- Majority of material found in 1917-1923
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
2 linear feet (10 volumes)
Recipients of his letters include family members such as Albert Boyden (his brother), Amy Lydia Hoag Boyden (his mother), Kate Foster Whitney Boyden (his wife), and others, as well as political and professional correspondents such as Charles Jesse Bullock, Sir John Bradbury, Calvin Coolidge, Ellis Loring Dresel, Charles E. Hughes, Herbert Hoover, Thomas W. Lamont, and many others.
Each volume arrived paginated, containing a typescript subject index that highlighted the pages that contained important material. These loose pages were removed from the bound volumes and assembled into one index (see item (10)). Boyden's brother (and donor of papers) Albert Boyden, also added some autograph annotations to the volumes and to the index.
Biographical / Historical
In November of 1917, Boyden was chosen to head the legal enforcement division of the United States Food Administration. After the armistice of World War I, Boyden took charge of the work of the American Relief Administration. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson appointed him to represent the United States unofficially at the meetings of the Reparation Commission, and was later reappointed by President Warren Harding. Boyden entered especially controversial territory when in January of 1923, he suggested that the German default in reparation payments had essentially been guaranteed by the provisions of the Versailles Treaty. He proposed to the commission that the reparation agreement be redrawn and the U.S. Senate consequently demanded his recall. He was not officially recalled, but nevertheless resigned the position a few months later and returned to the practice of law in Boston with the law firm of Ropes, Gray, Boyden & Perkins.
Between 1927 and his death in 1931, he served on a number of international economic and political posts, including being a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague. He was married in 1895 to Kate Foster Whitney Boyden and they had no children.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Boyden, Roland William, 1863-1931. Roland William Boyden papers, 1917-1947: Guide.
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