Finding aid created by: LD
Date: 3 Aug 1988
|18 May 2010||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Pheiffer, William T. (William Townsend), 1898-|
|Title:||William T. Pheiffer Papers|
|Quantity:||7 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American lawyer, legislator. Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York, 1941-1943; U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, 1950s. Collection contains correspondence, articles, clippings, legislative records, photographs, and speeches related to Pheiffer's legal career and legislative term, the Republican National Committee, the Eisenhower campaign, and the Dominican Republic.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
William T. Pheiffer (1898-1986) was an American lawyer and legislator. He served in the United States Army during World War I and then received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1919. He was elected as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York, serving from 1941 to 1943. He served in the military again during World War II (1943-1944), after which he was appointed counsel to the Petroleum Administration for War, a position he held until 1945. President Eisenhower appointed Pheiffer U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic in 1953, where he served until 1957.
The Julius Garfinckel who appears in the correspondence was Pheiffer's maternal uncle, and a successful merchant and philanthropist from Syracuse, New York.
The William T. Pheiffer Papers contains correspondence, articles, clippings, legislative records, photographs, and speeches related to Pheiffer's legal career and legislative term, the Republican National Committee, the Eisenhower campaign, and the Dominican Republic.
The collection is subdivided chronologically, according to phases in Pheiffer's career. Private life, early career and personal contains family correspondence and material relating to Pheiffer's years as a practicing lawyer in Texas. Public service career (I) material relates to Pheiffer's congressional service as a representative from New York, from 1941-1943, including elections, fundraising, bills and other items. Private life, transition period refers to Pheiffer's work as a member of the Petroleum Administration for War and then as an attorney in private practice; included here is material relating to the Eisenhower campaign. Public service career (II) is almost entirely concerned with his years as Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, inluding correspondence, clippings, speeches and other items. Material in Private life, later career reflects Pheiffer's return to private practice of law.
Memorabilia contains election posters and photographs.
The collection is subdivided roughly chronologically, beginning with Pheiffer's early private life, followed by his first public service phase, his private life, transitional phase, his second stint in public service (including his Ambassadorship), and finally his later private life. Within each series, material does not appear to be in any particular order, and may still be in original order.
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Pheiffer, William T. (William Townsend), 1898-
Republican National Committee (U.S.)
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Ambassadors -- United States.
Lawyers -- United States.
Legislators -- United States.
Politicians -- United States.
Dominican Republic -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Diplomatic and consular service -- Dominican Republic.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Dominican Republic.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Genres and Forms
Bills (legislative records)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
William T. Pheiffer Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of William T. Pheiffer, 1964.
Gift of William T. Pheiffer Estate, 1986.
Private life, early career and personal
Public service career (I)
Private life, transition period
Public service career (II)
Private life, later career
|Private life, early career and personal|
|Box 1||General 1921-1936|
|Box 1||Garfinkel, Julius 1921-1936 - uncle (26 folders)|
|Box 1||Pfeiffer, Susan (Garfinkel) 1924, 1933-1934, 1936 - mother|
|Box 1||William T. Pheiffer 1933, 1935, 1936|
|Box 1||Texas Bar Association Sept. 1934-Sept. 1935 (2 folders)|
|Box 1||Amarillo Bar Association 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934-1938 (4 folders)|
|Box 1||Law practice 1939|
|Box 1||Beckwith and Van Slyck Dec. 1939-July 1940 (4 folders)|
|Public service career (I)|
|House of Representatives|
|Box 2||Re-election Jan. 1940-Nov. 16, 1940 (8 folders)|
|Box 2||Post-election Nov. 18, 1940-Dec. 31, 1940 (6 folders)|
|Box 2||First term Jan. 1941-Oct. 31, 1942 (3 folders)|
|Box 2||First term/re-election Nov. 1942-Dec. 1942 (6 folders)|
|Box 2||Bills and resolutions 1941-1942|
|Box 2||Campaign literature 1940-1942, undated (5 folders)|
|Box 2||Election returns, first and second elections (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Fundraising Mar. 23, 1940-Aug. 7, 1940 - May Day Ball|
|Box 2||Legislation Mar. 1942-Dec. 1942 - cooperative apartment (3 folders)|
|Box 3||List of correspondence 1942 (2 folders)|
|Box 3||General correspondence Jan 1940-June 1943, undated (7 folders)|
|Box 3||Clippings 1940-1942 (3 folders)|
|Box 3||Names and addresses (2 folders)|
|Box 3||O'Conner, Hon. John 1940-1942 (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Printed material 1940-1942|
|Box 3||Pro America 1940|
|Box 3||Speeches (WTP) 1941-1942|
|Private life, transition period|
|Box 3||General correspondence Jan. 1943-Jan. 1948|
|Box 3||Petroleum Administration for War June 1944-March 1945 - correspondence|
|Box 3||Dr. Pepper Company June 1944-Jan. 1946 - correspondence|
|Republican National Committee|
|Box 3||Correspondence Oct. 1945-April 1953|
|Box 3||Names and addresses 1952 (4 folders)|
|Box 3||Speeches (WTP) 1945|
|Box 3||Eisenhower campaign organization March 1952-July 1952 - correspondence|
|Box 3||Yuba Consolidated Industries Oct. 1951-May 1965 - correspondence|
|Public service career (II)|
|Box 3||Correspondence Jan 1953-Sept. 1953 (16 folders)|
|Box 4||Correspondence Oct. 1953-July 7, 1955 (44 folders)|
|Box 5||Correspondence July 8, 1955-May 1957 (41 folders)|
|Box 6||Correspondence June 1957-Nov. 1957, undated (5 folders )|
|Box 6||Articles 1953-1960, 1965 (5 folders)|
|Box 6||"Bible" Memos June 26, 1953-Nov. 23, 1954 (4 folders)|
|Box 6||General May 1953-1957 (8 folders)|
|Box 6||New York Herald Tribune Sept. 14, 1953|
|Box 6||General Hood 1954|
|Box 6||Westbrook Pegler 1954|
|Box 6||Galindez case 1958|
|Box 6||Miscellaneous undated|
|Box 6||Coronet Article 1957|
|Box 6||Printed material 1953-1957|
|Box 6||Speeches (WTP) 1953-1957 (3 folders)|
|Box 6||Speeches (by others) 1957|
|Private life, later career|
|Box 6||General Aug. 1957-Dec. 1957 - correspondence|
|Box 6||Correspondence Jan. 1958, 1970, 1973, 1979 (20 folders)|
|Box 6||Speeches 1958-1960|
|Box 6||Correspondence undated|
|Box 6||Clippings 1947-1966 (2 folders)|
|Box 6||Miscellaneous 1935-1971, undated|
|Box 6||By others 1947-1949, 1978|
|Box 6||WTP 1926, 1948, 1952|
|Oversize 7||Election posters and ballots|