The Southwest Collection’s 10 Millionth Item

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The 10 millionth item received by the Southwest Collection was a letter donated in 1976. It was dated July 11, 1933, and was addressed to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt from Marvin Jones, an Amarillo lawyer and twelve-term U.S. Congressman from Texas’ 13th Congressional district. In this letter Jones recommends that the Federal Government assume control of the Federal Reserve Banks. He also suggests that while farms and city housing have been subsidized, homes falling outside of these categories should also receive government aid. Both of these suggestions were key items of debate during the New Deal Era.

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The announcement of the item in For Your Information: A Newsletter to the Faculty and Staff of the TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY COMPLEX, VOL. 7, No. l, Sept. 1, 1976, p. 31, courtesy of the TTU University Archives

Jones’ first vote as a Congressman was for the declaration of war against Germany prior to World War I. Beginning in 1931, he chaired the House Committee on Agriculture during which time he wrote the letter above. In 1940 was nominated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to serve as associate judge–and later as Chief Justice under President Harry S Truman–of the United States Court of Claims.

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Marvin Jones, ca. 1920, courtesy of Wikipedia

The Marvin Jones Papers, 1905-1976 and undated consists of 41 boxes of archival material including correspondence, political materials such as drafts and official copies of legislation, office files, financial and legal material, speeches, photographs, scrapbooks, and other materials related to his life and career. The letter described above is one item among many in the Southwest Collections’ growing digital archives, and can be found here:

This item was most recently shared as a part of Texas Tech University’s Charter Day celebration. Charter Day marked the anniversary of Texas Governor Pat Neff signing Senate Bill 103 to establish Texas Technological College on February 10, 1923. In celebration of the 90th anniversary of Charter Day, the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library highlighted unique items from its vast holdings. Many of the materials featured during the celebration reside in TTU’s University Archives, the digital holdings of which may be found here: Finding aids for its collections may be found on Texas Archival Resources Online: