Isaac Hourwich papers
Professional papers on topics including immigration and labor, extradition cases, and Russia.
- circa 1891-1924
Language of Materials
English, Russian, Yiddish
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
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Extent5 linear feet (8 boxes)
Collection materials were created and collected by Hourwich during the course of his professional career in the United States and reflect the different jobs and views he held over the course of his lifetime with items dating from the late 19th century to the mid-20thcentury. Material types include correspondence (including with George Kennan), clippings, manuscripts of IHA's "Labor and immigration," printed materials, books, reviews, photographs, reports, congressional documents, and legal briefs. The collection focuses on 3 major topics: immigration and labor, extradition and political refugees (including Jan Janoff Pouren and Feodor Fedorenko), and materials related to Russia and U.S./Russia relations including social, political, legal, and economic aspects.
Biographical / Historical
Isaac Hourwich (1860-1924), born in Lithuania (Russian Empire) immigrated to the United States in 1890 fearing persecution for his involvement in revolutionary activities. He first settled in New York City where he received his PhD at Columbia in economics and then moved to Chicago where he worked at University of Chicago. Hourwich held several positions within the United States Government working at the Bureau of the Mint as a translator and the Bureau of the Census as a statistician and was admitted to the bar in Illinois and Russia. Hourwich used his legal expertise in the field of immigration and served on several extradition cases. Hourwich was a member of the Socialist Labor Party and later the Social Democratic Party and also became active in the Zionist movement.
Box-level description. Detailed inventory in curatorial file.
Gift of family of Isaac Hourwich, 1969.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
70M-173. Gift of the family of Isaac Hourwich in 1969 December.
Processed by Ashley Nary, 2018
This collection was processed to a basic level with minimal rehousing, organization, and preservation.
- Hourwich, Isaac A. (Isaac Aaronovich), 1860-1924. Isaac Hourwich papers, circa 1891-1924 (MS Russ 141): Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard University.
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