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Collection Charles S. Hamlin Papers

About this Collection

The digitized portion (8,096 items; 17,808 images) of the papers of lawyer, politician, assistant secretary of the treasury, and governor of the Federal Reserve Board Charles S. Hamlin (1861-1938) includes diaries (1887-1937), diary indexes (1887-1937), and miscellany (1894-1939) relating principally to the formation and early history of the Federal Reserve System and Hamlin's service as a governor and first chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.

Hamlin's bound volumes of diaries for the years 1897-1937 were scanned from 10 reels of previously produced microfilm. Mainly in Hamlin's handwriting, with occasional letters or other materials laid in, these volumes include discussions of various topics involving monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Board, Department of Treasury, trade, politics, and social life in Washington, D.C. The corresponding indexes to these diaries have also been digitized from another 13 reels of previously produced microfilm. The entries in these index-digests are arranged alphabetically.

Also available online are portions of the Miscellany series of the collection scanned from the original documents. Included are speeches given by Hamlin, arranged chronologically; writings; magazine articles and other printed matter; and principally correspondence and reports removed by the Federal Reserve Board from Hamlin's scrapbooks in 1941 and filed separately.

Additional portions of the Charles Hamlin Papers, including incoming and outgoing correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, brochures and other printed matter, unpublished writings, photographs, autobiographical notes, genealogical records, and other original and secondary material, are available for use in the Manuscript Division Reading Room at the Library of Congress. The entire collection spans the years 1869-1968, with the bulk of the items concentrated in the period 1880-1938. The papers primarily concern Hamlin's civic and political affairs and his family's active social life in Washington, D.C., from Grover Cleveland's administration through that of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The larger collection includes correspondence and writings of Hamlin's wife, Huybertie Pruyn Hamlin (1873-1964), and diaries, correspondence, scrapbooks and other papers of their daughter Anna Hamlin (died 1925).

A finding aid (pdf and html) to the Charles S. Hamlin Papers is available online with folder-level links to the digitized content.