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Collection Summary
Administrative Information
Publication Rights:
Chronological Biography
Scope and Content
Container List
Correspondence, 1910-1962
Speech Files
China Period
U. S. Senate Period
United Nations Period and After
Desk Calendars and Notebooks
Career and Public Life
Annotated Government Documents
Published Material
Biographical, Personal and Memorabilia

Warren R. Austin Collection

Collection Summary

The Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.Burlington, Vermont 05405-3596
Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962.
Warren R. Austin Collection
Date [inclusive]
110 linear feet
Shelf location
For current information on the location of these materials, please contact Special Collections.
The Warren R. Austin papers include correspondence, speeches, and writings, notes and notebooks, legislative bills and drafts, printed and published materials, memoranda, newspaper clippings, documents, and photographs. Organized into seven major series: I. General Correspondence; II. Speeches, speech materials, and writings; III. China period; IV. US Senate; V. United Nations and afterward; VI. Published materials, biographical, personal, and memorabilia; VII. Law career.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Warren R. Austin Collection, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections 1998 


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

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Chronological Biography

1877  Austin, Warren Robinson, born at Highgate, Vt. Nov. 12, 1877, son of Chauncey Goodrich and Ann Mathilda (Robinson) Austin;
1895  Graduated Brigham Academy, Bakersfield, Vt;
1895  Initiated in Alpha Lambda Chapter of Kappa Sigma;
1899  Graduated University of Vermont, Ph.B. 1899;
1899-1902  Studied law with C.G. Austin and Sons;
1901  Married Mildred Marie Lucas, of St. Albans, Vt. June 26;
1902  Son, Warren R. Jr., born Oct. 6;
1902  Admitted to Vt. Bar;
1902-1916  Practiced as a member of father's law firm;
1904-1906  State's Atty. Of Franklin County, Vermont
1906  Admitted to 2nd Circuit, of U.S. Circuit Court;
1907-1915  Appointed U.S. Commissioner;
1908  Chairman of Republican State Convention;
1909  Elected Mayor of City of St. Albans, Vermont;
1910  Son, Edward Lucas, born June 20th;
1912  Delegate of Pres. Of U.S. to the Congress of the Mint;
1914-1941  Elected by Legislature of Vt. As Trustee of UVM and SAC
1914  Admitted to the Supreme Court of the U.S.
1916-1917  In Republic of China, representing the American International Corporation as attorney;
1917  U.S. Court for China in extraterritorial jurisdiction in China, admitted to practice as member of bar;
1917  At UVM, Lecturer on Military Law during World War I;
1917-1931  Practiced law, with hdqrs at Burlington, Vermont
1919  Admitted the District Court of the U.S. for the Eastern District of N.Y.
1922  Burlington Rotary Club-Charter President;
1923  Vermont Bar Association President;
1925-1928  UVM-Medical College, Lecturer on Medical Jurisprudence;
1925-1927  In the Supreme Court of the U.S. Special Attorney for Vermont in boundary case between Vt. And N.H.
1928  Delegate from Vt. To Republican National Convention, Kansas City, Mo. Seconded nomination of Herbert Hoover, corroborating position of Pres. Calvin Coolidge: "I DO NOT CHOOSE TO RUN!"
1931  Initiated member of the Order of AHEPA; May 16th
1931-1934  Elected U.S. Senator from Vt. In special election to complete the unexpired term of Senator Frank Lester Greene
1932  UVM Awarded honorary degree of LL.D.
1932  Elected member and honorary Vice-Pres. Of the Alfalfa Club of Wash. D.C.
1934-1940  Reelected U.S. Senator from Vt.
1935  Philippine Commonwealth Inauguration, appointed visitor; viewed conditions in Japan and China
1935  In Philippines, elected member of Order of the Adventurous Swimmers of Pagansan;
1936  Palestine, studied conditions under Mandate and in Egypt and Italy;
1937  Puerto Rico, studied as Committee of Senate, the Island judicial system;
1938  Alibi Club, Washington, D.C. initiated
1939  Awarded Man of the Year in Kappa Sigma
1940-1946  Reelected U.S. Senator from Vermont
1940  May 29, Address at the unveiling of the painting depicting the signing of the Constitution of the U.S. in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Wash. D.C.
1944  Honorary 33rd Degree Mason, initiated Sept. 17
1944  Columbia University awarded honorary degree LL.D.
1944  Norwich University, awarded honorary degree LL.D.
1945-  Feb. 21 to March 8, 1945, Mexico, D.F. adviser to U.S. Delegation to Inter-American conference on problems of War and Peace; credited with devising the plan ultimately adopted the ACT OF CHAPULTEPEC;
1946  June 5 in the Senate of the U.S. tributes to Warren R. Austin, a Senator from the State of Vermont, relative to his appointment as Representative of the U.S. to the U.N. and to the Security Council;
1946  June 25, in the Senate, tribute by the President (Mr. McKellar) and the response by Mr. Austin, in the Senate, on the nomination to be Representative of the United States to the United Nations and to the Security Council;
1946  Dartmouth College, awarded honorary degree LL.D
1946  University of the State of New York Education Department, Regents, awarded honorary degree LL.D.
1946  June 5, appointed by President Truman as Special Ambassador of the President and Advisor, to be Acting Representative of the United States in the United Nations;
1946  July 4, Elected honorary member in the N.H. Society of Cincinnati;
1946  Aug. 22nd, Biographical sketch in Sat. Eve. Post by Beverley Smith, "A Yankee Meets the World".
1946  Aug. 3, biographical sketch in Colliers by Frank Gervasi, "United Neighbors";
1947  Jan. 13, Patent, Representative of the United States in the UN with rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Ambassador Plenipotentiary;
1947  Award by American Association for the United Nations to the American who had made the most outstanding contribution to the United Nations during the past year;
1947  Washington National Monument Society, elected member, Wash. D.C.
1947  Kindergarten Playmates- Letter to Ambassador Austin for PEACE, Alma M. Haring, Teacher, Horace Mann School, Richmond Hill, New York;
1947  Theodore Roosevelt, Roosevelt Memorial Association, Medal of Honor for distinguished service "If I must choose between righteousness and peace I choose righteousness".
1947  Vt. State Committee of United Service to China, Inc., Honorary Chairman
1947  Library Fellows of the University of Vermont member;
1947  Award "Father of the Year".
1947  Boston University, awarded honorary degree LL.D.
1947  Bates College, awarded honorary degree LL.D.
1947  Princeton University, awarded honorary degree LL.D. (Medallion)
1947  March 30-C.K. Berryman, Washington Star, Cartoon of Trygve Lie and Austin at erection of headquarters of the United Nations; Austin to Lie: "He'll (Uncle Sam) turn his trade over to you when you are ready to handle it" Answer (Lie) "Well spoken, my good friend Warren R. Austin, and more power to you!"
1947  Sept. 16, patent of Warren R. Austin Representative of U.S. to the 2nd Session of the General Assembly (N.Y.)
1947  Lafayette University, awarded honorary degree LL.D.
1947  University of Vermont, awarded honorary degree D.C.L.
1947  Honorary Trustee for the painting "Signing of the Federal Constitution" by Howard Chandler Christy (supra 1940, May 29)
1947  Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, delegate of U.S. to inter-American Conference for Maintenance of Continental Peace and Security (Quitandinha)
1948  American University, Washington, D.C. awarded honorary degree LL.D. (presentation by Baron Silvercruys, Ambassador of Belgium)
1948  National Institute of Social Sciences awarded Gold Medal for distinguished service to humanity;
1948  Congregational Christian Churches of the U.S. at Oberlin, Ohio, awarded churchmanship by the Council for Social Action
1948  University of Vermont, awarded honorary degree Phi Beta Kappa "Pioneer in recognition of the ideals of a United Nations as the ultimate means of peace and security for the peoples of the world" and " A diplomat with indefatigable patience and tolerance"
1948  National 4-H Club presented by the Red Clover and the Caspian Lake 4-H Clubs in the field of humanity in the UN, and in conjunction with the National 4-H theme "Working together for World Understanding", certificate of service;
1948  April 14, patent of Warren R. Austin, Representative of the U.S. to the Special session of the G.A. of the United Nations to be held in New York;
1948  Aug. 11th, patent of Warren R. Austin, Representative of the U.S. of America to the 3rd session of the General Assembly of the UN to be held in Paris, France;
1949  March 2, Patent of Warren R. Austin, Representative of the U.S. to the 3rd session of the G.A. of the UN held in Paris France
1949  Middlebury College, awarded honorary degree LL.D.
1949  Sept. 27, patent of Warren R. Austin, Representative of the U.S. of America to the 4th session of the G/A. Of the UN to be held in N.Y.
1949  International Business Machine Corporation elected honorary member of The Hundred Percent Club
1949  Oct. 24 Silver Trowel engraved " To the Hon. Warren R. Austin Headquarters Advisory Committee from Trygve Lie, Sec. General, United Nations Headquarters Cornerstone ceremony, 14 Oct. 1949
1950  Jan 26, -31- In Cuba on invitation of the Government of Cuba to the Government of the U.S.
1950  Feb. 6, the Cuban Government decorated Ambassador Austin with Cuba's highest honor, the order of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, indicating by this act Cuba's enthusiastic support of the United Nations and of its admiration and respect for Senator Austin and his outstanding record as Permanent Delegate of the United States to the United Nations". (part of a dispatch to Dept. of State of U.S. by Carroll E. Cobb, 2nd Secretary of Embassy of U.S. to Cuba
1950  Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 Virgin Islands (ST. Thomas and Charlotte and Aemelie) and St. Croix
1950  Feb. 2-8 Puerto Rico, Special Session of the G.A. at San Juan in honor of Ambassador Austin;
1950  Feb. 8-11 Dominican Republic-Official guest on good will mission;
1950  Feb. 10, decree translated from Spanish with singular gratification "His Excellency, Pres. Of the Republic of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) by decree number 6358 promulgated the 19th of Feb. 1950, decoration of the Order of Merit, Juan Pablo Duarte in the grade of Grand Cross, being of the highest distinction offered by the Republic"
1950  Feb. 10, University of Santo Domingo, awarded Ambassador Austin honorary degree LL.D.
1950  Feb. 11-16, Republic of Haiti, Official guest of Government; member in ceremony :U.S. Meets a Neighbor" Centennial Exposition at Port-au-Prince (Haiti)
1950  Feb. 16-26 Bahamas Islands- Visit at "Old Fort" built by the Spanish 400 yrs. ago, rebuilt in 1744; Guidam and Helen Cutting hosts, Nassau
1950  March 2 Placed in escrow the Cuban and Dominican decorations in Dept. of State, until authorization is given to accept and use;
1950  March 10, Vermont Warren Austin Day, presentation by American Legion of the State of Vermont and school children of portrait painted by Fritz Werner, unveiled in capitol of State of Vermont; and booklet with preface by A. Luke Crisp, Dept. Commander, the American Legion of Vermont, and edited by Paul R. Teeter;
1950  April 27, dedication to The Guild of the Good Neighbors, 14 Gloucester Place, Parkman Square, London, W.1 delivered by John F. Hutch

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Scope and Content

The Warren Robinson Austin Papers include correspondence, speeches and writings of Austin, notes and notebooks, legislative bills and drafts, printed and published material, memoranda, newspaper clippings, documents, photographs, slides and assorted memorabilia. The 110 linear feet of records are housed in nine file drawers, 110 document boxes, one oversize drawer, and 17 assorted parcels and cartons. The papers, 1877-1962, span Austin's whole career, and are arranged under the headings indicated under the Container List.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Vermont --Trials, litigation, etc.
  • United Nations--History
  • United Nations----Officials and employees, American


  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Correspondence
  • Bills (legislatve records)
  • Clippings
  • Memorandums
  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States--Politics and government
  • Vermont--Boundaries--New Hampshire


  • Lawyers
  • Diplomats


  • Legislators--Vermont
  • Legislators--United States
  • Negotiation

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