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Lawrence A. Wien papers, 1954-1982 

Wien, Lawrence A., 1905-1988
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60 linear feet (128 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
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Biographical Note

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

Scope and Contents

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.