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Geroid Tanquary Robinson papers, 1915-1965

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1073
Bib ID 4079585 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Robinson, Geroid Tanquary, 1892-1971
Title Geroid Tanquary Robinson papers, 1915-1965
Physical Description 33 linear feet (79 boxes 2 oversize boxes)
Language(s) English .

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-80. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

There is no Box 77 in the collection; it appears that the number was skipped during processing as there is no Box 77 in the original container list for the collection.

This collection has no restrictions.



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.



Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, documents, subject files, photographs, art works, and printed materials. This collection covers the entire span of his life, although by far the greatest part relates to his activities as a professor from the 1930s to the 1960s. Among the correspondents are many important figures in American Russian studies or Columbia University; there are also many letters from his wife, Clemens T. Robinson, and Lewis Mumford. Manuscripts by Robinson include his "Rural Russia under the Old Regime" lectures, notes, speeches and essays, and also miscellaneous pieces (essays, reviews, poems, stories, plays, etc.) that he wrote while he was an aspiring young journalist and writer in the 1910s and 1920s. Manuscripts by others consist of student theses, papers, books and reports that were given him for review or comment. Subject files deal with such topics as his service in World War I; Columbia University (especially the Libraries and the History Department); and various aspects of academic life and Russian studies. Almost nothing in the collection has any bearing on his government service during World War II; items from the war years concern personal affairs or scholarship. There are photographs of Robinson and his wife; family photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and Russian scenes. Art works include items by Clemens T. Robinson. Among the printed materials are two books inscribed by Mumford to Robinson.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-80. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

There is no Box 77 in the collection; it appears that the number was skipped during processing as there is no Box 77 in the original container list for the collection.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Geroid Tanquary Robinson papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Ownership and Custodial History

Bequest of Geroid T. Robinson, 1971.

Transfer from S.I.A. Library, 1977, 1986 & 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Various. Method of acquisition--Gift.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Entered in AMC 11/28/90.

Revision Description

2020-06-29 EAD document created by CCR.

2020-06-29 Note on Box 77 added by CCR.

Subject Headings

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Bakhmetev, B. A. (Boris Aleksandrovich) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dewey, John, 1859-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Donovan, William J (William Joseph), 1883-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eisenhower, Dwight D (Dwight David), 1890-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journalists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marcuse, Herbert, 1898-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scholars Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shotwell, James T., 1874-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sovietologists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1914-1918 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Geroid T. Robinson, 1892-1971 (Columbia A.M. 1922; Ph.D. 1930) professor of Russian history at Columbia University. He was born Rodney G. Robinson in Virginia; after marrying Clemens Tanquary in 1921 he took her surname as his middle name. He had hoped to be a journalist and writer, and was on the staff of THE DIAL and THE FREEMAN from 1919 to 1924. From 1925 to 1927 he did doctoral research in the Soviet Union, which resulted in his only book RURAL RUSSIA UNDER THE OLD REGIME (1931). During World War II he was chief, USSR Division, Research and Analysis Branch, OSS. From the 1920s onward, Robinson taught in the History Department at Columbia Undiversity and was involved in the developing field of Russian studies. From 1946 to 1951 he was the first head of Columbia's Russian Institute. In 1950 he became Seth Low Professor of History and retired in 1960.

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Series I: Correspondence

Subseries I.1: Cataloged Correspondence

Box 1 Bakhmeteff, Boris A.

Box 1 Beard, Charles A.

Box 1 Beard, Mary

Box 1 Burns, Arthur Francis

Box 1 Canby, Henry

Box 1 Dewey, John

Box 1 Donovan, William J.

Box 1 Druzhinin, N.P.

Box 1 Dulles, Allen W.

Box 1 Eisenhower, Dwight David

Box 1 Fedotoff-White, D. (Dimitrii)

Box 1 Harriman, William Averell

Box 1 Herter, Christian A.

Box 1 Humphrey, Hubert Horatio

Box 1 Johnson, Alvin S.

Box 1 Karpovich, Mikhail Mikhailovich

Box 1 Knopf, Alfred A.

Box 1 Lie, Trygve

Box 1 Macleish, Archibald

Box 1 Malone, Dumas

Box 1 Marcuse, Herbert

Box 1 Menotti, Gian Carlo

Box 1 Mumford, Lewis

Box 1 Perkins, Maxwell

Box 1 Savitskii, Petr Nikolaevich

Box 1 Shapley, Harlow

Box 1 Shotwell, James T.

Box 1 Van Doren, Carl

Box 1 Wilder, Thornton

Subseries I.2: Uncataloged Correspondence

Box 2 A - C

Box 3 Charles - G

Box 4 H - Library

Box 5 Lo - Petrovich

Box 6 R - Simmons

Box 7 T - Z

Series II: Manuscripts and Other Writings by G.T. Robinson

Box 8 Rural Russia Under the Old Regime

Box 9 Rural Russia Under the Old Regime

Box 10 Rural Russia Under the Old Regime

Box 11 Rural Russia Under the Old Regime

Box 12 Rural Russia Under the Old Regime

Box 13 Rural Russia Under the Old Regime

Box 14 Diaries and Notebooks

Box 15 Lectures on Soviet Social Thought

A - S

Box 16 An Amended Strategy for South Vietnam

Box 16 Class Notes from History of Philosophy, 1916-1917

Box 16 "Communism", 1955

Lecture at Army War College

Box 16 Essays (Early Writings)

Box 16 The Ideological Combat

Box 17 "The Kremlin and the Communization of the Colonial World"

Box 17 "Mechanical Invention and the Totalitarian State"

Box 17 Miscellaneous Early Writngs

Includes school papers

Box 17 "An outline of the History of France"

Box 17 Poems, 2 folders

Box 17 Reviews on Russian Affairs

Box 17 "The Russian Government and the Village Commune in the Legislation of 1906-1910"

Box 18 Speeches, 4 folders

Box 18 "Stalin's Vision of Utopia: The Future Communist Society"

Box 18 Stories and Plays

Series III: Miscellaneous Notes by G.T. Robinson

Box 19 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 20 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 21 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 22 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 23 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 24 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 25 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 26 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 27 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 28 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 29 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 30 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 31 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 32 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 33 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 34 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 35 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 36 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 37 Miscellaneous Notes

Box 38 Miscellaneous Notes

Series IV: Manuscripts by Others

Arranged alphabetically

Box 39 Armstrong, W.C. "The Privately Owned Bondsmen of Iaroslavl Province"

Box 39 Benjamin, F.S. "Theorica"

Box 39 Bergson, Abram. Rand Corp Reports, 2 folders

Box 39 Bernaut, Elsa and Ruggles, M.J. "Soviet Collective Leadership"

Box 39 British Reports on the USSR, 1954

Box 39 Chapman, Janet G. "Regional Structure of Soviet Retail Prices"

Box 39 Clarke, Gilmore D. Sonnets

Box 40 Dallin, Alexander. "Red Star on Military Affairs, 1945-1952"

Box 40 Fedotoff-White, Dmitrii D. "Certain Outcomes of Lenin's Philosophy"

Box 40 Garthoff R.L. "The Role of the Military in Recent Soviet Politics"

Box 40 Joravsky, David "Soviet Marxism & the Philosophy of Natural Science, 1922-1929"

Box 40 Low, Alfred D. "Lenin"

Box 40 McNeal, Robert H. "Stalin on the Question of Nationality"

Box 40 Mathes, W.L. "The Views of J.V. Stalin on Communist Party Unity"

Box 40 Mosely, Philip S. "The Story of the Zadruga"

Box 41 Nimitx, Nancy. "A Dollar Index of Soviet Coal Output 1927/28-1937"

Box 41 Randall Francis B. "The Major Prophets of Russian Peasant Socialism", 3 folders

Box 41 Rush, Myron. "Khrushev and the Political Crisis of June, 1957"

Box 42 Shapiro, Leonard. "The Communist Party of the Soviet Union: Its Origins and Development" (Draft)

Box 41 Shteppa, K.F. "Vospitanie Partiinykh Kadrov V SSSR"

Box 41 Smith, G.B. "The Progressive Block in the Russian State Duma"

Box 41 Towster, Julian. Translation of the Proceedings of the 14th CPSU Congress

Box 41 Towster Julian. Translation of the Proceedings of the 15th CPSU Congress

Box 41 Tucker, R.C. "Forces for Change in Soviet Society"

Box 41 Vernadsky, George. "Church and State in the Time of Nikon"

Box 41 Yakobson, Sergius. "Report on the Survey of European Slavic Collections", 1953

Series V: Subject Files

Arranged alphabetically

Box 43 Affidavit for Maxim Milulak, 1954

Box 43 Affidavit for Wassily Leontief, 1954

Box 43 Affidavit for Murray Ross, 1955

Box 43 Affidavit, 1954

Accusation of Communist Associations

Box 43 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Conference on Totalitarianism, 1953

Box 43 American Council of Learned Societies--Byzantine Studies

Box 43 ACLS Russian and Slavic Bibliographies, 1946-1948

Box 43 American Historical Association--Conference, 1957

Box 43 American Philosophical Society Philadelphia

Box 43 Arden House Conference, "Continuity and Change in Russian and Soviet Thought", 1953-1955, 2 folders

Box 44 Arden House Conference, "Continuity and Change in Russian and Soviet Thought", 1953-1955, 5 folders

Box 45 Carlton, Robert G.

Box 45 Century Association, 3 folders

Columbia University

Box 46 General, 1930s-1960s, 16 folders

Box 46 Council for Research in the Social Sciences, 3 folders

Box 46 Course Bibliographies, 2 folders

Box 47 Course Bibliographies, 5 folders

Box 47 Dunning Committee

Box 48 History Department, 1928-1960s, 18 folders

Box 48 History 150, History 201, Quantitative Method

Box 49 Libraries, 1930s-1960s, 19 folders

Box 50 Russian Institute, undated-1948

Box 51 Russian Institute, 1948-1951

Box 52 Russian Institute, 1952-1954

Box 53 Russian Institute, 1955-1956

Box 54 Russian Institute, 1956-1957

Box 55 Russian Institute, 1958-1959

Box 56 Russian Institute, 1959-1969

Box 57 Seminar on Bondage, 1937-1938, 2 folders

Box 57 Seminar Materials, 1946-1947

Box 57 Seminar Materials, 1947-1948

Box 57 Seminar Materials, 1948-1949

Box 57 Seminar Materials, 1949-1950

Box 57 Seminar Materials, 1950-1951

Box 58 Seminar Materials, 1951-1952

Box 58 Seminar Materials, 1952-1953

Box 58 Seminar Materials, 1955-1956

Box 58 Seminar Materials, 1956-1958

Box 58 Conference, The Transformation of Russian Society Since 1861, 1958

Box 58 Council on Foreign Relations

Box 58 Council on Foreign Relations--Discussion Group on Soviet Foreign Policy

Box 58 Council on Foreign Relations--Study Group on the Power of the Soviet Union

Box 59 Council on Foreign Relations--Study Group on Soviet-American Relations (1-6), 6 folders

Box 60 Council on Foreign Relations--Study Group on Soviet-American Relations (8-12), 5 folders

Box 61 Council on Foreign Relations--Study Groups on Soviet Foreign Economic Policy, 2 folders

Box 61 Curricula Vitae

Box 61 Dorn, Walter

Box 61 Early Writings


Box 61 Family History

Box 61 "Fetscruft" (G.T. Robinson)

Box 61 The Freeman

Box 62 Graduate Study at Columbia University

Box 62 Harvard Overseers Visting Committee, 1959-1960

Box 62 Institute of Current World Affairs, 2 folders

Box 62 Institute of International Education--Seminar on Soviet Education

Box 62 Joint Committee on Slavic Studies

Box 62 Menges, Karl H.

Box 62 National Committee for a Free Europe

Box 63 Research Program on the History of the CPSU, 8 folders

Box 64 Retirement, 1960

Box 64 "Roberts Book--Revolution There and Hereafter"

Box 64 Russian Book Exchange, 1927-1929

Box 64 Social Science Research Council, 3 folders

Box 65 Sojourn in Prague and USSR, 1937

Box 65 Sojourn in Rome, 1963

Box 65 Sojourn in the USSR, 1925-1927

Box 65 Speeches and Articles, 1946-1950

Box 65 Speeches and Articles, 1951-1953

Box 66 Stalin's Voprosy Leninizma

Box 66 Translation of "Party-Polical Work under Combat Conditions, A Collection of Documents published at the time of the campaign for the Liberation of the Western Ukraine and Western Bebrussia", 2 folders

Box 66 Undergraduate Study at Stanford University

Box 66 USSR Trip, 1958

Box 66 U.S. Dept. of Justice, Independent Socialist League Case, 1956

Box 67 Weinstein, Harold, 5 folders

Box 67 World War I Service

Box 67 World War II Office of Strategic Services

Box 67 Yale University Conference on Russian Foreign Policy, 1961

Series VI: Photographs

Box 68 Photographs, Photograph Albums

Box 69 Photographs, Photograph Albums

Box 70 Photographs, Photograph Albums

Series VII: Family Materials

Box 73 Drawings by Clemens T. Robinson

Box 74 Sketchbooks by Clemens T. Robinson

Box 78 Letters of Clemens T. Robinson to Geroid T. Robinson, undated-1920

Box 79 Letters of Clemens T. Robinson to Geroid T. Robinson, 1921-1958

Series VIII: Miscellaneous

Box 71 Financial

Box 71 Documents

Box 71 Miscellaneous

Box 72 Pictures Postcards

Box 72 Bibliographic Note Cards and Callslips

Series IX: Printed Materials

Box 75 Books

Box 76 Clippings

Box 80 Printed Materials

Series X: Oversized Materials

Box Oversized 1 Drawings and Sketches by G.T. Robinson

Box Oversized 2 Miscellaneous Notes between cardboard Illustrations for "Rural Russia under the Old Regime", 4 folders

Box Oversized 2 Diplomas