M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

ARCHIVES OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND POLICY

Finding Aid for the
ABBOT LOW MOFFAT
PAPERS, 1929-1943

(APAP-063)

For reference queries contact M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives Reference staff

Finding Aid Compiled by
Bonita L. Weddle
January 31, 2000







M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
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VOLUME: 4.4 cubic feet

ACQUISITION: Three scrapbooks of fiscal editorials clipped from New York State newspapers and two original drawings of published political cartoons were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Abbot Low Moffat on October 27, 1985. The remainder of the collection was donated at a later date.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and folder list:


Abbot Low Moffat Papers
Biographical Sketch

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Abbot Low Moffat was born to a prominent Manhattan family on May 12, 1901.[1]  He was educated at Groton School, received his A.B. from Harvard University in 1923, and received his LL.B. from Columbia University in 1926.  He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1927.  In 1927-1928 he served as an assistant United States attorney for the southeastern counties of New York State, and in 1928-1929 worked as a clerk for the Manhattan law firm of Winter and James.

In 1929, Moffat won election to the New York State Assembly from the Fifteenth Assembly District, which covered part of New York County.  He was one of a small group of Republican legislators who wrested control of the Assembly and the Senate from the party's established leadership and enabled the legislature to play a larger role in state politics.

Moffat was assigned a seat on the powerful Assembly Ways and Means Committee and eventually served as its chair (1938-1943).  His efforts to rein in the spending of Governor Herbert Lehman were instrumental in giving the legislature a greater say in the shaping of the state's budget.  In 1939, the conflict with Lehman culminated in a full-fledged legislative revolt: the Assembly and Senate essentially rewrote the budget that Lehman had submitted.   The governor sued, and a state court ultimately upheld the right of the Governor to draft the budget.  However, in subsequent decades legislative leaders who followed in Moffat's footsteps gained control over the budget-making process.

Moffat was determined to curb government spending and was a fierce opponent of the governmental centralization implicit in the New Deal.[2]  However, he pressed for what he saw as prudent government initiatives.  He introduced a number of bills designed to halt child labor in New York and other states and replace slum dwellings with suitable public housing.[3]  He was also instrumental in initiating the construction of a toll road connecting New York City with Albany, Buffalo, and the western New York State-Pennsylvania border: he drafted and co-sponsored the bill that authorized the project, shepherded the bill through the Legislature, and witnessed its signing. He was piqued that the New York State Thruway was eventually named after Governor Thomas E. Dewey, who secured funding for the project.

While serving in the Assembly, Moffat was a delegate to the state's 1938 constitutional convention.  He sought to curb government spending and spoke out against a proposed amendment that would have facilitated the state's use of wiretapping in criminal investigations.[4]

Moffat also served on the New York State War Council from 1942-1943.  He helped to secure funding for child care for female war workers and streamlined the state's revenue flow by backing legislation allowing quarterly payment of state income tax.[5]

In 1943, Moffat resigned his Assembly seat and took a position with the United States Department of State.  He served as the head of the Division of Southeast Asian Affairs from 1944-1947 and in 1946 met with Vietnamese nationalist leader Ho Chi Minh.  His reports to his superiors cautioned against Washington's inflexible opposition against nationalist movements in Vietnam and other colonies.  Convinced that American statesmen had erred grievously in making anti-communism the cornerstone of postwar foreign policy, he later asserted  that it seemed as if the world had been plunged "right back in[to] the wars of religion."  In subsequent years, he was openly critical of American involvement in Vietnam.

Moffat was subsequently attached to numerous diplomatic missions in Greece (1947-1948), Great Britain (1948-1950), and Burma (1950-1952).  Between 1954 and 1956, he worked for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Washington. D.C., serving as head of the department in charge of the Middle Eastern states.  He was then posted to Ghana, where he became head of a survey team for the International Cooperation Administration (1957-1958) and Chief of the U.S. Operations Mission (1958-1960).  After leaving Ghana, he served as a representative on a team charged with evaluating the Mutual Security Program (1960-1961) in the Far East.

In 1961, Moffat, who had become a Democrat at the urging of his wife, Marion, retired and moved to Princeton, New Jersey.  He published a sympathetic biography of Mongkut, the Thai monarch depicted as a despot in the musical The King and I, and pursued his lifelong interest in genealogical research.[6]  In 1973-1976, he was a member of the Princeton Township Committee.

Moffat died on April 17, 1996 at the age of ninety-four.  He was survived by his three children, Burnham Moffat, Nancy Moffat Lifland, and Jane-Kerin Moffat.
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1. Unless otherwise noted, all information is taken from the entries on Moffat in Who's Who in the East, 16th ed. (Boston: Larkin, Roosevelt, and Larkin, 1977), The New York Times Biographical Service, vol. 27 (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1996), 620, and "Abbot Low Moffat," a typescript biographical sketch contained in the Abbot Low Moffat collection folder, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

2. See "Memorandum on Minimum Wage Bills before the New York State Legislature," January 28, 1937; Remarks in Assembly on Social Security bill, February 10, 1937; Press release on the Assembly minimum wage bill, March 17, 1937; and Press release on the Assembly minimum wage bill, March 21, 1937, in Series 1, Press Releases, Speeches, and Reference Material.

3. See Press release on Assembly bill barring the sale of goods made by child labor, March 11, 1937, Press release on amending of the Assembly child labor bill, April 5, 1937, Resolution urging the U.S. Congress to pass a bill barring interstate commerce in goods produced by child labor, April 13, 1937, and Resolution memorializing the U.S. Congress to pass a bill barring interstate transportation of goods made by child labor, January 17, 1938, in Press Releases, Speeches, and Reference Material.

4. See Remarks at Constitutional Convention concerning search and seizure proposals, June 27, 1938, in Series 1, Press Releases, Speeches, and Reference Material, 1929-43, Series 3, Constitutional Convention Material, 1938, and clippings in the Constitutional Convention folders, Series 4, Newspaper Clippings, 1933-43.

5. See press release on Assembly bill concerning the funding of child care for war workers, March 9, 1943, and press release on Assembly bill concerning child care for war workers, March 22, 1943, in Series 1, Press Releases, Speeches, and Reference Material, 1929-43.

6. Abbot Low Moffat, Mongkut: The King of Siam (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1961).  Moffat had written two histories of his mother's family while serving in the Assembly; see Abbot Low Moffat, Low genealogy; the descendants of Seth Low and Mary Porter (n.p., 1932), and Abbot Low Moffat, Old Low, Old Low's Son-the Descendants of Seth Low and Mary Porter; Low Genealogy, 1807-1956 (n.p., 1956).  After his retirement, he completed a study that his father, also an avid genealogist, had begun and undertook a third project.  See R. Burnham Moffat and Abbot Low Moffat, Pierreponts, 1802-1962:  the American forebears and the descendants of Hezekiah Beers Pierpont and Anna Maria Constable (n.p., 1962); Abbot Low Moffat, A Moffat family record: forebears and the descendants of Reuben Curtis Moffat and Elizabeth Virginia Barclay, 1852-1982 (n.p., 1982).


Abbot Low Moffat Papers
Scope & Content Note

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This collection documents Abbot Low Moffat's career as a New York State Assembly representative (1929-1943).  It sheds light on his work as a delegate to the 1938 New York State Constitutional Convention, chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, and, to a lesser extent, member of the New York State War Council.  It also details his involvement in New York State Republican politics and, through Moffat's extensive collection of fiscal editorials and other clippings from newspapers across the state, helps to shed light upon public opinion about New York State politics. It contains no information about Moffat's work for the United States Department of State, which began almost immediately after he resigned his Assembly seat in 1943.

Moffat's activities as an Assembly representative are most fully documented in the extensive Press Releases, Speeches, and Reference Materials Series. Owing to his position as Chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee (1939-43), most of the material in this series concerns taxation, spending, and bond issues.  Many of the documents also concern the relationship between state and municipal finance; Moffat represented a Manhattan district, and the issue was of considerable importance to him.  This series also contains information about Moffat's efforts to facilitate construction of New York City-area bridges and tunnels (February 1929, March 1939, August 1940) and the New York State Thruway (March 1942), secure funds for clearance of slums and construction of public housing (December 1936-January 1937, January 1938, January-March 1939), ban child labor (March-April 1937, January 1938), and compel the codification and publication of state and local laws (April 1937, February 1938, February 1943, July 1943).  Other documents in the series detail Moffat's efforts to avert the creation of New Deal-style Social Security and minimum wage programs in New York State (January-March 1937), limit welfare expenditures (February 1937, April 1937, March 1938, March 1939, March 1941), and define the role of state government in planning for the postwar period (November 1942).  Additional information about his work in the Assembly can be found in the Constitutional Convention Series and the Fiscal Editorials Subseries of the Newspaper Clippings Series.

Moffat's role as a delegate to the 1938 New York State Constitutional Convention is detailed in the Press Releases, Speeches and Reference Materials Series (April-July 1938), the Constitutional Convention Material Series, and the Constitutional Convention Subseries of the Newspaper Clippings Series.

The collection contains relatively little information about Moffat's work as a member of the New York State War Council, but information about his efforts to secure child care for women entering paid employment and to curb rent increases  is contained in the Press Releases, Speeches, and Reference Material Series (February-April 1942, March 1943).

Information about Moffat's involvement in state Republican politics is contained in the texts of speeches (1932 [no date given], September 1940, February 1943) contained in the Press Releases, Speeches, and Reference Material Series.  The William F. Bleakley Gubernatorial Campaign Series, which documents Moffat's involvement in the campaign, and the Clerkship Controversy Subseries of the Newspaper Clippings Series, which sheds light on his role as an insurgent Republican who opposed the 1934 appointment of W. Kingsland Macy to the post of Assembly Clerk, also detail his role in state party politics.

Researchers seeking to assess public opinion about New York State finances, the 1938 constitutional convention, and other political issues during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, may wish to consult the Newspaper Clippings Series, which consists of editorials and articles from newspapers across the state.

Scholars seeking additional information about Moffat's career as a New York State legislator may want to consult three collections held by the New York State Archives in Albany: New York State Legislature, Assembly, Assemblyman (1929-43: Abbot Low Moffat), State Authorities Development Files, 1928-1941 (bulk 1940-1941); New York State Legislature, Assembly, Committee on Ways and Means Correspondence and Subject Files, 1935-1951 (bulk 1940-1947); and New York State War Council, Abbot Low Moffat's Advisory Correspondence, 1941-1943.

All loose newspaper clippings in the collection were photocopied for preservation purposes.


Abbot Low Moffat Papers
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Press Releases, Speeches, and Reference Material, 1929, 1932-1943. 1.30 cubic ft. Arranged chronologically.

This series consists of unpublished documents that were created or collected by Moffat and his legislative staff.  Press releases designed to publicize Moffat's stance on state taxation, state and local bond issues and the relationship between state and local finance predominate.  Other documents in the series detail Moffat's support for slum clearance and public housing construction (December 1936-January 1937, January 1938, January-March 1939), construction of the New York State Thruway and New York City-area bridges and tunnels (February 1929, March 1939, August 1940, March 1942), codification and publication of local and state laws and administrative codes (April 1937, February 1938, February 1943, July 1943), and prohibition of child labor (March-April 1937, January 1938).  Moffat's opposition to the creation of New Deal-style Social Security and minimum wage programs in New York State (January-March 1937) and efforts to curb welfare expenditures (February 1937, April 1937, March 1938, March 1939, March 1941) are also documented.  Some of the press releases drafted between April and July 1938 concern proposed amendments placed before the New York State Constitutional Convention.  This series also includes typescripts of a number of speeches that Moffat delivered before various political and civic groups and on radio stations across the state.  Many of the speeches concern the relationship between state and local finance, but others concern state and national Republican campaigns (1932 [no month given], September 1940, February 1943) and government planning for the postwar period (November 1942).  Several of the speeches have extensive handwritten additions and revisions.

Series 2: William F. Bleakley Gubernatorial Campaign Material, 1935-1936. .15 cubic ft. Arranged chronologically.

This series consists of unpublished documents generated in connection with the 1936 gubernatorial campaign of William F. Bleakley, chairman of the New York State Republican Party and former New York State Supreme Court Justice.  Included are charts detailing the statewide results of the elections of 1932 and 1936, draft texts of campaign fliers and press releases concerning the fiscal policies of Governor Herbert Lehman, and the text of a speech asserting that New York State residents paid a disproportionately large share of federal taxes.

Series 3: Constitutional Convention Material, 1938. .05 cu.ft. Arranged chronologically.

This series contains materials that Moffat created or collected in connection with the 1938 New York State Constitutional Convention.  Included are a copy of the printed rule book distributed to delegates, draft copies of proposed amendments concerning state and local finances, and the texts of Republican delegates' informal agreements about state finances.  NB: Press releases issued in connection with the convention are contained in Series 1, Press Releases, Speeches, and Reference Materials, 1929-43, and relevant clippings are contained in Subseries 2, Constitutional Convention, 1936-38, in Series 4, Newspaper Clippings, 1934-43.

Series 4: Newspaper Clippings, 1934-1943.  2.10 cubic ft. Arranged chronologically.

This series consists of news stories and editorials that Moffat and his legislative staff compiled and kept for reference purposes.  Almost all were published in New York State newspapers, but a handful were culled from papers published in Baltimore, Chicago, and other cities.  Centering upon state fiscal and political issues, they help to shed light upon Moffat's role in state politics and upon public opinion about state taxation, spending, and social policy.

Series 5: Political Cartoons, 1934?, 1939. .01 cubic ft. Arranged chronologically.

This series consists of two original drawings of published political cartoons.  The first, Max Plaisted's "Rather a High Price for the Preliminary,"was done in pen and ink and was probably drawn early in 1934.  It concerns Assembly Republicans' internal disagreements about the appointment of W. Kingsland Macy as Assembly Clerk.  The second, Rollin Kirby's "The Climb was Hard Enough Without This!" was done in pencil and colored pencil or pastel and is dated February 18, 1939.  It addresses the impact of Governor Herbert Lehman's budget upon the state's taxpayers.


Abbot Low Moffat Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Press Releases, Speeches, and Reference Materials, 1929, 1932-1943

Box 1
Folder

Radio address on "Interstate Bridges and Tunnels," WOR, February 6, 1929

Draft press release on bill providing for the removal of railroad tracks over Park Avenue north of 96th Street, 1929

Press release on proposed New York City charter, March 3, 1932

Press release on Tammany Hall ties of Nonpartisan Citizens League, October 1932

"Buy New York Republican," 1932?

Press release on Assembly bill allowing sale of sand and gravel from state lands, January 20-23, 1933

Radio address on Assembly bill creating a state mortgage board, WGY, August 16, 1934

Speech in Assembly concerning bill creating a state mortgage board, August 17, 1934

Press release on differences in Assembly and Senate plans for aid to mortgage certificate holders, August 19, 1934

Press release on Assembly bill requiring municipal public utilities to be self-supporting, January 27-28, 1935

Press release on Republican protest against refusal of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee's Democratic majority to hold a budget hearing, February 6, 1935

Press release on statement on budget by Senator George R. Fearon, March 17, 1936

Press release on statement on budget conferences by Speaker Irving M. Ives, April 21, 1936

Remarks in Assembly against investigation of Communist activities, May 13, 1936

Copies of Knickerbocker Press (Albany) editorials, May-July 1936

Letter to John J. Dunnigan concerning state involvement in the World's Fair, August 18, 1936

Press release on Assembly slum clearance bill, December 28, 1936

"The Clerk's Office," 1936?

Joint statement on supplemental appropriations bill, 1936?

Chart showing appropriations for 1926-27 and 1931-32 and projected appropriations for 1936-37, 1936?

Chart showing number of registered votes and plurality of votes cast for Governor and U.S. President in 1928 and 1932, by county, 1936?

Press release on Assembly slum clearance bill, January 11, 1937

Press release on Assembly minimum wage bill, January 18, 1937

Statement in Assembly by Speaker Irving Ives concerning changes in Assembly rules, January 18, 1937

Press release on Republican efforts to drive lobbyists off the floor of the Assembly and simplify Assembly rules, January 19, 1937

Press release concerning minimum wage bills, January 19, 1937

Press release on letter from Speaker Oswald D. Heck to Senator John J. Howard concerning minimum wage bills, January 21, 1937

"Memorandum on Minimum Wage Bills before the New York State Legislature," January 28, 1937

Press release on Assembly bill establishing a capital budget planning procedure, January 31, 1937

Press release on flaws in the Governor's message to the Legislature, February 3, 1937

Remarks in Assembly on Social Security bill, February 10, 1937

Press release on the Governor's message calling for a bond issue, February 19, 1937

Press release on the financing of relief and a proposed bond issue, February 20, 1937

Press release on Assembly bill barring the sale of goods made by child labor, March 11, 1937

Press release on Assembly minimum wage bill, March 17, 1937

Press release on Assembly minimum wage bill, March 21, 1937

Press release on the Governor's budget bills as modified by the Senate, March 24, 1937

Press release on U.S. Supreme Court's upholding of Washington State's minimum wage law, March 30, 1937

Press release on differences in Democratic Party views on minimum wage laws, March 30, 1937

Press release on amending of the Assembly child labor bill, April 5, 1937

Press release on relief appropriations in the Governor's budget, April 6, 1937

Press release on unemployment relief appropriations, April 6, 1937

Press release on Assembly bill creating a temporary commission to study state building needs in Albany, April 6, 1937

Press release on Assembly bill calling for codification and publication of administrative codes, rules, and regulations, April 7, 1937

Resolution urging the U.S. Congress to pass a bill barring interstate commerce in goods produced by child labor, April 13, 1937

Press release on Assembly tax bills, April 21, 1937

"Taxes Payable on Gifts Under Present Federal Rates and Proposed State Rates," April 20, 1937

"Taxes Payable under Present and Proposed Rates of the State Tax in Cases of Estates of Various Sizes Left to a Widow with Two Children," April 19, 1937

"Proposed Stock Transfer Rates," April 21, 1937

Press release on Assembly tax bills and uncirculated releases on stock transfer tax, estate tax, and Temporary Commission on State Finances, April 22, 1937

Press release on joint statement concerning the supplemental appropriations bill, May 7, 1937

Press release on Assembly bill repealing the capital gain and loss provisions of the personal income tax, January 7, 1938

Resolution memorializing the U.S. Congress to pass a bill barring interstate transportation of goods made by child labor, January 17, 1938

Press release on Assembly budget hearing, January 19, 1938

Press release on Assembly bill authorizing use of state credit for slum clearance, January 28, 1938

Press release on joint statement concerning the Governor's budget, February 9, 1938

Press release on budget bills, February 13, 1938

Press release on Assembly bills carrying out recommendations of the Joint Legislative Committee on State Fiscal Policies, February 14, 1938

Press release on Assembly bill extending New York City's emergency taxing powers, February 17, 1938

Press release on Assembly bills carrying out recommendations of the Joint Legislative Committee on State Fiscal Policies, February 19, 1938

Press release on Assembly bill requiring codification of administrative codes, rules, and regulations, February 21, 1938

Address on public debt, the Association of Towns, Albany, February 23, 1938

Press release on joint resolutions concerning tax-exempt securities and extension of power to levy income tax, February 26, 1938

Radio address on the work of the Assembly, WNYC, February 27, 1938

Press release on Assembly bill concerning state and local aid to local relief entities, March 16, 1938

Press release on supplemental appropriations bill, March 19, 1938

Press release on constitutional amendment permitting state compensation of automobile accident victims, April 22, 1938

Press release on constitutional amendments relating to election law, bill drafting and amendment, private and local bills, and compilation of local laws, April 29, 1938

Press release on constitutional amendments concerning eligibility for legislative office, bill drafting and amendment, and private and local bills, April 29, 1938

Press release on constitutional amendments concerning state finances, May 12, 1938

Press release on constitutional amendments concerning state and local finances, May 12, 1938

Press release on constitutional amendments concerning state and local finances, May 19, 1938

Press release on constitutional amendment concerning executive budget provisions, May 20, 1938

Address on state and local finances, the Conference of Mayors, Elmira, June 9, 1938

"Municipal Fiscal Proposals before Constitutional Convention," the Bond Buyer, June 11, 1938

Published version of the speech given at the Conference of Mayors on June 9, 1938.

Letter to the delegates of the Constitutional Convention, June 20, 1938

Radio address on state finance issues before the Constitutional Convention, WQXR, June 24, 1938

One copy contains extensive handwritten annotations.

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Folder

Address on the work of the Legislature, Third Metropolitan Realty Conference, January 11, 1939

Press release on slum clearance bill, January 19, 1939

Letter to Joseph McGinnies concerning local government indebtedness, January 24, 1939

Press release on joint legislative budget hearing, January 31, 1939

Amendment of joint rules concerning home rule, February 1, 1939

Press release on responsibility for budget deficit, February 1, 1939

Bills introduced and bills killed by Assembly Ways and Means Committee, February 2, 1939

Letter to Fiorello LaGuardia on New York Housing Authority bond financing, February 6, 1939

Press release on bill extending New York City Council's power to grant partial tax exemptions to owners of repaired or renovated buildings, February 8, 1939

Letter to Perley A. Pitcher concerning the Constitution and local government, February 8, 1939

Press release on Assembly bill calling for codification and prompt publication of administrative rules and codes, February 13, 1939

Press release on New York City occupancy tax and bond financing and letter to Fiorello LaGuardia, February 16, 1939

Press release on opposition to Governor's tax program, February 19, 1939

Press release on Assembly budget hearing, February 20, 1939

Press release on bills implementing Constitution in the field of local finance, February 20, 1939

Press release on Assembly budget hearing, February 21, 1939

List of individuals present at budget hearing, February 22, 1939

List of speakers at budget hearing, February 22, 1939

List of speakers at Assembly budget hearing, February 24, 1939

Press release on bills reported favorably by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, February 28, 1939

Radio address on housing legislation, WNYC, March 3, 1939

Press release on investigation of relief programs, March 6, 1939

Press release on Assembly bill revising the State Finance Law, March 8, 1939

Press release on Assembly bill concerning radio broadcasters and libel and slander actions, March 9, 1939

Press release on Senate bill establishing a separate sinking fund for redemption of New York City transit unification bonds, March 12, 1939

Press release on Assembly bill establishing a temporary state commission to revise statutes concerning municipal finances, March 13, 1939

Press release on bills reported favorably by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, March 14, 1939

"Copies of Letters from the Federal Emergency Administration and the Reconstruction Finance Corporation re. Proposed Brooklyn-Battery Bridge," March 15 and March 22, 1939

Press release on joint conference of the Senate Finance and Taxation Committees and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, April 16, 1939

Press release on printing of the main budget, April 19, 1939

Speech in Assembly on appropriations, April 27, 1939

"Bills Reported by Assembly Ways and Means Committee," May 2, 1939

Press release on introduction of Assembly bills reducing spending, May 4, 1939

Press release on implementation of legislative appropriations bills, May 10, 1939

Remarks in Assembly on the Governor's message, May 12, 1939

Press release on memorial to the U.S. Congress concerning hospitalization of mentally ill aliens, May 18, 1939

Press release on "New Revenues Provided and Special Appropriations Bills Passed by the Legislature of 1939," May 22, 1939

Press release on New York City proposals to eliminate kindergartens, June 13, 1939

Press release on projected budget surplus, June 20, 1939

Press release on special legislative session necessitated by Court of Appeals ruling on departmental budget cuts, June 21, 1939

Address to Assembly on Governor's [budget?] message, June 23, 1939

Letter to members of the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees, June 26, 1939

Press release on Assembly bill barring elimination of kindergartens and evening schools, June 30, 1939

Press release on Assembly supplemental appropriations bill, July 10, 1939

Extract from New York Herald Tribune article, "Lehman Asks Political Truce in Emergency," September 8, 1939

Press release on letter sent to members of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, October 14, 1939

Charts and tables concerning state debt, October 14, 1939

Press release in response to statements of Fiorello LaGuardia, October 18, 1939

Press release on dispute with Fiorello LaGuardia, October 20, 1939

Department of Taxation and Finance collection data, October 20, 1939

"Appropriations by New York State and Federal Government," November 1, 1939

"Time Limitations on Contracting Housing Indebtedness," November 22, 1939

"Analysis of Fiscal Action by Governor and Legislature by Departments," 1939

"Appropriation Bills Passed and New Revenue Provided by the Legislature of 1939 and Signed by the Governor," 1939

"Effect of Tax on Real Estate ($1.00 per Thousand) as Compared with a Ten Percent Reduction in State Aid for Education," 1939

"Summary of Reductions," 1939

"Summary of Supplemental Bill; Legislature of 1939," 1939

Press release on Assembly budget hearing, January 25, 1940

Press release on Assembly Ways and Means Committee analysis of the Governor's budget, February 4, 1940

Press release on Assembly bill extending municipalities' ability to receive federal WPA and PWA funds, February 7, 1940

Press release on Assembly budget hearing, February 7, 1940

Press release on Assembly bill extending New York City's emergency taxing powers, February 15, 1940

Press release on Assembly bills affecting the Division of Housing and the Public Housing Law, February 16, 1940

Press release on Assembly bills amending the General Municipal Law, February 21, 1940

Address on state aid to localities, the Association of Towns, February 21, 1940

Press release on legislative cuts in the Governor's budget, February 28, 1940

Remarks in Assembly concerning the Governor's message on revision of the budget, March 4, 1940

Press release on bills reported by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, March 4, 1940

Press release on Assembly bills concerning the unification of the New York City transit system, March 11, 1940

Press release on Assembly bills concerning billboards, March 12, 1940

Press release on Assembly hearing on the Shaver canal constitutional amendment, March 12, 1940

Press release on Assembly Ways and Means Committee appropriations bills, March 13, 1940

Press release on Assembly bill on the notarization of income tax returns, March 20, 1940

Statement concerning the Governor's message on grade crossing elimination, March 20, 1940

Press release on Assembly bill allowing diversion of emergency relief tax monies to certain welfare purposes, March 24, 1940

Press release on constitutional amendment concerning grade crossing bonds, March 25, 1940

Press release on New York City emergency relief tax bill, March 26, 1940

Press release on Assembly bills concerning New York City and the bank tax, March 26, 1940

Press release on Assembly supplemental appropriations bill, March 26, 1940

Press release on Assembly bill concerning revision of the Finance Law, March 26, 1940

Press release on the Legislature's fiscal plan for 1940-41, April 1, 1940

List of funds allocated [?] to commissions and legislative committees, May 1, 1940

Tables of fiscal plans, May 1, 1940

Box 3

Address on state regulation of municipal finance, the Conference of Mayors, Rochester, June 11, 1940

Remarks made before Jewish War Veterans, New York County Council Installation, New York City, June 20, 1940

Address on "The Constitution and Municipal Debt," New York State Bar Association, Saranac Lake [?], June 28, 1940

Press release on the relationship between sound management of municipal government and national defense, June 28, 1940

"Proposed $60,000,000 Highway-Parkway Bond Issue," August 21, 1940

Radio address on "Campaign Issues-Taxation," WQXR, September 13, 1940

Address on the budget and appropriations, Albany Chapter of the National Association of Cost Accountants, Albany, September 18, 1940

"Proposed Constitutional Amendment for a $60,000,000 Highway-Parkway Bond Issue," September 23, 1940

Radio address on national defense and Wendell Wilkie campaign, WQXR, September 30, 1940

Address on state and local fiscal relationships, City Affairs Committee, New York City, December 7, 1940

Press release on cost of gubernatorial inaugurations, December 10, 1940?

Press release on letter to Herbert H. Lehman, December 11, 1940

Press release on constitutional amendment allowing the Legislature to prohibit further issuance of grade crossing bonds, January 13, 1941

Press release on budget hearing, February 5, 1941

Press release on bill regulating billboards, February 7, 1941

Speakers list for executive budget hearing, February 12, 1941

Seating list for budget hearing, February 12, 1941

Press release on Assembly bills concerning municipal finance, February 19, 1941

Press release on constitutional amendment allowing the Legislature to establish tax stabilization reserves, February 24, 1941

Remarks in Assembly concerning quarterly payment of income tax, March 4, 1941

Press release on Assembly bills concerning municipal finance, March 4, 1941

Press release on Assembly bill concerning the repayment of appropriations made to the Power Authority, March 8, 1941

Press release on Assembly bill extending the power of cities to impose a one percent utilities tax for unemployment relief, March 8, 1941

Press release on Assembly bill allowing the escheating of funds on deposit with federal courts, March 9, 1941

Press release on procedure for the purchase of New York City buses and subway cars, March 11, 1941

Remarks in Assembly on the budget, March 12, 1941

Press release on bill granting a tax exemption to the Metropolitan Opera House, March 16, 1941

Letter from New York City Comptroller Joseph D. McGoldrick, March 21, 1941

Press release on policy changes remedying New York City's financial problems, March 31, 1941

Press release on bill allowing the budget surplus to be used for defense emergencies, March 31, 1941

Press release on statement of Republican fiscal policies, March 31, 1941

Press release on the supplemental budget, April 1, 1941

Press release on Governor's veto of legislation allowing the state to take over abandoned condemnation awards to unknown owners, May 15, 1941

Address on welfare legislation, National Conference of Social Work, Atlantic City, June 5, 1941

Press release on budget surplus, July 4, 1941

Address on $60,000,000 diversion amendment, Tenth Assembly District Republican Club, New York City, October 30, 1941

Press release on Assembly bill allowing quarterly payment of income tax, December 1, 1941

Press release on analysis of proposal to allow deduction of federal income taxes when determining state taxable income, December 18 ,1941

Press release on issuing of the Green Book, December 24, 1941

Press release on bill defining the length of the war emergency, January 7, 1942

Letter to Assembly members from Speaker Oswald D. Heck concerning Assembly rules, January 8, 1942

Press release on bill permitting quarterly payment of income tax, January 8, 1942

Press release on Assembly bill changing the date of the final lapsing of appropriations, January 8, 1942

Press release on Assembly bill extending New York City's emergency taxing power, January 9, 1942

List of certificates of intent executed since the close of the last legislative session, January 12, 1942

Press release on Assembly bills concerning municipal borrowing, January 13, 1942

Press release [?] on establishment of Assembly Committee on Local Finance, January 13, 1942

Press release on Assembly bill granting income tax exemptions to non-resident military personnel stationed in New York State, January 16, 1942

Press release on Assembly bills allowing quarterly payment of income tax, January 23, 1942

Press release on Assembly bill extending accident insurance to jockeys, January 26, 1942

Press release on bill allowing transfer of the Spanish War Refund Account to the General Fund, January 30, 1942

Press release on budget hearing, February 2, 1942

Press release on bill creating the Whiteface Mountain Authority, February 2, 1942

Speaking schedule for hearing on the executive budget, February 10, 1942

Press release on Governor's message calling for reduced appropriations, February 12, 1942

Press release on Assembly rent control bill, February 27, 1942

Press release on Assembly bill allowing the Public Works Department to undertake military construction, March 2, 1942

"Summary of Legislative Budget Reductions and Changes," March 3, 1942

Press release on budget policy of Republican legislators, March 3, 1942

Press release on Assembly bill calling for construction of an expressway running from New York City to Albany, Buffalo, and the western New York-Pennsylvania state line, March 13, 1942

Press release on results of talks with the Governor and his advisors concerning quarterly income tax payment and change in the fiscal year, March 16, 1942

Press release on letter from State Association of Civil Service Employees calling for cost of living increases in salaries, March 17, 1942

Press release on bills killed and bills reported by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, March 17, 1942

Press release on Assembly bill establishing the Post-war Planning and Capital Reserve Fund, March 20, 1942

Press release on Assembly rent control bill, March 1942

Press release on letter to Fiorello LaGuardia on bills concerning hiring of teachers from other states and teacher retirement, April 7, 1942

Press release on recall and recommitment of Assembly rent control bill, April 15, 1942

Press release on bill allowing quarterly payment of income tax, April 16, 1942

Press release on the supplemental budget, April 21, 1942

Press release on need for better military defense of the state, April 21, 1942

Press release on projected budget surplus appropriations and the estimated operation of the 1942-43 budget, April 26, 1942

Address on revision of municipal finance laws, the Conference of Mayors, Syracuse, June 8, 1942

Press release on war's effect on state park revenues, August 12, 1942

Press release on issuance of the new edition of the Green Book, August 13, 1942

Address on postwar planning, Rochester Chamber of Commerce and radio station WSAY, Rochester, November 18, 1942

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Press release on bill allowing quarterly payment of income tax and changing the fiscal year, January 6, 1943

List of certificates of intent executed since the close of the last legislative session, January 11, 1943

Press release on Assembly bill allowing quarterly payment of income tax and changing the fiscal year, January 13, 1943

Letter to Assemblyman [?] Paul Lockwood and press release on cost of gubernatorial inaugurals, January 13, 1943

Address on Lincoln Day, Utica Republican Club, Utica, February 12, 1943

One copy of the speech has extensive manuscript annotations.

Press release on Assembly bill mandating codification and expansion of laws concerning state takeover of unclaimed property, February 28, 1943

Press release on Assembly bills exempting pay and benefits of military personnel from income tax and allowing five-year carryover of capital losses, March 7, 1943

Press release on Assembly bill concerning the funding of child care for war workers, March 9, 1943

Press release on New York City's emergency taxing power, March 9, 1943

Press release on bill granting a tax exemption to the Metropolitan Opera House, March 10, 1943

Press release on Assembly bill concerning child care for war workers, March 22, 1943

Press release on supplemental budget bill, March 23, 1943

Press release on bipartisan opposition to authorization of additional New York City taxes, March 25, 1943

Press release on estimated operation of the 1942-43 budget, March 27, 1943

Press release on State War Council resolution on compilation of emergency war laws, July 16, 1943

Press release on letter announcing resignation from the Assembly, August 17, 1943


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Series 2: William F. Bleakley Gubernatorial Campaign Materials, 1935-1936

Box 4 (cont.)
Folder

"Election Results in Certain Close Assembly Districts-Democrat Elected," November 5, 1935

Bleakley's statement on the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature, October 7, 1936

Press release on fiscal statements in Bleakley's speeches, October 26, 1936

"Candidates for Member of Assembly," 1936

"Candidates for Member of Senate," 1936

"General Fund Appropriations, 1936-37, Summary," 1936

"General Fund Expenditures (Exclusive of Advances for Federal Share of Construction," 1936

"General Fund Surplus or Deficit," 1936

"Summary of General Fund Appropriations (1936-37)," 1936

"Disposition of Special Appropriation Bills-Legislature 1936," 1936

"General Fund: Actual Receipts July 1, 1935 to March 16, 1936 and Estimated Receipts March 17 to June 30, 1936," 1936

"Comparison of Recommended Appropriations for 1936-1937 with Appropriations for the Fiscal Year 1296-27 (Ten Years Ago)," 1936

"New State Taxes and Increases in Old State Taxes in Four Years of Governor Lehman," 1936

"The Mounting State Debt," 1936

"State Debt as of January 1, 1932," 1936

"State Debt as of March 16, 1936," 1936

"Statement Showing State Debt as of September 15, 1936," 1936

"Allocation of Unemployment Bonds by Governor," 1936

"Some Facts Regarding Governor Lehman's So-called 8-point Social Security Bill," 1936

"What the Budget of New York State Provides for its 'Unfortunates'-1936-1937," 1936

Tables listing appropriations under Governors Roosevelt and Lehman, 1936

"Statement from the Ways and Means Committee of the Assembly re. Budget Reductions," 1936

"Summary of Budget Cuts, Restorations, and the Supplemental Appropriation Bill," 1936

"Discrimination Against New York State," 1936

"The Governor's Relief Financing as Proposed April 24, 1936, in a Message to the Legislature," 1936

"Statement of Temporary Notes Issued by the Comptroller," 1936

"Savings to Motor Vehicle Owners by Action of Republican Assembly in Refusing to Reimpose Second Additional Cent Tax on Gasoline," 1936

"Taxation in New York State Under Lehman and Roosevelt," 1936

"Election Results in Certain Close Senatorial Districts-Democrat Elected," November 3, 1936


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Series 3: Constitutional Convention Materials, 1938

Box 4 (cont.)
Folder

Rules of the 1938 Constitutional Convention, 1938

"Delegates to Constitutional Convention of 1938," March 16, 1938

"Suggested List of Subjects which Will Probably Come Before the Committee on State Finances and Revenues," April 28, 1938

"Proposed Amendments which Directly or Indirectly Affect State Finances," 1938

"Proposed Amendments which Directly or Indirectly Affect State Finances... (Up to and Including May 12, 1938," 1938

"Summary of Proposed Amendments before Committee on State Finances and Revenues," June 2, 1938

"Proposed Amendments Affecting Local Finances," June 2, 1938

"Proposed Amendments Affecting State Finances," June 2, 1938

"Memorandum on Points Relating to Local Finances on which Agreement was Reached at Informal Meetings . . ." June 30, 1938

"Supplemental Memorandum on Points Relating to Local Finances on which Agreement was Reached at Informal Meeting [sic] . . ." July 8, 1938


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Series 4: Newspaper Clippings, 1933-1943
Subseries 1: Clerkship Controversy, 1933-1934

Box 4 (cont.)
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Clerkship Controversy News Stories, 1933-34

Clerkship Controversy Editorials: New York City and Westchester County, 1933-34

Clerkship Controversy Editorials: Pro-Macy, 1934

Clerkship Controversy Editorials: Anti-Macy, 1934

Clerkship Controversy Editorials: Unsorted, 1934


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Series 4: Newspaper Clippings, 1933-1943
Subseries 2: Constitutional Convention, 1936-1938

Box 5
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Constitutional Convention, 1936-37

Constitutional Convention, April 1-15, 1938

Constitutional Convention, April 16-30, 1938

Constitutional Convention, May 1-15, 1938

Constitutional Convention, May 16-31, 1938

Constitutional Convention, June 1-15, 1938

Constitutional Convention, June 16-30, 1938

Constitutional Convention, July 1-15, 1938

Constitutional Convention, July 16-31, 1938

Constitutional Convention, August 1-15, 1938

Constitutional Convention, August 16-31, 1938


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Series 4: Newspaper Clippings, 1933-1943
Subseries 3: Fiscal and Political Editorials and Stories, 1936-1943

Box 6
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Miscellaneous Fiscal and Political Clippings, 1936, 1938-43

Assembly Ways and Means Committee, 1937 Session and January of 1938

Box 7
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Fiscal Editorials, January-August 1938

Fiscal Editorials, January-March 15, 1939

Box 8
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Fiscal Editorials, March 16 to May 5, 1939

Fiscal Editorials, May 5 to October 15, 1939

Box 9
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Fiscal Editorials, October 1939 to January 1940

Fiscal Editorials, February 1 to 15, 1940

Box 10
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Fiscal Editorials, February 16 to March 15, 1940


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Series 5: Political Cartoons, 1934?-1939

Flat File

Plaisted, "Rather a High Price for the Preliminary," 1934?

Kirby, "The Climb was Hard Enough Without This!" 1939


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