Between 1947 and 1950, attorney and housing rights advocate Shirley Adelson Siegel lived in Los Angeles and became deeply
pro bono committee work related to the promotion of civil rights and affordable housing. Although she lived in Los Angeles for less
than four years, her work helped shape legislation that was later developed at both the local and state levels. The collection
consists of publications, press releases, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, and supplemental materials related
to her work in the areas of affordable housing and urban redevelopment policy.
Born July 3, 1918 in the Bronx, New York, Shirley Adelson Siegel was raised in New York City by Jewish immigrant parents.
The Great Depression hit the family hard: when Siegel was 13 she and her family were evicted from their Manhattan home when
her father, a struggling businessman, failed to make rent. However, despite the family's financial woes, Siegel excelled in
school. After graduating at the top of her high school class in the mid-1930s, she enrolled at Barnard College and pursued
an undergraduate degree in government. She graduated from Barnard with honors in 1937.
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