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 advertising agencies and teaching at public schools. In 1976 Naiman moved to the Bay Area, continuing to work in advertising. Towards the end of his life, Naiman moved to Tucson while continuing his connection to the Bay Area.
Naiman was probably best known as an author. 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 laced with a 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.
This collection contains a variety of material, including correspondence, professional documents, photographs, negatives, posters, and audio cassettes, that detail various activities in author Arthur Naiman's life. It also boasts a collection of Naiman's written work spanning multiple disciplines and purposes.