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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Related Material
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: T. Perceval Gerson Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1901-1938
    Bulk dates: 1934-1937
    Collection Number: mssGerson papers
    Creator: Gerson, T. Perceval (Theodore Perceval), 1872-.
    Extent: 483 pieces + clippings in 3 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists primarily of the correspondence of Dr. T. Perceval Gerson (born 1872), founder of the Hollywood Bowl and publisher of the Los Angeles municipal newspaper. The materials chiefly date from 1934 to 1937 and include correspondence from musicians, conductors, and lecturers on liberal causes. There are also newspaper clippings covering the San Francisco Graft Trial of 1907 and the William Dudley Haywood trial in Idaho in 1907.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. T. Perceval Gerson Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from N. A. Kovach, February, 1948.

    Biographical Note

    T. Perceval Gerson (1872-1959?), founder of the Hollywood Bowl, was a physician, the publisher of the Los Angeles Municipal Newspaper, and patron for many community organizations. He was active in the Hollywood Bowl Association, the Theatre Arts Alliance of Hollywood, the National Committee for Planned Parenthood, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

    Related Material

    There are additional papers of Theodore Perceval Gerson in the U.C.L.A. Library.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains personal and business correspondence of Dr. T. Perceval Gerson chiefly for the years 1934-37, which includes letters from conductors, musicians, lecturers on liberal causes, etc. Also 2 sets of newspaper clippings covering the San Francisco Graft Trial of 1907 and the William Dudley Haywood trial in Idaho in 1907.


    Arranged in the following manner:
    • Correspondence, A-Ge (Box 1)
    • Correspondence, Gi-Z; Photograph; Ephemera; Miscellaneous (Box 2)
    • Clippings (Box 3)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Gerson, T. Perceval (Theodore Perceval), 1872-
    Haywood, Big Bill, 1869-1928 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
    American Civil Liberties Union.
    Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
    Theatre Arts Alliance of Hollywood.
    Conductors (Music) -- United States -- Correspondence.
    Music -- California.
    Musicians -- United States -- Correspondence.
    Political corruption.
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Newspapers.
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Politics and government.
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- Politics and government.


    Clippings -- California -- 20th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 20th century.