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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 22, 1937

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1937-04-22

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include Court Bill, President Roosevelt, and potential votes against the bill in the Senate.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 23, 1937

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1937-04-23

    Resource type:   text

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    Topics include Court Bill hearings in the Judiciary Committee, and includes an excerpt.

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 29, 1937

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1937-04-29

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include debate on the Conference Report on the Neutrality Bill; Senator McNarry and Austin's duties as Assistant Minority Leader; Court Bill in the Judiciary Committee.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 5, 1937

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1937-04-05

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include sit-down strikes; Court Bill hearings in the Judiciary Committee.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 1, 1937

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1937-02-01

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include Judiciary Committee; O'Mahoney Bill; centralization of power in Washington.

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            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 1, 1939

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1939-02-01

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include foreign policy and the plan for national defense in the Military Affairs Committee; President Roosevelt meeting with the Military Affairs Committee at the White House; Relief Bill; Judiciary Committee.

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              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 14, 1938

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1938-02-14

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Topics include Seantor Austin's speech in Utica, NY on Lincoln's birthday; tie vote in Judiciary Committee on Equal Rights for Women, Austin voted for it.

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                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, February 24, 1938

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1938-02-24

                Resource type:   text

                Resource type:   letter

                Topics include Judiciary Committee consideration of adding more judgeships.

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

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1939-02-03

                  Resource type:   text

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Topics include Military Affairs Committee; Sub-Committee of the Judiciary on the nomination of Dean Clark of Yale Law School for a judgeship.

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                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, January 10, 1938

                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                    Date:  1938-01-10

                    Resource type:   text

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Topics include Judiciary Committee business; National Labor Relations Board; Anti-Lynching Bill; Conference Report on Farm Bill.

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

                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                      Date:  1939-01-20

                      Resource type:   text

                      Resource type:   letter

                      Topics include Senator Bridges (NH) speech on confirmation of Harry Hopkins as Secretary of Commerce; President Roosevelt's dinner to the Judiciary; Justice Stanley Reed; Chief Justice Charles Hughes.

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                        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, July 22, 1937

                        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                        Date:  1937-07-22

                        Resource type:   text

                        Resource type:   letter

                        Topics include overriding of a Presidential veto, 71 to 19; recommitting of the Court Bill to the Judiciary Committee.

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                          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 24, 1937

                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                          Date:  1937-06-24

                          Resource type:   text

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                          Topics include letters received about Judiciary Committee action on the Court Bill.

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                            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 14, 1939

                            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                            Date:  1939-03-14

                            Resource type:   text

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                            Topics include a Sub-Committee of the Judiciary looking at two bills relating to administrative tribunals.

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                              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 25, 1937

                              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                              Date:  1937-03-25

                              Resource type:   text

                              Resource type:   letter

                              Topics include Court Bill hearings in the Judiciary Committee.

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                                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 9, 1937

                                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                Date:  1937-03-09

                                Resource type:   text

                                Resource type:   letter

                                Topics include Pure Food and Drug Bill; Court Bill hearings in the Judiciary Committee and opposition by Democrats; Guffey Coal Bill.

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                                  Title:   Warren R. Austin letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 18, 1940

                                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                  Date:  1940-12-18

                                  Resource type:   text

                                  Topics include White House reception for the Judiciary; President and Mrs. Roosevelt; Walter-Logan Bill in the House after Presidential veto.

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