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Finding Aid for the Benjamin Platt Papers, 1918-1960
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • 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

    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 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.

    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.