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Guide to the Morris L. Ernst Banned Books Collection
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Primarily lists, articles, and government publications relating to censorship issues. Part of a much larger collection of printed materials, about 700 titles, which have been cataloged separately.
Morris Leopold Ernst was born on August 23, 1888 in Uniontown, Alabama. His father, a Czech immigrant, was a pushcart peddler who later became the owner of a small general store and of a small loan company. Ernst's mother was one of the earliest graduates of a woman's college, Hunter, in 1884. When Ernst was two years of age, his father moved the family to New York City where the senior Ernst was active, and for the most part quite successful, in real estate ventures. Morris Ernst attended public schools in New York and graduated from Horace Mann High School at the age of sixteen. He earned a B.A. degree from Williams College in 1909. From 1909 to 1915, Ernst worked in various office positions in the retail industry while studying evenings at the New York School of Law. He received his LL.B. in 1912 and was admitted to the bar the following year, but did not enter into the formal practice of law until 1915 when he became a partner in the firm of Greenbaum, Wolff & Ernst. Ernst remained associated with the firm until his death.
8 linear ft (8 boxes)
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