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Finding Aid to the Flora J. Arnstein Papers, 1897-1990, undated, bulk 1926-1985
BANC MSS 85/144  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Flora J. Arnstein papers.
    Date (inclusive): 1897-1990,
    Date: undated,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1926-1985
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 85/144
    Creators : Arnstein, Flora J.
    Extent: Number of containers: 4 cartons, 1 box, 1 filebox, 6 oversize volumes Linear feet: 7.5
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Flora J. Arnstein Papers document the career of a San Franciscan alternative educator and writer.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Flora J. Arnstein Papers, BANC MSS 85/144, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Related Collections

    Ongoings: poetry, teaching, family in San Francisco, 1885-1985 : oral history transcript (BANC MSS 86/92)
    Lawrence Arnstein papers, 1915-1979 (BANC MSS 80/83)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Women authors, American--California
    Women poets, American--20th century
    Alternative education--California

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Flora J. Arnstein Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Edith Jenkins on June 12, 1990.


    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the container level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Anastasia Karel and Rachel Gulbraa in 2009.

    Biographical Information

    Flora Jacobi was born on August 10, 1885, in San Francisco. She married Lawrence Arnstein in 1910, and was a co-founder of the Presidio Open Air School (now Presidio Hill) with her sister-in-law Helen Salz in 1917. She began writing poetry at the age of 40, and incorporated it into her teaching. Two of her notable pupils were Pierre Salinger and Arthur Hoppe. In addition to publishing poems in various periodicals and as collections, she wrote several articles and a book on the benefits of teaching poety to children.
    On the occasion of her 100th birthday, Arnstein was interviewed for Berkeley's Regional Oral History Office. This transcript provides a much fuller biography. Arnstein continued to write and publish until her death in February 1990.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Flora J. Arnstein Papers contain many of her writings, some teaching materials and other personal items. Her correspondence, much of which is in Series 1, is not extensive but does represent important relationships during her life, including her parents. There are also six oversize scrapbooks that document the different parts of Arnstein's life.