WIILIAM B. CAUSEY PAPERS, 1890-1935
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.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
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.
Allied Railway Mission
Correspondence, 1919 (3 folders)
American Relief Administration, 1919-1923 (2 folders)
Correspondence – Alphabetical
Atwood, William, 1919-1921
Logan, James, 1920-1923 (3 folders)
Correspondence – General, 1919-1923 (7 folders)
Luxemburg Protocol, 1919
League of Nations, 1922-1923 and undated (2 folders)
Austrian Railway Memorabilia, 1919-1923
Norfolk City Manager
American Relief Association Review, 1931 (includes Causey reminiscence)
General, 1918-1934 and undated (3 folders)
Army Commission Certificate, 1900