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Subseries 14.1
Mark Gayn correspondence, 1945-1980
Boxes 114-115

Scope and Content Note

Mark Gayn, a journalist, was a close associate of Philip Jaffe's and was one of those arrested and indicted in the Amerasia Case in 1945. Gayn and Jaffe exchanged a large volume of correspondence over a long period of time, and a portion of their correspondence is contained in this series. Other Jaffe-Gayn correspondence was in the possession of Agnes Jaffe after Philip Jaffe's death in 1980, and was sent by Agnes Jaffe to Mark Gayn in early 1981. When Mark Gayn died in October 1981, those letters were deposited as a part of the Mark Gayn papers in the Archives at the University of Toronto.

Gayn's letters and cards are frequently addressed not only to Philip Jaffe but also to Agnes Jaffe, to Kate Mitchell, and to other friends and associates, and are often signed from both Gayn and his wife; likewise, the few Jaffe letters include others besides himself and Gayn in the greetings and closings. The letters and cards from Gayn follow the course of his extensive travels in China, Japan, Korea, Eastern and Western Europe, and North and South America. They record his observations on and reactions to politics, diplomatic activities, social movements, and society in general. The letters are long and detailed, and are frequently written somewhat like narrative reports with dates but without greetings or closings.

The earliest items in this subseries date from 1945, while the latest items date from 1980, the year in which Jaffe died. The majority of items in this subseries are typescript letters and autograph postcards from Gayn to Jaffe. Also included are a few autograph letters from Gayn to Jaffe, carbon copy typescripts of a few of Jaffe's letters to Gayn, greeting cards from Gayn, a photograph of Gayn, and a few miscellaneous clippings. The correspondence has been arranged in chronological order followed by separate sequences of postcards and greeting cards; files for the photograph and the clippings complete the series.

Scope and Content Note Mark Gayn, a journalist, was a close associate of Philip Jaffe's and was one of those arrested and indicted in the Amerasia Case in 1945. Gayn and Jaffe exchanged a large volume of correspondence over a long period of time, and a portion of their correspondence is contained in this series. Other Jaffe-Gayn correspondence was in the possession of Agnes Jaffe after Philip Jaffe's death in 1980, and was sent by Agnes Jaffe to Mark Gayn in early 1981. When Mark Gayn died in October 1981, those letters were deposited as a part of the Mark Gayn papers in the Archives at the University of Toronto. Gayn's letters and cards are frequently addressed not only to Philip Jaffe but also to Agnes Jaffe, to Kate Mitchell, and to other friends and associates, and are often signed from both Gayn and his wife; likewise, the few Jaffe letters include others besides himself and Gayn in the greetings and closings. The letters and cards from Gayn follow the course of his extensive travels in China, Japan, Korea, Eastern and Western Europe, and North and South America. They record his observations on and reactions to politics, diplomatic activities, social movements, and society in general. The letters are long and detailed, and are frequently written somewhat like narrative reports with dates but without greetings or closings. The earliest items in this subseries date from 1945, while the latest items date from 1980, the year in which Jaffe died. The majority of items in this subseries are typescript letters and autograph postcards from Gayn to Jaffe. Also included are a few autograph letters from Gayn to Jaffe, carbon copy typescripts of a few of Jaffe's letters to Gayn, greeting cards from Gayn, a photograph of Gayn, and a few miscellaneous clippings. The correspondence has been arranged in chronological order followed by separate sequences of postcards and greeting cards; files for the photograph and the clippings complete the series.
Box Folder Content
114 1 1945 December - 1946 September
114 2 1946 October - December
114 3 1947 January - February
114 4 1947 March - October
114 5 1948
114 6 1949 January - February
114 7 1949 March
114 8 1949 April
114 9 1949 May - June
114 10 1949 July - August
114 11 1949 September - October
114 12 1949 November - December
114 13 1950 January - March
114 14 1950 April - May
114 15 1950 June - December
114 16 1951 January - March
114 17 1951 April - July
114 18 1951 August - December
114 19 1952 January - June
114 20 1952 July - December
114 21 1953
114 22 1954
114 23 1955
115 1 1956
115 2 1957
115 3 1958
115 4 1959-1960
115 5 1961
115 6 1962-1963
115 7 1964-1965
115 8 1966
115 9 1967
115 10 1968-1969
115 11 1970-1975
115 12 1976-1977
115 13 1978-1980
115 14 Undated
115 15 Postcards, 1946-1965
115 16 Postcards, 1966-1976
115 17 Postcards, 1977-1980
115 18 Postcards, n.d.
115 19 Greeting cards, 1968-1979
115 20 Photograph of Mark Gayn
115 21 Clippings
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