Justin George Turner Papers: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Staff, 1979 and updated by Brooke M. Black, November 19, 2012.
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Overview of the Collection

Title: Justin George Turner Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1953-1969
Collection Number: mssTurner, Justin papers
Creator: Turner, Justin G.
Extent: 928 pieces. 2 boxes.
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This small collection of Lincolniana collector Justin George Turner (1898-1976) chiefly relates to the Civil War Centennial Commission and all of its related activities especially in California.
Language: English.

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Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Justin George Turner Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Gift of Justin George Turner, December 1969 and July 1974.

Biographical Note

Justin George Turner (1898-1976), attorney, investment executive, historian, author, and collector of Lincolniana. Turner moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1943. He was involved in many educational and historical institutions and associations. In 1961-1965, he was president of the California Civil War Centennial Commission. He was also president emeritus of the University of Judaism. He co-authored a book entitled Mary Todd Lincoln: Her life and letters.

Scope and Content

This small collection chiefly relates to the Civil War Centennial Commission and all of its related activities especially in California. There are also pieces related to the Civil War Round Table, a national organization; the California Heritage Preservation Association; the Confederate Research Club; and the Pen Club, an organization headed by Allan Nevins and which celebrated both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln with annual luncheons attended by prominent historians such as Nevins and Ray Billington.
There are seven letters from Edmund Gerald Brown, former governor of California, addressed to Justin Turner and other letters from historians. All are related to the Civil War Centennial. There are 624 letters of which 339 of these letters are written by Turner. In addition to this there is a group of form letters, printed announcements, memos, and drafts that number 217 pieces. There are 23 copies of speeches and memos and 56 pieces of ephemera. There are nine items regarding the Washington/Lincoln luncheons. There are several items that pertain to the history of Jewish people in the United States and the American Jewish Historical Society.
Prominent participants include: Ronald Reagan, Robert F. Kennedy, Gage Merrell, Bruce Catton, and Moshe Davis. The subjects include: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, the Civil War, American history, the Huntington Library and the American Jewish Historical Society.
The great majority of letters are carbon copies. There is a photograph of Merrell Gage, sculpture famous for his "Face of Lincoln," and a photograph of William L. Shaw, a chairman of the Civil War Centennial Commission of California.

Arrangement

The papers are organized in the following manner: Organized in the following manner: 1. Letters and other papers written by Justin G. Turner (Box 1), and 2. Letters by authors other than Turner, photographs, and ephemera. (Box 2). The Turner letters are arranged alphabetically by addressee; the letters by other are alphabetically by author.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882.
Turner, Justin G. -- Archives.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
American Jewish Historical Society.
California Civil War Centennial Commission -- Archives.
California Heritage Preservation Association.
Civil War Round Table (Chicago, Ill.)
Confederate Research Club.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
United States. Civil War Centennial Commission.
Historians -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archives.
Jews -- United States -- History.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Centennial celebrations, etc.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Societies, etc.

Forms/Genres

Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century.
Professional papers -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century.

Additional Contributors

Billington, Ray Allen, 1903-1981.
Brown, Edmund G. (Edmund Gerald), 1905-1996.
Catton, Bruce, 1899-1978, recipient.
Davis, Moshe.
Gage, Merrell, 1892-1981.
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968, recipient.
Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971, recipient.
Reagan, Ronald, recipient.
California Civil War Centennial Commission.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Turner Letters and Addresses, Washington/Lincoln Luncheons (1954-1968)

Folder 1

Turner, Justin G. Letters to A – D (1954-1968). 88 items.

Folder 2

Turner, Justin G. Letters to F – H (1953-1968). 92 items.

Folder 3

Turner, Justin G. Letters to J – R (1956-1968). 80 items.

Folder 4

Turner, Justin G. Letters to S – Z (1956-1968). 81 items.

Folder 5

Turner, Justin G. Memorandum re: Laminating Machine (1959-1964). 2 items.

Folder 6

Turner, Justin G. Miscellaneous Addresses (1962-1965). 8 items.

Folder 7

Turner, Justin G. Miscellaneous Memos (1968). 13 items.

Folder 8

Turner, Justin G. Miscellaneous Items re: Washington/Lincoln Luncheons (1964-1967). 9 items.

Box 2

Letters to Turner, Civil War Centennial Material (1953-1969)

Folder 1

A – D. Letters to Justin G. Turner (1953-1969). 59 items.

Folder 2

E – H. Letters to Justin G. Turner (1953-1965). 60 items.

Folder 3

I – M. Letters to Justin G. Turner (1953-1963). 49 items.

Folder 4

N – S. Letters to Justin G. Turner (1956-1967). 71 items.

Folder 5

T – Z. Letters to Justin G. Turner (1953-1969). 9 items.

Folder 6

Letters to and from various persons (1956-1964). 37 items.

Folder 7

California Civil War Centennial Commission (1962-1963). 10 items.

Folder 8

California Heritage Preservation Committee (1965). 12 items.

Folder 9

Civil War Centennial Commission (1959). 2 items.

Folder 10

Civil War Centennial Commission Letters (1960-1963). 24 items.

Folder 11

Civil War Round Table Association: Quizzes (1959). 10 items.

Folder 12

Civil War Round Table Association: Ephemera (1956-1968). 59 items.

Folder 13

Civil War Round Table Association: Newspaper Clippings and Other Printed Material (1956-1969). 31 items.

Folder 14

Civil War Round Table Association: Northern California Chapter Printed Material (1961, Apr. 25). 1 item.

Folder 15

Confederate Research Club: Printed Material (1957-1960). 17 items.

Folder 16

“City and Community” by Moshe Davis (1969, October). 1 item.

Folder 17

Historical Society of Southern California (1961, Dec.). 1 item.

Folder 18

Jewish Civil War (1968). 2 items.

Folder 19

Lincoln Memorabilia (1969). 3 items.

Folder 20

Miscellaneous Memos and Drafts (1953-1962). 12 items.

Folder 21

Newspaper Clippings (1952-1956). 5 items.

Folder 22

Photographs (1957). 2 items. Also: Two notes.

Folder 23

Printed Notices, etc. (1952-1961). 25 items.

Folder 24

Ephemera and Printed Material (1953-1967). 55 items.