Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Emerson C. Ives Collection, 1932-1970

Duane Norman Diedrich Collection

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: Emerson C. Ives collection
Creator: Ives, Emerson C.
Inclusive dates: 1932-1970
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Abstract:
This collection is made up of about 140 letters that New York resident Emerson C. Ives wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt, United States congressmen and public officials, and several newspaper editors between 1932 and 1970. Ives provided his opinions on a variety of contemporary issues, such as Roosevelt's economic policies during the Great Depression, the Lend-Lease program, solutions for the aftermath of World War II, and the presence of United States forces in Vietnam in the late 1960s. Some newspaper clippings, including reprints of Ives's editorials, are present in the collection.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1992. M-2857.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Emerson C. Ives Collection, Duane Norman Diedrich Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with newspaper clippings placed at the end.


Biography

Emerson C. Ives worked for a financial firm that traded on the New York Stock Exchange in the 1930s. He lived in White Plains, Pawling, and Brooklyn, New York.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of about 140 letters that New York resident Emerson C. Ives wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt, United States congressmen and public officials, and several newspaper editors between 1932 and 1970. Ives provided his opinions on a variety of contemporary issues, such as Roosevelt's economic policies during the Great Depression, the Lend-Lease program, solutions for the aftermath of World War II, and the presence of United States forces in Vietnam in the late 1960s. Some newspaper clippings, including reprints of Ives's editorials, are present in the collection.

The bulk of the collection consists of retained copies and drafts of Ives's outgoing correspondence regarding domestic and international political issues affecting the United States in the mid-20th century. Ives pasted around 90 of the letters in a scrapbook, most of which were written between 1932 and 1945; he also added newspaper clippings. He sent essays to several New York newspaper editors, particularly to those at the Sun, Herald-Tribune, and New York Times. Many correspondents sent brief notes acknowledging the receipt of Ives's letters and commenting on his views.

Ives, who worked for a Wall Street firm, frequently commented on economic affairs throughout the Great Depression, and often attacked President Roosevelt's policies, including the New Deal. In his earliest letters, he defended the character of Wall Street brokers, and shared his belief that they were not solely to blame for the economic crisis. He also discussed the gold and silver currency standards and the presidential elections of 1936 and 1940. Later in the 1930s, he wrote about the Lend-Lease program, and, in at least one letter (December 12, 1940), he directly advocated support for Great Britain's military efforts against Nazi Germany. During the war, Ives offered his opinions on how the United States should treat Germany after the war, and dismissed Russia's potential as a postwar military threat. In 1943, he also voiced his opposition to a threatened railroad strike. After the war, he wrote less frequently, but continued to comment on economic and military affairs, such as a proposal to ensure universal military training in the United States. During the late 1960s, Ives strongly advocated the unconditional removal of U. S. troops from Vietnam, and in one letter he anticipated China's potential as a dominant international political force (February 3, 1970).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Depressions--1929.
    • Germany--Foreign relations--United States.
    • Great Depression.
    • Lend-lease operations (1941-1945)
    • Letters to the editor.
    • New Deal, 1933-1939.
    • New York (N.Y.)--Politics and government--1898-1951.
    • Presidents--United States--Election--1936.
    • Presidents--United States--Election--1940.
    • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
    • Strikes and lockouts--Railroads--United States.
    • United States. Congress.
    • United States--Economic conditions--1918-1945.
    • United States--Economic policy--1933-1945.
    • United States--Foreign relations--Germany.
    • United States--Politics and government--1933-1953.
    • United States--Politics and government--1953-1961.
    • United States--Politics and government--1961-1963.
    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
    • World War, 1939-1945--United States.
    Contributors:
    • Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956.
    • Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965.
    • Bixby, R. Burdell.
    • Byrd, Harry Clifton, 1889-1970.
    • Coughlin, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1891-1979.
    • Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971.
    • Early, Stephen T. (Stephen Tyree), 1889-1951.
    • Fletcher, Duncan Upshaw, 1859-1936.
    • Forman, Frederick P.
    • Fulbright, J. William (James William), 1905-1995.
    • Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
    • Howe, Louis M. (Louis McHenry), 1871-1936.
    • Javits, Jacob K. (Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986.
    • Johnson, Hugh S. (Hugh Samuel), 1882-1942.
    • Krock, Arthur, 1886-1974.
    • Lehman, Herbert H. (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963.
    • Smith, Alfred Emanuel, 1873-1944.
    • Sparkman, John, 1899-1985.
    • Sulzberger, Arthur Hays, 1891-1968.
    • Thompson, Dorothy, 1893-1961.
    • Wagner, Robert F. (Robert Ferdinand), 1877-1953.
    Genre Terms:
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Scrapbooks.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
     
    Emerson C. Ives collection [series]
    Box   1  
    Correspondence,  May 27, 1932-February 24, 1970
    Box   1  
    Scrapbook,  April 25, 1932-November 18, 1938
    Box   1  
    Newspaper clippings,  1938 and  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data

    Partial List of Letter Recipients

    • Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962.
    • Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956.
    • Black, Hugo LaFayette, 1886-1971.
    • Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940.
    • Bowles, Chester, 1901-1986.
    • Byrd, Harry Clifton, 1889-1970.
    • Copeland, Royal S. (Royal Samuel), 1868-1938.
    • Coughlin, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1891-1979.
    • Cummings, Homer S. (Homer Stillé), 1870-1956.
    • Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980.
    • Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976.
    • Fletcher, Duncan Upshaw, 1859-1936.
    • Fulbright, J. William (James William), 1905-1995.
    • Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951.
    • Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
    • Javits, Jacob K. (Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986.
    • Johnson, Hiram, 1866-1945.
    • Krock, Arthur, 1886-1974.
    • Lippmann, Walter, 1889-1974.
    • Moley, Raymond, 1886-1975.
    • Moses, Robert, 1888-1981.
    • Norbeck, Peter, 1870-1936.
    • O'Mahoney, Joseph C. (Joseph Christopher), 1884-1962.
    • Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965.
    • Robinson, Joseph Taylor, 1872-1937.
    • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
    • Smith, Alfred Emanuel, 1873-1944.
    • Sulzberger, Arthur Hays, 1891-1968.
    • Wagner, Robert F. (Robert Ferdinand), 1877-1953.