Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Joseph Sanger Linz Papers



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Linz, Joseph Sanger
Title: Joseph Sanger Linz Papers
Dates: 1940-1966; 1974-1978
Accession No.: MASC 78-2
Quantity: 1 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St Dallas, TX 75201

Biographical Note

Joseph Sanger Linz, was born in Dallas and 68 years old in 1978, us a member of two prominent Dallas families. His maternal grandfather was Philip Sanger, a founder of Sanger Brothers department store, and his paternal grandfather was Joseph Linz, the founder of Linz Brothers Jewelers.

Joseph Linz graduated from Dartmouth College and originally desired to be an architect. He worked briefly for O'Neil Ford but by 1933 he had become the art critic for the Daily Times Herald newspaper. He later moved to New York and became involved in a song writing and public relations career. In 1940, he returned to Dallas to work on his father's newspaper, the Dallas Journal, as the film and drama critic. It was in this capacity that Joseph Linz first met Edna Ferber. This initial contact led to a friendship that continued until Miss Ferber's death in 1968.

Mr. Linz served in the Army Air Force as a captain in World War II. After the war he married Elizabeth born and began a nineteen year career in the family firm of Linz Bros. Jewelry.

In 1974, he was contacted by Julie Goldsmith Gilbert Weisman, the grandniece of Edna Ferber, who informed him that she was beginning to do research for a biography of her great aunt. They corresponded with each other over the next three years as the biography progressed. The final work was entitled Ferber-A Biography and published in 1977.


Scope and Contents

The friendship between Joseph Linz and Edna Ferber began iwth his interview of her for the Dallas Journal on her first trip to Texas. A copy of this interview is filed in Folder 1.

There are twenty letters from Edna Ferber to Joseph Linz in this collection, dating from 1942 to 1966. They make up Items 2-21 and are filed chronologically in the first three folders. In her letters, Miss Ferber discusses such general topics as family, health, writing and the theater. Some of her works are mentioned in the following items: Giant, #7,8,9,10,11, and 13; Ice Palace, #12; Saratoga Truck, #13; and, Show Boat, #21. A particularly poignant remark about James Dean and his role in the film adaptation of Giant is made in Item 10.

One trait of Edna Ferber's that should be clarified is that she always addressed Joseph Linz as "David" in her letters. Her reason was that she did not think he resembled a Joe and would not label him with a misnomer. Instead, she gave him the nickname of David.

Joseph Linz's last letter from Edna Ferber was in August 1966; she died on April 6, 1968 at the age of eighty three.

Joseph Linz's correspondence with Julie Goldsmith Gilbert Weisman begins in 1974 when she writes to ask for information on his relationship with her great aunt. In her first letter she explains she is planning a biography and will be using the pen name of Julie Goldsmith Gilbert. Item 24 is Joseph Linz's reply to her request. Between 1975 and 1977, she writes five times, Items 24-29, reporting on the progress of the biography. When the work was near completion, she sent an uncorrected version of the first proof to Mr. Linz. This copy of the proof Ferber-A Biography is in Folder 5.

In April, 1978 Mr. Linz presented the letters from Edna Ferber, the correspondence from Julie Gilbert and the uncorrected proof, as a gift to the Dallas Public Library.

The Friends of the Dallas Public Library invited Julie Goldsmith Gilbert to speak at their annual luncheon on April 27, 1978. In advance of her talk, Ms. Gilbert prepared a brief autobiographical sketch which has also been included in the collection as Item 30.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Edna Ferber
Julie Goldsmith Gilbert Weisman
Joseph Linz
Family Names:
Linz
Places:
Dallas (Tex.)
Titles:
Joseph Linz Papers

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MASC78-3 Joseph Linz Papers, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library


Detailed Description of the Collection

 
Box Folder
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Box Folder
Item 1 - Xeroxed copy of interview between Joseph Linz and Edna Ferber in "The Dallas Journal", 1940. Mounted on cardboard 29 1/2cm
Item 2 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, 1 side of 1 leaf, 18cm. Stepney Depot, Connecticut, July 15, 1942. To Joseph Linz.
Item 3 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, 1 side of 1 leaf, 26cm. 35 E. 76th St. New York City, December 26, 1942. To Joseph Linz
Item 4 - Ferber, Edna. TLS 1 side of 1 leaf, 26cm. Stepney Depot, Connecticut, June 3, 1943. T Joseph Linz
Item 5 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, 1 side of 1 leaf, 26 cm. 35 E. 76th St. New York City, November 4, 1943. To Joseph Linz
Item 6 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, both sides of 1 leaf, 26cm. Stepney Depot, Connecticut, September 14, 1944. To Joseph Linz



 
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Item 7 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, both sides of 1 leaf, 21cm. 730 Park Avenue, New York, July 7, 1951. To Joseph Linz
Item 8 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, both sides of 1 leaf, 21cm. 730 Park Avenue, New York City, October 1, 1952. To Joseph Linz
Item 9 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, both sides of 1 leaf, 26cm. San Francisco, July 25, 1955. To Joseph Linz
Item 10 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, one side each of two leaves, 26cm. 730 Park Avenue, New York City, August 26, 1965. To Joseph Linz.
Item 11 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, 1 side of 1 leaf, 26cm. 730 Park Avenue, New York City, January 20, 1957. To Joseph Linz
Item 12 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, one side each of two leaves, 26cm. 730 Park Avenue, New York City, October 14, 1958. To Joseph Linz
Item 13 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, both sides of one leaf, 20cm. 730 Park Avenue, New York City, October 29, 1959. To Joseph Linz



 
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Item 14 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, both sides of one leaf, 20cm. 730 Park Avenue, New York City, November 15, 1963. To Joseph Linz.
Item 15 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, 1 side of 1 leaf, 20cm. 730 Park Avenue, New York City, December 22, 1963. To Joseph Linz.
Item 16 - Ferber, Edna. ALS, 4 sides of 1 quarto leaf, 17cm. 730 Park Avenue, New York City, November 14, 1964. To Joseph Linz.
Item 17 - Ferber, Edna. ALS 4 sides of 1 quarto leaf, 17cm. Phoenix, Arizona, February 16, 1965. To Joseph Linz.
Item 18 - Ferber, Edna. ALS, 3 sides of 1 quarto leaf, 9cm. 730 Park Avenue, March 6, 1965. To Joseph Linz.
Item 19 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, 1 side of 1 quarto leaf, 29cm. 730 Park Avenue, June 19, 1965. To Joseph Linz.
Item 20 - Ferber, Edna. ALS, 3 sides of 1 quarto leaf, 9cm. 730 Park Avenue, August 25, 1925. To Joseph Linz.
Item 21 - Ferber, Edna. TLS, 1 side of 1 leaf, 26cm. 730 Park Avenue, August 8, 1966. To Joseph Linz.



 
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Item 22 - Weisman, Julie Goldsmith Gilbert. TLS, 1 side of 1 leaf, 28cm. Philadelphia, January 13, 1975. To Joseph Linz.
Item 23 - Weisman, Julie Goldsmith Gilbert. TLS, one side each of 2 leaves. Philadelphia, December 8, 1974. To Joseph Linz.
Item 24 - Linz, Joseph. TL, one side of each 3 leaves, 28cm. Dallas, January 30, 1975. To Julie G.G. Weisman.
Item 25 - Weisman, Julie Goldsmith Gilbert. ACS, 3 sides of 1 quarto card, 12cm. (origin unknown), March 3, 1976. To Joseph Linz.
Item 26 - Weisman, Julie Goldsmith Gilbert. TLS, one side each of 2 leaves, 26cm. (origin unknown), March 10, 1976. To Joseph Linz.
Item 27 - Weisman, Julie Goldsmith Gilbert. TLS, 1 side of 1 leaf, 26cm. (origin unknown), April 1, 1976. To Joseph Linz.
Item 28 - Weisman, Julie Goldsmith Gilbert. ACS, 3 sides of 1 quarto card, 16cm. (origins unknown), February 2, 1977. To Joseph Linz.
Item 29 - Weisman, Julie Goldsmith Gilbert. ALS, one side wach of 2 leaves, 31cm. (origins unknown), November 5, 1977. To Joseph Linz.
Item 30 - Weisman, Julie Goldsmith Gilbert. ADS, one side each of 2 leaves, 19cm. Autobiographical information as written by Ms. Gilbert, in Dallas, April 26, 1978



 
Box Folder
5 Item 31 - Uncorrected proof of Ferber A Biography by Julie Goldsmith Gilbert. Doubleday and Company, Inc. Garden City, New York, 1977. Signed on Half-page, "Joseph Linz".