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Guide to the William Edgar Borah Scrapbooks ; Borah (William Edgar) Scrapbooks

William Edgar Borah Scrapbooks, 1903-1947

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Guide to the William Edgar Borah Scrapbooks 1903-1947

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: William Edgar Borah Scrapbooks, 1903-1947
Creator: William Edgar Borah, 1865-1940.
Dates: 1903-1947
Quantity: 10 linear feet
Abstract:Scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and some letters about Senator Borah; also photographs of Borah and recordings of four of his speeches.
Identification: MG 10
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
850 Rayburn St.
P.O. Box 442351
Moscow, ID 83844-2351
(208) 885-7951
http://www.lib.uidaho.edu/special-collections

Arrangement and Description

The clippings in this Manuscript Group are in three separate subseries. The first is a group of mounted, but unbound, clippings which are in chronological order. The second group consists of 31 bound volumes, each having an alphabetical designation, which are arranged by subject. The third group consists of 25 bound volumes which are in chronological order and have been given a numerical designation.The non-scrapbook material in this group was placed in a separate box, but because of its miscellaneous nature it is in no specific order.

Scope and Content

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/Biographical History

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.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Government and Politics
Idaho
Scrapbooks

Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940--Archives.

Legislators -- United States

Administrative Information

Source

In compliance with the terms of Senator William Borah's will, the scrapbooks were donated to the University of Idaho by Mrs. Borah. The majority were received in June 1940, having first been microfilmed by the Library of Congress (LC). A second set of scrapbooks was acquired from LC in 1950. These two acquisitions were combined. The Library has also acquired the microfilm of the scrapbooks (Film 1064) which is recommended to users because of the fragility of the scrapbooks.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Clippings and Scrapbooks 1903-1947
A. Mounted Clippings 1906-1947
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1/1-341/1-34Mounted Clippings 1906-1947 578 items
B. Scrapbooks by Subject 1903-1939
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2/352/35A. Politics - Miscellaneous 1906-1907 1 item
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2/36-372/36-37B, C. Politics - Campaign of 1904 1904 2 items
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2/382/38D. Politics - Campaigns of 1904, 1906 1904, 1906 1 item
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2/392/39E. Politics 1905-1906 1 item
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2/402/40F. Haywood Trial 1907 1 item
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2/412/41G. Haywood Trial; Borah Trial for Fraud 1907 1 item
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2/422/42H. Borah Trial for Fraud 1907 1 item
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2/432/43I. Politics January-May 1907 1 item
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os/44os/44J. Politics and Miscellaneous Dec. 1907- May 1908 1 item
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2/452/45K. Brownsville Affair January-April 1908 1 item
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os/46os/46L. Taft-Sherman Campaign of 1908 1908 1 item
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2/472/47M. Politics and Miscellaneous 1908-1910 1 item
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2/482/48N. Public Land Laws and Public Land Policy 1908-1909 1 item
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2/49-502/49-50O, P. Politics - Direct Election of Senators 1910-1913 1 item
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2/512/51Q. Personal 1911-1912 1 item
(contains photo of Borah's birthplace)
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os/52os/52R. Convention and Campaign of 1912 (contains photo of Borah and President Taft) 1912 1 item
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os/53os/53S. Politics - Speculation on Borah for President 1912-1916 1 item
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3/543/54T. Memoranda Relative to Republican Policies and Party Action 1912-1916 1 item
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3/553/55U. Borah for President, Convention of 1916, Contemplated Retirement 1914-1917 1 item
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3/563/56V 1922-1928 1 item
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3/573/57W 1918-1928 1 item
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3/583/58X. Chairman Senate Foreign Relation Committee 1922-1928 1 item
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3/59-613/59-61Y. Editorial comment on radio address of Senator Borah July 23, 1932 3 items
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4/62-634/62-63Z. Supreme Court Reorganization 1937 2 items
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4/644/64AA. License Bill Monopoly 1937-1939 1 item
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os/65os/65BB. Borah for President 1935-1936 1 item
C. Scrapbooks by Date 1920-1939
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4/66-684/66-681-3 December 1920-June 1924 3 items
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os/69-90os/69-904-25 July 1924-November 1939 22 items
Series II. Other Material
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5/915/91Lists of Items in Borah Family Gifts to the Library 1950-1966 3 items
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5/925/92Invitations 1914-1945 6 items
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5/935/93Date Book belonging to Mrs. Borah 1943 1 item
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5/945/94Bound volume entitled "Politics" containing handwritten notes by W.E. Borah undated 1 item
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5/955/95Photographs undated 12 items
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5/965/96Aluminum phonodiscs of four of Borah's speeches 1938, 1939 14 items
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5/975/97Reel to Reel tape recordings of above speeches 4 items
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5/985/98The Biggest Steal in the World's History, compiled by Warren G. Davenport 1937 1 item
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5/995/99Printing block for William Edgar Borah Memorial Library bookplate undated 1 item
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os/100os/100Certificate of appreciation from the employees of the Chief Clerks Offices, Royal Hungarian Ministry of Justice 1931 1 item
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os/101os/101Wood plaque presented to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee re: Roosevelt's attempt to pack the court 1937? 1 item

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