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Finding Aid for the Joseph Lionel Fainer papers, 1937-1938
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joseph Lionel Fainer papers
    Date (inclusive): 1937-1938
    Collection number: 780
    Creator: Joseph Lionel Fainer
    Extent: 1 flat box.
    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.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary 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.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Heather Lowe in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, September 2011.

    Preferred Citation

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

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233002 


    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.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Fainer, Joseph Lionel--Archives.
    Lawyers--California, Southern--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material