Alexander Gumberg Papers, 1904-1939

Summary Information

Title: Alexander Gumberg Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1904-1939

  • Gumberg, Alexander, 1887-1939
Call Number: New York Mss J; PH 3989

Quantity: 6.6. c.f. (14 archives boxes and 2 card boxes) and 2 photographs

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of Alexander Gumberg, a Russian-born resident of New York City who was an adviser to American financial and business corporations and, through the American-Russian Chamber of Commerce, a promoter of closer political, economic, and cultural relations between Russia and the United States during the 1920s and 1930s. 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.

Language: English

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