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Lawrence A. Wien papers, 1954-1982

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Call No.: MS#1343
Bib ID 4079665 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Wien, Lawrence A., 1905-1988
Title Lawrence A. Wien papers, 1954-1982
Physical Description 60 linear feet (128 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Language(s) English .
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Correspondence, documents, financial records and memorabilia. The personal correspondence of Lawrence A. Wien, 1960-1983; including memoirs and notes on interests both personal and financial. The Lawrence A. Wien Foundation files include correspondence, 1958-1976, information on the Foundation's 10-year trust, and information on tax returns. Files for the Charles and Rosanna Batchelor Memorial fund consist of general correspondence, grant requests, and miscellaneous financial documents. The Committee to Increase Corporate Philanthropic Giving files comprise a large part of the collection. Among the numerous individual corporations represented are the American Broadcasting Company and the Zale Company. Wien's Foundation for the Improvement of Housing Arrangements for Official Foreign Personnel has personal files for each person receiving the Foundation's benefits, guarantees for those individuals, and letters ment to solicit funds from various corporations

In addition to information on other philanthropic interests, the collection contains Wien's dealings with Brandeis University, including correspondence, estate records, and folders on investors in the Wien International Scholarship Program (WISP). There are also Columbia University files including correspondence, 1967-1975, investment schedules for Wien's.

There are also Columbia University files including correspondence, 1967-1975, investment schedules for Wien's Scholarship program at the Columbia Law School, and several lottery tickets in connection with his philanthropy to Columbia. Wiens's interests in the media and perfroming arts are represented in files on the Educational Broadcasting Corporation, Institute of International Education, and various dramatic productions he sponsored, including "Fiddler on the Roof" "Music Man" and "Zorba the Greek" as well as his dealings with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Also included is material on his involvement in the construction of the Apestuck Golf Club and his term as a Con Edison trustee. The collection also contains some personal memorabilia.

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You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

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This collection has no restrictions.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lawrence A. Wien papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


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Ownership and Custodial History

Bequest of the Estate of Lawrence A. Wien, 1990.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Wien, Lawrence A. (Bequest of the Estate). Method of acquisition--Bequest; Date of acquisition--03/30/1990. Accession number--M-90-03-30.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

processed MW 08/29/1990.

Revision Description

2010-04-02 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Trustee, Columbia University, 1966-1972 (Columbia B.A., 1925; LLB, 1927). Philanthropist, lawyer and entrepreneur.

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Series I: Personal Files

Subseries I.1: Personal Correspondence, 1960 - 1982, 1960, 1982

Box 1 January 1, 1960 - July 31, 1961, January 1, 1960, July 31, 1961

Box 2 August 1, 1961 - December 31, 1962, August 1, 1961, December 31, 1962

Box 3 January 1, 1963 - December 31, 1964, January 1, 1963, December 31, 1964

Box 4 1965 - 1966, 1965, 1966

Box 5 1967

Box 6 1968

Box 7 1971 - 1972, 1971, 1972

Box 8 1973, 1976, 1973, 1976

Box 9 1977 - 1978, 1977, 1978

Box 10 Jan 1, 1979 - July 31, 1980, 1979, July 31, 1980

Box 11 August 1, 1980 - April 30, 1982, August 1, 1980, April 30, 1982

Box 11 70th Birthday Celebration

Box 11 80th Birthday Celebration

Personal Files: Subjects A – Z:

Box 12 Academic Consulting Assoc.

Box 12 Biographical Summary

Box 12 Casualty Losses

Box 12 Change of Address

Box 12 Compensation Injury to Micheal Samuelman

Box 12 Group Life Insurance

Box 12 "Humphrey for President" (1968)

Box 12 Investments (Mr. Wien Papers)

Box 12 London, England

Box 12 correspondence and lease

Box 12 Net Worth

Box 12 Plaza Hotel (Assoc. & Party)

Box 12 Rapidata, Inc.

Box 12 Sale of Wien's Theater Interests

Box 12 Stock Certificates (Warwick)

Box 12 Subscriptions

Box 12 Elsie Yingere Loans

Box 13 Tax Records/Paid Bills 1961 - 1974 etc., 1961, 1974

Series II: L. A. Wien Foundation, Inc. Files

Correspondence, 1958–1976

Box 14 1958 – 1961, 1958, 1961

Box 15 1962 – 1966, 1962, 1966

Box 16 1967 - 1968, 1967, 1968

Box 17 1969 - 1972, 1969, 1972

Box 18 1973 - 1976, 1973, 1976

Box 19 Files

Box 20 Ten Year Trust Information

Box 21 Tax Returns

Box 21 NYS Registration

Series III: Charles and Rosanna Batchelor Memorial, Inc. Files

Box 22 General Correspondence, 1961 - 1971, 1961, 1971

Box 22 Annual Report of Charitable Organization Dissolution

Box 23 Financial Statements, Reports on 1967 Grant, 1967

Box 23 Grants Requested Since 1967 (w/ no Action), 1967

Box 23 Investment Review

Box 23 Membership Certificate

Box 23 Minutes

Box 23 Miscellaneous

Box 24 Income Tax

Box 24 Miscellaneous Financial

Series IV: Committee to Increase Corporate Philanthropic Giving Files

* Individual Corporation Folders, A - Z*

Box 25 Abbot Laboratories - American Brands, Inc.

Box 26 American Broadcasting Co. - American Natural Resources Co.

Box 27 American Standard, Inc. - Asarco, Inc.

Box 28 Ashland Oil, Inc. - Baker International Co.

Box 29 Bankamerica Co. - Belco Petroleum, Inc.

Box 30 Bendix Co. - Borden, Inc.

Box 31 Briggs and Stratton Co. - Carnation Co.

Box 32 Carpenter Technology Co. - Cheesebrough-Pond's, Inc.

Box 33 Cities Service Co. - Colt Industries, Inc.

Box 34 Commonwealth Edison Co. - Continental Telephone Co.

Box 35 Continental Oil Co. (Conoco) - Data General Co.

Box 36 Deere & Co. - Duke Power Co.

Box 37 Dun & Bradstreet Co. - Ex-Cell-O Co.

Box 38 Exxon Co. - Foremost McKesson, Inc.

Box 39 Freeport-McMoran, Inc. - General Mills, Inc.

Box 40 General Motors Co. - Goodrich (B. F.) Co.

Box 41 Grace (W. R.) & Co. - Heinz (H. J.) Co.

Box 42 Hercules, Inc. - Hughes Tool Co.

Box 43 Humana, Inc. - International Harvester Co.

Box 44 International Minerals & Chemical Co. - Kemper Co.

Box 45 Kerr-McGee Co. - Louisiana Land & Exploration Co.

Box 46 Louisiana Pacific Co. - Marathon Oil Co.

Box 47 Marriott Co. - Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co.

Box 48 Missouri Pacific Co. - Murphy Oil Co.

Box 49 Nabisco Brands, Inc. - NL Industries, Inc.

Box 50 NLT Co. - Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Box 51 Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Co. - Phillips Petroleum Co.

Box 52 Pillsbury Co. - Raytheon Co.

Box 53 RCA Co. - Richardson-Vicks, Inc.

Box 54 Rockwell International Co. - SCM Co.

Box 55 Scott Paper Co. - Southern Co.

Box 56 Southern Natural Resources Co. - Standard Oil Co. (Ohio)

Box 57 Stauffer Chemical Co. - Tenneco, Inc.

Box 58 Texaco, Inc. - Transco Companies, Inc.

Box 59 TRW, Inc. - United Technologies Co.

Box 60 United Telecommunications, Inc. - West Point-Pepperell, Inc.

Box 61 Weyerhaeuser - Zale Co.

Box 61 General Correspondence

Box 61 Business Roundtable

Box 61 FQ Churchill Workpapers

Box 62 Procedure regarding submission of proposals

Box 62 Progress Reports, Folders 1-24

Box 63 Reports and Summaries

Box 63 Statistical Summary Report

Box 63 FQC's Worksheets re Summary Reports

Box 63 Various Speeches (copies)

Series V: Foundation for Improvement of Housing Arrangements for Official Foreign

*Personnel, Inc. Files*

Box 64 Abdul-Lateef - Braithwaite

Box 65 Budin - Elhussein

Box 66 Elmi - Kombele

Box 67 Lee - Rakotosihinaka

Box 68 Rocos - Zahran

Box 69 Guarantee Letters, Folders 40-45, 47-48

Box 70 Guarantee Letters, Folders 49-56

Box 71 Guarantee Letters, Folders 57-66

Box 72 Guarantee Letters, Folders 67-74, 80

Box 73 Solicitation File

Box 73 Solicitation Letters, 1974

Series VI: Miscellaneous Philanthropic Interests Files

Box 74 Brotherhood House

Box 74 Canisius College

Box 74 Girls' Town

Box 74 Georgetown Montrose Interest (Mae Wien)

Box 74 Greater New York Fund

Box 75 Minimax Supermarkets SpA, Roma, Italia

Box 75 New York City Council Against Poverty

Box 75 Pro Deo University

Box 75 Promercantil, S.A.

Box 75 Slifka, Alan and Jacqueline

Box 75 Stylon Corporation

Series VII: Brandeis University Files

Box 76 General Correspondence, 1967

Box 77 General Correspondence, 1/1/68 - 9/30/69, 1/1/68, 9/30/69

Box 78 General Correspondence, 10/1/69-12/31/69,1971,1973-1975

Box 79 Wien International Scholarship Program (WISP)

Box 79 General Correspondence 1962-1967, 1969, 1971-1977, 1962-1967, 1969, 1971-1977

Box 80 Records of Estates

Box 80 Berglas - Irving

Box 81 Records of Estates

Box 81 Kott - Robinson

Box 82 Records of Estates

Box 82 Rosenbaum - Sabath

Box 83 Records of Estates

Box 83 Schulman - Wolf

Box 84 Wien International Scholarship Program (WISP)

Box 84 Deficit Fund, Luncheons 60 East Club

Box 84 Pooled Income Fund

Box 84 Joslin, Archie O. -- Gift

Box 84 Student Applications

Box 84 Summer Job Program

Box 84 Investors

Box 84 Baton Rouge Motor Lodge Assoc. - Dyckman Hotel Assoc.

Box 85 WISP Investors

Box 85 Dyckman Hotel Assoc. - Empire State Building Assoc.

Box 86 WISP Investors

Box 86 Empire State Building Assoc. - Graybar Assoc.

Box 87 WISP Investors

Box 87 Graybar Assoc. - 108 E. 38th Street Assoc.

Box 88 WISP Investors

Box 88 108 E. 38th Street Assoc. - Senator Hotel Assoc.

Box 89 WISP Investors

Box 89 Senator Hotel Assoc. - 250 W. 57th St. Assoc.

Box 90 WISP Investors

Box 90 250 W. 57th St. Assoc. - Warwick Hotel Assoc.

Box 91 Advisory Council on University Affairs

Box 91 Minutes

Box 91 Blank Assignments

Box 91 David Squire

Box 92 Blank Assignments

Box 92 David Squire

Box 92 Gifts

Box 92 Correspondence

Box 92 Agreements

Box 92 Planning and Development Council

Box 92 Minutes

Box 92 Miscellaneous Directories

Box 93 Miscellaneous Material

Series VIII: Columbia University Files

Box 94 General Correspondence, 1967 - 1975, 1967, 1975

Box 95 Student Applications (1967-1976)

Box 95 Appraisal of Land

Box 96 Columbia College Council - Misc.

Box 96 Committee on Finance/Committee on Development of Alumni Affairs

Box 96 Financial Reports (1967-1968)

Box 96 Gymnasium Building Fund

Box 96 Law School Solicitations

Box 96 Lottery Tickets (NY) In Connection w/ CU

Box 96 President's Report to Trustees

Box 97 Scholarship Program at Columbia Law School (Fund)

Box 97 General Correspondence, 1963-1975

Box 97 Schedule of Investments

Box 97 Baton Rouge Motor Lodge Assoc. - Dyckman Hotel Assoc.

Box 98 Scholarship Program at Columbia Law School Investments

Box 98 Empire State Building Assoc. - Stewart Ave. Assoc.

Box 99 Scholarship Program (Fund) at Law School Investments

Box 99 Sterick-Memphis Realty Co. - Warwick Hotel Assoc.

Box 99 Temple Committee

Box 99 Trustees' Committee on Development and Alumni Affairs

Box 99 University Senate, Proposal for Establishment of..(Exec. Committee

Box 99 of Faculty)

Series IX: Miscellaneous Studies and Publications

Educational Broadcasting Corp., Ch. 13 Files

Box 100 General Correspondence, 1966

Box 100 Minutes

Box 100 Sample of 1966 Mailing (first name Basis), 1966

Institute of International Education Files

Box 101 General Correspondence, 1966-1969

Box 101 Advertising Agreements

Box 101 Educational Policies Committee

Box 101 Lists for IIE Luncheon

Box 101 Message Released to Congress, Feb 2, 1966

Box 101 Minutes

Box 101 Ten Year Plan

Box 101 Miscellaneous

Series X: Performing Arts (Individual Productions) Files

Box 102 "Case for Satan"

Box 102 "Company" Company

Box 102 "Cry For Us All" (L. M. Company)

Box 102 "Fiddler on the Roof"

Box 102 Partnership Interests, Fin. Reports

Box 102 "The Fighting Cock" (The Hurlu Co.)

Box 102 "Fiorello" Co.

Correspondence and Agreements

Box 103 "Follies" Co.

Box 103 "Kuprin" Co.

Box 103 "Love and Kisses"

Box 103 "Music Man"

Box 104 "Nowhere to Go But Up"

Box 104 "Passage to India"

Box 104 Playwrights - Multiplay Co.

Box 104 "Poor Bitos"

Box 104 "She Loves Me"...incl. British vers.

Box 104 "Something About a Soldier"

Box 104 "Subways Are For Sleeping"

Box 104 "A Swim in the Sea"

Box 104 "Tenderloin"

Box 105 "The Tenth Man" (Formerly "The Dybuk" Company)

Box 105 Financial Statements and Assignment

Box 105 "West Side Story"

Box 105 Correspondence and Misc.

Box 105 "Zorba the Greek"

Box 105 Correspondence, Financial Statements

Box 105 Prospectives

Series XI: Lincoln Center Files

Box 106 Correspondence, 1964-1968

Box 107 Correspondence, 1969-1972

Box 108 Correspondence, 1973-1977

Box 109 General File

Box 109 Board of Directors

Box 109 Charter Assoc.'s Annual Letters

Box 109 Committee on Education (incl. Minutes)

Box 109 Liquor License Application

Box 109 Reports and Misc.

Box 109 Revlon Foundation (Charles H. Revson)

Box 109 Summary of Current Solicitations and Assignments

Series XII: Apestuck Golf Club Construction Corp. Files

Box 110 General Correspondence, 1967-July 31, 1973

Box 111 General Correspondence, 8/1/73-9/30/74

Box 111 Board of Governors

Box 111 Contract Documents (Constr. Specifications)

Box 111 Letter to James Ganley, Re: Employment

Box 111 Assignment of Loan, by Wien, to Helmsley-Spear, Inc.

Box 112 Helmsley-Wien 25th Anniversary Celebration Sale

Box 112 Helmsley-Spear Installment of Golf Course Note

Box 112 Invitations, 1968

Box 112 MBC File

Box 112 Minutes

Box 112 President's Trophy, Plaques for Sculpture

Box 112 Promissory Notes, etc.

Box 112 Prospective Members; Misc.

Series XIII: Con Edison's Summary Reports to Trustees Files

Box 113 December 1969 - February 1971, December 1969, February 1971

Box 114 June 1971 - January 1973, June 1971, January 1973

Box 115 February 1973 - July 1976 (sporadically), February 1973, July 1976

Series XIV: Memorabilia

Box 115 Plaque (oversize Folder)

Box 115 Photo Album: Lawrence A. Wien's Activities as Columbia Trustee, 1971

Addition 2019

Box 126 Football: Larry Wien Game Ball, Columbia 16 Princeton 13, 8 October 1988

Box 126 Soccer Ball: The 1983 Soccer Team Extends Their Thanks to Mr. Lawrence A. Wien for His Outstandin Support of the Soccer Program

Box 126 Columbia Paper Weight, 1963

Box 126 For Distinguished Leadership on Behalf of the Columbia Law School Fund: Lawrence A. Wien. Wood with blue seal inlay

Box 126 Wien Phi Beta Kappa Pin

Box 126 Envelope containing exhibition materials

Box 127 Larry Wien, 1905-1988. Bronze Plaque

Box 127 Wien: Trustees Resolution, 6 February 1989

Box 127 Wien Documents #1: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Acknowledgement

Box 127 Wien Documents #2: Phi Beta Kappa, 17 May 1988

Box 127 Wien Documents #3: Photograph with Mario Cuomo

Box 127 Wien Documents #4: Photograph at Wien Stadium

Box 127 Wien Documents #5: Photograph, with award

Box 127 Wien Documents #6: Educational Broadcasting Corporation. Citation

Box 127 Wien Documents #7: Photograph "The Mae Wien Center for Women's Athletics"

Box 127 Wien Documents #8: Photograph of Lawrence Wien and Mae L. Wien

Box 127 Wien Documents #9: Canisius College Honorary degree citation, 29 May 1970

Box 128 Sword: The Columbia Fencing Team to Lawrence A. Wien, November 1988