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Stanley Fleishman Collection



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Title: Stanley Fleishman Collection, 1943-1999Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1982-1999


Primary Creator: Fleishman, Stanley

Extent: 8.89 Linear Feet. More info below.


Series I. Professional Files, 1943-1999

      Subseries A: General Professional Files, 1960-1999

      Subseries B: Court Documents, 1971-1999

      Subseries C: Research and Exhibits, 1943-1998

Series II. Personal Files, 1961-1995

Date Acquired: 06/15/2001

Forms of Material: Audio recordings, Ephemera, Paper records, Photographic material, Video recordings

Languages: English


Stanley Fleishman (1920-1999) is a lawyer known primarily for trying First Amendment obscenity cases. He was also very active advocating on behalf of the legal rights of the disabled community. Prior to his work, the wheelchair-bound were not permitted to serve on juries in California. The Stanley Fleishman Collection documents a small segment of Fleishman’s personal and professional life as a trial lawyer in Southern California.

Biographical Note

Stanley Fleishman (1920-1999), of the Los Angeles area law firm Fleishman & Fisher, was noted for trying First Amendment cases and advocating for the legal rights of the disabled community.

Born in New York, Fleishman grew up in Queens. Stricken with polio at the age of 1, he lost significant use of one arm and both legs. He attended the University of Georgia, Brooklyn College, and the Columbia School of Law, graduating in 1944. He moved to Los Angeles in 1946.

Known for his advocacy of the First Amendment, Fleishman’s high-profile cases included the adult film Deep Throat, Henry Miller's once-banned book Tropic of Cancer, and the chain of Pussycat Theaters. He also defended the owner of an adult video store accused of trafficking in child pornography when he sold tapes in which Traci Lords was featured.

Fleishman was also a fierce advocate for those with physical disabilities. Through the judicial process, he was able to have wheelchair-bound, blind, and deaf citizens admitted to juries. Fleishman advocated on their behalf for job opportunities, access to public transit, and against other class-based discriminatory practices. He was active with the Western Law Center for the Handicapped and the Institute for the Disabled and the Elderly at Southwestern Law School.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Stanley Fleishman Collection documents a small segment of Fleishman’s personal and professional life as a trial lawyer in Southern California. He is known primarily for arguing First Amendment cases and for his work advocating for the legal rights of the disabled community. Several of his later cases are represented, most notable that of Rubin Gottesman in United States v. X-Citement Video. The collection is arranged in two series: Professional Files (1943-1999) and Personal Files (1961-1995).

Series I, Professional Files, makes up the bulk of the collection and has been further divided into three subseries. General Professional Files (1960-1999), consists primarily of newspaper and magazine clippings and interview transcripts that discuss Fleishman’s life and/or work. Also included is his work on the Disabled Californians for Tom Bradley Committee and several articles authored by Fleishman. The subseries also includes awards and video recordings and is arranged alphabetically. Court Documents (1971-1999), consist of motions, transcripts, and other legal case materials regarding several of Fleishman’s cases including the Rubin Gottsman X-Citement Video case. Materials are arranged alphabetically by applicant. Research and Exhibits (1943-1998), consists of court decisions, articles, and audio and video recordings related to his case work, and is arranged alphabetically.

Series II, Personal Files, is a small series consisting of Fleishman's home movies. These are arranged alphabetically by the title supplied on the original video cassette.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 36.3 GB of Digital Files

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Susan Fleishman

Related Materials:

Stanley Fleishman Papers, ca. 1955-1975 and

Collection of material about obscenity and its legal aspects, 1960-1982 at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: April Feldman, 2014

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[Series I: Professional Files, 1943-1999]
[Series II: Personal Files, 1961-1995],

Series II: Personal Files, 1961-1995Save to your list.
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Folder 5: Personal PhotographSave to your list.
Box 12Save to your list.
Item 11: Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall. Recorded Live and Complete, Sunday, April 23, 1961. Orchestra under the direction of Mort Lindsey. Reel-to-reel audioSave to your list.
Item 12: Unlabeled reel. Reel-to-reel audioSave to your list.
Digital Box 16Save to your list.
Item 44: Bern’s 75th, Fleishman’s Party, March 1990, June 1991Save to your list.
Item 45: Fleishman - KNX side 1Save to your list.
Item 46: Fleishman - Knx side 2Save to your list.
Item 47: "First Try," Sarah Rose at home, March 1993Save to your list.
Item 48: Happy Anniversary, March 1994Save to your list.
Item 49: Last Days in Minnesota, Move to Massachusetts, 1995Save to your list.
Item 50: Sarah Rose, Doris, 1993Save to your list.

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