Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Alexis Goldenweiser Papers, 1900-1974

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: BAR Ms Coll/Goldenweiser
Bib ID 4077546 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Goldenweiser, Alexis, 1890-1979 ; Cahan, Abraham, 1860-1951 ; Florovskiĭ, Georgiĭ, 1893-1979 ; Frank, Tatʹi︠a︡na ; Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977 ; Nabokova, Vera ; Karpovich, Michael, 1888-1959 ; Eisenhower, Dwight D (Dwight David), 1890-1969 ; Lehman, Herbert H (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963 ; Losskiĭ, N. O. (Nikolaĭ Onufrievich), 1870-1965 ; Dorati, Antal ; Aldanov, Mark Aleksandrovich, 1886-1957 ; Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
Title Alexis Goldenweiser Papers, 1900-1974
Physical Description 36000 items (36000 items 114 boxes)
Language(s) Russian .

This collection is located on-site.



Scope and Content

The collection chiefly consists of Goldenweiser's American legal case files. There are also case files from his German years, and substantial materials on his research into the condition of Russian refugees and refugee problems in general in the 1930s. Much of the correspondence from the late 1930s and early 1940s concerns Jews in Germany and occupied Europe. Correspondents in the collection include Mark Aldanov, Abraham Cahan, Antal Dorati, Georgiĭ Florovskiĭ, Tatʹi︠a︡na Frank, Vladimir and Vera Nabokov, and Mikhail Karpovich; there are 1 or 2 items each from Dwight D. Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt, Herbert Lehman, and Nikolaĭ Losskiĭ. Letters, manuscripts, and documents by Vera Nabokova contain considerable information on her and her husband's lives in Germany and in the United States. Many of the American case files concern (as does much of the Nabokova material) individual claims for reparations from Germany after World War II.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1956.

Papers Accessioned 1969.

Papers Accessioned 1964.

Papers Accessioned 1968.

Papers Accessioned 1972.

Papers Accessioned 1979.

Papers Processed 05/--/79.

Papers Revised 11/--/82.

Papers Revised 11/--/83.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

All links open new windows.


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Emigration and immigration -- Europe -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration -- Soviet Union -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration -- United States -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jews in foreign countries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Law -- Soviet Union Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Law -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russians -- Germany Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russians -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945 -- Reparations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Lawyer and writer, Goldenweiser (Alekseĭ Aleksandrovich Gold́enveĭzer) was born in Kiev, emigrated to Germany in the early 1920s, and then to the United States in the late 1930s. He served as legal counsellor for the Union of Russian Jews in Germany and later as President of the Association of Russian Lawyers in New York.