Congressional Papers of Kansas Congressman John M. Houston, 1935-1953

Collection Summary

Title: Congressional Papers of Kansas Congressman John M. Houston, 1935-1953
Call Number: MS 73-03
Size: 3.0 linear feet
Acquisition: Gift of John Houston
Processed By: MDH, 11-16-1973; SMC, 11-25-1997; MN, 10-2008
Note: Collection stored in off-site facility. Contact Special Collections regarding retrieval.
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Restrictions

None

Content Note

These papers include John Houston's general correspondence, speeches, and newspaper clippings. other documents relate to the National Labor Relations Board, the Taft-Hartley Law, election campaigns, the State Department, and Harry S. Truman.

Biography

John Mills Houston (1890-1975) was born on a farm near Formosa, Jewell County, Kansas, September 15, 1890; attended the public schools of Wichita, Kansas, St. John’s Military School, Salina, Kansas, and Fairmount College (now Wichita State University), Wichita, Kansas; engaged in the theatrical business 1912-1917; during the First World War served as a noncommissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps 1917-1919; engaged in the retail lumber business at Newton, Kansas, 1919-1934; mayor of Newton 1927-1931; secretary of the Democratic State central committee in 1934 and 1935; elected as a Democrat to the 74th and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the 78th Congress; appointed a member of the National Labor Relations Board on March 15, 1943, and served until his retirement on August 27, 1953; resided in Laguna Beach, California, where he died April 29, 1975; interment in Melrose Abbey Cemetery, Anaheim, California. (Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.)

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1 General Correspondence
Series 2 Box 2 - Box 5 FF 28 Subject Files
Series 3 Box 5 FF 29 - Box 6 FF 1 Printed Materials
Series 4 Box 6 FF 2 Miscellaneous

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 ‒ General Correspondence

Box 1 FF 1-26 General Correspondence: A to Z

Series 2 ‒ Subject Files

Box 2 FF 1 Aerial Torpedo, 1941 to 1942
Box 2 FF 2 Aviation, 1939 to 1942
Box 2 FF 3 Campaign Miscellaneous
Box 2 FF 4 Congressional Nominations to Labor Relations Board, 1947 to 1949
Box 2 FF 5 Correspondence: Congressman Randolph Carpenter, 1940 to 1942
Box 2 FF 6 Correspondence: President Eisenhower, 1953
Box 2 FF 7 Correspondence: House Legislation, 1935 to 1942
Box 2 FF 8 Democratic National Congressional Committee, 1934 to 1952
Box 2 FF 9 Election Campaign, 1936 to 1942
Box 2 FF 10 Employment, 1948 to 1952
Box 2 FF 11 Labor Problems, 1952 to 1953
Box 2 FF 12 Legislation Sponsored by John Houston, 1935, 1939, 1941
Box 2 FF 13 Correspondence: Levands, 1949 to 1953
Box 2 FF 14 Income Tax
Box 2 FF 15 National Labor Relations Board, 1947 to 1951
Box 3 FF 1 National Labor Relations Board, file #2, 1952 to 1953
Box 3 FF 2 National Labor Relations Board, Opposition, 1948
Box 3 FF 3 News Releases
Box 3 FF 4 Post Office, Marion, Kansas
Box 3 FF 5-62 Speeches by Subject, 58 files
Box 4 FF 1-53 Speeches by Subject, 53 files
Box 5 FF 1-23 Speeches by Subject, 23 files
Box 5 FF 24 State Department, 1941, 1947 to 1949
Box 5 FF 25 Taft-Hartley Law, 1936, 1942, 1948, 1953
Box 5 FF 26 President Harry S. Truman, 1949 to 1952
Box 5 FF 27 Veterans Administration, 1939, 1947 to 1948
Box 5 FF 28 War and Labor Voting Records, 1937 to 1941

Series 3 ‒ Printed Materials

Box 5 FF 29 Printed Speeches, 1936 to 1942
Box 5 FF 30 Newspaper Clippings, 1941
Box 6 FF 1 Newspaper Clippings, file #2, 1941

Series 4 ‒ Miscellaneous

Box 6 FF 2 Miscellaneous