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Guide to the Elizabeth Robins Papers MSS.002


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Collection processed by Janet Evander.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 21, 2022
Description is in English.

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Series IV: Raymond Robins and Margaret Dreier Robins

Scope and Contents note

Series IV spans the years 1887-1951 and contains materials related to Raymon Robins and his wife Margaret Dreier Robins. This series consists mainly of correspondence, some newspaper clippings, and texts of speeches and is arranged into four subseries. Subseries A-C are arranged chronologically.

Raymond Robins (1873-1954), Elizabeth Robins's youngest brother, was a lawyer, social worker, lecturer and politician. He led an active life in which he became passionately involved in a wide variety of progressive causes. In 1905 he married Margaret Dreier (1868-1945), an active member of the Women's Trade Union League. Margaret Dreier Robins served as President of the National Women's Trade Union League from 1907-1922. She also spoke in favor of women's suffrage and, like Raymond Robins, became involved in Progressive Party politics and, in the 1920's, the movement to outlaw war.

Subseries A: Raymond Robins and Margaret Dreier Robins to Elizabeth Robins

Scope and Contents note

Subseries A contains the correspondence of Raymond Robins and Margaret Dreier Robins as well as occasional letters from Elizabeth Robins to Raymond Robins. Raymond Robins wrote faithfully to ER for most of their lives. His letters describe his social and political activism as well as his opinions of American politics and politicians. They also address family matters and reminisce about childhood experiences. Raymond Robins's interest in settlement work and the problems of the homeless is expressed in letters he wrote while involved with Chicago Commons and the Northwest University Settlement. A few typescripts of his speeches are filed at the end of Subseries A.

Raymond Robins also occasionally sent Elizabeth Robins letters he received and considered noteworthy. One example of this practice is the 1901 letter from Jane Addams about Abraham Isaak. On the back of this letter is a note written by Isaak, while it prison, to Robins written from prison (See Box 1, Folder 2).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 87 Folder : 2 RR to ER 1900-1901
1900 -1901
Box: 87 Folder : 3 RR to ER 1902
1902
Box: 87 Folder : 4 RR to ER (January-July) 1903
1903
Box: 87 Folder : 5 RR to ER (September-December) 1903
1903
Box: 87 Folder : 6 RR to ER 1904
1904
Box: 87 Folder : 7 RR and Margaret Dreier Robins (MDR) to ER 1905
1905
Box: 88 Folder : 8 RR and MDR to ER 1906
1906
Box: 88 Folder : 9 RR and MDR to ER 1907
1907
Box: 88 Folder : 10 RR and MDR to ER 1908
1908
Box: 88 Folder : 11 RR and MDR to ER 1909
1909
Box: 88 Folder : 12 RR and MDR to ER 1910
1910
Box: 88 Folder : 13 RR and MDR to ER 1911
1911
Box: 88 Folder : 14 RR and MDR to ER 1912
1912
Box: 89 Folder : 15 RR and MDR to ER 1913
1913
Box: 89 Folder : 16 RR and MDR to ER 1914
1914
Box: 89 Folder : 17 RR and MDR to ER 1915
1915
Box: 89 Folder : 18 RR and MDR to ER 1916
1916
Box: 89 Folder : 19 RR and MDR to ER 1917
1917
Box: 89 Folder : 20 RR and MDR to ER 1918
1918
Box: 89 Folder : 21 RR and MDR to ER 1919
1919
Box: 89 Folder : 22 RR and MDR to ER 1920
1920
Box: 90 Folder : 23 RR and MDR to ER 1921
1921
Box: 90 Folder : 24 RR and MDR to ER 1922
1922
Box: 90 Folder : 25 RR and MDR to ER 1923
1923
Box: 90 Folder : 26 RR and MDR to ER 1924
1924
Box: 90 Folder : 27 RR to ER 1925
1925
Box: 91 Folder : 28 RR to ER 1926
1926
Box: 91 Folder : 29 RR to ER (January-May) 1927
1927
Box: 91 Folder : 30 RR to ER (April-December) 1927
1927
Box: 91 Folder : 31 RR to ER 1928
1928
Box: 91 Folder : 32 RR to ER 1929
1929
Box: 91 Folder : 33 RR to ER 1930
1930
Box: 91 Folder : 34 RR to ER 1931
1931
Box: 92 Folder : 35 RR and MDR to ER (January-August) 1932
1932
Box: 92 Folder : 36 Various people to ER re: RR's disappearance and reappearance (September-December) 1932
1932
Box: 92 Folder : 37 RR and MDR to ER 1933
1933
Box: 92 Folder : 38 RR and MDR to ER 1934
1934
Box: 92 Folder : 39 RR and MDR to ER 1935
1935
Box: 93 Folder : 40 RR and MDR to ER (January-April) 1936
1936
Box: 93 Folder : 41 RR and MDR to ER (May-December) 1936
1936
Box: 93 Folder : 42 RR and MDR to ER 1937
1937
Box: 93 Folder : 43 RR and MDR to ER 1938
1938
Box: 93 Folder : 44 RR and MDR to ER 1939
1939
Box: 93 Folder : 45 RR and MDR to ER 1940
1940
Box: 94 Folder : 46 RR and MDR to ER 1941
1941
Box: 94 Folder : 47 RR and MDR to ER (February-July) 1942
1942
Box: 94 Folder : 48 RR and MDR to ER (August-December) 1942
1942
Box: 94 Folder : 49 RR and MDR to ER 1943
1943
Box: 94 Folder : 50 RR and MDR to ER 1944
1944
Box: 94 Folder : 51 RR and MDR to ER 1945
1945
Box: 95 Folder : 52 RR to ER 1946-1948
1946 -1948
Box: 95 Folder : 53 RR to ER 1949
1949
Box: 95 Folder : 54 RR to ER 1950
1950
Box: 95 Folder : 55 RR to ER 1951
1951
Box: 95 Folder : 56 RR to ER n.d.
n.d.
Box: 95 Folder : 1 1905-1939, n.d. [to Raymond Robins]
1905 -1939
Box: 95 Folder : 2 General Correspondence

Subseries B: Margaret Dreier Robins

Scope and Contents note

Margaret Dreier Robins's correspondence begins in 1905, the year she married Raymond Robins, and continues regularly until 1924. Thereafter, her letters appear sporadically from 1932-1945. Margaret Dreier Robins only occasionally wrote to ER about the progress of American suffragists and her impressions of Chicago politics. Her letters deal mainly with the beauty and workings of the Chinsegut Hill property in Florida and her husband's health. Subseries B also contains one folder of letters from Margaret Dreier Robins to Raymond Robins that are primarily love letters.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 95 Folder : 1 1905-1939, n.d. [to Raymond Robins]
1905 -1939
Box: 95 Folder : 2 General Correspondence

Subseries C: Raymond Robins, General Correspondence

Scope and Contents note

Invitations to speak comprise much of the general correspondence in Subseries C. In addition, there are a few letters from Raymond Robins's father, Charles E. Robins (Folder 1) and sporadic letters from Vernon Robins and the Dreiers. There are some early letters showing Raymond Robins's interest in women's suffrage (Folder 1) and a 1911 letter on the subject of lynching, signed by five black ministers (Folder 3). Also in this subseries are letters from Leonora O'Reilly (Folder 2), Theodore Roosevelt (Folders 3 and 4), Harold Ickes (Folders 4 and 6), Salmon O. Levinson (Folder 6), telegrams from Robert LaFollette and Medille McCormick (Folder 3) and two letters from Trotsky.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 96 Folder : 1 1891-1904
1891 -1904
Box: 96 Folder : 2 1905

General note

Re: RR's marriage to Margaret Dreier.

1905
Box: 96 Folder : 3 1905-1912
1905 -1912
Box: 96 Folder : 4 1913-1914
1913 -1914
Box: 96 Folder : 5 1917

General note

Includes two letters from Leon Trotsky.

1917
Box: 96 Folder : 6 1921-1944 (sporadic)
1921 -1914
Box: 96 Folder : * *For typescripts of speeches by Raymond Robins and Robins' license to practice law in Florida, see Box 12, Folders l and 2.

Subseries D: Printed Material and Ephemera

Scope and Contents note

Subseries D contains printed material and ephemera.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 97 Folder : 1 Broadsides and programs of Raymond Robins' speeches

Scope and Content

See also Oversize Material, Box 267, Folder 14.

Box: 97 Folder : 2 exts of speeches and articles by Raymond Robins
Box: 97 Folder : 3 Publications relating to Raymond Robins

Scope and Content

For publications about the Smith-Robins World Tour.and the Men and Religion Forward Movement, see Box 98, Folder 5.

Box: 97 Folder : 4 Raymond Robins' ephemera (1914)
1914
Box: 97 Folder : 5 Margaret Dreier Robins
Box: 97 Folder : 6 Florida
Box: 98 Folder : 1 Raymond Robins to Elizabeth Robins 1902-1948
1902 -1948
Box: 98 Folder : 2 Typescripts of Raymond Robins' speeches 1902, 1904, 1911, n.d.
1902 -1911
Box: 98 Folder : 3 License to practice law in Florida 1895
1895
Box: 98 Folder : 4 Texts of speeches and letters by various people 1913-41, n.d.
1913 -1941
Box: 98 Folder : 5 Publications and broadsides regarding the Smith-Robins World Tour and the Man and Religion Forward Movement

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