American Eugenics & Immigration Policy: Archive of Books, Letters, and Ephemera from the Library of C.M. Goethe. C. M. Goethe, Madison Grant, Lothrop Stoddard, et. al.
American Eugenics & Immigration Policy: Archive of Books, Letters, and Ephemera from the Library of C.M. Goethe
American Eugenics & Immigration Policy: Archive of Books, Letters, and Ephemera from the Library of C.M. Goethe
American Eugenics & Immigration Policy: Archive of Books, Letters, and Ephemera from the Library of C.M. Goethe
American Eugenics & Immigration Policy: Archive of Books, Letters, and Ephemera from the Library of C.M. Goethe
American Eugenics & Immigration Policy: Archive of Books, Letters, and Ephemera from the Library of C.M. Goethe
American Eugenics & Immigration Policy: Archive of Books, Letters, and Ephemera from the Library of C.M. Goethe
American Eugenics & Immigration Policy: Archive of Books, Letters, and Ephemera from the Library of C.M. Goethe
American Eugenics & Immigration Policy: Archive of Books, Letters, and Ephemera from the Library of C.M. Goethe

American Eugenics & Immigration Policy: Archive of Books, Letters, and Ephemera from the Library of C.M. Goethe

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A chilling, unique archive of 39 books, over 140 letters, and hundreds of newspaper clippings and pieces of ephemera from the private library of wealthy Sacramento businessman and outspoken eugenics advocate Charles Matthias Goethe (March 28, 1875 – July 10, 1966). The hardcover books are nearly all on the subject of eugenics. They house the archive. The letters, newspaper clippings, and ephemera were carefully pasted into their margins and blank pages, often the papers folded with their edges trimmed, by Mr. Goethe. Sometimes he jotted notes in the margins of the pasted-on articles and letters, and in the books themseles in ink, pencil, and crayon. Only occasionally would the pieces of correspondence and newspaper clippings directly relate to the book they were pasted onto. Generally they were related to eugenics, crime, race-mixing, and the Cold War.

There is an almost artistic fluidity to the various incidents and figures that are juxtaposed, spanning across the country from the 1920s to the mid-1960s, connecting America's experiment in eugenics and immigration control before WWII to the early Cold War, where an international network of eugenics advocates attempted to carry on their work despite their advanced age and the world's gradual reckoning of the horror of the Holocaust they had partly inspired.

Among the notables whose signed letters grace this collection are leading lights of American eugenics: Madison Grant, Lothrop Stoddard, Paul Popenoe, Samuel J. Holmes, Sheldon Reed, and Leon Whitney. Also included are Irving Fisher (known today for his work on economics and Wall Street), Nazi race theorist Hans F.K. Gunther, Nobel laureate scientist George Beadle, cartoonist Ding Darling, and longtime Saturday Evening Post editor George Horace Lorimer. Multiple politicians, often sitting on important federal committees deciding issues of immigration, also have signed letters in this archive: Pat McCarran, Albert Johnson, H. Allen Smith, Harry Hull, Thomas A. Jenkins, John G. Box, and Charles Curtis. In these letters readers can see official U.S immigration policy being directly influenced by Goethe, an avowed racist with an especially vitriolic hatred of Mexicans. His prejudices were translated into policy.

Perhaps of real significance is documentation that suggests that the early journalism of writer Kenneth Roberts (author of Northwest Passage) reputedly reporting from the U.S./Mexico border, was not only co-written by Goethe but composed in Los Angeles, making it a fabrication.

Goethe's official archive was donated to California State University, Sacramento, the university he founded, upon his passing in 1966. This smaller archive-- a paranoid pastiche of literature, letters, and newspaper stories-- is more than a supplement that one, it's a dark little world unto itself.

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Price: $8,500.00