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Inventory of the Leo F. Buscaglia Archives

Finding aid prepared by Michael Q. Hooks, 2008

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Buscaglia, Leo F.
Title
Leo F. Buscaglia Archives
Collection no.
0344
Date
1904-2000, undated
Extent
11.0 Linear feet, 11 boxes
Language
English
Language of materials
The materials in the archives are written primarily in English, except for items in the Rocco Bartolomeo Buscaglia File, which are written in Italian.
Abstract
The Leo F. Buscaglia Archives contains material pertaining to his personal life as well as to his professional career.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Leo F. Buscaglia Archive, Collection no. 0344, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

Leo F. Buscaglia was born Felice Leonardo Buscaglia in Los Angeles, California, on March 31, 1924, one of four children of Italian parents, Rocco Bartolomeo (Tulio) and Rosa Buscaglia. A noted educator, lecturer, and author, Buscaglia served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, working in a military hospital.

Following his military service and academic pursuits, Buscaglia embarked on a career in education and public speaking. He served as supervisor of special education in the Pasadena (CA) City Schools from 1960 - 1965. Then he joined the faculty of the School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC), where he taught special education and counseling from 1965 - 1984. In addition to teaching at USC, Buscaglia also became a world-reknowned public speaker, lecturer, and author on loving and human relationships. He continued his writing and speaking engagements following his retirement from USC in 1984 until his death in 1998.

He was the best-selling author of such books as Love, Personhood, Living, Loving & Learning, and Born for Love. He also wrote a number of articles and a column in the Los Angeles Times.

Buscaglia earned his bachelor's degree in English and speech from USC in 1950, followed by the master's degree in language and speech pathology in 1954, and the Ph.D. in language and speech pathology in 1963, both also from USC.

Buscagalia passed away in Glenbrook, Nev., in 1998 at the age of 74.

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Scope and content

The Leo F. Buscaglia Archives contains material pertaining to his personal life as well as to his professional career. The noted educator, author, and lecturer collected material not only that he created, but also material that was written about him and his work. The personal material includes cartoons, clippings, correspondence, legal items, obituaries, and photographs. The professional material includes articles, artwork, book manuscripts, correspondence, lectures, photographs, and scrapbooks.

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Arrangement

The Leo F. Buscaglia Archives is arranged in 2 series: Series I: Personal, Series II: Professional. The files within each series are arranged alphabetically. The exception to this rule would be the scrapbooks, which are placed in the last 5 boxes of the collection, due to their size, and are arranged for the most part chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2008
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers must follow copyright restrictions when using materials in the archives as part of their own research and publication. The archives is open for research use, except for a few items that are considered confidential because of the information contained in them.

Custodial history

The archives was created by Leo F. Buscaglia and Steven Short, and remained in the custody of Dr. Buscaglia and Steven Short until Mr. Short donated it to the USC Libraries Special Collections in September 2007.

Acquisition

The Leo F. Buscaglia Archives was given to the USC Libraries Special Collections by Steven Short.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Felice Foundation. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Buscaglia, Leo F. -- Archives
  • Buscaglia, Rocco Bartolomeo -- Archives
  • Short, Steven
  • Slack, Charles W. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Counseling--Archival resources
  • Death--Archival resources
  • Interpersonal relations--Archival resources
  • Life--Archival resources
  • Love--Archival resources
  • People with disabilities--Archival resources
  • Psychology, Religious--Archival resources
  • Self-actualization (Psychology)--Archival resources
  • Special education--Archival resources
  • Stuttering--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Personal 1904-1999, undated 

Box Folder

 Address Books undated 

1 1

 Address Books undated 

1 2

 Appointment Books undated 

1 3

 Artifacts undated 

1 4

 Astrological Charts 1982 

1 5

 Burial Request 1994 

1 6

 Rocco Bartolomeo Buscaglia 1904, undated 

Father

Name(s)

  • Rocco Bartolomeo Buscaglia:  
1 7

 Ceremony to End Mourning 1999 

1 8

 Certificates 1965-1978 

1 9

 Correspondence 1998 

1 10

 Dissertation 1962 

1 11

 Documents 1924-1991 

1 12

 Durable Power of Attorney 1991 

1 13

 Eulogies 1998 

1 14

 Interview 1979 

1 15

 Medical 1985-1997, undated 

Conditions Governing Access note

Contains confidential medical information and access is restricted.

1 16

 Memorial Services and Tributes 1998 

1 17

 Miscellaneous 1984-1995, undated 

1 18

 Obituaries 1998 

1 20

 Navy 1943-1944, undated 

1 19

 Paper on Dr. Buscaglia 1999 

1 21

 Photographs undated 

1 22

 70th Birthday 1994 

1 23

 University of California (UC) Extension 1965 

Conditions Governing Access note

Contains a Class List and Grade Report for students with confidential information and access is restricted.

1 24

 University of Southern California (USC) 1971-1991, undated 

1 25

 Wedding Materials 1970-1997 

1 26

 Wedding Materials 1970-1997 

1 27

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Series 2:  Professional 1955-2000, undated 

Box Folder

 Articles and Columns Authored 1971-1998, undated 

General note

Manuscripts and published articles written by Dr. Buscaglia, including the column '"Living and Loving"' that appeared in the  Los Angeles Times.

1 28-50

 Artwork 1989-1995 

1 51

 Artwork 1989-1995 

1 52

 Bibliographies 1977, undated 

1 53

 Book Announcements, Catalogs, and Promotional Materials 1977-1994, undated 

1 54

 Books Authored 1957-1994, undated 

General note

Handwritten and typed manuscripts, bluelines, notes, book reviews, and related materials pertaining to the following books authored by Dr. Buscaglia:

1) LOVE, 1972-1978, undated 2)  BECAUSE I AM HUMAN, 1972, undated 3)  THE WAY OF THE BULL, 1957, undated 4)  PERSONHOOD: THE ART OF BEING FULLY HUMAN, 1978-1982, undated 5)  LIVING, LOVING,& LEARNING, 1981-1984 6)  THE FALL OF FREDDIE THE LEAF: A STORY OF LIFE FOR ALL AGES, undated 7)  LOVING EACH OTHER: THE CHALLENGE OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS, 1984-1985, undated 8)  BUS 9 TO PARADISE: A LOVING VOYAGE, 1986 9)  A MEMORY FOR TINO, 1993-1996, undated 10)   SEVEN STORIES OF CHRISTMAS LOVE, 1993 11)   PAPA, MY FATHER: A CELEBRATION OF DADS, 1989, undated 12)  BORN FOR LOVE: REFLECTIONS ON LOVING, 1992, undated

There are also included 1 soft cover and 2 paperback copies of LOVE.

2 1-32

 Books Authored 1957-1994, undated 

General note

Handwritten and typed manuscripts, bluelines, notes, book reviews, and related materials pertaining to the following books authored by Dr. Buscaglia:

1) BORN FOR LOVE: REFLECTIONS ON LOVING, 1992, undated 2)  LEO BUSCAGLIA'S LOVE COOKBOOK WITH BIBA CAGGIANO, 1992-1994 3)  IT'S NOT OVER 'TILL IT'S OVER: LIFE BEYOND AGING (unfinished), undated.

3 1-16

 Leo F. Buscaglia, Inc. 1981-1991 

3 17

 Cartoons 1977, undated 

3 18

 Clippings 1960-1998 

3 19

 Correspondence 1971-1999, undated 

3 20-22

 Courses Taught 1968-1977, undated 

General note

Contains materials used by Dr. Buscaglia for courses he taught at USC:

1) 'Education of Gifted Children' , 1968 2)  'Counseling' , 1972 3)  'ED EX 510' , undated.

3 23

 Courses Taught 1968-1977, undated 

General note

Contains materials used by Dr. Buscaglia for courses he taught at USC:

1) 'ED EX 648' , 1977, undated 2)  'Exceptional Children' , undated 3)  'Language & Speech Problems of Exceptional Children' , undated.

4 1

 'The Felice Foundation'  undated 

4 4

 '"Good Morning America"'  1984 

4 5

 Lectures, Readings, and Speeches 1968-1998, undated 

General note

Contain lectures, readings, and speeches, and related materials such as notes, given by Dr. Buscaglia throughout the world.

4 6-57

 Lectures, Readings, and Speeches 1968-1998, undated 

General note

Contain lectures, readings, and speeches, and related materials such as notes, given by Dr. Buscaglia throughout the world.

5 1-39
Box

 Lectures, Readings, and Speeches 1968-1998, undated 

General note

Includes index cards with notes for lectures by Dr. Buscaglia.

6
Box Folder

 Letter of Agreement: 'KVIE, Inc' . 1992 

6 1

 Media Information 1984, undated 

6 2

 Miscellaneous 1989-1996 

6 3

 Notes undated 

6 4

 Photographs 1977-1998, undated 

6 5

 Photographs 1977-1998, undated 

6 6

 Promotional Materials 1987-1998, undated 

6 7

 Steven Short 1992 

6 8

 Television Programming Schedules 1982-1987, undated 

6 9

 Theater and Opera 1985-1986 

General note

Contains materials pertaining to the theatrical production, '"Mrs. California"' , that Dr. Buscaglia co-produced.

6 10-12

 Theater and Opera 2000 

6 13
Box

 Scrapbooks 1955-2000 

General note

17 scrapbooks that contain materials pertaining to Dr. Buscaglia's professional career.

7-11

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