Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


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.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

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.

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.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

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

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