Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Thomas A. Lane papers
Date (inclusive): 1942, 1947-1976
Collection Number: 90030
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material:
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.
Lane, Thomas A., 1906-
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives
The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual
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Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1990.
[Identification of item], Thomas A. Lane papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
||Born in Revere, Massachusetts
||Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army
||Graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy
||Served as instructor in the United States Military Academy, teaching military history
||Served as Executive Officer to the Air Engineer, Headquarters, Army Air Force, Washington, D.C.
||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
||Served as a member of the Joint Operations Review Board preparing Joint Doctrine for the Army, Navy and Air Force in Washington,
||Served as Engineer Instructor at the Air Command and Staff School, Air University, Maxwell Field, Alabama
||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
||Served as District Engineer on Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands
||Served one year as a student at the National War College
||Served one year as Assistant to the Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army for Policy Planning
||Served as Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia
||Promoted to Brigadier General
||Promoted to Major General
||Served as Commanding General of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
||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
||Upon retirement, he was awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster for his Distinguished Service Medal
||Retired as a U.S. Army Major General
||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
||Served as Executive Director of the Institute for Human Progress, Inc.
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
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
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)