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Guide to the William Bacon "Buck" Oliver Papers, RG 816

Listed by: Alfrieda Brummitt
Date: August 20, 1987


Date Span: 1924-1948

Biographical Sketch:  Democrat "Buck" Oliver represented Alabama's Sixth Congressional District from 1914 until 1936. From 1890, he practiced law in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and from 1909 until 1913 he served as dean of the University of Alabama's Lw School. From 1939 to 1944 he was special assistant to the Attorney-General of the United States, then retired to manage his Alabama property until his 1948 death.

Scope / Content: Collection documents second half of Oliver's congressional career, particularly postal patronage issues, his trip to China in 1926, his interest in the Philippines and other Pacific islands, the New Deal in Alabama, his service on the Appropriations Committee 1932-36, and professional political concerns. Also included are constituent and personal correspondence and a rich miscellaneous series.

Organized into 8 series:
1. Postal Affairs
2. Oliver's Trip to China
3. Philippines and Other Pacific Islands
4. New Deal
5. Political Matters Involving Oliver
6. Oliver and Appropriations Committee
7. Constituency, Financial, Personal, Official, and Miscellaneous Correspondence
8. Remainder of Oliver Papers in Alphabetical Order
 



 

SERIES 1: Postal Affairs

Box 1
Abernant, 1934
Abernant, 1934-1935
Adger, 1934
Akron, 1932-1933
Akron, 1933
Akron, 1933
Akron, 1933-1934
Akron, 1933-1935
Allison, 1933-1935
Allison, 1934-1936
Augustin, 1934-1936
Bamford, 1935
Berry, 1930-1931
Blocton, 1934-1935
Boligee, 1928-1930
Boligee, 1929
Boligee, 1929-1930
Boligee, 1929-1934
Boligee, 1932-1934
Boligee, 1932-1934
Boligee, 1933-1934
Boligee, 1933-1934
Brent, 1932-1936
Brent, 1934-1936
Brent, 1935-1936
Buhl, 1933-1936
Brookwood, 1931-1933
Brownville, 1931
Calcis, 1932
Calera, 1931-1935
Calera, 1932-1935
Calera, 1934-1935
Camp Hugh, 1931-1936
Cedar Grove, 1933
Centreville, 1932-1934
Centreville, 1932-1936
Centreville, 1933
Centreville, 1933
Centreville, 1934
Chelsea, 1935-1936
Clanton, 1932-1933
Clanton, 1933-1934
Clanton, 1933-1936
Clanton, 1934-1936
Coaling, 1930-1935
Coaling, 1935
Coatopa, 1934
Columbiana, 1932-1936
Columbiana, 1933-1934
Columbiana, 1934
Cooksville, 1931
Cooper, 1935
Cottondale, 1932-1933
Cuba, 1932-1934
Cuba, 1934-1936
Duncanville, 1933
Dunnavant, 1933-1936
Echola, 1925-1934
Ellawhite, 1930
Elrod, 1931-1936
Emelle, 1931
Emelle, 1931
Emelle, 1931-1935
Emelle, 1934
Eoline, 1930
Epes, 1928-1929
Epes, 1933-1936
Eutaw, 1925-1934
Eutaw, 1930-1931
Eutaw, 1933-1936
Forkland, 1924-1930
Fosters, 1934-1935
Box 2
Gainesville, 1927-1929
Gainesville, 1929
Gainesville, 1931
Geiger, 1931-1932
Greensboro, 1929-1934
Greensboro, 1932-1933
Greensboro, 1932-1933
Greensboro, 1933
Greensboro, 1933
Greensboro, 1933-1934
Greensboro, 1933-1934
Greensboro, 1933-1935
Greensboro, 1934
Greensboro, 1934-1935
Greensboro, 1934-1936
Harpersville- 1932-1933
Havana, 1934-1935
Havana, 1935-1936
Jemison, 1932-1934
Jemison, 1933-1934
Jemison, 1934
Jemison, 1934
Jemison, 1934
Jemison, 1934-1935
Jonesville, 1925-1933
Kellerman, 1930-1936
Knoxville, 1933-1936
Lawley, 1929
Lawley, 1933
Lawley, 1933-1937
Lilita, 1929
Livingston, 1929-1932
Livingston, 1933-1936
Livingston, 1933-1936
Lizzieville, 1928-1931
Lomax, 1935
Longview, 1933-1934
McCalla, 1924-1929
McConnells, 1930-1936
Mantua, 1931
Maplesville, 1935-1936
Marion, 1929-1932
Marion, 1929-1932
Marion, 1932-1934
Marion, 1932-1934
Marion, 1932-1934
Marion, 1932-1934
Marion, 1934
Marion- 1933-1936
Masena, 1929
Maylene, 1933-1935
Mertz, 1932-1933
Moffat, 1930-1932
Box 3
Montevallo, 1932-1936
Montevallo, 1933-1934
Montevallo, 1933-1936
Montevallo, 1936
Moore's Bridge, 1934-1936
Moundville, 1932-1936
Moundville, 1934
Mount Hebron, 1929-1933
Mount Hebron, 1932-1933
Newborn, 1932-1933
Northport, 1933
Northport, 1933
Northport, 1935-1936
Panola, 1932
Perryville, 1932
Piper, 1929
Ralph, 1928-1929
Searles, 1930-1936
Stewart, 1932-1933
Sumterville, 1925-1930
Thorsby, 1933-1936
Thorsby, 1934
Tuscaloosa, 1929-1932
Tuscaloosa, 1931-1933
Tuscaloosa, 1932-1933
Tuscaloosa, 1932-1936
Tuscaloosa, 1933-1935
Uniontown, 1924-1932
Uniontown, 1933-1934
Uniontown, 1933-1935
University of Alabama, 1930-1934
University of Alabama, 1930-1934
Vandiver, 1932
Vandiver, 1933-1935
Verbena, 1928-1934
Ward, 1929-1930
Ward, 1932-1934
Watsonia, 1928
West Blocton, 1928-1933
West Blocton, 1933
West Blocton, 1933-1935
Wilsonville, 1933-1935
Woodstock, 1933-1935
Miscellaneous Matters
Miscellaneous Matters
Miscellaneous Matters
Miscellaneous Matters
Miscellaneous Matters Outside Sixth District
Miscellaneous Matters Outside Sixth District
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SERIES 2:  Oliver's Trip to China
Box 4
ChinaMiscellaneous Matters , Memoranda, Articles, etc. 1926-1927
ChinaBills Incurred While Mr. Oliver was on Visit There
Correspondence Relating to Oliver's Trip to the Orient, 1926
"Inside Information on the Issue in China"
Miscellaneous Matters Concerning Mr. Oliver's 1926 Trip to the Orient
Miscellaneous Papers from Oliver's Trip to the Orient, 1926
Oliver's Trip to China, 1926
Photograph from Oliver's Trip to China, 1926
Photographs of OliverTrip to China, 1926
Oliver's Trip to China, 1926
Oliver's Trip to China, 1926
Oliver's Trip to China, 1926
USS HendersonOliver's Trip to China, 1926
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SERIES 3:  Philippines and Other Pacific Islands
Box 4
Application for ExaminationPhilippine Civil Service
Independence for the Philippines, 1922
Philippines, 1925
Philippines, 1926
Philippines, 1926
Philippines, 1926
Remark of Robert L. Bacon in House of Representatives on Philippine Problem, June 30, 1926
Guam, 1925-1926
Guam, 1926-1926
Guam, 1926-1927
Chart of North Pacific Islands, 1926
Pacific Islands
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SERIES 4:  New Deal
Box 4
Civilian Conservation Corps, 1934-1935
New Deal, 1932-1934
New Deal Projects in Alabama, 1934-1936
New Deal Projects in Alabama, 1935-1936
New Deal Projects in Alabama, 1935-1936
Rural Electrification Administration, 1936
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SERIES 5:  Political Matters Involving Oliver
Box 4
Political Affairs, 1930, 1935Re-Election Campaigns
Political Affairs, 1933
Political Affairs, 1933-1935
Political Affairs, 1933-1936
Political Affairs, 1934
Political Affairs, 1934
Political Affairs, 1934
Political Affairs, 1934
Political Affairs, 1934
Political Affairs, 1934
Political Affairs, 1934-1936
Oliver's Decision Not to Run for Re-Election, 1936
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SERIES 6:  Oliver and Appropriations Committee
Box 4
Appropriations CommitteeDepartment of CommerceGeneral, 1932-1933
Appropriations CommitteeDepartment of CommerceGeneral, 1932-1933
Appropriations CommitteeDepartment of JusticeGeneral, 1932-1933
Appropriations CommitteeDepartment of Labor, 1933
Appropriations Committee (State, Justice, Commerce, and Labor) and Defense AppropriationsGeneral, 1935-1936
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SERIES 7:  Constituency, Financial, Personal, Official, and Miscellaneous Correspondence of Oliver
Box 5
Constituency Correspondence, 1931-1936
Constituency Correspondence, 1932-1935
Constituency Correspondence, 1932-1936
Constituency Correspondence, 1934-1935
Constituency Correspondence, 1934-1936
Constituency Correspondence, 1934-1936
Constituency Correspondence, 1934-1936
Constituency Correspondence, 1935-1936
Constituency Correspondence, 1935-1936
Constituency Correspondence, 1935-1936
Bills, Receipts, etc. of Oliver
Business Matters of Oliver, 1930, 1934-1935, 1937
Correspondence, Tax Receipts, etc. Relating to Oliver's Post-Congressional Career
Debt Owed to Oliver's Law Firm, 1911, 1913
Insurance Policy of Oliver, Notice to Stockholders, etc., 1941, 1943
Mortgage and Related Correspondence, 1930
Oliver's Individual Tax Return, 1927
Oliver's Insurance Receipts, Correspondence, etc.Protective Life Insurance Co., 1928-1935
1941 Tax Return List, Real and Personal PropertyTuscaloosa County
Personal Checks
Personal Correspondence of Oliver
Personal Correspondence of Oliver
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1933-1936
Miscellaneous Papers and Correspondence, 1929, 1934-1936
Oliver's Official Correspondence, 1934-1936, 1941
Oliver's Official Correspondence, July-October 1936
Bills Introduced by Mr. Oliver, 1931-1932, 1936
CorrespondenceDepartment of Commerce, 1928, 1930, 1933-1935
Correspondence of Oliver with Owen Meredith and SonsReal Estate, 1940s
Long, HueySignature, Correspondence with Oliver, July 1, 1931
Letters from Josephus Daniels to Oliver, February 15, 1935; February 4, 1936
Oliver's Correspondence with George Denny, President of University of Alabama, 1929-1934
Oliver's $100 gift to University of Alabama Student, 1935
Oliver Prize Winners, 1935
Miscellaneous Correspondence, Receipts, Pamphlets, Etc.
Miscellaneous Correspondence to and From "Buck" and Beryl Oliver, Largely Undated
Correspondence to and from Oliver, n.d.
Correspondence to and from Oliver, 1940s
Correspondence to Oliver, 1940s
Correspondence to and from Mrs. Beryl Oliver (Oliver's wife)
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SERIES 8:  Remainder of Oliver Papers in Alphabetical Order
Box 5
Address Commemorating "German Day" Celebration, Steuben Society of America, 1933
Addresses of J. Thomas Heflin, 1928 and n.d.
Air CorpsApplications for General Flying Cadets, 1931-1932
Alabama CollegeMontevallo, Alabama, 1935
Alabama CollegeMontevallo, Alabama, 1935
"Annual Report of the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory," 1942
"Annual Report, Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine, 1931
Appointment of Dean J.H. Napier as President of Alabama College, 1935
Appointment of Dean J.H. Napier as President of Alabama College, 1935
Appointment of Dean J.H. Napier as President of Alabama College, 1935
Ayers, HartwellKilled in Panamanian Revolution, 1931
Base Map of Cliffside District, Potter County, Texas, 1927
Breaking up of Auto Theft RingFederal Bureau of Investigation, 1932-1933
Business Cards, Embassy Cards, etc.
"By-Laws of the Society for Studying the Question of the Establishment of the International Clearinghouse Association and the International Currency Guaranty Corporation," 1928
Box 6
Christmas Cards
Clabaugh, Colonel, 1933-1934
Clabaugh, ColonelWorld War II
Committee on Interstate CommerceHearings, 1940-1943
Committee on Interstate CommerceHearings, 1942-1943
Complaints of SoldiersCorrespondence, 1926-1930
Cotton Census EnumeratorBibb County, 1933-1935
Cotton Census EnumeratorPerry County, 1932-1933, 1936
Cotton Census EnumeratorTuscaloosa County, 1933-1934, 1936
Cruiser USS Tuscaloosa, 1929-1933
Department of CommerceInvestigation by Oliver's Committee, 1927, 1930-1936
Department of JusticeBureau of Prohibition, 1932
Department of JusticeGeneral, 1932
Directory of PersonnelOffice of Assistant to Attorney-General, December 15, 1941
Employees' Compensation on CommissionGeneral/Claim of George S. Duncan, Akron, Alabama, 1934-1935
Employees' compensation CommissionClaim of John A. Jackson, Columbiana, Alabama, 1933-1935
Employees' CompensationGeneral/Claim of Mrs. J.W. Jordan, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1934-1936
Employees' Compensation CommissionGeneral/W.R. McKerall, Sheffield, Alabama, 1936
Farm Enumerators, 1934
Final Report of General John J. Pershing, 1920
GeneralFish Hatchery, 1933-1935
GeneralPensions, 1931
Haugen Bill, 1930Engineering Experiment Stations at Land-Grant Colleges
Headley, Marion FrancisLetter of 12-yr. Old to Oliver, 1935
House of Representatives Bills, 1929, 1933-1934
House of Representatives Bills, 1928-1930, 1932, 1944-1945
"Immediate Problems for the Bar"Address by Homer Cummings, 1934
Industrial Development in Tuscaloosa, 1943-1944
"Information Regarding Changes in Veterans' Benefits," 1933
Jones, Dr. Joseph H., 1936
Kerwin, Joseph A./US Penitentiary, Main Building/Leavenworth, Kansas, 1936
"Law Enforcement," Address by Herbert U. Feibelman, 1923
The Law Student, January 1934
McDuffie, JohnPossibility of Becoming Speaker of the House of Representatives, 1932-1933
MacLeay, LachlanMississippi Valley Association, 1932
MarionFish Hatchery, 1934
MarionFish Hatchery, 1934
MarionFish Hatchery, 1934
Miscellaneous Notes, n.d.
Miller, GeorgeDepartment of Commerce, 1934-1936
MiscellaneousPositions, 1934-1935
MiscellaneousPositions, 1935
MiscellaneousPositions, 1935-1936
MiscellaneousPositions, 1935-1936
Miscellaneous Positions, 1935-1936
Muscle Shoals Act, 1927
Muscle ShoalsMobile Bus Route, 1931
Box 7
National Emergency Council, 1935-1936
National Geographic Map of West Indies, 1954
Nation's Agriculture, January, October 1960/The Presbyterian Outlook, April 9, 1945
Naval Appropriations and Aviation, 1925-1926
"Naval Strategy and Tactics with Special Reference to Seacoast Fortifications," 1923, by Frank H. Schofield
Naval DepartmentBureau of Navigation, 1934
"The Need for the Electrochemical Industry in the Improvement of the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, 1929," Letter from C.H. Huston
Nicholson, Dr. Cooper/Bill for His Relief A/C Injuries Incurred in the Performance of Duties, Centreville, Alabama, 1930-1933
Otts, Ernest & Archie, 1930-1934
Otts, ErnestGeneral, 1929-1930
Otts, Ernest V.Reinstatement as Internal Revenue Service Agent, 1930-1931
Otts, ErnestSeeking Reinstatement with Internal Revenue Service, 1929-1930
Persons, parker, 1934
Pickens, ChampFriend of Oliver's, 1932-1935
"Present Situations in the Foreign Relations of the United States," Lecture Delivered by J.L. Dealey, Naval War College, November 21, 1925
ProgramThird Annual County-Wide PicnicClanton, Alabama, August 2, 1934
Religious Materials
Reports from EuropeGeorge Mahon, 1947
Road from Dancy to Panola, n.d.
Rose, SamuelVeterans Administration, 1936
Sloan, William H., 1935-1935
Sloan, William H., 1934-1935
Sloan, William H., 1934-1936
Statement on World Monetary and Economic Conference, 1934
Summary of Proceedings29th Annual National Convention of the American Legion, "August 28-31, 1947
"Summary Report on Study of Territorial Freight Rates." 1943
Teague, William V.Columbiana, AlabamaPosition with TVA, 1934
The Tennessee Tar, April 25, 1925Publication of USS Tennessee
Thornburgh, FrederickSamantha, AlabamaVeterans Bureau, 1927
Tucker, HayseCampaign for Congress, 1942
Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce, 1931-1932, 1935
Tuscaloosa Junior Chamber of Commerce/Kiwanis Club, 1944-1945
Veterans BureauCorrespondence, 1926-1930
Verner, C.B.Appointed to Department of Justice, 1931-1932
Verner, ClaraCousin of "Buck" Oliver, 1931-1933, 1945
Verner, ClaraCousin of "Buck" Oliver, 1934
Wallace, Henry A., Free World Victory, 1942
"Why You Should Support the Democratic Victory Campaign for 1932," by Melvin A. Traylor
Woodrow, FitzColumbia, South Carolina, Position on ICC, 1933-1934


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