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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, February 20, 1939

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1939-02-20

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include debate on Tennessee Valley Authority appropriation.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 25, 1938

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1938-02-25

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include Senator Norris and the Tennessee Valley Administration; Bill for Appropriations to the Executive Office.

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 25, 1938

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1938-03-25

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include Tennessee Valley Authority; Reorganization Bill.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 9, 1938

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1938-03-09

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include Senator Davis speech on the Civil Service and the Reorganization Bill; Senator Bridges and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 14, 1935

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1935-05-14

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include May 11, 1935 editorial in the New York Times about Austin's criticism of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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