Scope and Content
Title: Maltin-Goodman Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1902-1962
Collection number: Mss188
Extent: 1 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
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Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Maltin-Goodman Family Papers, Mss188, Holt-Atherton Department
of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
The Goodman family operated Goodman's Jewelry Company, a jewelry store and watch repair
business in Stockton, Calif. (ca. 1896-1962). Initially run by Louis Goodman, the
business began as the branch of a larger firm in San Francisco, becoming independent
after the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire (1906). After Louis' death, first his son,
Joseph, then a daughter, Ann (d. 1942), became manager. Jack Maltin, who also worked in
the store, married another daughter, Bess (d. 1962), and later the Maltins ran the family
business. Bess was the only Goodman daughter to marry. The Maltins had a son, Louis (b.
1921), who served in the Army Air Force during World War II (1942-1945). He wrote many
letters home to his parents and to his aunt Rose Goodman (d. 1977), while stationed in
New Guinea. Louis Maltin suffered an accidental injury (1944) that kept him from active
duty for the final year of the War. In May 1945 he returned to the U.S. where his
convalescence continued while he took classes in bookkeeping. Following his discharge
(August 1945), Maltin came to Stockton where he was ultimately employed as County
Scope and Content
This collection includes correspondence from Goodman-Maltin family and friends from
(1902-1962); letters from Bess Maltin back to Stockton while she and her husband are on a
jewelry buying trip to the East Coast (October 1941); and, the World War II
correspondence of Louis Maltin (1942-1945).