with her husband Melvyn Douglas and family, with Eleanor Roosevelt, with California labor leaders, at meetings of the Americans for Democratic Action and League for Industrial Democracy (1950s), and at speaking engagements. The collection also contains images taken during or for her political campaigns, her theater performances (1920s-1930s), and her only movie She (1935). There are photographs of some of Richard Nixon's 1950 Senate campaign materials, pictures of California migratory labor camps (1930s-1941) taken by Dorothea Lange, and images of a Yugoslavian refugee camp in Cairo (1945). There is an item-level inventory for this collection. For reproduction fees and guidelines, consult fee guidelines and policies governing the use of photos.
Examples of photographs in the Douglas Collection are depicted below. Click on each image to view the full-sized photograph.
Researchers are encouraged to examine the papers of this multi-talented congresswoman in the Helen Gahagan Douglas Collection. For more information on the archival holdings, please contact the Carl Albert Center.
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