Manuscript Collections - Arthur A. Ballantine Papers


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13 linear feet, 2 linear inches
(29 manuscript boxes and 2 oversize boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Arthur A. Ballantine served as Undersecretary of the Treasury in the Hoover administration.


His papers contain approximately thirteen feet of correspondence, memoranda, reports and copies of articles and speeches. Ballantine's personal and professional lives are relatively well‑documented. In addition to files concerning his family and legal practice, the collection contains several files reflecting his involvement in a variety of philanthropic, legal, and educational organizations and institutions. These include membership on the Board of Trustees of the Practicing Law Institute, Columbia Teachers College, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Harvard University Board of Overseers.

Early in his career Ballantine became an expert on corporate income taxes. In 1917 he was appointed to a three‑man committee to advise the Commissioner of Internal Revenue on legal questions arising from the new war revenue laws, particularly the excess profits tax enacted in October 1917. He became Solicitor of the Internal Revenue Service in 1918 and, in 1927, was named as an advisor to the Treasury Department and the Joint Committee of Congress on Internal Revenue Taxation. His continuing interest in the impact of federal tax policy was frequently voiced in speeches and articles for magazines and legal journals and is reflected in an extensive file of articles and speeches (2 1\2 ft., 1903‑59) and in several subject files on the New Deal, Social Security and taxes.

Other insights into his personal life may be gained from over 420 letters that Ballantine exchanged between 1902 and 1936 with his father, William G. Ballantine, a former president (1891‑1906) of Oberlin College. This correspondence also provides some insights into Ballantine's duties and problems as Undersecretary and life in the nation's capital. This personal correspondence serves as an important and candid supplement to Ballantine's letter press copy books of official*correspondence ( 2 ft., 1931‑33) which he retained when he resigned on May 15, 1933. Combined with a subject file on the"Banking Crisis of 1933", these correspondence files document and illuminate policies of both Hoover and Roosevelt in regard to the depression and the banking crisis of 1933. They also reveal the curious set of circumstances which resulted in Roosevelt's insisting that Ballantine stay on to help draft the emergency banking act under which banks were reopened.


Boxes  Contents

1‑12, 28‑29 SUBJECT FILES, 1901‑1966

Correspondence, telegrams, reports and memoranda, clippings, and scrapbooks pertaining to Ballantine's personal and professional activities and his service‑as Assistant and Undersecretary of the Treasury, 1931‑33. Arranged by subjects alphabetically and thereunder chronologically.

13‑20   CORRESPONDENCE, 1901‑1961

Official and personal correspondence arranged in two chronological subseries.

21‑27   SPEECHES AND ARTICLES, 1903‑1959

Drafts and printed copies of Ballantine's articles, letters to the editor and speeches. Also a small quantity of correspondence concerning some articles, letters or speeches. Arranged chronologically.




Box Contents

Allen, Mary & Horace, 1951‑54
American Friends of Czecho‑Slovakia, 1939

Legion of Honor, 1952‑53
Navy's Distinguished Public Service, 1948‑57
White Lion, 1935

Ballantine Family
Ballantine Family, Genealogy
Ballantine, Arthur A.

General, 1901‑1966
Admission to Bar, 1906‑1960 & undated
Appointments & Accounts, 1903‑1907
Birthday, 1954
Clubs, Miscellaneous, 1912‑1918
Illness, 1950
IRS Solicitor, 1917‑1919
Law Firms, Correspondence, 1912‑1959


Law Firm, Annual Dinners, 1925-1959 and undated (2 folders)
Law Firm, "The Bull", 1931‑1960
Lecture Notes‑YMCA Law School, 1911‑1913
Obituaries, 1960
Wedding, 1907

Ballantine, Edward, 1914‑1955
Ballantine, Barbara, (Mrs. John Cross) 1909‑1929
Ballantine, Helen, 1903‑1966
Ballantine, Henry Winthrop, 1951‑1952


Ballantine, Household and Personal, 1908-1966
Ballantine, William Gay, 1917-1960
Banking, 1932, 1934-1935, 1944 and undated (2 folders)
Banking Crisis of 1933, 1933-1934, 1943-1964 and undated (2 folders)
Boston Elevated Railway Case, 1913
Campaign of 1936 (2 folders)
Campaign of 1952
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1946-1953 (See Also: Hiss, Alger)


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1936‑1945
Choate, Rufus, 1848‑49 & undated
Citizens Committee for the Hoover Report, 1949‑1952 & undated
Columbia Teachers College Trustee, 1934-1950 (4 folders)
Committee for Re‑education of Refugee Lawyers
Compensations for Auto Accidents, 1932
Constitution, Fifth Amendment
Council on Foreign Relations


Greater New York Fund, 1943, 1949-1950 (2 folders)
Harvard University 

General, 1905-1960 (3 folders)


Ballantine Scholarships and Other Gifts, 1952‑1959
Board of Overseers, 1928-1958 and undated (4 folders)
Board of Overseers - Printed Matter
Class of 1904, 1921-1959 and undated (2 folders)
Class of 1904 Reunions, 1907-1910, 1914, 1919, 1926, 1949 (4 folders)


Class of 1904 Reunions - 50th Anniversary, 1952‑1954 (2 folders)
Class of 1904 Reunions - Class Notes and Test Papers
Harvard Cooperative Society
Harvard Crimson

General, 1901‑1960 & undated
Copies, 1901‑1948

Law School Class of 1907, 50th Anniversary, 1956‑1957

Printed Matter
Prospect Union


Hiss, Alger

General, 1946, 1948-1949 (4 folders)
Hearings, 1948 August 25
Hearings, 1948 August 30

Hoover, Herbert
Hoover, Herbert, Articles and Speeches
LaGuardia Campaign, 1941


Mailing List
Masaryk Institute, 1937‑1942
Mortgage Conference, 1931‑1946
National Debt, 1939
Naval Justice

Ballantine Reports, 1943‑1948
Dedication Naval Justice School Building, 1946

New Deal

Clippings, 1934-1937 (3 folders)
General, 1935-1939 and undated (3 folders)


Printed Material

New York Finances, 1936
Nisi Prius Club (Boston), 1914‑1952 & Undated
Nisi Prius Club (New York)

Correspondence, 1925‑1931
Attendance, 1926‑1931
New Members, 1925‑1928
Notices, 1926‑1933

Northeastern University,


Phi Beta Kappa Associates, 1952‑1959
Poetry and Humor
Practicing Law Institute, 1947-1952, 1955-1958 and undated (2 folders)
Republican Party, 1960
River Club, 1960‑1961
Roosevelt, Franklin D.
Securities Exchange Act Lectures, 1934
Trips and Passports, 1923-1961 and undated (2 folders)
Skating Club, 1944‑1959
Social Security, 1935-1938 and undated (2 folders)


Springfield College, 1955‑1958
Stock Exchange, 1933‑1934
Taxes, 1920‑1957 & undated
Townsend Old Age Pension, 1935‑1936
Miscellaneous (3 folders)

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Box  Contents

General Correspondence, 1901-1931 (20 folders)


General Correspondence, 1932-1952 (15 folders)


General Correspondence, 1953-1961 and undated (10 folders)
Condolence Letters, 1960 (A-Z, 4 folders)


Congratulations on Appointment as Assistant Secretary of Treasury, 1931
Congratulations on Appointment as Undersecretary of Treasury, 1932


Official Treasury Letterpress copybooks, Mar 17-Dec 11, 1931 (3 vols)


Official Treasury Letterpress copybooks, Dec 11, 1931-May 11, 1932 (3 vols)


Official Treasury Letterpress copybooks, May 11, 1932-Feb 20, 1933 (3 vols)


Official Treasury Letterpress copybooks, Feb 20-May 15, 1933 (2 vols)



Indices to Articles and Speeches
Boylston Prize Contest, 1903
Harvard Speeches, 1904-1907
Independence Day Speech, 1908
Lincoln Birthday Speech, 1909
Phi Beta Kappa Dinner, 1910
Assorted Speeches, 1914
Prices According to Law, 1915
A Compensation Plan for Railway Accidents

Correspondence, 1915‑1916

Notes and Drafts
Printed Copies

Harvard Crimson Speech, 1916
Railway Strikes and the Constitution, 1917
Constitutional Aspects of the Excess Profits Tax, 1920
The Lawyer and the Income Tax, Dec 10, 1920
Assorted Speeches, 1921
Corporate Personality in Income Taxation, Apr 1921
Practical Aspects of the Income Tax, June 4, 1921


Address to Boston Bar Association, May 16, 1922
Federal Income Tax Problems and Procedure, Dec 16, 1922
Why Choose the Law?, 1923
The New Revenue Act, 1924
Taxable Income, 1925
The Ideal Income Tax, Nov 16, 1925
The New Income Tax Regulations, 1926
Tax Reduction and the New Revenue Bill, 1928
Letter to the New York Times, Dec 29, 1928
Valuations for Income Tax Purposes, 1929
A Study of Compensations for Automobile Accidents, 1929
Davis, Polk, Wardwell, Gardiner & Reed – Some of the Antecedents, 1930
Treasury Bills Press Release, Aug 14, 1931
Bound Volume, 1931‑1933

The Treasury Today, Apr 29, 1931
War Policies in Taxation, May 20, 1931
You and Your Country, June 15, 1931
The Treasury's Financial Program, Jan 8, 1932
Commencement Address, June 18, 1932
Statement, July 11, 1932
Federal Income Tax Procedures, Aug1, 1932
Treasury Birthday Speech, Sep 2, 1932
The Public Credit, Sep 9, 1932
Remarks at Neighborhood Meeting, Sep 30, 1932
Federal Taxation Today, Oct 20, 1932
The Service of the Reconstruction Finance Corp, Oct 21, 1932
Aspects of Federal Finance, Oct 26, 1932
Industry and the Federal Tax Problem, Dec 16, 1932
Some Fundamentals of Recovery, Dec 19, 1932
Some Treasury Impressions, Jan 27, 1933
The Republican Party of Tomorrow, Jan 27, 1933
Aspects of Fiscal Policy, Jan 30, 1933

Assorted Speeches, 1932
Compensation for Automobile Accidents, Apr 1932
Federal Taxation Today, Nov 1932
Aspects of Fiscal Policy, Jan 30, 1933
The National Industrial Recovery Act, June 22, 1933
Aspects of Federal Finance, Sep 27, 1933
Amending the Federal Securities Act, Dec 8, 1933
Comments upon Federal Tax Recommendations of the Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee, Dec 14, 1933
Aspects of Government Financial Policies, Jan 12, 1934
Harvard Club Address, Jan 25, 1934
Some Sentiments of the day, Feb 22, 1934
The Times and the Lawyer, Mar 24, 1934
Government Finance: Facing the Facts, Sep 5, 1934
Public Finance and the Future of Industry, Sep 12, 1934
Promoting Recovery, Oct 16, 1934
Cluett for Senator, Nov 5, 1934



March 5, "Some Thoughts on Recovery"
May 6, "The Republican Party Must Go Forward"
June 26, "Experimentation by Taxation"
November, Century Club Address
November 12, "The Significance of Federal Financial Policies"
November 14, "Why the Constitution?"
December, Radio Speech for the United Hospital Campaign Committee


January 14, "Forward with Private Enterprise"
January 17, "The Part of Patriotism Today"
February, "After Sudden Death"
February 11, "Lincoln and the National Good Will"
February 15, "Federal Financial Policies"
March 30, 'Why Not Steer for Employment"
March, "The New Corporation Tax Plan"
April 25, "Promoting Social Security"
May 5, Statement on behalf of the Merchants' Association of New York in Opposition to the New Tax Plan
May 9, "An Approach to the Constitution"
June 4, "Speculation in Federal Spending"
July 29, "The Leadership of Governor Landon"
August, "Erosion by Government Finance"
September, "A.B.A. Federal Tax Committee Report"
September 23, "The Issure in Governement Finance"
October, "I'm For Landon"
December 4, "Federal Revenue & Expenditure: Practical Aspects"
December 28, "Practical Aspects of Judicial Review"


January, "Famous Awards: The Alleghany Case"
January, "Modernizing the Autobile Accident Law"
January 29, "Current Aspects of Federal Finance and Taxation"
 February, "Law Requires Controller to Guess at Best Financial Policies"


April 16, "A Lawyers Outlook at the National Scene"
May 10, New York World‑Telegram
October 19, "Industry and the Undistributed Profits Tax"
November 18, "Federal Finance and Recovery"


January 17, "Current American Trends"
February, "Administrative Agencies & the Law"
February 12, "Lincoln and the Problems of Today"
March 24, "A Prospectus for Government Bonds"
March 31, "The Management of Government Finance"
April 8, "Social Security Reserves & Treasury Manipulations"
April 8, "The Delusion of the Federal Old Age Benefits Reserves"
April 24, Letter to New York Times
May 21, "The Lawyer's Outlook Today"
May 30, Memorial Day Address


January 16, "Farewell to Balance"
January 26, "Federal Power over Interstate Commerce Today"
February 2, "A New Theory of Federal Finance"
April, "Can We Go On Mortgaging the Future?"
April 18, Radio Address, "What Helps Business Helps You"
May 14, "John Smith and His Taxes"
May 19, "The Lawyer of Tomorrow"
May 22, "Public Welfare and the Public Dollar"
May 30, "Positive Americanism"
September 27, "Government Finance in the Present Setting"
November 15, "Employment and Federal Finance"
December 7, "The Human Side of the Budget"


January 8, "Banking and the Government"
March 18, "Dismissing the Deficit"
March 21, "Preferences for Government Spending"
May 16, "Government Expenditure in A New Light"
May 18, Associated Harvard Clubs 43rd Annual Meeting"
June 6, "Financing Preparedness"
July, "Business Without Precedents"
September 10, "Grants in Aid‑‑Possibilities and Problems"
October 2, Remarks at Women's Division of the United Republican Finance Committee
October 28, "Willkie‑‑The road to Opportunity"
November 19, "Looking Ahead After the Election"



March 4, "How to Finance National Defense"
March 25, "The Crisis in Taxation"
April, "Douglas on Democracy & Finance‑‑A Review"
September 30, Letter to New York Herald Tribune
November 25, Radio Interview with Fannie Hurst


October 10, "Investment in Health"
May 19, A Discussion of War Finance & Industry


"The Conservative is Sometimes Right"
January 29, Address to Commerce and Industry Association of New York
March 30, "The Future of the Voluntary Hospitals"


January 21, "Encroachment of Federal Power on State Government"
February 15, "The Corporation and the Income Tax"
May 21, Letter to New York Herald Tribune
August 23, "The Ghost and the Banks"
October 10, Remarks to New York Junior League


February 25, Letter to the New York Times
March, "The Supreme Court: Principles and Personalities"
March 20, "Mr. Wallace and Planned Economy"
June 20, "The Supreme Court and the Lawyer Today"
July 29, Letter to New York Herald Tribune


"The Supreme Court and Business Planning"
May 28, Letter to New York Herald Tribune
June 30, "Naval Justice‑‑The Ballantine Report"
October 7, Letter to New York Herald Tribune


January 29, Remarks to Greater New York Fund
March 6, "The Federal Budget‑‑The Turning Point"
March 6, Letter to New York Herald Tribune
April 24, Letter to New York Herald Tribune
June 23, Letter to New York World Telegram
September 21, Poem


March, "When All the Banks Closed"
August 26, Letter toNew York Herald Tribune
October, "How Should Taxes be Revised"
December 15, "The Courts and Tax Administration"
December 23, Letter to New York Herald Tribune


March, "Psychological Bases for Tax Liability"
April 8, Letter to New York Herald Tribune
May, "The Courts and Tax Administration: A Plea for a Return to the Statutory Language"
August 19, Letter to New York Herald Tribune
October, Letters to New York Herald Tribune
December 2, Poem
December 9, Letter to New York World Telegram


August 16, Letter to New York Herald Tribune
November 10, "How the Income Tax has Changed"
December 4, Letter to New York Herald Tribune


Free Speech and Common Sense, 1952
Tax Hole vs. Tax Windows, Feb 1952
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, Feb 7, 1952
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, Feb 27, 1952
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, Mar 15, 1952
Tattered Ensign? Due Process of Law Today Nationally, Apr 1952
A Standard for Galahad or 'Reasonable Men", Apr 1952
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, May 18, 1952
The Court May Be Right, June 1952
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, July 5, 1952
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, Sep 1, 1952
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, Sep 22, 1952
Letters to New York Herald Tribune, Oct 1952
Letters to New York Herald Tribune, Nov 1952
Letter from Raymond Moley, Dec 5, 1952
The Business Lawyer, 1953
Financially Irresponsible Motorists, Jan 1953
Serpent in the Garden, Jan 1953
Presenting the Law: A Different Approach, Mar 1953
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, Mar 11, 1953
Proposals for a New Approach to the Law, Apr 9, 1953
Options vs. Ownership, June 1953
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, June 5, 1953
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, Aug 20, 1953
The Business Man and the Constitution, Aug 20, 1953
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, Sep 27, 1953
Case for the Sales Tax, Oct 9, 1953
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, Nov 14, 1953
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, Nov 29, 1953
The White Case, Dec 1953
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, Dec 25, 1953
Henry Ford – Determined Dreamer, 1953-1954
Comments of a Conservative, 1954
Letters to New York Herald Tribune, Jan 1954
Letters to New York Herald Tribune, Feb 1954
Letters to New York Herald Tribune, Mar 1954
Legal Education of the Future, July 1954
John M. Harlan for the Supreme Court, 1955
The Lawyer in Business, 1955
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, Apr 7, 1954
How to Make a Speech, 1956
The Business Lawyer, 1956-1957
Services According to Law, 1957
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, June 5, 1957
Letters to Harvard Alumni Bulletin, 1958
Letter to New York Herald Tribune, 1959


Speech Materials, undated (5 folders)



Scrapbook 1, 1914-1931. Newspaper clippings about Ballantine
Scrapbook 2, Washington Scrapbook 1931-1932. Newspaper Clippings, invitations, menus, one address on treasury, social life of Ballantine
Scrapbook 3, 1933-1938. Social and political newspaper clippings, invitations


Scrapbook 1, 1931-1932. Newspaper clippings, letters, statements, invitations, legislation [BRITTLE]
Scrapbook 2, Feb-April 1933. Newspaper clippings, press releases
Scrapbook 3, 1938-1945. Newspaper clippings, invitations, articles on his family


Scrapbook 1, 1945-1960. Newspaper clippings, fund invitations, weddings of Grand-daughters, death of Ballantine

Certificates and degrees, 1914-1931 [transferred from map cabinet, June 2016]
Diplomas and Law License, 1919-1922 [transferred from map cabinet, March 2016]

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