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John W. Haigis Sr. Papers, 1903-1974 (Bulk: 1903-1936)
12 boxes (6 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 304

Abstract:
Western Massachusetts political leader, publisher, and banker (1881-1960), Trustee of the University of Massachusetts (1940-1956), and founder, editor and publisher of the Greenfield Recorder newspaper (1912-1928); political positions included State Representative (1909-1913), State Senator (1913-1915, 1923-1927), and State Treasurer (1929-1930); in 1934, was Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, and in 1936, candidate for Governor. Includes scrapbooks (1903-1936), chiefly of clippings, together with speeches (1936), posters, badges, campaign material, and photographs, mainly from Haigis's unsuccessful campaigns for lieutenant governor (1934) and governor (1936); and tape of an interview (1974) with Leverett Saltonstall about Haigis, conducted by Craig Wallwork.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA

Biographical Note

Western Massachusetts political leader, publisher, and banker John W. Haigis Senior (1881-1960), a Trustee of the University of Massachusetts 1940-1956, was the founder, editor, and publisher of the Greenfield Recorder, 1912-1928; founder of radio station WHAI, Greenfield, 1938; Director and President of the Franklin County Trust Co.; President of Massachusetts Trust Company Association; and Treasurer and Trustee of Deerfield Academy. In his political career he was successively Town Treasurer, Tax Collector, Assessor, and Water Commissioner for the town of Montague, 1903-1908; State Representative, 1909-1913; State Senator, 1913-1915 and 1923-1927; and State Treasurer, 1929-1930. He was the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1934 and for Governor in 1936 when Alf M. Landon was the Republican candidate for President of the United States.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers include over 90 metal 12 inch phonograph records, notes, and transcripts of speeches in the campaigns; posters, badges, and other campaign paraphernalia, principally from the 1934 and 1936 campaigns; and the tape of an interview about Haigis between U.S. Senator Leverett Saltonstall and Craig Wallwork in 1974; scrapbooks, principally clippings, 1903-1936; and photographs.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: John W. Haigis Sr. Papers (MS 304). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from: Mrs. Haigis, John Haigis Jr., Charles Winslow, and Craig Wallwork, 1973-1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Biographical materials; Elections and campaigns of 1934 and 1936: campaign buttons, speeches, clippings, and posters.


Box 1
Speech notes and drafts
1936


Highways



Boston Ward Rally
1936, n.d.


Fireside radio talk
1936, n.d.


Speech for Taunton
Nov. 2, 1936


Washington Street Forum
Oct. 28, 1936


Social Security and Old Age Pensions, at Randolph
Oct. 23, 1936


Washington Street Rally
Oct. 22, 1936


Radio and rallies
Oct. 21, 1936


Radio address, WNAC
Oct. 21, 1936


Experience, Skill, and Morality in Government of Massachusetts
Oct. 19, 1936


Recording of speech present in collection.

Radio speech
Oct. 16, 1936


Radio speech, WBZ
Oct. 8, 1936


Recording of speech present in collection.

Lawrence and Lowell speech
Oct. 1, 1936


Recording of speech present in collection.

Photographs


Box 2
Scrapbook: 1926-1936


Box 3
Scrapbook: Haigis for Governor Club


Box 4
Scrapbook: 1936 campaign


Box 5-10
Scrapbook: Buddie's scrapbook, 1915-1928


Box 11
Phonograph records of speeches (stored in box of recordings from ms collections on oversize shelves)


O.S. 12
Interview about Haigis with U.S. Senator L. Saltonstall
Jan. 15, 1974


Station WBZ
Nov. 2, 1936


Station WBZ
Nov. 1, 1936


American Program. Station WCOP
Nov. 1, 1936


Boston Garden Rally. Station WBZ
Oct. 31, 1936


Wages and Unemployment. Station WNAC
Oct. 30, 1936


John Shea. Station WAAB
Oct. 30, 1936


Graft and Corruption in Massachusetts. Station WAAB
Oct. 29, 1936


Support the National Ticket. Station WNAC
Oct. 28, 1936


Springfield Rally. Station WBZ
Oct. 26, 1936


Lynn Rally. Station WBZ
Oct. 24, 1936


Franco-American Rally. Station WBZ
Oct. 21, 1936


Restore Honest Government in Massachusetts. Station WNAC
Oct. 19, 1936


Typed notes for speech available in collection.

John Shea - Speaker. Station WNAC
Oct. 14, 1936


State Treasurer Corrupt - Dolan Security Trust. Station WBZ
Oct. 8, 1936


Typed notes for speech available in collection.

Hurley Speaks of Vague Generalities. Station WBZ
Oct. 1, 1936


Typed notes for speech available in collection.

Democrats Falsely Attack Haigis Labor Record. Station WBZ
Sept. 24, 1936


Victory Dinner - Hotel Bradford. Station WBZ
Sept. 17, 1936


Governor James Curley. Station WNAC
Sept. 14, 1936


Hon. Joseph Warner - Speaker. Station WBZ
Sept. 3, 1936


Hon. H. Parsons. Station WBZ
Aug. 27, 1936


Mr. Williams interviewing Mr. Haigis - Honesty of Purpose. Station WBZ
Aug. 20, 1936


Parker House Luncheon - Washburn and Haigis - Roosevelt Club. Station WBZ
Aug. 12, 1936


Polling of the Delegates at the Convention. Station WAAB
June 19, 1936


Nominating speeches. Station WAAB
June 19, 1936


Nominating speeches - E. Sutherland. Station WAAB
June 19, 1936


Hon. Henry Webster. Station WAAB
June 19, 1936


Station WAAB
June 19, 1936


Haigis Speaking to the Delegates Pre-Convention. Station WBZ
June 7, 1936


Young Republican Club. Station WBZ
May 24, 1936


New England Young Republican Convention. Station WAAB
May 22, 1936


Station WBZ
May 17, 1936


Sincere and Effective Leadership. Station WBZ
May 10, 1936


The Party Must Nominate a Ticket Which Can Win. Station WBZ
May 3, 1936


Station WBZ
Apr. 19, 1936


"Mispronunciation"
Oct. 8, 1936
Small disc records

Parts 5 & 4, Kasper & Gordon
Oct. 16, 1936
Plastic disc

Part 1, Kasper & Gordon
Oct. 15, 1936
Plastic disc

Irving Conn Show
n.d.
Plastic disc


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Subjects
  • Campaign speeches--Massachusetts.
  • Haigis, John W., 1881-1960--Archives.
  • Haigis, John W., 1881-1960--Political activity.
  • Legislators--Massachusetts--History--20th century--Sources.
  • Massachusetts--Politics and government--1865-1950--Sources.
  • Montague (Mass.)--Politics and government--20th century--Sources.
  • Political candidates--Massachusetts--History--20th century--Sources.
  • Republican Party (Mass.)--History--20th century--Sources.

Contributors
  • Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-
  • Wallwork, Craig.

Genre terms
  • Phonograph records.
  • Photographs.
  • Posters.
  • Scrapbooks.


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