James Rood Doolittle papers
Scope and Content
The papers of James R. Doolittle consist of microfilm of letters received and a few letters sent, typed transcripts of letters sent and received, copies of speeches, and newspaper clippings. The transcripts, in part, are annotated by Duane Mowry, the donor.
The collection relates primarily to Doolittle’s interests while he served in the U.S. Senate, and, later, as a lawyer in private practice. Only a few letters concern personal matters. There is no documentation for his career prior to his election to the Senate.
Correspondence for the years Doolittle spent in the Senate (1857-69) touch upon the issue of slavery and in particular the resettlement of Negroes in Africa before Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation. Other subjects mentioned in this period are hostility toward the United States by Indians living in the Utah Territory, together with an appraisal of the Indian Bureau, and political reaction in Ohio and other Midwestern states to President Andrew Johnson’s veto of congressional measures in 1866.
Among those subjects discussed in Doolittle’s post Senate period are Radicalism and the Republican Party, the Tariff, and bimetallism, a monetary cause which received his staunch support.
The collection and the finding aid were revised in 2007 at the Library of Congress. The finding aid can be found at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms007062
- 1858 - 1927
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Reproduction and publication restricted, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.
James R. Doolittle (1815-1897) served in the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin from 1857-1869.
1815, January 15 Born, Hampton Township, Washington County, New York
1834 Graduated from Geneva (now Hobart) College, Geneva, New York
1837 Admitted to the bar, Rochester, New York
1837 Married Mary L. Cutting
1847-50 District Attorney, Wyoming County, New York
1851 Settled in Racine, Wisconsin
1853 Elected Judge of the First Circuit Court
1857-69 U.S. Senator (Republican) from Wisconsin
1869 Returned to private practice in Racine and Chicago
1871 Unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Wisconsin
1897, July 27 Died
0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 reel (about 130 items))
Language of Materials
General Correspondence, 1859-96. 13 folders.
Letters sent and received, and typed transcripts of letters to and from James R. Doolittle, chronologically arranged.
Speech File, 1870-85. 7 folders.
Typewritten copies and one holograph copy of speeches of James R. Doolittle, chronologically arranged.
Newspaper Clippings, 1859-1913. 2 folders.
Unarranged newspaper clippings containing letters and speeches of Doolittle and others.
Miscellany, 1913, 1927. 1 folder.
Miscellaneous comments by Duane Mowry concerning letters and speeches listed herein.
Ownership and Custodial History
Purchased from the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.
Location of Originals
James Rood Doolittle Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, 2nd St. and Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540, USA.
Microfilm. Washington, D.C., : Library of Congress, 1968.1 reel ; 35 mm.
- Antislavery movements -- United States
- Bimetallism -- United States
- Blair, Francis Preston, 1791-1876 (Correspondent)
- Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903 (Correspondent)
- Indians of North America -- Government relations
- Lee, Samuel Phillips, 1812-1897 (Correspondent)
- Letters (correspondence)
- Payne, Henry B., 1810-1896 (Correspondent)
- Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
- Reed, Amos, -approximately 1889 (Correspondent)
- Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
- Seward, William H. (William Henry), 1801-1872 (Correspondent)
- Slavery -- United States
- Tariff -- United States
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- Politics and government
- James Rood Doolittle Papers
- 4 Published And Cataloged
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- Finding aid written in English.