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Arthur Naiman papers

This collection contains a variety of material, including correspondence, professional documents, photographs, negatives, posters, and audio cassettes, that details various activities in author Arthur Naiman's life. This collection also boasts a collection of Naiman's written work across multiple different disciplines and purposes. 

Arthur Naiman was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1941. Naiman attended Senn High School in Chicago before attending and graduating from Brandeis University in 1962. After a stint in Paris studying philosophy, Naiman moved to New York and began writing for advertisement agencies and teaching at public schools. In 1976 Naiman moved to the Bay Area, continuing to work in advertisement. Towards the end of his life, Naiman moved to Tucson although always staying in touch with the Bay Area. Naiman was probably best known as an author and has produced multiple works. His first book, Every Goy's Guide to Jewish Expression was originally published in 1981. Naiman's most well known work is the Macintosh Bible, an acclaimed computer manual for the Apple computer. Naiman produced user manuals for other systems and software that would be laced with his coined mixture of information and humor. Naiman started his own publishing company, Goldstein & Blair, which would continue publishing his manuals. Naiman also started a second publishing company, Odonian Press. The Odonian Press published the Real Story Series, a collection of short political books on various topics.