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  • Restrictions on Access
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  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Processing Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
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  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Joseph Lionel Fainer papers
    Creator: Fainer, Joseph Lionel
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0780
    Physical Description: 0.4 Linear Feet (1 flat box)
    Date (inclusive): 1937-1938
    Abstract: Joseph Lionel Fainer (1897-1960) was the special prosecutor in the Harry Raymond bombing case. The collection materials focus on his involvement with the trial and consist of trial notes, photographs, and clippings.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. George D. Lyon, 1962.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9942330023606533 

    Processing Note

    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
    Processed by Heather Lowe with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), September 2011.
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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joseph Lionel Fainer papers (Collection Number 780). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Joseph Lionel Fainer was born in 1897 in California. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and practiced criminal law in San Francisco and Oakland before coming to Los Angeles in 1927. He spent the rest of his life in Southern California and died on August 21, 1960 in San Marino.
    Fainer is most notable for serving as special prosecutor in People vs. Kynette, Allen, and Browne. This court case led to the eventual recall of Los Angeles Mayor Frank Shaw. From its earliest days, many Shaw opponents suspected his administration of corruption. Anti-Shaw forces hired Harry Raymond to investigate the administration. On January 14, 1938, Raymond's car exploded, severely injuring the detective and bringing corruption allegations to a head when it was discovered that Earle Kynette, a Los Angeles Police Captain, had planted the bomb. Both Roy Allen and Kynette were convicted and public outcry over the scandal led to the recall election.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of photographs, a trial digest and pages from a scrapbook containing news clippings.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lawyers -- California -- Archives.
    Fainer, Joseph Lionel--Archives.