Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
VAN DEERLIN, Lionel (1914-2008)

VAN DEERLIN, LIONEL, a Representative from California; born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., July 25, 1914; attended the public schools at Oceanside, Calif.; B.A., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1937; studied journalism; United States Army, Field Artillery and Stars and Stripes newspaper and overseas service in the Mediterranean Theater, 1941-1945; journalist; radio and television news editor and analyst, 1952-1961; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1964; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1981); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-seventh Congress in 1980; professor emeritus, San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif.; columnist, San Diego Union Tribune; died on May 17, 2008, in San Diego, Calif.

San Diego Historical Society
San Diego, CA
Papers: 1962-1982, 87 feet.
The papers of Lionel Van Deerlin contain legislative files, San Diego County subject files, and case files. A finding aid is available in the repository. Parts of the papers are restricted.

Oral History: In The Heart of San Diego Oral History Project.
Interview with Lionel Van Deerling. Dates and length of interview unknown.


San Diego State University
Special Collections and University Archives
San Diego, CA
Photographs: 1960-1981, 0.21 linear foot.
This accession consists of photographs documenting Lionel Van Deerlin’s life and public service work. Several photos, some of which are inscribed, show Van Deerlin with prominent political figures, including Walter Mondale, Rosalyn Carter, Ted Kennedy and John Kennedy, among others. Also included are early photos of Van Deerlin during his time in the Army and photos of Van Deerlin with his wife and children. In addition to photograph prints and negatives, there are a few letters and postcards, and a magazine article about one of van Deerlin’s legislative initiatives.


University of Denver
Penrose Library
Denver, CO
Audiotape: In the "Meet the Member" radio program, ca. 1967-1968, 1 audiotape reel.
The radio program includes profiles of various Members of Congress, including Representative Lionel Van Deerlin.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Sound Tape Reel: 1980, 5 commercials on 1 sound tape reel.
The commercials were used during Lionel Van Deerlin's campaign for the 1980 U.S. congressional election in District 42 of California, Democratic Party.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Lionel Van Deerlin, Democratic Representative from California. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.