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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 (mudd): 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


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 photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

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
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Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-4