Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
DYMALLY, Mervyn Malcolm (1926-2012)

DYMALLY, MERVYN MALCOLM, a Representative from California; born in Cedros, Trinidad, British West Indies, May 12, 1926; attended Cedros Government School, Trinidad; graduated from St. Benedict and Naparima Secondary, San Fernando, Trinidad, 1944; B.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 1954; M.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1969; Ph.D., United States International University, San Diego, 1977; president, Mervyn M. Dymally Co., Inc., 1979-1981; teacher; lecturer; served in the California state legislature, 1963-1966; State senator, 1967-1975; Lieutenant Governor, California, 1975-1979; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1981-January 3, 1993); was not a candidate for renomination in 1992 to the One Hundred Third Congress; member of the California state assembly, 2002-2008; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the California state senate in 2008; died on October 7, 2012, in Los Angeles, Ca.

California State University, Los Angeles
Special Collections, University Library
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: ca. 1962-1993, approximately 440 linear feet.
The papers of Mervyn Malcolm Dymally document his service in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, and his tenure as Lieutenant Governor of California.


California State Archives
Sacramento, CA
Oral history: In the Leroy Clyde Hardy Interview, 1989, 244 pages.
Subjects include Mervyn Malcolm Dymally.

Oral history: In the Leon Douglas Ralph Interview, 1990, 202 pages.
Subjects include Mervyn Malcolm Dymally.

Oral history: In the Bruce Samuel Interview, 1992, 160 pages.
Subjects include Mervyn Malcolm Dymally.

Oral history: In the Richard A. Santillan Interview, 1989, 265 pages.
Subjects include Mervyn Malcolm Dymally.

Oral history: In the Steven Earl Smith Interview, 1990, 111 pages.
Steven Smith discusses his service as campaign manager for Mervyn Dymally in the 1973 lieutenant governor race.

Oral history: In the Alfred H. Song Interview, 1987, 222 pages.
Subjects include Mervyn Malcolm Dymally.

Oral history: In the Frank D. Vicencia Interview, 1987, 204 pages.
Subjects include Mervyn Malcolm Dymally.

Papers: In the John L. Harmer California Lieutenant Governor Subject Files, 1974, 37 files.
Subjects include the transfer of the office to Mervyn Dymally. An unpublished inventory for the papers is available in the repository.


The HistoryMakers
Chicago, IL
Oral history: 2004, amount unknown.
An oral history interview of Mervyn Dymally conducted on November 15, 2004.


Howard University
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Washington, DC
Oral history: 1969, 50 pages.
In the interview with Mervyn Dymally, he recalls his initiation into politics as campaign worker in the Black community for John F. Kennedy. Reviews his first campaign and election in California. He also discusses his role in establishing a national conference of Black elected officials, as well as educational aid to minority students' program of the Urban Affairs Institute. No tape available.


University of California, Los Angeles
Oral History Program
Los Angeles, CA
Oral history: 1996-1997, 3 volumes.
Oral history interviews with Mervyn Dymally conducted by Elston L. Carr between 1996 and 1997. In the interviews, Congressman Dymally discusses his family background and education, his decision to move to California, the lack of opportunities for blacks to become politically active, and joining the American Federation of Teachers. He continues with gaining support in the 1962 campaign for the 53rd Assembly District, impact of the Watts riots, running for the 29th Senate District seat in 1966, legislation to teach black history in public schools, Early Childhood Education Act, the California Fair Plan, prison reform, 1965 reapportionment. He continues with events leading to his decision to run for Lt. Governor in 1974, endorsing Jerry Brown for President in 1976, decision to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after his loss for a 2nd term as Lt. Governor in 1978, issues he became involved in during his tenure in the House, and the decision to leave Congress in 1992 after 12 years of service.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Audio reels: 1980, 3 commercials on 1 sound tape reel.
The commercials were used during Mervyn Dymally's campaign for the 1980 U.S. congressional election in District 31 of California, Democratic Party.


Yale University Library
Microform reference
New Haven, CT
Microfilm: In the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Papers, 1959-1976, 80 reels.
Subjects include Mervyn Malcolm Dymally. A published finding aid for the microfilm is available in the repository.

  • Dymally, Mervyn Malcolm. "Demographic and Socioeconomic Determinants of Black Political Participation at the United States Congressional District Level," Ph. D. diss., United States International University, 1977.
  • "Mervyn Malcolm Dymally" 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.