Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
ROYBAL, Edward R. (1916-2005)

ROYBAL, EDWARD R., (father of Lucille Roybal-Allard), a Representative from California; born in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, N.Mex., February 10, 1916; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1922; attended the public schools; graduated from Roosevelt High School, Fresno, Calif., 1934; joined the Civilian Conservation Corps until April 1, 1935; attended the University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., and at Southwestern University, Los Angeles, Calif.; public health educator with the California Tuberculosis Association, 1942-1944; United States Army, 1944-1945; director of health education for the Los Angeles County Tuberculosis and Health Association, 1945-1949; member of the city council of Los Angeles, Calif., 1949-1962, and president pro tempore, July 1961; president of Eastland Savings & Loan Association, 1958-1968, chairman of the board; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1993); reprimanded by the U.S. House of Representatives on October 13, 1978, for failure to report campaign contributions and converting campaign funds for personal use; chair, Select Committee on Aging (Ninety-eighth through One Hundred Second Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination to the One Hundred Third Congress in 1992; died on October 24, 2005, in Pasadena, Calif.

California State Archives
Sacramento, CA
Oral History: In the Arthur L. Alarcon Interview, 1988, 394 pages.
Subjects include Edward R. Roybal.

Oral History: In the John E. Huerta Interview, 1990, 261 pages.
Subjects include Edward R. Roybal.

Oral History: In the Daniel M. Luevano Interview, 1988, 461 pages.
Subjects include Edward R. Roybal.

Oral History: In the Thomas M. Rees Interview, 1987, 388 pages.
Subjects include Edward R. Roybal.

Oral History: In the Richard Santillan Interview, 1989, 265 pages.
Subjects include Edward R. Roybal.

Oral History: In the Philip L. Soto Interview, 1988, 241 pages.
Subjects include Edward R. Roybal.


University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Oral History: In the Hope Mendoza Schechter Interview, 1977-1978, 170 pages.
Other authors include Edward R. Roybal.


University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Special Collections, Library
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: 1953-1962, 25.5 linear feet.
The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, notes, photographs, and printed material related to the career of Edward Ross Roybal as a Los Angeles City Councilman. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the California Democratic Council Papers, ca. 1952-1967, 7 feet.
Subjects include Edward R. Roybal.

  • "Edward R. Roybal" in Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2012.
  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Edward R. Roybal, Democratic Representative from California. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.
  • Underwood, Katherine. "Process and Politics: Multiracial Electoral Coalition Building and Representation in Los Angeles' Ninth District, 1949-1962." Ph.D. diss., University of California, San Diego, 1992.
  • Wheelock, Warren and J. O. "Rocky" Maynes, Jr. Henry B. González, Greater Justice for All; Trini Lopez, the Latin Sound; Edward Roybal, Awaken the Sleeping Giant. Consultants, Jorge Valdivieso, Amalia Pérez, Fabiola Franco. St. Paul: EMC Corp., 1976.