Papers, 1904-1939

Gumberg, Alexander, 1887-1939


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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints
  • Physical Details
    • 6.6 c.f. (14 archives boxes and 2 card boxes) and
    • 2 photographs
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  • Papers of a Russian-born adviser to American financial and business corporations and a promoter of closer political, economic, and cultural relations between Russia and the United States in the 1920s and 1930s. Includes material on his 1917-1918 visit to Russia, including correspondence with Chicherin, Dzerzhinsky, Lenin, Molotov, and Trotsky, and his affiliations with the American Red Cross and Committee on Public Information.
  • Also included is material relating to his efforts to lessen tension between the two countries and to bring about diplomatic recognition of the Soviet Union by the United States, especially his correspondence with William E. Borah, William Henry Chamberlain, Louis Fischer, John Reed, Raymond Robins, Boris Skvirsky of the Soviet Union Information Bureau, and Upton Sinclair. Gumberg's reports on the Geneva Disarmament Conference of 1927-1928, material concerning Gumberg's institutional and business connections with the All-Russian Textile Institute, Amtorg, the Russian trading company in the U.S., the American-Russian Chamber of Commerce (including subject files), Reeve Schley and Chase National Bank, Floyd B. Odlum, and Atlas Corporation are also included.
  • The collection contains a vast correspondence and other material pertaining to internal developments in Russia, including the career of Gumberg's brother Veniamin Gombarg, vice-president of the Chemical Syndicate, and United States political affairs, especially the appointment of Joseph E. Davies as ambassador to Russia and Philip La Follette's attempt to create a national Progressive Party.
  • Photographs show exterior views of a Russian Textile Institute ship and her personnel.


  • Presented by Frances Adams Gumberg, 1950.
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