Joyner was one of Sabin's research assistants at the Rockefeller Institute from 1936 to 1938. This letter demonstrates
Sabin's typically generous efforts on behalf of her research assistants, in this case finding housing for Joyner and his
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1936-06-01 (June 1, 1936)
Sabin, Florence R.
Original Repository: American Philosophical Society. Library. Florence R. Sabin Papers
Reproduced with permission of Geraldine F. Swan.
At the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, 1925-1938
Joyner, Austin, #2
June 1, 1936
My dear Doctor Joyner
I have been making some enquiries about an apartment for you with this result. I wonder if I made clear to you that we do
not start work here until Fall. In a general way we are supposed to begin the day after Labor Day which this year comes the
seventh of September, it being the first Monday in September. I do not usually get back Labor Day, and start in the day after.
The lateness of Labor Day gives us an extra long vacation this year. We all take July and August both.
How about apartments, there is a vacancy in one across the street from the Institute, an apartment called Socony Hall because
it was built by the Rockefeller Interests, and the initials of the Standard Oil of NY were used for the name or nick name.
There is an apartment with four rooms, all small, a living room and dining room together, two bed rooms and a small kitchen
and bath. It has north and south exposure so has some sun. It rents for $57.50 a month. I hear that you can get a small
apartment over on Long Island for $50.00 a month, but there you must add about ten dollars a month for car fare. Where are
you planning to spend the summer and if you come to New York in June, what time do you plan to be here. Dr. Smith can give
you a good idea of the apartments across the street at Socony Hall and advise you as to whether after your years in a smaller
place it will seem too shut in to you and Mrs. Joyner. I love New York but I always dread the effect on the newcomerof the
big terrible city, with its dirt and noise, but on the other hand, great interest. Let me know if you would want this apartment
held for you to see. Dr. and Mrs. Smithburn have always lived there and like it, but their apartment has an eastern exposure
which is better.