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Bernard Zakheim collection on Frank Herbert
MS 420  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Related Materials
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bernard Zakheim collection on Frank Herbert
    Date (inclusive): 1956-1969
    Collection Number: MS 420
    Creator: Zakheim, Bernard, 1898-1985
    Source: Herbert, Frank (Franklin Patrick Herbert Jr), 1920-1986
    Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: The collection consists of materials from Polish-born San Francisco artist Bernard Zakheim, mostly related to his friendship and interactions with science fiction author Frank Herbert. Items in the collection include correspondence between Herbert and Zakheim, news clippings on Herbert, and poems written by Herbert. The collection also includes various typescripts of Herbert's poem, "Carthage," with his handwritten corrections and annotations.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Bernard Zakheim collection on Frank Herbert (MS 420). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased in 2018.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian, 2018.

    Biographical Note

    Bernard Zakheim was born in 1898 to a Jewish family in Poland. He dreamed of becoming an artist from a young age, and was awarded a scholarship to the Polish National Academy of Fine Art where he studied drawing, painting, and sculpting. In 1920, Zakheim and his wife moved to San Francisco, California, where he worked as a furniture maker.
    Zakheim also became involved in artistic endeavours in the early 1930s, and was especially interested in depicting and preserving Jewish-American life and culture through his art. He met muralist Diego Rivera around this time, and studied with him and San Francisco muralist Victor Arnautoff to develop his skills in mural painting.
    In 1933 he helped found the San Francisco Artists and Writers Union, which was a group of activist artists that lobbied the federal government to create a federally funded arts program during the Great Depression. These efforts led to the establishment of the Public Works of Art Project, which helped fund some of Zakheim's most well-known works, including the Coit Tower murals in San Francisco.
    Zakheim was also known for embedding his own politics into his work, and advocated that artists should openly show their beliefs in their work. Frank Herbert's biographer stated Zakheim's views in this area were influential on Herbert as well, whom Zakheim encouraged to include political and religious messages in his books.
    During his career, Zakheim created murals for the University of California San Francisco, the San Francisco Jewish Community Center, and the Alemany Hospital in San Francisco. Later in life he moved out of the city to Sebastopol, California, where he continued to paint. He passed away in 1985.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of materials from Polish-born San Francisco artist Bernard Zakheim, mostly related to his friendship and interactions with science fiction author Frank Herbert. Items in the collection include correspondence between Herbert and Zakheim, news clippings on Herbert, and poems written by Herbert. The collection also includes various typescripts of Herbert's poem, "Carthage," with his handwritten corrections and annotations.

    Collection Arrangement

    The collection is arranged alphabetically.

    Related Materials

    See also the Frank Herbert papers (SC-06-FH) held at California State University Fullerton [link:http://archives.fullerton.edu/repositories/5/resources/56].

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Herbert, Frank (Franklin Patrick Herbert Jr), 1920-1986
    Authors
    Poetry
    Science fiction
    Science fiction -- Authorship

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Correspondence
    Manuscripts