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Box / Folder MMT01
Folder Scope & Content Personal Papers
Collection Maury M. Travis Collection
Collection Location Special Collections & University Archives
Series Papers, Personal
Dates of Creation 1905-1989
Dates of Accumulation
Description (MMT) Maury M. Travis Collection - Three boxes of personal papers and indexed note cards, which were willed to the Lipinsky institute for Judaic Studies at SDSU and subsequently turned over to the archives of the JHSSD.

Personal papers encompassing birth records, name change records, marriage & divorce documents, veterans & military papers, church affiliations, last will, family history, correspondence and records, and photographs of Maury Marion Travis, aka Moses Kornfeld.

Maury Travis was born Moses Kornfeld, son of Orthodox Jews in West Virginia, 1905. He graduated Stanford University with a BA in Geology and went on to specialize in petroleum geology, also serving in the USAAF in the Corps of Engineers from 1929 to 1943. Travis abandoned his Jewish roots in protest of Zionism, as he felt it would only lead to sensless wars and bloodshed. In addition to personal papers of his life, such as birth, education, marriage, divorce, etc., his collection has some significant primary documents concerning antisemitism, in general and in San Diego specifically, with publications of the racist rhetoric of White Supremacy organizations.