Hallett S. Ward Papers, 1921-1925

Manuscript Collection #53

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Hallett S. Ward Papers
    Creator: Ward, Hallett S. (Hallett Sydney), 1870-1956
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1921-1925) including correspondence, speeches, government pamphlets, congressional records, official reports, etc. concerning service as a member of the US Congress (D-NC). C.
    Extent: 6.51 Cubic feet, 9,000 items , consisting of correspondence, speeches, government pamphlets, Congressional records, official reports, bills, lists, clippings, and personal commentaries.
  • Description
     

    All of the material relates to the four years (1921-1925) during which Ward was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. The greater part of the papers concerns the handling of routine requests from Ward's constituents in the 1st Congressional District of North Carolina and minor correspondence relative to the conduct of his law practice in Washington, North Carolina.

    The collection includes extensive correspondence concerning the status of numerous postmasterships in eastern North Carolina, with comments on the merits of the system and of individuals holding office during that period. Additional voluminous information pertains to the screening of applicants for the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy, a list of applicants (1923-1924), and an example of the general entrance examination for applicants. Other significant quantities of correspondence pertain to pensions for veterans and their families and routine legislation considered by the U.S. House of Representatives (1921-1925).

    Specific items of some interest include discussions on cooperative marketing (1923-1924) and a bulletin published by the State of North Carolina presenting the agricultural state of affairs in this area (1920). Business correspondence concerns animal husbandry, botanic gardens, and the effects of the boll weevil on rural economies.

    Several aspects of education are considered within the collection. Among these are the status of Negro education in North Carolina (1924), the educational system within the District of Columbia (1922-1923), and two bills proposing the establishment of a cabinet-level Department of Education: the Towner-Sterling Bill (1921) and the Smith-Towner Bill (1922).

    During Mr. Ward's tenure of office, the question of judicial reapportionment in North Carolina was particularly important. This collection includes detailed lists and extensive correspondence relative to the creation of a third Federal Judicial District in this state, and includes an examination of the Overman Bill (1924-1925) which was designed to achieve that reapportionment.

    Interesting personal narratives by Ward present his views on the state of affairs and overall conditions in Haiti and the Panama Canal Zone.

    Surveys of coastal waterways and the condition of rivers, bridges, and roads within North Carolina are often discussed. In addition to the major groups of papers on this subject, passing references are frequently made to the topics in Ward's personal correspondence.

    Additional legislation of some significance includes proposals for, and correspondence on, the subject of child labor (1921, 1924), the creation of a national police bureau (1923), the status of the civil governments in Puerto Rico and the Philippine Islands, the tariff proposals of 1921 and 1922, the Soldier's Adjusted Compensation Bill (1922), the need for a reorganization of the national defense structure, and the establishment of an air mail service (1921).

    Perhaps the two most interesting items are a list of those members of Congress who made up the so-called "Farm Bloc"(1924) and a purported "Oath of the Knights of Columbus" submitted in testimony of a Congressional committee (1924). This "Oath," while later proven to be a forgery, presents the image of an armed, militant, Catholicism preparing to do battle for the Church.

    Numerous lists of schoolteachers, registrars, ministers, newspapers, schools, and voters appear in the collection.

    For additional information see Junius D. Grimes Papers (#571).

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    March 20, 1968, 4 cubic feet; official files (1921-1925) of Congressman Hallett S. Ward. Material includes correspondence, reports, bills and resolutions, and printed material. Gift of Mrs. Ida W. Grimes, Washington, N. C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Ida W. Grimes

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Hallett S. Ward Papers (#53), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by A. Sabrosky

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

Container List

Personal Correspondence, E-H
Personal Correspondence, I-M
Personal Correspondence, N-S. Contains folders a–b.
Personal Correspondence, N-S. Contains folder c.
Personal Correspondence, T-Z
  • Miscellaneous Notes (1920-1924)
     
    Purported "Oath of the Knights of Columbus" and correspondence concerning U.S. Coast Guard matters, the Wheat Growers Association and postal service routes and employees
    Speeches concerning the 1920 general election, Farmer Loan Bank legislation, an Army bill, the Child Labor Constitutional Amendment, and Hallett Ward's observations on life in Haiti, Panama Canal Zone and Cuba
    Claims cases correspondence concerning many topics and the explosion, fire, and sinking of the steamship MARNE in Cristobal Harbor, Panama Canal Zone (January 22, 1920)
Requests for Debate Materials, Maps, Digests, Manuals. Contains folder a.
Requests for Debate Materials, Maps, Digests, Manuals. Contains folders b–d.
Department of Agriculture: Correspondence and Information. Contains folders a–c.
Department of Agriculture: Correspondence and Information. Contains folders d–h.
Department of Agriculture: Correspondence and Information. Contains folders a–e.
Department of Agriculture: Correspondence and Information. Contains folder f.
Department of Agriculture: Correspondence and Information
Department of Commerce: Correspondence and Information
Department of the Interior: Correspondence and Information
Bureau of Fisheries and Lighthouses: Correspondence and Information
Civil Service: Correspondence and Information
Department of the Navy: Correspondence and Information
Post Office: General Notes
Post Office: Postmasterships Correspondence (Towns A-F)
Post Office: Postmasterships Correspondence (Towns G-O)
Post Office: Postmasterships Correspondence (Towns P-Z)
Post Office: Postmasterships Correspondence
  • Department of the Treasury: Correspondence and Information
     
    Jethro H. Midgett file (U.S. Coast Guard Service)
    U.S. Coast Guard Supply Boat #1949 (later known as #A.B.21)
    U.S. Public Health Service
    Prohibition Commissioners
    Federal Land Bank and Farm Loan Bank
    Miscellaneous Correspondence
War Department--Chief of Engineers: Correspondence and Information Related to River and Bridge Projects in Eastern North Carolina
War Department: Correspondence and Information Related to Requests for Discharges and Miscellaneous Topics
War Department: Correspondence and Information Related to the Survey of Waterways in Eastern North Carolina, and the Bonus Bill
  • Legislation: Correspondence and Information
     
    Legislation concerning free distribution of bulbs, shrubs and seeds
    Congressional Record distribution
    Overman Bill (1924-1925) to create a third Federal Judicial District
    Miscellaneous bills, and a list of Farm Bloc Congressional members (1924)
    Distribution of Farmer's Year Book
  • Legislation: Correspondence and Information
     
    Air Mail Service
    Armenia
    Migratory Bird Refuge Act; the Federal Public Shooting Ground and Bird Refuge Act
    Agriculture Bill; Army Mine Planter Service; Anti-Lynching Bill; Base Pay for Surfmen in the Coast Guard Bill
  • Legislation: Correspondence and Information
     
    (Soldiers') Adjusted Compensation Bill through Bursum Pension Bill (emphasis on the WWI Soldiers Bonus Bill and the Soldier's Adjusted Compensation Bill)
    Bill for Relief of E. A. Beals for compensation in the loss of his schooner CARRIE BELL
    Calcium Arsenate Industry through District of Columbia (includes Calder Bill to create a National Police Bureau, Child Labor Amendment, Cooperative Marketing, and Coast Guard topics, etc.)
    Education Bills (create a Cabinet level Dept. of Education; regulate District of Columbia education system) and the Edmonds Bill
  • Legislation: Correspondence and Information
     
    Fisheries (includes also a blueprint for Reopening New Inlet near Rodanthe, Dare Co., N.C.)
    Peanut Growers' Exchange and peanut cleaners dispute
    Philippines; Puerto Rico
    Farm Loan Bill and the Federal Reserve System
    Miscellaneous Bills Concerning Post Offices, Muscle Shoals, etc.
    Miscellaneous Bills Concerning the Linthicum Fish Bill, Bureau of Lighthouses, Migratory Fish Bill, Logan Mental Anquish Bill, etc.
  • Legislation: Correspondence and Information
     
    Post Office related bills
    Small Claims Brought By Businesses Against Railroads
    Small Claims Brought By Businesses Against Railroads
    Miscellaneous Bills Related to Revenue, Post Office Workers, Railway Mail Clerks, etc.
U.S. Military Academy: General Data; Applicants Files
U.S. Military Academy: Applicants Files
U.S. Military Academy: Miscellaneous Items; U.S. Naval Academy: Applications, Nominations (1923-1924)
U.S. Naval Academy: Applicants Files
Lists: Registrars of 1st Congressional District, Teachers, Schools
Lists: Miscellaneous, Photographs

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Container List

Personal Correspondence, E-H
Personal Correspondence, I-M
Personal Correspondence, N-S. Contains folders a–b.
Personal Correspondence, N-S. Contains folder c.
Personal Correspondence, T-Z
  • Miscellaneous Notes (1920-1924)
     
    Purported "Oath of the Knights of Columbus" and correspondence concerning U.S. Coast Guard matters, the Wheat Growers Association and postal service routes and employees
    Speeches concerning the 1920 general election, Farmer Loan Bank legislation, an Army bill, the Child Labor Constitutional Amendment, and Hallett Ward's observations on life in Haiti, Panama Canal Zone and Cuba
    Claims cases correspondence concerning many topics and the explosion, fire, and sinking of the steamship MARNE in Cristobal Harbor, Panama Canal Zone (January 22, 1920)
Requests for Debate Materials, Maps, Digests, Manuals. Contains folder a.
Requests for Debate Materials, Maps, Digests, Manuals. Contains folders b–d.
Department of Agriculture: Correspondence and Information. Contains folders a–c.
Department of Agriculture: Correspondence and Information. Contains folders d–h.
Department of Agriculture: Correspondence and Information. Contains folders a–e.
Department of Agriculture: Correspondence and Information. Contains folder f.
Department of Agriculture: Correspondence and Information
Department of Commerce: Correspondence and Information
Department of the Interior: Correspondence and Information
Bureau of Fisheries and Lighthouses: Correspondence and Information
Civil Service: Correspondence and Information
Department of the Navy: Correspondence and Information
Post Office: General Notes
Post Office: Postmasterships Correspondence (Towns A-F)
Post Office: Postmasterships Correspondence (Towns G-O)
Post Office: Postmasterships Correspondence (Towns P-Z)
Post Office: Postmasterships Correspondence
  • Department of the Treasury: Correspondence and Information
     
    Jethro H. Midgett file (U.S. Coast Guard Service)
    U.S. Coast Guard Supply Boat #1949 (later known as #A.B.21)
    U.S. Public Health Service
    Prohibition Commissioners
    Federal Land Bank and Farm Loan Bank
    Miscellaneous Correspondence
War Department--Chief of Engineers: Correspondence and Information Related to River and Bridge Projects in Eastern North Carolina
War Department: Correspondence and Information Related to Requests for Discharges and Miscellaneous Topics
War Department: Correspondence and Information Related to the Survey of Waterways in Eastern North Carolina, and the Bonus Bill
  • Legislation: Correspondence and Information
     
    Legislation concerning free distribution of bulbs, shrubs and seeds
    Congressional Record distribution
    Overman Bill (1924-1925) to create a third Federal Judicial District
    Miscellaneous bills, and a list of Farm Bloc Congressional members (1924)
    Distribution of Farmer's Year Book
  • Legislation: Correspondence and Information
     
    Air Mail Service
    Armenia
    Migratory Bird Refuge Act; the Federal Public Shooting Ground and Bird Refuge Act
    Agriculture Bill; Army Mine Planter Service; Anti-Lynching Bill; Base Pay for Surfmen in the Coast Guard Bill
  • Legislation: Correspondence and Information
     
    (Soldiers') Adjusted Compensation Bill through Bursum Pension Bill (emphasis on the WWI Soldiers Bonus Bill and the Soldier's Adjusted Compensation Bill)
    Bill for Relief of E. A. Beals for compensation in the loss of his schooner CARRIE BELL
    Calcium Arsenate Industry through District of Columbia (includes Calder Bill to create a National Police Bureau, Child Labor Amendment, Cooperative Marketing, and Coast Guard topics, etc.)
    Education Bills (create a Cabinet level Dept. of Education; regulate District of Columbia education system) and the Edmonds Bill
  • Legislation: Correspondence and Information
     
    Fisheries (includes also a blueprint for Reopening New Inlet near Rodanthe, Dare Co., N.C.)
    Peanut Growers' Exchange and peanut cleaners dispute
    Philippines; Puerto Rico
    Farm Loan Bill and the Federal Reserve System
    Miscellaneous Bills Concerning Post Offices, Muscle Shoals, etc.
    Miscellaneous Bills Concerning the Linthicum Fish Bill, Bureau of Lighthouses, Migratory Fish Bill, Logan Mental Anquish Bill, etc.
  • Legislation: Correspondence and Information
     
    Post Office related bills
    Small Claims Brought By Businesses Against Railroads
    Small Claims Brought By Businesses Against Railroads
    Miscellaneous Bills Related to Revenue, Post Office Workers, Railway Mail Clerks, etc.
U.S. Military Academy: General Data; Applicants Files
U.S. Military Academy: Applicants Files
U.S. Military Academy: Miscellaneous Items; U.S. Naval Academy: Applications, Nominations (1923-1924)
U.S. Naval Academy: Applicants Files
Lists: Registrars of 1st Congressional District, Teachers, Schools
Lists: Miscellaneous, Photographs


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