Allen and Frances Wheeler Sayler Papers, 1945-1967  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Allen and Frances Wheeler Sayler Papers
Dates
1945-1967
Quantity
.4 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2513, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Allen and Frances Wheeler Sayler Papers consist of the original manuscript biography of Burton K. Wheeler written by Frances, along with a collection of letters written by Wheeler to Allen Sayler in the years following Frances' death. Also included is a box of index cards with bibliographic notations created by Frances Wheeler Sayler while working on her biographical manuscript.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Frances Wheeler Sayler (1916-1957) was the second youngest daughter of Montana Senator Burton Kendall Wheeler. She met Allen Sayler (1909-1989) while investigating labor practices for the LaFollette Committee in the late 1930s. Allen had been working with the FCC, and Frances was on loan from the Women's Labor Board. They both went on to work with unions, and Allen set up a radio station for the United Auto Workers in the Midwest. He later chaired the Wallace campaign for president in Michigan in 1948. Frances continued her political activities as a labor worker and a member of the Committee to End the Poll Tax, challenging discriminatory practices in Maryland and elsewhere. The couple was investigated by the FBI as a result of their work, and Frances, along with her father, gave testimony to the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in the early 1950s. In addition to her career as a labor worker, Frances began researching and writing a biography of her father after his retirement from the U.S. Senate in 1946. The manuscript was never fully completed before Frances' death in April, 1957, but it provided the base for Yankee from the West, Burton K. Wheeler's autobiography written in 1962. In 1957 Allen moved his children to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked as an advertising salesman for a radio station owned by Wheeler's son Richard. He also returned to graduate school in Arizona to qualify as a high school teacher. Allen kept up a correspondence with his father-in-law during his years in Arizona in which they exchanged both family news and political opinions.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Sayler papers consist of the original manuscript biography of Burton K. Wheeler written by Frances, along with a collection of letters written by Wheeler to Allen Sayler in the years following Frances' death. The manuscript consists of multiple chapters that were assigned alphabetic headings. These preliminary chapters were revised and corrected as the writing continued, but sometimes the letter assigned to a particular episode was changed in the process. The arrangement of the chapters in alphabetical order does not follow the chronology of the narrative, but is the best manner to demonstrate the author's work in composition and revision. In those cases where more than one chapter was given the same letter, the earliest versions have been placed first in the file order. Two folders in the collection include sixteen original letters by Burton K. Wheeler to Allen Sayler in chronological order. The letters include family news and Wheeler's opinions on political issues of the day. Also included is a signed letter from Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater to Sayler congratulating him on his completion of his graduate degree in 1963. The final four folders in this collection were added on March 8, 2011 and contain three additional chapters to the manuscript and a carbon copy of a letter from the senator to John Wheeler dated December 12, 1934. A box of index cards with bibliographic notations created by Frances Wheeler Sayler while working on her biographical manuscript was added on August 30, 2011.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Chapter "A"
1/2 Chapter "B"
1/3 Chapter "B"
1/4 Chapter "C"
1/5 Chapter "C"
1/6 Chapter "D"
1/7 Chapter "D"
1/8 Chapter "E"
1/9 Chapter "F"
1/10 Chapter "G"
1/11 Chapter "H"
1/12 Chapter "H"
1/13 Chapter "I"
1/14 Chapter "I"
1/15 Chapter "J"
1/16 Chapter "J"
1/17 Chapter "J"
1/18 Chapter "J"
1/19 Chapter "K"
1/20 Chapter "K"
1/21 Chapter "L"
1/22 Chapter "L"
1/23 Chapter "M"
1/24 Chapter "M"
1/25 Chapter "N"
1/26 Chapter "N"
1/27 Chapter "O"
1/28 Chapter "O/P"
1/29 Chapter "R"
1/30 Chapter "T"
1/31 Chapter "U"
1/32 Letters 1945-1959
1/33 Letters 1961-1967
1/34 Chapter "Q"
1/35 Chapter "S"
1/36 Chapter "V"
1/37 Letter 1934
Box
2 Index cards

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Legislators-United States-Biography
  • Senators, U.S. Congress-Montana-Biography
  • Women biographers
  • Personal Names :
  • Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-1998-Correspondence
  • Wheeler, Burton K. (Burton Kendall), 1882-1975
  • Wheeler, Burton K. (Burton Kendall), 1882-1975-Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States-Congress-Senate-Biography
  • Family Names :
  • Wheeler, Burton K. (Burton Kendall), 1882-1975-Family
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States-Politics and government-1901-1953
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Biographies
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Sayler, Allen, 1909-1989 (creator)
    • Sayler, Frances Wheeler, 1916-1957 (creator)