Scope and Content
Title: Edward Lasker manuscript collection
Inclusive Dates: 1523-1994
Bulk Dates: 1988-1994
Collection Number: mssLasker manuscripts and mssHM 68495-68513
Lasker, Edward, 1912-1997
1,894 items in six boxes plus 19 manuscript volumes
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Abstract: The collection contains correspondence and other material related to Edward Lasker's horse library as well as 19 manuscript
volumes from his library.
Language of Material: The records are in English.
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[Identification of Item], Edward Lasker manuscript collection, The Huntington
Library, San Marino, California.
Gifts of Cynthia Lasker, 1998-2005, and Courtland E. Palmer, November 2010.
Edward Lasker was the son of American businessman and philanthropist Albert D. Lasker and his first wife Flora Lasker. He
graduated from Yale University in 1933. He worked at his father's advertising agency, Lord & Thomas, until 1942 when he joined
the U.S. Navy. After the war, Edward Lasker moved to California where he became a film producer. In 1947, Lasker married
actress Jane Greer, with whom he had three sons: Alex, a screenwriter; Lawrence, a retired producer/screenwriter, and Steven,
a Jazz historian and record remastering engineer. In 1955, Edward graduated wtih his law degree from the University of California
in Los Angeles and began practicing law in Los Angeles. Lasker and Jane Greer divorced in 1963 and he married Cynthia Palmer.
Edward Lasker died in Los Angeles in 1997.
Edward Lasker was long involved in Thoroughbred horse racing as an owner and breeder. He also collected early and rare books
and manuscripts about horses. His collection was donated to the Huntington Library by Cynthia Lasker in a series of gifts
from 1998 to 2005. The Edward Lasker Collection includes approximately 1400 rare titles, chiefly books and serials.
Scope and Content
Correspondence Files: The correspondence files consist of 5 boxes of letters, faxes, invoices, and book catalogs related to
Edward Lasker's rare book and manuscript purchases that made up his horse library. Notable corespondents include: Blood-Horse
Inc., DeWitt Clinton, Fasig-Tipton Co., J. A. Allen & Co., and James Cummins Bookseller. There is also a folder containing
material regarding British jockey Fred Archer, who shot himself in 1886, including photographs. Several folders contain photographs
of books or copies of title pages, etc.
Scrapbooks: The two scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings about Edward Lasker's racehorses and their races, most of which
are from the Daily racing form. There are also some clippings about the horse By Zeus, which was owned by Jane Greer.
Manuscript Volumes: The 19 manuscripts, all formerly owned by Edward Lasker, span five centuries of horse and horse racing
history, mostly in Great Britain and the United States, although there are two Italian manuscripts, one in German, and one
in Arabic. The volumes include stud books; treatises on horse care and treatment; manuscripts with illustrations of bits and
bridles; manuscripts on horse training, breeding and racing; horse pedigrees; horse registers; and two volumes dealing with
horse races at "The Derby," and "The St. Leger." Many of the volumes have illustrations, and two are illuminated. One manuscript
(HM 68502) is a subscription agreement for the Prince's Stakes races at Newmarket which is signed by George IV when he was
Prince of Wales; it is also signed by several other notable British nobility. This finding aid contains a detailed list of
Organized in the following manner: Correspondence Files (Boxes 1-5); Scrapbooks (Box 6); Manuscript Volumes (HM 68495-68513).
The Correspondence Files are arranged in alphabetical order and the Manuscripts are in chronological order.
Archer, Fred, 1857-1886
Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828
George IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830, signer
Greer, Jane, 1924-2001
Lasker, Edward, 1912-1997
Lasker, Cynthia, donor
Palmer, Courtland E., donor
Rosebery, Archibald Philip Primrose, Earl of, 1847-1929
Scott, Robert W. (Robert Wilmot), 1808-1884
Skinner, John Stuart, 1788-1851
Taunton, Thomas Henry
Wavertree, William Hall Walker, Baron, 1856-1933
J.A. Allen & Co.
James Cummins Bookseller
Daily racing form
Book collectors -- California -- Archives
Horse racing -- Great Britain
Horse racing -- United States
Horses -- Breeding
Horses -- Early works to 1800
Horses -- Training
Thoroughbred horse -- Great Britain
Thoroughbred horse -- United States
Race horses -- Great Britain
Race horses -- United States