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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 08, 1933

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1933-04-08

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include Emergency Farm Mortgage Act; Presidential power; Agricultural Colleges; Extension Service; Industrial Education.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 27, 1933

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1933-04-27

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include boundary case; farm relief bill; Roosevelt administration; Congressional powers; Presidential powers.

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 21, 1938

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1938-04-21

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include court of administrative law; Presidential power.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 20, 1939

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1939-06-20

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include Austin's duties as assistant Minority Leader; power of the President to devalue the dollar and the stabilization fund.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 21, 1939

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1939-06-21

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include speech by Senator Thomas (OH) on the power of the President to devalue the dollar.

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            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 27, 1939

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1939-06-27

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include Republican led termination of delegation of power to coin money and fix the value thereof to the President.

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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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                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 23, 1938

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1938-03-23

                Resource type:   text

                Resource type:   letter

                Topics include Presidential power; Reorganization Bill.

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

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1940-03-23

                  Resource type:   text

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Topics include Senator Tobey (NH) resolution; Justice Black; Presidential power.

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                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 17, 1934

                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                    Date:  1934-05-17

                    Resource type:   text

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Topics include Tariff; delegation of powers to the President.

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                      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 16, 1938

                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                      Date:  1938-05-16

                      Resource type:   text

                      Resource type:   letter

                      Topics include air transportation bill; Presidential power.

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                        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 24, 1938

                        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                        Date:  1938-05-24

                        Resource type:   text

                        Resource type:   letter

                        Topics include Presidential power and reelection campaign of Senator Adams (CO).

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