Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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DELLUMS, Ronald V. (1935-2018)

DELLUMS, RONALD V., a Representative from California; born in Oakland, Alameda County, Calif., November 24, 1935; attended the Oakland public schools; A.A., Oakland City College, 1958; B.A., San Francisco State College, 1960; M.S.W., University of California, 1962; served two years in United States Marine Corps, active duty, 1954-1956; psychiatric social worker, California Department of Mental Hygiene, 1962-1964; program director, Bayview Community Center, 1964-1965; associate director, then director, Hunters Point Youth Opportunity Center, 1965-1966; planning consultant, Bay Area Social Planning Council, 1966-1967; director, Concentrated Employment Program, San Francisco Economic Opportunity Council, 1967-1968; senior consultant, Social Dynamics, Inc. (manpower specialization programs), 1968-1970; part-time lecturer, San Francisco State College, University of California, and Berkeley Graduate School of Social Welfare; member, Berkeley City Council, 1967-1970; delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1972; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-second and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1971-February 6, 1998); chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Ninety-sixth through One Hundred Second Congresses), Committee on Armed Services (One Hundred Third Congress); served from January 3, 1971, until his resignation on February 6, 1998; Mayor of Oakland, Calif., 2007-2011; died on July 30, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

African American Museum and Library at Oakland
Oakland, CA
Papers: ca. 1971-1999, 47 linear feet.
The Ronald V. Dellums Congressional Papers consists of records, artifacts, memorabilia, and related items produced by activities undertaken during career as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. These materials include various committee files, hearing and report books; correspondence with constituents and colleagues; sponsored or cosponsored legislative bills; personal files; staff files; press releases and other publications; and subject reference files. Significant items include original copies of correspondence and memoranda from fellow Congressmen, staff, and constituents, original copies of invitations to various functions, and photographs. Also included are memorabilia from Dellums ' career and life (awards, plaques, certificates, Congressional and military commendations), video recordings of House Floor tributes upon his retirement from Congress and the notes and reports from his work overseeing the budgets of the Department of Defense. A copy of the finding aid is available in the repository and online.


The HistoryMakers
Chicago, IL
Oral History: 2003, amount unknown.
An oral history interview of Ronald Dellums conducted on March 13, 2003.


University of Texas at Austin
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Austin, TX
Papers: In the Jessica Mitford Papers, ca. 1949-1973, 27 linear feet.
Other authors include Ronald V. Dellums. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

  • Dellums, Ronald V. "The Responsibility of Black Politics." Black Scholar 10 (January/February 1979): 38-44.
  • Dellums, Ronald V., and H. Lee Halterman. Lying Down with the Lions: A Public Life from the Streets of Oakland to the Halls of Power. Boston: Beacon Press, 2000.
  • Dellums, Ronald V., with R.H. (Max) Miller and H. Lee Halterman. Defense Sense: The Search For A Rational Military Policy. Cambridge, Mass.: Ballinger Publishing Company, 1983.
  • Fitch, Bob. Right on Dellums! My Dad Goes to Congress. Photos and text by Bob and Lynne Fitch. Edited by Paul J. Deegan. Mankato, Minn.: Creative Educational Society, [1971].
  • James, Victor V., Jr. "Cultural Pluralism and the Quest for Black Citizenship: The 1970 Ronald V. Dellums Congressional Primary Campaign." Ph.D. diss., University of California, Berkeley, 1975.
  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Ronald V. Dellums, Democratic Representative from California. Washington, D. C: Grossman Publishers, 1972.
  • "Ronald V. Dellums" 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.
  • Towell, Pat. "Dellums Walks a Delicate Line From Past to Chairmanship." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report 51 (May 8, 1993): 1163-69.