Finding aid for the George Kellman papers 6281

Bo Doub
USC Libraries Special Collections
2023 September
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089-0189

Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Title: George Kellman papers
Creator: Kellman, Joseph A. G. (1906-1999)
Creator: American Jewish Committee. New York Chapter
Identifier/Call Number: 6281
Identifier/Call Number: /repositories/3/resources/3430
Physical Description: 1.65 Linear Feet 3 boxes
Date (inclusive): 1931-1971
Language of Material: English .

Biographical / Historical

The information in the following paragraph was taken from George Kellman's obituary published in the New York Times. The article appeared in print on June 29, 1999, Section B, Page 8 of the national edition with the headline: "Paid Notice: Deaths KELLMAN, JOSEPH A.G., ESQ."
Kellman, Joseph A.G., Esq. died in Los Angeles on June 24th, 1999. Mr. Kellman was born in New York City on December 7, 1906. He graduated DeWitt Clinton High School in Manhattan after attending New York University. He received his Bachelor of Law from St. John's University in 1928 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1930. Mr. Kellman who was known to all as George, practised law in New York until enlisting in the United States military during the Second World War, serving with the 783rd Battalion of military police, handling prisoners of war. After his military discharge, George joined the American Jewish Committee as Director of its Fact Finding Division. In that post, he monitored and exposed numerous hate groups and Anti-Semitic organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan and George Lincoln Rockwell's American Nazi Party. An acknowledged expert on this subject, he frequently lectured across the country and wrote for publications such as: The New Leader, The American Jewish Yearbook and others. In 1943 he married his beloved wife, Verona Kramer, who died November 1996. He is survived by his son, television and feature film producer/director, Barnet Kellman, his daughter-in-law, actress Nancy Mette and his grandchildren, Kate, Eliza and Michael Kellman.

Scope and Contents

The George Kellman papers contain correspondence, clippings, newsletters and publications, memoranda, and notes and writings by George Kellman during his tenure as Director of the Fact-Finding Division of the American Jewish Committee (New York Chapter) during the 1950s and 1960s. Publications include newletters of the American Jewish Committee, such as The Committee Reporter--as well as a host of pamphlets, reports, and other materials from a variety of sources. The papers document anti-Semitism, racism, and other forms of bigotry and prejudice in the United States, along with efforts to combat bigotry. The collection also contains material documenting Kellman's service in the United States military during the Second World War, such as a 1943 handbook titled "How to Shoot the U.S. Army Rifle" published by The Infantry Journal.

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Department of Special Collections at Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Barnet Kellman, August 31, 2023.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder no. or item name], George Kellman papers, Collection no. 6281, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Antisemitism -- United States -- 20th century -- Archival resources
Anti-racism -- United States -- 20th century -- Archival resources
Communism -- United States -- 20th century -- Archival resources
Racism -- United States -- 20th century -- Archival resources
World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Archival resources
Newspaper clippings
Publications (documents)
American Jewish Committee. New York Chapter -- Archives
Kellman, Joseph A. G. (1906-1999) -- Archives

Box 1, Folder 1-7

George Kellman American Jewish Committee correspondence and hate literature /repositories/3/archival_objects/677293 1945-1964

Processing Information

Prior to rehousing, this material was stored in a folder labeled: "Corresp: 'Thanks' to Geo AJC work / Speaking engagements / Research assistance." The folder was in a box labeled: "George AJC Writings & Hate Literature."
Box 1, Folder 8-11, Box 2, Box 3

[Collected publications] /repositories/3/archival_objects/677294 1931-1971

Processing Information

Prior to re-housing, this material was stored in a box labeled "George Special Book Collection."