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George R. Van Namee Scrapbooks, 1918-1945

Summary Information

Abstract

Fifteen scrapbooks of news-clippings and political ephemera related to New York politics and the career of New York Governor and Democratic Presidential nominee Alfred E. Smith.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1452
Bib ID 7932411 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Van Namee, George Rivet
Title George R. Van Namee Scrapbooks, 1918-1945
Physical Description 6.25 linear feet (15 custom boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 3 series.

Description

Summary

The George R. Van Namee scrapbooks contain fifteen volumes relating to Van Namee's marriage and later life, New York politics, and especially the career of Alfred E. Smith. The collection is arranged into three series.

  • Series I: General Scrapbooks, 1918-1945

    This series covers Van Namee's relationship with Alfred E. Smith, containing clippings, ephemera, and photographs from 1918 through 1945. Included are articles about Smith's tenure as governor, Smith's 1928 Presidential run, and details of Smith's later life and marriage. Also included are photographs and letters from Van Namee's own life, including his marriage to Rose Fallon, a successful florist, and his appointment and tenure as New York's Public Service Commissioner. Articles and ephemera from other events of the period--such as articles about Hitler's death, tickets from the New York World's Fair, and programs from racing and boxing events--are included throughout. Items relevant to Tammany Hall, Mayor Jimmy Walker, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Pope Pius XI, and New York Irish Catholics are also present.

  • Series II: 1928 Campaign Scrapbooks, 1928

    The second series contains six scrapbooks devoted to Smith's 1928 presidential campaign. Two of these contain printed matter published by Smith's campaign, such as posters, promotional pamphlets, and transcripts of Smith's speeches. The other four scrapbooks contain extensive clippings from nearly all American newspapers during the campaign, covering topics that range from the controversy surrounding Smith's Catholicism to his debates with Herbert Hoover over economic policy and public education.

  • Series III: Ephemera and Miscellanea

    The third series contains two scrapbooks of ephemera. One covers the year 1932 exclusively, with material relating to the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Van Namee's own activities in New York. The final scrapbook contains a wide variety of valuable ephemera, mostly relating to New York Democratic politics. Materials are wide ranging and include items like the key to Tammany Hall, dinner invitations to the Manhattan Club, and brochures and tickets from the 1928 and 1932 Democratic National Conventions.

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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); Name of Collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accrual

No additional material is expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Matthew Spooner, GSAS 2012 8/--/2010.

Finding aid written Matthew Spooner, GSAS 2012 8/--/2010.

Revision Description

2010-09-03 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
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Campaign literature -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Democratic Party (N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, Alfred Emanuel, 1873-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tammany Hall Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Walker, James John, 1881-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

George R. Van Namee was born in Watertown, New York on December 23, 1877. He graduated from the Cornell University College of Law in 1901 and practiced law in Watertown for nine years before being appointed Clerk of the New York State Assembly from 1911-1913. Van Namee then served as Commissioner of the Bill Drafting Commission, which assists legislators, from 1914 to 1918, after which he worked as Secretary to Governor Alfred E. Smith beginning in 1920. Van Namee's relationship with Smith continued for the rest of their careers, with Van Namee serving as Smith's private secretary and then being appointed by the governor as a commissioner of the Public Service Commission in 1924, a post Van Namee held until his retirement in 1943.

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Series I: General Scrapbooks, 1918-1945

This series covers Van Namee's relationship with Alfred E. Smith, containing clippings, ephemera, and photographs from 1918 through 1945. Included are articles about Smith's tenure as governor, Smith's 1928 Presidential run, and details of Smith's later life and marriage. Also included are photographs and letters from Van Namee's own life, including his marriage to Rose Fallon, a successful florist, and his appointment and tenure as New York's Public Service Commissioner. Articles and ephemera from other events of the period--such as articles about Hitler's death, tickets from the New York World's Fair, and programs from racing and boxing events--are included throughout. Items relevant to Tammany Hall, Mayor Jimmy Walker, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Pope Pius XI, and New York Irish Catholics are also present.



Box 1 Vol. 1, 1926-1935

(News clippings related to Al Smith's tenure as governor and his Presidential campaign; letter from FDR to Van Namee; Van Namee's wedding; Van Namee's trips to Europe; material concerning Mayor Jimmy Walker)



Box 2 Vol. 2, 1918-1920

(News clippings related to Al Smith's first election as Governor; Van Namee's nomination as Public Service Commissioner; letters of congratulation for appointment)



Box 3 Vol. 3, 1919-1925

(Clippings, mostly about Smith's second election as Governor and about New York City politics)



Box 4 Vol. 4, 1920-1928

(Clippings about Al Smith's second tenure as governor; photos of Van Namee vacations; pamphlets and clippings regarding Smith's 1928 presidential run)



Box 5 Vol. 5, 1927-1932

(Clippings and pamphlet literature from Smith's 1928 presidential run and its aftermath; Van Namee vacation photos)



Box 6 Vol. 6, 1938-1940

(Clippings regarding the death of Pope Pius XI, lead up to WWII, New York politics, Van Namee trips to Europe in 1938 and 1939)



Box 7 Vol. 7, 1940-1945

(Clippings related to WWII, Hitler's death, Al Smith's death and funeral, Van Namee's retirement)

Series II: 1928 Campaign Scrapbooks, 1928

The second series contains six scrapbooks devoted to Smith's 1928 presidential campaign. Two of these contain printed matter published by Smith's campaign, such as posters, promotional pamphlets, and transcripts of Smith's speeches. The other four scrapbooks contain extensive clippings from nearly all American newspapers during the campaign, covering topics that range from the controversy surrounding Smith's Catholicism to his debates with Herbert Hoover over economic policy and public education.



Box 8 Scrapbook of pro-Smith political pamphlets from Smith's 1928 presidential campaign., 1928



Box 9 Second scrapbook of pro-Smith political pamphlets from Smith's 1928 presidential run, with index., 1928

(Labeled 'Miss Moran' on front)



Box 10 First Scrapbook of news coverage and commentary related to the 1928 presidential election, 1928



Box 11 Second scrapbook of news coverage and commentary related to the 1928 presidential election, 1928

(Labeled vol. 2 on spine)



Box 12 Third Scrapbook of news coverage and commentary related to the 1928 presidential election, 1928



Box 13 Fourth Scrapbook of news coverage and commentary related to the 1928 presidential election, labeled Oct 23, 1928 - Nov 10, 1928, 1928, 1928, 1928

Series III: Ephemera and Miscellanea

The third series contains two scrapbooks of ephemera. One covers the year 1932 exclusively, with material relating to the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Van Namee's own activities in New York. The final scrapbook contains a wide variety of valuable ephemera, mostly relating to New York Democratic politics. Materials are wide ranging and include items like the key to Tammany Hall, dinner invitations to the Manhattan Club, and brochures and tickets from the 1928 and 1932 Democratic National Conventions.



Box 14 Box of Tammany and Van Namee related ephemera, including key to Tammany Hall, photographs, and dinner invitations



Box 15 Scrapbook covering events during the year, 1932