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Scope and Content Note

Samuel Pettengill Collection

Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Vermont Libraries. Special Collections Burlington, Vermont 05405-3596
Creator
Pettingill, Samuel Barrett,, b. 1886
Title
Samuel Pettengill Collection
ID
mss.050
Date
1939-1949
Extent
1.0 Linear feet 5 boxes
Location
Library Research Annex.
Language
Abstract
Pettengill was a lawyer and a journalist. He served as United States Representative from Indiana. Collection includes eighteen vols. of newspaper columns entitled "Inside Your Congress" written by Pettingill, dealing chiefly with current events on the political scene, including the conduct of World War II, the establisment of the North Atlantic Tready Organization ( NATO ), and the United Nations, and the growing "red scare" over communism. Many of the pages contain annotations and other markings.

Preffered Citation

[Identification of item] Samuel Pettengill Collection, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

Access

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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Biographical Note

Samuel Pettengill was born in Portland, Oregon, on January 19, 1886, and the family moved to Grafton Vermont six years later. He graduated from the Vermont Academy (1904), Middlebury College (1908), Yale Law Department (1911) and was admitted to the bar in 1912. The same year he began practice in South Bend, Indiana, and became successively, a member of the Board of Education (1926-1928), Democratic congressman (1931-1939) and trustee of Middlebury College (1936-1939). In 1939Pettengill voluntarily retired from politicis to begin a career in journalism. For the next ten years he wrote a nationally syndicated column of political commentary entitled "Inside Your Congress," and from 1946 to 1948 he ran a news commentary broadcast over national radio. In conjunction with his journalistic pursuits, Pettengill continued to practice law as vice president and general council for the Transportation Association of America (1943-1945), attorney for the Pure Oil Company of Chicago (1949-1956), and consultant for the Foe Foundation (1956- ?). Mr. Pettengill presently resides in Grafton, Vermont.

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Scope and Content Note

The Samuel Pettengill Collection contains eighteen volumes of newspaper columns written by Pettengill between 1939 and 1949. They deal primarily with current events on the political scene. The columns are arranged chronologically by date and release number. An alphabetical title index preceeds each volume, and there are three general indexes. The most important of these is a general alphabetical title index to the whole collection. There is also a general chronological index which covers the years 1944-1949, and a very general chronological index to the volumes.

When the collection arrived it was housed in nineteen binders. The papers have been transferred to folders and boxed, but the original volume by volume arrangement has been retained.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Congress. 1939-1949.
  • United Nations.
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Genre(s)

  • Scrapbooks
  • Clippings

Subject(s)

  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Internal security
  • Anti-communist movements--United States
  • Politics, practical
  • Communism--United States

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