HARVEY G. FIELDS PAPERS

(Mss. 5006)

Inventory

Compiled by

Caroline Richard

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

2009

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
LIST OF SERIES AND SUBSERIES ............................................................................................ 5
SERIES DESCRIPTIONS .............................................................................................................. 6
INDEX TERMS ............................................................................................................................ 11
CONTAINER LIST ...................................................................................................................... 12

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SUMMARY

Size

1.25 linear foot

Geographic Locations

Louisiana

Inclusive Dates

1909-1961

Bulk Dates

1928-1935

Languages

English, French

Summary

Political correspondence, speeches, circulars, and various printed items of Harvey G. Fields, Louisiana Senator, District Attorney for Union Parish, Chairman of the Louisiana State Democratic Central Committee, and member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission. He was also a law partner of Huey Long for a short time in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Access Restrictions

None.

Copyright

For those materials not in the public domain, copyright is retained by the descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Related Collections

None.

Citation

Harvey G. Fields Papers, Mss. 5006, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack Location(s)

U:293, 98:F, OS:F

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Harvey Goodwyn Fields was born in Marksville in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, in 1883. He was the son of Theodore Thomas Fields, newspaper editor in Avoyelles Parish, and Carrie Goodwyn Fields. In 1908, he married Evelyn Sanders and they had two sons, T.T. and Harvey, Jr., and a daughter, Doris. Fields attended Louisiana Polytechnic Institute (now Louisiana Tech) and Tulane Law School, and served in the Louisiana Senate from 1916-1920. He was also a District Attorney for Union Parish (1922-1925), Chairman of the Louisiana State Democratic Central Committee (1926-1929), a member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission (1928-1936), and United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana (1937-1941). Fields was a colleague and avid supporter of Huey Long. He was also a law partner of Long for a short time in Shreveport, Louisiana.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Papers consist of correspondence addressing political issues in Louisiana, the State Democratic Central Committee, Franklin Roosevelt and some New Deal programs, and Huey Long. Political files consist of speeches, minutes of Democratic Executive Committee meetings, a number of political circular letters, and notes dealing with local election returns. Newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and printed volumes are included which deal with Louisiana politics and political figures, and a number of political fliers concern Louisiana politicians, including Huey Long.

LIST OF SERIES AND SUBSERIES

I, Correspondence, 1925-1961, undated

Subseries 1, Personal Correspondence, 1932-1961

Subseries 2, Political Correspondence, 1925-1961, undated

II, Political files, 1909-1937

III, Printed items, 1924-1961, undated

Subseries 1, Newspaper clippings, ca.1928-1961, undated

Subseries 2, Magazine articles, 1932-1934

Subseries 3, Political fliers and circulars, 1924-1944, undated

Subseries 4, Printed volumes, 1926-1945, undated

IV, Scrapbook, 1925-1938, undated

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Series I, Correspondence, 1925-1961, undated

Subseries 1, Personal Correspondence, 1932-1961

Personal correspondence consists of letters between Harvey Fields and his sons, T.T. and Harvey, Jr. Fields writes to his son Harvey, Jr., about family news and his son’s possible discharge from the Navy (December 30, 1940-January 30, 1941), and he writes to T.T. of family members and political news. T.T. writes to his father from Italy discussing building bridges, practicing defensive maneuvers, and he mentions the upcoming Paris Peace Conference and the fact that he does not “think that Tito will march in” (June 15, 1946). The majority of letters are written to Harvey Fields’ children after his death and express condolences for the loss of their father (April-June 1961). Some correspondents include Tom C. Igoe, Senator Allen J. Ellender, James A. Farley, Overton Brooks, and Russell Long.

Subseries 2, Political Correspondence, 1925-1961, undated

Letters of congratulation address Fields’ election to the Chairmanship of the State Democratic Central Committee (1927) and subsequent letters discuss the state of the Democratic Party in Louisiana and the protocol of selecting National Convention delegates in other states (1927). A letter from the Franklin D. Roosevelt campaign discusses Roosevelt’s political goals and ideas (ca. 1932). A number of letters to Fields contain requests for various positions around the state as well as letters of recommendation by Fields for job applicants (1928-1935). Some of these letters request references for service in the Civilian Conservation Corps (1933) and a letter from O.K. Allen asks for Fields’ help in filling a position in the Department of Health (August 21, 1933). Correspondence from the Department of Labor and from the Emergency Relief Administration addresses Fields’ concerns of mismanagement in the selection of men for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Louisiana (November 1933).

A letter from Huey Long asks Fields to distribute O.K. Allen election literature (January 6, 1932) and a number of other letters from Long are addressed to his constituents and discuss his political views for the state (July-August 1933, undated). In addition to this, a letter from R.H. Bruce tells Fields about an incident in which Long exhibited ungentlemanly behavior at a social event at Sands Point Bath and Country Club in New York and he warns Fields not to become a puppet of Long, like O.K. Allen (September 9, 1933).

A great deal of correspondence discusses political matters around the country such as the Motor Carrier Act of 1934 (June 1934, August 1935), the debate surrounding the teaching of evolution in public schools (October 27, 1925 and undated), and the American Liberty League (August 30, 1934). Fields writes to Upton Sinclair applauding his decision to run for governor of California (August 29, 1934) and to Herbert Hoover expressing his appreciation for Hoover’s article, “The Challenge to Liberty” in The Saturday Evening Post (September 11, 1934; a copy of the article is located at OS:F). Many letters to James Farley and one to Huey Long focus on the Democratic nomination for the Congressional race in Union Parish (August-September 1934), and a letter from

Fields to Huey Long, Sr., the father of Huey P. Long, invites Long to the memorial service of his son (October 14, 1935).

In January 1941, Fields wrote to a number of colleagues asking for their support and for references concerning his reappointment to U.S. District Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. These letters as well as the letters of recommendation of prominent citizens, such as Newt Mills and J. Hugo Doré, are included (January 1941). A letter from Fields to a U.S. senator is also found in the collection, in which Fields expresses outrage at General Patton’s conduct in an incident in which he slapped a young soldier (November 29, 1943).

Series II, Political Files, 1909-1937

The Political files series includes speeches, minutes, political circular letters, and notes and lists of poll tax payments and election returns. Speeches consist of radio addresses of Harvey Fields discussing the Democratic Party in Louisiana (undated), endorsing Griffin T. Hawkins for U.S. Senate (undated), and discussing Americanism on behalf of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of Shreveport (March 1, 1939). Also included is a speech sent to Fields and to be delivered by Texas Congressman Wright Patman before the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Louisville, Kentucky (October 1, 1934). Minutes from meetings of the Democratic Executive Committee of the Fifth Congressional District of Louisiana are also found in the collection (July 3, 1934-October 5, 1935).

Congressional election returns for some Louisiana parishes (ca. 1936), lists of poll tax payments (undated), political circular letters written about or by Harvey Fields (including one in French, undated) discussing figures in Louisiana politics and issues such as farm relief, labor legislation, the handling of state funds, New Deal legislation, and public utilities, (ca.1933-1937, undated) are also included, as well as letters concerning Upton Sinclair and the End Poverty League (undated). Three certificates are also found in the collection, one authorizing Fields as attorney to assist the tax collector in Union Parish (January 27, 1909), one declaring Fields District Attorney for the fourth judicial district of Louisiana (August 3, 1923), and one declaring Fields member of the Public Service Commission from the Third Public Service Commission District of Louisiana (December 5, 1930). Also included is a House of Representatives resolution of condolence for the death of Harvey Fields (undated).

Series III, Printed Items, 1924-1961, undated

Subseries 1, Newspapers and clippings, ca.1928-1961, undated

Newspaper clippings come from newspapers around the state including the Times Picayune, Hammond Vindicator, Sport Journal, and The Ruston Daily Leader. Topics include Huey Long, Harvey Fields, Democratic candidates in Louisiana, the Union Parish Democratic Executive Committee, and various issues affecting the Public Service Commission. Full issues of the following newspapers are included.

Newspapers:

The Ruston Daily Leader May 8, 1961

The Gazette (Farmerville, La.) August 29, 1934

American Progress September 28, 1933

The Ferguson Forum October 13, 1932

The Louisiana Guardian September 5, 1931

Weekly Market Bulletin September 15, 1934 and October 27, 1934

Subseries 2, Magazine articles, 1932-1934, undated

Magazine articles address local and national political issues from publications such as Public Utilities Fortnightly, The Atlantic Monthly, New Outlook, and Nation’s Business. A number of articles concern Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal.

Subseries 3, Political fliers and circulars, 1924-1944, undated

These printed items consist of political circulars, House of Representatives bills and resolutions (1933, ca.1934, undated), and fliers for political candidates such as Huey Long, Newt V. Mills, W. B. Clarke, and Riley J. Wilson. Also included are instructions for U.S. Civil Service examinations (1934), a chart showing the scope of the Motor Carrier Act of 1934, a program for the American Democratic National Convention Caucus (June 1944), and two political newsletters from Alexandria, La., entitled The Bumble Bee (ca. 1933).

Subseries 4, Printed volumes, 1926-1945, undated

The printed volumes consist of pamphlets, handbooks, and reports dealing with political issues. Some concern entities such as the Public Service Commission, Civilian Conservation Corps, and State Democratic Central Committee, and others deal with acts of Louisiana legislation and political speeches.

Printed volumes:

American Liberty League, A Statement of its Principles and Purposes (1934)

American Liberty League, Speech of Jouett Shouse (1934)

“Back to the Fundamentals,” Address by Claude G. Bowers delivered at the Jackson Day Dinner, Washington, D.C. (January 12, 1928)

“Currency Instead of Bonds,” Speech in the House of Representatives and Radio Address of Hon. Wright Patman of Texas (April 1934)

“Democracy and Labor,” published by Democratic National Committee, edited by Marion Banister (undated)

Digest of Game, Fish and Oyster Laws of the State of Texas (September 1, 1934)

“Don’t Strangle Highway Transportation,” An Address by Hon. Walter M. Pierce (April 25, 1935)

“Federal Control of Cotton Production: A Proposal,” by Amos W. Ford (undated)

Handbook for Agencies Selecting Men for Emergency Conservation Work (1933)

In Re: Democratic State Central Committee Resolution No.2, by Thos. Arthur Edwards (June 4, 1931)

Memorial Address and Description of History of Book Entitled “The Life of Huey Pierce Long” by its author Harvey G. Fields (1945)

Plain Talk Magazine Vol. 9, No.9 (September 1933)

Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Convention, Louisiana State Federation of Labor, Held at Monroe, La. (April 1929)

Report of the Arkansas Legislative Board of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen of Arkansas (1927)

Roster of Officials of the State of Louisiana, Compiled by E.A. Conway, Secretary of State (1933)

Some Questions for Dr. E.L. Stephens to Answer, Propounded by Fernand Mouton (1926)

Speech of Honorable James M. Cox of Ohio at a Meeting of the Democratic National Committee, Washington, D.C. (March 5, 1931)

“Speech on States Rights” by the Honorable Joseph Weldon Bailey Before the Tarrant County Jefferson League (February 26, 1929)

State of Louisiana 1928 Roster, Fourth Regular Session of the Legislature Under the Adoption of the Constitution of 1921 and Standing Committees (Baton Rouge, 1928)

State of Louisiana Election Laws, Extraordinary Session of 1934, Acts Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 22 (1934)

State of Louisiana Election Laws, Session of 1934, Act Nos. 90, 110 and 217 (1934)

Suggestions to the Assessors and Parish Board of Equalization for the 1930 Assessment, Issued by the Louisiana Tax Commission (January 1930)

Supreme Court of Louisiana, State of Louisiana versus Monroe White (undated)

United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Transcontinental Oil Company versus Mrs. Ethel Thomas, et al. (undated)

Unrefuted Facts Concerning the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (1930)

Workmen’s Compensation Law and Other Labor Laws of the State of Arizona (1928)

Series IV, Scrapbook, 1925-1938, undated

The scrapbook consists of newspaper clippings and magazine articles arranged by Fields alphabetically according to subject. The materials have been removed from the scrapbook for preservation purposes, but the order has been maintained. A number of articles come from The Saturday Evening Post, Time, Public Utilities Fortnightly, and Congressional Record. Also included is an excerpt from The Item-Tribune entitled “The Story of Senator James A. Reed” (ca.1928) as well as full issues of the following newspapers:

New Orleans Democrat October 8, 1933

B.T.U. Blast October 16, 1933

2 political newspapers supporting Huey Long (ca. 1928)

INDEX TERMS

Materials relating to these people, places, and things can be found in the series indicated, as represented by their numbers.

Terms

Series

Allen, Oscar K. (Oscar Kelly), 1882-1936.

I-IV

Automobiles--Law and legislation--United States.

I.2, III.3

Circular letters.

II, III.3

Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)

I.2, III

Correspondence.

I

Democratic Party (La.)

I-IV

Democratic Party (La.). State Central Committee.

I-III

End Poverty League.

II

Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976.

I

Fields, Harvey G., 1883-

I-IV

Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935.

I-IV

Louisiana Public Service Commission.

I-IV

Louisiana--Politics and government--1865-1950.

I-IV

New Deal, 1933-1939.

I-IV

Newspapers.

III.1, IV

Political campaigns--Louisiana.

I-IV

Reed, James A. (James Alexander), 1861-1944

IV

Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.

III, IV

Speeches.

II, III

Union Parish (La.)--Politics and government--20th century.

I-IV

United States--Politics and government--1933-1945.

I-IV

CONTAINER LIST

Stack Location

Box

Folder

Contents

U:293

1

1-13

Series I, Correspondence

Series II, Political files

U:293

1

14-20

1927-1939, undated

OS:F

--

3

Three certificates (1909, 1923, 1930);

Series III, Printed items

U:293

1

21-36

Newspaper clippings, magazine articles, political fliers and circulars, printed volumes

98:F

--

1

The Louisiana Guardian September 5, 1931

The Ferguson Forum October 13, 1932

American Progress September 28, 1933

The Gazette (Farmerville, La.) August 29, 1934

Weekly Market Bulletin September 15, 1934 and October 27, 1934

The Ruston Daily Leader May 8, 1961

OS:F

--

1

Political circulars (ca. 1928-1939, undated)

2

List of Mississippi County officers (1932-1935); Seating List: City of New York Dinner to the Delegates and Alternates to the Democratic National Convention (June 23, 1924); articles from Saturday Evening Post (1934) and Country Gentlemen (1934)

3

Political circulars (1932-1935, undated); Members of the Louisiana Legislature (1932-1936)

4

Roll of Democratic State Central Committee elected January 15, 1924; Chart showing scope of Motor Carrier Act of 1934

Series IV, Scrapbook

U:293

1

37-52

Newspaper clippings and magazine articles

98:F

--

1

2 political newspapers (ca. 1928)

Excerpt from The Item-Tribune “The Story of Senator James A. Reed” (ca.1928)

New Orleans Democrat October 8, 1933

B.T.U. Blast October 16, 1933

OS:F

--

1

Political circulars (ca. 1928-1939, undated); election tally (undated)

2

Political circulars (1932); articles from Saturday Evening Post (1929-32)