Senator J. Allen Frear, Jr. papers


Creator: Frear, J. Allen, Jr.
Date(s): 1917-1963
Bulk Dates: 1949-1961
Call Number: MSS 0315
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Abstract: J. Allen Frear, Jr. (1903-1993) was a politician from Dover, Delaware (Kent County). A member of the Democratic Party, Frear served two terms as U.S. Senator from Delaware. The Senator J. Allen Frear, Jr. papers are primarily those of his congressional career, when he represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1949 to 1960, though the collection also includes personal material from pre- and post-Congressional periods. The collection dates from 1917 to 1963, with bulk of the material dating from 1949 to 1961. The collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, legislation, speeches, clippings, photographs, and audio-visual material. Personal material includes correspondence, class notes, travel brochures and post cards, and memorabilia.
Physical Description:
  • 75 linear feet (75 boxes)
  • 2 oversize boxes
Source: Gift of Senator J. Allen Frear, Jr.
Processing: The creation of the electronic guide for this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' "Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives" Project.

Processed: 1990-1995. Supervising archivist L.R. Johnson Melvin; surveyed by Neva J. Specht; processed by Jennifer Paul, Lianne S. Cantelmi, Anita Wellner, and Dana Tarquini.

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Alternative Format: Access to streaming audio files of Senator Frear's "This Week in Congress" radio broadcasts (Subseries IV.B.1.a.) and PDFs of the transcripts are available by following the links in the Container List. These digitized files are housed in the University of Delaware Institutional Repository.

Digital copies of materials in the Photographs series (IV.C.) are available online through the University of Delaware Artstor Public Collections.