A Guide to the Carl Bakal Papers, 1933-1972
A resident of the New York City and East Chatham, New York, writer Carl Bakal (1918-2004) authored several books on a number of topics, such as the right to own firearms in the United States and charities. His publications include How to Shoot for Glamour (1955), The Right to Bear Arms (1966), and Charity U.S.A: An Investigation into the Hidden World of the Multi-billion dollar charity industry (1979).
"Carl Bakal."Chicago Tribune. Last modified April 5, 2004. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2004-04-05/news/0404050056_1_charity-usa-new-york-mirror-coronet-magazine.
"Carl Bakal, 86; Offered a Warning on Firearms."The New York Times. Last Modified April 3, 2004. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/03/nyregion/carl-bakal-86-offered-a-warning-on-firearms.html.
Composed of correspondence, drafts of manuscripts, newspaper clippings, articles, printed material, press releases, a galley proof, and photographs, the Carl Bakal Papers, 1933-1972, document Bakal’s research and writing process for The Right to Bear Arms. Correspondence concerns his research, primarily Bakal’s requests for information, and publicity for his book, while newspaper clippings and articles pertain to a variety of topics, such as race riots, homicide, kidnappings, shootings, suicides, federal gun control laws, the international arms traffic, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and other social and political issues. Printed material consist of government reports on federal legislation and senate bills, press releases issued by the McGraw-Hill Book Company highlight Bakal’s The Right to Bear Arms, and drafts of manuscripts illustrate different versions of the manuscript prior to its publication. Additionally, the collection contains a galley proof of he Right to Bear Arms, and photographs depicting individuals associated with his research.
This collection is open for research use.
Carl Bakal Papers, 1933-1972, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers