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HAWKINS, Augustus Freeman (Gus) (1907-2007)

HAWKINS, AUGUSTUS FREEMAN (GUS), a Representative from California; born in Shreveport, Caddo Parish, La., August 31, 1907; in 1918, moved to Los Angeles, Calif., with his parents; attended local public schools; graduated from Jefferson High School in 1926, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1931, and from the University of Southern California in 1932; engaged in the real estate business in 1941; member of the State assembly, 1935-1962; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1991); chairman, Committee on House Administration (Ninety-seventh and Ninety-eighth Congresses), Committee on Education and Labor (Ninety-eighth through One Hundred First Congresses), Joint Committee on Printing (Ninety-sixth and Ninety-eighth Congresses), Joint Committee on the Library (Ninety-seventh Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1990 to the One Hundred Second Congress; died on November 10, 2007, in Bethesda, Md.

University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Special Collections
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: 1935-1990, 137 linear feet.
The Augustus Hawkins collection contains the following series: Legislative Files, Subject Files, Correspondence Files, District Office Files, Education and Labor Committee Files, California State Assembly Files, and Miscellaneous Material. The papers cover subjects such as civil rights, employment, equal opportunity, education, job training, and child care. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


California State Archives
Sacramento, CA
Oral history: In the Paul J. Lunardi interview, 1989, 356 pages.
Subjects include Hawkins.

Oral history: In the Allen Miller interview, 1987, 185 pages.
Subjects include Hawkins.

Oral history: In the Thomas M. Rees interview, 1987, 388 pages.
Subjects include Hawkins.

Oral history: In the Laughlin E. Waters interview, 1987, 180 pages.
Subjects include Hawkins.


The HistoryMakers
Chicago, IL
Oral history: 2003, amount unknown.
An oral history interview of Hawkins conducted on September 12, 2003.


Howard University
Manuscript Division, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Washington, DC
Oral history: 1969, 26 pages.
An interview with Hawkins, conducted by Robert Wright on February 28, 1969. In the interview, Hawkins discusses the history of Title VII (equal employment) of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, anti-poverty programs and their relationship to the 1965 Watts riot, and the operations of congressional committees.

  • "Augustus Freeman (Gus) Hawkins" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.
  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Augustus F. Hawkins, Democratic Representative from California. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.