William Edgar Borah Scrapbooks, 1903-1947  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
William Edgar Borah, 1865-1940.
Title
William Edgar Borah Scrapbooks
Dates
1903-1947 (inclusive)
Quantity
10 linear feet
Collection Number
MG010 (collection)
Summary
Scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and some letters about Senator Borah; also photographs of Borah and recordings of four of his speeches.
Repository
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
83844-2350
Telephone: 208-885-0845
libspec@uidaho.edu
Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William Edgar Borah, Republican Senator from Idaho, was born in Fairfield, Illinois, June 29, 1865, the seventh of ten children born to William Nathan and Elizabeth (West) Borah. He was educated in the public schools near Fairfield and at Enfield College. He spent two years, 1885-1887, at the University of Kansas, but had to withdraw because of illness. He then studied law in the office of his brother-in-law and was admitted to the Kansas bar in 1890.

In 1891 he moved west and settled in Boise, Idaho, where he opened a law office. On April 21, 1895, he married Mary McConnell the daughter of Governor William J. McConnell.

He first became a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1903, but was defeated by Weldon Heyburn. He was elected in 1907 and served in that body until his death in 1940. In 1924 he became chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee; he also served on the Judiciary Committee. He was often mentioned as a presidential candidate, but not until 1936 did he actually enter any primaries; his defeat at the convention by Alf Landon was not unexpected.

William E. Borah died January 19, 1940, following a stroke.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The 56 scrapbooks and 34 folders of mounted newspaper clippings which deal with the political career of William Borah span the years 1903 to 1947, with the bulk of the items from the years 1910-1939. The bound volumes contain, in addition to newspaper clippings and journal articles, some correspondence.

In addition to the clippings, there are photographs of Borah and audio recordings of four of his speeches.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. Clippings and Scrapbooks , 1903-1947Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
A. Mounted Clippings
1906-1947
Box/Folder
1/1-34
Mounted Clippings
578 items
1906-1947
B. Scrapbooks by Subject
1903-1939
Box/Folder
2/35
A. Politics - Miscellaneous
1 item
1906-1907
2/36-37
B, C. Politics - Campaign of 1904
2 items
1904
2/38
D. Politics - Campaigns of 1904, 1906
1 item
1904, 1906
2/39
E. Politics
1 item
1905-1906
2/40
F. Haywood Trial
1 item
1907
2/41
G. Haywood Trial; Borah Trial for Fraud
1 item
1907
2/42
H. Borah Trial for Fraud
1 item
1907
2/43
I. Politics
1 item
January-May 1907
os/44
J. Politics and Miscellaneous
1 item
Dec. 1907- May 1908
2/45
K. Brownsville Affair
1 item
January-April 1908
os/46
L. Taft-Sherman Campaign of 1908
1 item
1908
2/47
M. Politics and Miscellaneous
1 item
1908-1910
2/48
N. Public Land Laws and Public Land Policy
1 item
1908-1909
2/49-50
O, P. Politics - Direct Election of Senators
1 item
1910-1913
2/51
Q. Personal
1 item
(contains photo of Borah's birthplace)
1911-1912
os/52
R. Convention and Campaign of 1912 (contains photo of Borah and President Taft)
1 item
1912
os/53
S. Politics - Speculation on Borah for President
1 item
1912-1916
3/54
T. Memoranda Relative to Republican Policies and Party Action
1 item
1912-1916
3/55
U. Borah for President, Convention of 1916, Contemplated Retirement
1 item
1914-1917
3/56
V
1 item
1922-1928
3/57
W
1 item
1918-1928
3/58
X. Chairman Senate Foreign Relation Committee
1 item
1922-1928
3/59-61
Y. Editorial comment on radio address of Senator Borah
3 items
July 23, 1932
4/62-63
Z. Supreme Court Reorganization
2 items
1937
4/64
AA. License Bill Monopoly
1 item
1937-1939
os/65
BB. Borah for President
1 item
1935-1936
C. Scrapbooks by Date
1920-1939
Box/Folder
4/66-68
1-3
3 items
December 1920-June 1924
os/69-90
4-25
22 items
July 1924-November 1939

Series II. Other Material Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/91
Lists of Items in Borah Family Gifts to the Library
3 items
1950-1966
5/92
Invitations
6 items
1914-1945
5/93
Date Book belonging to Mrs. Borah
1 item
1943
5/94
Bound volume entitled "Politics" containing handwritten notes by W.E. Borah
1 item
undated
5/95
Photographs
12 items
undated
5/96
Aluminum phonodiscs of four of Borah's speeches
14 items
1938, 1939
5/97
Reel to Reel tape recordings of above speeches
4 items
5/98
The Biggest Steal in the World's History, compiled by Warren G. Davenport
1 item
1937
5/99
Printing block for William Edgar Borah Memorial Library bookplate
1 item
undated
os/100
Certificate of appreciation from the employees of the Chief Clerks Offices, Royal Hungarian Ministry of Justice
1 item
1931
os/101
Wood plaque presented to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee re: Roosevelt's attempt to pack the court
1 item
1937?

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Legislators--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940--Archives