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Inventory of the Thomas A. Lane papers
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Thomas A. Lane papers
    Date (inclusive): 1942, 1947-1976
    Collection Number: 90030
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: In English and German
    Physical Description: 12 manuscript boxes (4.6 linear feet)
    Abstract: The bulk of the collection spans from 1947 to1976, reflecting Lane’s interests in American foreign and military policy, the Vietnam War, religious political issues, communism, and activities of Americans for Constitutional Action (ACA) and other conservative and anti-communist organizations. The collection is primarily composed of speeches, writings, notebooks/notes, correspondence, conference folders full of event items, press releases, and news clippings, with some documents handwritten.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Lane, Thomas A., 1906-

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Thomas A. Lane papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1990.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Thomas A. Lane

    1906 Born in Revere, Massachusetts
    1928 Graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy
      Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army
    1935-1939 Served as instructor in the United States Military Academy, teaching military history
    1939-1943 Served as Executive Officer to the Air Engineer, Headquarters, Army Air Force, Washington, D.C.
    1943 Joined the Engineer Staff of General Douglas MacArthur at General Headquarters, Southwest Pacific Area
      Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for serving as Executive Officer and Operations Officer to the Chief Engineer, GHQ, participating in plans and operations of the campaigns from New Guinea to Japan
    1945 Served as a member of the Joint Operations Review Board preparing Joint Doctrine for the Army, Navy and Air Force in Washington, D.C.
    1946-1948 Served as Engineer Instructor at the Air Command and Staff School, Air University, Maxwell Field, Alabama
    1947-1948 Served as Chief of the Logistics Division at the Air Command and Staff School, Air University, Maxwell Field, Alabama
      Served as District Engineer at Little Rock, Arkansas
    1950-1952 Served as District Engineer on Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands
    1952 Served one year as a student at the National War College
    1953 Served one year as Assistant to the Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army for Policy Planning
    1954 Served as Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia
    1955 Promoted to Brigadier General
    1957 Promoted to Major General
    1957-1960 Served as Commanding General of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
    1960-1962 Served as President of the Mississippi River Commission and Division Engineer of the Lower Mississippi Valley Division of the Corps of Engineers at Vicksburg, Mississippi
    1962 Retired as a U.S. Army Major General
      Upon retirement, he was awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to his Distinguished Service Medal
    1962 - Served as President of Americans for Constitutional Action and served as Military Analyst of the St. Louis Globe Democrat, writing about U.S. military and foreign policy
    1962-1964 Served as Executive Director of the Institute for Human Progress, Inc.
    1975 Died
    Sources: Biographical Sketch of Thomas A. Lane (Box-Folder 11 : 3) "Essential Elements of a Conservative Program" by Thomas A. Lane (Box-Folder 4 : 2-4)

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The bulk of the collection spans from 1947 to 1976, reflecting Lane’s interests in American foreign and military policy, the Vietnam War, religious political issues, communism, and activities of Americans for Constitutional Action (ACA) and other conservative and anti-communist organizations. The collection is primarily composed of speeches, writings, notebooks, correspondence, conference folders full of event items, press releases, and news clippings, with some documents handwritten.
    Lane's collection has letters, manuscripts, and other writings. Specifically, it has letters related to his career as a news columnist after his retirement as a U.S. Army Major General, to books he's written, and to speaking engagements, which include speeches he has given and those that others have given. Also, the collection has manuscripts for speaking engagements, news articles, and books. Also, he's collected many writings from others to use as reference materials. In addition, he's written about his trips and kept documents about them and about conferences and conventions that he's attended.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Americans for Constitutional Action (Organization)
    United States. Army--Officers.
    Anti-communist movements--United States.
    Communism.
    Conservatism.
    United States--Foreign relations--1945-1989.
    United States--Military policy.
    United States--Politics and government--1945-1989.
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975.