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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 29, 1937

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1937-04-29

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include debate on the Conference Report on the Neutrality Bill; Senator McNarry and Austin's duties as Assistant Minority Leader; Court Bill in the Judiciary Committee.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 5, 1940

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1940-04-05

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include situation in Europe and neutrality.

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, July 11, 1939

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1939-07-11

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include Foreign Affairs Committee and neutrality.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, July 12, 1939

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1939-07-12

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include vote of Foreign Affairs Committee to postpone action on neutrality and President Roosevelt.

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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, July 19, 1939

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1939-07-19

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include conference at White House with President Roosevelt on neutrality.

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

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1939-06-24

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Topics include Austin's opinion of the Neutrality Act and President Roosevelt.

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                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 3, 1937

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1937-03-03

                Resource type:   letter

                Topics include Neutrality Bill.

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

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1939-11-03

                  Resource type:   text

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Topics include Conference Report on the Neutrality Act of 1939.

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                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 03, 1939

                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                    Date:  1939-10-03

                    Resource type:   text

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Topics include debate on neutrality.

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

                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                      Date:  1939-10-10

                      Resource type:   text

                      Resource type:   letter

                      Topics include speech by Senator Wagner (NY); embargo repeal and neutrality.

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                        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 11, 1939

                        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                        Date:  1939-10-11

                        Resource type:   text

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                        Topics include speech by Senator Clark (MO) on embargo repeal and neutrality.

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                          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 19, 1939

                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                          Date:  1939-10-19

                          Resource type:   text

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                          Topics include speech by Senator McCarran (NV) on embargo repeal and neutrality.

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                            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 25, 1939

                            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                            Date:  1939-10-25

                            Resource type:   text

                            Resource type:   letter

                            Topics include embargo repeal and neutrality.

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