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Finding Aid for the Kalil Family papers, 1896-1998
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Kalil Family papers
    Date (inclusive): 1896-1998
    Collection number: 1930
    Creators: Charles and Violet Kalil
    Extent: 2 letter size document boxes (1 linear ft.) 2 flat boxes
    Abstract: This collection consists of the family papers of Charles and Violet Kalil, who moved to California in the late 1930s. It includes photo albums, greeting cards, postcards, letters, clippings, keepsakes and a scrapbook.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Lilace Hatayama, March 2012.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Kalil Family papers (Collection 1930). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7123593 


    Charles and Violet were a married couple residing in Northridge, California. Charles Moore Kalil (October 28, 1905-January 19, 1985) was born in Maryland. His father was the proprietor of a restaurant, Kalil’s Cafeteria, where Charles would eventually work as a manager before he moved to California. Violet Marguerite Morris (June 22, 1907-May 8, 1999) was born in New Jersey. Her parents were from England and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1890s, where her father worked as a milkman. Charles and Violet were married on May 21, 1938 at the Wilshire Wedding Chapel in Los Angeles and settled in California. Charles served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from October 28, 1942 to February 8, 1945 and was stationed on the U.S.S. Anzio (CVE-57), U.S.S. Edwards (DD 619), and U.S.S. De Grasse (AP 164). The two resided in Northridge, California. Charles and Violet Kalil are both buried at Los Angeles National Cemetery.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of family photographs, keepsakes, letters, cards and postcards. There are six photo albums in total and one scrapbook. The majority of the letters, cards and postcards were received by Violet Kalil, though a number of letters received by Charles Kalil are included. The photographs were taken in a variety of locations in New Jersey and New York, as well as California including: Albany, Catalina, Central Park, Griffith Park, North Arlington, Rockaway Beach, San Francisco, and Yosemite. The scrapbook contains keepsakes and menus from a number of landmark Los Angeles restaurants, some of which no longer exist including: Sardi’s, the Brown Derby, Jerry’s Joynt, El Cholo and the Union Pacific Challenger dining car. Also included are keepsakes from 1939 Tournament of Roses, as well as from Charles’s naval days.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The materials have been arranged primarily by material type and also with consideration for size. Box 1 contains mostly photographs and some keepsakes, all organized chronologically. Box 2 is primarily devoted to postcards, greeting cards and letters, organized chronologically. Boxes 3 and 4 contain oversize photo materials and a scrapbook.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Charles Moore Kalil---Archives.
    Violet Marguerite Kalil (nee Morris) ---Archives.

    Genres and Forms of Material