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Merwin K. Hart papers, 1929-1962

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Hart, Merwin K. (Merwin Kimball), 1881-
Title
Merwin K. Hart papers
Dates
1929-1962 (inclusive)
Quantity
8.0 linear feet, (8 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 121
Summary
Merwin K. Hart (1881-1962) was a lawyer and political figure who founded the New York State Economic Council. The collection contains records from the National Economic Council.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Additional Reference Guides

Paper finding aid with additional information available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Merwin K. Hart was born in 1881 in Utica, New York and educated at Harvard University from which he was graduated in 1904. He read law and was admitted to the New York bar in 1911. In 1914, he formed the Utica Mutual Workmen's Compensation Insurance Company, later the Utica Mutual Insurance Company.

After service in World War I, Hart became increasingly concerned about the problems of government spending and taxation. With James W. Gerard, Hart planned and held the New York State-wide Economic Congress in April, 1929 in order to discuss and search for solutions to those problems. The 1929 economic congress appointed the Committee of Twenty-Five that reorganized in 1931 as the New York State Economic Council with Hart as its president. It was dedicated to the twin goals of lowering taxes and reducing government spending. In 1943, the name was changed to the National Economic Council and actively promoted conservativism in politics and economics.

Although Hart and Franklin Roosevelt were Harvard schoolmates and acquaintances, the two were often great distances apart. Hart, in spite of his service on the Governor's Budget Advisory Commission under Roosevelt, worked in opposition to Roosevelt and his programs.

Hart was also a member of Robert Welch's John Birch Society and served as the head of the New York City Branch until his death in 1962.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Merwin K. Hart Papers consist almost entirely of records of the National Economic Council, its predecessor, the New York State Economic Council, and the spinoff organizations such as the Committee for the Revival of Private Enterprise of which Hart was also the head. The records include information on meetings, publications, addresses, correspondence, statements to Congressional committees, position papers, internal committee files, and reports of Hart's European trips. Of special interest are the files the House Select Committee on Lobbying Activities (the Buchanan Committee) which investigated the National Economic Council in 1950.

The files also include records of the Educational Advisory Committee, which prepared reports on the school systems of Little Falls, New York, and Niagara Falls, New York, as well as reports on social science textbooks (particularly those by Harold Rugg) and on an economics textbook written by Lorie Tarshis.

Major correspondents include Flamen Ball, John B. Bently, William F. Buckley, Jr., Martin Dies, Frank E. Gannett, James H. Gipson, Robert LeFevre, Manuel Maestro, Benjamin Minifie, J. Earl Schaefer, Samuel M. Shoemaker, Robert A. Taft, J. Howard Pew, A. K. Chesterton, George W. Robnett, and Gerald L. K. Smith.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Merwin K. Hart Papers, Coll 121, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series:  National Economic Council material, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
NY Economic Council, Statewide Council on Public Expenditures Meeting
June 10, 1932
1 2
NY Economic Council Meeting
February, 4, 1932
1 3
NY Economic Council Meeting
Dec 15. 1932
1 4
NY Economic Council Meeting
April 17, 1933
1 5
NY Economic Council Meeting
June 14, 1932
1 6
NY Economic Council Meeting
November 10, 1933
1 7
NY Economic Council Meeting
December 16. 1935
1 8
NY Economic Council, Mass Meeting for America
November 29, 1939
1 9
NY Economic Council, Lincoln Incentive System Meeting
September 21, 1944
1 10
National Economic Council, Ignacio Cojendio Meeting
March 23, 1948
1 11
NY Economic Council Membership Letters A-E
1933
1 12
NY Economic Council Membership Letters F-O
1933
1 13
NY Economic Council Membership Letters P-W
1933
1 14
Miscellaneous Letters and Plans
undated
1 15
NY Economic Council Publicity Material
undated
1 16
National Economic Council Open letters
undated
1 17
National Economic Council News Releases
undated
1 18
Book: New York State Wide Economic Congress Committee of Twenty Five New York State Budget Advisory Committee Reports
April 1929-December 23, 1933
1 19
National Economic Council Publications 1
undated
1 20
National Economic Council Publications 2
undated
1 21
National Economic Council Publications 4, “M. K. Hart, American”
undated
1 22
National Economic Council Publications 5
undated
1 23
National Economic Council Addresses
1932-1935
1 24
National Economic Council Addresses
1936-1940
1 25
National Economic Council Addresses
1941-1960
1 26
National Economic Council Addresses
1936
1 27
National Economic Council Addresses Binghamton, NY
December 13, 1939
2 1
Radio Addresses
undated
2 2
Radio Addresses
February 19, 1933
2 3
Radio Address WSYR- Syracuse
March 26, 1933
2 4
Radio Address by Mjr. Gen. J.F.O’ry
April 4, 1933
2 5
Radio Addresses
August 10, 1933
2 6
Radio Address by Merwin K. Hart
March 2, 1934
2 7
Radio Address by MKH
April 8, 1934
2 8
Radio Address by MKH
July 30, 1934
2 9
Radio Talk by MKH
September 18, 1934
2 10
Radio Debate MKH and Arthur Garfield Hays
January 25, 1935
2 11
Radio Address MKH “Child Labor Amendment”
January 27, 1935
2 12
Radio Talk Gen. J. F. O’Ryan
February 27, 1935
2 13
Radio Address MKH Public Affairs Council
February 18, 1935
2 14
Radio Talk MKH
March 15, 1935
2 15
Radio Talk MKH
November 2, 1935
2 16
Debate, Town Hall MKH vs. Sen. Hugo Black
December 5, 1935
2 17
Debate, “Shall we Ratify the Child Labor Amendment”
January 26, 1936
2 18
Radio Broadcast MKH “The Waste of Taxpayer Money”
February 15, 1936
2 19
Radio Broadcast MKH “Relief”
November 16, 1938
2 20
Radio Broadcast MKH “Threat to Private Enterprise”
January 11. 1938
2 21
Broadcast “On the Revival of Private Enterprise” MKH
undated
2 22
Private Enterprise Broadcast A=Arizona thru C=Conneticut
June 11, 1937
2 23
Private Enterprise Broadcast F=Florida thru L=Louisianna
June 11, 1937
2 24
Private Enterprise Broadcast M=Maine thru Montana
undated
2 25
Private Enterprise Broadcast O=Ohio thru P=Pennsylvania
undated
2 26
Private Enterprise Broadcast N=Nebraska thru North Dakota
undated
2 27
NEC Correspondence, American Union for Nationalist Spain
undated
2 28
National Economic Council, Correspondence A
undated
2 29
NEC Correspondence B
undated
2 30
NEC Correspondence Ball, Flamen
undated
2 31
NEC Correspondence Bandak, Yusif
undated
2 32
NEC Correspondence Bentley, John B.
undated
2 33
NEC Correspondence British Broadcasts
undated
2 34
NEC Correspondence Buckley, William F.
undated
2 35
NEC Correspondence C
undated
2 36
NEC Correspondence D
undated
2 37
NEC Correspondence Cavalry Church, NYC
undated
2 38
NEC Correspondence Carlson, John Roy (Review in NY Times)
undated
2 39
NEC Correspondence Dies Committee
1940
2 40
NEC Correspondence DuPont, S.
undated
2 41
NEC Correspondence E,F
undated
2 42
NEC Correspondence Flynn, John T.
undated
2 43
NEC Correspondence Foundation for Freedom
undated
2 44
NEC Correspondence Friends of Democracy
undated
2 45
NEC Correspondence G
undated
2 46
NEC Correspondence Gannett, Frank
undated
3 1
NEC Correspondence Gipson, James H.
undated
3 2
NEC Correspondence Gipson, James H., Sale and Distribution/Cecil Palmer’s Book
undated
3 3
NEC Correspondence H,I,J,K
undated
3 4
NEC Correspondence L
undated
3 5
NEC Correspondence Lafarge, John
undated
3 6
NEC Correspondence Lefevre, Robert
undated
3 7
NEC Correspondence M
undated
3 8
NEC Correspondence Maestro, Manuel
undated
3 9
NEC Correspondence Minifie, Benjamin
undated
3 10
NEC Correspondence National Association of Manufacturers
undated
3 11
NEC Correspondence National Rifle Association
undated
3 12
NEC Correspondence N,O,P
undated
3 13
NEC Correspondence Pearson, Drew
undated
3 14
NEC Correspondence R
undated
3 15
NEC Correspondence Radio Broadcasts
undated
3 16
NEC Correspondence Republican National Committee
undated
3 17
NEC Correspondence Republican Party
undated
3 18
NEC Correspondence Roosevelt, Eleanor
undated
3 19
NEC Correspondence S
undated
3 20
NEC Correspondence Schaefer, J. Earl
undated
3 21
NEC Correspondence Schoenfeld, Dave
undated
3 22
NEC Correspondence Schuyler, George S.
undated
3 23
NEC Correspondence Shoemaker, Samuel
undated
3 24
NEC Correspondence T
undated
3 25
NEC Correspondence Taft, Robert A.
undated
3 26
NEC Correspondence Tague, Otto G.
undated
3 27
NEC Correspondence The Times, NY
undated
3 28
NEC Correspondence United World Federalists
undated
3 29
NEC Correspondence U,V
undated
3 30
NEC Correspondence W,X,Y,Z
undated
3 31
NEC Correspondence Webster, Mrs. Arthur
undated
3 32
NEC Correspondence (Re: World Revolution) Wirt, F.A.
undated
3 33
NEC Correspondence Wood, Robert E.
undated
3 34
NEC, Letters to Editors
undated
3 35
NEC, Position Papers Full Employment Bill
undated
3 36
NEC, Position Papers European Recovery Plan
undated
3 37
NEC, Position Papers Immigration Europe
undated
3 38
NEC, Position Papers Immigration Europe
1944
3 39
NEC, Position Papers International Monetary Fund
undated
3 40
NEC, Position Papers LaFollette Committee
undated
3 41
NEC, Position Papers Third War Powers Bill
undated
3 42
NEC, Statements to Congress 1
undated
3 43
NEC, Statements to Congress 2
undated
3 44
NEC, Statements to Congress 3
undated
3 45
NEC, Statements to Legislature
undated
3 46
NEC, Statements to Republican Party
undated
4 1
Portugal, MKH Trip
undated
4 2
England, MKH Trip
undated
4 3
MKH Correspondence England
1948
4 4
MKH Spain Trip
1948
4 5
MKH Europe Trip Miscellaneous
1948
4 6
MKH Trip France
1948
4 7
MKH Germany Trip correspondence
1953
4 8
MKH Portugal Trip
1955
4 9
MKH France Trip
1955
4 10
MKH Germany Trip
1957
4 11
MKH Spain Trip
1957
4 12
Reports of European Trips
undated
4 13
MKH Trip Caldwell, Idaho
1952
4 14
MKH Trip Seattle, WA
1952
4 15
NY Economic Council, Committee for American Private Enterprise
1937
4 16
National Economic Council, Committees of correspondence
1944
4 17
NEC Educational Advisory Plans/Statements
1933-1934
4 18
NY Economic Council Educational Advisory Committee Carnegie Application
undated
4 19
NY Economic Council, Educational Advisory Committee, Correspondence/Reports
1933-1934
4 20
NYEC EAC Correspondence C.O. Davis
undated
4 21
NYEC EAC Correspondence, F.E. Spaulding
undated
4 22
NYEC EAC Inquiries
1934-1935
4 23
NYEC EAC Little Falls NY Report
1934
4 24
NYEC EAC Little Falls Requests
undated
4 25
NYEC EAC Niagara Falls Report
1934-1935
4 26
NYEC EAC Niagara Falls Report
1935
4 27
NYEC EAC New York City Education
undated
4 28
NYEC EAC Social Science Textbook Invest
undated
5 1
N.Y. Economic Council, Tarshis Textbook Case
1947-1948
5 2
N.Y. Economic Council, Tarshis Textbook Case c21
1948-1949
5 3
N.Y. Economic Council, Educational Advisory Committee, N.Y. Appropriation Hearing
1934
5 4
N.Y. Economic Council, Educational Advisory Committee, State Aid to Ed.
1935
5 5
N.Y. Economic Council, Educational Advisory Committee, “What Price Education”—Pam
undated
5 6
N.E.C., House Investigation, corresp. with committee members
1950
5 7
N.E.C., House Investigation, Statement 6/28. Transcripts 6/6-20-21-28
1950
5 8
N.E.C., House Investigation, Analysis of N.E.C. Contributions
undated
5 9
N.E.C., House Investigation, Memos, Statements, Etc.
1950
5 10
N.E.C., House Investigation, Miscellaneous correspondence
1950
5 11
N.E.C., House Investigation, Re “In Fact” Statement
undated
5 12
N.E.C., House Investigation, General Interim Report
1950
5 13
N.E.C., House Investigation, Re American Enterprise Association
1950
5 14
N.E.C., House Investigation, Clippings, Broadcasts, Etc.
1950
5 15
Article Manuscripts
undated
5 16
Obituaries, Photos, Mementos
undated
5 17
N.E.C., Clippings
undated
5 loose
7 Miscellaneous Congress Hearing Publications
undated
6 loose
Five scrapbooks
undated
7 loose
Two scrapbooks, bound
undated
9 loose
Two scrapbooks, bound; One scrapbook, loose sheets
undated
7 loose
One Poster, Mass Meeting for America: Congressman Martin Dies
undated
8 1
Correspondence—A
undated
8 2
Correspondence—Al-Dujaili
undated
8 3
Correspondence—American Colony Aid Association
undated
8 4
Correspondence—Anti-Detamation League
undated
8 5
Correspondence—Dick, Carl P.
undated
8 6
Correspondence—B
undated
8 7
Correspondence—Browne, Edward R.
undated
8 8
Correspondence—C
undated
8 9
Correspondence—D
undated
8 10
Correspondence—Donner, Robert
undated
8 11
Correspondence—Dunn, Rogers
undated
8 12
Correspondence—E,F
undated
8 13
Correspondence—Fellers, Bonner
undated
8 14
Correspondence—G
undated
8 15
Correspondence—Goethe, C.M.
undated
8 16
Correspondence—Gulf Oil Corporation
undated
8 17
Correspondence—Harnischfeger, Walter
undated
8 18
Correspondence—Harvard University
undated
8 19
Correspondence—H,I,J
undated
8 20
Correspondence—K
undated
8 21
Correspondence—Korda, Geza
undated
8 22
Correspondence—L,M
undated
8 23
Correspondence—N,O,P
undated
8 24
Correspondence—Pew, J. Howard
undated
8 25
Correspondence—R
undated
8 26
Correspondence—Reed, Douglas
undated
8 27
Correspondence—Robnett, George W.
undated
8 28
Correspondence—Spain
undated
8 29
Correspondence—Spain-Letter to Summer Wells
undated
8 30
Correspondence—Stafsing, Ivar
undated
8 31
Correspondence—Stewart, John F.
undated
8 32
Correspondence—S
undated
8 33
Correspondence—T
undated
8 34
Correspondence—U
undated
8 35
Correspondence—V,W
undated
8 36
Correspondence—Webster, Nesta (Mrs. Arthur H.)
undated
8 37
Correspondence—Willoughby, Charles A.
undated
8 38
Correspondence—Wood, Robert E.
undated
8 39
Correspondence—Skorzeny, Otto (Supplement II)
October 1970
8 40
Biographical, In Memoriam Recollections
undated
8 41
Merwin K. Hart Award Dinner
May 10, 1972

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