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Maury M. Travis Collection, 1905-1989 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Maury M. Travis Collection, 1905-1989Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Travis, Maury Marion (1905-1990)

Extent: 3.75 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 11/01/1999

Subjects: Antisemitism, Christian converts from Judaism--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources, Israel--Politics and government--Philosophy, Kornfeld family, Petroleum geologists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources, Travis, Maury Marion, 1905-1989 or 90--Archives, Zionism--Philosophy

Forms of Material: Personal Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of personal papers, correspondence, and press clippings which document Travis's personal life.  It includes birth records, legal name change documents, and family correspondence with Travis's siblings, parents, and other extended family members. His profession as a Petroleum Geologist, along with his interest in the formation of the State of Israel, the Middle East in general, and his interest in anti-Zionism, are well represented.  The collection also contains significant primary documents concerning anti-semitism in general, and in San Diego specifically, with publications of White Supremacy organizations.  The collection is loosely filed chronologically.

Dr. Lawrence Baron donated this collection to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego November 1, 1999 (JHSSD #1999.01.) It was transfered to the Library and Information Access May 22, 2008.

Biographical Note

Maury Marion Travis was born Moses Marion Kornfeld in West Virginia in 1905 to a large Orthodox Jewish family. He attended school in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated high school in 1922. He received a BA and Graduate Degree in Geology from Stanford University and entered the professional field of Petroleum Geology. Travis also served in the USAAF in the Corps of Engineers from 1929 to 1943.

He legally changed his name to Maury Marion Travis October 29, 1946 as a final severance of his Jewish roots due mostly to his objections to Zionism and the founding of the State of Israel, which he felt would precipitate "bloody wars."  He had at one time been a member of Lessing Rosenwald's American Jewish Council for Judaism, strongly opposing the formation of the Jewish State in Palestine.

Travis converted to Christianity and was baptized June 22, 1952 at Abraham Lincoln's New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, but continued to support the Jewish Anti-Defamation League his entire life. Travis was a resident of San Diego from the late 1970s until his death in late 1989 or early 1990.

Subject/Index Terms

Christian converts from Judaism--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Israel--Politics and government--Philosophy
Kornfeld family
Petroleum geologists--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Travis, Maury Marion, 1905-1989 or 90--Archives

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Dr. Lawrence Baron

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Maury M. Travis Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Other Note: Since 2007, the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego has transferred numerous collections to Special Collections and University Archives.  Click the link below to view other materials from the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego.

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Box and Folder Listing

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Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Work Experience, 1930's-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Geology, 1940's-1960'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Published References, 1938-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, 1956-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: San Rafael Swell, 1948-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Electrolog Abstract, 1944-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Writings, 1950's-1980'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Sertoma International, 1950's-1980'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Personal/General Correspondence, 1972-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 10: San Diego Union Tribune Jewish articles, 1981-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Titanic-Post War EconomicsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Anti-Semitism, 1960's-1980'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: San Diego Anti-Semitism, 1980-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 14: American Council for Judaism, 1982-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Humanistic Jews, 1952-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Elmer Berger Fund & Anti-Zionism, 1984-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Anti-Defamation League, 1967-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence/Jewish State, 1983-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Dr. Bernard Revel, President of Yeshiva University, 1983-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Dr. Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Religion in San Diego Schools, 1973-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 23: San Diego World Affairs Council, 1985-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Variations of Species of Humans, 1960-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder, United States Representative, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Professor Arthur Schlesinger, 1980-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Total Realty Management (TRM) Investment Properties, 1980-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Gore Vidal, 1984-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 29: William H. Miller, 1976-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Newspaper Articles, 1940's-1980'sAdd to your cart.

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