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The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925

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Franklin Abbott

Achmed Abdullah

Mary Aldis

George William Amis

Sherwood Anderson

Egmont Arens

Mary Austin

Eugene S. Bagger


Winslow M. Bell

William Rose Benét

Florence Blackstone

Paul J. Blackstone

David William Bone

Albert Boni

Charles Boni

Ernest Augustus Boyd

Will Bradley

Berton Braley

Max M. Breslow

Heywood Broun

Albert Brush

Arthur Caesar

Henry Seidel Canby

Jonathan Cape

Gene Carr

Oscar Edward Cesare

Christine Challenger

Betty Ross Clarke

Helen Louise Cohen

Alta May Coleman

Seward Collins

Frank Conroy

George Cram Cook

John Cournos

Bosworth Crocker

J. Vincent Crowne

Homer Croy

Mary Carolyn Davies

Helena Smith Dayton

Fred Erving Dayton

Floyd Dell

S. A. DeWitt

Roy Dickinson

Charles Divine

Alice Willits Donaldson

John Dos Passos

Theodore Dreiser

Joseph Drum

Robert L. Eaton

Laurie York Erskine

Wilfred Ewart

Henry Guy Fangel

John Chipman Farrar

Hugh Ferriss

Arthur Davison Ficke

John Bernard Flannagan

Dwight Franklin

James Earle Fraser

Joseph Lewis French

Robert Frothingham

Barney Gallant

Porter Garnett

Susan Glaspell

Montague Glass

Joseph Gollomb

Herbert S. Gorman

Stephen Graham

Dorothy L. A. Grant

Harry Wagstaff Gribble

William Gropper

Louise Closser Hale

Harry Hansen

Sadakichi Hartmann

Josephine Herbst

John Herrmann

W. E. Hill

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

Robert Cortes Holliday

Terence Holliday

Guy Holt

Holland Hudson

Peter Lord Templeton Hunt

Frank Townsend Hutchens

Lewis Jackson

Norman Jacobsen

Rutger Bleecker Jewett

Orrick Johns

Merle De Vore Johnson

Jeanne Judson

Harry Kemp

Bernice Lesbia Kenyon

John G. Kidd

William A. (William Albion) Kittredge

Eastwood Lane

Lawrence Langner

Christian Leden

Courtenay Lemon

Sinclair Lewis

Ludwig Lewisohn

Max Liebermann

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay

Preston Lockwood

Hendrick Willem Van Loon

Lingard Loud

Pierre Loving

Orson Lowell

C. R. Macauley

Kenneth Macgowan

Lawton Mackall

Hector MacQuarrie

John Albert Macy

Jane Mander

Don Marquis

H. A. Mathes

William McFee

Alexander McKay

Hawley McLanahan

Charles M. McLean

Ada Jaffray McVickar

Scudder Middleton

George Middleton

John Mistletoe

Roy Mitchell

Christopher Morley

Robert Nathan

Dudley Nichols

Robert Nichols

Charles Norman

Joseph Jefferson O'Neil

Florence O'Neill

Ivan Opffer

Martha Ostenso

Lou Paley

Edmund Lester Pearson

Basil H. Pillard

Ethel McClellan Plummer

Alexander Popini

William MacLeod Raine

Ben Ray Redman

Charles J. Reed

Lola Ridge

Felix Riesenberg

W. Adolphe Roberts

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin (Ted) Meade Robinson

Bruce Rogers

L. Stuart Rose

Herb Roth

Edward Royce

Tony Sarg

Jacob Salwyn Schapiro

Walter Schnackenberg

Thomas Seltzer

Fern Forrester Shay

Margaret Badollet Caldwell Shotwell

Emil Siebern

Upton Sinclair

John Sloan

Thorne Smith

David Tosh Smith

Robert A. Smith

Charles Somerville

Vincent Starrett

Vilhjalmur Stefansson

Donald Ogden Stewart

Gordon Stiles

Emily Strunsky

Genevieve Taggard

Gardner Teall

Sara Teasdale

Lloyd M. Thomas

Basil Thompson

Paul Thompson

Helen Thurlow

Adolph Treidler

Peter Underhill

Harvey P. Vaughn

Walter Vodges

C. A. Voight

Mary Heaton Vorse

Webb Waldron

J. Leeming Walker

Foster Ware

John V. A. Weaver

Luther E. Widen

Edward Arthur Wilson

Lily Winner

Robert L. Wolf

Cuthbert Wright


Theodore F. Zucker


Location on door: front, panel 3

Fiction Writers






Born in Petrograd, Russia, Joseph Gollomb (1881-1950) made a name for himself in New York literary circles after immigrating with his family at the age of ten. When his father died shortly after their arrival, Gollomb and his siblings were raised by their staunchly socialist mother in the Lower East Side’s Jewish tenements. Though financial success as a journalist and author eventually cooled his radical fervor, Gollomb was active in the labor movement in his early years, a member of both the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World. He taught advanced English classes at the socialist Rand School, where he encouraged other Russian Jewish immigrants to document their experiences. Gollomb wrote for several New York publications, including the Evening Post, the Evening World, and the New Yorker, as well as with the foreign bureaus of the Associated and the United Press. His status as an investigative reporter allowed him to interview famous figures from George Bernard Shaw to Anatole France and granted him access to the archives of Scotland Yard and other police departments, secret services, and detective schools across the United States and Europe. These experiences furnished material for Gollomb’s dozens of books, which include nonfiction titles like Armies of Spies and Crimes of the Year, detective fiction, young adult novels, and the fictionalized autobiography Unquiet. Several of his books were made into films, and a biographer of Sidney Hillman described Gollomb by the end of his life as “fat and prosperous.” Gollomb’s niece, the actress Judy Holliday, also met with considerable success in the film industry, though her family’s radical ties made her a target of the Senate investigations of suspected Hollywood Communists two years after her uncle’s death.



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    Creator: Gollomb, Joseph

    Title: Letter to Elias Tobenkin

    Description: Letter from Joseph Gollomb to Elias Tobenkin, 17 July [Year Unknown]

    Item Date: 17 July [Year Unknown]

    Material Type: Letter

    ADA Caption: Letter to Elias Tobenkin

    Curatorial Department: Manuscripts Collection

    Collection Name: Elias Tobenkin Collection

    Stack Location: Correspondence, 1899-1963, Incoming, G

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A Letter from Joseph Gollomb to Elias Tobenkin, July 17 [Year Unknown]

While the context of this letter is unclear, it is the only representative of Joseph Gollomb’s correspondence in the Ransom Center. It highlights Gollomb’s connections with the most prominent American Jewish figures of his day. The letter refers to Gollomb’s meeting with Felix Frankfurter, a politician who served as an adviser to FDR and an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, and whose commitment to progressive ideas earned him the nickname “the Red Rasputin.”