Jay J. Kalez Papers, 1948-1969  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Kalez, Jay J., 1895-1982
Title
Jay J. Kalez Papers
Dates
1948-1969 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 linear foot
Collection Number
SPC 974-0012 (collection)
Summary
The Jay J. Kalez Papers reflect Kalez's careers in goverment service and journalism. It includes correspondence, radio and film scripts Kalez wrote for the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, reports, employment papers, resumes, and applications containing biographical information about this life and work. Other items include newspaper clippings, photographs, and various ephemera.
Repository
Eastern Washington University
Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collections
Eastern Washington University Libraries
320 Media Lane - 100 LIB
Cheney, WA
99004
-2453
Telephone: 509-359-2475
Fax: 509-359-4840
archives@ewu.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Jay J. Kalez was born in Spokane on August 5th, 1895, the son of Martin J. Kalez who in 1889 founded the Rockaway Cafe, a long-time local restaurant. While attending Lewis and Clark High School, Kalez operated a Liberty Lake summer resort owned by his father. After graduation, he spent a year as a salesman for the Spokane wholesale crockery company, M. Seller and Company. In 9117, Kalez entered the University of Washington as a pre-medical student, but left to enter the U.S. Navy before the completion of his freshmen year. After serving overseas, he was discharged in 1921, and went into business with his father, acting as manager and part owner of the Rockaway Cafe. Kalez also managed some of his fathers mining interests in Wallace, Idaho, as well as operating a small sawmill near Liberty Lake. In 1924, he completed a two-year correspondence accounting course, and later devised a system of restaurant accounting which he used in his fathers caf. This impressed the United States Restaurant Association enough to hire Kalez to write a series of monthly articles on efficiency for their publication, The American Restaurant Magazine.

From 1926 through 1930, Kalez lived in the New York City areas, where he did staff and freelance writing for various national magazines such as Field and Stream, Argosy, True Detective, and numerous pulp magazines. During that time, Kalez had over 500 articles and stories published. The Great Depression made it difficult to find free-lance magazine work, so in 1930 Kalez moved back to Spokane. There, he wrote feature articles for some local newspapers, and worked as a U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer for the Spokane region. Kalez also took several Civil Service examinations, which in 1935 resulted in his appointment as district personnel officer for the Eastern Washington office of the Works Progress Administration.

In 1942-43, Kalez took leave from his government position to do public relations work for the national War Scrap Iron Drive, as well as a local drive by the Spokesman-Review which gathered books to send overseas to servicemen. In 1943, Kalez transferred to the Office of Price Administration, where he served as director of the Spokane District, covering all of Eastern Washington. Later, from 1946 until it ceased to exist in 1947, he directed the Spokane office of the Department of Agricultures Sugar Rationing Board. After its closure, although Kalez might have accepted a transfer to another area, he chose to stay in Spokane and wait for another job opening. In the meantime, he worked as Northwest Editor of the Spokane Daily Chronicle, as well as teaching a night school course at Lewis and Clark High School, entitled Writing for Pleasure and Profit.

In December 1948, Kalez accept an assignment in San Francisco with the Public Housing Administration. In February 1949, he was transferred to Seattle, and that June back to Spokane. There, he became a lease and occupancy agent for the Public Housing Administration. In early 1951, he accepted the position of district executive officer of the Office of Price Stabilization, and that December was promoted acting director upon the resignation of the agencys former head. The promotion was later made permanent, and he kept it until the agency went out of existence in 1953. That year, he transferred to Walla Walla, where he headed the technical liaison office of the Army Corps of Engineers. There, Kalez handled news releases, articles, and public relations for the Corps Walla Walla District Office.

Kalez retired in August 1965 and moved back to Spokane. He later wrote numerous historical articles for local newspapers as well as three books, Saga of a Western Town ... (1972), This Town of Ours ... (1973), and Harnessed Waters ... (1976).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Includes correspondence, radio and film scripts Kalez wrote for the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, reports, employment papers, resumes, and applications containing biographical information about this life and work. Other items include newspaper clippings, photographs, and various ephemera.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Use of this collection is subject to the rules concerning access to archival and manuscript collections at Eastern Washington University. For more information, see: http://www.ewu.edu/Library/Services/Archives.xml

Copyright restrictions may apply. For more information or permission to publish, contact Eastern Washington University Libraries, Archives & Special Collections at (509) 359-2475, or archives@ewu.edu

Preferred Citation

Jay J. Kalez Papers; SPC 974-0012; box number; folder number; Archives & Special Collections, Eastern Washington University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Group A:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Kalez's correspondence can be divided into three series. Series one contains pieces that reflect his personal life, as well as dealings with magazine publishers who purchased his articles. Series two consists mostly of correspondence with various government agencies that Kalez either worked for or had dealings with during his career. It was originally filed together with various employment papers described separately under group "C". The remaining items consist of the correspondence of Kalez's brother, Dr. Marion M. Kalez, a Spokane physician and surgeon. They were written to Esquire and the Saturday Evening Post in an unsuccessful attempt to sell an article entitled Your Heart and You.

Container(s) Description Dates
Personal
Box/Folder
1:1
Incoming
(in alphabetical order by writer)
1:2
Outgoing
(in chronological order)
Business
Incoming
Box/Folder
1:4
A-I
1:5
J-T
1:6-7
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
1:8
U.S., B-O
1:9
U.S., O-Z
Outgoing
Box/Folder
1:10
Jan. 1950-April 1961
1:11
May 1961-May 1965
Box/Folder
1:3
Marion M. Kalez, M.D.

Group B: WRITINGSReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
RADIO AND FILMSCRIPTS
Box/Folder
1:12
McNary Dam documentary: "The Birth of a Giant"
1948
1:13
McNary Dam documentary: "A Giant Grows"
circa 1951
1:14
Documentary: "The McNary Dam Story"
1954
1:15-17
Documentary: "A Decade in Review”
3 copies with different annotations in each
circa 1960
1:18-19
Documentary: "Fish Survival Tests at High Head Dam”
1963
1:20
Documentary: "Conquest of the Columbia"
1955
1:21
Radio script: "Murder in the Tunnel"
REPORT
Box/Folder
1:22
"The Port District and the Comprehensive Plan for the Port of Whitman County
1961

Group C: EMPLOYMENT INFORMATIONReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2:01
Resume
Exhibits
Discussing the duties he performed during his career, as well as autobiographical information
Box/Folder
2:02
Exhibit I
2:03
Exhibit II
2:04
Exhibits III-XI
Box/Folder
2:5-6
Federal employment applications
1952-63
2:07
Veteran's Preference claim forms
1958-60
2:07
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee qualifications record
1954-62
2:08
U.S. Civil Service ratings notices
1941-60
2:08
Personnel Action notices from the U.S. Public Housing Administration, the National Housing Agency, and the Office of Price Stabilization
1948-52
2:08
U.S. Public Housing Administration payroll charge slips
1950-51
2:08
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Employee Performance Appraisal
1961
2:09
Appeal brief to the Bureau of Inspections and Classification Audits, U.S. Civil Service Commission
2:10-12
Job Descriptions
1947-61

Group D: NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGSReturn to Top

Covering Kalez 's life and career

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2:13
1950-51
2:14
1952-65

Group E: EPHEMERAReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2:15
Photographs of Kalez
2:16
Bulletins from magazine publishers and radio producers on the requirements for material they purchased
undated
2:16
Unsigned copy of working conditions contract between the Spokesman-Review, Spokane Daily Chronicle, and the Spokane Editorial Society and the Spokane American Engraving Co.
2:17
Misc. book reviews and advertisements
2:17
Article: Elizabeth Bowen, "The Search For a Story to Tell," New York Times Book Review, p.11.
Dec. 14, 1952
2:18
Drafts of Veteran's Day 1969 speech by Spokane mayor pro tern, Del Jones which Kalez submitted to the Reader's Digest in an unsuccessful attempt to get it published.
1969
2:19
Spokane District, U.S. Office of Price Stabilization organizational chart
1952
2:20
Programs
1952, 1958
2:20
Birthday greeting card
undated
2:20
List of number and values of stocks Kalez owned
undated
2:20
Prospectus: "Public Relation Representative Spokane County Medical Association"
undated
2:20
San Marco Apartments lease (Spokane)
1940

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Civil service--United States
  • Public service employment--Washington (State)
  • Personal Names :
  • Kalez, Jay J., 1895-1982--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
  • United States. Office of Price Administration
  • United States. Works Progress Administration (Wash.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Spokane (Wash.)--History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • clippings (information artifacts)
  • correspondence
  • ephemera
  • photographs
  • radio scripts
  • resumes (personnel records)
  • screenplays
  • Other Creators :