Manuscript Collections - Bradley DeLamater Nash Papers

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6 linear feet, 6 linear inches (13 manuscript boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


1900, April 7 Born at Boston, Mass. Son of Edward and Allie (DeLamater) Nash

1923    Graduated cum laude from Harvard, majoring in economics and finance.

1924‑27 Engaged in banking business in Boston.

1927‑29 Secretary to Herbert Hoover.

1929, February to March 1932 National City Bank, New York City

1932, August to August 1935 Financial consultant with Reconstruction Finance Corporation, advising on proposals for self‑liquidating public works loans.

1935, July to July 1937 Returned to banking business in New York City with the firm of A.C. Allyn., principally in the underwriting of large municipal loans.

1937, August to 1940 Banking business with Delafield and Delafield in New York City.

1941, March to December 1942 Director of the Bureau of Finance, War Production Board. Devised loan and financial assistance programs to make possible the transition of large and small businesses from peacetime to war time production levels. Helped to organize the Smaller War Plants Corporation to assist businessmen with loans and technical assistance.

1942, December Resigned to accept a commission in the U.S. Army. Attended Military Government School at Charlottesville, N.C. Served in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. As Deputy Chief Revenue Officer for Italy Nash was engaged in efforts to rehabilitate the Italian revenue and budget systems. Discharged as a Lt. Col. in 1946.

1946, July to August 1947 Director, Disposal Policy Division, War Assets Administration.

1948 Campaigned for Thomas E. Dewey.

1948, December to September 1950 Banking business with Folger, Nolan., Inc, in Washington, D.C.

1951, August to 1952 Consultant to National Securities Resources Board In the Executive Office of the President.

1953 Consultant to President's Advisory Committee on Government Organization., popularly known as the Rockefeller Committee

1953‑56 Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Aviation, USAF.

1956 Resigned his position to run for Congress from the 2nd Congressional district of West Virginia. Defeated in primaries

1956, June 30 Married to Ruth Cowan.

1957‑61 Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Transportation

1961‑63 Consultant to the U.S. Weather Bureau

1963‑64 Historian and consultant with the National Park Service

The papers of Bradley DeLamater Nash, banker, government consultant, and army officer were given to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library by deed of gift on May 19, 1969 by Bradley DeLamater Nash.  Additional accretions were received until 1991. 

Hoover staff reprocessed the Nash papers in 2014 to facilitate research.  In doing this, the materials from the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce series were folded into the Subject files series.  Printed materials, reports, and government documents without marginal notes by Nash were removed from the collection at this time.



1‑2       Correspondence, 1945‑1966
            Personal correspondence which includes some official correspondence while Nash
            was Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce. Arranged chronologically.

3‑13     Professional files, 1923‑1964
            Correspondence, memoranda, reports, clippings, articles and book drafts pertaining to
            Nash's business and political interests, his service in World War II and with the federal
            government, and his writing. Arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.




Box      Contents

1          Correspondence, 1945-1957 (11 folders)

2          Correspondence, 1958-1966 (11 folders)



Box      Contents

3          Articles by B. D. Nash, 1923-1962
                     Luddites of the 20th Century, 1923
                     America and International Investment, 1926
                     The Seat of Reason, 1938
                     World War II and War Production, 1941-1947 (several articles)
                     Arch Shaw: America’s First Professional Businessman, 1962
            Banking Business, 1950
            Biographical materials, 1956-1957
            Center for the Study of the Presidency [R. Gordon Hoxie], 1976-1980
            Congressional Campaign of Bradley Nash, 1956

4                   Correspondence (3 Folders)
                     Expenses and Report
                     Non Resident's Lists
                     Staggers' [Harley O.] Record
            Crusade of Brotherhood [draft of Nash book on education of African-Americans], 1967

5          Deputy Undersecretary of Transportation. Commerce Department
                     Cabinet File, 1958
                     Civil Aeronautics Board Vacancy, 1959 (2 folders)
                     Civil Aviation, 1958
                     Federation Aeronautique Internationale, 1957-1958
                     Great Circle Route [Aviation], 1957 (3 folders)
                     Hector Report on Civil Aeronautics, 1958 (2 folders)
                     Japan [personal], 1958-1959

6                   Morgantown Airport, 1955-1957
                     Office Organization, 195801960
                     Policy Studies, Reports on, 1957-1959
                     Secretary of Commerce-Lewis Strauss,1958-1961
                     Transportation Council, 1958-1960
                     Transportation Policy, 1955-1960 (2 folders)
            Dewey Campaign of 1948
                     Campaign Details
                     Campaign Materials, 1948
                     Correspondence, 1947‑1949
                     Oregon, 1948
                     Statement after Defeat

7          Election of 1928
            First Hoover Commission, 1948-1949
                     Reports of Commission and Task Forces with Marginal Notes
            Harpers Ferry Water Works Program, 1963‑1964
            Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association [Nash talk at gravesite], 1990 (2 folders)
            A Hook in Leviathan, 1958
                     Reactions to

8          Inauguration, 1929
            Investment Banking in England, 1924
            Organized Crime, 1950
            Photographs [Bradley Nash and Herbert Hoover], 1927-1958
            Postwar Readjustments in Personnel and Manpower, 1945-1946
            Reconstruction Finance Corporation
                     Correspondence, 1932-1935
                     Economic Conditions, March 3, 1933
                     Loan Applications, 1932‑1933
                     Report, 1941
                     Status of Projects, 1935
                     Telephone Directory, 1933
            Rockefeller Government Reorganization Committee
                     Correspondence, 1952-1953
                     Executive Office, 1953

9                   Memos to the President, 1953
                     Temple University Study, January and March 1953 (2 folders)
            Staffing the Presidency 1952-1953
                     British Secretariat

10                 Original Manuscript
                     Printed Copy
                     Reactions to
                     Supplementary Materials, 1953
                     Writing Schedule
            United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
                     (UNRWA) – Letter from Joseph Johnson to John Davis, July 6, 1962
            Veterans' Rehabilitation, 1945
            War Assets Administration
                     Activities, 1946‑1947
                     Congressional Investigation, 1947
                     Correspondence, 1946-1947

11                 Disposal Policy Division History, 1948
                     General Policies, 1946‑1947
                     Regional Directors Conference, 1946
                     Surplus Property Disposals, 1946 (Bruce Report)
            War Production Board
                     Banking and Loans, 1942
                     Conversion of Small Businesses to War Production, 1940-1942
                     Finance Bureau Organization, 1942
                     Organization, 1942
                     Public Statements by Nash, 1942
                     Smaller War Plants Corporation, 1941-1942

12        West Virginia Centennial
                     Centennial Commission, 1958-1960
                     Publicity, 1960
                     U.S. Government Participation (2 folders)
            White House Staffing and Organization, 1958-1960on [Nash chapter in book], 1980

13        World War II
                     Military Government in Italy, 1943 (3 folders)
                     Military Service of Bradley D. Nash, 1942-1945