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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

James R. Beverley Papers, 1904-1967



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Beverley, James R. (James Ramsey), 1894-1967
Title: James R. Beverley papers
Dates: 1904-1967
Abstract: James Rumsey Beverley (1894-1967) was governor of Puerto Rico from January 1932 to August 1933. He also held the office of assistant attorney general of Puerto Rico from 1925-1927 and attorney general from 1927-1932. Correspondence, photographs, speeches, clippings and printed material document his life and work.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00999
Extent: 1.79 linear feet
Language: Spanish; Castilian , English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

James Rumsey Beverley (1894-1967) was governor of Puerto Rico from January 1932 to August 1933. He also held the office of assistant attorney general of Puerto Rico from 1925-1927 and attorney general from 1927-1932. He remained on the island after his governorship ended, practicing law and serving on various committees.

Of the fifteen non-Puerto Rican governors appointed to the island between 1900 and 1952, Beverley, a native of Amarillo, was the only one who spoke Spanish. In his short career as governor, he was faced with a major hurricane, the end of Prohibition on the island, and a controversy over birth control. Beverley returned to Austin, Texas in the 1960s and lived there until his death in 1967.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, photographs, speeches, clippings and printed material document the life and work of James R. Beverley. The collection primarily represents Beverley's work as governor of Puerto Rico from 1932-1933, although it also includes material from before and after his governorship.

Of interest is Beverley's extensive correspondence with Theodore Roosevelt Jr., with whom Beverley had a long-lasting personal and professional relationship. Material comprising an unfinished autobiography is also included in the collection.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James R. Beverley Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

2002-205

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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2E390 [SRH1230006499] Roosevelt, Theodore Jr., 1930-1942, 1962
[Photograph separated to 3Z315]
Letters, cards, telegrams, news clippings, on Beverley's death, 1967
Beverley before Puerto Rico, 1904-1923, undated
[Photograph separated to 3Z315]
Letters, Beverley and Presidents Hoover, F.D.R. and Truman, 1932-1934, 1950
Junior Hartzell, 1931-1934
Miscellaneous printed material, 1931-1975, undated
Scrapbook pages, 1924-1935, undated
For Mrs. Beverley, [letters and clippings on Beverley's death], 1967
Correspondence, 1924-1943, 1963-1965, undated
[Photograph separated to 3Z315]
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2E391 [SRH1230006460] Correspondence, 1924-1943, 1963-1965, undated
Inaugural and other clippings, 1928-1940, undated
Hurricane clippings, 1928-1932, undated
Birth control clippings and correspondence, 1932-1939
Autobiography [never completed], undated
Presbyterian Community Hospital annual report, 1965
Bureau of Insular Affairs, radio messages and correspondence, 1931-1933, undated
"Discurso Pronunciado por el Gobernador Interino, Hon. James R. Beverley, Con Motivo de la Celebración del 4 de Julio en San Juan de Puerto Rico,", July 4, 1931
Bound volume of Beverley's gubernatorial proclamations, February 1932-June 1933
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2E392 [SRH1230006470] Gubernatorial addresses to the Puerto Rican Legislature, February 8, 1932, February 13, 1933
Inaugural address of James R. Beverley, January 30, 1932
Annual Report of the Secretary of War to the President, 1932
Annual Reports of the Governor of Puerto Rico, 1932-1933
Texas Bar Journal with Beverley's obituary, October 22, 1967
volume
4M686 Speeches
Volume one, 1928-1933
volume
4M687 Volume two, 1932-1938, undated
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2E392 [SRH1230006470] Volume three, 1930-1954, undated
Volume four, 1943-1963, undated
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3Z315 [SRH1230029235] Photographs
Roosevelt, [Theodore, Jr.], Roosevelt at inauguration [?] with unidentified woman [his sister Alice?], circa 1929
Beverley before Puerto Rico, childhood photographs, 1904, undated
Correspondence, signed photograph of Beverley's military aide, William G. Caldwell, from letter dated July 20, 1933, [1933]
Miscellaneous photographs, 1932-1944, 1960, undated
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3S199d [SRH1230021924] Oversized photograph of Beverley, 1944

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