Richard Olney papers, 1830-1928 (bulk 1893-1917)

Olney, Richard, 1835-1917


28,000 items.
159 containers plus 1 oversize.
62 microfilm reels.
33 linear feet.
Arranged in six series. Series 1: General Correspondence and Related Material, 1830-1925; Series 2: Letterbooks, 1887-1917; Series 3: Special Correspondence and Indexes, 1892-1922; Series 4: Subject File, 1891-1928; Series 5: Speech and Article File, 1890-1917; and Series 6: Miscellany (Oversize), 1861.
Correspondence, letterbooks, memoranda, drafts of speeches and articles, reports, subject files, legal records, newspaper clippings, printed material, and other papers relating primarily to Olney's activities as U.S. attorney general and secretary of state during Grover Cleveland's presidential administration. Also includes material pertaining to his Boston, Mass., law practice. Subjects include pre-World War I American foreign policy; canal through Nicaragua or Panama; Democratic Party politics; the 1895 Cuban revolution; farmers' protest and labor strife following the Depression of 1893; the proposed arbitration treaty with Great Britain; difficulties with Great Britain over the Bering Sea fisheries dispute and Venezuela-British Guiana boundary dispute; the landmark court decisions of the 1890's; insurrections in the Philippines during the Philippine American War, 1899-1902; the Pullman Strike of 1894; railroads especially the Boston and Maine Railroad, Northern Pacific Railway Company, and Southern Pacific Company; Sherman Anti-Trust Act; Silver Purchase Act of 1894; and trade-unions. Also includes research files collected by Olney's biographer, Henry James (1879-1947).
Correspondents include Alvey A. Adee, Edwin Farnsworth Atkins, Clara Barton, Thomas F. Bayard, French Ensor Chadwick, Grover Cleveland, Josephus Daniels, Enrique Dupuy de Lôme, Charles William Eliot, Samuel Gompers, Walter Quintin Gresham, Benjamin Harrison, John Hay, George Frisbie Hoar, Daniel Scott Lamont, Robert Lansing, Henry Cabot Lodge, S.S. McClure, William McKinley, Peter B. Olney, Walter Hines Page, Baron Julian Pauncefote, Robert A. Pinkerton, James Roosevelt Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, James Brown Scott, George W. Smalley, Ida M. Tarbell, Booker T. Washington, Henry White, and Woodrow Wilson.
U.S. attorney general, U.S. secretary of state, and lawyer.
Open to research.
Microfilm edition available, no. 17,389.
Microfilm produced from originals in the Manuscript Division Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1978.
In part, typewritten transcripts and handwritten copies from originals in the Manuscript Division Antoinette M. Straw [Place of transcription and reproduction unidentified].
Collection material in English.
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