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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1510

David Franklin Houston papers


Papers of American educator, cabinet officer, and business executive David Franklin Houston.


  • Creation: 1891-1930
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1913-1921

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

Chiefly correspondence (including carbon copies of letters by Houston) from the years of Houston's service as a cabinet officer during Woodrow Wilson's presidency. Also includes notes and manuscripts, 1891-1894, from Houston's graduate studies at Harvard; and speeches, addresses, and articles by Houston on a variety of subjects, including higher education, finance, European rehabilitation after World War I, and the telephone industry.

Biographical / Historical

Houston was an educator, cabinet officer, and business executive. In Woodrow Wilson's administration he was secretary of agriculture (1913-1920), secretary of the treasury (1920-1921), and chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

44M-411. Gift of David F. Houston Jr., Lawrence Reid Houston, and Helen Houston Patten, 3 East 54th Street, New York 22, New York; received: 1945.

Houston, David Franklin, 1866-1940. David Franklin Houston papers, 1891-1930: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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