Dewey, Thomas E.

Location: D.58

Database:Dewey Papers Register

The Thomas E. Dewey Papers at the University of Rochester Library have been organized in fourteen major series with each series containing several related files. A summary index of the series follows below.

Though a series may contain several different files, the box numbering within each series is consecutive. Further, each box contains numbered folders. Thus, a folder may be identified by a series number, box number and folder number, or by a series name, file name and folder label (numbered identification is preferred over name identification).

The register for this collection is searchable online. The text of the Herlands Report and appendices can be accessed online.Please note that the scrapbooks (Series 3) have been microfilmed for preservation reasons; the reels are available in the Microtext Center, call number FILM .D519.

An article about the collection that appeared in the University of Rochester Library Bulletin (Spring 1955) is available online.Gift of Thomas E. Dewey and his estate since 1955.


March 24, 1902: Born in Owosso, Michigan

1919-23: Attended University of Michigan, Graduated A. B.

1923-25: Attended Columbia University Law School, Graduated LL. B.

1925-27: Associate of Larkin, Rathbone and Perry law firm

1926: Admitted to Bar of New York

1927-31: Associate of MacNamara and Seymour law firm

1931-33: Chief Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of New York

1933: United States Attorney, Southern District of New York

1934-35: Private law practice

1934: Counsel to Association of the Bar of New York

1935-37: Special Prosecutor, Investigation of organized crime

1938-43: District Attorney of New York County

1938: Republican Candidate for Governor of New York State

1943-1955: Governor of New York State

1944, 1948: Republican Candidate for President of the United States; Defeated by Roosevelt in 1944 and Truman in 1948

1955-1971: Member of Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer and Wood law firm

March 16, 1971: Died



Series 1: Early Career (1925-1942)

Series 2: Campaigns (1938, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1960, 1964)

Series 3: Scrapbooks of Newspaper Clippings (1933-1957)

Series 4: First Term Governor Correspondence (1943-1946)

Series 5: Second Term Governor Correspondence (1947-1950)

Series 6: Third Term Governor Correspondence (1951-1954)

Series 7: Miscellaneous Governor Material (1943-1954)

Series 8: Post Governor Correspondence (1955-1971)

Series 9: Speeches (1935-1966)

Series 10: Personal Papers and Material

Series 11: Calendars and Photographs

Series 12: Memorabilia and Other Items

Series 13: Addition to the papers of items received in 1979
2015 Accrual:
Box 35
Folder 8. Letter from Thomas Dewey to Walter Snider of New Orleans, Louisiana, May 22, 1941.
Provenance: This letter was the gift of Katherine Ornett Ohman.

Series 14: Dewey Ephemera


SERIES 1: EARLY CAREER (1925-1942)

96 five-inch manuscript boxes

  • Pre-District Attorney (3 boxes)
  • Private Law Cases (8 boxes)
  • District Attorney Personal Correspondence (50 boxes)
  • District Attorney General Correspondence (15 boxes)
  • District Attorney Un-Answered Letters (5 boxes)
  • Harold Keller Correspondence (5 boxes)
  • Congratulatories (1 box)
  • Statements (1 box)
  • District Attorney Law Materials (6 boxes)
  • District Attorney Office Materials (2 boxes)

Pre-District Attorney (boxes 1-3)

Dewey's correspondence between 1925 and 1937 is divided into two categories, personal and general. "Personal" refers to letters to and from family and friends, and reports and records dealing with Dewey's finances. "General" contains mainly letters regarding Dewey's activities in the Republican Party, with some correspondence on official positions, appointments, and recommendations. The folders are arranged in chronological order, where possible. One folder with material on the District Attorney budget from 1930 to 1937, before Dewey entered that office, is also located in this section.

Private Law Cases (boxes 4-11)

All the existing private law cases, 1925-1937, that Dewey handled and some of the more important cases during his term as District Attorney, 1938-1942, are listed in alphabetical order according to the name of the case. A few of the major cases included are Eurydice Gold Mining Company v. Securities and Exchange Commission, Albert J. Weber, and Irving Wexler (alias Waxey Gordon).

District Attorney Personal Correspondence (boxes 12-61)

Correspondence of Dewey during his term as District Attorney, 1938-1942, with friends and family is contained is this section and is listed in alphabetical order. Some of the subjects represented in the correspondence are invitations, support in campaigns, and support or recommendations for Dewey's position on many local, state, national, or international topics. In the register listing, the folders that do not contain correspondence with a with specific person or group are listed along the left margin, with folders of letters of specific persons or groups indented several spaces.

District Attorney General Correspondence (boxes 62-76)

This file contains correspondence from the general public and is filed in alphabetical order by the name of the correspondent. Most of the letters and carbons of replies fall into four general subject areas: requests for autographs, photographs or speeches; support of policies or actions; editorials from newspapers in support of Dewey; extended letters presenting viewpoints of individuals or groups on certain issues. Most replies are signed by Harold Keller as Secretary to the District Attorney, with only a few by Dewey or other members of the staff, (Lamoyne A. Jones, Arthur A. Ballantine, and Lilian G. Rosse).

District Attorney Un-Answered Letters (boxes 77-81)

The title of "Un-Answered" has been imposed on this file, dating from 1938 to 1942, because it represents about ninety-five per cent of the correspondence found in the file. A very small number of answered letters do appear, but were not transferred to another section in order not to disturb the original file from Dewey's office. The letters are filed in alphabetical order in inclusive folders.

Harold Keller Correspondence (boxes 82-86)

This section contains routine letters answered by Harold Keller, but separate from the previous file for office purposes. Dewey's absences at different times from the office, his work load, or case preparation are the major reasons given for Dewey not answering personally. The original letters received by the office do not appear, only the carbons of replies sent by Keller. The replies answer, for the most part, letters that seem to have concerned support for Dewey and his office in various investigations in New York County.

Congratulatories, 1934-35 (box 87)

Letters of congratulations are arranged in alphabetical order in this section for Dewey's appointment as Special Prosecutor and his activities in that office.

Statements, 1934-35 (box 88)

This section consists of public statements made by Dewey during the campaign and while in office as District Attorney. They are arranged in approximate alphabetical order.

District Attorney Law Materials (boxes 89-94)

Briefs, trial notes, transcripts of hearings and trials while Dewey was District Attorney are arranged in approximate alphabetical order. Also, some materials related to Dewey's activity in several bar associations.

District Attorney Office Material (boxes 95-96)

Included in this section are references, biographies, applications, bills, documents and other material related to the administrative function of the District Attorney's office. Also, some material on Dewey's "The Case Against the New Deal" (1940) and "An American of this Century" (1944) by Stanley Walker is included.

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SERIES 2: CAMPAIGNS (1938, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1960, 1964)


117 five-inch manuscript boxes

  • 1937 District Attorney and 1938 Gubernatorial (1 box)
  • 1940 Presidential (4 boxes)
  • 1942 Gubernatorial (4 boxes)
  • 1942 Gubernatorial Correspondence (5 boxes)
  • 1944 Presidential (1 box)
  • 1946 Gubernatorial (1 box)
  • 1948 Presidential, Oregon Primary (4 boxes)
  • 1948 Presidential, State File (13 boxes)
  • 1948 Presidential, Republican National Committee, Outgoing Correspondence (4 boxes)
  • 1948 Presidential, Topical File (13 boxes)
  • 1948 Presidential, Dewey Headquarters, Incoming Correspondence (54 boxes)
  • 1948 Presidential, Dewey Headquarters, Outgoing Correspondence (12 boxes)
  • 1950 Gubernatorial; 1960 and 1964 Presidential (1 box)

1937 District Attorney and 1938 Gubernatorial (box 1)

This box contains several folders of reports and background information used in Dewey's campaign for District Attorney in New York. Also, one folder contains material from his unsuccessful campaign for governor in 1938 against incumbent, Herbert Lehman.

1940 Presidential (boxes 2-5)

Thomas Dewey, then District Attorney for New York County, was a serious contender for the Republican nomination for president in 1940. These four boxes contain campaign material, itineraries, reports, polls, and press releases and reports prior to the Republican Convention, when Wendell WiIkie won the nomination.

1942 Gubernatorial (boxes 6-9)

These four boxes contain campaign material, itineraries, statements, biographies and research reports for the Dewey's successful campaign for the Governorship in 1942.

1942 Gubernatorial Correspondence (boxes 10-14)

This is an alphabetical file of correspondence received and carbon copies of replies concerning issues, endorsements, invitations, and other related matters dealing with the 1942 election.

1944 Presidential (box 15)

Thomas Dewey ran an unsuccessful campaign against Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Presidency in 1944, and this box contains material related to that campaign, including election returns, Democratic literature, and lists of campaign workers. See also Series 2, Box 119.

1946 Gubernatorial (box 16)

Dewey's campaign for reelection to the Governorship was for the most part unopposed and thus little material was generated in the campaign. This box contains primarily finance committee releases, radio speeches during the campaign, and reports of campaign contributions.

1948 Presidential, Oregon Primary (boxes 17-20)

These four boxes are a separate file from the large amount of material from the 1948 campaign that deals specifically with the Oregon primary election. They include campaign material, literature, itineraries, news releases used in the primary campaign. Also, there are several folders of correspondence, in alphabetical order, that deal specifically with the Oregon primary and the issues involved in that campaign. Many of the letters also deal with requests, congratulations, and name gathering of supportive community leaders in Oregon.

1948 Presidential, State File (boxes 21-33)

A file on each state and large territory was maintained during the 1948 campaign and is filed in these boxes. Each state has three folders which regularly contain the following information: pink label--correspondence after July, 1948 from that state; yellow label--correspondence before July, 1948 from that state; gold label--list of delegates and correspondence regarding delegates. Exceptions, such as missing folders or a different break downs in the folders, are noted with special notes in the register.

1948 Presidential, Republican National Committee, Outgoing Correspondence (boxes 34-37)

These boxes contain carbons of correspondence sent by the Republican National Committee with respect to the Dewey campaign. The carbons are arranged alphabetically by name, with no chronological order at all, and also include cross references to outgoing correspondence from Dewey Headquarters (a later subsection) by name and state. A few of the many subjects included in the carbons are: Republican platform, itineraries of speeches, appreciation to campaign and committee workers, information on party leaders in different states, and party financial concerns. There are many more topics included; almost every letter deals with a unique situation of the campaign.

1948 Presidential, Topical File (boxes 38-50)

Correspondence and reports dealing specifically with topics of the campaign have been separately filed alphabetically in these boxes. The topics include prominent people, events, positions, groups, reports and other general campaign concerns.

1948 Presidential, Dewey Headquarters, Incoming Correspondence (boxes 51-104)

These boxes contain letters and telegrams received by Governor Dewey's campaign headquarters and primarily deal with campaign issues, the conduct of Dewey's campaign, and requests for information. These are only letters received by Dewey's office and are in alphabetical order. The carbon copies of the replies are tiled in the next subsection. A code appears on most of the letters which might indicate the type of answer to be sent.

1948 Presidential, Dewey Headquarters, Outgoing Correspondence (boxes 105-116)

All answers to inquiries into Dewey's position on issues, his conduct during the campaign, and requests for information are filed in these boxes by the state from which the letter was written. Within each state or territory, the answers are filed alphabetically by the name of the writer, with some states also divided into three or four chronological time periods.

Presidential Campaign (boxes 117-119)

These boxes contain mimeographed and carbon copies of statements made by Dewey or about him during the 1948 Presidential campaign. A record of radio announcements and addresses concerning the 1944 Presidential campaign is included in the third box.

1950 Gubernatorial, 1960 and 1964 Presidential (box 120)

Several letters, articles and bills are contained in the two folders of the 1950 and 1960 campaigns. Three binders of delegate information for the 1964 Republican convention are also included in this box.

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PLEASE NOTE: These Scrapbooks have been microfilmed for preservation reasons. They are available in the Microtext Center, call number FILM .D519.


269 four-inch scrapbook volumes
2 12" x 15" transfer boxes

  • Early News, December 11, 1939 -- December 31, 1940 (4 volumes)
  • Early Features, December 11, 1939 -- May 29, 1940 (3 volumes)
  • Editorials, September 28, 1938 -- December 31, 1940 (13 volumes)
  • News, November 20, 1933 -- June 11, 1957 (153 volumes)
  • Political, December 13, 1943 -- December 31, 1954 (82 volumes)
  • Out of New York State, December 3, 1942 -- October 27, 1953 (11 volumes)
  • Miscellaneous, September 1, 1933 -- December 31, 1957 (3 volumes, 2 boxes)


This collection of original newspaper articles about Thomas E. Dewey is arbitrarily divided into several sections of articles. The difference between volumes of similar material and overlapping time periods can only be explained by the possibility of more than one collector. The articles are well documented, with newspaper name and date of publication of the particular article. Due to the age and fragility of the scrapbooks, researchers are requested to use the microfilmed copies in the Government Documents and Microtext Center of Rush Rhees Library. The call number for the microfilmed scrapbooks is FILM.D519.

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204 five-inch manuscript boxes
68 12"x15" transfer boxes

  • Personal Correspondence (204 boxes)
  • General Correspondence (68 boxes)

First Term Governor Correspondence

Correspondence for each of the three terms that Thomas Dewey was Governor of New York State has been separated into two divisions. Each division, personal and general, contains a wide variety of topics and includes, for the most part, both the letter received and a carbon copy of the reply attached to the letter. Basic arrangement is alphabetical order by name or group or subject.

The section labeled "personal" contains letters and telegrams from primarily political or social friends and deal with Dewey's life as a person. Invitations, holiday greetings, congratulatories, letters of support or good-will are some of the broad areas that these letters cover. Most of the letters are filed by the name of the sender rather than the subject of the letter.

The section labeled "general" correspondence deals primarily with official functions of the Governor's office and with areas of New York State government: legislation, executive agency decisions and reports, and local, state and national political issues. Most of the letters are filed by name of an agency, commission or group with fewer personal names used in filing than in the "personal" section.

In the register listings, the folder titles that are indented two spaces contain letters that deal specifically with that name, group or subject. All other folder titles are not indented and are general alphabetical subdivisions. These folders contain letters from a person, group or about a subject that do not warrant entire folders because there are only a few pieces. Specific folders fall behind general folders of the same letters.

For example, only one letter from a person named Robert Fisher would appear in the general folder (left margin) labeled "Fis" or "Fish" or "Fisher" (depending on which one was listed). But if a large number of letters were sent by Fisher, then there would be a specific folder (indented two spaces) with "Fisher, Robert" as the label. It would follow whichever of the above general folders appeared in the listing.

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210 five-inch manuscript boxes
98 12" x 15" transfer boxes

  • Personal Correspondence (210 boxes)
  • General Correspondence (98 boxes)

Second Term Governor Correspondence

The two subdivisions of the second term of Governor Dewey are the same as the first term, personal and general. Also, the register listing, with general folders along the left margin and specific folders indented, and the material contained in this series is the same as in the first term correspondence.

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144 five-inch manuscript boxes
84 12" x 15" transfer boxes

  • Personal Correspondence (144 boxes)
  • General Correspondence (84 boxes)

Third Term Governor Correspondence

The correspondence from the third term of Thomas Dewey as Governor of New York State also is divided into personal and general files, with specific folder labels indented from the general folder labels and similar material filed in alphabetical order. The three series' of gubernatorial correspondence are all treated the same way: similar listing, divisions, and subjects.


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119 five-inch manuscript boxes

  • Major Legislation (10 boxes)
  • General Legislation by Subject (13 boxes)
  • General Legislation by Department (21 boxes)
  • Commissions and Authorities (4 boxes)
  • Board of Review of Veterans Affairs (4 boxes)
  • Appointments, 1943-54 (59 boxes)
  • Labor Department (5 boxes)
  • Executive Clemency Cases (1 box)

Major Legislation (boxes 1-10)

This first section contains, in alphabetical order, the more important legislation passed and enacted between 1943 and 1954 by the State of New York. The folders contain some correspondence concerning the bills or laws, copies of the legislation itself, research reports and background information in the subject area, and executive agency opinions and reports on the legislation.

General Legislation by Subject (boxes 11-23)

These boxes contain the minor bills considered and laws enacted during Dewey's three terms as governor. Pertinent correspondence, copies of the legislation, relevant reports or surveys, general information, memos, and executive agency reports are included. The file is organized in alphabetical order by subject.

General Legislation by Department (boxes 24-44)

This section is the same as the "General Legislation by Subject", above, except that the material is filed by department rather than subject.

Commissions and Authorities (boxes 45-48)

This section contains reports, recommendations, applications, and other material prepared for the Governor's office by various state and regional commissions and authorities. The folders are filed alphabetically by the name of the commission or authority.

Board of Review of Veterans Affairs (boxes 49-52)

These boxes contain material prepared by this special review board and is filed in alphabetical order. The last box contains reports and evaluations of counselor interviews conducted throughout the state concerning veteran affairs.

Appointments, 1943-54 (boxes 53-113)

This large group of folders contains background information, recommendations, and applications pertaining to the many appointments the Governor Dewey made while in office. They are listed, first in alphabetical order by the name of the office or department, and then each departments list of names is in alphabetical order.

Labor Department (boxes 114-110)

These boxes contain similar material to the sections above but are only concerned with the Labor Department and all of its subdivisions. The folders are arranged in alphabetical order.

Executive Clemency Cases (box 119)

This box contains reports of capital cases that were brought before Governor Dewey for Executive Clemency appeals. The report of the case, transcript of the trial, and background information on the individuals is included. The four binders are in chronological order.

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86 five-inch manuscript boxes

  • Early Personal (13 boxes)
  • Late Personal (17 boxes)
  • Early General (50 boxes)
  • Late General (6 boxes)

Post Governor Correspondence

The correspondence of Thomas Dewey, after he left the governor's office and returned to private law practice has, similar to his tenure as governor, been separated into personal and general. Also, in order to maintain the original files, two general, overlapping time periods are delineated. Early correspondence dates primarily from 1955 when Dewey left office until around 1964. Late correspondence dates from then until his death in 1971. There are several letters that overlap the date 1964.

However, the delineation between personal and general is different when compared with the gubernatorial correspondence. Personal letters and telegrams after Dewey left office are of an even more personal nature for they deal almost exclusively with social and political friends writing to Dewey on subjects such as financial matters, old friendships, holiday greetings and contemporary campaign issues and material. The folder titles are primarily names of groups or people with only one miscellaneous folder for each alphabetical letter.

The term general in this series pertains to letters from people unknown to Dewey, sent from all over the country. For the most part, the letters make requests, express opinions, or comment on contemporary political issues, especially with regard to the Republican party. These letters, and carbon copies of answers, are completely filed in general, inclusive folders.

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SERIES 9: SPEECHES (1935-1966)


44 five-inch manuscript boxes

  • Speeches by Dewey (34 boxes)
  • Speeches by Others (3 boxes)
  • Statements (3 boxes)
  • Campaign Speech Material (4 boxes)

Speeches by Dewey (boxes 1-34)

These boxes usually contain typescript, reading copies, and/or press releases of speeches made by Thomas Dewey during his life as a public figure, in office and in private life. Each folder label contains the date of the speech, and may contain the place, the subject, or the audience of the speech. Speeches broadcast over radio and television are also included and noted. The subject matter varies greatly with the topics usually being issues of interest at the time the speech was made.

Speeches by Others (boxes 35-37)

This collection of speeches is in chronological order and includes the date and the person who made the speech, and in some instances, the place and the subject. Again, typescript copies are included. The speeches themselves were given by public figures for, with a few against, Tom Dewey and his position on issues at that time.

Statements (boxes 38-40)

These boxes contain a chronological collection of press releases and public statements made by Dewey through the governor's office. They deal with events of the day, campaign or legislative issues, or general announcements of the office.

Campaign Speech Material (boxes 41-44)

This is a collection of information and material acquired through research on a wide variety of subjects, primarily campaign issues. The topics are listed in alphabetical order for the years: 1937, 1940, 1942. One folder contains material from surveys in 1941.

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160 five-inch manuscript boxes

  • Dewey Correspondence (47 boxes)
  • Mrs. Dewey Correspondence (33 boxes)
  • Hutt Correspondence (2 boxes)
  • Mrs. Annie T. Dewey (1 box)
  • Personal Papers, Dewey (5 boxes)
  • Personal Papers, Mrs. Dewey (2 boxes)
  • Finances (12 boxes)
  • Pawling Farm (10 boxes)
  • Organizations (3 boxes)
  • Hughes Biography (6 boxes)
  • Far Pacific (13 boxes)
  • Bills (14 boxes)

This series includes several unrelated groups of material dealing with various aspects of Dewey's personal life.

Dewey Correspondence (boxes 1-47)

Personal correspondence with Dewey at his residence is filed in alphabetical order in forty-seven boxes and covers his entire adult life (1930-1971), with the bulk of material dated during his terms in public office. The letters and telegrams are primarily between Dewey and his closest political and social friends. Some of the more prominent names include Herbert Brownell, John Foster Dulles, Dwight Eisenhower, Roger Strauss, and Arthur Vanderbilt. Also, included are personal files dealing with organizations such as bar associations, meetings such as governor's conferences, and various lists and state committees and commissions.

Mrs. Dewey Correspondence (boxes 48-80)

The personal correspondence of Mrs. Thomas Dewey is divided into three sections -- before 1943, 1943-1955, after 1955. These thirty-three boxes include letters and telegrams received and carbons of replies sent by Mrs. Dewey concerning her life as the wife of a prominent political figure. The majority of material is invitations to various social events and parties, with some items related to the private life of the Dewey family and Mrs. Dewey's contacts around the country.

Hutt Correspondence (boxes 81-82)

Two boxes contain condolences and sympathy messages and answers upon the deaths of Mrs. Dewey's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orla T. Hutt.

Mrs. Annie T. Dewey (box 83)

A box of correspondence and financial material of Dewey's mother, Annie, Mrs. George M. Dewey, dates from 1936 to 1942. The correspondence is mainly between Dewey and his mother during his rise to prominence as District Attorney; but correspondence between his mother and other members of the Dewey family is also included. The financial material is mainly stock sheets and reports of her investments and income tax information.

Personal Papers, Dewey (boxes 84-88)

The personal papers of Dewey contain correspondence, documents, contracts, and miscellaneous papers on a variety of subjects in Dewey's personal life and are contained in five boxes in alphabetical order. A few of the topics include apartments, automobiles, insurance, clubs, etc. These deal mainly with Dewey's personal life after leaving public office.

Personal Papers, Mrs. Dewey (boxes 89-90)

These two boxes contain the personal papers of Mrs. Dewey, are arranged in alphabetical order in folders labeled with letters, and deal more with the Dewey household

Finances (boxes 91-102)

Twelve boxes contain major financial reports of Dewey and his family's investments. Included are such items as: 1935-36 business ledgers; brokerage statements and correspondence from Shearson/Hammill for 1938-42, and 1954-1966; appraisals and correspondence from Brundage, Story and Rose for 1967-1970, statements of Dewey's mother's portfolio for 1938-1953; material covering oil ventures; and securities held by Dewey after 1955.

Pawling Farm (boxes 103-112)

Various correspondence and material dealing with Dewey's Dapplemere Farm at Pawling, New York is contained in these ten boxes. They are divided into three section--before 1943, 1943-1955, and after 1955--with each section in alphabetical order. Included is material dealing with the operation and maintenance of the farm, the personnel working the farm, and the local townspeople and Dewey's relations with them.

Organizations (boxes 113-115)

Three boxes contain correspondence and various reports, agendas, lists, summaries, etc. relating to the many organizations Dewey was involved with. This material is in alphabetical order and deals with Dewey's activity after 1955.

Articles (boxes 116-117)

Various magazine articles about Dewey and written by him are contained in two boxes and are filed in alphabetical order by title or subject or author. The bulk of them are from the late 1930's and early 1940's and deal with Dewey's various public positions and campaigns for office.

Hughes Biography (boxes 118-123)

Six boxes contain typewritten drafts, notes, some correspondence, and the final galley sheets of the biography "Thomas E. Dewey, Attorney for the People" by Rupert Hughes.

Far Pacific (boxes 124-136)

Thirteen boxes of material and correspondence deal with Dewey's two trips to the Pacific Ocean and far eastern countries, and the book he wrote about his travels. Correspondence is divided in to the 1951 trip, 1957 trip, and that on the trips, and is in alphabetical order. Dewey's journey books, transcripts of tape recordings made during the trips, and material on many of the of the places visited is included. Also, the rough drafts by chapter, final draft, and galley sheets are in the last three boxes.

Bills (boxes 137-160)

These boxes contain four groups of miscellaneous bills, receipts and other similar material. The groups include the bills of Dewey, Mrs. Dewey, the Executive Mansion, and the Pawling Farm. They are arranged in chronological order within each group by year.

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17 five-inch manuscript boxes
14 unboxed scrapbooks

  • Engagement Calendars (4 boxes)
  • Photographs (13 boxes, 14 scrapbooks)

This series contains two somewhat unrelated files -- desk calendars and various photographs.

The desk calendars, contained in the first four boxes, are arranged in chronological order and date from 1934 until 1956. The information on the pages includes names of appointments with a few notes on selected meetings, and is written, for the most part, in Dewey's own hand.

The remaining thirteen boxes contain a file of photographs, mostly eight by ten inch black and white, of Dewey's public career and private life. The first box contains family portraits, the next ten and a half boxes are a chronological record of pictures dating from 1904 until 1957; and the last one and a half boxes are arranged alphabetically and cover subjects such as ceremonies, organizations, dinners, speeches, various people, and a parade in Owosso, Michigan.

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199 Items

  • Phonograph Records (141 Items)
  • Tape Recordings (19 Items)
  • Films (38 Items)
  • DVD (1 item)

This series is divided into five categories of material. The first, phonograph records, contains, for the most part, 16" plastic disks, dating from 1943, which contain recordings of many of Dewey's speeches. Also, various campaign songs and speeches by others for Dewey are included. They are arranged in approximate chronological order, with typewritten copies available in Series 9, Speeches.

Several of Dewey's speeches are also recorded on magnetic tape. These are mostly later speeches, from 1948 on. The tapes also include a biography of Dewey and memo-belts from his trip to the Far East. They are arranged in approximate chronological order.

The films are mostly 16mm, black and white, sound video recordings of Dewey's activities in campaigns and in office and date from 1937. Most are speeches, but some include interviews, summary of campaigns, and biographies, and all are in approximate chronological order.

There is one DVD, The Contenders: The Ran & Lost but Changed political history, C-SPAN, 2011.

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35 manuscript boxes

  • Background Notes and Drafts for autobiography including research interviews by Harlan Phillips (8 boxes)
  • Biographies by others. Barry K. Beyer, Richard Smith, Oral History Project Interviews (2 boxes)
  • Herlands Investigation of Luciano Pardon, 1954, including material from Kefauver Committee Hearings, 1950-1951 (7 boxes)
  • Death of Frances (Huts) Dewey. July 21, 1970 (5 boxes)
  • Death of Thomas E. Dewey. March 16, 1971 (7 boxes)
  • R Burdell Bixby Files on Thomas E. Dewey, includes speech file, 1955-1964 (6 boxes)

This series consists of material received in 1979. Whenever possible, files were returned to the series of which they originally formed a part. The rest is divided into 6 unrelated groups.

Background notes and drafts for autobiography (boxes 1-8)

This section contains correspondence about the production of T.E. Dewey's autobiography, background files, outlines created by a research assistant, Tanya Melich, research interviews conducted by Harlan Phillips, and successive drafts by Dewey of the first four chapters of the autobiography. The book was never completed, and was edited by Rodney Campbell and published in 1974 as Twenty Against The Underworld.

Biographies by others (boxes 9-10)

This section contains correspondence with the authors and drafts of biographical studies of Dewey. Barry K. Beyer wrote his dissertation on Thomas E. Dewey 1937-1947; a study in political leadership and received the Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1962.

Dewey contributed an interview in 1965 to the John Foster Dulles Oral History Project at Princeton. He also corresponded with the Columbia Oral History Project about becoming the subject of a series of interviews, but nothing resulted.

This section also contains the senior honors thesis written by Richard N. Smith while a student at Harvard, "Thomas E. Dewey and the evolution of modern Republicanism," and a journalist's article on writing about Dewey, possibly published in the mid 1940's.

Herlands Investigation of Organized Crime, 1954 and Kefauver Committee Hearings, 1950-1951 (boxes 11-17)

Williams Herlands, Dewey's director of investigations for the State of New York was instructed in 1954 to establish the facts regarding the pardon of Lucky Luciano for services to U.S. Naval Intelligence during World War II. This section contains transcripts of testimony by witnesses, background files on Luciano, photostats of material from the Kefauver Committee Hearings on Organized Crime, and the text of the Herlands Report and appedices.

Death of Frances (Huts) Dewey (boxes 18-22)

This section contains files, newspaper clippings and letters of condolence after the death from cancer of Mrs. Dewey, July 21, 1970.

Death of Thomas E. Dewey (boxes 23-28)

This section contains files, newspaper clippings, official resolutions and letters of condolence after the death of Thomas E. Dewey, March 16, 1971.

R. Burdell Bixby Files (boxes 29-35)

This section contains files maintained by Burdell Bixby, Dewey's secretary and political associate relating to political activities of Dewey from 1955 to 1964. Boxes 29-30 contain speeches which may be duplicated in Series 10. Boxes 31-35 are correspondence files.

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40 Boxes

This series contains Dewey memorabilia and some of Dewey's personal belongings. Included are his various educational degrees (including honorary degrees), numerous awards, various magazines with articles by and about Dewey, programs for various functions, commemorative medals and badges, campaign buttons, plaques given to Dewey and other items given or awarded to Dewey. This series also has many items given jointly to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dewey. The series is loosely organized by category of ephemera (awards, degrees, etc.), but items may be stored out of proper sequence in order to better preserve individual items.

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