Title: Albert Joseph Engel Papers Creator: Engel, Albert Joseph, 1888-1959 Dates: 1885-1960 Extent: 10 linear feet Abstract:
Prosecuting attorney for Missaukee County, Michigan, Republican State Senator, and U.S. Congressman from the 9th Michigan District from 1935 to 1951. Correspondence, reports and newspaper clippings concerning his activities on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Armed Services; material on the Manhattan Project and the testing of the atomic and hydrogen bombs; and photographs.
Call number: 851419 Aa 2 Language: The materials are in English. Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave. Ann Arbor, MI
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Finding aid prepared by: Michigan Historical Collections staff
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The collection was donated by Albert J. Engel, Jr., (donor 4690) in 1968.
The collection is open for research.
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item, folder title, box no., Albert Joseph Engel Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Albert J. Engel was born in New Washington, Ohio on January 1, 1888. He graduated from the law department of Northwestern University in 1910. He then was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Lake City, Michigan. He was prosecuting attorney of Missaukee County in 1916-1917 and 1919-1920. During the first World War, Engel served as a first lieutenant in the War Department, later promoted to captain where he served overseas for twenty-three months, 1917-1919.
Engel served four terms in the state senate 1921 and 1927-1931. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1934 from Michigan's Ninth District. He came to serve eight terms, from 1935 to 1951. While in the congress, Engel served ten years as a member and chairman of the House Armed Forces appropriations subcommittee. In 1943, he began a one-man investigation of Army waste in which he traveled about the country touring army bases. Upon his return Engel proposed reforms which saved the government billions of dollars. He did not seek reelection in 1950 but rather sought (without success) the Republican nomination for governor. In his retirement, Engel operated a Christmas tree plantation near Lake City. He died December 2, 1959.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Albert J. Engel papers primarily document his eight terms of service in United States House of Representatives, 1935-1951, though is some correspondence and other material dating back to 1911. The papers include correspondence, speeches, press releases, clippings scrapbooks and articles about Engel, files on various topics that came before Engel's House committees -- notably the Bikini Island A bomb and H bomb tests, and photographs
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.
Elections -- Michigan -- 1950.
Lake City (Mich.)
Lawyers -- Michigan.
Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1837-1950.
Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1922-1928.
Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1929-1938.
Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1939-1945.
Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1946-1960.
Missaukee County (Mich.)
Politicians -- Michigan -- Missaukee County.
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1928.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1953.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1923-1929.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1929-1933.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1939-1945.
Military art and science.
Politics and government -- 1946-1960.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Peace.
Engel, Albert Joseph, 1888-1959.
Manhattan Project (U.S.)
Republican Party (Mich.)
United States. Congress. House.
Engel, Albert Joseph, 1888-1959.
United States. Congress. House.
Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949.
Baer, Max A.
Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968.
Byrd, Harry Flood, 1887-1966.
Carlson, Frank, 1893-1987.
Connally, Tom, 1877-1963.
Curwood, James Oliver, 1878-1927.
Dickinson, Luren Dudley, 1859-1943.
Disney, Walt, 1901-1966.
Ferguson, Homer, 1889-1982.
Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939.
Forrestal, James, 1892-1949.
Green, Fred W. (Fred Warren), 1872-1936.
Groesbeck, Alexander J. (Alexander Joseph), 1873-1953.
Hannah, John A., 1902-1991.
Hare, James M. (James McNeil), 1910-1980.
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972.
Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955.
Kelly, Harry F. (Harry Francis), 1895-1971.
Knox, Frank, 1874-1944.
Landon, Alfred M. (Alfred Mossman), 1887-1987.
Lewis, John Llewellyn, 1880-1969.
Lubin, Isador, 1896-1978.
McLaughlin, James Campbell, 1858-1932.
Marshall, George C. (George Catlett), 1880-1959.
Martin, Joseph William, 1884-1968.
Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
Murray, Philip, 1886-1952.
Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), 1860-
Osborn, Stellanova, 1894-1988.
Patterson, Robert Porter, 1891-1952.
Perkins, Frances, 1882-1965.
Pollock, James K. (James Kerr), 1898-1968.
Powers, Perry Francis, 1857-1945.
Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882-1971.
Sigler, Kim, 1894-
Smith, Shirley Wheeler, 1875-1959.
Sparks, Frank Melville, 1877-
Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950.
Symington, Stuart, 1901-1988.
Thompson, Ruth, 1887-1970.
Townsend, Charles E. (Charles Elroy), 1856-1924.
Townsend, Francis E. (Francis Everett), 1867-1960.
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
Tunney, James Joseph, 1897-
Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951.
Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898-
Wainwright, Jonathan Mayhew, 1883-1953.
Wallace, Henry Agard, 1888-1965.
Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988.
Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944.
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Container / Location
The Correspondence series includes letters from fellow members of Congress, cabinet officers, Michigan political figures and some constituent mail. The correspondence is arranged chronologically. A select index to correspondents lists letters from some of the more prominent individuals represented in the series.
Re A.J. Engel Oil Co. 1935-1943
Papers (financial and political) [series]
Congressional Papers [series]
The Congressional Papers series consists of subject files, speeches, press releases and articles written by Engel. The subject files relate to topics which came before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Armed Services, including the 1946 atomic and hydrogen bomb tests on Bikini Island.
James Couzens Memorial Fund 1937
German air power 1937
Overseas trips 1945
Bikini Island A bomb test 1946
Bikini Island H bomb test 1946
Air Transport Command in the Pacific 1945, undated
Panamint Press (newspaper published aboard the USS Panamint during the time of the atom bomb tests)
Press releases 1941
Articles written by AJE
Notebooks regarding production of ammunition
Notebook containing mailing lists and lists of supporters
Clippings from Congressional Record
Arranged by date
(4 volumes, 1 folder)
Album of Washington memorabilia 1930s-1940s
Visual Materials [series]
The visual materials series consists of photographs and a single motion picture. The photographs include portraits of Engel, his family and friends; pictures from his political campaigns, and his photos from his 1945 trip investigating waste at military bases around the world. The motion picture also documents that investigation.
Europe (Italy) circa 1945
Family and friends
France circa 1918
Near East (Iran, Egypt, Palestine) circa 1945
South Pacific circa 1945-1946
U.S. Congress. Army Appropriations Committee
West Point visit 1944
Postcards (largely World War I era)
Postcard booklets (largely World War I era of French views)
"Round the World Trip" film of Appropriations Subcommittee visit to U.S. installations. 1945 ([851419-1-1])