Guide to the Sigmond and Lena Slonim Papers 1902-1981
Cage 735

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Slonim, Sigmond.
Title
Sigmond and Lena Slonim Papers
ID
Cage 735
Date [inclusive]
1902-1981
Extent
3.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
1.5 Linear Feet of Shelf Space
Language
English
Abstract
Sigmond Slonim was born in Russia in 1878 and died in Duluth, Minnesota in 1981. He came to America in 1901 where he finished his education, culminating in a law degree from St. Paul College of Law in 1913. He practiced law until his retirement in 1957. This collection consists of personal and professional papers of Sigmond and Lena Slonim which were kept by their daughter, Ruth Slonim. Most of the materials are related to Sigmond Slonim.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Sigmond and Lena Slonim papers, 1902-1981

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Sigmond Slonim was born in Russia in 1878 and died in Duluth, Minnesota in 1981. He came to America in 1901 where he finished his education, culminating in a law degree from St. Paul College of Law in 1913. He practiced law until his retirement in 1957. He worked most often for the "underdog," including his efforts on behalf of children's welfare. He was active in the Farmer-Labor Association and even ran for office in that party. He was one of the founding members of the Saturday Lunch Club in Duluth, which met weekly to discuss issues of local, national, and international importance. He was also very involved in civic issues, including urban development and city planning. Slonim was a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and the Socialist Party of America.

Little biographical information is readily available for Lena Epstein Slonim (1885-1962), Sigmond Slonim's wife. She was also born in Russia, and as a young girl moved with her family to Minnesota. She earned a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the University of Chicago in 1906; she also held a teaching certificate.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of personal and professional papers of Sigmond and Lena Slonim which were kept by their daughter, Ruth Slonim, and donated to the Washington State University Libraries along with her own papers after her death.

Most of the materials are related to Sigmond Slonim. The personal correspondence includes incoming cards and letters, mainly from friends and family members. The professional correspondence includes both incoming and outgoing items, mostly related to Sigmond Slonim's law practice and political activism. The collection also includes other materials related to his political interests and activities, his law practice (two conscientious objector case files), and family finances. The "Sigmond Slonim writings" sequence consists primarily of autobiographical sketches and essays. Slonim described his early life and his family's experiences in Lithuania, including observations about political and social conditions for Jews in Russia, his travels through Europe prior to emigrating to the United States, and his life and involvement in progressive political causes after settling in Duluth, MN.

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Arrangement note

The materials are arranged in a single series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was received with the papers of Ruth Slonim, daughter of Sigmond and Lena Slonim, donated to the Washington State University Libraries by her estate (MS 2007-10).

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Ruth Slonim papers (Cage 733)

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Slonim, Lena -- Archives
  • Slonim, Sigmond -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Immigrants -- United States.
  • Jewish Americans
  • Jews, Russian -- United States -- History.
  • Russian Americans

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Correspondence, personal (incoming), 1947-1975 

1 1

Sigmond Slonim correspondence, professional (incoming and outgoing), 1935-1976 

1 2

Sigmond Slonim correspondence, miscellaneous (outgoing), 1947-1973 

1 3

Lena Epstein Slonim, circa 1900-1957. Notebook (mainly notes from academic courses); University of Chicago transcript; teaching certificate and miscellaneous items. 

1 4

Lena Epstein Slonim, legal and financial matters, 1929-1949. Includes items related to Lena Slonim and Epstein family members, particularly her father, Israel Epstein. 

1 5

Temple Emmanuel, Duluth, MN, 1921-1955 

1 6

Slonim family financial and estate documents, 1949-1970s 

1 7

Clippings, 1920s-1970s 

1 8

Sigmond Slonim miscellaneous (personal); includes political and social organization membership cards and naturalization certificate; 1907-1981 

1 9

Farmer-Labor Association, 1920s-1940s. Includes Sigmond Slonim political campaign materials, news clippings, political platform documents, and miscellaneous items. 

1 10

Sigmond Slonim campaign for State Senate, 1950 

1 11

Apartment and Home Taxpayers Association and Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority, 1958-1970s 

1 12

Saturday Lunch Club (Duluth, MN) meeting minutes, membership lists, constitution, 1923-1973 

1 13

Saturday Lunch Club addresses, 1946-1975 

2 1

Saturday Lunch Club calendars, clippings, miscellaneous, 1960s-1975 

2 2

Duluth Progress Association, 1960s 

2 3

Juvenile Delinquency Bill and The Youth Conservation Act (State of Minnesota), 1946-1956 

2 4

Conscientous objector case, David Bullock, 1943-1956. Includes court documents, correspondence, and supporting documentation. 

2 5-6

Conscientous objector case, William Loeffert, 1948-1951 

2 7

Criminal syndicalism, 1917-1931 

2 8

Housing Code and Urban Renewal, 1959-1965 

2 9

Child welfare, 1947-1955 

2 10

Miscellaneous (professional), 1933-1956 

2 11

Sigmond Slonim writings (primarily autobiographical sketches and essays, along with opinion essays about political and social issues), 1930s-1970s 

3 1-6