Scope and Content
Inclusive Dates: 1523-1994
Bulk Dates: 1988-1994
Collection Number: mssLasker manuscripts and mssHM 68495-68513
1,894 items in six boxes plus 19 manuscript volumes
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The collection contains correspondence and other material related to
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],
manuscript collection, The Huntington
Library, San Marino, California.
Gifts of Cynthia Lasker, 1998-2005, and Courtland E. Palmer, November 2010.
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,
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.
died in Los Angeles in 1997.
Scope and Content
Correspondence Files: The correspondence files consist of 5 boxes of letters, faxes, invoices, and book catalogs related to
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
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
, 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 the manuscripts.
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, 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