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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, 1940

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1940-04-29

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include National Defense; luncheon hosted by Senator McNary (OR) to meet Republican National Convention keynote speaker Governor Stassen (MN); Austin's and other Republicans views on foreign policy.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, August 27, 1940

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1940-08-27

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include speech by Senator Johnson (CO) on Conscription Bill; commendations from President Roosevelt and Wendell Wilkie to Austin for service for National Defense.

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 2, 1939

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1939-02-02

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include sub-committee meeting on the common defense and raw materials for the armed forces and the civilian populations.

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

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1939-02-24

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include Military Affairs Committee vote on the Stock Pile Bill; letters received by Austin in support of his stand on foreign policy and defense.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, July 9, 1940

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1940-07-09

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include National Defense; campaign; nominations of Stimson and Knox; Military Affairs Committee and the Selective Service Bill; Wendell Wilkie.

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

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1940-06-11

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include legislation to speed up production of munitions; National Defense; Italy and Germany.

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              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 6, 1940

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1940-06-06

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Topics include defeat of Austin's amendment to accelerate industrial production for national defense.

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                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 21, 1940

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1940-05-21

                Resource type:   text

                Resource type:   letter

                Topics include appropriation for military preparedness; Germans at Channel Ports.

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                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 29, 1940

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1940-05-29

                  Resource type:   text

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Topics include radio address by Austin, "Munitions, Men and Morale"; dedication of Howard Chandler Christy's mural of the signing of the Constitution in the Capitol.

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