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Finding Aid for the Robert R. Kirsch Papers, 1959-1967
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert R. Kirsch Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1959-1967
    Collection number: 500
    Creator: Kirsch, Robert R., 1922-1980
    Extent: 11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Robert R. Kirsch (1922-1980) was a journalist, lecturer and author. He worked as a reporter, feature writer and literary critic for various southern California newspapers, was a lecturer in journalism at UCLA (1953,1959-60,1961-72), dean of college at International Community College (Los Angeles) in 1971, and a executive story consultant for Universal Studios (1965-67). The collection consists of Kirsch's manuscripts, correspondence, illustrations, books, and ephemera. Manuscripts include The Jewish novel in America, In the wrong rain, Do not go gentle, The restless lovers, Inferno, Pandora's box, The wars of pardon, Knight of the scimitar, Shedding light on the mysteries of astrology, and West of the West. There are also master proofs of Burn, baby, burn: The Los Angeles race riot and captions for photographs for Burn, baby, burn.
    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.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Robert R. Kirsch, 1959-1968.
    Gift of Jerry Cohen, 1967-68.
    Gift of William S. Murphy, 1967-68.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robert R. Kirsch Papers (Collection 500). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Kirsch was born on October 18, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York; BA (1949), MA (1951), and C.Phil. (1970), UCLA; reporter for Merced sun-star (1940) and United press (1946-51); reporter and feature writer for Citizen news, Hollywood, California (1947-52); staff member, then literary critic, Los Angeles times (1951-80); lecturer in journalism, UCLA (1953,1959-60,1961-72); became dean of college at International Community College (Los Angeles) in 1971; executive story consultant, Universal Studios, 1965-67; books include In the wrong rain (1958), The wars of pardon (1965), and West of the West: witnesses to the California experience, 1542-1906 (anthology written with William S. Murphy, 1968); also wrote The restless lovers (1960), Pandora's box (1961), and Inferno (1962) under the pseudonym of Robert Dundee, and The Castillian rose (1961) and Knight of the scimitar (1965) under the pseudonym of Robert Bancroft; he died on August 16, 1980 in Santa Barbara, California.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, illustrations, books, and ephemera of author Robert R. Kirsch, who also wrote under the pen name of Robert Dundee and Robert Bancroft. Manuscripts include The Jewish novel in America, In the wrong rain, Do not go gentle, The restless lovers, Inferno, Pandora's box, The wars of pardon, Knight of the scimitar, Shedding light on the mysteries of astrology, and West of the West. Also includes master proofs of Burn, baby, burn: The Los Angeles race riot, by Jerry Cohen and William S. Murphy (introduction by Kirsch). Finding aid contains captions for photographs for Burn, baby, burn.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. The Jewish novel in America, In the wrong rain, Do not go gentle, The restless lovers (Box 1).
    2. Miscellaneous notes, ephemera, and correspondence (Box 1).
    3. Inferno, Pandora's box, The wars of pardon (Boxes 2-3).
    4. Burn, baby, burn (introduction), Knight of the scimitar, astrology article (Boxes 4, 11).
    5. West of the West (Boxes 5-11).
    6. Photographs for West of the West and Burn, baby, burn (Box 12).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Kirsch, Robert R., 1922-1980--Archives.
    Authors, American--California, Southern--Archives.
    Journalists--California, Southern--Archival resources.
    Manuscripts for publication.