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Vermont Congressional Collections Online

The University of Vermont (UVM) is a major repository for Vermont Congressional papers. Special Collections holds the records of over thirty members of Congress from 1791 to the present. Digitized content from a selection of Vermont congressional papers is available in four Center for Digital Initiatives collections.

Dairy and the US Congress documents legislative issues relating to dairy such as milk pricing, subsidies, and oleomargarine. Vermont’s congressional delegation has a long and active history in matters relating to Vermont’s dairy farmers and the dairy industry. George Aiken, Elbert Brigham, James Jeffords, and Patrick Leahy all served on Agriculture committees and their collections document many of the agricultural issues that faced Congress from 1941-1975.

Congressional Speeches features speeches made on the floor of the United States House of Representatives and Senate by Vermont Congressmen. Topics covered include the environment, education, agriculture, World War II and selective service, the Mexican War, the tariff and international trade, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction. The speeches date from 1812 to the present and a wide variety of Congressmen are represented.

Letters Home from Congress features letters written home from 1818-1941 by Warren R. Austin (Senator, 1931-1946), Jacob Collamer (Representative, 1843-1848; Senator, 1855-1865), and Samuel C. Crafts (Representative, 1817-1824; Senator 1842-1843). The letters document travel to and from Washington by horse, boat, train, and airplane; lodging in boarding houses, hotels, and homes; social life in Washington; significant local and national events; and legislative issues under consideration in Congress. Austin’s letters are particularly strong in their coverage of his frustration at being a minority Senator during the era of Roosevelt and the New Deal; his activities on the Judiciary Committee; and foreign affairs questions such as the Neutrality Act. The letters of Crafts and Collamer both extensively cover the question of slavery, discussing Missouri statehood, John Brown, the annexation of Texas, and the Civil War. All three Congressmen frequently discuss questions regarding appropriations and the Federal budget.

Congressional Papers documents selected aspects of the legislative history of Vermont’s members of Congress. In particular, the collection looks at issues that were important for a particular member as well as issues that have been important over time, such as support for dairy farmers, water quality, and slavery. The documents cover the period from 1818-2004.

A fifth collection, Congressional Portraits, includes individual and group portraits of Vermont members of Congress.

 

 

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