Civil Service Reform Association records, 1880-1947.

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Civil Service Reform Association (New York, N.Y.). Civil Service Reform Association records, 1880-1947.

Civil Service Reform Association records, 1880-1947.

Files of the New York State Civil Service Reform Association and the National Civil Service Reform League concern the organization, development, history, and activities of these associations. They include correspondence, briefs, extracts, reports, clippings, pamphlets, and other material on appointments, removals, finances and membership campaigns, Civil Service laws, assembly and senate bills, congressional activities, political candidates' views on civil service, newspaper and other publicity, and annual and council meetings; minutes (microfilmed) of meetings of the Association and the League; and papers of H. Eliot Kaplan, Executive Secretary of the League. Also, material on the New York State Constitutional Convention (1938), including Citizens Union and Civil Service Reform Association proposals; files on other states such as Minnesota, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming (1925-1938); material on the work of the Committee for the Modification of Veterans' Preference, including letters from the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, and individual veterans; also, correspondence of Robert L. Johnson, Eliot Kaplan, and Samuel Orway, Jr. about the Association's administration and the promotion of civil service reform. The papers include many letters from Congressmen on federal legislation. Also, material on civil service during the Spanish-American War (1899-1901); manuscripts of speeches by Elliot H. Goodwin on civil service reform (1906-10); a League study on civil service in the Philippines (1901); correspondence with Woodrow Wilson and others about appointments in the consular and diplomatic services (1913-26); letters and reports on Albert S. Burlson's administration of the Post Office Department; League research reports on patronage scandals, including the cases of William E. Pulliam (1913), Thomas E. Rush (1913), and Ruskin McArdle (1918); letters and reports on the unionization of federal employees (1910-26); and minutes and letters of the "Committee of Seventy" about the 1894 N.Y.S. Constitutional Convention. Also, material on the League's opposition to the creation of the U.S. Employment Service (1918); correspondence about the War Risk Insurance Bureau (1919); and letters (photostats) from Franklin D. Roosevelt on civil service (1925). Other correspondents include Richard H. Dana, William Deming, William Donovan, Charles Eliot, Hamilton Fish, Jr., William Foulke, Elliot Goodwin, Warren G. Harding, Abram Hewitt, Herbert Hoover, Edward House, Charles Evans Hughes, Robert LaFollette, Fiorello LaGuardia, Franklin Lane, Herbert Lehman, Henry Cabot Lodge, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., Frank Loomis, Andrew Mellon, Robert Moses, Charles Nash, A. Mitchell Palmer, George Foster Peabody, Rush Rhees, William G. Rice, Eleanor Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Root, Jacob Gould Schurman, William Schirer, Carl Schurz, Alfred E. Smith, William Howard Taft, Arthur Vandenberg, James Wadsworth, Jr., Robert Wagner, Henry Wallace, Everett Wheeler, and Henry L. Wilson; the U.S. Civil Service Commission, the National Federation of Federal Employees, and the U.S. Bureau of Efficiency.

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