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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 4, 1939

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1939-04-04

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include Danby, Vermont Marble to be used in Jefferson Memorial; bill waiving immunity of Federal officers from taxation; speech by Senator Frazier (ND) about confirmation of William Douglas to the Supreme Court.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 8, 1938

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1938-04-08

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include speech by Senator Frazier and Austin's opinion of the tax bill.

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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, January 28, 1939

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1939-01-28

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include close vote on a bill that in Austin's opinion shows an effort to prevent increased taxes.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 15, 1939

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1939-06-15

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include taxes and social security; training of civil aircraft pilots.

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            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 19, 1940

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1940-06-19

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include tax bill.

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              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 18, 1940

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1940-03-18

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Topics include debate over Hatch Bill to provide against pernicious political activities; appropriations for agriculture; Trade Treaty Bill; Bill to remove immunity of government securities from taxation.

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                Title:   Warren R. Austin letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 1, 1940

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1940-10-01

                Resource type:   text

                Topics include House action on the tax bill; speech by Wendell Wilkie.

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                  Title:   Warren R. Austin letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, September 17, 1940

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1940-09-17

                  Resource type:   text

                  Topics include debate over the immunity of state and municipal bonds from Federal taxation.

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                    Title:   Warren R. Austin letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, September 20, 1940

                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                    Date:  1940-09-20

                    Resource type:   text

                    Topics include the immunity of state and municipal bonds from Federal taxation.

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