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Manuscript Group 160
ARTHUR H. JAMES PAPERS
1937-1943
36 cu. ft.


Arthur H. James (b. 1883, d. 1974) was born in Plymouth, Luzerne County, and graduated from Dickinson School of Law in 1904. A Republican, he was elected district attorney of Luzerne County in 1919, lieutenant governor in 1926, and judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in 1932. He served as Pennsylvania's governor from January 1939 to January 1943.

The materials in this collection are those of Governor James, including special files maintained by J. Paul Pedigo, secretary of the governor, and LeRoy V. Greene, the governor's assistant secretary. Included are 34 volumes of reports, featuring materials relevant to the anthracite coal industry, State Athletic Commission, Department of Banking, proposed flood control projects, departmental and legislative investigations, Interstate Commission on the Delaware River Basin, Department of Highways, state hospitals, labor relations, regulation of milk in Pennsylvania, penal institutions, Department of Public Instruction, Public Utility Commission, relief and welfare, Shenandoah Mine Cave-In, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and the Works Progress Administration.

Also included is correspondence, 6.5 cu. ft., concerning the following: adjutant general, attorney general, appointments, problems in the coal fields, Bethlehem steel strike of 1941, Department of Commerce, flood control, Department of Forests and Waters, Game Commission, General State Authority, Department of Health, Department of Insurance, Department of Internal Affairs, Pennsylvania National Guard, Department of Labor and Industry, Liquor Control Board, Milk Control Board, Department of Mines, national defense, parks, Department of Property and Supplies, relief programs, selective service, State Council of Defense, State Police, Department of Revenue, etc.

Other major series embrace the following: addresses, appointment books, campaign material, executive orders, messages to the General Assembly, news releases, newspaper clippings, photographs, proclamations, senate calendars, and Wendell L. Wilkie campaign material.



GOVERNOR'S FILE


J. PAUL PEDIGO FILE


LeROY V. GREENE FILE


PERSONAL FILE


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