Robinson, Edward G. (1893-1973)

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The Edward G. Robinson collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, professional material, photographs, diaries and journals, memorabilia, legal material, financial material, printed material, scrapbooks, artwork, notebooks, audio material, and research material.

Correspondence consists of personal and professional correspondence. Personal correspondence includes letters and postcards from 1910 to 1919 to and from family members and friends of E. G. Robinson; letters and postcards from the 1920s to 1936; letters, postcards, and telegrams from the 1940s including World War II letters from E. G. Robinson while he was in England; letters, postcards, and holiday cards from the 1950s to 1973 including correspondence with E. G. Robinson’s son, Manny; and letters to and from Jane Bodenheimer Robinson with her parents in the 1960s, among other materials. Notable correspondents include Dalton Trumbo and Grant Wood.

Professional correspondence includes various letters and telegrams from the 1910s through the 1930s including some regarding Little Caesar (1931) and a telegram from Ed Sullivan; letters pertaining to E. G. Robinson’s French Legion d’honneur award in 1952; letters regarding Edward G. Robinson: An Autobiography from 1970 to 1972; legal correspondence to and from J. B. Robinson about international art purchases from 1976 to 1978; and business correspondence, letters, and postcards, to and from George Sidney, some of which pertain to E. G. Robinson’s postage stamp; among other materials.

Manuscripts in the collection consist of material by J. B. Robinson, including drafts of the non-fiction works Edward G. Robinson’s World of Art and Some Notes on a Husband, among other materials; manuscripts by E.G. Robinson on his art collection; and various speeches by E. G. Robinson, including a Memorial Day speech written at the request of Eleanor Roosevelt; among other materials.

Professional material includes office files, subject files, and other materials pertaining to art museums and the sale of art from the 1930s to the 1970s, the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, E. G. Robinson’s estate, and E. G. Robinson’s film career, among other topics.

Photographs consist of those belonging to E. G. Robinson and J. B. Robinson. Photographs belonging to E. G. Robinson include travel photographs from the 1940s through the 1970s; photographs from his autobiography All My Yesterdays; photographs of awards from the 1950s through the 1960s, including the 1952 French Legion d’honneur award and the 1963 Medallion of Valor of the State of Israel award; photographs of artwork by E. G. Robinson; and family photographs.

Also included are photographs from E. G. Robinson’s film and stage career, including photographs from Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940), Illegal (1955), The Ten Commandments (1956) and My Geisha (1962), among other films; photographs from various productions from the 1920s through the 1970s; and various portraits and publicity shots; among other materials. 

Photographs belonging to J. B. Robinson include photographs of clothing and accessories she designed, various personal photographs, a wedding album from her first marriage to David Felix Alder, her mother’s wedding album and wedding register, family photographs and albums, and photographs relating to George Sidney, among other materials.

Diaries and journals in the collection include diaries belonging to E. G. Robinson from 1911 to 1914, address books, and engagement and touring calendars, among other materials.

Memorabilia consists of J. B. Robinson’s college yearbook, an award case for E. G. Robinson’s 1963 Medallion of Valor in the State of Israel Award, various items related to World War II, and items related to the wedding of Rita Goodman Bodenheimer, among other materials.

Legal material includes material related to J. B. Robinson’s family from 1846 to 1914, J. B. Robinson’s first marriage certificate to David Felix Adler, files related to E. G. Robinson’s insurance and estate, E. G. Robinson’s father’s death certificate from 1927, E. G. Robinson’s marriage certificates from 1927 and 1958, and materials related to E. G. Robinson’s will and estate, among other materials.

Financial material in the collection consists of subject files on E. G. Robinson’s contracts in the 1970s, fine arts in the 1970s, George Garabedian Mark 56 Records and royalties, and the appraisal of E. G. Robinson’s estate, among other materials.

Printed material consists of the dust jacket for E. G. Robinson’s autobiography All My Yesterdays, blank postcards from the 1910s and 1920s, brochures and catalogues relating to E. G. Robinson’s art collection, playbills from the 1920s through the 1930s, press clippings from the 1930s through the 1970s, newspaper clippings from the 1920s through the 1970s, and magazine articles by E. G. Robinson and others, among other materials.

Scrapbooks include a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and photographs of E. G. Robinson, travel scrapbooks by Rita Goodman Bodenheimer pertaining to her honeymoon in 1917, and a scrapbook of photos.

Artwork in the collection consists of a sketch and a portrait of E. G. Robinson, as well as sketchbooks of pencil drawings by E. G. Robinson himself.

The collection also includes Russian language exercise notebooks, an audio cassette tape of J. B. Robinson taking about the art business, and miscellaneous research material.

A related collection is the George Sidney collection, which contains artwork and other materials related to E. G. Robinson and J. B. Robinson.

Notable Figures
1. Robinson, Edward G., 1893-1973
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. The Hollywood Ten and the Blacklist Era Subject Guide
3. Artists, Cartoonists, and Illustrators Subject Guide
4. Romanian Americans
5. Authors, American
6. Motion picture industry – United States
7. Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States
8. American literature--20th century
9. Scrapbooks
10. Photographs
11. Diaries