Thomas Harrison Reed Papers: 1902-1971
Summary Information
Title: Thomas Harrison Reed Papers
Creator: Reed, Thomas Harrison, 1881-
Inclusive dates: 1902-1971
Extent: 8 linear feet
Abstract:
Consultant in municipal government, professor of political science at the University of California and the University of Michigan. Correspondence and other papers concerning his work with the National Municipal League, as municipal consultant, and as director of studies of the Republican Program Committee.
Call number: 85406 Aa 2
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid prepared by: Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Mrs. Doris D. Reed (donor no. 5326) in 1974.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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Copyright:

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Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Thomas Harrison Reed Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Reed's career in municipal government began in 1909 and extended well into the 1960s. During this period Dr. Reed held many positions, including Professor of Municipal Government at the University of California, Berkeley, Executive Secretary to the Governor of California, City Manager of San Jose, California, Consultant for the National Municipal League, Director of the National Municipal League's Consultant Services, and privately employed municipal consultant. In his role as municipal consultant, Reed studied the administration and organization of many American cities, including Atlanta, Augusta, Charleston, S.C., Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Norfolk, Richmond, and Hartford, Connecticut.

Dr. Reed was an active member of the American Political Science Association and he maintained a strong interest in Belgium during much of his life. He published a study of Belgian government in 1924, assisted in the translation of Leopold of the Belgians (1929), participated in the activities of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, and was an officer in the Order of Leopold.

Thomas Harrison Reed was born in Boston in 1881. He was educated at Harvard University where he received his AB in 1901 and his LL.B. in 1904. He did post-graduate work at Columbia University in 1908 and 1909 and received an LL. D. from the University of Brussels in 1930. Dr. Reed was a Professor of Political Science at The University of Michigan from 1922 until 1936 when he resigned to devote his full attention to his duties as Director of Consultant Services for the National Municipal League, a position which he held since 1933. Dr. Reed served as Director of Studies for the Republican Program Committee during 1938 and 1939 and thereafter he was a privately employed municipal consultant. Throughout his career, Reed maintained a close association with the National Municipal League and was active in the League's affairs. Reed also held positions on many councils and commissions involved with the study of government in many communities. During his lifetime, Reed was often in contact with such luminaries of the American intellectual establishment as Charles A. Beard, A. Lawrence Lowell, and Charles E. Merriam. Dr. Reed was an accomplished public speaker and a prolific author of books and articles on a variety of topics relating to government. He died in Wethersfield, Connecticut in 1971.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Thomas Harrison Reed Collection is the papers of a man who was an active and important figure in the field of municipal government during much of the first half of this century. The Reed papers consist of eight feet of manuscript material, including correspondence, memos, newspaper clippings, and printed material. Over half of the collection deals primarily with Reed's work as a municipal consultant. The collection also contains a substantial amount of material which pertains to Reed's activities in connection with the American Political Science Association as well as material which relates to his academic career and correspondence with Michigan citizens and legislators and Michigan's Congressional representatives. In addition, the collection includes material on Belgium, Reed's work as city manager of San Jose, and his work with the Republican Program Committee.

The Thomas Harrison Reed Collection provides useful material for research on the history of the activities of the National Municipal League and on trends and issues in municipal government during the first half of the twentieth century in the United States. The collection is also useful to anyone interested in the issues which were involved in the revision of city charters in many American cities during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The collection contains, in particular, substantial material on reform in Atlanta during the 1930s.

Although this collection contains material on Reed's association with The University of Michigan and some material which deals with government in Michigan, it would be of little use for research on any aspect of Michigan history. During his twelve-year residence in Michigan, Reed did little work which related specifically to municipal government in this state. He did publish Oakland County: a survey of county and township administration and finance in 1932, but the collection contains nothing of substance relating to this work. With this exception, and aside from some correspondence and a few speeches to such groups as the League of Women Voters, there is no material in this collection which would be of more than passing interest to one engaged in historical research relating to Michigan.

Subject Terms

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.


  • China -- History -- Republic, 1912-1949.
  • Japanese Americans.
  • Municipal government.
  • Philippines -- History -- 1898-1946.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1929-1933.
  • Bands.
  • Photographs.
  • Hayden, Joseph Ralston, 1887-1945.
  • National Municipal League.
  • Reed, Thomas Harrison, 1881-
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854-)
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Political Science.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • Reed, Thomas Harrison, 1881-
  • Allin, Cephas Daniel, 1875-1927.
  • Atwood, Albert William, 1879-1975.
  • Barrows, David P., 1873-1954.
  • Beard, Charles Austin, 1874-1948.
  • Bromage, Arthur W. (Arthur Watson), 1904-1979.
  • Brownlow, Louis, 1879-
  • Crane, Robert Treat, 1880-
  • Fairlie, John A. (John Archibald), 1872-1947.
  • Foster, William Trufant, 1879-1950.
  • Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
  • Lowell, A. Lawrence (Abbott Lawrence), 1856-1943.
  • Malone, Dudley Field, 1882-1950.
  • Merriam, Charles Edward, 1874-1953.
  • Munro, William Bennett, 1875-1957.
  • Ogg, Frederic Austin, 1878-1951.
  • Putnam, George Haven, 1844-1930.
  • Reeves, Jesse Siddall, 1872-1942.
  • Shattuck, Henry Lee, 1879-1971.
  • Shurtleff, Flavel, 1879-1978.
  • Smith, Harold Dewey, 1898-1947.
  • Teggart, Frederick John, 1870-1946.
  • Upson, Lent Dayton, 1886-1949.
  • Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951.
  • Vanderbilt, Arthur T., 1888-1957.
  • White, Leonard Dupee, 1891-1958.
Contents List
Request materials for use in the Bentley Library
Container / Location Title
 
Biographical and Personal [series]
Box   1  
Miscellaneous
 
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
Undated
Box   1  
1902, 1907-1909
Box   1  
1913-1947 (48 folders)
Box   2  
1948-1971 (28 folders)
Box   2  
Re translation of Leopold II 1927-1929
Box   2  
Re translation of Leopold I 1929-1931
 
With World Book Company
Box   2  
1913, 1919-1920
Box   2  
1923-1924
Box   2  
1925
Box   2  
1926-1928
Box   2  
1929
Box   2  
1930-1932
 
Consultation files [series]
Box   2  
Michigan County Home Rule Amendment 1929, 1933-1934
Box   2  
Oakland County 1932 Bloomfield Hills, 1932 Michigan, 1933 1932-1933
Box   2  
Yonkers, N.Y. 1933-1934
Box   2  
Cortlandt, Greenburgh, Harrison, Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Vernon (N.Y. State) 1934
Box   2  
Lehigh Co., Pa. 1934
Box   2  
Kearny, N.J. 1934
Box   2  
North Bergen, N.J. 1934
Box   3  
Nassau County, N.Y.
Box   3  
Papers 1934-1935, 1941
Box   3  
The Government of Nassau County Special Reports 1934

(3 volumes in one)

Box   3  
Coral Gables, Fla. 1934, 1941, 1945
Box   3  
Asbury Park, N.J. 1935
Box   3  
Teaneck, N.J. 1935
Box   3  
Jersey City, N.J. 1935
Box   3  
Borough of Dumont, N.J. 1935
Box   3  
Woodbridge Twp., N.J. 1936
 
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Box   3  
Report: Financial and Administrative Survey of the City of St. Petersburg, Fla. 1936 (1 volume)
Box   3  
Report: Financial and Administrative Survey of the City of St. Petersburg, Fla.: Special Report on Municipal Utilities 1936
Box   3  
Inverness, Fla. 1936
Box   3  
Brookline, Mass. 1937
 
Atlanta, Ga.
Box   3  
Papers 1937-1938, 1940
Box   3  
Report: The Governments of Atlanta and Fulton County Georgia 1938 (1 volume)
Box   3  
Papers 1952-1953
Box   3  
Savannah, Ga. 1937, 1947
Box   3  
Bergenfield, N.J. 1938
 
Richmond, Va.
Box   3  
Papers 1939-1953 (3 folders)
Box   3  
Papers 1960-1964
Box   4  
Published material 1947, 1950, 1961 (4 volumes)
Box   4  
Annexation trial proceedings 1963
Box   4  
Clippings 1946-1947
Box   4  
Clippings 1947-1963
Box   4  
Rome, N.Y. 1942
 
Roanoke, Va.
Box   4  
Papers 1942, 1946-1948
Box   4  
Annexation trial proceedings 1948 (3 volumes)
Box   4  
Clippings 1948
Box   4  
Wallingford, Conn. 1943
Box   4  
Petersburg, Va. 1943-1944, 1946-1948
 
Cincinnati, Ohio
Box   4  
Papers 1943-1944
Box   4  
Papers 1953
Box   4  
Papers 1956-1957
Box   4  
Litchfield, Conn. 1944
Box   4  
Simsbury, Conn. 1945-1946
Box   4  
Cleveland, Ohio 1945-1946
Box   4  
Cleveland, Ohio Hospital 1948-1949
 
Augusta, Ga.
Box   4  
Papers 1944-1948 (3 folders)
Box   4  
Clippings 1943-1947
Box   5  
Bloomfield, Conn. 1945
Box   5  
Farmington, Conn. 1945
Box   5  
Hartford, Conn. 1946
Box   5  
Norwich, Conn. 1946
Box   5  
Southington, Conn. 1946-1947
 
Tarrytown, N.Y.
Box   5  
Papers 1946-1947
Box   5  
Clippings 1946-1947
 
Baton Rouge, La.
Box   5  
Papers 1946-1947, 1949-1950, 1956 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Clippings 1946-1947
Box   5  
Wethersfield, Conn. 1947
Box   5  
Ossining, Westchester Co., N.Y. 1947
Box   5  
Minneapolis, Minn. 1947 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Hoboken, N.J. 1947-1948 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Front Royal, Va. 1948
Box   5  
Hopewell, Va. 1948
 
Danville, Va.
Box   5  
Papers 1948-1950
Box   5  
Clippings 1948-1951
 
Norfolk, Va.
Box   5  
1947-1948
Box   5  
1949-1950
Box   5  
1951-1953
Box   5  
Clippings 1948-1949
Box   5  
Shreveport, La. 1949-1950
Box   6  
Durham, N.C. 1949-1950
Box   6  
Falls Church, Va. 1949-1950 (2 folders)
Box   6  
New Britain, Conn. 1949-1950
Box   6  
Nashville, Tenn. 1951
Box   6  
Niagara Falls, N.Y. 1953-1954, 1958 (2 folders)
 
Bayonne, N.J.
Box   6  
Papers 1954
Box   6  
Report The High Cost of Government in Bayonne 1954 (1 volume)
Box   6  
Manchester, Conn 1955
Box   6  
Oregon (Legislative Interim Committee on Local Government) 1956
Box   6  
Charleston, S.C. 1956-1957
Box   6  
Warwick, R.I. 1957
Box   6  
Barrington, R.I. 1958
 
Columbus, Ohio
Box   6  
Papers 1958-1959 (2 folders)
Box   6  
Clippings 1958-1959
Box   6  
Norwalk, Conn. 1959 (2 folders)
Box   6  
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1959, 1961
 
Cranston, R.I.
Box   6  
Papers 1960-1961
Box   6  
Clippings 1960-1962
 
Organizational files [series]
Box   6  
Commission to Study Municipal Consolidation, Pa. 1928
 
Citizen's Metropolitan Committee of 1000 St. Louis, Mo.
Box   6  
Papers 1929-1931 (2 folders)
Box   6  
Clippings 1929-1931
Box   6  
Michigan Tax Survey Committee 1933 (2 folders)
 
Republican Party Program Committee
Box   6  
Reports 1939 (4 folders)
Box   7  
Papers 1938-1940 (3 folders)
Box   7  
Reports and work plans 1938-1939 (5 volumes)
Box   7  
No Third Term Association 1940
 
Citizenship Clearing House
Box   7  
Papers 1947-1954 (4 folders)
Box   7  
Workshop on College Preparation for Politics 1952
Box   7  
Dartmouth College Conference on Industrial Parks, Hanover, New Hampshire 1958
Box   7  
Murray Seasongood Good Government Fund Lectures 1959-1965 (2 folders)
 
Miscellaneous [series]
Box   8  
Reed Festschrift material 1962-1964 (2 folders)
Box   8  
Book Reviews 1924-1938
Box   8  
Articles for Banking, with correspondence 1936, 1940-1942
Box   8  
Encyclopedia articles with correspondence 1945-1967
Box   8  
Speeches and Lectures 1928-1959 (4 folders)
Box   8  
Writings and reports (5 folders)
Box   8  
Manuscript of book (3 folders)
 
Miscellanea
Box   8  
Belgium related materials
Box   8  
Programs, invitations, agendas 1900-1961
Box   8  
General (2 folders)
 
Clippings
Box   8  
1918, 1920s
Box   8  
1930s
Box   8  
1940s
Box   8  
1942-1943

(Wabash, Ind. and Houston, Texas)

Box   8  
1948

(Tampa, Fla.)

Box   8  
1950s, 1960s
Box   8  
Printed material (3 folders)
 
Photographs [series]
Box   8  
Photo of Reed speaking before unidentified group (with band in foreground)
Additional Descriptive Data
Selective Index to Correspondents
Allin, Cephas Daniel, 1875-1927.
  • Mar. 27, 1924; Oct. 13, 1924; Oct. 11, 1924; June 30, 1926; Aug. 2, 1926; July 12, 1926; Jan. 28, 1927; Jan. 27, 1927; Jan. 24, 1927; Apr. 30, 1927; May 2, 1927
Atwood, Albert William, 1879-1975.
  • Undated; Aug. 20, 1928; Aug. 5, 1928; Dec. 6, 1930; Aug. 13, 1930; Jan. 2, 1931
Barrows, David Prescott, 1873-
  • Aug. 19, 1913; Nov. 29, 1916; July 10, 1916; July 15, 1916; Aug. 25, 1917; Oct. 10, 1917; July 6, 1921; Nov. 28, 1924; Nov. 29, 1924; 1925 throughout; June 21, 1927; July 29, 1927; Aug. 26, 1931; Jan. 27, 1932
Beard, Charles Austin, 1874-1948.
  • Undated; Jan. 13, 1925; Oct. 6, 1926; Oct. 12, 1926; Dec. 18, 1926; Mar. 27, 1929; 1930?; Jan. 9, 1931; Feb. 1, 1931; Feb. 4, 1931; Feb. 6, 1931; Feb. 12, 1931; Nov. 14, 1931; Feb. 10, 1932; May 2, 1932; May 11, 1932; Jan. 8, 1932; Aug. 30, 1932; Sept. 2, 1932; Sept. 6, 1932; Sept. 29, 1932; Oct. 8, 1932; Oct. 25, 1932; July 30, 1932
Bromage, Arthur W. (Arthur Watson), 1904-1979.
  • 1929, throughout; July 27, 1930; Nov. 10, 1959
Brownlow, Louis, b. 1879.
  • Oct. 31, 1924; Oct. 28, 1924; Oct. 2, 1924; Mar. 6, 1931; Mar. 4, 1931; Mar. 3, 1931; May 19, 1931; May 20, 1931; Sept. 24, 1931; Oct. 12, 1932; July 7, 1933; July 26, 1933; July 5, 1933
China
  • See letters, Apr. 7 and Sept. 24, 1933.
Crane, Robert Treat, b. 1880.
  • July 5, 1922; July 26, 1922; July 3, 1923; June 28, 1923; Aug. 2, 1924; June 6, 1925; Apr. 22, 1927
Fairlie, John A. (John Archibald), 1872-1947.
  • Mar. 9, 1925; Mar. 7, 1925; Feb. 2, 1925; Dec. 15, 1928; Oct. 31, 1928; Oct. 9, 1928; Oct. 10, 1928; July 19, 1931
Foster, William Trufant, 1879-1950.
  • Mar. 10, 1924; Mar. 11, 1925; Mar. 3, 1925; Oct. 7, 1925; May 25, 1926; Oct. 6, 1931; Dec. 21, 1931
Hayden, Joseph Ralston, 1887-1945.
  • See letter July 1, 1923, of Maximo M. Kolar to Jesse S. Reeves concerning Joseph Ralston Hayden and the Philippine Islands.
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
  • Sept. 23, 1921; Aug. 28, 1926
Japanese--California
  • See letter Oct. 10, 1922, to Laura Mae Faville concerning the condition of Japanese citizens in California.
Lowell, A. Lawrence (Abbott Lawrence), 1856-1943.
  • Dec. 17, 1902; May 10, 1907; May 6, 1908; Nov. 20, 1908; Nov. 27, 1908; Jan. 15, 1909; July 1, 1924; Nov. 20, 1924; Jan. 12, 1926; Jan. 18, 1926; Jan. 7, 1927; Oct. 3, 1931; Oct. 5, 1931
Malone, Dudley Field, 1882-1950.
  • Jan. 18, 1928; Jan. 17, 1928
Merriam, Charles Edward, 1874-1953
  • Jan. 10, 1924; Dec. 3, 1924; 1925 throughout; Feb. 28, 1927; Nov. 30, 1927; Dec. 2, 1927; Dec. 5, 1927; Dec. 13, 1927; Dec. 3, 1927; Nov. 30, 1927; Dec. 21, 1927; Nov. 22, 1927; Jan. 12, 1928; Jan. 9, 1928; Jan. 7, 1928; Dec. 18, 1928; Dec. 5, 1928; Nov. 23, 1928; Nov. 21, 1928; Mar. 3, 1931; Apr. 29, 1931; Apr. 11, 1931; May 19, 1932; Mar. 5, 1932; Jan. 4, 1932; June 28, 1933
Munro, William Bennett, 1875-1957.
  • Undated; June 2, 1924; Oct. 2, 1925; Aug. 24, 1926; Sept. 28, 1926; Sept. 30, 1926; Oct. 26, 1926; 1927 throughout; Jan. 7, 1928; Jan. 12, 1928; Oct. 31, 1928; Nov. 28, 1928; Dec. 8, 1928; Dec. 10, 1928; Dec. 17, 1928; Jan. 9, 1929; Jan. 16, 1929; Mar. 18, 1929; Mar. 28, 1929; Oct. 23, 1951
Ogg, Frederic Austin, 1878-1951.
  • Aug. 11, 1921; Aug. 6, 1921; Nov. 7, 1921; Nov. 26, 1921; Apr. 6, 1925; Feb. 25, 1927; June 4, 1927; May 5, 1927; Jan. 11, 1928; Jan. 5, 1928; Apr. 9, 1931; Apr. 23, 1931; June 19, 1933; Oct. 17, 1940
Putnam, George Haven, 1844-1930.
  • Feb. 7, 1914
Reeves, Jesse Siddall, 1872-
  • July 22, 1921; July 11, 1922; Aug. 19, 1922; Feb. 13, 1922; July 1, 1923; Feb. 16, 1924; Mar. 3, 1924; Aug. 22, 1925; May 13, 1926; Nov. 21, 1933; Jan. 29, 1936
Shattuck, Henry Lee, 1879-1971.
  • Sept. 23, 1924; Oct. 3, 1924; Dec. 17, 1924; Nov. 19, 1924; Nov. 14, 1924; Nov. 2, 1924; Dec. 19, 1924; June 28, 1926; Aug. 9, 1926; July 6, 1926; Feb. 21, 1927; Mar. 4, 1927; Feb. 25, 1927
Shurtleff, Flavel, 1879-
  • Sept. 15, 1924; Sept. 9, 1924; Dec. 23, 1924; Dec. 18, 1924; 1925 throughout; Apr. 28, 1933
Smith, Harold Dewey, 1898-1947.
  • Oct. 12, 1924; Oct. 11, 1927; Oct. 17, 1927; Oct. 25, 1927; Oct. 29, 1927
Teggart, Frederick John, 1870-1946.
  • May 8, 1924; May 16, 1924
Upson, Lent Dayton, 1886-1949.
  • Aug. 2, 1922; Oct. 12, 1924; Oct. 28, 1926; Oct. 23, 1926; Mar. 10, 1927; July 8, 1927
Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951.
  • May 4, 1929; Oct. 31, 1932
Vanderbilt, Arthur T., 1888-1957.
  • Nov. 8, 1938; Jan. 23, 1939; Nov. 6, 1939; Dec. 13, 1939; Dec. 20, 1940; 1941 throughout; Oct. 13, 1942; 1943 throughout; 1944 throughout; 1945 throughout; 1947 throughout; 1948 throughout; 1949 throughout; 1950 throughout; Nov. 21, 1951; 1952 throughout; Feb. 20, 1953
White, Leonard Dupee, 1891-1958.
  • 1925 throughout; 1926 throughout; Mar. 1929