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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 26, 1938

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1938-04-26

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Topics include speech by Senator Borah on the Big Navy Bill; bankruptcy bill; railroad bill.

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

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1940-04-26

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include Vermont delegation to the Republican National Convention.

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 27, 1938

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1938-04-27

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include Big Navy Bill; Bankruptcy Bill.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 27, 1939

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1939-04-27

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include bill to amend the National Housing Act.

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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 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 3, 1939

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1939-04-03

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Topics include Railroad legislation and the Interstate Commerce Commission law; Senator Bankhead's Cotton Subsidy Bill.

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                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 3, 1940

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1940-04-03

                Resource type:   text

                Resource type:   letter

                Topics include Wisconsin primary, Thomas Dewey, and Senator Vandenberg (MI).

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                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 30, 1936

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1936-04-30

                  Resource type:   text

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Topics include Austin's role in two amendments of the Robinson-Putnam Bill.

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                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 4, 1939

                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                    Date:  1939-04-04

                    Resource type:   text

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Topics include Danby, Vermont Marble to be used in Jefferson Memorial; bill waiving immunity of Federal officers from taxation; speech by Senator Frazier (ND) about confirmation of William Douglas to the Supreme Court.

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                      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 4, 1940

                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                      Date:  1940-04-04

                      Resource type:   text

                      Resource type:   letter

                      Topics include defeat of Senator O'Mahoney (WY) amendment on customs duties and import restrictions; Trade Treaty Bill.

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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, April 5, 1940

                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                          Date:  1940-04-05

                          Resource type:   text

                          Resource type:   letter

                          Topics include Senator McCarran (NV); Trade Treaty Bill.

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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, April 7, 1936

                              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                              Date:  1936-04-07

                              Resource type:   text

                              Resource type:   letter

                              Topics include Austin's commentary on the conduct of an impeachment trial of Judge Ritter of Florida.

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                                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 8, 1938

                                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                Date:  1938-04-08

                                Resource type:   text

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                                Topics include speech by Senator Frazier and Austin's opinion of the tax bill.

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

                                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                  Date:  1939-04-08

                                  Resource type:   text

                                  Resource type:   letter

                                  Topics include filibuster against the appropriation bill.

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

                                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                    Date:  1938-04-09

                                    Resource type:   text

                                    Resource type:   letter

                                    Topics include defeat of Reorganization Bill.

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

                                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                      Date:  1939-08-01

                                      Resource type:   text

                                      Resource type:   letter

                                      Topics include Secretary of War called on Austin; Spending and Lending Bill.

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                                        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, August 13, 1937

                                        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                        Date:  1937-08-13

                                        Resource type:   text

                                        Resource type:   letter

                                        Topics include letter received by Senator McCarran from Mrs. C.G. Austin.

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                                          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, August 13, 1940

                                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                          Date:  1940-08-13

                                          Resource type:   text

                                          Resource type:   letter

                                          Topics include speech by Senator Burke (NE) on the Burke-Wadsworth Conscription Bill; amendment by Senator Lee (OK) on Conscription Bill; acceptance by Wilkie of Republican nomination for President.

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                                            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, August 14, 1940

                                            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                            Date:  1940-08-14

                                            Resource type:   text

                                            Resource type:   letter

                                            Topics include speeches by Senator Taft (OH), Vandenberg (MI), Norris (NE), and Wheeler (MT) against the Conscription Bill; Senator Lee (OK) amendment to the Conscription Bill.

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                                              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, August 20, 1940

                                              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                              Date:  1940-08-20

                                              Resource type:   text

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                                              Topics include debate over Conscription Bill.

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

                                                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                                Date:  1940-08-21

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                                                Topics include debate over Conscription Bill.

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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

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

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