Guide to the Maury M. Travis Collection

Finding Aid Authors: Bonnie Harris.
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Guide to the Maury M. Travis Collection 1905/1989

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Maury M. Travis Collection
Dates: 1905-1989
Identification: MS-0401
Creator: Travis, Maury Marion, 1905-1990
Physical Description: 3.75 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791
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Biographical Information:

Maury Marion Travis was born Moses Marion Kornfeld in West Virginia in 1905 to a large Orthodox Jewish family. He attended school in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated high school in 1922. He received a BA and Graduate Degree in Geology from Stanford University and entered the professional field of Petroleum Geology. Travis also served in the USAAF in the Corps of Engineers from 1929 to 1943.
He legally changed his name to Maury Marion Travis October 29, 1946 as a final severance of his Jewish roots due mostly to his objections to Zionism and the founding of the State of Israel, which he felt would precipitate "bloody wars." He had at one time been a member of Lessing Rosenwald's American Jewish Council for Judaism, strongly opposing the formation of the Jewish State in Palestine.
Travis converted to Christianity and was baptized June 22, 1952 at Abraham Lincoln's New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, but continued to support the Jewish Anti-Defamation League his entire life. Travis was a resident of San Diego from the late 1970s until his death in late 1989 or early 1990.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Family Name:

Kornfeld family

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Geographic Name:

Israel -- Politics and government -- Philosophy

Personal Name:

Travis, Maury Marion, 1905-1989 or 90 -- Archives

Topical Term:

Christian converts from Judaism -- California -- San Diego -- Biography -- Sources
Petroleum geologists -- California -- San Diego -- Biography -- Sources
Zionism -- Philosophy

Administrative Information

Custodial History:

Dr. Lawrence Baron donated this collection to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego November 1, 1999 (JHSSD #1999.01.) It was transfered to the Library and Information Access May 22, 2008.

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Maury M. Travis Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of personal papers, correspondence, and press clippings which document Travis's personal life.  It includes birth records, legal name change documents, and family correspondence with Travis's siblings, parents, and other extended family members. His profession as a Petroleum Geologist, along with his interest in the formation of the State of Israel, the Middle East in general, and his interest in anti-Zionism, are well represented.  The collection also contains significant primary documents concerning anti-semitism in general, and in San Diego specifically, with publications of White Supremacy organizations.  The collection is loosely filed chronologically.
Dr. Lawrence Baron donated this collection to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego November 1, 1999 (JHSSD #1999.01.) It was transfered to the Library and Information Access May 22, 2008.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Birth Records 1905, 1931, 1947

Box 1, Folder 2

Educational Records 1920's-1940's

Box 1, Folder 3

Name Change Documents 1946

Box 1, Folder 4

Pi Lambda Phi & Phi Beta Delta Fraternity alumni information 1924-1962

Box 1, Folder 5

Stanford Alumni Association 1927-1987

Box 1, Folder 6

Military Records 1929-1943

Box 1, Folder 7

United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in World War II, personal papers 1942-1943

Box 1, Folder 8

Health Records 1940's-1960's

Box 1, Folder 9

Marriage and Divorce to Reba Lynne Travis 1948-1952

Box 1, Folder 10

Retirement 1970's

Box 1, Folder 11

UCSD Body Donation Program Papers 1983

Box 1, Folder 12

United States Veterans Administration 1960's-1980's

Box 1, Folder 13

Presbyterian Church 1950's-1970's

Box 1, Folder 14

Bank of America 1988-1989

Box 1, Folder 15

Parents Marriage License: Hyman I. Kornfeld & Fannie Robinowitz 1940's

Box 1, Folder 16

Hymen I. Kornfeld Naturalization Records 1940

Box 1, Folder 17

Kornfeld Family History 1947

Box 1, Folder 18

Travis "Roots" and Correspondence 1977

Box 1, Folder 19

Last Will 1988

Box 1, Folder 20

Sarah Revel, aunt 1980

Box 1, Folder 21

Dr. Joseph Saul Kornfeld 1971-1975

Box 1, Folder 22

Fannie Kornfeld, mother 1957-1966

Box 1, Folder 23

Abe Kornfeld, brother 1958-1973

Box 1, Folder 24

Dan Kornfeld, brother 1960-1989

Box 1, Folder 25

Jay Kornfeld, brother 1959-1988

Box 1, Folder 26

Joseph Kornfeld, brother 1959-1989

Box 1, Folder 27

Francis Grossman, sister 1950's-1970's

Box 1, Folder 28

Francis Grossman, sister 1980's

Box 1, Folder 29

Sam Kornfeld, brother 1964-1989

Box 1, Folder 30

Family Correspondence 1947-1989

Box 1, Folder 31

Pictures 1930's-1980's

Box 1, Folder 32

Lecture Notes, Non-Metals, Stanford 1926

Box 1, Folder 33

Lecture Notes, Metals, Stanford 1926

Box 2, Folder 1

Work Experience 1930's-1974

Box 2, Folder 2

Geology 1940's-1960's

Box 2, Folder 3

Published References 1938-1970

Box 2, Folder 4

Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists 1956-1973

Box 2, Folder 5

San Rafael Swell 1948-1950

Box 2, Folder 6

Electrolog Abstract 1944-1952

Box 2, Folder 7

Writings 1950's-1980's

Box 2, Folder 8

Sertoma International 1950's-1980's

Box 2, Folder 9

Personal/General Correspondence 1972-1988

Box 2, Folder 10

San Diego Union Tribune Jewish articles 1981-1988

Box 2, Folder 11

Titanic-Post War Economics

Box 2, Folder 12

Anti-Semitism 1960's-1980's

Box 2, Folder 13

San Diego Anti-Semitism 1980-1988

Box 2, Folder 14

American Council for Judaism 1982-1988

Box 2, Folder 15

Humanistic Jews 1952-1985

Box 2, Folder 16

Elmer Berger Fund & Anti-Zionism 1984-1988

Box 2, Folder 17

Anti-Defamation League 1967-1988

Box 2, Folder 18

Correspondence/Jewish State 1983-1988

Box 2, Folder 19

Dr. Bernard Revel, President of Yeshiva University 1983-1988

Box 2, Folder 20

Dr. Trude Weiss-Rosmarin 1981-1983

Box 2, Folder 21

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) 1979

Box 2, Folder 22

Religion in San Diego Schools 1973-1979

Box 2, Folder 23

San Diego World Affairs Council 1985-1988

Box 2, Folder 24

Variations of Species of Humans 1960-1962

Box 2, Folder 25

Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder, United States Representative 1977

Box 2, Folder 26

Professor Arthur Schlesinger 1980-1986

Box 2, Folder 27

Total Realty Management (TRM) Investment Properties 1980-1988

Box 2, Folder 28

Gore Vidal 1984-1988

Box 2, Folder 29

William H. Miller 1976-1984

Box 2, Folder 30

Newspaper Articles 1940's-1980's

Box 3

Address Note & Card File Boxes (4) 1930's-1989