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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, August 22, 1940

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1940-08-22

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include Austin's duties as Assistant Minority Leader in the Senate.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, August 26, 1940

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1940-08-26

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include Austin's duties as Assistant Minority Leader in the Senate; debate over Conscription Bill.

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

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1939-06-03

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include upcoming election in the Republican Caucus of Senate leaders; confirmation prospects for appointments of Harry Hopkins as Secretary of Commerce and Frank Murphy as Attorney General.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, July 29, 1939

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1939-07-29

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include Austin's duties as Senate Minority Leader; political speeches by Senators Nye (ND) and Bridges (NH).

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 20, 1939

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1939-06-20

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include Austin's duties as assistant Minority Leader; power of the President to devalue the dollar and the stabilization fund.

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            Title:   Warren R. Austin letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 27, 1940

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1940-12-27

            Resource type:   text

            Topics include start of the 77th Congress and Republican leadership posts in the Senate; Austin's duties as Assistant Minority Leader.

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              Title:   Warren R. Austin letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, January 4, 1941

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1941-01-04

              Resource type:   text

              Topics include start of the 77th Congress and Republican leadership posts in the Senate.

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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:  1940-10-02

                Resource type:   text

                Topics include Austin's duties as Assistant Minority Leader; Wool Labeling Bill.

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                  Title:   Warren R. Austin letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 4, 1940

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1940-10-04

                  Resource type:   text

                  Topics include Austin's duties as Assistant Minority Leader; Wool Labeling Bill.

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