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RG1675.AM:  James Earnest Lawrence, 1889-1957



Papers:  1910-1957

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.:  Journalist

Size:  23.5 cu.ft.; 38 boxes



BACKGROUND NOTE



James Earnest Lawrence was born in 1889 in Gage County, Nebraska, where he started in journalism as a reporter. In 1906 he entered the University of Nebraska and took a reporting job with the Lincoln Star. In 1918 he joined the University faculty in the journalism department, and in 1922 he became editor of the Star. While editor Mr. Lawrence became a close friend and associate of George W. Norris whom he supported throughout his career. In the later years of Senator Norris’ life, Mr. Lawrence collaborated with him in the writing of his biographical work, The Fighting Liberal. Lawrence was a strong “New Dealer” and strong supporter of the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. In the 1930s Lawrence worked hard for the creation of the Tri-County system and many other irrigation and power projects. He remained an active and respected journalist until his death in 1957 in Lincoln.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The Lawrence collection is arranged in five series: 1) Correspondence, 1910-1957; 2) Federal Projects; 3) Printed matter; 4) Miscellaneous; and 5) Newspapers and press notices. The bulk of the material in this collection dates from 1930-1940. The majority of the correspondence relates to Lawrence’s political activities for George W. Norris and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and to his position as a member of the Nebraska Advisory Board. The collection includes materials relating to irrigation: Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation project, Loup River projects, Imperial Valley project, and the Benkelman-Haigler-Arikara project. Also included is information relating to the Roosevelt Library, P.W.A. and the W.P.A, among other topics.



Correspondents include: Ned Abbott, 1945; Grace Abbott, 1936; Bess Streeter Aldrich, 1946; E.A. Burnett, 1933-1935; Hugh Butler, 1955; Bernard Baruch, 1933; R.O.Canaday, 1933-39; Harry Chrisman, 1943; Calvin Coolidge, 1912,1923; L.L. Coryell, 1932; Charles Q. DeFrance, 1932; James A. Farley, 1932; John Nance Garner, 1935; Harold l. Ickes, 1933-1934; Val Kuska, 1933-1935; Alf Landen, 1935; John Latenser, Jr., 1932-1935; Robert F. LaFollette, 1923; George W. Norris, 1933-1946; John P. Robinson, 1939-1949; Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1930-1938; Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, 1932; Mari Sandoz, 1935-1945; A.C. Shallenberger, 1925-1934; John P. Senning, 1932, 1935; A.E. Sheldon, 1935-1942; Dan V. Stephens, 1933-1938; J. Hyde Sweet, 1933-1944; William L. Shirer, 1945; William Howard Taft, 1910; Dr. Don W. Kinsley, 1933-1939.



The overall physical arrangement of the correspondence in boxes 1-12 is chronological, by year and month in which each letter was written. A “Correspondence Calendar” provides a further intellectual arrangement for the letters by listing the names of the correspondents alphabetically for each box, and dividing the box further into “Incoming” and “Outgoing” and “Miscellaneous” correspondence. The date of each letter is listed beside the name of the correspondent. Researchers looking for letters to and from a specific person should search for that person in the calendar for each box, and under each category heading: incoming, outgoing, and miscellaneous. The correspondence calendar is available on-site and electronically by request.



Boxes 11 and 12 contain alphabetized correspondence dealing specifically with Federal power and irrigation projects. Boxes 34-38 are unprocessed and contain manuscript drafts, press releases and clippings, correspondence, and other miscellaneous materials.



Note:  See the photo component [RG1675.PH] for related images. See the NSHS Library Catalog and the Nebraska History index for published materials by/about James E. Lawrence. The NSHS also holds the papers of George W. Norris [RG3298] and George P. Kingsley [RG2999] (which relates to the Tri-County Project).



DESCRIPTION



Series 1 – Correspondence, 1910-1957


Box 1

Folder

  1. Photocopies

  2. 1910-1919 (Morris, Taft)

  3. 1920-1929 (LaFollette, Norris, Coolidge, Shallenberger, Tri County)

  4. 1930 (Norris, F.D.R.)

  5. 1931 (Norris, Murphy, Family)

  6. 1932 (Norris, Roosevelt, Tatenser, Coryell)

  7. 1933, Jan.-Feb.

  8. 1933, Mar.

  9. 1933, Apr.

  10. 1933, May-June

  11. 1933, July

  12. 1933, Aug.

  13. 1933, Sept.

  14. 1933, Oct.

  15. 1933, Nov.

  16. 1933, Dec.


Box 2

Folder

  1. 1934, Jan.

  2. 1934, Feb.

  3. 1934, Mar.

  4. 1934, Apr.

  5. 1934, May

  6. 1934, June

  7. 1934, July

  8. 1934, Aug.

  9. 1934, Sept.-Oct.

  10. 1934, Nov.

  11. 1934, Dec.

  12. 1935, Jan.

  13. 1935, Feb.

  14. 1935, Mar.

  15. 1935, Apr.

  16. 1935, May

  17. 1935, June

  18. 1935, July

  19. 1935, Aug.

  20. 1935, Sept.

  21. 1935, Oct.

  22. 1935, Nov.

  23. 1935, Dec.


Box 3

Folder

  1. For Senator Committees, 1936, Sept.

  2. Norris For Senator, 1936, Oct. 1-15

  3. Norris For Senator, 1936, Oct. 16-31

  4. Norris For Senator, 1936, Nov.

  5. Norris For Senator, duplicates, 1936, Oct.

  6. Norris For Senator, duplicates, 1936, Nov.

  7. Norris For Senator, duplicates, 1936, Nov.


Box 4

Folder

  1. Contributions, 1936

  2. 1936, A-B

  3. 1936, C-D

  4. 1936, E-F


Box 5

Folder

  1. 1936, G-H (including Good Neighbor League and Hastings, Nebraska)

  2. 1936, I-K

  3. 1936, L (including Labor, and Loup River Irrigation)

  4. 1936, M (including McCook)

  5. 1936, N-P

  6. 1936, Q-R


Box 6

Folder

  1. 1936, R-Roosevelt Committee

  2. 1936, S-Scotts Bluff

  3. 1936, S-Speakers

  4. 1936, S-Simmons, Speaking Engagements

  5. 1936, T-W

  6. 1936, Y-York


Box 7

Folder

  1. 1936, Jan.

  2. 1936, Feb.

  3. 1936, Mar.

  4. 1936, Apr.

  5. 1936, May

  6. 1936, June

  7. 1936, July

  8. 1936, Aug.

  9. 1936, Sept.

  10. 1936, Oct.

  11. 1936, Nov.

  12. 1936, Dec.

  13. 1937, Jan.-Apr.

  14. 1937, May-June

  15. 1937, July-Dec.


Box 8

Folder

  1. 1938, Jan.-Mar.

  2. 1938, May-July

  3. 1938, Aug.-Oct.

  4. 1938, Nov.-Dec.

  5. 1939, Jan.

  6. 1939, Feb.

  7. 1939, Mar.

  8. 1939, Apr.

  9. 1939, May

  10. 1939, June

  11. 1939, July 1-20

  12. 1939, July 21-31


Box 9

Folder

  1. 1939, Aug.

  2. 1939, Sept.-Oct.

  3. 1939, Nov.-Dec.

  4. 1940, Jan.-Mar.

  5. 1940, Apr.-May

  6. 1940, June-July

  7. 1940, Aug.-Oct.

  8. 1941 (Lawrence, Robertson)

  9. Norris For Senator, 1942, Oct.

  10. 1942, Jan.-Feb.

  11. 1942, Mar.

  12. 1942, Apr.-May

  13. 1942, June-Nov.


Box 10

Folder

  1. 1943, Jan.-Apr.

  2. 1943, May-Aug.

  3. 1943, Sept.-Nov.

  4. 1944, Jan.-Feb.

  5. 1944, Mar.-May

  6. 1944, June-Aug.

  7. 1944, Sept.-Dec.

  8. 1945, Jan.-Mar.

  9. 1945, Apr.

  10. 1945, June-Dec.

  11. 1946

  12. 1947-1948

  13. 1949 (Norris, Robertson)

  14. 1950-1954

  15. 1957

  16. Misc. Undated


Box 11

Folder

  1. 1933-1936, A

  2. 1933-1936, B

  3. 1933-1936, C

  4. 1933-1936, D

  5. 1933-1936, E

  6. 1933-1936, F

  7. 1933-1936, G

  8. 1933-1936, H

  9. 1933-1936, I

  10. 1933-1936, J


Box 12

Folder

  1. 1933-1936, K

  2. 1933-1936, L

  3. 1933-1936, M

  4. 1933-1936, N

  5. 1933-1934, O

  6. 1933-1936, P

  7. 1933-1936, Q

  8. 1933-1939, R

  9. 1933-1936, S

  10. 1933-1935, T

  11. 1933-1950, W-Z



Series 2 – Federal Projects, 1930-1940


Box 13

Folder

  1. Loup River Projects, 1933

  2. Loup River Projects, 1934

  3. Loup River Projects, 1935

  4. Loup River Projects, 1936

  5. Loup River Projects, 1938

  6. Loup River Projects, 1939

  7. Benkelman-Haigler-Arikara Public irrigation District, 1933-1938

  8. Imperial Valley, 1933-1935

  9. P.W.A., 1933-1934

  10. Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District, 1933-1940


Box 14

Folder

  1. WPA District Personnel Lists

  2. WPA Personnel Lists

  3. WPA Correspondence

  4. Roosevelt Library Association

  5. Re-Employment Service


Box 15

Folder

  1. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, A

  2. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, B

  3. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, C

  4. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, D

  5. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, E

  6. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, F

  7. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, G

  8. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, H

  9. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, I-J

  10. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, K

  11. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, L

  12. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, M

  13. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, N

  14. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, O

  15. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, P

  16. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, R-S

  17. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, S

  18. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, T

  19. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, U-V

  20. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects, X

  21. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects

  22. Nebraska Advisory Committee Projects and Hearings


Box 16

Folder

  1. Applications for grants of money under W.P.A.


Box 17

Folder

  1. Applications for grants of money under W.P.A.


Box 18

Folder

  1. 1933, Tri-County (Ieukes, Latenser, Canaday, Stephens)

  2. 1934, Tri-County (Roosevelt, Canaday, Latenser, Kingsley)

  3. 1935, Tri-County (Kingsley, Cannaday, Kuska)

  4. 1936, Tri-County (Kingsley)

  5. 1937, Tri-County (Kingsley, Canaday)

  6. 1938, Tri-County (Kingsley, Canaday)

  7. 1939, Tri-County (Kingsley, Canaday)

  8. Tri-County Associated Materials



Series 3 – Printed Matter


Box 19 (State and Federal project reports)

Folder

  1. The Corps of Engineers in Missouri – July 1950

  2. Special Survey Report of the Department of Public Works Bureau of Irrigation Water Power and Drainage of the State of Nebraska – Submitted Nov. 19, 1931

  3. Report of the Mississippi Valley Committee of the Public Works Administration – Submitted Oct. 1, 1934

  4. Report on the Progress of The Works Program – Dec. 1937

  5. Report on Capacity of Flood Water Channels – Sanitary District No. 1 of Lancaster County – March, 1943

  6. Report and Estimates Lancaster County Rural Public Power District

  7. Foreign Crops and Markets – Reprint from issue of Nov 25, 1935

  8. Ag Products Affected by Concessions Obtained or Granted by the US in the Ten Trade Agreements Concluded to Date – Feb. 12, 1936

  9. Progress Report on the Ground-Water Hydrology of the Republican and Frenchman River Valleys – US Dept. of Interior, Aug. 1948

  10. Report – Genoa Columbus Development – Jan. 1911


Box 20

Folder

  1. Programs and Reports

  2. Printed Matter – Congressional Record, 1928-1945

  3. Congressional Record & Nebraska Legislation, 1932-1938

  4. Speeches, Experts from the Congressional Record – Addresses Letters – Reports

  5. Printed Matter – Pearl Harbor


Box 21

Folder

  1. Printed Matter: Dams

  2. Printed Matter: State Irrigation

  3. Printed Matter: State Sup. Court


Box 22

Folder

  1. Printed Matter: Government Publications


Box 23 (State and federal publications)

Folder

  1. Printed Matter: Nebraska

  2. Printed Matter: Pamphlets, Programs, etc.

  3. Printed Matter



Series 4 – Miscellaneous


Box 24

Folder

  1. Printed Matter: Pamphlets, Bulletins

  2. Class Record Book

  3. Scrapbook of clippings on Harry G. Conklin

  4. Personal Record Book


Box 25

Folder

  1. George W. Norris, The Fighting Liberal

  2. Notes and proof sheets [copy in library]


Box 26

Folder

  1. Checks, bank & tax records


Box 27

Folder

  1. General Topics

  2. Norris

  3. Press Releases

  4. Biographical (Wyer, Griswold, Train, Pershing, Hickouck, Chamberlin, Berge, Sheldon, Stephens)

  5. Editorials: Conklin case

  6. Public Power, Irrigations

  7. Speeches

  8. Simmons’ Voting Records


Box 28

Folder

  1. Manuscripts, Radio scripts, Speeches


Box 29

Folder

  1. Railroad route maps, war news maps


Box 30

Folder

  1. Campaign Advertising

  2. Newspaper Advertising

  3. James Earnest Lawrence No. 4 Nebraska State Capital

  4. Campaigns

  5. Miscellaneous


Box 31

Folder

  1. Editorials

  2. Miscellaneous Legislature Addresses

  3. Miscellaneous

  4. Campaign 1942 Financial


Box 32

Folder

  1. Miscellaneous


Box 33

Folder

  1. Political Posters, Pamphlets

  2. Miscellaneous



Boxes 34-38 (Unprocessed)



Manuscript drafts

Press releases and clippings

Correspondence

Miscellaneous



 



ADDED ENTRIES:



Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District

Irrigation — Nebraska

Journalists — Nebraska

Latenser, John, 1888-1978

Lawrence, James Earnest, 1889-1957

Nebraska — Public works

Nebraska Advisory Committee

Norris, George William, 1861-1944

Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, 1882-1945

Tri-County Irrigation Project (Neb.)

Water-power — Nebraska

Water-storage — Nebraska



 



HEK/mm   06-29-1965

Encoded TMM   06-01-2010