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Collection Overview

Werner, Elmer Charles, 1907-
Elmer C. Werner Papers
Public Policy Papers
Permanent URL:
1937-1945 (mostly 1942-1945)
2 boxes
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-2


The records of Elmer C. Werner (diaries, notes, clippings) document an impeded Internal Revenue Service investigation into contributions from Brown & Root, Inc. to Lyndon Baines Johnson's 1941 United States Senate campaign.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection includes the papers of Elmer Charles Werner, a former special agent for the Internal Revenue Service, and his experiences investigating Lyndon Johnson. This collection includes Werner's diaries from 1942-1945, the period during which Johnson was investigated; Werner's notes and newspaper clippings regarding the case; a chronology of the facts of the case prepared by Werner; and Werner's manuscript narrative regarding his experiences.

Collection Creator Biography:

Werner, Elmer Charles, 1907-

Between 1942 and 1944, Elmer Charles Werner led an Internal Revenue Service investigation of Brown & Root's disguised financial support of Lyndon B. Johnson's 1941 United States Senate campaign. According to Werner's records, this investigation was impeded and eventually ended by a complicated series of requests from Johnson to Roosevelt's White House to senior Internal Revenue Service officials.

Collection History


Gift of Julia Werner Gary in 2011. The accession number associated with this gift is ML.2011.008.


No records have been removed from this collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Maureen Callahan on March 29, 2011. A MARC record, collection-level description, file-level inventory, and finding aid were created but no physical processing or arrangement occurred at this time.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

Elmer C. Werner Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
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Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
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