Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Hale , Robert, 1889-
Title
Robert Hale papers
ID
M080
Date [inclusive]
1876 - 1976, undated
Extent
8.5 linear feet
Language
Abstract
Correspondence, speeches; legal case records and briefs; voting records for the sessions when Hale was a member of Congress; and photographs, mostly from visits with constituents.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Robert Hale Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.


Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Hale (Bowdoin 1910) was born in Portland, Maine, on November 29, 1889. A Rhodes Scholar, he received his law degree from Oxford University in 1912. Hale was an attorney in Boston (1914-1916), Portland (1917-1942), and Washington, D.C. (1959-1975). He served in the Maine state legislature (1923-1930) and was a U.S. Representative from Maine (1943-1958). Hale was among the first to perceive socialistic and totalitarian implications in the New Deal. He expounded his views in a series of articles in Harper's Magazine during the winter of 1934: "Myself When Old," "Leftward Ho," and "A City of Habitation." He considered himself a reactionary and was a strong defender of civil rights. Hale married Agnes Burke of Morristown, N.J.; they had a daughter, Patricia (b. 1926). Hale was related to five other congressmen: his cousin, Frederick Hale, was U. S. Senator (1917-1941); his uncle, Eugene, was a U.S. Representative (1869-1879) and U.S. Senator (1881-1911); Eugene's father-in-law, Zachariah Chandler, and Zachariah's two uncles, John and Thomas Chandler, also served in the U.S. Congress. Robert Hale served as Bowdoin Overseer from 1969-1976. He died on November 30, 1976, in Washington, D.C.


Scope and Content

The collection contains letters, including many to and from Bowdoin College during Hale's tenure as an Overseer; speeches, beginning with Hale's high school salutatory address, but mostly dated from the 1940s, and including campaign speeches; legal case records and briefs; voting records for the sessions when Hale was a member of Congress; and photographs, mostly from visits with constituents. Prominent correspondents include John L. Baxter, Philp Beam, James Stacy Coles, Archibald Cox, Roger Howell, Jr., Walter Lippman, Kenneth Roberts, Marvin Sadik, Booth Tarkington, and Harry S. Truman.


Arrangement

Organized in eight series.Correspondence (1938-1976, n.d.); Speeches (1917-1951); Case Records and Briefs (1903-1938); Voting and Attendance Records (1943-1958); Diaries; Biographical and Miscellaneous Materials; Clippings and Scrapbooks; and Images (1945-1961, n.d.)


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 2011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bowdoin College -- History.
  • Bowdoin College. -- Board of Overseers.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Maine -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
  • Maine -- Politics and government -- 1951-

Personal Name(s)

  • Baxter, John Lincoln, -- 1896- -- Correspondence.
  • Baxter, John Lincoln, -- 1896-
  • Beam, Philip C. -- Correspondence.
  • Coles, James Stacy, -- 1913- -- Correspondence.
  • Coles, James Stacy, 1913
  • Cox, Archibald, -- 1912- -- Correspondence.
  • Cox, Archibald, -- 1912-
  • Hale, Robert, -- 1889- -- Archives.
  • Howell, Roger -- Correspondence.
  • Howell, Roger
  • Lippmann, Walter, -- 1889-1974 -- Correspondence.
  • Lippmann, Walter, -- 1889-1974.
  • Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, -- 1885-1957 -- Correspondence.
  • Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, -- 1885-1957.
  • Sadik, Marvin S. -- Correspondence.
  • Sadik, Marvin S.
  • Tarkington, Booth, -- 1869-1946 -- Correspondence.
  • Tarkington, Booth, -- 1869-1946.
  • Truman, Harry S., -- 1884-1972 -- Correspondence.
  • Truman, Harry S., -- 1884-1972.

Subject(s)

  • Campaign speeches -- Maine.
  • Education
  • Government, Politics, Law
  • Law offices -- Records and correspondence.
  • Legislators -- Maine.
  • Legislators -- United States.
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished chronological and alphabetical list of correspondents available in library.


Collection Inventory

 M080.1 Correspondence, 1938-1976   0.6 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

This series contains professional and personal correspondence from throughout Hale's life. Many of the letters are between Hale and administration officials at Bowdoin College, principally during Hale's time as Overseer. Of interest also are typescripts of letters written during Hale's trips to Africa, South America, and the Polar regions. Frequent correspondents include John L. Baxter, Philip C. Beam, James Stacy Coles, and Roger Howell, Jr.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

1938 Sep 2 - 1957 Mar 23 

1 2

1959 Jan 15 - 1960 May 30 

1 3

1960 Jun 6 - 1961 Dec 20 

1 4

1962 Jan 5 - 1963 Feb 26 

1 5

1963 Mar 8 - Dec 25 

1 6

1964 Jan 2 - Dec 22 

1 7

1965 Jan 7 - Oct 19 

1 8

1965 Nov 1 - 1966 Oct 24 

1 9

1966 Nov 2 - 1967 Apr 28 

1 10

1967 May 2 - Dec 27 

1 11

1968 Jan 2 - 1969 Oct 7 

1

Bowdoin Overseer: 

1 12

1969 Oct 10 - 1970 May 14 

1 13

1970 May 15 - Dec 28 

1 14

1971 Jan 20 - 1972 Nov 20 

1 15

1972 Nov 21 - 1973 Apr 23 

1 16

1973 May 2 - 1976 Nov 29 

1 17

n.d. 

1 18

Letters from trips to Africa, the Poles, and South America 

1 19

Walter Lippman 

1 20

Kenneth Roberts 

1 21

Booth Tarkington 


 M080.2 Speeches, 1917-1951   0.4 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

This series contains speeches given by Hale. Most date from his time as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives; some of these are clipped from the Congressional Record. Others date from his time as a member of the Maine state legislature. Also included is his high school salutatory address.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 22

1906 high school salutatory address 

1 23

1917 - 1939 

1 24

1940 Jan - Jun 

1 25

1940 Sep - Dec 

1 26

1940 (radio) 

Box
1 Mss. LP

1940 May 1, Bartlett Radio Co. LP album 

Box Folder
1 27

1941 

1 28

1942 

1 29

1942 (campaign) 

1 30

1943 - 1944 (clipped from Congressional Record) 

1 31

1944 

1 32

1947 - 1950 (copied or clipped from Congressional Record) 

1 33

1951 (clipped from Congressional Record) 

1 34

n.d. (arranged by title) 

1 35

n.d. untitled 


 M080.3 Case Records and Briefs, 1903-1938   2.6 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Series Description:

This series contains case records and legal briefs from several court cases including Gasoline Products Co. vs. Champlin Refining Co. and Tally vs. Fox Film Corporation.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Volume
1

Briefs, 1916-1933 

2

Briefs, 1924-1938 

3

Briefs, 1930-1933 

4

Briefs in federal courts, 1936-1938 

Box
5

Briefs in state courts, 1915-1933 

Volume
6

Briefs, Tally v. Fox Film Corp. 

7

College v. Paper Co., hearing before Judge Aldrich, May 1903 

8

Gasoline Products Co. v. Chaplin Refining Co., No. 1134, Briefs on Second Appeal to the Circuit Court of Appeals and on Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court 

9

Gasoline Products Co. v. Chaplin Refining Co., No. 1134, Briefs on Second Appeal to Circuit Court of Appeals, First Circuit 

Volume Folder
10 10

Gasoline Products Co. v. Chaplin Refining Co., Nos. 1180-1186, Record and Briefs in District Court 

11 11

Gasoline Products Co. v. Chaplin Refining Co., Record and Briefs on First Appeal 

12-14 12-14

Sinclair v. Jenkins, Record, 1938 

Volume
15

State of Maine Supreme Jud. Court, James W. Johnston v. Columbia Life Insurance Co., Record and Briefs 

16

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Frank W. Garvin v. Equitable Trust Co. of NY, Record and Briefs 

17

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Gasoline Products Co. v. Chaplin Refining Co., transcript of record 

18

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Paispearl Products v. Joseph H. Meyer Bros., et al., Record and Briefs 

19

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Penley Bros. Co. v. Louise A. Hall, Executrix, Record and Briefs 

20

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Royal Indemnity Co. v. American Bond and Mortgage Co., Record and Briefs 

21

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, James L. Brynne v. Daniel J. Green, transcript of Record and Briefs 

22

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, L.C. Page and Co., et al., v. Fox Film Co., et al., Record and Briefs 

Volume Folder
23 23

U.S. District Court, Pennsylvania Co. v. United Railways, Briefs, 1938 

Volume
24

U.S. Supreme Court, Royal Indemnity Co. v. American Bond and Mortgage Co., Petition for Writ of Certiorari and Briefs 


 M080.4 Voting and Attendance Records, 1943-1958   0.25 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

This series contains individual voting records by Roll Call for the years that Hale was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Volume
1-8

Individual Voting Records by roll call in the United States House of Representatives, 1943 - 1944 through 1957 - 1958 


 M080.5 Diaries, 1874-1964   0.7 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

This series contains diaries, many of which were kept by Louisa Amanda Whitcomb, a close family friend who lived with the Hales from 1886-1920. Also included are three diaries kept by Robert Hale, one of which documents a 1964 European trip.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box
2

L.A. Whitcomb: 

Box Folder
2 1

1874 - 1877 

2 2

1878 - 1881 

2 3

1882 - 1885 

2 4

1886 - 1889 

2 5

1890 - 1893 

2 6

1894 - 1897 

2 7

1898 - 1901 

2 8

1902 - 1905 

2 9

1906 - 1909 

2 10

1910 - 1913 

2 11

1914 - 1917 

2 12

1918 - 1920 

Box
2

Robert Hale: 

Box Folder
2 13

1922, 1923 

2 14

1964 Mar 25 - Apr 14 


 M080.6 Biographical and Miscellaneous Materials, 1927-1967   1.6 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Series Description:

This series contains biographical materials and personal and professional records and ephemera primarily from Hale's time as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Also included are travel materials featuring pamphlets and country data sheets.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
2 15

Biographical material 

2 16

Campaign material, 1958 

2 17

Joint Liberian-United States Commission for Economic Development trip, 1954 

2 18

Labor Management Regulations Act of 1947: changes, analysis of criticism, recommendations 

2 19

Legislative Reference Service "An International Outer Space Agency for Peaceful Purposes" 1958 Mar 20 

2 20

Maine miscellaneous 

2 21

Patricia Hale: wedding expenses for, short stories by 

2 22

Printed ephemera 1951-1960 

2 23

Programs from the Opera Society of Washington, 1961-1962, 1966-1967 

2 24

"Round Table" articles by Hale, 1927-1934 

2 25

Selassie, Haile, Emperor of Ethiopia visit to U.S. 

2 26

Short story by Mrs. Agnes Hale 

Box
3

Travel: 

Box Folder
3 1

Argentina pamphlets, 1951 

3 2

Egypt pamphlets, 1951 - 1952, n.d. 

3 3

Misc. pamphlets, maps, 1951, 1955 

3 4

South Africa trip memos, 1954 

3 5

Gabon, Belgian Congo pamphlets, 1953 - 1954 

3 6-7

South Africa pamphlets, 1954, n.d. 

3 8

Panama pamphlets, 1956 

3 9-10

Australia pamphlets, 1957, n.d. 

3 11

Japan pamphlets, 1957 

3 12

Philippines pamphlets, 1957 

3 13

Antarctica, International Geophysical Year 1957-1958 

3 14

Antarctica, 1957-1958, re: article on Antarctica 

3 15-17

Swans Hellenic Cruise pamphlets, 1961-1962, n.d. 

3 18

Egypt, Swans Hellenic Travel Club pamphlets, 1962 

3 19

Egypt pamphlets, 1962 

3 20

Egypt pamphlets, 1962 

4 1

Yucatan pamphlets, 1964-1965 

4 2

Portugal pamphlets, 1964, 1966, n.d. 

4 3

Around the world: memos and invoices, 1967 

4 4-5

Around the world pamphlets, 1967 

4

U.S. House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce: 

4 6-7

Country data 

4 8

Trip to Gabon, Belgian Congo, 1954 


 M080.7 Clippings and Scrapbooks, 1900-1958, n.d.   0.5 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

The clippings document details from Hale's personal and professional life, including articles covering the 1958 election and articles concerning the Bowdoin College Senior Center. One of the scrapbooks details Hale's early life; the others document his time as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box
4

Newsclippings: 

Box Folder
4 9

1920 death of L.A. Whitcomb; 1922 RH/Agnes Burke marriage 

4 10

1949 re James Forrestal 

4 11

1950 Sep 15 San Salvador Defense Ministry newspaper 

4 12

1955-58 

4 13-15

re 1958 election 

4 16

re Bowdoin Senior Center, 1960 

4 17

undated and misc. 

4 18

Ephemera from scrapbook 1940 - 1950 

Box
4

Scrapbooks: 

Ovsz-Box
A3

1940 - 1950 

Volume
1

Margaret Hale: newsclippings, photographs, and ephemera re RH, 1910 

2

1943-1944 

3

1945-1947 

4

1948-1950 

5

1951-1953 

6

1953-1955 

7

1956-1958 


 M080.8 Images, 1945-1961, n.d.   1.0 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Series Description:

This series includes photographs of the Japanese surrender in World War II, Hale's government trips to Havana and San Salvador, personal travels, and Hale with constituents at BIW, Fort Devins, Fort Preble, and at various Maine businesses. Also included are photographs of Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Margaret Chase Smith, and Harry Truman.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box
5

Small 

Box Folder
5 1-6

Bath Iron Works launching, 1944 Sep 17 

5 7-8

Campaign, n.d. 

5 9-12

RH 

5 13

RH, neg. 

5 14-17

RH on elephant 

5 18

RH on elephant, neg. 

5 19-30

Japanese Surrender Signatories, 1945 

5 31

Sailboat 

5 32

Ship Reine Marie Stewart 

5 33-37

Trinidad - Hale with unidentified group 

5 38

Trinidad - unidentified group 

5 39

Unidentified group 

Box
5

Medium 

Box Folder
5 40-47

RH 

5 48

RH w/ Dorothy Young, 1957 Jul 21 

5 49

Portrait postcards 

5 50

Portrait stamps 

5 51

Unidentified group w/ Eleanor Roosevelt, Mr. and Mrs. Hale 

5 52-62

Visit to Saco - Lowell shops 

Box
5

Large 

Box Folder
5 63-66

4H delegation w/ Maine Congressional Delegation, c. 1-4 

5 67-75

Aboard ship, 1954 Jun 26 

5 76

Agnes Burke Hale 

5 77-78

Antarctica 

5 79-82

Bath Iron Works launchings 

5 83

Biddeford - Saco group, 1958 

5 84

Campaign photo 

5 85

Congressional Committee Session in Las Vegas 

5 86

Delegation inviting President Hoover to summer in Maine 

5 87-90

Eisenhower 

5 91

Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia 

5 92-100

Fort Devens, 1955 Sep 15 

5 101-05

Fort Preble Transfer, 1952 Aug 

5 106-26

Havana trip w/ Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, 1951 

5 127-29

Lobster bake w/ V.P. Nixon, 1955 

5 139

McIntyre, Clifford 

5 140

Maj. Gen. Prentiss, Sen. Payne 

5 141

Maine Delegation 

5 133-36

Margaret Chase Smith w/ unidentified women, c.1-4 

5 138-56

RH 

5 157-58

RH taking oath of office, c.1-2 

5 159

RH w/ Barnes, Wendell 

5 160-64

RH w/ boy scouts 

5 165

RH w/ Admiral Burke 

5 166

RH w/ Adm. and Mrs. Burke 

5 167

RH w/ Capt. William Dickey and Maine flag for Antarctica, 1958 Mar 8 

5 168

RH w/ M/M John Doughty, 1957 Feb 22 

5 169

RH w/ Leon French, John Ward, John Hale 

5 170-72

RH w/ Sec. Thomas Gates, 1957 Apr 

5 173-80

RH w/ group 

5 181

RH w/ Mrs. Hale 

5 182-84

RH w/ Edw. Hough, et. al., c.1-3 

5 185

RH w/ Miss Harlean Jones, et. al., 1957 Feb 20 

5 186

RH w/ Capt. Ernest Joy 

5 187-90

RH w/ Dick MacLennan et. al., 1957 

5 191-95

RH w/ Clifford McIntire, et. al. 

5 196

RH w/ Republican women, 1958 Mar 17 

5 197

RH w/ officers 

5 198

RH w/ Sen. Fredrick Payne at 1033rd Army Reserve School, 1955 Mar 19 

5 199

RH w/ Janice Rand, Mary Louise Dicker, 1957 Feb 21 

5 200-02

RH w/ Margaret Chase Smith, et. al. 

5 203

RH w/ "Tiger" Conroy 

5 204

RH w/ WACs in Bangor 

5 205-07

RH w/ James Wentworth, 1957 Mar 14 

5 208

RH w/ Lt. Col. Philip Wilder, et. al. 

5 209

RH w/ women (ident. on photo), 1957 Feb 

5 210-27

RH w/ unidentified group 

5 228-40

RH w/ unidentified man 

5 241

RH w/ unidentified men (two) 

5 242-50

RH w/ unidentified woman 

5 251-52

RH w/ unidentified women (two), c.1-2 

5 253

RH w/ Capt. Yavorsky 

5 254-55

RH w/ York High School students, c.1-2 

5 256

RH w/ Dorothy Young, 1957 Jul 29 

5 257

Panama trip, 1956 

5 258-65

San Salvador trip - U.S. delegation to the inauguration of President Osorio, 1950 Oct 

5 266-72

Swans Hellenic Cruise, 1961 

5 273

Truman accepting salmon from RH, et. al. 

5 274

Truman addressing Congress, 1950 Jan 6 

5 275

Unidentified woman 

5 276

Unidentified women 

Ovsz-Box
Z

Jumbo 

Z

RH 

Z

J. Blaine Morrison, autographed 

Volume
1

Scrapbook of photographs