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Leon Spiro papers, approximately 1915-1980 (bulk 1968-1976).
BANC MSS 2010/954 box 1; BANC MSS 2010/954 box 2; BANC MSS 2010/954 box 3; BANC MSS 2010/954
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Leon Spiro papers, approximately 1915-1980 (bulk 1968-1976)


Spiro, Leon, 1900-, creator, creator.


Western Jewish History Center, 266.


Judah L. Magnes Museum, WJHC 1968.024.


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


The collection contains numerous publications including poems, articles, and "letters to the editor" written by Leon Spiro. It also includes his correspondence, featuring acknowledgments, as well as some letters between Spiro and Julian Michel, an assistant university librarian at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, the collection contains photographs of family and exhibits and a biography of Spiro's grandfather, Maurice, who arrived in California in 1846 and became a merchant and a jeweler. The collection also contains information about the A and S department stores in California and Nevada, as well as information about Michael Spiro, Jr., the conductor of the San Francisco Junior Symphony.


1968 (issued)


n-us-ca -- n-us-nv
Spiro, Leon -- 1900- -- Archives
Jr -- Spiro, Michael
University of California, Berkeley. -- Library.
San Francisco Junior Symphony.
Department stores -- California
Department stores -- Nevada
Jews -- California -- San Francisco
Jewelers -- California


Formerly: Western Jewish History Center Collection Number 266.
Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number WJHC 1968.024.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Leon Spiro papers, BANC MSS 2010/954, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
Leon Spiro was a member of a pioneer California family. He was also a literary impresario; a collector and distributor of poetry in nine languages; and a translator of Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Besides being a civil engineer for the city of San Francisco, he also created the Star-West Library and the publications Star-West, the Sausalito-Belvedere Gazette, and the Larvae du Golden Gate. In addition, he also wrote columns about California's interests and concerns for The Journal, an official publication of the Birmingham (England) Trades Council, during the 1960s and 1970s.
Materials in English and French.


Correspondence-California-San Francisco.
Photographs-California-San Francisco.
Poems-California-San Francisco.

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BANC MSS 2010/954 box 1
BANC MSS 2010/954 box 2
BANC MSS 2010/954 box 3
BANC MSS 2010/954



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COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.