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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:   Changing Embargoes for National Defense, October 16, 1939.

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1939-10-16

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Radio address delivered by Senator Austin.

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    Title:   In Commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Ethan Allen on January 10, 1937: Speeches of Warren R. Austin of Vermont and Representative Charles A. Plumley of Vermont in the House of Representatives.

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1937

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 06, 1935

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1935-04-06

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include minority report on the Thirty Hour Bill; Huey Long as a potential candidate for President; dinner hosted by Mildred Austin for the British Ambassador.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 08, 1933

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1933-04-08

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include Emergency Farm Mortgage Act; Presidential power; Agricultural Colleges; Extension Service; Industrial Education.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 10, 1934

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1934-04-10

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include Austin radio broadcast on the air mail issue.

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            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 14, 1934

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1934-04-14

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include Austin radio broadcast on the air mail issue.

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              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 15, 1935

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1935-04-15

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Topics include a speech by Senator Wheeler; Austin assisting Senator McNary, Minority Leader, in the absence of a Minority Whip; Black Thirty Hour Bill.

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                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 16, 1934

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1934-04-16

                Resource type:   text

                Resource type:   letter

                Topics include Austin radio broadcast on the air mail issue.

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                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 21, 1934

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1934-04-21

                  Resource type:   text

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Topics include debate on the air mail issue; Democratic Whip Senator Lewis' entering of Austin's address before the Vermont Bar Association into the Congressional Record.

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                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 22, 1932

                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                    Date:  1932-04-22

                    Resource type:   text

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Topics include Merger bill

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                      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 23, 1935

                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                      Date:  1935-04-23

                      Resource type:   text

                      Resource type:   letter

                      Topics include Farm Owners Loan Bill; Austin's impression of a Huey Long speech listened to by packed galleries.

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                        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 27, 1933

                        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                        Date:  1933-04-27

                        Resource type:   text

                        Resource type:   letter

                        Topics include boundary case; farm relief bill; Roosevelt administration; Congressional powers; Presidential powers.

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                          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 30, 1934

                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                          Date:  1934-04-30

                          Resource type:   text

                          Resource type:   letter

                          Topics include filibuster by southern Senators to prevent consideration of the anti-lynching bill; Senator Glass; Senator Bankhead.

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                            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 1, 1938

                            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                            Date:  1938-04-01

                            Resource type:   text

                            Resource type:   letter

                            Topics include Austin's amendments to an airmail bill; Austin's successful effort to get Senator La Follette to include Puerto Rico in a public health bill.

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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 13, 1939

                                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                Date:  1939-04-13

                                Resource type:   text

                                Resource type:   letter

                                Topics include bill introduced by Austin, Hatch (NM), and Sheppard passed in Senate.

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                                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 16, 1940

                                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                  Date:  1940-04-16

                                  Resource type:   text

                                  Resource type:   letter

                                  Topics include upcoming Republican National Convention; Governor Aiken.

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                                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 17, 1939

                                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                    Date:  1939-04-17

                                    Resource type:   text

                                    Resource type:   letter

                                    Topics include message by President Roosevelt on peace and order of the fleet to the Pacific.

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

                                      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                      Date:  1939-04-19

                                      Resource type:   text

                                      Resource type:   letter

                                      Topics include speech by Senator Norris (NE) answering charges made against him; introduction of a bill by Austin to farmers.

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                                        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 21, 1938

                                        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                        Date:  1938-04-21

                                        Resource type:   text

                                        Resource type:   letter

                                        Topics include court of administrative law; Presidential power.

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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

                                            Resource type:   letter

                                            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 25, 1938

                                              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                              Date:  1938-04-25

                                              Resource type:   text

                                              Resource type:   letter

                                              Topics include message from President Roosevelt about Supreme Court judgment exempting State and Municipal bonds from tax action.

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

                                                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                                Date:  1939-04-25

                                                Resource type:   text

                                                Resource type:   letter

                                                Topics include bill to reimburse Vermont for War of 1812 passes Senate.

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                                                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, April 25, 1940

                                                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                                                  Date:  1940-04-25

                                                  Resource type:   text

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                                                  Topics include centralization of power in the Federal government; President Roosevelt's Reorganization Bill.

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