Guide to the Chester H. McCall papers, 1931-1947

Chester H. McCall papers C0098

Published by George Mason University Libraries

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George Mason University

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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator McCall, Chester H.
Title Chester H. McCall papers
Date 1931-1947
Physical Characteristics 1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract The Chester H. McCall papers contain materials from McCall's tenure at the U.S. Department of Commerce as well as his private life.
Collection Number C0098
Language English

Biographical Information

Chester H. McCall served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce (1933-1937) under Daniel C. Roper in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration. While in the Department of Commerce, McCall headed up the administrative, public relations, and publications efforts of the department's Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, National Bureau of Standards, and Bureau of Air Commerce. He was also a member of the Executive Board of the National Youth Administration, secretary of several Cabinet committees, and represented Commerce in several inter-departmental committees.

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Scope and Content

The Chester McCall Papers contain materials from his tenure at the Department of Commerce as well as his private life. The materials include correspondence between Chester McCall, Secretary Roper, government employees, and business leaders; speech drafts: "Credit and the New Deal" (March 13, 1934), "Regimentation and Recovery" (November 6, 1934), "Trading for Peace" (August 16, 1934); and contemporary news clippings regarding the Roosevelt Administration and the Department of Commerce. The materials also include documents and writings pertaining to McCall's personal life, memorandums and a handwritten note from Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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This collection is arranged by subject.

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center also holds many other collections on United States government and politics, particularly the Legislative branch. The Clark Warburton papers include documents on the FDIC during the 1930s.

The University of Virginia Libraries also holds a collection of the Chester H. McCall papers.

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Index Terms


Maberry, Arthur
McCall, Chester H.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Roper, Daniel C. (Daniel Calhoun), 1867-1943

Corporate Names:

United States. Dept. of Commerce.


Educational change
International trade
Interstate commerce.
New Deal, 1933-1939.
United States--Politics and government

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Chester H. McCall papers, Collection C0098, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Unknown donor.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections Research Center staff. EAD markup completed by Eron Ackerman and Jordan Patty in April 2009. Updated by Greta Kuriger in 2011. Reprocessed and finding aid updated by Lana Mason in 2018.

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Contents List

Box Folder
1 1 Letter from Hardin B. Arledge to D. C. Roper (Secretary of Commerce), January 2, 1934
2 Letter to Leo Bouchard (Dayton Association of Credit Men), March 5, 1936
3 Correspondence between McCall and Frank W. Boykin (House of Representatives), June 15-16, 1936
4 Correspondence between McCall and Harry Brody, April 13,17, 1936
5 Correspondence between McCall and Robert J. Bulkley (Senator), October-December, 1935
6 Correspondence between McCall and Lawrence Calvert, June, September, 1935
7 Correspondence between McCall and Ward Canaday, 1935-1936
8 Correspondence between McCall and Royal S. Copeland (Senator) - related materials in 2.2, October 5, 16, 1935
9 Correspondence between McCall and Robert Cromie; newsclipping - "The Age of Youth" from The Vancouver Sun , 1934-1935
10 Correspondence between McCall and Clarence Francis - related correspondence and related newsclipping, 1935
11 Correspondence between McCall and Alfred Friendly, June, September, 1935
12 Correspondence between McCall and Reuben A. Lewis, August 1935
13 Correspondence between McCall and Wayne Mendenhall, February 15, 1935, May 5, 1936
14 Correspondence between McCall and Leonard C. Sauer - related newsclipping, April, May 1936
15 Letter from E. R. Stettinius, Jr. to McCall, January 6, 1936
16 Letter from McCall to Howard Tewksbury, May 5, 1936
17 Correspondence between Daniel C. Roper and Harry S. Truman, September 1935
18 Letter from Daniel Willard to Daniel C. Roper and related correspondence, May, June, 1935
19 Documents from the Business Advisory and Planning Council for the Department of Commerce - related correspondence including memorandum from Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1935
20 "Credit and the New Deal" - an address by McCall before the Washington Association of Credit Men, March 13, 1934
21 Memorandum from McCall to "The Secretary" in reference to the National Institution of Public Affairs, March 23, 1935
22 Memorandum from McCall to Daniel C. Roper in reference to the Shipping Board Bureau and related letter, February 27, May 9, 1934
23 "Regimentation and Recovery" - an address by Daniel C. Roper over nation-wide network of the National Broadcasting Company, November 1934
24 "Trading for Peace" - an analytical study by McCall - part 1 of 3, 1935
25 "Trading for Peace" - an analytical study by McCall and newsclippings - part 2 of 3, 1935
26 "Trading for Peace" - an analytical study by McCall and related correspondence - part 3 of 3, 1935
27 "Forward with the Constitution" - an address by Daniel C. Roper on Constitution Day - related correspondence, documents, and newsclippings - part 1 of 2, 1935-1936
28 "Forward with the Constitution" - an address by Daniel C. Roper on Constitution Day - related correspondence, documents, and newsclippings - part 2 of 2, 1935-1936
29 "Report to the President of the United States on National Recovery and Employment" - report by the Durable Goods Industries Committee and related note, May 14, 1934, September 15, 1936
Box Folder
2 1 "Government article" pertaining to Federal Trade Commission and civil liberties - related newsclippings - personal writings, 1947
2 Documents and correspondence related to planning of the Maberry Organization-correspondence between McCall and Arthur Maberry-related newsclippings , 1935-1936
3 Memorandums between Daniel C. Roper and Franklin D. Roosevelt - related correspondence, 1935-1936
4 Cabinet meeting memorandums from McCall to Daniel C. Roper - press release from Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, 1935-1936
5 Correspondence between John H. Overton and Johnston Avery on Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce hiring - letter of recommendation by McCall for Ralph H. Michael, Jr., May 1935, April 1936
6 16-A - "Report on Visit to the United States of America" (access copies) - letter from Thomas A.Watson to Daniel C. Roper - letter to John H. Love, October 30, 1925, September 27, 1934, March 29, 1935
7 "Kee-Notes" - keynoted activities of the Kiwanis Club of Bethesda, Maryland and souvenir calendars, 1946
8 Newsclippings related to McCall's career and persona life in Bethesda, Maryland, 1946
9 "Editorship of Journal" - McCall's personal recollections of events leading to his becoming editor and publisher of the "Bethesda Journal" - related document, 1946
10 "Dark Stairs" - play script by unknown author - part 1 of 2, undated
11 "Methods for Men, Money, Management and Government"-a report to Franklin D. Roosevelt from the Home Building Program of the Committee for Economic Recovery-related documents and newsclippings, 1935
12 Handwritten note from Franklin D. Roosevelt (includes access copy), circa 1930s
13 Untitled play by unknown author-part 1 of 3, undated
14 Untitled play by unknown author-part 2 of 3-letter to McCall from Charles H. Smith, undated and 1931
15 Untitled play by unknown author-part 3 of 3, undated
16 Letters from National Aeronautic Association-letter from the Air Defense League and associated document, January-February, 1936
17 Memorandum to Daniel C. Roper on commercial attache to USSR and related newsclipping-document on trade with Cuba-anonymous memorandum to McCall, 1935-1936
18 Personal recollections of Daniel C. Roper by Daniel J. Currie-related document, December 5, 1936
19 Mission statement for the National Institution of Public Affairs-related newsclippings and document, 1935
Box Folder
3 1 "Dark Stairs"-play script by unknown author-part 2 of 2, undated
2 Writings by Mickey McCall-related photograph, 1946-1947
3 Notebook with handwritten notes and inserts-related newsclippings-envelopes from the Department of Commerce-preservation note: two rusted paper clips attached to materials, 1930s
4 Notebook with handwritten notes and inserts, undated
5 "Space and Time" newsletter referencing McCall's business activities after departure from Washington, D.C., February 20, 1939
6 "The Psychological Cycle" essay by unknown author-letter to McCall from H. E. Waterbury-telegram from E. L. Sweek with handwritten note-, 1934
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