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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, March 16, 1933

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1933-03-16

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include President Roosevelt's bank bill; Economy bill.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, March 19, 1940

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1940-03-19

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include appropriations for agriculture and President Roosevelt.

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 19, 1933

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1933-05-19

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include Roosevelt in the boat Seqouia on the Potomac; Senator Metcalf's boat Felicia on the Potomac; Fort Washington; impeachment trial of Judge Lauderbach.

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

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1940-05-13

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include Germany in the Netherlands; French, British, and Belgians preparing for battle; President Roosevelt's Reorganization Bill.

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

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1940-05-16

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include visit by Austin to Aberdeen, Maryland to witness an experiment with a new type of bomb; speech by President Roosevelt.

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            Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 2, 1938

            Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

            Date:  1938-05-02

            Resource type:   text

            Resource type:   letter

            Topics include President Roosevelt's message on monopolies.

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              Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 23, 1939

              Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

              Date:  1939-05-23

              Resource type:   text

              Resource type:   letter

              Topics include President Roosevelt message on the New Deal; bill for regulation of transportation.

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                Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 23, 1940

                Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                Date:  1940-05-23

                Resource type:   text

                Resource type:   letter

                Topics include speech by President Roosevelt; appropriations for the War Department and the Navy.

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                  Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 31, 1938

                  Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                  Date:  1938-05-31

                  Resource type:   text

                  Resource type:   letter

                  Topics include President Roosevelt and the Reorganization Bill.

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                    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, May 6, 1940

                    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                    Date:  1940-05-06

                    Resource type:   text

                    Resource type:   letter

                    Topics include speech by Senator McCarran (NV) in opposition to President Roosevelt's Reorganization Bill and the abolishment of the Air Safety Board.

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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:   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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                          Title:   Warren R. Austin letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, September 26, 1940

                          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

                          Date:  1940-09-26

                          Resource type:   text

                          Topics include Austin's successful request for President Roosevelt to appoint an Emergency Board to look at the labor disagreement with the Rutland Railroad; conference report on the Transportation Bill.

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