MS - 033 The Papers of H. Ralph Burton

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MS - 033 The Papers of H. Ralph Burton

(37 boxes, 9.99 cubic feet)

Inclusive Dates: 1920-1950s

Processed by Christine M. Ameduri
October 2001

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Provenance:

Schmucker Memorial Library received the papers of H. Ralph Burton in 1976 as was designated in his last will and testament dated October 1968.

Biography:

H. (Hiram) Ralph Burton's obituary dated August 12, 1971 (Washington Post) states that he was a lifelong resident of Washington, D.C., aged 89 years old when he died on August 5, 1971 and a graduate of Georgetown University Law School. He served as Special Investigator for the Senate Campaign Expenditures Committee, 1938-1939 and 1940-1941, and House Appropriations Committee in charge of NYC and State, investigation of the W.P.A. 1939-1940; General Counsel to the House Military Affairs Committee, 1941-1947; Chief Investigator for the Senate Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, 1947-1948; General Counsel for the House Campaign Expenditures Committee, 1948-1949 and the House Select Committee on Current Pornographic Materials, 1952-1953. He was also a founding life member of the National Press Club and a member of the Alfalfa Club.

Series Description:

The H. Ralph Burton collection is divided into five Series. Series I: Sub-Series A: Senate Campaign Expenditures Committee, Special Investigator, 1938-1941 and 1948-1949; Sub-Series B: House Appropriations Committee in charge of NYC and State, investigation of W.P.A.; Series II: General Counsel, House Military Affairs Committee, 1941-1947; Series III: Communism, 1920-1950s; Series IV: Pornography, 1952-1953 and Series V: Birth Control, 1931-1934.

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