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Political business, and personal papers consisting mainly of
correspondence, but also including scrapbooks, loose newspaper clippings,
pamphlets and other printed or mimeographed material, copies of speeches, legal
documents, and accounts. Correspondence for the period when Lord was supervisor
of the Town of Afton is concerned mainly with Chenango County politics, road
construction, the Chenango County Tuberculosis Hospital, and the operation of
the direct primary. Correspondence for the time during which Lord was was a
member of the New York Assembly and the state Senate deals with the internal
affairs of the legislature and also contains a considerable volume of letters
from constituents and colleagues on farm abandonment, the shortage of farm
labor, and other agricultural problems; milk quality and prices, oleomargarine
production and sale, and other dairy industry issues; teachers' salaries and
pensions, nurses' salaries, and veterans' benefits; the gasoline tax, highway
construction, and motor vehicle legislation; banking and insurance legislation;
forestry and fish and game laws; local option and prohibition; minimum wage and
maximum hour, workmen's compensation, and other labor laws; movie regulation
and censorship, Sunday observance, boxing regulation, women's prison reform,
and public health; the exclusion of the five Socialists from the Assembly
(1920); and numerous other matters of public concern.
Correspondence for the two terms Lord served as Congressman from the
34th New York District includes numerous letters from constituents concerning
current economic conditions, federal tax policy, the Townsend Plan, the
operation of the Wages and Hours Law (1938), Social Security, unemployment
compensation, veterans' pensions, and tariff legislation, particularly that
affecting imported shoes; the Agricultural Adjustment Act, Civilian
Conservation Corps, Farm Security Administration, Home Owners Loan Corporation,
Public Works Administration, Railroad Retirement Act, Resettlement
Administration, Supreme Court reorganization plan, Tennessee Valley Authority,
and various other aspects of the New Deal; United States naval power and other
questions of national defense; immigration and naturalization policies,
neutrality legislation, the situations in China, Ethiopia, and Spain, and other
matters pertaining to American foreign policy. In addition, there are
approximately four hundred letter (1914-1938) between Lord and members of the
Republican Party organization, in which finances and support given candidates
for various offices are discussed.
Lord's business papers (1902-1932) consist of correspondence and
accounts of Lord & McHugh, general merchandise store at Afton, and letters
concerning his timber land and lumber mill interests, especially the sale of
railroad ties and mine props to the Hudson Coal Company and the Delaware &
Hudson Railroad Company; personal correspondence concerns family matters and
trips made to Europe and Florida. The Lord scrapbooks (8 vols., 1915-1937)
contain clippings from newspapers and magazines, photographs, and other items
pertaining to Lord's political career and to events on the state and national
Correspondents include William H. Anderson, William G. Andrews, Robert
L. Bacon, Frank W. Barnes, Nelson P. Bonney, John Boyle, Jr., Charles L.
Carrier, Glenn F. Carter, Nelson W. Cheney, John D. Clarke, Marian W. Clarke,
Roland L. Davis, Thomas E. Dewey, John J. Dillon, George R. Dutton, Edward R.
Eastman, Melvin C. Eastman, Melvin C. Eaton, George W. Fairchild, George R.
Frearon, James D. Flanagan, James F. Forman, Edward B. Furry, Archie D. Gibbs,
Charles S. Gibson, John Hamilton, Fred Hammond, Charles A. Harnett, Oswald D.
Heck, Charles J. Hewitt, Homer Higley, James P. Hill, William H. Hill, Harold
J. Hinman, Harvey DeForest Hinman, W.O. Hintermister, Cordell Hull, Irving M.
Ives, George F. Johnson, J. Kennard Johnson, Samuel A. Jones, Carl E. Ladd,
Herbert H. Lehman, Alfred A. Lord, Seymour Lowman, Clayton R. Lusk, John T.
McNeil, Edmund H. Machold, W. Kingsland Macy, Joseph Martin, Jr., Nathan
Miller, Ogden L. Mills, Abbott Low Moffat, Henry Morganthau, Jr., Reuben B.
Oldfield, Tom O'Rourke, Daniel A. Reed, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore
Roosevelt, Jr., E.F. Runnells, Alfred E. Smith, Louis W. Stotesbury, Thaddeus
C. Sweet, Gage E. Tarbell, James W. Wadsworth, Jr., George F. Warren, Charles
Seymour Whitman, and numerous others.
There are also letters from or concerning the New York State
Agricultural Advisory Commission, American Defense Society, Anti-Saloon League,
Civil Service Reform Association, Dairymen's League, W.H. Dunne Company,
Magnolia Petroleum Company, New York Civic League, New York State Association
of Real Estate Boards, New York State Women's Relief Corps Home (Oxford),
Norwich Pharmacal Company, Otsego Forest Products Cooperative Association, Rock
Royal Cooperative, South Coast and Northern Lumber Company, Wayne Lumber
Company, and the Women's Christian Temperance Union.