Holt, Rush Dew (1905-1955). Papers
Holt, Rush Dew (1905-1955)
98 ft. 5 in. (233 document cases, 5 in. each); (1 document case, 2 1/2 in.); (3 large flat storage boxes, 3 in. each); (1 large flat storage box, 5 in.)
Correspondence and papers of Rush Dew Holt, Lewis County, as a sports writer, teacher, West Virginia state legislator at various dates from 1931 to 1949, and U.S. senator from West Virginia, 1935-1941. Material includes clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, speeches, phonograph recordings, writings, press releases, political cartoons, and printed matter. Also included are personal papers of Dr. M.S. Holt (1850-1939), father of Senator Holt, and Ralph K. Chase (1900-1947), brother-in-law of the senator. Subjects include: state and national politics, 1920-1954; U.S. Senator Matthew M. Neely; the public utilities industry and investigations of it by the West Virginia House of Delegates; the Wheeler-Rayburn Holding Company Act; taxation and the cost of government; the National Recovery Administration; Huey P. Long; organized labor (including the United Mine Workers of America, the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the American Federation of Labor, the Progressive Miners of America, John L. Lewis, and Van A. Bittner); the Works Progress Administration; Harry L. Hopkins; Walter Thurmond; the Guffey Coal Act; the National Bituminous Coal Commission; the National Labor Relations Board; public education; the Supreme Court reorganization bill; the anti-lynching bill; social security and government relief; political patronage and graft; reciprocal trade agreements; the Roosevelt Administration's foreign policy; and the America First Committee. Correspondents include Michael L. Benedum, Van A. Bittner, Hugo L. Black, Harry F. Byrd, William G. Conley, Roy Bird Cook, Charles E. Coughlin, John B. Easton, Andrew Edmiston, James A. Farley, Hamilton Fish, John N. Garner, William Green, Walter S. Hallanan, Sigfrid Hauck, Homer A. Holt, Matthew S. Holt, Harry I. Hopkins, Harold Ickes, Anna Jarvis, Hiram Johnson, John Kee, Robert G. Kelly, H.G. Kump, Robert M. LaFollette, Jr., William Lemke, John L. Lewis, Huey P. Long, Sam Mallison, Clarence W. Meadows, H.I. Mencken, Matthew M. Neely, Gerald P. Nye, George N. Peek, Claude Pepper, Jennings Randolph, John E. Rankin, James Roosevelt, Upton Sinclair, Gerald L.K. Smith, Walter R. Thurmond, Hector B. Trujillo, Harry S. Truman, John R. Turner, Burton K. Wheeler, Walter White, and Aubrey Williams. There are processing notes for the correspondence during the years 1928-1942 which give a fuller description of the collection. The papers of M.S. Holt, Sr., concern the newspaper business, horse breeding, local, state, and national politics, the Socialist Party of West Virginia, and the practice of medicine. There are medical account books, an account book for the Weston REPUBLICAN, ca.1879-1880, and two daybooks for the Weston REPUBLICAN, 1881-1893. The papers of Ralph K. Chase include legal and personal correspondence, law school notebooks, and materials relating to the U.S. Maritime Commission; papers of Andrew E. Holt, brother of Rush D. Holt, and papers relating to the Weston Cash Grocery and other family matters. Also included are seventeen tape recordings of speeches by Senator Holt. For photographs related to this collection, go to wvhistoryonview.org and search for this collection's four digit call number (otherwise known as an a&m number).
A&M No.: 873
The materials are in English
West Virginia & Regional History Collection