Scope and Content
Title: Fred Klein papers
Identifier/Call Number: Mss 356
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Language of Material:
2.21 linear feet
(202 DVDs, 1 half document box)
Klein, Fred (Fred Merton)
Date (inclusive): 1994-2018
Abstract: DVDs of the television interview show
Literary Gumbo (2010-2018) hosted by Fred Klein of Santa Barbara, California, as well as other materials, including show notes (with clippings)
prepared by Klein, and material related to Klein's time as vice president of marketing at Bantam Books.
Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
The collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish
or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication
is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
Gift of Fred Klein, 2018.
[Identification of Item], Fred Klein papers, Mss 356. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library,
University of California, Santa Barbara.
Fred Merton Klein, born May 27, 1923 in Syracuse, New York, attended the University of Michigan, where he graduated in 1948.
After working as a fundraiser for the North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, New York, Klein joined Bantam Books, where he worked
as vice president of marketing, and and as an executive vice president and editor. Retiring in 1990 after 30 years at Bantam,
Klein moved to Santa Barbara, California, where he served as Ombudsman of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. In the 1990s,
Klein joined the Santa Barbara News Press as a book reviewer, and was one of the creators of the Santa Barbara Book and Author
Festival. Klein was host of the weekly TV interview show
Literary Gumbo from 2010-2018, interviewing over 220 authors from the Santa Barbara area.
Scope and Content
202 DVD recordings of the weekly television interview show
Literary Gumbo hosted by Fred Klein of Santa Barbara, California. The show ran from 2010-2018 and comprised interviews by Fred Klein of
over 220 authors from the Santa Barbara area.
The collection also contains clippings and interview notes prepared by Klein for the show, as well as an oral history interview
of Fred Klein about his time as vice president of marketing at Bantam Books, along with published material written by Klein
on the same.
These materials have been organized into two series: Series 1. Bantam Books, 1994, 2001 and Series 2.
Literary Gumbo, 2010-2018.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Literary gumbo (Television program)
Television programs -- California -- Santa Barbara
Clippings (information artifacts)
Oral histories (literary works)
Klein, Fred (Fred Merton) -- Archives
Bantam Books (Firm)