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Brad Pye Jr. Campaign Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Brad Pye Jr. Campaign Collection, 1960-1992Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1988-1991

ID: URB/BPJ

Primary Creator: Pye, Brad, Jr.

Extent: 4.7 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Administrative Files, 1970-1992

Series II: Events and Presentations, 1960-1992

Date Acquired: 09/12/1992

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material

Languages: English

Abstract

Brad Pye, Jr. was the first African-American sportscaster in Los Angeles, California. He worked to establish racial equality in American sports throughout his distinguished career as a sports journalist, broadcaster, and community advocate. The Brad Pye Jr. Campaign Collection highlights aspects of Pye's involvement in American athletics and in the Los Angeles community, including his race for the District 9 seat of the Los Angeles City Council in 1991. Records in the collection include campaign documentation, political proposals, candidate advertisements, press releases, press clippings, correspondence, and photographs.

Biographical Note

Brad Pye, Jr. was born June 11, 1931 in Plain Dealing, Louisiana. He moved to Los Angeles at the age of twelve and lived on Central Avenue where he looked after himself without family support until his mother joined him four years later. During that time he made a living as a gas station attendant, shoe shiner, and garment factory worker. Pye enjoyed athletics and became interested in sports writing while attending Thomas Jefferson High where he was recognized with a journalism award in 1949 for his contributions to the school newspaper. After graduation, Pye went on to play center position with the 1949 undefeated football team of East Los Angeles College where he studied journalism and wrote for the school's newspaper. He was the college's first African-American student public relations director and its first Black member of Beta Phi Gamma, the honorary journalism society. Pye completed his Associate of Arts degree at Compton College and served two years in the United States Marine Corps before enrolling at California State University, Los Angeles where he served as sports editor for the school's award-winning newspaper.

Pye led a distinguished career as a sports journalist and broadcaster. He was the sports editor of the Los Angeles Sentinel for nearly thirty years and wrote sports columns for the L.A. Watts Times, Compton Bulletin, Inglewood Today, and Inland Valley News. He also worked for twenty-one years as the sports director of radio stations KGFJ, KJLH, KACE, and KDAY. Pye was the first African-American sportscaster in Los Angeles and over the course of his career he worked to establish racial equality in the field of sports not only for athletes, but also for officials and other sports-related professionals. Alongside Brock Brockenbury, Pye helped obtain press box accommodations for Black journalists at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He also led a successful campaign at the University of Southern California to recognize the school's first All-American football player, Brice U. Taylor (class of 1925), who, as an African-American, was never recorded in the university's media guide. Pye promoted young African-American athletes in Southern California through his sports columns, radio broadcasts, and by organizing corporate sponsorships. He recruited Black athletes for the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles (later San Diego) Chargers, and the Oakland Raiders. He became the first African-American public relations staffer in Major League Baseball while working for the Los Angeles Angels in 1961 and was the first African-American administrator in the American Football League while serving under Commissioner Al Davis.

In addition to his work as a sports journalist, Pye was a dedicated community advocate active throughout the City of Los Angeles and greater Los Angeles County. He hosted mentoring sessions for local youth and was involved with the Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club, the Greater Los Angeles Poverty Agency, the Los Angeles Urban League, the Brotherhood Crusade, and the Board of Economic and Youth Opportunities Agency of Greater Los Angeles, among many other organizations. Pye was the first African-American President of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Board of Commissioners and paved the way for Black promotions to senior-level positions within the department. He served as the Assistant Chief Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and worked with Yvonne Braithwaite Burke after Hahn retired. Under Burke, Pye created the Aquatics Foundation to promote swimming skills and instruction for local youth. In 1991 he ran for the Los Angeles City Council District 9 to fill the seat vacated by Gilbert Lindsay's death, but ultimately lost to Rita Walters. In 1993 Pye became a Division Chief of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He retired from the county in 2011 after twenty-four years of service.

Pye received more than 100 awards for community involvement and excellence in journalism over the course of his career and has been hailed the "Dean of Black Sportscasters" for his leadership and pioneering efforts in American sports.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Brad Pye Jr. Campaign Collection documents aspects of the 1991 District 9 race for Los Angeles City Council as well as Pye's community and athletic involvement. The collection spans from 1960-1992, with the majority of records dating from 1988-1991. The collection has been divided into two series: Series I, Administrative Files (1970-1992) and Series II, Events and Presentations (1960-1992).

Series I, Administrative Files, consists of campaign documentation, including Pye's political platform, costs and contributions, publicity samples, campaign management proposals and legal reviews, campaign advertisements, volunteer lists, press releases, résumés, and correspondence. Also included are newspaper and magazine clippings related to Los Angeles public agencies, officials, and politicians, prominent African-American leaders and athletes, and American race relations. The series also contains documentation of Pye's involvement with intercollegiate athletics, including correspondence and press clippings related to James McAlister's eligibility to participate in campus sports at the University of California, Los Angeles during the early 1970s. The series dates from 1970-1992 and is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series II, Events and Presentations, consists primarily of photographs featuring Pye with local figures, athletes, celebrities, and prominent African-American leaders at various events from 1960-1992, including events related to Pye's city council campaign. Of particular interest are those photographs featuring Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, Frank Robinson, Don King, Al Sharpton, Michael Jordan, Dionne Warwick, Whoopi Goldberg, and many others. Also included are resolutions from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and the City of Los Angeles as well as a tribute to President John F. Kennedy composed by Pye entitled, "Good Bye Mr. President." The series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Brad Pye Jr.

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Robert G. Marshall, Lan Voong, 1992

Finding Aid Revision History: Holli Teltoe, 2015


Box and Folder Listing


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Series I: Administrative Files, 1970-1992Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: 9th District MapSave to your list.
Folder 2: African American Leaders, Newspaper Clippings, 1990 December 1-1991 January 24Save to your list.
Folder 3: Agenda and Calendar Planning Scheduling Sheets, 1991 February 22-April 3Save to your list.
Folder 4: Awards and Certificates, 1986 December 5, 1991 February 24Save to your list.
Folder 5: Biographical Resume, 1990 February 13, 1991 February 4Save to your list.
Folder 6: Bishop, Jim, 1990 December 4, 1991 February 12Save to your list.
Folder 7: Bradley, Tom, Campaign Literature, 1986 October 3-1991 April 10Save to your list.
Folder 8: Bulk Mail, 1991 February 20-1992 April 1Save to your list.
Folder 9: Business CardsSave to your list.
Folder 10: California Basketball Officials Association Banquet Invitation, 1991 February 1Save to your list.
Folder 11: Campaign Contributions, 1991 February 28-March 13Save to your list.
Folder 12: Campaign Donations Lists, 1990 December 3-1991 March 3Save to your list.
Folder 13: Campaign Events, Outgoing Invitations, ca. May 1989, February 1991Save to your list.
Folder 14: Campaign Management and Publicity, 1990 January 29-1991 April 8Save to your list.
Folder 15: Campaign Platforms, Costs, and Publicity Samples, 1990 September 20-1991 February 13Save to your list.
Folder 16: Campaign VolunteersSave to your list.
Folder 17: Candidates Advertising Brochures and Flyers, ca. April 1991Save to your list.
Folder 18: Candidates for 9th District Nominating Petitions, 1991 January 18-1991 February 2Save to your list.
Folder 19: Civil Rights, Newspaper Clippings, 1990 December 12-1991 January 21Save to your list.
Folder 20: Community Redevelopment Agency Newspaper Clippings, 1990 December 23Save to your list.
Folder 21: Cooper, Michael, Newspaper ClippingsSave to your list.
Folder 22: Correspondence, 1970 June 15-1991 April 11Save to your list.
Folder 23: "Elected Officials of the County of Los Angeles," Salary and Tenure Data, July 1990Save to your list.
Folder 24: Fax ReportsSave to your list.
Folder 25: Feinstein, Dianne, Newspaper Clippings, 1990 September 24-November 5Save to your list.
Folder 26: Ferraro, John, Newspaper Clipping, 1991 January 4Save to your list.
Folder 27: Flores, Sarah, Brochures, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 28: Fundraiser Report FormSave to your list.
Folder 29: Glen Ivy, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 30: Golden Western Magazine, February-May 1991Save to your list.
Folder 31: Goode, Dennis H., Political BiographySave to your list.
Folder 32: Holden, Nate, Newspaper Clippings, 1991 February 4Save to your list.
Folder 33: Housing, 1991 February 28-April 2Save to your list.
Folder 34: Inter-Agency Council Correspondence, ca. February 1991Save to your list.
Folder 35: Intercollegiate Athletics, General, 1971 February 4-October 21Save to your list.
Folder 36: Intercollegiate Athletics, McAlister, James Edward, 1970-1974Save to your list.
Folder 37: Invitations Received, ca. 1987-1991 April 3Save to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 1Save to your list.
Item 1: African American Leaders, Newspaper Clippings, January 1991Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: "The [Kenneth] Hahn Dynasty", March 1988Save to your list.
Folder 2: King, Rodney, Newspaper ClippingsSave to your list.
Folder 3: Korean-American Grocers Assocation of Southern California, Newspaper Clippings, 1990 October 18Save to your list.
Folder 4: Lindsay, Gilbert, Newspaper Clippings and Press Releases, 1990 October 10-1991 January 28Save to your list.
Folder 5: Linking Education and Progress for Excellence, 1991 February 16Save to your list.
Folder 6: Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day, Line-ups and Correspondence, April 1991Save to your list.
Folder 7: Los Angeles Sentinel, Brochures, Flyers, and Correspondence, 1971 July 25, 1991 February 11-March 12Save to your list.
Folder 8: Mailing LabelsSave to your list.
Folder 9: Mailing Lists, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 10: Mailing Lists, March 1990-1991 April 1Save to your list.
Folder 11: Mailing Lists, 1990 June 8-1991 February 6Save to your list.
Folder 12: Mandela, Nelson, Newspaper Clipping, 1990 December 23Save to your list.
Folder 13: Meeting Minutes, Notes, and Schedules, 1990 November 20, February 1991Save to your list.
Folder 14: "Miracle on Adams Blvd.," Newsletter, January 1991Save to your list.
Folder 15: Molina, Gloria, Correspondence, 1991 March 6Save to your list.
Folder 16: National Collegiate Athletic Association Officers Roster and Newspaper, 1975 October 15Save to your list.
Folder 17: National Football League, News Releases, Ballot, Newsclippings, November 1990-1991 January 6Save to your list.
Folder 18: Norwood, Chico, 1991 February 19-April 4Save to your list.
Folder 19: Pacific Bell Telephone, 1970 February 17-1973 September 24, 1991 February 13-March 29Save to your list.
Folder 20: Personal File, 1983 April 22-1991 February 12Save to your list.
Folder 21: Plan of Action, "La Plan de Accion", 1991 February 26Save to your list.
Folder 22: Prerequisites to Campaign Solicitations OnlineSave to your list.
Folder 23: Press Clippings, July 1971-1991 January 30Save to your list.
Folder 24: Press Releases and Memoranda, 1990 November 7-1991 March 16Save to your list.
Folder 25: "Prying Pye," Editorials, 1990 December 8-1991 January 12Save to your list.
Folder 26: Receipts and Ordering Notes, 1970 March 10-1991 April 6Save to your list.
Folder 27: Register of Voters Index, 1990 November 6Save to your list.
Folder 28: Rent-a-Mac, 1991 February 7, 13Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: Skelton, Grover and Associates Campaign DocumentsSave to your list.
Folder 2: Smiley, Tavis, Brochure, Invitation, 1991 January 29Save to your list.
Folder 3: South East Central Homeowners Association, ca. January 1991Save to your list.
Folder 4: Statement of Organization Application, 1991 January 8, April 8Save to your list.
Folder 5: Switch Reels, 30 Second Radio Spot, 1991 March 5-7Save to your list.
Folder 6: Tax Forms and Information, 1990-1991Save to your list.
Folder 7: Tillman, Dr. Talmage C., Jr., Correspondence, Memoranda, and Notes, 1991 February 4-21Save to your list.
Folder 8: Torres, Art, BrochuresSave to your list.
Folder 9: Union Outreach, 1991 February 3-4Save to your list.
Folder 10: VIPs and Officials, RosterSave to your list.
Folder 11: Voting Materials, 1990 March 29, December 12Save to your list.
Folder 12: Walters, Rita, Newspaper Clippings and Invitation, 1991 January 25-April 15Save to your list.
Folder 13: Waters, Maxine, Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings, 1990 December 15, 27Save to your list.
Folder 14: Weiss, Donald M., Brochure, 1990 November 5Save to your list.
Folder 15: Workers Compensation Insurance FormsSave to your list.
Folder 16: Youth Opportunities, 1991 February 27, March 16Save to your list.

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