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Trigère family papers

Identifier: 11-MWalB02735

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials related to the Trigère family, especially Robert (Sioma) Trigère, ranging in date from approximately 1910 to 2010. Sioma Trigère was a Russian-born French-American businessman who partnered with his sister Pauline, a designer, to create Trigère, Inc., which became a leading New York fashion company. The collection is primarily comprised of Sioma Trigère’s collected correspondence, mainly to family members, especially Pauline and her first husband, Lazar Radley, but also their son Jean-Pierre Radley, Pauline and Sioma’s mother Cecile, and Sioma’s daughter Jane, as well as a small amount of Pauline’s correspondence. The letters document the family's business, with a special emphasis on their time in France (1905-circa 1936), and in New York during the 1960s and 1970s. There are also materials related to longtime family business associate and friend Leon Hendline, documenting his parallel journey from Russia to France to the United States. The collection also contains a varied set of family photographs, from throughout the overall period, and a small number of documents connected to assorted aspects of the business. The collection is unprocessed. A preliminary inventory is available in the department.


  • circa 1910-2009
  • Majority of material found within 1920-1980


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department.


5 Linear Feet (5 record center boxes)

Language of Materials



The materials were housed in binders and may have been loosely grouped but otherwise, do not appear to be organized according to any strong arrangement scheme. Materials have been maintained in the order in which they were received and remain in binders.

Acquisitions Note

The collection was donated by Jane Trigère, January 2019.

Related Materials

Robert (Sioma) Trigère, the primary creator of materials in Trigère family papers, was the brother and business partner of the fashion designer, Pauline Trigère, whose papers are also held at Brandeis. Kent State University in Kent, Ohio also houses a Pauline Trigère collection, which may also contain materials relating to the Trigère family.

Processing Information

The collection is unprocessed. Please contact the department for more information.

Trigère family papers
Sean Bebee
September 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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