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Silverberg (Charles and Louise) Inkwell Collection
AR.019  
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Description
This collection consists of 32 inkwells (23 traveling inkwells, 8 Japanese yayate, and 1 inkstand) and 2 bamboo brushes.
Background
Charles Silverberg was born in Buffalo, New York in 1932. He was raised in southern California, and graduated from Stanford University in 1953 with a B.A. and from Stanford Law School in 1955 with a J.D. He served as Law Officer at Eighth Army Headquarters Company in Seoul, Korea from 1955 to 1957, took and passed the California Bar while on active duty, and joined his father's general law practice in June 1957, promptly upon his military discharge. He practiced transactional entertainment law in Los Angeles and internationally from 1962 until his retirement in 2007 and formed a Century City-based law firm. He chaired the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors and the Los Angeles Copyright Society, writing and lecturing extensively on legal aspects of entertainment law. Published authors, and produced screenwriters became his primary clientele as his practice matured. His community volunteer services included weekly recording of law casebooks and treatises for law students with visual and learning impairments for 35 years. Silverberg’s work frequently involved overseas travel for his clients. After years of buying other travel souvenirs, he began in the 1970s to collect antique and early twentieth century inkwells in his travels. He was drawn to collect inkwells by the images they evoked for him of pens dipped by candlelight by lawyers and other writers, in the centuries before the invention of fountain pens in the late nineteenth century. He was also inspired by his memory of writing his California Bar exam with a vintage Esterbrook fountain pen, and by the infinity of designs of inkwells. The most important factors in that decision were his legal representation of authors and screenwriters and the nexus between inkwells and his father's passion for the written word.
Extent
3.67 Linear Feet (2) 13x10x3" boxes (1) 18x12.5x4" box
Restrictions
Materials in the Department of Archives and Special Collections may be subject to copyright. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, Loyola Marymount University does not claim ownership of the copyright of any materials in its collections. The user or publisher must secure permission to publish from the copyright owner. Loyola Marymount University does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or of publication rights held by the original author or artists or his/her heirs, assigns, or executors.
Availability
Collection is open to research under the terms of use of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Marymount University.