Guide to the Letter from Harry F. Byrd to Samuel Tuzzo regarding presidential inauguration materials, December 18, 1944

Letter from Harry F. Byrd to Samuel Tuzzo regarding presidential inauguration materials C0370


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Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Byrd, Harry Flood, 1887-1966
Title Letter from Harry F. Byrd to Samuel Tuzzo regarding presidential inauguration materials
Date December 18, 1944
Physical Characteristics 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract Letter from Harry F. Byrd to Samuel Tuzzo regarding presidential inauguration materials written on December 18, 1944.
Collection Number C0370
Language English

Biographical and Historical Notes

Harry Flood Byrd, born June 10, 1887, was a U.S. Senator and politician from West Virginia. Byrd served as both governor and senator for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Though a staunch Democrat, Byrd is famously known as the major proponent of "Massive Resistance," or the resistance of desegreation in schools and the support of the societal structures that allowed segregation to continue. Byrd, who coined the term, maintained his desegregationist stance well after the segregation laws were overturned. Byrd retired from the Senate in 1965 and died on October 20, 1966.

The presidential inauguration of 1945 was unique in American history. Extending his unprecented length of service, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) won a fourth term of the American presidency in 1944, and was inaugurated on January 20, 1945. However, this success was overshadowed by FDR's visible ill-health, though there were continued efforts to cover it up. Just over two months later on March 29, 1945, the president died from health complications.

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Scope and Content

Letter from Harry F. Byrd to Samuel Tuzzo, a resident of Brooklyn, NY, written on December 18, 1944. In the letter, Byrd apologizes to Tuzzo for being unable to acquire an invitiation and program to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's upcoming fourth inauguration, and suggests he write directly to the White House to obtain them. The envelope is included.

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Arrangement

This is a single item collection.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from Letter from Harry F. Byrd to Samuel Tuzzo regarding presidential inauguration materials must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center holds other collections with records pertaining to Harry F. Byrd, including the C. Harrison Mann, Jr. papers and the Oliver F. Atkins photograph collection.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Presidents--United States.
Presidents--United States--Inauguration
United States. Congress. Senate

Document Types:

Correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

A digitized version of the letter can be found here: Letter from Harry F. Byrd to Samuel Tuzzo regarding presidential inauguration materials.

Preferred Citation

Letter from Harry F. Byrd to Samuel Tuzzo regarding presidential inauguration materials, C0370, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

The donor is unknown.

Processing Information

Reprocessing completed by Amanda Brent in July 2019. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in July 2019. This collection used to be a part of the Virginia historical documents collection, C0034.

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Bibliography

"FDR inaugurated to fourth term." History. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fdr-inaugurated-to-fourth-term (accessed July 15, 2019).

"FDR's third-term election and the 22nd amendment." National Constitution Center. https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/fdrs-third-term-decision-and-the-22nd-amendment (accessed July 15, 2019).

Heinemann, Ronald L. "Dictionary of Virginia Biography." Library of Virginia. https://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/dvb/bio.asp?b=Byrd_Harry_Flood_1887-1966 (accessed July 15, 2019).

Heinemann, Ronald L. "Harry F. Byrd (1887-1966)." Encyclopedia Virginia. https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/byrd_harry_flood_sr_1887-1966 (accessed July 15, 2019).

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Contents Lists

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1 1 Letter from Harry F. Byrd to Samuel Tuzzo regarding presidential inauguration materials, December 18, 1944
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