Guide to the Lawrence Arnstein Papers, 1915-1979

Processing Completed by Robin Tremblay-McGaw
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Guide to the Lawrence Arnstein Papers, 1915-1979

Collection number: BANC MSS 80/83 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

Processing Completed by:
Robin Tremblay-McGaw
Date Completed:
July 1992
Encoded by:
Gabriela A. Montoya
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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.


Series 1: Correspondence, 1916-1979.


Outgoing Letters, 1952-1978.

Box 1, folder 1-5

Letters 1952-78


Incoming Letters, 1916-1979.

folder 6

Miscellany, A-Z: 1964-79


Baum, Willa


Bergdall, Luther


Bevil, Mildred


Bond, Donald B.


Campion, Carney J.


Brady, Margaret


Densmore, Robert C.


Feldman, Sanford E.


Graham, Donald E.


Heldfond, Scott R.


Hellman, Marco


Lanterman, Frank


Marquoit, Thomas D.


Marrin, Andrew


Mayer, William


Noble, Charles


Olney, Mary


Pulley, Hamlet C.


Solis, Faustina


[ ], Martin


[ ], Susie

folder 7

Alioto, Joseph Lawrence, 1916- 1971-75

folder 8

Arnstein, Margaret G. 1968

folder 9

Breslow, Lester 1968-79

folder 10

Brian, Earl W., 1942- 1972-74

folder 11

Brown, Edmund Gerald, 1905- 1964-66

folder 12

Choate, Robert Burnett 1968-79

folder 13

Chope, Harold Delos 1970

folder 14

Collier, Randolph, 1902-1983 1973

Box 2, folder 1

Commonwealth Club of California 1979

folder 2

Cox, Ronald Woodworth 1975

folder 3

Cranston, Alan MacGregor 1969

folder 4

Curry, Francis John 1964-79

folder 5

Egeberg, Roger Olaf, 1903- 1974

folder 6

Feinstein, Dianne 1970-78

folder 7

Gardner, John William, 1912- 1974

folder 8

Goldman, Leon, 1905- 1970

folder 9

Gould, Charles Lessington 1974

folder 10

Graham, Katherine 1969-75

folder 11

Heslep, John McKay 1968

folder 12

Hitch, Charles Johnston 1969-74

folder 13

Jessup, R. Bruce 1970

folder 14

Johnson, Robert L. 1974

folder 15

Kerr, Clark, 1911- [1960]-64

folder 16

Kissinger, Louis 1973

folder 17

Lee, Philip R. (Philip Randolph), 1924- 1968-69

folder 18

Lehman, Herbert H. (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963 1954

folder 19

Mather, Philip R. 1971

folder 20

Merrill, Malcolm Hendricks 1969-79

folder 21

Morrison, Jack, 1912- 1969

folder 22

Moscone, George R. 1969

folder 23

Peterson, Esther (Eggerton) 1977

folder 24

Post, A. (August Alan), 1914- 1975

folder 25

Rusk, Howard A., 1901- 1964-7

folder 26

San Francisco (Calif.). Board of Supervisors. 1970-79

folder 27

San Francisco Aid Retarded Children. 1974

folder 28

Saylor, Louis Franklin 1969

folder 29

Schottland, Charles I. 1971

folder 30

Shepard, William, 1895-1969 1950-66

folder 31

Sherriffs, Alex C. 1971

folder 32

Shreve, Charles Henry 1969

folder 33

Smith, Charles Edward, 1904-67 1954

folder 34

Switzer, Mary Elizabeth, 1900- 1964

folder 35

University of California. Alumni Association. 1975

folder 36

Ward, Paul D. 1969

folder 37

Warren, Earl, 1891-1974 1966-73

folder 38

Warren, Nina E. 1974

folder 39

Weinberger, Caspar Willard 1969-73

folder 40

Wilbur, Dwight Locke 1954-79

folder 41

Wilbur, Ray Lyman, 1875-1949 1915

folder 42

Williams, Spencer 1968-69

folder 43

Wyckoff, Florence Richardson n.d.

folder 44-45

Neither to nor from Lawrence Arnstein 1916-78


Series 2: Personal Papers, 1953-1979.

folder 46

Speech and Statements 1961-69

folder 47

Honors and Tributes 1956-74

folder 48

Memorial Service for Lawrence Arnstein 1979

folder 49

Lawrence Arnstein clippings 1952-79

folder 50

Child Care Centers 1961

folder 51

Child Care Center clippings 1955

folder 52

Food for the poor 1968-71

folder 53

Public Health under Reagan Administration 1970-71

folder 54

Raw Milk Bill 1969

folder 55

Raw Milk Bill clippings 1968-69

folder 56

San Francisco Hospital clippings 1957

folder 57

San Francisco Bay Area Hearing Society, Inc. 1968-69

folder 58

San Francisco Social Hygiene and Health Association 1953-60

folder 59

Miscellaneous 1968-74

folder 60

Miscellaneous clippings 1954-75


Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1955-1970.

Box 3, folder 1

To Lawrence Arnstein, A Token To Lawrence Arnstein, A Token of Appreciation and Affection from Friends and Colleagues on His Seventy-Fifth Birthday 1955

folder 2

Lawrence Arnstein 1970

oversize Oversize, folder 1

Awards and Certificates 1957-70