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Guide to the Lawrence Arnstein Papers, 1915-1979
BANC MSS 80/83 c  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Lawrence Arnstein Papers,
    Date: 1915-1979
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 80/83 c
    Collector: Arnstein, Lawrence, 1880-1979.
    Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes, 1 oversize folder Linear feet: 3.75
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Papers relating to Arnstein's interest in various public health issues such as raw milk, child care centers (including speeches he made and a statement to the California State Board of Health); material on the San Francisco Social Hygiene and Health Association; certificates of appointments and awards; scrapbooks of clippings, Includes letters of condolence to Mrs. Arnstein.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Manuscripts Division. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lawrence Arnstein Papers, BANC MSS 80/83 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Related Collection

    Lawrence Arnstein, 1880-1979 (oral history), C-D 4082

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Lawrence Arnstein Papers were donated to The Bancroft Library in three installments on January 8th and 12th, and March 17, 1980. An addition of two scrapbooks was received on March 6, 1985.

    Scope and Content

    A native San Franciscan, Lawrence Arnstein graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1900 and entered the family woolen business. He was named to San Francisco's Board of Health in 1913 by Mayor Jim Rolph and served nearly 30 years.
    Arnstein went on to work tirelessly as a lobbyist and volunteer, pushing for the development of school lunch programs, childcare centers for working mothers, and the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a host of other public health programs. His efforts earned him the title of Mr. Public Health and numerous honorary awards and degrees, including the award for Distinguished Public Service and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
    The collection has been arranged into three series:
    Title: Correspondence,
    Date: 1916-1979
    ; Personal Papers,
    Date: 1953-1979
    ; and Scrapbooks,
    Date: 1955-1970.
    Correspondence files include letters written to Arnstein from various city and state officials, relating primarily to public health matters. Arnstein's personal papers consist of speeches on childcare and statements to the California State Board of Health, honors and tributes, a photocopy typescript of the memorial service for Arnstein, and clippings, including obituaries. At the end of the series are also found subject files on childcare centers, food for the poor, the Raw Milk Bill, San Francisco Bay Area Hearing Society, and the San Francisco Social Hygiene Health Association. The last series, scrapbooks, contains clippings and memorabilia in honor of Arnstein's seventy-fifth birthday, while the oversize folder contains certificates and awards.