Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
WATSON, Diane Edith (1933-)

WATSON, DIANE EDITH, , a Representative from California; born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., November 12, 1933; graduated from Susan Miller Dorsey High School, Los Angeles, Calif.; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1956; M.S., California State University, Los Angeles, Calif., 1967; attended the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif., 1987; psychologist; faculty, California State University, Los Angeles, Calif., 1969-1971; health occupation specialist, Bureau of Industrial Education, California Department of Education, 1971-1973; member of the Los Angeles, Calif., unified school board, 1975-1978; member of the California state senate, 1978-1998; United States Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, 1999-2000; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Seventh Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Julian Dixon, and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (June 5, 2001-January 3, 2011); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Twelfth Congress in 2010.

University of California, Los Angeles
Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: 1978-2011, 13.25 linear feet.
The collection covers Diane Watson's time in the California State Senate, Ambassadorship to Micronesia, and the U.S. House of Representatives. Note that there are only a limited number of items from her time as ambassador. The collection includes press clippings collected and arranged by Watson's staff, a sizable collection of photographs from events throughout Watson's career, correspondence, and documents from various events, meetings, and conferences. The collection also contains materials related to specific areas of interest for Watson, including the controversy over Ebonics in the Oakland, Calif., School District in the mid-1990s, the Sherrice Iverson Justice Committee, and the debate over the downsizing of the King/Drew medical center. Additionally, the collection includes mementos from Watson's trip to South Korea in August, 2010-particularly significant as her Congressional district included Los Angeles's Koreatown, the largest population of Koreans outside of Korea. Mementos from the trip include Watson's honorary doctorate from Chung Ang University, Korean literature panels, and souvenir menus from banquets in Watson's honor. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


California State Archives
Sacramento, CA
Papers: 1978-1980, 2 cubic feet.
The papers of Diane Watson include correspondence and chronological files covering Sacramento and district chronological files, miscellaneous legislative counsel drafts; Jane Fonda and constituent problems.

Papers: 1979-1982, 4 cubic feet.
Bill files of Diane Watson from her tenure as a member of the California State Senate.

Papers: 1981-1986, 1.5 cubic feet.
Bill files of Diane Watson from her tenure as a member of the California State Senate.

Papers: 1987, amount unknown.
Newsletter questionnaires of Diane Watson, 1987.

Oral History: In the Oral History interview with Gladys W. Sargent, 1989, 242 pages.
The interview was conducted by Jacqueline S. Reinier, California State University, Sacramento for the State Government Oral History Program, California State Archives. Subjects covered include Diane E. Watson.


The HistoryMakers
Chicago, IL
Oral History: 2005, amount unknown.
An oral history interview of Diane Watson conducted on October 5, 2005.


Loyola Marymount University
Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library
Los Angeles, CA
Videotapes and DVDs: In the Bill Rosendahl-Adelphia Communications Corporation Collection of Public Affairs Television Programs, 1987-2006, 380 linear feet.
Persons represented include Diane Watson.


University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the William Bronston Papers, 1961-2008, 88.4 linear feet.
Persons represented include Diane Watson.


University of California, Los Angeles
Chicano Studies Research Center Library
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: In The Desegregation Collection 1976-1983, approximately 200 research files.
Persons represented include Diane Watson.

Papers: In the Joe Ortiz Papers and Radio Interviews 1968-2000, 25 linear feet.
Persons represented include Diane Watson.


University of California, San Francisco
Archives and Special Collections, UCSF Library & CKM
San Francisco, CA
Papers: 1987-1996, 2.25 linear feet.
This collection documents the activities of the California State Legislature, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and Senator Diane E. Watson during the passage and implementation of Proposition 99, California's landmark anti-tobacco bill, and associated bills. The documents were assembled by John D. Miller, Principal Consultant for Diane E. Watson, in her role as chairperson of the California State Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. Materials include legislative files, summaries, correspondence, and clippings as well as legal documents concerning lawsuits against AB 816 and SB 493. The materials are divided into two series: Legislative Files and Subject Files. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

  • "Diane Edith Watson" 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.
  • "Diane Edith Watson" in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. 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, 2006.
  • Katsimbras, Amofia, comp. Senator Diane E. Watson, Ph. D., 1978-1998: Legislative History. Sacramento: California State Senate, 1999.
  • Rambo, Beverly J. and Diane Edith Watson Your Career in Health Care. New York: Gregg Division, McGraw-Hill, 1976.
  • Watson, Diane Edith. "The Effects of the Desegregation Controversy on Trustee Governance in the Los Angeles Unified School District (1975-1980)." Ph. D. diss., The Claremont Graduate University, 1987.