Papers, 1878-1956

Robins, Raymond, 1873-1954


19.8. c.f. (50 archives boxes) and.
8 reels of microfilm (35mm); plus.
0.6. c.f.,..
395 photographs, and.
4 pieces of ephemera.
Correspondence, 1878-1951, diaries, 1908-1920, 1922-1923, 1933, speeches, 1902-1948, and miscellaneous papers of a social worker, labor and political activist, and lecturer. Includes material relating to his life in Alaska, 1897-1900; and his work in the slums of Chicago's seventeenth ward, as a staff member of Chicago Commons, Chicago Municipal Lodging House, and Northwestern University Settlement, 1900-1914, and service on the Chicago Board of Education beginning in 1906. Among his Chicago associates were Jane Addams, Frances A. Kellor, Harold Ickes, James Mullenbach, and Graham Taylor.
Also includes material regarding his support of Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Presidential campaign, 1912, and relations with Henry F. Cochems and Medill McCormick in the Illinois Progressive Party: Robins' lecture tour with Fred B. Smith in 1913 for the Men and Religion Forward Movement; his work in the Young Men's Christian Association with A. J. Elliott and Harry N. Holmes; and his 1917-1918 tour of Russia as a member of the American Red Cross mission, where he became acquainted with Lenin, Trotsky, Chicherin, and other Bolshevik leaders, with United States Ambassador David R. Francis, and with D. Heywood Hardy, Thomas D. Thatcher, William Boyce Thompson, and Allen Wardwell.
Other material concerns Robins' support for diplomatic recognition of the Soviet Union by the United States in the 1920s and 1930s, and efforts to promote stronger economic ties between the two countries, especially his correspondence with Alexander Gumberg.
Also includes papers regarding Robins' association with Salmon O. Levinson in the outlawry of war movement; Robins' activism in the Republican Party, including his support for Hiram W. Johnson, William E. Borah, Chicago mayor William E. Dever, and Prohibition; his 1933 trip to the Soviet Union; his political friendship with Florida Senator Claude Pepper; and association with numerous other well-known correspondents.
Also in the collection is correspondence, 1907-1945, of Margaret Dreier, woman's suffrage and trade union leader, whom Robins married in 1905; of her sister, Mary Dreier, New York leader of women's rights and labor organizations, mostly relating to her Southwest Harbor, Maine house, 1926-1948; and letters from Raymond's sister, Elizabeth Robins, actress and playwright.
The processed portion of this collection is summarized above and described in the register. Additional accessions are described below.
also available on microfilm.
Register to the processed portion.

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