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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 10, 1940

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1940-04-10

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include Germany, Russia, Europe, and Asia; occupation of Denmark and Norway by the Germans; Senator Burke's (NE) primary defeat.

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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, 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 3, 1940

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1940-07-03

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include radio address by Austin from the World's Fair, "Revitalizing the Declaration of Independence in 1940"; foreign policy.

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

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1939-03-03

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include citizen and colleague response to Austin's participation in the debate on foreign affairs.

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            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 6, 1939

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1939-03-06

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include debate on foreign affairs and common defense; bill to reimburse Vermont for 1812 War.

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              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 8, 1939

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1939-03-08

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Topics include passing of the Common Defense Bill; Senator Tydings (MD) speech on housing; visit of Arthur Packard, President of the Vermont Farm Bureau, and discussion of Packard's ideas on managed currency.

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