Finding Aid for the Joseph Gaer Papers, 1934-1957

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Finding Aid for the Joseph Gaer Papers, 1934-1957

Collection number: 379

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, November 2003
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Joseph Gaer Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1934-1957
Collection number: 379
Creator: Gaer, Joseph, 1897-
Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Joseph Gaer (originally Joseph Fishman) (1897-1969) was a lecturer in contemporary literature at UC Berkeley (1930-35), editor-in-chief and chief field supervisor for the Federal Writers Project (1935-39), consultant to the administrator of the Farm Security Administration (1939-41), special assistant to Secretary of the Treasury (1941-43), publicity director of the Political Action Committee for the Congress of Industrial Organizations (1943-45), founder and director of Pamphlet Press (1945-46), and president of Boni & Gaer (later Gaer Associates Publishing Company) (1946-49). He also wrote many books, including The legend called Meryon (1928), and Our Jewish heritage (1957). The collection consists of manuscripts of books written or edited by Joseph Gaer, and includes typescripts with holograph corrections and corrected galley and page proofs.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joseph Gaer, 1953-58.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joseph Gaer Papers (Collection 379). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1470466 

Biography

Joseph Gaer (originally Joseph Fishman) was born March 16, 1897 in Yedinitz, Russia; came to U.S., 1917; attended colleges in the U.S. and Canada; lecturer in contemporary literature, UC Berkeley, 1930-35; editor-in-chief and chief field supervisor, Federal Writers Project, 1935-39; consultant to administrator of Farm Security Administration, 1939-41; special assistant to Secretary of the Treasury, 1941-43; publicity director of Political Action Committee, Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1943-45; founder and director of Pamphlet Press, 1945-46; president, Boni & Gaer (later Gaer Associates Publishing Company), 1946-49; in 1958 became founder and director of Jewish Heritage Foundation, Beverly Hills; wrote many books, including The legend called Meryon (1928), How the great religions began (1929), and Our Jewish heritage (1957); died December 7, 1969.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of manuscripts of books written or edited by Joseph Gaer. Includes typescripts with holograph corrections and corrected galley and page proofs.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Modern family Bible (Box 1).
  2. The adventure of Rama, Jack London, The lore of the New Testament (Box 2).
  3. The fables of India, Holidays around the world, Young heroes of the living religions (Box 3).
  4. Holidays around the world (corrected proofs), The wisdom of living religions (Box 4).
  5. Our Jewish heritage (Box 5).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Gaer, Joseph, 1897- --Archives.
Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
Jewish authors--20th century--Archival resources.
Manuscripts for publication.


Container List

Box 1

Modern family Bible, O.T. and N.T. edited by and annotated by Joseph Gaer and Chester C. McCown. Santa Monica, n.d.

Creator/Collector: Bible. English. Selections. ca. 1950. Gaer
Physical Description: 8 parts in 4. “Prefinal draft” Multilith process. Some corrections in ink.
Box 2

The adventures of Rama. The story of the great Hindu epic Ramayana. Santa Monica, n.d. First published by Little, Brown, Boston, 1954.

Creator/Collector: Gaer, Joseph, 1897-
Physical Description: 259, 10 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Note

Gift of the author, 11-10-1954.
Box 2

Jack London, bibliography, biographical data and index of works. From California State Emergency Relief Administration's California Literary Research Monographs no.1. [n.p., 1934].

Creator/Collector: [Gaer, Joseph] 1897- . ed.
Physical Description: 45 leaves. Typescript.
Box 2

The lore of the New Testament. n.p., n.d. First published by Little, Brown, Boston, 1952.

Creator/Collector: Gaer, Joseph, 1897-
Physical Description: 622, 41 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections. Book jacket included. In brown binder.

Scope and Content Note

Gift of the author, May 11, 1953.
Box 3

The fables of India. Illustrated by Randy Monk. n.p., n.d. First published by Little, Brown, Boston, 1955.

Creator/Collector: Gaer, Joseph, 1897-
Physical Description: 263 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Note

Gift of the author, October 1955.
Box 3

Holidays around the world. New York, n.d.

Creator/Collector: Gaer, Joseph, 1897-
Physical Description: 244, [18] leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections in 2 folders.

Note

Gift of the author, May 1953.
Box 4

Also: corrected galley proofs. First published by Little, Brown, Boston, 1953.

Physical Description: 68 sheets. Book jacket included.
Box 3

Young heroes of the living religions. n.p., n.d. First published by Little, Brown, Boston, 1953.

Creator/Collector: Gaer, Joseph, 1897-
Physical Description: 244, [19] leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Note

Gift of the author, November 1953.
Box 4

The wisdom of living religions. n.p., n.d.

Creator/Collector: Gaer, Joseph, 1897-
Physical Description: ca. 300 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.

Note

Gift of the author, October 1955.
Box 4

Also: 1. corrected galley proofs. First published by Dodd, Mead, New York, 1956.

Physical Description: 77 sheets. 2. corrected page proofs. 324 pages.

Note

Gift of the author, November 1956.
Box 4

Our Jewish heritage by Joseph Gaer and Alfred Wolf. n.p., 1957.

Creator/Collector: Gaer, Joseph, 1897-
Physical Description: xv, 317, 30 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections.
Box 4

Also: 1. corrected galley proofs. First published by Henry Holt, New York, 1957.

Physical Description: 77 sheets. 2. corrected page proofs. 234pp.

Note

Gift of the author, April 1958.