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Reed, David Aiken, 1880-1953
David Aiken Reed Papers
Public Policy Papers
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4 boxes and 1 folder
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  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-4


The papers of David Aiken Reed (1880-1953) consist primarily of clippings illustrating the political career of Pennsylvania Senator Reed (Class of 1900) during the years 1914-1940 with a few photographs of World War I campaigns, correspondence from President Herbert Hoover, the publisher Henry Luce and General John J. Pershing, Head of the American Expeditionary Forces of World War I, two letters of commendation, a testimonial, three army documents, and printed copies of a few speeches by Senator Reed.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of scrapbooks of primarily newspaper clippings, but also photographs, correspondence, and copies of speeches, documenting the career of Reed (Princeton Class of 1900) between 1914 and 1940. Clippings also document, among other subjects, World War I, the 1932 Bonus March, the 1936 Johnstown, Pennsylvania, flood, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Notable correspondents include Herbert Hoover, Henry Luce, and General John J. Pershing. Some Hoover correspondence and clippings relate to Reed's participation in the London Naval Conference of 1930 as the U.S delegate.


This is an unprocessed collection and remains in its original arrangement.

Collection Creator Biography:

Reed, David Aiken, 1880-1953

David Aiken Reed, lawyer and United States Senator from Pennsylvania, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 21, 1880, the son of James H. and Kate J. (Aiken) Reed.

After attending Shadyside Academy, Pittsburgh in 1896, he graduated with an A.B.from Princeton University in 1900 and an LL.B in 1903 from the University of Pittsburgh. Married Adele Wilcox on November 12m 1902 (died June 8, 1948) and then Edna French on December 15, 1948. Two children: David Aiken Reed Jr. (Princeton Class of 1927) and Rosamond Reed (wife if Charles Denby, Class of 1922).

Major Reed served overseas in World War I with the 311th Field Artillery participating in the Meuse-Argonne and Verdun offensives. He served as Acting Chief of Staff of the United Section of Inter-Allied Armistice Commission and American representative on Allied Economic Commission. Was Lieutenant-Colonel, Field Artillery Reserve, 1919-22.

He was a member of the Law Firm, Reed Smith, Shaw and McClay of Pittsburgh. He became Chairman of the Pennsylvania's first Workmen's Compensation Bill, 1912-13, United States Senator from Pennsylvania, 1922-35 (Chairman of the Senate Committee on Military Affairs, member of Finance, Foreign Affair and Immigration Committees. Served as United States delegate to the London Naval Conference of 1930. He was a Trustee and received a Honorary LL.D. degree from Princeton in 1925. Senator Reed expired on February 10, 1953.

Collection History


The collection was transferred from the Manuscript Division of Special Collections, Firestone Library to the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library on March 26, 1992 .


No information about appraisal is available for this collection.

Processing Information

This is an unprocessed collection. The contents list provided is a preliminary inventory.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

David Aiken Reed Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-4