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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, November 28, 1937

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1937-11-28

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include President Roosevelt's message on housing.

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

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1939-11-03

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include Conference Report on the Neutrality Act of 1939.

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, November 5, 1936

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1936-11-05

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include comments on 1936 election results.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 18, 1933

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1933-10-18

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include investigating appointments of Receivers in Bankruptcy by Federal judges in California.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 03, 1939

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1939-10-03

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include debate on neutrality.

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            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 10, 1939

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1939-10-10

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include speech by Senator Wagner (NY); embargo repeal and neutrality.

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              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 11, 1939

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1939-10-11

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Topics include speech by Senator Clark (MO) on embargo repeal and neutrality.

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                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 14, 1937

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1937-10-14

                Resource type:   text

                Resource type:   letter

                Topics include lunch with Herber Hoover; Austin's duties as Assistant Minority Leader.

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                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 19, 1939

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1939-10-19

                  Resource type:   text

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Topics include speech by Senator McCarran (NV) on embargo repeal and neutrality.

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                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 25, 1939

                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                    Date:  1939-10-25

                    Resource type:   text

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Topics include embargo repeal and neutrality.

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                      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 26, 1939

                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                      Date:  1939-10-26

                      Resource type:   text

                      Resource type:   letter

                      Topics include speech by Senator Neely (WV) on Hitler.

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                        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, October 9, 1939

                        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                        Date:  1939-10-09

                        Resource type:   text

                        Resource type:   letter

                        Topics include speech by Senator Downey (CA) on coast defenses.

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                          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, September 11, 1939

                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                          Date:  1939-09-11

                          Resource type:   text

                          Resource type:   letter

                          Topics include inspection of Fort Adams.

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

                            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                            Date:  1940-09-11

                            Resource type:   text

                            Resource type:   letter

                            Topics include Export Import Bank and an amendment by Senator Taft (OH); Aiken's primary win for Vermont Senate seat.

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                              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, September 30, 1939

                              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                              Date:  1939-09-30

                              Resource type:   text

                              Resource type:   letter

                              Topics include response to constituents regarding foreign policy.

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

                                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                Date:  1940-09-04

                                Resource type:   text

                                Resource type:   letter

                                Topics include traveling to Washington by air; island leases for military and naval bases.

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                                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, September 5, 1940

                                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                  Date:  1940-09-05

                                  Resource type:   text

                                  Resource type:   letter

                                  Topics include conference report on the Transportation Bill; island leases for military and naval bases.

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                                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, September 7, 1940

                                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                    Date:  1940-09-07

                                    Resource type:   text

                                    Resource type:   letter

                                    Topics include Austin's efforts to help avert a railroad strike in Vermont.

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                                      Title:   Speech by Austin for the Women's National Republican Club, November 10, 1939.

                                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                      Date:  1939-11-10

                                      Resource type:   speech

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                                        Title:   The Tariff Act of 1930: The Flexible Feature and The Tariff Commission / Speech of Warren R. Austin, March 28 & 29, 1932

                                        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                        Date:  1932-03-28 & 1932-03-29

                                        Resource type:   speech

                                        Text of Speech

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                                          Title:   Thirty-Hour Work Week: Minority Views of the Committee on the Judiciary to Accompany S. 87., March 13, 1935

                                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                          Date:  1935-03-13

                                          Resource type:   text

                                          Resource type:   letter

                                          Submitted by Mr. Austin. March 13, 1935.

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                                            Title:   Warren R. Austin letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 29, 1941

                                            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                            Date:  1940-04-29

                                            Resource type:   text

                                            Topics include speech by Senator Tobey (NH) on convoys.

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                                              Title:   Warren R. Austin letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 30, 1941

                                              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                              Date:  1940-04-30

                                              Resource type:   text

                                              Topics include Minister of Foreign Affairs of China.

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                                                Title:   Warren R. Austin letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, December 12, 1931

                                                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                                Date:  1939-12/12

                                                Resource type:   text

                                                Resource type:   letters

                                                Topics include first days in Washington.

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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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