Henry Mauris Robinson Papers mssRobinson

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
August 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191


Finding aid last updated on February 12, 2024 by Kelly Kress.

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Henry Mauris Robinson papers
Creator: Robinson, Henry Mauris, 1868-1937
Identifier/Call Number: mssRobinson
Physical Description: 19.58 Linear Feet (15 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1862-1946
Date (bulk): 1917-1937
Abstract: A collection of professional, political, business, and personal papers related to Henry Mauris Robinson, American lawyer and banker.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Henry Mauris Robinson papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Henry Mauris Robinson, 1929-1940.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Mauris Robinson (1868-1937) was a lawyer and banker. He was born in Ravenna, Ohio, son of George Foreman Robinson (1844-1917), judge of the Court of Common Pleas in the 2nd subdivision of the Judicial District of Ohio. Henry Mauris Robinson was educated at Western Reserve Academy and Cornell University and practiced law in Ohio and New York City before moving to Southern California in 1905, where he was admitted to the California bar. He was Chairman of the Board of Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles and also was on boards of directors of numerous Southern California corporations and institutions, including the Henry E. Huntington Library. From 1917 until 1927, he served on the Council of National Defense; the Supreme Economic Council of Peace in Paris; the U.S. Shipping Board; the International Labor Conference; the President's Industrial Conference; the Bituminous Coal Commission; the Unemployment Conference; and the International Economic Conference at Geneva.

Scope and Contents

A collection of approximately 970 items from 1862 to 1946, it consists of the professional, political, business and personal papers and correspondence of Henry Mauris Robinson. The main focus of the collection is his work with the President's Second Industrial Conference, Bituminous Coal Commission, President's Conference on Unemployment, and his involvement in the presidential campaign of Herbert Hoover in 1920. The correspondence includes carbon copies of his outgoing correspondence and signed first copies of letters addressed to him. Correspondents include Harry A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Herbert N. Shenton, Joseph P. Tumulty, and others. Also included is a group of 25 Civil War letters of Henry Robinson's father, George Foreman Robinson who enlisted for three months in Company F., 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Upon expiration of the term, he re-enlisted as 1st Sergeant of Company F., 80th Ohio Infantry, rising to the ranks of Lieutenant and then Captain. He took part in the Northern Mississippi Campaign, including battles of Yuka, Corinth, and Vicksburg. He was wounded and taken prisoner at Missionary Ridge and was honorably discharged as a paroled prisoner of war in 1865. Letters were posted from February 1862 to early October 1864 from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and South Carolina, including some items written during the siege of Vicksburg. The letters are addressed mainly to his sister, Emma H. Robinson and discuss camp life, military operations, war news, and war politics. The collection also includes certificates, printed material, and ephemera.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1945. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


Organized in the following manner: 1. President's Second Industrial Conference; 2. Bituminous Coal Commission; 3. President's Conference on Unemployment; 4. Correspondence; 5. Speeches, articles, commencement addresses; 6. Annual reports to stockholders of the Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles; 7. Civil War letters of George Foreman Robinson; 8. Printed material and ephemera.

Separated Materials

In accordance with the provisions of his will, Henry Mauris Robinson's papers were distributed between the Huntington Library and Hoover Institution Library and Archives (Stanford, CA, 94305-6010). The latter holds the part of the papers dealing with Mr. Robinson's work for the Council of National Defense, the Paris Peace Conference, the Allied Supreme Economic Council, the Dawes and Young Committees on Reparations, and the International Economic Conference of 1927.


Former call number: mssRobinson papers; individual call numbers included in the collection: mssHM 8299-8323.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bankers -- California -- Los Angeles
Politicians -- United States
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1920
Statesmen -- United States
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
United States -- Politics and Government -- 1913-1921
Vicksburg (Miss.) -- History -- Siege, 1863
Articles -- United States -- 20th century
Corporation reports -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
Government records -- United States -- 20th century
Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century
Personal papers -- United States -- 20th century
Professional papers -- United States -- 20th century
Speeches -- United States -- 20th century
Garfield, Harry Augustus, 1863-1942
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
Robinson, George F. (George Foreman), 1844-1917
Shenton, Herbert N. (Herbert Newhard), 1884-1936
Tumulty, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1879-1954
United States. National Bituminous Coal Commission -- Officials and employees
United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 80th (1861-1865)
Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles -- Officials and employees
Conference on Unemployment (1921 : Washington, D.C.)
President's Industrial Conference (1919-1920 : Washington, D.C.)

Box 1

President's Second Industrial Conference 1919-1920

Box 2

President's Second Industrial Conference 1919-1920

Box 3

U. S. Bituminous Coal Commission; Correspondence of Henry M. Robinson, Chairman 1919 December-1920 January

Box 4

U. S. Bituminous Coal Commission; Correspondence of Henry M. Robinson, Chairman 1920 February-March

Box 5

U. S. Bituminous Coal Commission; Correspondence of Henry M. Robinson, Chairman 1920 April-October

Box 6

U. S. Bituminous Coal Commission - copies of the Majority and Minority Reports of the Commission

Box 7

Miscellaneous material from the files of the U.S. Bituminous Coal Commission

Box 8

President's Conference on Unemployment 1921

Box 9

Correspondence 1917-1920 February

Box 10

Correspondence 1920 March-1937 February 10

Box 11

Henry Mauris Robinson. Speeches, articles, commencement addresses 1920-1937

Box 12

Henry Mauris Robinson. Annual reports to the Stockholders of the Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles; Articles not by Henry M. Robinson 1922-1937

Box 13

Civil War letters from George Foreman Robinson and Alfred K. Robinson to their sister Emma H. Robinson; printed photograph of George F. Robinson and granddaughter (1915) 1862-1864

Scope and Contents

HM 8299-8323.
Box 14

Letter from Farrand and Farrand, Attorneys 1946

Box 14

Printed material and ephemera

Box 15

Certificates, printed material and ephemera