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Famous Types: Typewriters from the Soboroff Collection

Tennessee Williams’s 1936 Corona Junior, Ernest Hemingway’s 1929 Underwood Standard, Maya Angelou’s 1980 Adler Meteor 12 and John Lennon’s 1951 Imperial are among the timeless typewriters featured in a new, must-see exhibition on display Aug. 31-Sept. 24 at Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library.

Free and open to the public, the “Famous Types” exhibition in the library’s third-floor John Grisham Room contains nine typewriters from Los Angeles civic leader Steve Soboroff’s renowned collection.   Learn More

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The John Grisham Room sometimes hosts special events. Please check room availability before visiting the exhibit.


Biography Originally published at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Steve Soboroff is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Weingart Foundation and past Chairman and CEO of Playa Vista. In September of 2011, he was appointed by the California Science Center to be the Senior Advisor to the museum in its project with NASA to bring the Space Shuttle Endeavour to the CSC as a permanent exhibit.

Soboroff is the Chairperson of the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles Loyola University. He is also a Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Advisors at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a member of the Board of Councillors at the USC Price School of Public Policy. He is Chairman of the Maccabiah Games Committee of 18, and is the world’s foremost collector of typewriters that were previously owned by famous individuals.

As Chairman and CEO of Playa Vista, one of the nation’s most significant multi-use real estate projects, Mr. Soboroff and his team oversee all aspects of the Playa Vista community. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “L.A.’s Urban Model,” the sustainable development provides critically needed housing, commercial office space and neighborhood shopping, while adding parks, preserving the environment and restoring hundreds of acres of wetlands.

Soboroff has a strong track record for creating, improving and protecting open space and park land for city residents. He served as president of the L.A. Recreation and Parks Commission from 1995 to 2000, reinvigorating the city’s park system to better meet the recreational needs of the people of Los Angeles. In addition, Steve was the driving force behind bringing Staples Center to Los Angeles and helped spearhead the Alameda Corridor Project. He also served as Senior Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. In the 2001, Soboroff ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Los Angeles with Riordan’s endorsement. Prior to serving as a Parks commissioner, Steve was a member of the City’s Harbor Commission.

Active in Big Brothers since 1968, Mr. Soboroff served as its President and then Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Soboroff’s company received the “Los Angeles Beautiful” Award for restoration of retail buildings on Montana Avenue and in Malibu. A successful real estate executive who was honored locally as Harvard Business School’s “Business Statesman of the Year,” and was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Soboroff holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in the Dept. of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate from the University of Arizona.