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Guide to the Dezso Karczag Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Dezso Karczag Papers
    Dates: ca. 1920s-1991
    Collection number: Mss 58
    Creator: Karczag, Dezso
    Collection Size: 0.6 linear feet (1 document box and 1 half-size document box)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: The collection contains the handwritten autobiography by Dezso Karczag [Dennis G. Karzag], co-founder of Santa Barbara-based Direct Relief International, along with supporting correspondence, articles, clippings, documents, photographs, and reports, ca. 1920s-1991.
    Physical location: Del Sur.
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    None.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item description, folder title, box number]. Dezso Karczag Papers. Mss 58. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Dezso Karczag, 1994.

    Biography

    Dezso Karczag [Dennis G. Karzag], was born in Ersekujvar, Hungary in 1904 and moved in 1911 to Vienna, where he became an Austrian citizen and attended medical school at the University of Vienna. He moved to France in 1929 and left Europe at the beginning of World War II, settling with his business partner, William Zimdin, in Santa Barbara in 1940. Karczag and Zimdin began sending clothes, food, and medical supplies to post-war Europe in 1945. In 1948 they formed a non-profit tax-exempt organization called the William Zimdin Foundation. Zimdin died in 1951, leaving $900,000 to the yet unnamed Direct Relief, and named Karczag as the executor of his estate. In the following years, Karczak mounted major drives to send supplies to the needy in Middle and Eastern Europe. By the early 1960s, Direct Relief International (DRI) began to focus on shipping medicine and medical supplies abroad, as well as supporting victims of natural disasters in the U.S. and the homeless in Santa Barbara. Karczag, who remained active in DRI efforts almost until his final days, died in Santa Barbara on May 28, 2000.
    [Much of the biographical information about Dezso Karczag is taken from accounts in the Santa Barbara Independent, Nov. 24, 1999 and June 1, 2000].

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains the handwritten autobiography by Dezso Karczag [Dennis G. Karzag], co-founder of Santa Barbara-based Direct Relief International, along with supporting correspondence, articles, clippings, documents, photographs, and reports, ca. 1920s-1991.
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    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Karczag, Dezso
    Direct Relief International