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Collection 2214 - Burton K. Wheeler Collection, 1924-1973

Creator: Scott, Marion Wheeler, 1925-

Provenance Note: Papers and memorabilia pertaining to U.S. Senator Burton K. Wheeler collected by Marion Montana Wheeler Scott were donated to Special Collections by Mrs. Scott, on May 25, 1990.

Historical Note: Marion Wheeler Scott is the youngest daughter of U.S. Senator Burton K. Wheeler. She was born on April 24, 1925 and grew up in the family home in Washington, D.C. She collected material on her father's career for much of her life and responded favorably to a 1990 request from family members to deposit her material at Montana State University to help build a body of research materials pertaining to the Senator.

Content Description Note: The collection consists of speeches, miscellaneous papers, articles, and correspondence pertaining to the career of Burton K. Wheeler. The material has been organized into four separate series. Series 1 consists of printed and manuscript speeches delivered by Wheeler and others. Series 2 consists of subject files which contain a variety of letters, papers, and memorabilia. Series 3, scrapbooks, holds material about Burton K. Wheeler which were created or collected by Marion Wheeler Scott. Series 4 contains 6 photographs and 1 pencil illustration of Senator Wheeler.

Contents

Series 1 Burton K. Wheeler speeches, 1939-1945
Series 2 Subject files
Series 3 Scrapbooks and Scrapbook Material
Series 4 Photographs and Illustrations 1937 -1970s

Series 1: Burton K. Wheeler Speeches, 1939-1945

Printed and manuscript speeches that were delivered by Burton K. Wheeler between Oct. 31, 1939 and Aug. 8, 1945. Also included are Speeches by Sen. Joseph C. O'Mahoney of Wyoming (1939-1941), Adolph A. Berle, Jr. (Jan. 31, 1940), Sen. Robert M. LaFollette, Jr. (Sept. 11, 1940), and Archbishop Francis J.L. Beckman (June 21, 1941). For notes and other materials used in preparation of speeches see appropriate files in series 2.

Box 1. Speeches Delivered by Burton K. Wheeler
1. United Grocery Manufacturers Convention, Oct. 31, 1939
2. National Assoc. of Manufacturers, Dec. 8, 1939
3. Farmers Union Co-op Convention, Dec. 14, 1939
4. Meeting to Aid Finland, Dec. 20, 1939
5. Christmas Day Message - MT radio stations, Dec. 25, 1939
6. Jackson Day Dinner, Denver, Jan. 8, 1940
7. United Mine Workers, Jan. 26, 1940
8. Virginia Editorial Assoc. Jan. 27, 1940
9. Lincoln Assoc. of Jersey City, NJ, Feb. 12, 1940
10. New England Traffic Club, Feb. 19, 1940
11. 1940 Liberalism, Apr. 23, 1940
12. "Youth -Jobs and War", May 2, 1940
13. Anti-War Mobilization Meeting, June 7, 1940
14. "Keep America Out of War", June 12, 1940
15. Floyd B. Olson Memorial, June 17, 1940
16. Keep America Out of War, June 30, 1940
17. Peace Action Committee of Missouri, July 2, 1940
18. National Democratic Convention, July 14, 1940
19. Opposing Conscription in Peacetime, August 1, 1940
20. "Dangers of Peacetime Conscription", August 13, 1940
21. "Keep Out of War Congress", August 15, 1940
22. "Conscription and National Defense", Aug. 28, 1940
23. "Our Foreign Policy", Oct. 14, 1940
24. "War or Peace", Dec. 30, 1940
25. "Lend-Lease-Give Bill Means War", Jan. 12, 1941
26. "Lend-Lease Bill", Jan. 27, 1941
27. American Coalition Meeting, Jan. 27, 1941
28. "American Enabling Act of 1941", Feb. 1941
29. "America You Will Love War", Feb. 22, 1941
30. "Bill 1776 - The Road to War," March 4, 1941
31. "House Resolution 1776", March 20, 1941
32. America First Committee rally, NY May 23, 1941
33. "Prevent War by Fighting for Peace", May 28, 1941
34. Townsend National Convention, Buffalo, NY, July 4, 1941
35. "So Long as This Country Remains At Peace...", July 28, 1941 [excerpts]
36. America First Committee rally in Oklahoma, Aug. 30, 1941
37. "House Joint Resolution 237", Nov. 5, 1941
38. "Rebuttal to Sen. Murray's Accusations", July 19, 1942
39. "A People's Peace", Sept. 26, 1944
40. "Our Liberal Heritage", Dec. 14, 1944
41. "The Greek Situation", 1944
42. "Samuel F.B. Morse", 1944 [draft with notations]
43. "What is American Foreign Policy?", 1944 [draft with notations]
44. "Power Politics in Europe", Jan. 15, 1945
45. "What's Wrong with Radio", Feb. 1, 1945
46. "American Participation in Wars", Aug. 8, 1945
47. Other speeches and speech fragments

OTHER SPEAKERS
48. Adolph A. Berle, Jr. (Ass. Sec. of State) Jan. 31, 1940
49. Sen. Robert LaFollette, Jr.: Opposing aid to Britain, Sept. 11, 1940
50. Archbishop Francis Beckman, June 21, 1941
51. Joseph C. O'Mahoney 1939-1941
52. Robert M. Hutchins, January 23, 1941

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Series 2: Subject Files, 1937-1946

Letters and telegrams of Burton K. Wheeler, newspaper and magazine articles, legislation introduced by Burton K. Wheeler, speech preparation materials, and political campaign material. Newspaper clippings in folders 12-14 were laid in the scrapbooks in series 3. The files are topically labeled.

Box 2
1. Miscellaneous Correspondence 1940-45
2. Civil Liberties Correspondence 1940-41
3. America First Committee Correspondence 1940-1941
4. Jews/AntiSemitism 1941
5. Committee on Interstate Commerce Defense Resolution 1940
6. Cong. Record on Agriculture 1926-30
7. Cong. Record on Agriculture 1932-39
8. Cong. Record on Foreign Policy 1927-35
9. Cong. Record on Labor 1926-39

Box 3
1. Article for United Features Synd. Oct. 1940
2. Click magazine article on "Columnists" Oct 23, 1940
3. Nassau Lit article "Propaganda and War" June 1941
4. Other articles
5. America First Committee printed materials
6. Magazine articles 1939-1942
7. Election printed material
8. Financial notes
9. Speech preparation materials, manuscript
10. Speech preparation materials, printed
11. Speech preparation materials, printed
12. Newspaper clippings, 1920s-1930s
13. Newspaper clippings, 1940s
14. Newspaper clippings, 1940s
15. Newspaper clippings, 1950s-1970s

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Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1924-1943

Large scrapbooks which hold newspaper clippings about the life of Senator Burton K. Wheeler, 1924-1946. Inclusive dates are approximate.

Box 4
Scrapbook #1 - 1924 Scrapbook of Wheeler clippings
Scrapbook #2 - 1924 Scrapbook of Wheeler clippings
Scrapbook #3 - 1931-1943 Scrapbook of Wheeler clippings

Box 5
Scrapbook #4 - 1937 Scrapbook of Wheeler clippings
Scrapbook #5 - 1941-1943 Scrapbook of Wheeler clippings

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Series 4: Photographs and Illustrations, 1937-1945

Photographs and one original pencil sketch portrait of Burton K. Wheeler done by C.E. Thielke, 1937.

Box 3
Folder 16. Photographs #1-7
#1. Pencil Portrait by C.E. Thielke
#2. 5X8" Photo of Wheeler and Vandenberg (R-Mich) Aug. 1940
#3. 5X8" Wheeler and unknown senator
#4. 5X8" Wheeler, Johnson (CA), and Austin (VT) 1940
#5. 3X5" Buildings
#6. Small Parade Scene
#7. 3x5" Color of older Wheeler, 3 other men

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Updated: 8/1/08