Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Frank Smithwick Hogan papers, 1932-1975

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0605
Bib ID 4078904 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Hogan, Frank Smithwick, 1902-1974
Title Frank Smithwick Hogan papers, 1932-1975
Physical Description 18.77 linear feet (45 document boxes)
Language(s) English .

The following boxes are located offsite: 2-45. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room

This collection has no restrictions.




Personal correspondence, speeches, subject files, photographs, and printed and miscellaneous material of Hogan. The correspondence, speeches, and other material relate primarily to his activities as District Attorney, and to his unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate, 1958. The papers also reflect Hogan's deep concern for Columbia University, as a Trustee and a member of numerous alumni committees. Among the major correspondents are Harry J. Carman, Dwight David Eisenhower, Robert F. Kennedy, Arthur Hays Sulzburger, and Herbert Bayard Swope.

1990 addition: Datebooks for the following years: 1933-1937; 1938 (2 vols.); 1939-1940; 1941 (2 vols.); 1942-1953; 1955-1962; 1964; 1966 (2 vols.); 1969-1971; 1972 (2 vols.); and 1973; the datebooks contain mainly times for each day's appointments. The collection also includes diaries for 1932-1934; 1936; 1940; 1945-1954; 1955 (2 vols.); 1956-1963; 1965 (2 vols.); 1966; 1967 (2 vols.); and 1969-1971; the diaries contain commentary on daily events, descriptions of books read for pleasure, and travel notes. Among the personal memorabilia are plaques, awards, several plates, numerous photographs of Hogan, a caricature of Columbia Trustees (Hogan included), and a Columbia University commemorative clock given to Hogan for his services as a trustee. In addition, the collection contains various pieces of correspondence found with the diaries and datebooks.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located offsite: 2-45. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Frank Smithwick Hogan papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

For additional materials about Hogan, please consult Central Files (UA#0001), the Historical biographical files (UA#0004), the Historical photograph collection (UA#0003), and the Office of Public Affairs photograph collection (UA#0109). Correspondence with Hogan can be found in multiple collections at the RHML including the Nicholas Murray Butler papers (MS#0177), the Jacques Barzun papers (MS#1483), the Andrew Cordier papers (MS#1589), the Frederick Coykendal papers (MS#0296).


No additions are expected.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Mary Egan Hogan (Mrs Frank S.), 1975 & 1978.

Bequest of Mrs Hogan, 1990.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.

Additional papers Processed 10/10/90.

Revision Description

2020-04-09 PDF replaced with full finding aid (JR)

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Annual reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Appointment books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Audiotapes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Awards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Briefs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Caricatures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cartoons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Certificates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Invitations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plaques Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Carman, Harry J. (Harry James), 1884-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College administrators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Alumni and alumnae Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Trustees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eisenhower, Dwight D (Dwight David), 1890-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lawyers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (State) -- Officials and employees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (State) -- Politics and government -- 1951- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public prosecutors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sulzberger, Arthur Hays, 1891-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Swope, Herbert Bayard, 1882-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Congress. Senate Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

District Attorney of New York County, 1942-1974. (Columbia B.A., 1924; LL.B., 1928, LL.D., 1952).

Born in Waterbury, CT in 1902, Frank S. Hogan entered Columbia College in 1920. He played halfback on the varsity football team, was an editor of the yearbook, the Columbian, and held class offices, including president of the Senior Class. He received a BA in 1924 and graduated from the Columbia Law School in 1928. He also received an honorary degree in 1952 and served as a University Trustees from 1959 to 1974.

Hogan was the District Attorney for New York County for 32 years. As a DA, Hogan oversaw the conviction of comedian Lenny Bruce for obscenities in 1964, the prosecution of hundreds of Columbia student demonstrators in 1968, and the charges of conspiracy against the "Panther 21" in 1969. The District Attorney also received the Medal of Merit of the New York County Grand Jury Association in 1947, and the gold medal of the American Irish Historical Society in 1952. He was the Democratic nominee for the US Senate in 1958.

For his services to the University, Hogan was awarded the Columbia University Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 1942, the Alumni Medal for Conspicuous Columbia Alumni Service in 1946 and the Alexander Hamilton Medal of the Alumni of Columbia College in 1954. In 1951, Hogan was awarded the medal of the St. Nicholas Society. Hogan was president of the Association of the Alumni of Columbia College from 1946 to 1949 and president of the Columbia University Alumni Federation from 1949 until 1951, and in 1955 he headed the Columbia College Fund. In 1961-1962 he served as chairman of the Columbia College Council. In 1970 he received the Medal for Excellence of the Columbia Law School Alumni Association. In 1975 the Frank Smithwick Hogan University Scholarships were established to aid Columbia College prelaw students who have achieved academic and athletic distinction, and School of Law students who had distinguished undergraduate careers at the College. In 1977, a student residence hall (former St. Luke's Nursing Home) was named in his honor, Hogan Hall.