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Aronson-Grant papers (1921-1934)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Erin Platte and Meg Hixon, October 2011
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Aronson-Grant papers
Creator: Aronson, Pearl Goldblatt, b. 1905
Inclusive dates: 1921-1934
Extent: 2 linear feet
The Aronson-Grant papers contain correspondence, financial records, photographs, and ephemera related to Calvin Aronson and his wife, Pearl Goldblatt (later Grant) Aronson.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu

Access and Use

Acquisition Information

1999. M-4065.1.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation

Aronson-Grant Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


This collection has been arranged into the following series:
  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Business and Financial Papers
  • Series III: Photographs
  • Series IV: Printed Items and Ephemera

The correspondence series is arranged chronologically.


Calvin Aronson was born in New York on January 22, 1903, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants Solomon and Sophie Aronson. On September 6, 1925, he married Pearl Goldblatt (b. 1905), a native of New York who had studied in Romania prior to 1924, when she began using the surname "Grant." Calvin Aronson died in June 1976.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Aronson-Grant papers contain correspondence, financial records, photographs, and ephemera related to Calvin Aronson and his wife, Pearl Goldblatt (later Grant) Aronson.

The Correspondence series , which comprises the bulk of the collection, mostly consists of letters addressed to Pearl Goldblatt between 1921 and 1934, as well as some letters that she wrote to her husband. The letters reveal much about the couple's personal life and relationship, including Aronson's joyful reaction after hearing that Goldblatt had accepted his marriage proposal (February 14, 1924). Pearl Goldblatt Aronson tended to use her adopted surname, "Grant," in her later letters. In contrast to the couple's courtship correspondence, many letters by Grant's friends hint at marital difficulties between Aronson and Grant, including a brief threat of divorce. Some items have enclosures such as drawings and the couple's wedding certificate (February 26, 1927), and one letter is on stationery with the caption "Shh- Mr. Aronson is in deep thought" (April 6, 1926). Three letters enclose photographs (July 16, 1924; August 3, 1924; and May 14, 1929). Many of the postcards within the series have pictures of scenes in Europe.

The Business and Financial Papers series (57 items) contains receipts, bills, cancelled checks, and other items pertaining to the Aronsons' fiscal affairs, including their accounts with the Mechanics' Bank in Brooklyn, New York.

Most of the Photographs (61 items) show scenes around Como, Italy, and several are pictures of young women posing near water and in rowboats.

The Printed Items and Ephemera series contains greeting cards, newspaper clippings, invitations, calling cards, programs, and other items. The newspaper clippings concern politics, playwrights, and human interest stories. Other items include a printed map of the "Harbour of Nassau" and Act IV of Will Shakespeare, a play by Clemence Dane.

Subject Terms

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)--History.
  • Courtship--United States.
  • Marriage--United States.
  • Mechanics' Bank (New York, N.Y.)
  • Romania--Description and travel.
Subjects - Visual Materials:
  • Como (Italy)
  • Aronson, Calvin, 1903-1976.
Genre Terms:
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Greeting cards.
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs.
  • Plays (document genre)
  • Postcards.
  • Programs (documents)

Contents List

Container / Location Title
Box   1 Folders   1-9
 August 16, 1921-July 18, 1925
Box   2 Folders   10-20
 July 21, 1925-December 20, 1928
Box   3 Folders   21-29
 February 8, 1929-October 25, 1934
Box   4 Folders   30-33
Folder   34  
Business and Financial Papers [series]
Folder   35  
Photographs [series]
Folders   36-39  
Printed Items and Ephemera [series]