Buscaglia (Leo F.) Archives Edit


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  • 1904-2000, undated (Creation)


  • 29 Linear Feet (Whole)
    29 boxes

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  • Biographical note

    Leo F. Buscaglia was born Felice Leonardo Buscaglia in Los Angeles, California, on March 31, 1924, one of four children of Italian parents, Rocco Bartolomeo (Tulio) and Rosa Buscaglia. A noted educator, lecturer, and author, Buscaglia served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, working in a military hospital.

    Following his military service and academic pursuits, Buscaglia embarked on a career in education and public speaking. He served as supervisor of special education in the Pasadena (CA) City Schools from 1960 - 1965. Then he joined the faculty of the School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC), where he taught special education and counseling from 1965 - 1984. In addition to teaching at USC, Buscaglia also became a world-reknowned public speaker, lecturer, and author on loving and human relationships. He continued his writing and speaking engagements following his retirement from USC in 1984 until his death in 1998.

    He was the best-selling author of such books as Love, Personhood, Living, Loving & Learning, and Born for Love. He also wrote a number of articles and a column in the Los Angeles Times.

    Buscaglia earned his bachelor's degree in English and speech from USC in 1950, followed by the master's degree in language and speech pathology in 1954, and the Ph.D. in language and speech pathology in 1963, both also from USC.

    Buscagalia passed away in Glenbrook, Nev., in 1998 at the age of 74.

  • Language of materials

    The materials in the archives are written primarily in English, except for items in the Rocco Bartolomeo Buscaglia file, which are written in Italian.

  • Acquisition

    The Leo F. Buscaglia Archives was given to the USC Libraries Special Collections by Steven Short.

  • Custodial history

    The archives was created by Leo F. Buscaglia and Steven Short, and remained in the custody of Dr. Buscaglia and Steven Short until Mr. Short donated it to the USC Libraries Special Collections in September 2007.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Researchers must follow copyright restrictions when using materials in the archives as part of their own research and publication. The archives is open for research use, except for a few items that are considered confidential because of the information contained in them.

  • Organization

    The Leo F. Buscaglia Archives is organized into two series: Series I: Personal, Series II: Professional. The files within each series are arranged alphabetically. The exception to this rule would be the scrapbooks, which are placed in the last 5 boxes of the collection, due to their size, and are arranged for the most part chronologically.

  • Abstract

    The Leo F. Buscaglia Archives contains material pertaining to his personal life as well as to his professional career.

  • Scope and content

    The Leo F. Buscaglia Archives contains material pertaining to his personal life as well as to his professional career. The noted educator, author, and lecturer collected material not only that he created, but also material that was written about him and his work. The personal material includes cartoons, clippings, correspondence, legal items, obituaries, and photographs. The professional material includes articles, artwork, book manuscripts, correspondence, lectures, photographs, and scrapbooks.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Leo F. Buscaglia Archive, Collection no. 0344, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.