Guide to the John Downey Works Papers M0031

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Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: John Downey Works Papers
Creator: Works, John D. (John Downey)
Identifier/Call Number: M0031
Identifier/Call Number: 1439
Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1911-1928

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lewis R. Works, 1930-31.

Biographical Note

John Downey Works was born March 29, 1847 on a farm in Ohio County, Indiana. Educated in the common schools of the state until 1861, he then served eighteen months with the U. S. Volunteers in the Civil War. In 1868, he married Alice Banta, was admitted to the bar, and began a law practice in Vevay, Indiana which lasted for fifteen years. In 1879, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives for one term. Forced to leave Indiana in l883 due to ill health, Works and his family journeyed West and settled in southern California where, from 1886-87, he served as Judge of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Los Angeles. In 1888, he was appointed to fill a vacancy as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of California and shortly thereafter, was elected to fill out the term. Works returned to a private legal partnership in 1891 and remained so engaged until 1910 when he served for a brief time as President of the City Council of Los Angeles. In 1911, he was nominated by the Progressive Republicans of the Lincoln-Roosevelt League for the position of U. S. Senator, was subsequently elected, and served in Congress until 1917 when he returned once again to private life and practice. Works died on June 6, 1928.
Among Works' publications are: Indiana Pleading and Practice, Water and Water Rights, Courts and their Jurisdiction, What's Wrong With the World, Man's Duty to Man, and Juridical Reform.

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Page from library catalog: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/4082758 

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] John Downey Works Papers, M031, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Scope and Contents

The Works Papers include the correspondence of John Downey Works dated from 1911 to 1928, the bulk of which was written between 1916 and 1926. In addition, the collection contains a typescript copy of Works' memoirs concerning, especially, his years in the U. S. Senate, several typescripts of articles and speeches, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings by or about Works from 1906-1911. Also included are printed copies of many of Works' Senate speeches.
Of primary interest in the Papers is the correspondence concerning Works' election to the U. S. Senate in 1911, publication of his several books, and his relationship with the Church of Christ Scientist.
For additional information consult the Works Collection in the Bancroft Library, University of California (see correspondence to Works from J. C. Rowell, Librarian). Also helpful for general reference is Irene Lucile Way's The Political Career of John Downey Works, a thesis written 1929-30 at Stanford University for the degree of Master of Arts.

Conditions Governing Use

While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Neale Publishing Co.
La Follette., Robert M.
Hargraves, John W.
Christian Science Monitor
Blight, Reynold E.
Stratford Co.
Taft, William H.
Patton, Charles 0.
Rowell, Chester H.

 

Correspondence: Letters of John Downey Works 445959 1911 January to 1928 May

box 1, folder 1

445989 Jan. 14, 1911-Jan. 17, 1911

box 1, folder 2

445987 Jan. 18, 1911-Feb. 1, 1911

box 1, folder 3

445985 July 5, 1916-Nov. 13, 1916

box 1, folder 4

445983 March 5. 1917-Nov. 19, 1917

box 1, folder 5:

445981 Feb. 6. l9l8-Dec. 27, 1918

box 1, folder 6

445979 Jan. 8, 1919-Dec. 30, 1919

box 1, folder 7

445977 Jan. 15, 1920-Dec. 27., 1920

box 1, folder 8

445975 March 24, 1921-Dec. 30., 1921

box 1, folder 9

445973 Jan. 16, 1922-Dec. 19, 1922

box 1, folder 10

445971 Jan. 2, 1923-Dec. 19, 1923

box 1, folder 11

445969 Jan. 3, 1924-Nov. 7, 1924

box 1, folder 12

445967 Jan. 8, 1925-Nov. 13, 1925

box 1, folder 13

445965 Feb. 8, 1926-Dec. 10, 1926

box 1, folder 14

445963 Jan. 31, 1927-Dec. 7, 1927

box 1, folder 15

445961 Jan. 27, 1928-May 31, 1928

 

Correspondence: Letters to John Downey Works 445923 circa 1911-1920

box 2, folder 16

Alberti-Ayers 445957

box 2, folder 17

Backus-Burritt 445955

box 2, folder 18

Carlson-Currier 445953

box 2, folder 19

Daniels-Griffith 445951

box 2, folder 20

Hahn-Hutton 445949

box 2, folder 21

Jacobs-Luce 445947

box 2, folder 22

MacMillan-Murphy 445945

box 2, folder 23

National-Neale 445943 (Dec. 1918)

box 2, folder 24

Neale 445941 (Jan. 1919-Dec. 1919)

box 2, folder 25:

Neale -Norton 445939 (Jan. 1920)

box 2, folder 26

Obrien-Putnam's Sons 445937

box 2, folder 27

Reed-Rush 445935

box 2, folder 28

Savage-Sword 445933

box 2, folder 29

Taft-Young 445931

box 2, folder 30

Miscellaneous unidentified- 445929 1911

 

Correspondence: Letters about Works 445925

box 2, folder 31

Barrows-Works 445927

 

Miscellany 445913 1906-1928

box 3, folder 32

Some of my Experiences in Political and Official Life - the memoirs of John Downey Works. 445921

box 3, folder 33

Typescript copies of several speeches and articles by John Downey Works. 445919

box 3, folder 34

26 formal photographs of John Downey Works as U. S. Senator 445917

 

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings by or about John Downey Works 445915 1906-1911

 

Speeches 445843 1911-1919

box 4

Printed copies of Senate Speeches (U.S.) by John Downey Works 445857

 

Initiative, Referendum and Recall, 445911 April 20, 1911

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

Proposed Department of Health, 445909 July 6, 1911

Container Summary: 8 copies
 

To Establish an Independent Health Service, 445907 April 29, 30, 1912

Container Summary: 2 copies
 

The Presidential Term, 445905 Dec. 9, 10, 1912

Container Summary: 13 copies
 

Clean and Reliable Journalism, 445903 Apr. 17, 1913

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

Trusts and Combinations, 445901 May 5, 1913

Container Summary: 8 copies
 

An Amendment ot the Constitution Prohibiting the Sale, Manufacture and Importation of Distilled Liquor, 445899 June 21, 1913

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

Tariff on California Products, 445897 July 24, 25, 1913

Container Summary: 4 copies
 

San Francisco Water Supply, 445895 Dec. 2, 3, 1913

Container Summary: 4 copies
 

Bill to Repeal Hetch Hetchy Grant, 445893 Dec. 20, 1913

Container Summary: 3 copies
 

Patronage, 445891 Jan. 26, 914

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

Cooperative Agricultural Extension Work, 445889 Jan. 30, 1914

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

One Year of Democratic Rule, 445887 Mar. 6, 1914

Container Summary: 8 copies
 

Treaty Relations with Great Britain and Panama Canal Tolls, 445885 Apr. 7, 8, 1914

Container Summary: 1 copy
 

Affairs in Mexico, 445883 Apr. 21, 1914

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

Trust Legislation, 445881 July 17, 1914

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

Development of Water Power, 445879 Feb. 2, 1915

Container Summary: 2 copies
 

Preparedness for National Defense, 445877 Dec. 16, 1915

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

Preparedness for Peace, 445875 Mar. 23, 1916

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

National Preparedness - Judges in Politics, 445873 Apr. 12, 1916

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

Good Roads - Misappropriation of Public Funds, 445871 Apr. 21, 1916

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

Americanism and Preparedness for National Defense, 445869 Jun. 26, 1916

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

The Asiatic Problem, 445867 July 14, 1916

Container Summary: 4 copies
 

Naval Appropriations, 445865 July 17, 1916

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

Downward Tendencies of Government and Citizenship, 445863 Jan. 4,5, 1917

Container Summary: 7 copies
 

Our Relations with Germany, 445861 Feb. 7, 1917

Container Summary: 5 copies
 

On Authorizing the President to Arm Merchant Ships, 445859 Mar. 4, 1917

Container Summary: 1 copy
box 4

Miscellaneous speeches and articles 445845

 

Health address of Works to the National League for Medical Freedom, 445855 Nov. 24, 1911

Container Summary: 3 copies
 

Expense of Public Health and Medical Service - letter from secretary of Treasury, 445853 Jan. 6, 1913

Container Summary: 1 copy
 

"War, Business and Peace," - Address to Commercial Law League of America, 445851 Aug. 5, 1915

Container Summary: 1 copy
 

"Works defends war stand," - article in The New American Woman 445849 July 1917

Container Summary: 2 copies
 

Review of Work's book on Juridical Reform - by Roscoe Pound in Harvard Law Review 445847 Dec. 1919

Container Summary: 1 copy