Finding Aid for the Benjamin Platt Papers, 1918-1960

Processed by Manuscripts Division staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Alight Tsai and Caroline Cubé
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 2002
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Benjamin Platt Papers, 1918-1960

Collection number: 929

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts 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
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff
Encoded by:
Alight Tsai
Encoding supervision by:
Caroline Cubé
Text converted and initial container list EAD tagging by:
Apex Data Services
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, March 2003
© 2002 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Benjamin Platt Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1918-1960
Collection number: 929
Creator: Platt, Benjamin, d. 1960
Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Benjamin Platt (d. 1960) founded the Platt Music Company (1905) in Los Angeles, and became the head of May Company's appliance department in 1924. The collection consists of correspondence, printed material, financial records, and photographs relating to the Platt Music Company and Benjamin Platt's career, including his activities as a promoter of various Jewish organizations in Los Angeles.
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

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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 Herman Platt, 1962.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Benjamin Platt Papers (Collection 929). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233591 

Biography

Platt was born near Kiev, Russia; fled pogroms in 1902; came to the U.S. and founded the Platt Music Company in 1905; became head of May Company's appliance department in 1924; he died on April 18, 1960 in Los Angeles.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence, printed material, financial records, and photographs relating to the Platt Music Company of Los Angeles and the career of its head, Benjamin Platt, including his activities as a promoter of various Jewish organizations in Los Angeles.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Financial records, 1918-60 (Boxes 1-2).
  2. Correspondence and papers, 1937-60 (Box 3).
  3. Personal correspondence, memorabilia, and clippings, 1930-60 (Box 4).
  4. Printed pamphlets (Boxes 5-6).
  5. Photographs and awards (Boxes 7-8).
  6. Phonograph records (Box 9).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Platt, Benjamin, d. 1960--Archives.
Platt Music Company--Records and correspondence.
Jewish businesspeople--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
Photographs.


Container List

Box 1

Financial Records. 1918-1950.

Box 2

Financial Records. 1950-1960.

Box 3

Correspondence and Papers. 1937-1960.

Box 4

Personal correspondence, memorabilia, and clippings. 1930-1960.

Boxes 5-6

Printed Pamphlets.

Box 7

Photographs.

Oversize Box 8

Photographs, awards.

Oversize Box 9

Phonograph records.