Papers of Henry Lewis Stimson, 1867-1950 Author Index Family Correspondence and Other Family Papers



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Edward Rumely.

This segment contains reference material on Edward Rumely's attempt to secure executive clemency in 1923 and 1924 after conviction on conspiracy charges for trading with the enemy during the war. The file contains statements by Rumely, a copy of his petition to President Calvin Coolidge, copies of other petitions in his behalf, copies of Rumely's correspondence with Theodore Roosevelt between 1915 and 1917, and statements by Charles Nagel.

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Edwin Parker Trust.

Organizational material for the Board of Supervising Trustees of the Parker Trust, 1920-1921, has been filmed in this segment. The material includes a copy of the bylaws, copies of the bank's accounts of the estate, the will, the proposals submitted by various universities for their utilization of a grant from the trust, a copy of the agreement with Columbia, and minutes from a trustees' meeting.

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League of Nations.

In this segment are notes by Stimson for and from talks with Elihu Root, a copy of a letter from Root to Colonel Edward House, a memorandum by Stimson on the "salient" points of the league's constitution, and material accumulated between 1919 and 1920 from his work on the New York City Republican Club Committee on National Affairs. Printed material on the league, including speeches and writings of others, and many publications of the League to Enforce Peace have not been filmed.

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Long Island Parkways.

1925-1926

In May, 1925, the Long Island State Park Commission, headed by Robert Moses, released a plan for a new motorway to be built near Highhold. Stimson and his neighbors organized a protest to protect their property. This segment contains extensive correspondence between Moses and Robert deForest, circulars from the Suffolk County Taxpayers' Association, statements by Governor Smith, Stimson's memorandum on his meeting with Moses, notes, maps, and other reference material.



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Military Service.

1917-1918

In this segment are papers relating to Stimson's preparation for and eventual service in the United States Army. Here are notes and memoranda from the Plattsburgh Training Camp and from Stimson's work for the Roosevelt Division. There are reports, correspondence of others, and general orders concerning the mobilization of the National Guard along the Mexican border. A notebook from the general staff school in France has also been filmed. A set of clearance certificates for the men under Stimson's command at Camp Meade is kept with the papers. One certificate has been filmed as an example.



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Miscellaneous Cases.

Memoranda, notes, charts, and reference material relating to U.S. v. Atlas Portland Cement and to the receivers of the Aetna Explosive Company are filmed in this segment.

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Miscellaneous Notes.

This segment is composed of a collection of miscellaneous notes by Stimson and others between 1908 and 1950 on many disparate topics.

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Mortgage Situation.

1934

A reference file of material on the crisis facing the New York City mortgage companies in 1934 has been filmed on this segment. Included are statements by Richard Hurd on the situation and copies of reports and proposals sent to Herbert Lehman by George Alger. In June Stimson's law firm printed a memorandum on the situation. Copies of this memorandum, as well as original drafts, and Stimson's own notes on the situation have also been filmed here..



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Mortgage Tax Bills.

1903-1905

Between 1903 and 1905 Stimson, along with other members of the Bar Association and the 27th Assembly District Republican Club, lobbied against bills in the state legislature to tax the value of mortgages. Copies of the proposed bills, protests by the above mentioned organizations, and other reference material are filmed in this segment.



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National Budget Committee.

1919-1922

The first segment in the reel contains material relating to Stimson's participation on the executive committee of the National Budget Committee. The material dates between 1919 and 1922 and includes memoranda on the committee's organization, a statement of platform, minutes, correspondence of others, publications of the committee, proposed budget bills, and other reference material.



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National Conservation Association.

Stimson served on the executive committee of the National Conservation Association. Filmed in this segment are monthly reports of the association, policy statements, committee reports, printed circulars, and publicity for conventions between 1910 and 1914.

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New York State Reorganization Commission.

1925-1926

The State Reorganization Commission of New York, an advisory committee appointed by Governor Alfred E. Smith to recommend legislation to restructure state government, met between November, 1925 and February, 1926. Stimson chaired the subcommittee on the Executive and State Departments and also served on the executive committee of the commission. This segment contains extensive material on the advisory committee and especially on the work of Stimson's subcommittee. There are reference materials on other states' administrative codes and budgetary procedures, memoranda of Stimson's conferences with other committee members, drafts for the subcommittee's reports on reconstructing the executive and state departments, new proposals for a state executive budget, copies of the reports of the other subcommittees, and drafts for the law enacting the changes proposed by the Reorganization Commission. There is also some correspondence of others.



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Nicaragua.

In 1927 President Coolidge appointed Stimson as special emissary to Nicaragua to mediate in the civil war. Filmed in this reel are memoranda, correspondence of others and background material on Nicaragua. Most documents originating during Stimson's trip to Nicaragua were placed in his diary. Only a few documents from the trip, occasional drafts of policy decisions, and memoranda on fiscal reform, are filmed here. A copy of Stimson's report to Coolidge and Kellogg has also been included. After his return to the United States, Stimson continued to receive information regarding the situation in Nicaragua. Intelligence reports of the United States Marine Corps stationed in Nicaragua and copies of State Department cables and dispatches concerning the situation are among the material of this type that have been filmed. Also filmed here are several reports and photographs from the American Electoral Mission sent by the chairman, Frank R. McCoy.

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Philippines.

This segment includes an itinerary from Stimson's 1926 trip to the Philippines, a report sent to Stimson by J. Mayhew Wainwright on Philippine problems, an itinerary and a few notes from 1928, and considerable correspondence of others. The segment is of minimal value for those interested in Stimson's governor generalship.

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Postwar Military Organizations.

1919-1924

In this last segment is material relating to Stimson's continuing affiliation with the military after discharge in 1918. Stimson belonged to the Seventy-Seventh Division Association, an affiliate of the American Legion. Organizational material for the post is filmed here. Stimson also chaired the Committee for Aid to Disabled Veterans. Minutes from this committee's meetings and reference material from the Ex-Serviceman's Anti-Bonus League conclude this segment.



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Preparedness Organizations.

1915-1918

Stimson joined the executive board of the National Security League in 1915. The league distributed circulars and pamphlets and conducted educational conferences. Copies of league literature and programs from these conferences along with other organizational material are filmed at the beginning of this segment. The league also sponsored Stimson's lecture tour of the Midwest in April, 1917. Itineraries from this trip and resolutions made at rallies are filmed here. Reports, circulars, press releases, minutes of meetings, programs and correspondence of others from many additional preparedness organizations complete this segment. A partial listing of such organizations includes: New York City Mayor's Committee on National Defense, West Hills Rifle Club, Association for National Service, National Association for Universal Military Training, Committee on National Preparedness, National Committee of Patriotic and Defense Societies, and Universal Military Training League. The materials filmed are only a sample; there are approximately two linear feet of additional printed circulars which have not been filmed.



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Reform Organizations.

1895-1915

The period between 1895 and 1915 was ripe with "progressive causes" and reform movements for social and political change. In this segment over two hundred frames of papers from several organizations are filmed: good Government Club, Charity Organization Society, Committee of the Fourteen, Committee on Safety, Citizens' Municipal Committee, New York Short Ballot Organization. These papers include minutes of meetings, financial records, reports, bulletins, notes, circulars, pamphlets and other reference material. In addition there are in this segment papers from woman suffrage and anti-woman suffrage organizations.



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Republican Party.

1894-1904

In the beginning segment of this reel is material from Stimson's earliest efforts in party politics. Filmed here are Republican membership rolls of the 27th Assembly District. Several Republican circulars explaining the new primary law, promoting voter registration, and praising the Republican ticket have been filmed. There are also lists of contributors to the Republican campaign fund between 1902 and 1904.



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Republican Party.

1910

In September, 1910, the Republican convention, meeting in Saratoga, chose Stimson as their gubernatorial candidate. In this segment are the schedule and roster of delegates for the convention, notes and reference material relating to campaign issues, itineraries, statements and correspondence of others supporting Stimson, and financial records. At the end of the segment is a small amount of material relating to the New York Evening Post's charge in December that Stimson was connected with some questionable loans made by the Bank of North America.



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Republican Party.

1913-1920

In 1913 Stimson again engaged in reform efforts within the New York Republican party. At the beginning of the segment there are minutes, resolutions, and research material from party meetings in May and December, 1913. During the spring of 1914 Stimson belonged to the committee of thirty headed by Elihu Root, a committee to prepare the Republican platform on the New York constitutional Convention of 1915. Minutes from committee meetings, committee rosters, correspondence of others, platform drafts, and reports have been filmed. In 1916 Stimson spearheaded a campaign to nominate Elihu Root for the presidency. Lists of potential supporters, canvasses of Root's strength among convention delegates, nominating speeches, and platform planks have been filmed here along with some campaign publicity for the conventions nominee, Charles Evans Hughes. The reel concludes with similar kinds of material for the Republican convention of 1920. In that year Stimson supported the candidacy of Leonard Wood. A few pamphlets of campaign publicity, most dealing with the issue of the League of Nations, have also been filmed.



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Social File.

1912-1950

The material in the social file dates from 1912 to 1950, and is arranged chronologically. Since the bulk of this material originated during Stimson's term as Secretary of State, there are only a few frames of mementos for entertaining done prior to 1929. Between December, 1930 and March, 1933 a file was kept for each occasion and every contemplated event at Woodley, including the traditional New Year's Day breakfast. This file might include a list of guests, a copy of the invitation, letters of acceptance or apology, memoranda regarding preparations, menus, programs, and seating charts. In the social file for the 1930 London Naval Conference are memoranda of hospitality extended to the Stimsons and lists of invitations declined by them as well as rosters of guests invited by them to luncheons and dinners. There is also a small amount of material from the trip to Europe in the summer of 1931. The reel concludes with similar entertainment records for 1933-1950. The amount of entertaining done during these last two decades was much less than in earlier years: a few large receptions for the War Department and military staff and an occasional garden party or luncheon.



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A System of Corporate Law.

In 1893 George Wharton Pepper and William Draper Lewis proposed to edit a book, A System of Corporate Law. They suggested to Stimson that he write a monograph for the book. On the second segment are filmed the contract, outline of the book, drafts by Stimson for the introduction of his monograph, and outlines and notes for various other sections of the work.

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Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Association.

In 1919 Stimson began serving on the executive committee of the Roosevelt Memorial Association. Material in this segment deals with the preliminary organization of the association and includes minutes, statements of objectives, and publicity.

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United States Attorney.

In this segment are courtroom notes, briefs and arguments, copies of indictments, correspondence of others and reference materials relating to Stimson's work as United States attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1906 until 1909. There are also materials relating to his work as special prosecutor in the American Sugar Refining case after 1909.

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War Department.

1911-1913

Following the segment target are notes, memoranda, and financial records from Stimson's inspection trips of United States insular possessions in the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, and western army posts. This segment also includes materials related to the Crowder-Ainsworth controversy and the debate over the Army Appropriations bill: memoranda, analyses of the bill, reports, press statements, copies of Taft's veto message, and reference material. During his term, Stimson considered the regulation of waterpower on navigable streams. Copies of his decisions and reference material for them have been filmed here. At the conclusion of this segment is a paper written by Felix Frankfurter and George H. Shelton, "Secretary Stimson's Administration of the War Department: A Review.".



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Water Power and Public Lands Policy.

From October, 1909 to January, 1910, Stimson and John Bass studied questions of waterpower policy in regard to public lands. Filmed in this segment is reference material on the topic, correspondence of others, and a series of unidentified notes on the questions.

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World War I Relief Organizations.

Stimson worked directly with two relief organizations prior to entering the army in World War I. In this segment there are approximately one hundred frames of agendas of meetings, financial records, bulletins, circulars, and other publicity for the Military Relief Committee of the New York Red Cross and for the Commission for Relief in Belgium.

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Speeches, Writings, and Other Public Statements.

Books.


On Active Service in Peace and War; My Vacations: The reel begins with several hundred frames of carbon copies of letters and memoranda from the files of Harper and Brothers Publishers relating to the printing and distribution of both books. The letters are arranged in chronological order. Transcripts of interviews between McGeorge Bundy and Stimson comprise the majority of material in the segment on On Active Service. There are a few drafts by Stimson for the introduction and for small sections of other chapters, but there is no complete manuscript for the book. The segment on My Vacation is small, containing only preliminary notes and a few incomplete chapter drafts. Stimson's notebooks from hunting trips in the 1890s which relate to the first two chapters of the book have also been filmed here. Again there is no manuscript for the entire work in the papers at Yale.

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Speeches, Writings, and Other Public Statements.

Speeches.

1888-April 1911

Stimson's orations while at Yale; all speeches in the campaign for governor of New York.



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Speeches, Writings, and Other Public Statements.

Speeches.

May 24, 1911-December 11, 1925

Addresses while Taft's secretary of war; speeches on progressivism and the Republican party; all speeches in the campaign for national preparedness and adequate military training.



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Speeches, Writings, and Other Public Statements.

Speeches.

1926-August 1932

As governor-general of the Philippines; as secretary of state; most extensive file is on "The Pact of Paris--Three Years of Development," August 8, 1932.



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Speeches, Writings, and Other Public Statements.

Speeches.

October 1932-August 1948

Addresses in the presidential campaign of 1932; Stafford Little lectures at Princeton University; outspoken pronouncements on United States neutrality policy; all speeches as secretary of war.



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Speeches, Writings, and Other Public Statements.

Statements.

Undated; 1910-April 22, 1939

Includes statements in campaign for governor, 1910; memorandum prepared for the State Department on Tacna-Arica, 1926; transcripts before congressional hearings as secretary of state.



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Speeches, Writings, and Other Public Statements.

Statements.

July 2, 1940-April 1950

Begins with testimony at confirmation hearing on appointments as secretary of war; includes all other congressional testimony and transcripts of press conferences as secretary of war.



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Speeches, Writings, and Other Public Statements.

Writings.

1880-1950

Earliest essays written as a student at Andover through last letter to the editor on the danger of Joseph McCarthy; reel does not include papers on The Far Eastern Crisis, On Active Service, or My Vacation.



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