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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James R. Beverley Papers, 1904-1967



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Beverley, James R.
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.
Accession No.: AR 2002-205
Extent: 1 foot, 9.5 inches
Language: Materials are written in Spanish and 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

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James R. Beverley Papers, 1904-1967, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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2E390 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 and 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 and undated
Scrapbook pages, 1924-1935 and undated
For Mrs. Beverley, [letters and clippings on Beverley’s death], 1967
Correspondence, 1924-1943, 1963-1965 and undated
[Photograph separated to 3Z315]
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2E391 Correspondence, 1924-1943, 1963-1965 and undated
Inaugural and other clippings, 1928-1940 and undated
Hurricane clippings, 1928-1932 and 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 and 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 Gubernatorial addresses to the Puerto Rican Legislature, February 8, 1932 and 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
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4M686 Speeches:
Volume one, 1928-1933
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4M687 Volume two, 1932-1938 and undated
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2E392 Volume three, 1930-1954 and undated
Volume four, 1943-1963 and undated
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3Z315 Photographs:
Roosevelt, [Theodore, Jr.], Roosevelt at inauguration [?] with unidentified woman [his sister Alice?], ca. 1929
Beverley before Puerto Rico, childhood photographs, 1904 and undated
Correspondence, signed photograph of Beverley’s military aide, William G. Caldwell, from letter dated July 20, 1933, [1933]
Miscellaneous photographs, 1932-1944, 1960 and undated
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3S199d Oversized photograph of Beverley, 1944

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