Manuscript Collections - Wiiliam B. Causey Papers

March 13, 2020

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3 linear feet, 1 linear inch (7 manuscript boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


William B. Causey was born in 1865 in Suffolk, Virginia and educated in private schools. In 1883 he began his career as a chairman for the Atlantic and Danville Railroad in Virginia. He later worked as an engineer and superintendent for several railroads. From 1914 to 1917 he was vice president and general manager of the Norwood-White Coal Company in Des Moines, Iowa.

Causey joined the army in 1917 and was assigned to the Seventeenth Engineers. He was appointed by Herbert Hoover in December 1918 to the American section in the Inter-Allied Mission sent to Vienna to investigate economic conditions. For the next five years he was also part of the American Relief Mission and a technical advisor to Austria.

In 1923 Causey was appointed City Manager of Norfolk, Virginia. In 1925 he joined the White Construction Company a general contractor in Chicago. He died in 1936.


The papers primarily document William Causey’s work as technical advisor to Austria, his investigative trip through Europe, and the difficulties post war relief. The correspondence between Causey and James Logan provide insights into the reconstruction of Austria. In addition, the papers contain Causey’s reminiscence of the American Relief Association in Russia and a first-person account of the Russian revolution. The collection is arranged alphabetically, either by topic or by type of material.  


Box      Contents

1          Allied Railway Mission
                     Correspondence, 1919 (3 folders)
                     History, 1919
                     Log of Travel, 1919
                     Plan for Transportation Advisors, 1919
            American Relief Administration, 1919-1923 (2 folders)
                     Correspondence – Alphabetical
                              Atwood, William, 1919-1921
                              Castle, William, 1921
                              Dent, Francis, 1919-1923
                              Logan, James, 1919-1920 (3 folders)

2                            Logan, James, 1920-1923 (3 folders)
                              Roosevelt, Nicholas, undated (Ford mission)
                     Correspondence – General, 1919-1923 (7 folders)

3                   Luxemburg Protocol, 1919
                     Medal of Honor, 1925
                     Miscellaneous, 1921-1923
                     Praise for Work Done, 1923
                     Reports on Problems and Conditions in Austria, 1921
                     Resume of Work in Central Europe, 1919-1923
                     Social obligations, 1922-1923
                     Weiner Bank statements, 1919-1923 (3 folders)
            League of Nations, 1922-1923 and undated (2 folders)

4          Miscellaneous
                     Austrian Railway Memorabilia, 1919-1923
                     Causey, J. C. circa 1924 (Florida timber investment),
                     Causey, W. B., Rehabilitation of the Austrian Railroad, 1932
                     Donau Korrespondnez, News Out of Middle and Southeast Europe, 1924
                     Moore, M. J. (Millard John), 1929
                     Russian Revolution – Anonymous First Person Account, circa 1917-1919
                     Thompson, Dorothy, 1923
                     United States Engineers – Ooh la la times, 1918-1919
                     Villach Region Engineering Drawings, 1920
            Norfolk City Manager
                     Correspondence, 1923-1925
                     Newspaper Clippings, 1923-1925
                     Retirement, 1925

5          Personal
                     American Relief Association Review, 1931 (includes Causey reminiscence)
                     Biographical Information, 1936
                     Chicago Railway Company, 1911-1913
                     Comments on Speech Made at Monday Club, 1924 (Causey, ARA)
                     Correspondence – Army, 1916-1921
                     Correspondence, 1890-1935 (6 folders)
                     Hoover Inauguration, 1929
                     Recommendations for Engineering Jobs, 1890-1896
                     Seventeenth Engineers Regiment – Roster and Reminiscences, 1917-1919

6          Photographs
                     General, 1918-1934 and undated (3 folders)
                     Austrian Railways, 1918-1923 (2 folders)
                     Autographed Portraits, 1918-1924 (includes HH, John Pershing)
                     Unidentified, undated
                     Pan-American Trip to Virginia, 1925

7          Oversized items
                     Army Commission Certificate, 1900
                     Army Citation for Service, 1919
                     Order of Railway Conductors Testimonial, 1901
                     Serbian Order of St. Sava Award, circa 1921