This collection comprises Salomon's papers, documents and photographs, from his birth in 1897 to his death in 1979. Box one
contains material covering his personal life, family genealogy, World War I, the PACT Farm for boys, his Royal Metal Manufacturing
Company, his service during World War II, his books, correspondence and observations; travels, work for the United Nations
and philanthropy. Box two contains diaries, passports, political and military ephemera and artifacts, magazine articles about
him and books he wrote.
Originally from Chicago, Irving Salomon served in WWI and then became an industrialist in Chicago and Indiana. His Royal Metal
Manufacturing Company invented and produced the first metal folding chair. In Indiana, he was the founder and benefactor of
PACT Farm, providing a learning, working and living environment for disadvantaged boys. During World War II, he achieved the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel, but was known as Colonel Salomon. After the war he and his wife, Cecile came to San Diego with
their daughter Abbe. Cecile was a classical pianist who composed Jewish liturgical music. The Salomons were important philanthropists,
providing funds for many and diverse projects. Salomon was very involved in San Diego Boys’ Club and funded numerous projects
for children and young adults. He received a knighthood from the Pope for his work with Catholic charities. Very involved
with politics on a national level, he called Eleanor Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower his friends. In 1953 President Eisenhower
appointed him to a position at the United Nations. The Salomons entertained many notables, both political and theatrical at
their Lilac Ranch in Valley Center, California. In the 1960’s Salomon founded the local chapter of the American Jewish Committee.
Salomon was also an author and world traveler. Their daughter, attorney Abbe Wolfsheimer Stutz was a former San Diego City
Council member, law professor and deputy city attorney. (See the Abbe Wolfsheimer Stutz Collection).
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