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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, August 5, 1940

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1940-08-05

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include Military Affairs Committee, the conscription bill, and the National Guard bill.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 1, 1939

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1939-02-01

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include foreign policy and the plan for national defense in the Military Affairs Committee; President Roosevelt meeting with the Military Affairs Committee at the White House; Relief Bill; Judiciary Committee.

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 10, 1939

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1939-02-10

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include Military Affairs Committee and Austin's motion to open hearings to the public; Special Finance Committee on Taxation of Public Securities.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 24, 1939

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1939-02-24

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include Military Affairs Committee vote on the Stock Pile Bill; letters received by Austin in support of his stand on foreign policy and defense.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 3, 1939

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1939-02-03

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include Military Affairs Committee; Sub-Committee of the Judiciary on the nomination of Dean Clark of Yale Law School for a judgeship.

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            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, January 10, 1939

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1939-01-10

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include Secret Session of Joint Committee of both Houses on Military Affairs; Frankfurter Committee; Murphy Committee.

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              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, January 12, 1940

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1940-01-12

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Topics include Military Affairs Committee.

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                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, July 9, 1940

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1940-07-09

                Resource type:   text

                Resource type:   letter

                Topics include National Defense; campaign; nominations of Stimson and Knox; Military Affairs Committee and the Selective Service Bill; Wendell Wilkie.

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                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 21, 1940

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1940-06-21

                  Resource type:   text

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Topics include Military Affairs Committee and the appointment of Stimson as Secretary of War.

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                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 23, 1939

                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                    Date:  1939-06-23

                    Resource type:   text

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Topics include revenue bill; speech by Senator Townshend (DE) on purchase of foreign silver; Military Affairs Committee and contracts for construction outside continental United States.

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                      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 17, 1939

                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                      Date:  1939-03-17

                      Resource type:   text

                      Resource type:   letter

                      Topics include Bill for Reorganization of Agencies of the Government; Presidential power; office of the Comptroller General; Congressional power; Austin's presiding over a session of the Miltary Affairs Committee.

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