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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

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

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 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, July 30, 1940

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1940-07-30

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include bill to authorize the President to call the National Guard for Federal Service for a year; bill for compulsory military training and service; bill for railroad unemployment insurance.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 22, 1939

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1939-05-22

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include railroad legislation.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 24, 1939

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1939-05-24

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include an amendment by Austin to railroad legislation.

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

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1939-05-25

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include bill for regulation of transportation; Railroad Reorganization; Court Bill.

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              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 5, 1939

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1939-05-05

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Topics include railway legislation concerning bankruptcies and receiverships.

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