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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: David Lubin papers
    Dates: 1899-1944
    Collection Number: 44005
    Creators: Lubin, David, 1849-1919. Saqui, Laura Lubin.
    Collection Size: 4 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 framed portrait (2 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives .
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, pamphlets, clippings, and photographs, relating to world agricultural problems, and activities of the International Institute of Agriculture. Includes papers of Laura Lubin Saqui, daughter of D. Lubin.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], David Lubin papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1944.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    David Lubin personal archive, David Lubin Memorial Library, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy
    Magnes collection on David Lubin, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
    Simon Julius Lubin papers, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
    Norris E. Dodd papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    10 June 1849 Born in Klodawa, Poland
    1853 Family moved to England
    1855 Family emigrated to America
    1861 Dropped out of school
    To 1873 Worked as a jeweler in San Francisco, a lumberyard worker in Los Angeles, a prospector for gold in Arizona, and a commercial traveler in New York and New Orleans
    1874 Opened David Lubin's One Price Store in Sacramento
    1884 Bought an orchard near Sacramento and land in Colusa County, helped found the California Fruit Growers' Union
    1891 Became the director of the International Society for the Colonization of Russian Jews
    1896 Moved to Europe to establish an international agricultural congress
    1900 Author of Let There Be Light
    1906 Appointed as a permanent U.S. delegate to the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA) in Rome
    1913 Received a Silver Cup Award from the IIA
    1917 Author, publisher, and distributor of An International Confederation of Democracies under a Constitution
    1 January 1919 Died in Rome

    Historical Note

    David Lubin, a merchant and farmer in Sacramento, created the idea of the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA). The institute's goals were to help farmers share knowledge, establish a cooperative system of rural credit, and control the marketing of farmers' products. In 1906, Lubin was appointed the permanent U.S. delegate to the IIA. In 1913 at the meeting of the IIA congress in Rome, Lubin received a Silver Cup Award for his efforts in establishing the organization. The IIA ceased its operations in 1945, when most of its assets were transferred to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The mandate of international cooperation in the field of agriculture is continued by the FAO, which named its library in honor of David Lubin. The David Lubin Elementary School is located a few blocks from the site of David Lubin's former home in Sacramento, California.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Most of the papers relate to IIA operations and cover the period from 1905, when was IIA established, through 1944. The collection was donated to the Hoover Institution by Lubin's daughter Laura Lubin Saqui and includes her detailed "Table of Contents" (box 1), which is a useful finding aid to the Lubin papers.
    The Laura Lubin Saqui files include business correspondence and writings, as well as her delegate certificate and a photograph. Laura Lubin Saqui was a U.S. delegate to the 15th General Assembly of IIA in 1940. The files also include letters written by Colonel Harris Weinstock, half brother of David Lubin, while he toured Europe as a member of the American Commission on Rural Cooperative Credit in 1913. The Scrapbooks of David Lubin and Laura Lubin Saqui contain documents related to Lubin's career and IIA operation, including official and private correspondence, records and reports, photographs, writings, and clippings.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    International Institute of Agriculture.
    International agricultural cooperation.