The Resource Will H. Hays collection

Will H. Hays collection

Label
Will H. Hays collection, 1857-1957
Title
Will H. Hays collection
Inclusive dates
1857-1957
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The collection includes Hays' correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, notebooks and photographs, principally from the period of 1914-1954. His political papers include correspondence and other papers regarding his work as Indiana and National Republican Party Chairman; his work with the State Council of Defense during World War I; his efforts to unite the liberal and conservative wings of the Republican Party for the 1920 election, including his correspondence with Theodore Roosevelt on the party's future (1918-1919); his efforts to attract women voters to the party by working with woman suffrage organizations and the Anti-Saloon League; his work on behalf of Warren G. Harding's presidential campaign, including papers regarding campaign finances, the support of interest groups, and the operations of state campaign committees; his work as United States Postmaster General, including papers regarding postal appointments, post office policies, air mail, rural mail service, and other postal operations; and his involvement in Republican Party affairs from the 1920s to the 1950s, particularly the 1940 National Convention and his support of Wendell Willkie.His papers as president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) include minutes of meetings; policy statements, including censorship policies; MPPDA financial statements and reports; Hays's annual reports as president (1926, 1932-1945); his speeches regarding the motion picture industry ; and papers regarding issues before the MPPDA, including conduct of movie personnel, distribution monopolies and unfair competition, taxes on the film industry, the distribution of American films abroad, copyright protection, the motion picture industry during World War II, and the use of motion pictures for educational purposes. Also included are correspondence, transcripts of hearings, and photostats of exhibits related to a 1947 case involving American film companies' claims against French distributors for royalties owed form the period of 1939-1945, in which Hays served as arbitrator.Also included are Hays' papers regarding his business interests in the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad (C E and I Railroad) during 1922-1954, the Bedford Stone Company, various coal companies in southwestern Indiana, the United States Potash Company, and banks in Sullivan, Indianapolis, California, and New York; personal correspondence, including letters from his father, John T. Hays, while Hays was attending Wabash College (1896-1900), and correspondence with friends and relatives in Sullivan, Indianapolis, and other Indiana cities; papers regarding Hays' work with cultural and charitable institutions, including Wabash College, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, the Near East Relief Commission (1920-1930s), the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Association, the Red Cross, and the Presbyterian Board for Ministerial Relief, which worked to rebuild Presbyterian churches and missions in Asia and the Pacific after World War II. The collection also includes scrapbooks of clippings, press releases, speeches, and other items dealing with Hays' career, and with Republican Party affairs, the United States Post Office, and the motion picture industry; outlines, notes, and drafts of his autobiography, published as Memoirs (1955). Correspondents include George Ade, Ingrid Bergman, Albert J. Beveridge, Oscar E. Bland, Eddie Cantor, Homer Capehart, John C. Chaney, Calvin Coolidge, Cecil B. DeMille, Stoughton A Fletcher, James P. Goodrich, Warren G. Harding, James A. Hemenway, Ted Herron, Herbert Hoover, Charles Evans Hughes, Joseph P. Kennedy, Henry Cabot Lodge, Medill McCormick, Warren T. McCray, Harry S. New, Meredith Nicholson, Theodore Roosevelt, Delavan Smith, Harlan F. Stone, William Howard Taft, Thomas Taggart, Booth Tarkington, Albert Vestal, Booker T. Washington, James E. Watson, Henry Lane Wilson
Biographical or historical data
William "Will" Harrison Hays was born on November 5, 1879 to John Tennyson Hays (b. 1845-1919) and Mary Cain Hays (b. 1857-1919) in Sullivan, Indiana. He had one brother, Hinkle C. Hays. Hays received his B.A. from Wabash College in 1900 and his M.A. in 1904. He received a Lincoln Memorial College, Honorary LL.D. in 1919; Mount Union College, Honorary LL.D. in 1926, and Wabash College Honorary LL.D in 1940. Will H. Hays married Helen Louise Thomas on November 18, 1902 and they had one son, William Harrison Hays, Jr. (b. 1915). He divorced Helen on June 20, 1929 and received custody of William Harrison Hays, Jr. Mr. Hays married Jessie Herron Stutesman on November 27, 1930, the widow of James F. Stutesman, a former United States Minister to Bolivia. He was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1900 where he became a partner of the Hays and Hays Law Firm in Sullivan, Indiana. He was the Republican Precinct Committeeman, 3rd Precinct, in Sullivan, Indiana from 1900-1901; Chairman of the Sullivan County Republican Committee from 1904-1908; Member, Republican State Advisory Committee, 1904-1908; Chairman, Speakers' Bureau, Representative State Committee, 1906-1908; City Attorney, Sullivan, Indiana, 1910-1913; District Chairman, 2nd District, Representative State Committee, 1910-1914; Chairman, Republican State Committee, 1914-1918; Chairman, Indiana State Council of Defense, 1917-1918; Chairman, Republican National Committee, February 1918-June 1921; Warren G. Harding Presidential Campaign Manager, 1920; United States Postmaster General, March 5, 1921-March 4, 1922; President, Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, 1922-1945; Advisor, Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, 1945-1950. Hays was the Director of the Peoples State Bank in Sullivan, Indiana; Director of the Fletcher-American Bank in Indianapolis, Indiana; Director of the Continental Bank Corporation; Director of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad; Director of the Utilities Coal Company in Sullivan, Indiana; Partner to the Red Raven Investment Company, Sullivan, Indiana; President of the Jackson Hill Coal Mining and Transport Company in Sullivan, Indiana; Elder of the Presbyterian Church; Chairman of the Layman's Committee, Presbyterian Board for Ministerial Relief, and Chairman of the American Red Cross and Near East Relief, an appointment of President Harding during October 1922.
Cataloging source
ISL
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ade, George
  • Bergman, Ingrid
  • Beveridge, Albert J.
  • Bland, Oscar E.
  • Byrd, Richard Evelyn
  • Cantor, Eddie
  • Capehart, Homer E.
  • Chaney, John C.
  • Coolidge, Calvin
  • DeMille, Cecil B.
  • Fletcher, Stoughton A
  • Gates, Ralph F.
  • Goodrich, James P.
  • Halleck, Charles A.
  • Harding, Warren G.
  • Hayes family
  • Hays, John T.
  • Hemenway, James A.
  • Herron, Ted
  • Hoover, Herbert
  • Hughes, Charles Evans
  • Kennedy, Joseph P.
  • Lodge, Henry Cabot
  • McCormick, Medill
  • McCray, Warren T.
  • New, Harry S.
  • Nicholson, Meredith
  • Pickford, Mary
  • Rogers, Will
  • Roosevelt, Theodore
  • Smith, Alfred Emanuel
  • Smith, Delavan
  • Stone, Harlan Fiske
  • Taft, William H.
  • Taggart, Thomas
  • Tarkington, Booth
  • Vandenberg, Arthur H.
  • Vestal, Albert H.
  • Washington, Booker T
  • Watson, James E.
  • Watson, Thomas E.
  • Willis, Raymond E.
  • Wilson, Henry Lane
  • American National Red Cross
  • Anti-saloon League of America
  • Bedford Stone and Construction Company
  • Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Company
  • Indiana
  • Motion Picture Association of America
  • Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America
  • Near East Relief (Organization)
  • Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
  • Republican Party (Ind.)
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Roosevelt Memorial Association
  • United States Potash Company
  • United States
  • Wabash College
  • Banks and banking
  • Businessmen
  • Charities
  • Coal mines and mining
  • Copyright
  • Elections
  • Presbyterian Church
  • Indiana
  • International relief
  • Lawyers
  • Motion picture industry
  • Motion pictures
  • Politicians
  • Postal service
  • Potash industry and trade
  • Railroads
  • Stone carving
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • United States
Label
Will H. Hays collection
Link
http://www.in.gov/library/finding-aid/L560%20Hays%20Will%20H%20Collection%20revision.pdf
Instantiates
Note
Processing Information: The collection's correspondence was processed and a finding aid was created in August 2010 by Jessica Combs. The remainder of the collection was processed during 2017 and completed on 2017/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid was completed on 2017/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter
Arrangement
This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries: Series 1: Correspondence, 1857-1954Subseries 1.1: General correspondence, 1857-1954Subseries 1.2: President Warren G. Harding and Will H. Hays correspondence, 1921Series 2: C E and I Railroad documents, 1922-1954, undatedSeries 3: Wabash College documents, 1909-1953Series 4: Phi Delta Theta documents, 1902-1951Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1920-1939Series 6: "Chaney Digest" materials, 1914-1949Series 7: Subject files, 1902-1957Series 8: Photographs, circa 1890-1950s
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
17545167
Extent
68.3 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation by Will H. Hays Jr. on 1984/11/01.
System control number
(OCoLC)247200619
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
270 boxes, 2 small card catalogs
Label
Will H. Hays collection
Link
http://www.in.gov/library/finding-aid/L560%20Hays%20Will%20H%20Collection%20revision.pdf
Note
Processing Information: The collection's correspondence was processed and a finding aid was created in August 2010 by Jessica Combs. The remainder of the collection was processed during 2017 and completed on 2017/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid was completed on 2017/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter
Arrangement
This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries: Series 1: Correspondence, 1857-1954Subseries 1.1: General correspondence, 1857-1954Subseries 1.2: President Warren G. Harding and Will H. Hays correspondence, 1921Series 2: C E and I Railroad documents, 1922-1954, undatedSeries 3: Wabash College documents, 1909-1953Series 4: Phi Delta Theta documents, 1902-1951Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1920-1939Series 6: "Chaney Digest" materials, 1914-1949Series 7: Subject files, 1902-1957Series 8: Photographs, circa 1890-1950s
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
17545167
Extent
68.3 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation by Will H. Hays Jr. on 1984/11/01.
System control number
(OCoLC)247200619
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
270 boxes, 2 small card catalogs

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