DescriptionJames A. Farley Archive.
-Autograph Note Signed, "James A Farley", one page, 5" x 6.5", New York City, to "Father Garner", October 5, 1937, excuses son from classes.
-Fifteen Typed Letters Signed variously "James A Farley", "JF", New York City, 1930s - 1960s, on personal or Coca-Cola letterheads.
-Western Union Telegram, one page, 8" x 6.5", July 13, 1934, Jack L. Warner to Dan Stewart, invitation for a luncheon honoring Farley.
-Western Union Telegram Copy, one page, 8.5" x 7", November 2, 1932, Farley as DNC Chairman. Regards pending Supreme Court Decision on Scottsboro, Alabama civil rights case.
-Typed Document Signed "James A Farley", eight pages, 8.5" x 11", a 1965 lecture on FDR given in Kalamazoo. Michigan.
-Two letters to Farley, an anonymous group photograph and several copies of newspaper stories pertaining to Farley.
Various grades, averaging very good condition.
James A. Farley (1888 - 1976) served both as Democratic National Committee Chairman and Postmaster General, 1932 - 1940. He was one of FDR's staunchest supporters until opposing Roosevelt's choice to run for an unprecedented third term.
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A superb and historic collection of signatures, signed photographs, and documents from James A. Farley, a collection in its own right. One of the handwritten letters is signed "James A Farley," and dated 1937, to Father Garner , asking that his son Jimmy be excused from school, along with the envelope addressed to Reverend Father Garner, written in Farley's hand. Also in this James A. Farley collection are eleven signed typed letters to Ernest C. Fackler (a Republican candidate for United States Representative from Michigan's Fifteenth District in 1970 and 1972). Five of the letters pertain to FDR and the New Deal. One letter is signed "J," the other ten letters are signed in full "James A. Farley." The letters to Fackler are dated between 1958 and 1971. Also in this collection is a signed speech entitled "Franklin Delano Roosevelt, The Man," an extensive and original eight page speech given at Kalamazoo College, in Kalamazoo, Michigan on August 1965. There is also a November 27, 1942 letter to Dr. Frank Kingdon on Farley's personal stationery regarding a recent loss in the 1942 mid-term election for which Farley and Kingdon campaigned, illustrating Farley's continued decline in the political arena after breaking with FDR in 1940. Also as part of this James A. Farley collection are five signed photographs, including one taken with Michigan Governor and United States Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy, and one with Mayor of New York City Fiorello H. LaGuardia. The other three signed photographs are of Farley alone. Also, there is an engraving signed by Harry S. Moskovitz, the noted artist. Significantly, two of the signed and typed letters are to Hugh G. Grant, then secretary to Senator Hugo Black of Alabama, concerning the 1932 election, and the famous Scottsboro, Alabama trial in 1932, which nine young black men, some only boys, were accused by two white women of rape, though one later recanted. A judge assigned the Scottsboro Nine insufficient and unprepared defense, and, when eight of them were convicted and sentenced to die, the International Labor Defense sent attorney Joseph Brodsky to Alabama to appeal the guilty verdicts. Eventually, the Supreme Court's decision guaranteed the defendants a new trial. The decision served as the foundation for the principle that everyone charged with a crime in the United States has the right to effective legal counsel. In this James A. Farley collection is the copy of the Western Union Telegram, dated November 2, 1932, just before FDR's election to the Presidency and the United States Supreme Court decision on the Scottsboro case. Hugh G. Grant sends this Western Union telegram to James A. Farley as Chairman of the Democratic National Campaign Committee. Grant writes: "Pretty good assurance that Supreme Court will render decision in Scottsboro Alabama Negro cases Monday probably granting new trial to Negroes. This case which was argued only three weeks ago in Supreme Court has been widely propagandized over country by Negro organizations and certain white labor groups and as result has resolved itself into a racial issue. Submit for your consideration the speculation as to whether or not apparently premature decision of court on the eve of election Tuesday is calculated to influence hundreds of thousands of voters in pivotal states to vote Republican ticket in line with theory of Republican control of Court as advanced by Governor Roosevelt in his Baltimore speech. Believe this matter one that should be seriously considered by you and your Board of Campaign Strategy because of the possibility of the influencing of hundreds of thousands of votes in the event of such decision Monday./ Hugh G. Grant/ Secretary to Senator Black of Alabama." This Western Union telegram speaks volumes concerning the political pressures on FDR from southern Democrats as he tried to forge a national, progressive Democratic Party! There is an original reply to Mr. Grant written by Farley in this collection as well, which indicates that James A. Farley never sent the reply to Mr. Grant. Farley writes: "Dear Mr. Grant:/ Thank you for your wire relating to Scottsboro Alabama Cases. Your suggestion is being taken up very carefully./ Many thanks for your cooperation./ Sincerely yours,/ J.A. Farley/Chairman." There is also a signed and typed letter to author Vick Knight dated April 29, 1948, and another unsigned letter from Farley to Fackler, and one unsigned letter from Fackler to Farley. Another piece in this James A. Farley collection is a two page letter on Concordia Senior College stationery from Fackler . An interesting signed letter dated February 28, 1964 to Ernest C. Fackler contains very interesting commentary by Farley. He writes: "I don't think there is any doubt that Harry Hopkins had a great deal of influence with Mr. Roosevelt after the death of Louis McHenry Howe. Mr. Roosevelt was lonesome in The White House and Hopkins worked himself into the good graces of the President./ If I could visit with you personally there are many things I could tell you that I do not want to put in a letter." Farley goes on to write to Fackler that he didn't think Hopkins was a Soviet ally, but was "hypnotized" by them and that his influence on FDR "wasn't good." Farley cautions Fackler to "treat what I have told you with strict confidence." Also in this James A. Farley collection is a copy of a letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to Farley dated March 2, 1964. Handwritten across the top of the letter is "Very very confidential." LBJ writes in his letter to Farley: "Dear Jim:/ I can't have a better emissary to South America than you and the clippings you sent me are visible proof of that./ You are mighty kind, my old and loyal friend, and I am very grateful to you./ Sincerely,/ Lyndon B. Johnson." Also, there are seven pamphlets containing the speeches of James A. Farley. There is also a very large cachet of James A. Farley materials, including multiple signed letters to Marguerite A. "Missy" LeHand and Grace G. Tully in the separate catalogue description of the Grace G. Tully collection which is also part of this FDR Collection. Further, there are several items from a July 19, 1934 Hollywood event hosted by movie mogul Jack L. Warner in honor of Farley, held at the Warner Brothers Burbank, California movie studio, including a Western Union telegram invitation from Jack L. Warner to Mr. Don Stewart, the Postmaster of San Diego, California. The telegrams states, in part "JULY 13, 1934/ HON DON STEWART=/ SAN DIEGO, CALIF.=/ YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO A LUNCHEON IN HONOR OF THE HONORABLE JAMES A. FARLEY POSTMASTER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES AT ONE THIRTY PM THURSDAY JULY NINETEENTH AT WARNER BROS BURBANK STUDIO STOP SINCERELY HOPE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND AND WILL APPRECIATE YOUR EARLY RESPONSE BY TELEPHONE. PLEASE CALL HOLLYWOOD 1251 EXTENSION FIVE EIGHT EIGHT=/ JACK L. WARNER." There is also an 8 x 10" black and white photograph of the guests enjoying the Hollywood event in honor of Farley. There is also the table place card that has "MR. DON STEWART" written on the card and the card, which states "WARNER BROS./ WELCOME/ HON. JAMES A. FARLEY/ TO/ WARNER-FIRST NATIONAL STUDIOS/ HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA/ JULY 19, 1934." There are at least three of these very same cards, perhaps this very one, that can be seen on the tables in the photograph. The table card is 3 x 8," and folds in the middle. An amazing collection, especially considering that James Aloysius Farley was a key ingredient in FDR's 1932 and 1936 electoral victories for President, and served FDR in numerous capacities, officially as Postmaster General during FDR's first two terms as President. In 1940 FDR parted ways with his long time associate, political confidante and campaign manager, who together with Louis McHenry Howe was most responsible for the successful strategy that led to FDR's election to the Presidency in 1932. Farley disagreed with FDR when the President decided to run for a third term in 1940 (Farley himself aspiring to be the Democratic nominee for president that fateful year), and as a consequence Farley resigned from the government in 1940, returned to the business world and was appointed chairman of a Coca-Cola division. A one of a kind collection.
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