Simon Lubin, son of David Lubin (1849-1919), was a labor and agricultural economist, social worker, and educator. He graduated from Harvard magna cum laude in 1903, after having studied economics and philosophy. As a businessman, he ran Weinstock and Lubin, Inc. As the president of the California State Immigration and Housing Commission (1913-1923), he worked to improve the conditions in agricultural labor camps, developed an educational program for aliens, mediated and investigated labor disputes, and prepared housing and social welfare legislation. He also was a member of the National Labor Board, and organized the Sacramento Regional Citizens' Council (founded in 1926), a civic association dedicated to working on economic problems. He also served as a Chief of the California State Bureau of Commerce and was a founder of the Pan American Institute of Reciprocal Trade.
The collection consists of typed manuscripts of writings and speeches by Simon Lubin dating from 1902 to 1933, eulogies and obituaries, clippings, and photographs. The writings and speeches address topics relating to Judaism, education, immigration, and other social, political, and economic issues.