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Guide to the John Dallas Langston Papers, 1842-1969 (bulk 1941-1946)

Abstract

U.S. Army colonel from North Carolina.

Bound volumes, correspondence, scrapbooks, and clippings detailing Langston's activities as a Trinity College (later became Duke University) student, then later as a U.S. Army colonel in World War II, and assistant to General Lewis B. Hershey on the Selective Service Board. Langston also served on General E. H. Crowder's draft board in Washington, D.C. during World War I: Crowder was chiefly responsible for drafting of the Selective Service Act which was passed in May 1917, and as Provost Marshal General had responsibility for administering the program during the war. The bulk of the material covers the period 1941-1946. Other items provide evidence for Langston's support of Prohibition, and his role as opponent of Al Smith in the N.C. Democratic primary in 1928. Later additions to the collection document earlier Langston family history. They also contain Langston's poems, and correspondence with Professor Edwin Mims about them, a scrapbook of the Simmons-Bailey campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1930, and his correspondence with New York attorney Roscoe S. Conkling concerning Langston's opposition to compulsory military service during peacetime.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Langston, John Dallas, 1881-1963
Title
John Dallas Langston papers 1842-1969, bulk 1941-1946
Language of Material
English
Extent
13.2 Linear Feet, 9,900 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Bound volumes, correspondence, scrapbooks, and clippings detailing Langston's activities as a Trinity College (later became Duke University) student, then later as a U.S. Army colonel in World War II, and assistant to General Lewis B. Hershey on the Selective Service Board. Langston also served on General E. H. Crowder's draft board in Washington, D.C. during World War I: Crowder was chiefly responsible for drafting of the Selective Service Act which was passed in May 1917, and as Provost Marshal General had responsibility for administering the program during the war. The bulk of the material covers the period 1941-1946. Other items provide evidence for Langston's support of Prohibition, and his role as opponent of Al Smith in the N.C. Democratic primary in 1928. Later additions to the collection document earlier Langston family history. They also contain Langston's poems, and correspondence with Professor Edwin Mims about them, a scrapbook of the Simmons-Bailey campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1930, and his correspondence with New York attorney Roscoe S. Conkling concerning Langston's opposition to compulsory military service during peacetime.

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Contents of the Collection

Memoranda to all officers, 1941-1946
Box 1
Memoranda to all division chiefs, 1941-1945
Box 1
Memoranda to all employees, 1941-1945
Box 1
Advice to all officers, telegrams, 1943-1944
Box 1
Flag memos to General Hershey, 1946
Box 1
Langston's Commonplace Book
Box 2
Langston's special miscellaneous files, 1942-1946
Box 2
Speeches, addresses and lectures delivered by Colonel Langston
Box 2
Reminiscences and biographical sketch
Box 3
Legal papers, 1842-1954
Box 3
Miscellany
Box 3
Newspaper clippings
Box 3
Pamphlets and printed material
Box 3
Pictures
Box 3
Correspondence, 1970
Box 4
Clippings, 1941-1946
Box 4
Map
Box 4
Clippings, 1966-1969
Box 5
Correspondence, 1903-1963
Box 6
Work or Fight
Box 7
Universal Military Training
Box 7
Universal Military Training Committee, final report on assignments of 1944 Aug. 2
Box 7
organization and recommendation
Box 7
Scrapbook
Box 7
National headquarters organization
Box 7
Tables of organization from national headquarters and state headquarters
Box 7
Directors report, 1941-1945
Box 7
Addresses, lectures and speeches
Box 7
Policy determinations, 1943-1945
Box 8
Rescinded policy determinations, 1943-1945
Box 8
Officer personnel (active), 1941-1945
Box 8
Officer personnel, 1898-1944
Box 8
Personnel assigned to state headquarters, 1944-1945
Box 8
Selective Service clippings, general, 1944 Sept. 11-1945 Nov.
Box 9
Correspondence, personal, 1950-1954
Box 10
Important letters, 1918-1949
Box 10
Correspondence with Bruce Crave, 1928-1940
Box 10
Correspondence with David A. Lockmiller, re. Enoch H. Crowder biography, 1919-1955
Box 10
Monthly statistics, 1944-1945
Box 11
Statistics, personal, confidential, 1940-1943
Box 11
Miscellaneous statistics, 1941-1945
Box 11
Civilian public service camps, statistical report, 1941-1946
Box 11
Regulations
Box 12
Amended and rescinded regulations
Box 12
Important memoranda, 1940-1945
Box 13
Digest of significant memoranda, 1942-1944
Box 13
Administrative memoranda, 1941-1946
Box 14
Miscellaneous
Box 15
News digest, 1940
Box 16
News digest and editorial comments, 1944-1945
Box 16
Presidential appeals, organization
Box 17
Statistics on presidential appeals compiled by R and S
Box 17
Weekly status report for presidential appeals, 1941-1946
Box 17
Selective Service statistical report of presidential appeals, 1942-1945
Box 17
Monthly statistical analysis and number appeals decided by classification, 1941-1946
Box 17
Newspaper clippings, general, 1945 Nov.-1946 May
Box 18
Post war planning clippings, 1943 June-1945 Feb.
Box 18
Clippings and interesting data on General Hershey
Box 18
Local board memoranda, 1941-1946
Box 18
Selective Service presidential appeals, 1941-1945
Box 19
State director advice, memoranda to all state directors, 1942-1945
Box 20
State director advice, 1943-1946
Box 20
Miscellaneous memoranda to all state directors
Box 20
Rescinded state director advices, 1941-1945
Box 20
1905-1937, 1940 Aug.-1941 Aug.
Box 21
1940 Mar.-1950 Dec.
Box 22
Selective Service report in reply to complaints of National Committee on Conscientious Objectors organized by the American Civil Liberties Union
Box 23
Pertinent data pertaining to conscientious objectors and Jehovah's Witnesses
Box 23
Conscientious objectors, report on Civil Liberties' Union complaints
Box 23
Pertinent data pertaining to ministers of religion
Box 23
Legal opinions
Box 23
Legal opinion file,1944-1945
Box 23
Studies in post war training
Box 23
Selective Service extension course, 1935
Box 23
Selective Service studies, 1935-1940
Box 23
Stayback File, 1943 Mar.-1946 May
Box 24
Selective Service clippings, general, 1943 Jan.-1944 Sept.
Box 25
Stayback File, 1935 Feb.-1943 Feb.
Box 26
Correspondence, personal, 1925-1954
Box 27
Printed material
Box 28-30

Addition 1987

(2 boxes)
Early Life
Box 1
World War I
Box 1
Lt. Gov. Race (1928)
Box 1
Prohibition
Box 1
World War II
Box 1
World War II
Box 2
Miscellaneous
Box 2
Scrapbook
Box 31
Clipping, 1968
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Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Dallas Langston Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The John Dallas Langston Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1949.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Ted Holt and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, July 2008

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.