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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Archive of Thirteen Typed Memoranda, 1941 - 1945. One memorandum is on 8" x 10.5" White House letterhead, the rest on 5" x 8" White House stationery. All are signed "F.D.R." in type. Eleven are addressed to economic advisor Dr. Isador Lubin; one is to Harry Hopkins and one is to Samuel I. Rosenman. Six of the FDR memoranda are accompanied by associated memos from Lubin. As would be expected, this internal correspondence primarily concerns issues critical to the wartime economy. One memo, however, is much more personal in that the president expresses a liking for "doeskin flannel" and actually orders a suit through Dr. Lubin! The latest of these memos was typed just six days before Roosevelt's death and is very rare thus. Folds, perforations, staples and marks. Overall good condition.

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    A most historic, interesting, and rare memorandum collection, of thirteen items, ranging from October 27, 1941 to six days before FDR's death, April 6, 1945! Most of the memoranda in this collection are addressed to FDR advisor Dr. Isadore Lubin. Also included in this Presidential memorandum collection are memoranda to Harry L. Hopkins and Samuel I. Rosenman, as well as a memorandum signed December 14, 1944, on The White House Washington stationery, one page, to FDR Isadore Lubin. FDR writes: "Memorandum for Mr. Lubin/ From: The President/ Referring to the memorandum submitted by Mr. Paul Porter with reference to Federal labor policies, the Director of War Mobilization and Reconversion advises that under the Act of Congress approved October 3, he is directed to:/ ‘institute a specific study, for submission to the President and the Congress, of the present functions of the various executive agencies in the field of manpower, and develop a program for reorganizing and consolidating such agencies to the fullest extent practicable.'/ It appears that this statutory directive covers the specific proposals submitted by Mr. Porter. I am therefore requesting Director Byrnes to consider the memorandum submitted by Mr. Porter in connection with the study he is directed to make by this statute, and I am sure he will be glad to consider any additional suggestions Mr. Porter may care to submit./ Franklin D. Roosevelt." An additional ten memoranda on The White House Washington stationery to Lubin address a variety of important governmental issues, request opinions, assistance with statistical issues in speeches, and one of the memoranda, issued by FDR six days before his death on April 12, 1945, gives direction to Lubin as United States Representative on the Allied Reparations Commission. What a wonderful collection of memoranda! There is also a November 15, 1941 memorandum to Harry Hopkins soliciting review of documentation and advice, as well as an October 2, 1944 memorandum to Samuel I. Rosenman requesting corrections to a speech FDR was planning to give. In all there are thirteen memoranda in this special collection. Isador Lubin (1896-1978) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, June 9, 1896, the son of Harris and Hinda Francke Lubin. Lubin grew up in Worcester, where his father owned a clothing store, attending local public schools and Clark University where he majored in economics receiving his B.A. in 1916. He was a graduate student at the University of Missouri, 1916-1918, where he worked under Thorstein Veblen. Lubin became an instructor at Missouri in 1917. In 1918 Lubin interrupted his academic career to become a statistician with the United States Food Aministration. While he was with the Food Administration he made a survey with Veblen of farm production in the midwest. In June 1918 Lubin was appointed a Special Expert with the United States War Industries Board. In September 1919 he left government for a year of study at the University of Michigan where he became an assistant professor of economics, 1920-1922. In 1922 Lubin became a member of the staff of the Institute of Economics and a member of the teaching staff of the Robert Brookings Graduate School of Economics and Government where he received his Ph.D. in 1926. These institutions amalgamated in 1928 to become the Brookings Institution. Lubin's association with Brookings continued until 1933. He was an associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri in 1924. He was an economic adviser to the United States Senate Committee on Education and Labor, 1928-1929, and the Senate Committee on Manufactures, 1932. In 1929 Lubin spent about eight months abroad studying government control of the radio industry. He visited Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Palestine and the Soviet Union. Lubin was appointed United States Commissioner of Labor Statistics in 1933. He held this post until 1946, although he was on leave of absence, 1941-1945. Concurrently he held a number of other positions. He was Secretary, International Association of Government Labor Officials, 1933-1946; Chairman, Labor Advisory Board of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, 1933-1935; Vice-chairman, United States Central Statistical Board, 1933-1935; member, Advisory Committee to the Federal Coordinator of Railroads, 1933-1936; member, Technical Board of the President's Economic Security Committee, 1934-1935; United States Representative on the governing body of the International Labor Organization, 1935, 1937, 1941, 1945; member, Cabinet Subcommittee on the Economic Status of the Cotton Textile Industry, 1935; member, Industrial Resources Committee of the National Resources Board, 1937-1943; member, Temporary National Economic Committee, 1938-1941; member, Executive Committee on Commercial Policy, 1940-1942; Deputy Director, Labor Division of the Office of Production Management, 1940-1941. In 1941 Lubin went to the west coast to formulate an agreement between west coast shipbuilders and unions to prevent strikes. In 1941 he became Special Statistical Assistant to the President with an office in The White House where he assembled and interpreted statistics on American and British production, In 1942 he became Director, Statistical Analysis Branch, Munitions Assignments Board, Combined Chiefs of Staff. In December 1942 President Roosevelt sent Lubin to London to confer with Lord Cherwell and work out an agreement with the British relative to nomenclature and classifications for the statistical data that he and Cherwell were exchanging. The President sent Lubin to Europe in January 1945 to study economic conditions. While there he visited the small part of Germany then occupied by American forces and reported his observations on conditions there to General Walter Bedell Smith and General Eisenhower. In March 1945 Lubin was appointed United States Representative on the Allied Reparations Commission. As such he went to Moscow in June 1945. President Truman asked Lubin to go to Japan as a member of the Reparations Commission but he declined for reasons of health. In January 1946 Lubin resigned his government posts. He returned to private life to become President and Chairman of the Board of Confidential Reports, Inc. a theatre auditing organization owned by Universal, Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures, United Artists, RKO, Selznick Studios, Republic, Eagle Lion and 20th Century Fox. He also became a member of the board of directors of Decca Records. He headed Confidential Reports from 1946-1951. Lubin's absence from government was brief. He served as an economic advisor to the Department of Commerce, 1946-1947; consultant, Office of Statistical Standards of the Bureau o the Budget, 1946-1954; United States Representative, Commission on Devastated Areas, 1946; United States Representative, U.N. Economic and Employment Commission, 1946-1950; Economic Adviser to the United States Delegation to the U.N. General Assembly, 1950-1951; member, Advisory Committee, Korean Relief and Reconstruction Agency, 1951-1953; Alternate United States Delegate, 7th Session, U.N. General Assembly, 1952; United States Representative (with rank of Minister) on the U.N. Economic and Social Council, 1950-1953. Lubin next entered government service when Governor Averell Harriman appointed him New York State Industrial Commissioner. He served in this post from 1955 to 1958. As Industrial Commissioner he was not only administrative head of New York State's Department of Labor but also ex-officio member of the State Youth Commission, State Veterans Affairs Commission, State Civil Defense Commission and the Interdepartmental Health Committee. He was also Chairman, New York State Committee on Refugees and a trustee of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Dr. Lubin had been a trustee of Brandeis University and a director of the New School for Social Research since the 1940's. He was Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Public Affairs at Rutgers University, 1959-1961. He was a member of the American Economic Association and the American Statistical Association serving as Vice President of the latter association in 1937 and President in 1946. He was a Fellow of the International Institute of Statistics. He was a member of the American Arbitration Association, Chairman of the Board of National Child Research Center, 1930-1935; an economic consultant to the Twentieth Century Fund, 1960-1976; a member of the National Commission in Money and Credit, 1959-1963; a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, 1949-1978; a member of the Board of the United World Federalists; a director of the Eastern Life Insurance Company, 1960-1972; a member of the National Planning Association; Chairman of the Amalgamated Shirt Industry Pension Fund and Chairman of the President's Railroad and Marine Workers Commission, 1963. He was a trustee of the Weizmann Institute of Science, a member of the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Chairman of the Committee on Overseas Programs of United HIAS Service, a member of the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee and a consultant to the PEC Israel Economic Corporaton and the United Jewish Appeal on Programs in Palestine. Dr. Lubin was married three times. In 1932 he married Ann Shumaker editor of Progressive Education and co-author of the book, The Child Centered School (1928). His widow, Carol Reigelman Lubin, whom he married in 1952, had been associated with the International Labor Organization. Isador Lubin died in July 6, 1978, at Annapolis, Maryland. He had maintained a summer home near Annapolis for many years. A wonderful letter from FDR to Lubin.

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