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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 16, 1940

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1940-04-16

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include upcoming Republican National Convention; Governor Aiken.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 10, 1937

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1937-12-10

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include visit to Washington of Alfred Landon and Col. Frank Knox; requests made of Austin to be a candidate for President; Governor Aiken; farm bill.

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 6, 1937

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1937-12-06

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include Governor Aiken's open letter.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 8, 1937

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1937-12-08

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include visit to Washington of Governor Aiken; farm bill.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, September 11, 1940

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1940-09-11

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include Export Import Bank and an amendment by Senator Taft (OH); Aiken's primary win for Vermont Senate seat.

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