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Louis Lorenz Stein, Jr. collection
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The collection represents the railroad-related papers and documents accumulated by Berkeley, California pharmacist and historian Louis, Lorenz Stein, Jr. (1902-1996).
Louis Lorenz Stein was born August 21, 1902, in Berkeley. In 1924 he earned a degree from the University of California's School of Pharmacy. In 1928, a year after his marriage, he opened a pharmacy in Kensington. Although he had followed his father's advice to go into business, Mr. Stein had a lifelong passion for history. He collected everything he could find relating to local history, including letter, diaries, manuscripts, photographs, maps, newspapers, artifacts, often resucing materials destined for destruction. On a grander scale, in 1955, he bought the Martinez Adobe to save it from being razed. Throughout his life, he shared his knowledge and his collections with anyone seeking information about local history. In 1956, he established the Pharmacy Museum at Columbia State Park. In the early 1980s Mildred and Louis Stein donated their considerable materials relating to Contra Costa County to the Contra Costa County Historical Society. Louis L. Stein, Jr. passed away in Berkeley, on November 11, 1996. [Adapted from Contra Costa County Historical Society website.]
50 boxes + 1 oversize box
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