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  • Title: Thomas A. Lane papers
    Date (inclusive): 1942, 1947-1976
    Collection Number: 90030
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 12 manuscript boxes (4.6 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: A major general in the United States Army and conservative columnist, lecturer, and author, the bulk of the collection reflects Lane's interests in American foreign and military policy, the Vietnam War, religious political issues, communism, and activities of Americans for Constitutional Action (ACA) and other conservative and anti-communist organizations from 1947 to 1976. The collection is primarily Composed of speeches, writings, notebooks/notes, correspondence, conference folders full of event items, press releases, and news clippings, with some handwritten documents.
    Creator: Lane, Thomas A., 1906-
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Access

    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.

    Use

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1990.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Thomas A. Lane papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    1906 Born in Revere, Massachusetts
    1928 Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army
      Graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy
    1935-1939 Served as instructor in the United States Military Academy, teaching military history
    1939-1943 Served as Executive Officer to the Air Engineer, Headquarters, Army Air Force, Washington, D.C.
    1943 Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for serving as Executive Officer and Operations Officer to the Chief Engineer, GHQ, participating in plans and operations of the campaigns from New Guinea to Japan
      Joined the Engineer Staff of General Douglas MacArthur at General Headquarters, Southwest Pacific Area
    1945 Served as a member of the Joint Operations Review Board preparing Joint Doctrine for the Army, Navy and Air Force in Washington, D.C.
    1946-1948 Served as Engineer Instructor at the Air Command and Staff School, Air University, Maxwell Field, Alabama
    1947-1948 Served as District Engineer at Little Rock, Arkansas
      Served as Chief of the Logistics Division at the Air Command and Staff School, Air University, Maxwell Field, Alabama
    1950-1952 Served as District Engineer on Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands
    1952 Served one year as a student at the National War College
    1953 Served one year as Assistant to the Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army for Policy Planning
    1954 Served as Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia
    1955 Promoted to Brigadier General
    1957 Promoted to Major General
    1957-1960 Served as Commanding General of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
    1960-1962 Served as President of the Mississippi River Commission and Division Engineer of the Lower Mississippi Valley Division of the Corps of Engineers at Vicksburg, Mississippi
    1962 Upon retirement, he was awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster for his Distinguished Service Medal
      Retired as a U.S. Army Major General
    1962 - Served as President of Americans for Constitutional Action and served as Military Analyst of the St. Louis Globe Democrat, writing about U.S. military and foreign policy
    1962-1964 Served as Executive Director of the Institute for Human Progress, Inc.
    1975 Died
    Sources: Biographical Sketch of Thomas A. Lane (Box-Folder 11 : 3) "Essential Elements of a Conservative Program" by Thomas A. Lane (Box-Folder 4 : 2-4) Thomas A. Lane, Military Times Hall of Valor website, http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=100249, Accessed December 12, 2014

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The bulk of the collection spans from 1947 to 1976, reflecting Lane's interests in American foreign and military policy, the Vietnam War, religious political issues, communism, and activities of Americans for Constitutional Action (ACA) and other conservative and anti-communist organizations. The collection is primarily Composed of speeches, writings, notebooks, correspondence, conference folders full of event items, press releases, and news clippings, with some documents handwritten.
    Lane's collection has letters, manuscripts, and other writings. Specifically, it has letters related to his career as a news columnist after his retirement as a U.S. Army Major General, to books he has written, and documents related to speaking engagements, which include his own and others speeches. The collection contains manuscripts for speaking engagements, news articles, and books, as well as collected writings from others to use as reference materials. In addition, Lane wrote about his trips, including conferences and conventions that he attended, and kept documents about his travels.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Anti-communist movements -- United States
    Conservatism
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975
    Officers
    United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1989
    United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989
    United States -- Military policy
    United States. Army
    Americans for Constitutional Action (Organization)