Eva Langbord Emma Goldman Papers (1934-1985)
Summary Information
Title: Eva Langbord Emma Goldman Papers
Creator: Langbord, Eva Creator: Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940
Inclusive dates: 1934-1985
Extent: .5 Linear Feet (One manuscript box containing 142 items)
The collection contains material related primarily to Langbord's long friendship with Emma Goldman. It includes correspondence, clippings, portraits of Goldman, and miscellaneous material related to Goldman including her Russian passport, US citizenship document, and affidavits witnessing Goldman's marriage. It also contains a signed will by Alexander Berkman.
Call number: ams0024
Language: The collection is mostly in English, with some material in French and German.
Repository: University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center), Joseph A. Labadie Collection

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright has not been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan. Permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s).

Preferred Citation:

Eva Langbord Emma Goldman Papers, University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center)

Collection History
Acquisition Information:


Processing Information:

Processed by Julie Herrada, 21 February 2000.


This collection is divided into four series: clippings, correspondence, Emma Goldman, and miscellaneous materials.


Eva Langbord was born in Toronto circa 1910. She was the eldest of the six children of Morris and Rebecca Langbord. She attended school at the Clinton Public School, Peretz Shule, and Harbord Collegiate. Langbord met Emma Goldman when she was a child and Goldman came to the Langbord house, as many radicals did, to visit or stay. A great friendship developed between the two, and Emma began to show a strong interest in Eva's budding acting skills, as well as taking Eva to all of her lectures and other radical events. Langbord began her stage career at the Standard Theatre and Hart House, in Toronto. Goldman, who also had a strong interest in theatre, encouraged her. Langbord won a scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York in ca. 1933, and also studied dance under Martha Graham. She spent most of the 1930s and 1940s in New York, working to establish a career in theatre. After appearing opposite Burgess Meredith in Panic, her first lead role came in 1935 in Winterset at the Martin Beck Theatre. In 1945 she was assigned a role opposite Orson Welles in Suspect, and worked in summer stock with Lillian Gish in 1948. In the early 1950s Langbord returned to Canada to work at CBC television, setting up their casting and script bureau, which she ran until her retirement in 1974. She remained in the family home in Toronto until her death on May 5, 1999. Langbord's personal and professional papers are held by the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mainly of documents belonging to and relating to Emma Goldman. Goldman was a close friend of the Langbord family, and upon her death the Langbords, through Jeanne Levey in Chicago, were given the personal documents Goldman considered important enough to carry with her. They included identification papers, publishing contracts, legal documents, and some letters. Additional material includes clippings saved by Eva Langbord, correspondence, and photographs. A few partial transcriptions of Goldman's letters to Berkman can be found in Goldman's correspondence file; the whereabouts of the originals are unknown. The collection, though small, is divided into four series: Clippings, Correspondence, Emma Goldman, and Misc. materials. The Clippings file contains newspaper articles saved by Eva Langbord, relating mainly to Emma Goldman. The Emma Goldman series includes Goldman's Russian passport, her U.S. citizenship document (signed 16 October, 1908), and various other identification cards from France, Germany, andEngland. This series also contains two affidavits signed by the Rabbi who performed the marriage ceremony between Goldman and Jacob Kerschner in February 1887. Also included are affidavits signed by Helene Hochstein and Sam Cominsky, who witnessed the marriage. The publishing contracts for Emma Goldman include those for The Autobiography of Emma Goldman, My Disillusionment in Russia, and The Voyage of the Buford. The Misc. materials series contains materials of Alexander Berkman, including his handwritten last will, signed 11/22/35. The series also contains three portraits of Goldman, including one taken by Eugene Hutchinson (Chicago) and one signed by S. Flechine (Paris). The third portrait is signed by Goldman. There is also a snapshot of Agnes Inglis (1928).

Contents List
   Container / Location    Title
Mixed Materials   1   1
Clippings (Series 1)
Correspondence [series]: (Series 2)
Mixed Materials   1   2
Mixed Materials   1   3
Abrams, Irving  June 12, 1945
Mixed Materials   1   4
Ballantine, Stella  January 20, 1953
Mixed Materials   1   5
de Cleyre, Voltairine  January 5, 1903
Mixed Materials   1   6
Goldman, Emma  1934-1939
Mixed Materials   1   7
Thorne, Ahrne and Paula  1983-1986
Mixed Materials   1   8
Weinberger, Harry  undated
Mixed Materials   1   9
Wexler, Alice  1980-1987
Mixed Materials   1   10
Levey, Jeanne  1945-1957
Mixed Materials   1   11
Einstein, Albert  March 26, 1938
Mixed Materials   1   12
Berkman, Alexander  1917-1936
Mixed Materials   1   13
Goldman, Babsie  1936
Mixed Materials   1   14
Langbord, Eva  1965-1981
Emma Goldman [series]: (Series 3)
Mixed Materials   1   15
Goldman Memorial
Mixed Materials   1   16
Identification Documents
Mixed Materials   1   17
Marriage Documents
Mixed Materials   1   18
Publishing Contracts
Mixed Materials   1   19
Will (draft)
Misc. materials [series]: (Series 4)
Mixed Materials   1   20
Berkman material
Mixed Materials   1   21
Documents re: Deportation
Mixed Materials   1   22