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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Thomas Vernor Smith Papers 1934-1945

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Smith, Thomas Vernor. Papers

Dates:

1934-1945

Size:

6.75 linear feet (14 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Thomas Vernor Smith (1890-1964) Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, Illinois State Senator (1936-1938), Congressional Representative, (1938-1940). This collection includes letters from the years of Smith's political activity, 1934-1941. Among the other papers are reprints of some of his publications and speeches, and many mimeographed items relating to military government and problems of post-war education in the occupied countries.

Information on Use

Access

This collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Smith, Thomas Vernor. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Thomas Vernor Smith (1890-1964) wrote under the name T.V. Smith and was active academically and politically in Chicago. A native of Texas, he received a B.A. from the University of Texas in 1915 and an M.A. in 1916. He taught at the University of Texas from 1919 to 1921. In 1922, he received a PhD from the University of Chicago, where he served as Professor of Philosophy, and later dean, until 1948. Smith was among the producers and moderators of the University's Round Table radio program.

During the 1930's, Smith interested himself in politics, and ran successfully for State Senator in 1935. His next campaign was in 1938, when he was elected Congressman-at-large for Illinois. He gained national recognition when he engaged Senator Robert A. Taft in a series of radio debates which were later published as Foundations of Democracy. In the 1940 congressional election, he was defeated. During the war, Smith was made Lieutenant Colonel (1943-1945), and conducted courses on military government for the Army. He also participated in experimental programs for re-educating German prisoners of war. In 1946, he was a member of the United States Educational Commission in Japan and Germany. Smith left Army service as a Colonel.

In 1948, Smith became the Maxwell Professor of Citizenship and Philosophy at the University of Syracuse, where he served until his retirement in 1959. He held visiting and lecture positions at numerous universities and published widely on philosophy, politics and public service.

Smith and his wife, Nannie Stewart, had two children, a son Gayle and a daughter Nancy. He died in 1964 in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Scope Note

Series I, Correspondence, contains letters from the years of Smith's political activity, 1934-1941. Arranged alphabetically, the letters contain a great deal of material on the history of the Democratic Party in the Chicago area during the period and reflect the concerns of constituents and political and community groups like the Hyde Park Protective Agency and the ACLU. Among Smith's correspondents are: Baker Brownell, Paul and Ruby Darrow, Thurman Arnold, James T. Farrell, Robert M. Hutchins, Harold Ickes, Ed. Kelly, Frank Knox, Robert A. Taft, Chicago Mayor Edward Kelly Illinois Governor Henry Horner, and Paul Douglass.

Series II, Miscellaneous, contains material collected through Smith’s academic and political career. This includes handwritten notes, calling cards, annotated articles, a copy of a letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Breckinridge, speech notes, invitations, programs and newspaper clippings.

Series III, Political Material, contains legislation, correspondence and ephemera from Smith’s time in the Illinois State Senate and as Congressmen-at-Large. This includes newsletters, organization resolutions, correspondence with politicians, information from various committees, pamphlets and campaign materials.

Series IV, Military, contains material on Military Government and Education in post-war Europe, including lectures by Smith in Army courses on military government for occupation army personnel; material prepared by him for re-educating Germans, some of which is translated into German; survey studies of the postwar situation with regard to German education; weekly bulletins of the Allied Control Commission, with reports on opinion in the occupied territory; and drafts of constitutions for different areas in Germany. The series is organized by area of interest: Germany, Japan and Italy.

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Correspondence

Box 1   Folder 1

Ab-Ak

Box 1   Folder 2

Al-Armo

Box 1   Folder 3

Arms-Ay

Box 1   Folder 4

B-Ba

Box 1   Folder 5

Be-Bl

Box 1   Folder 6

Bo-Bram

Box 2   Folder 1

Bran-Bry

Box 2   Folder 2

Bu-By

Box 2   Folder 3

C-Ca

Box 2   Folder 4

Ce-Cl

Box 2   Folder 5

Co

Box 2   Folder 6

Cr-Cz

Box 3   Folder 1

Darrow, Paul & Ruby 1939-1940

Box 3   Folder 2

Douglas, Paul, 1938-1941

Box 3   Folder 3

Da

Box 3   Folder 4

De-Do

Box 3   Folder 5

Dr-Dy

Box 3   Folder 6

E-Ei

Box 3   Folder 7

El-Er

Box 3   Folder 8

Es-Ev

Box 3   Folder 9

Fa-Fin

Box 4   Folder 1

Fis-Fo

Box 4   Folder 2

Fr-Fu

Box 4   Folder 3

G-Gen

Box 4   Folder 4

Geo-Gra

Box 4   Folder 5

Gree-Grey

Box 4   Folder 6

Gri-Gu

Box 4   Folder 7

Horner, Henry, 1934-1941

Box 4   Folder 8

Ha

Box 4   Folder 9

Hea-Her

Box 5   Folder 1

Hes-Hi

Box 5   Folder 2

Ho

Box 5   Folder 3

Hu-Hy

Box 5   Folder 4

I

Box 5   Folder 5

Jaqua, William, 1939-1941

Box 5   Folder 6

Ja-Jan

Box 5   Folder 7

Jaq-Johns

Box 5   Folder 8

Johnson-Ju

Box 5   Folder 9

Ka-Ker

Box 6   Folder 1

Kes-Kn

Box 6   Folder 2

Ko-Ku

Box 6   Folder 3

L-Lev

Box 6   Folder 4

Lew-Low

Box 6   Folder 5

Lu-Ly

Box 6   Folder 6

Mitchell, Arthur, 1934-1938

Box 6   Folder 7

Monroe, James, 1934-1938

Box 6   Folder 8

M-Ma

Box 6   Folder 9

McA-McCo

Box 7   Folder 1

McCu-McK

Box 7   Folder 2

McL-McS

Box 7   Folder 3

Me

Box 7   Folder 4

Mi

Box 7   Folder 5

Mo

Box 7   Folder 6

Mu-My

Box 7   Folder 7

Negley, Glenn R.

Box 7   Folder 8

Na-Nel

Box 7   Folder 9

Nes-Nu

Box 7   Folder 10

Oa-Ol

Box 7   Folder 11

On-Osm

Box 7   Folder 12

Ost-Oy

Box 8   Folder 1

Pa-Peters

Box 8   Folder 2

Perterson-Pl

Box 8   Folder 3

Po-Pu

Box 8   Folder 4

Q

Box 8   Folder 5

Rankin, Thomas Vernon, 1938-1941

Box 8   Folder 6

R-Rob

Box 8   Folder 7

Roc-Rosenberg

Box 8   Folder 8

Rosenthal-Ry

Box 8   Folder 9

Secretaries, 1939

Box 8   Folder 10

Secretaries, 1940

Box 8   Folder 11

Secretaries, undated

Box 8   Folder 12

S-Sc

Box 9   Folder 1

Se-Sh

Box 9   Folder 2

Si-So

Box 9   Folder 3

Sp-Sti

Box 9   Folder 4

Sto-Sw

Box 9   Folder 5

Toll, Henry, 1934-1938

Box 9   Folder 6

T-Ta

Box 10   Folder 1

Te-Tw

Box 10   Folder 2

U

Box 10   Folder 3

V

Box 10   Folder 4

W-Web

Box 10   Folder 5

Wec-Wh

Box 10   Folder 6

Wi

Box 10   Folder 7

Wo-Wr

Box 10   Folder 8

Y

Box 10   Folder 9

Z

Box 10   Folder 10

Anonymous Letters

Box 10   Folder 11

Letter Blanks

Box 10   Folder 12

Requests for Speeches

Box 11   Folder 1

Requests for Lincoln Speech, Cooper Union, NY, February 11, 1940

Series II: Miscellaneous Materials

Box 11   Folder 2

Misc. writings by T.V. Smith; including, "The Tragic realm of truth, letter to T.V. Smith from "Stewart"

Box 11   Folder 3

Two poems and collected quotes

Box 11   Folder 4

News clippings, including "What is a University," speech of R.M. Hutchins, President of the University of Chicago, 18 April 1935

Box 11   Folder 5

Newspaper Clippings

Box 11   Folder 6

Miscellaneous

Series III: Political Materials

Box 11   Folder 7

Bulletins & Bills

Box 11   Folder 8

Legislative Material

Box 11   Folder 9

Finance

Box 11   Folder 10

Organization Resolutions

Box 11   Folder 11

Speeches, Statements and Addresses

Box 11   Folder 12

Political Pamphlets

Box 11   Folder 13

Campaign, 1935

Box 11   Folder 14

Adverts and Campaign Material

Box 11   Folder 15

Newsletters

Box 12   Folder 1

House of Rep., West Point and Naval Academy Nominations, 1940

Box 12   Folder 2

House of Rep., West Point and Naval Academy Nominations, examinations, 1940

Box 12   Folder 3

Campaign, 1940

Box 12   Folder 4

City Manager Bill Support

Box 12   Folder 5

Columbia Lecture Bureau

Box 12   Folder 6

Lists of Precinct Captains

Box 12   Folder 7

Political Lists and Petitions

Box 12   Folder 8

Professional Lists

Box 12   Folder 9

Census

Box 12   Folder 10

Illinois Legislative Council, correspondence, October 1937- February 1938

Box 12   Folder 11

Illinois Legislative Council, undated

Box 12   Folder 12

DeKalb Normal Case (Democratic Patronage)

Box 12   Folder 13

T.V. Smith publications, 1923-1946

Box 12   Folder 14

T.V. Smith Political Printed Material

Series IV: Military

Box 12   Folder 15

T.V. Smith, Military Printed Material

Box 12   Folder 16

German Prisoners of War

Box 13   Folder 1

Lt. Col. T.V. Smith, Materials of Instruction, course on Military Government, May 17-June 29, 1945, Ft. Kearney, R.I.

Box 13   Folder 2

Course in Military Government

Box 13   Folder 3

Papers from the War Department Regarding Travel and Student Interchange

Box 13   Folder 4

“American History and Institutions”

Box 13   Folder 5

"The Constitution" memo

Box 13   Folder 6

"The Midas Myth touched with Diabolism." Manuscript, in German with some chapters translated into English, Preface, and Chapter I-II.

Box 13   Folder 7

"The Midas Myth," Chapter III-V

Box 13   Folder 8

"The Midas Myth," Chapter VI-VIII

Box 13   Folder 9

“The Midas Myth,” Chapter IX-XIII

Box 13   Folder 10

"The Midas Myth," Appendixes, including Appendix A, An address by TVS at the opening of the University of Catania, 4 Nov 1943

Box 13   Folder 11

"America from the Inside”

Box 13   Folder 12

Papers regarding Office of Military Government for Germany

Box 13   Folder 13

Denazification

Box 13   Folder 14

Allied Control Commission, Public Relations Branch, weekly bulletin, July-October 1944

Box 14   Folder 1

Allied Control Commission Education Sub-commission, Education Reports

Box 14   Folder 2

Public Education in Germany

Box 14   Folder 3

Draft Constitutions for Wurttemberg-Baden, Bavaria, Hessen, and Berlin

Box 14   Folder 4

Willard E. Givens, "Tokyo and Return"

Box 14   Folder 5

Books for Japan Mission

Box 14   Folder 6

Education in Italy