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Letters Home From Congress

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This collection features letters home from Warren R. Austin (Senator, 1931-1946), Jacob Collamer (Representative, 1843-1848; Senator, 1855-1865), and Samuel C. Crafts (Representative, 1817-1824; Senator 1842-1843). The letters document travel to and from Washington by horse, boat, train, and airplane; lodging in boarding houses, hotels, and homes; social life in Washington; significant local and national events; and legislative issues under consideration in Congress. Austin's letters are particularly strong in their coverage of his frustration at being a minority Senator during the era of Roosevelt and the New Deal; his activities on the Judiciary Committee; and foreign affairs questions such as the Neutrality Act. The letters of Crafts and Collamer both extensively cover the question of slavery, discussing Missouri statehood, John Brown, the annexation of Texas, and the Civil War. All three Congressmen frequently discuss questions regarding appropriations and the Federal budget. Biographical information is available from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, at: http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp

Time Period Covered: 1818-1941 

Parent Collections

Congressional Papers

Related Archival Collection(s)

Warren R. Austin Collection
Crafts Family Collection
Collamer Family Papers

Published:  September 12, 2006,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

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Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 26, 1938

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1938-04-26

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include speech by Senator Borah on the Big Navy Bill; bankruptcy bill; railroad bill.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, January 20, 1940

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1940-01-20

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include death of Senator Borah (ID).

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, January 23, 1940

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1940-01-23

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include train ride to Idaho for Senator Borah's (ID) funeral.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, January 25, 1940

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1940-01-25

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include Senator Borah's (ID) funeral.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, July 18, 1939

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1939-07-18

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include Senators McNary (OR), Borah (ID), and Austin invited to the White House by President Roosevelt for a conference on neutrality.

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            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 03, 1935

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1935-06-03

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include Supreme Court; speech by Senator Borah; President Roosevelt and the centralization of power in the Federal Government; enclosed speech by Austin to a Greek Society, Ahepa, on the Constitution, the Supreme Court, and the New Deal.

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              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 2, 1938

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1938-03-02

              Resource type:   text

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              Topics include O'Mahoney and Borah licensing bill; nomination of Robert Jackson for the post of Solicitor General.

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                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 7, 1938

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1938-03-07

                Resource type:   text

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                Topics include appropriations for the District of Columbia; O'Mahoney bill.

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