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Finding Aid for the Léon R. Yankwich Papers, 1909-1959
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Léon R. Yankwich Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1959
    Collection number: 538
    Creator: Yankwich, Léon R. (Léon René), b. 1888
    Extent: 206 boxes (103.0 linear ft.) 26 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Léon René Yankwich (1888-1975) was a judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court (1927-35) and in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California (1935-64). He presided over one of the first cases under the Smith Act, as well as cases involving the ownership of the Elk Hills oil fields, and the Hollywood 10. He also contributed many articles to law reviews and published books. The collection consists of Yankwich's correspondence, manuscripts of speeches, photographs, memorabilia, legal papers, books, and other printed material including manuscripts for his books It's libel or contempt if you print it and The nature of our freedom.
    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 Léon R. Yankwich, 1959.
    Gift of Peter E. Yankwich, 1975.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Léon R. Yankwich Papers (Collection 538). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Léon René Yankwich was born on September 25, 1888 in Jassy, Roumania; LLB, Williamette University in 1909; JD (1926), LLD (1929), Loyola University (Los Angeles); came to the U.S. in 1907; admitted to California and Oregon bar, 1909; practiced law in Modesto, California (1909-16) and Los Angeles (1916-27); judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1927-35; judge, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California, 1935-64; presided over one of the first cases under the Smith Act, as well as cases involving the ownership of the Elk Hills oil fields, and the Hollywood 10; contributed many articles to law reviews; published books include It's libel or contempt if you print it (1950) and The nature of our freedom (1950); he died on February 9, 1975.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts of speeches, photographs, memorabilia, legal papers, books, and other printed material by Léon R. Yankwich, pertaining to his career as a lawyer, judge, and author. Includes transcripts of trials, legal briefs, articles, drafts of books, newspaper clippings, and other printed materials relating to copyright law and other legal subjects. Includes manuscripts for his books It's libel or contempt if you print it and The nature of our freedom.

    Expanded Scope and Content

    This register lists contents of Judge Leon Yankwich's papers as packed by him for the Library. It is a temporary means of locating material that may be called for. The collection will have to be sorted and arranged.
    JVM (August 6, 1959)

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Material regarding Yankwich's federal judgeship appointment.
    2. Los Angeles Superior Court correspondence files.
    3. U.S. District Court correspondence files.
    4. Addenda.
    5. Addenda no.2.
    6. Clippings, election precinct results, and memorabilia.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Yankwich, Léon R. (Léon René), b. 1888--Archives.
    Judges--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.

    Items Removed from Collection

    • Tomorrow: February (2 copies), March, June-July 1924; February 1925. Housed in Southern California Serials (Collection 1601 T598 Box 147). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
    • Sports & Vanities: November, December (2 copies) 1926; January, February (2 copies), March (2 copies), May, November 1927. Housed in Southern California Serials (Collection 1601 S764v Box 147). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.