MS - 033 The Papers of H. Ralph Burton
Processed by Christine M. Ameduri
Schmucker Memorial Library received the papers of H. Ralph Burton in 1976 as was designated in his last will and testament dated October 1968.
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.
The H. Ralph Burton collection is divided into five 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.; II. General Counsel, House Military Affairs Committee, 1941-1947; III. Communism, 1920-1950s; IV. Pornography, 1952-1953 and V: Birth Control, 1931-1934.