Inventory of the Thomas A. Lane papers

Finding aid prepared by Kendra Tsai
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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2008, 2014


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-

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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

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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.

 

Correspondence 1953-1975

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence contains letters pertaining to Lane’s contributions as a columnist about public policy issues, as an author, and as a speaker.
Box/Folder 1 : 1

Letters and Writings to Editors, 1953-1972

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Admiral Ben Moreell, 1966-1967

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of letters and related documents between Lane and Moreell and regards Lane and Moreell.
Box/Folder 1 : 3

General Correspondence: Mainly Unanswered,

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of letters and related documents to Lane regarding issues in Vietnam, his writings, other people’s writings, conferences, the communist revolution, and Nationalist China, among other issues.
Box/Folder 1 : 4-8

Speaking Engagements, 1969-1973

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of letters to and from Lane regarding talks, addresses, lectures, and speeches he gives. File also has handwritten notes.
Box/Folder 1 : 9-11

Editors: To and From, 1970-1972

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of letters to and from editors regarding Lane’s contributions to news columns.
Box/Folder 1 : 12-13

Fan Mail: No Answer Required, 1971-1972

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of letters to Lane regarding his news articles and books.
Box/Folder 2 : 1

Fan Mail: Answered by Thomas A. Lane, 1971-1973

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of letters to and from Lane regarding his news articles and books that touch on political issues.
Box/Folder 2 : 2-4

General Correspondence: No Answer Required, 1972

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of letters and post cards and related documents to Lane that touch upon Lane’s articles and books, Vietnam War, the Armed Forces, pacifism, Patriotic Education, Inc., the Panama Canal, and Equal Rights Amendment, among other issues.
Box/Folder 2 : 5-7

General Correspondence: Answered by Thomas A. Lane, 1972-1973, 1975

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of letters from Lane regarding the Manion Forum, Socialism, Republic of Vietnam, the Defense Department, and Lane’s articles and books, among other issues.
 

Speeches and Writings 1947-1976

Scope and Contents note

Speeches and Writings contains articles Lane wrote for newspapers; handwritten notes and drafts; drafts and proofs of his books; and speeches, addresses, and talks he gave; along with documents pertaining to speaking engagements by others.
Box/Folder 2 : 8

Handwritten Writings, 1947-1953

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of an unbinded notebook with handwritings on soliloquy on war, notes on foreign policy, democracy, Latin America,European Federation, British policy on European Federation, handwritings on chronology, and The War for the World draft.
Box/Folder 2 : 9

Policy, 1951, undated

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of handwritten notes and manuscripts (“War and Peace” and “On War”) related to policy.
Box/Folder 3 : 1

"Working Materials", 1951-1956, undated

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of handwritten and manuscript drafts and edits for his articles or books. File also has extra copies of talks.
Box/Folder 3 : 2-3

General talks, addresses, statements, and lectures made by Lane and others, 1952, 1956-1972, undated

Box/Folder 3 : 4

An Address by Dr. Charles Malik to the John Carroll Society, 1961-1962

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of Malik’s talk along with a letter to Lane that enclosed the talk.
Box/Folder 3 : 6-8

"Talks Addresses and Speeches by Major General Thomas A Lane 1960-1972", 1960-1972

Box/Folder 3 : 9-11, Box-folder 4 : 1

The Leadership of President Kennedy proofs and manuscript, 1964

Box/Folder 4 : 2-4

General articles and manuscripts, 1964-1975, undated

Language of the Materials : In English and German

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of manuscripts; handwritten notes; edits; photocopies of articles and actual articles for "Public Affairs" column (newspaper partially in German), Human Events, manuscript editorials for The Cincinnati Enquirer; article for the Manion Forum, correspondence, "Essential Elements of a Conservative Program" analysis, and news clippings written by Lane or about Lane from various newspapers (many from his "Public Affairs" column) about Electoral College, war in Vietnam, Ronald Reagan, GOP, Secretary McNamara, Hungarian revolution, military affairs, among other issues.
Box/Folder 4 : 5

Speaking Engagement Identification Cards, 1968

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of cards identifying potential speakers (many are professors) for television, radio, congressional hearings, position papers, and debates.
Box/Folder 4 : 6-7

The War for the World book final proof, 1968

Box/Folder 4 : 8-9, Box-folder 5 : 1-2

Notebooks and Notes, 1969-1973, undated

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of handwritten notes about speaking engagements and potential drafts for his articles or books.
Box/Folder 5 : 3

The Wanderer article, 1970

Box/Folder 5 : 4-7

America on Trial: The War for Vietnam, 1970-1971

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of notebooks of handwritten manuscript, typed manuscript of book, correspondence with publisher about the book, handwritten notes, and a forward from A.C. Wedemeyer for the book.
Box/Folder 5 : 8-10

"Public Affairs" articles for release, 1970-1973

Box/Folder 6 : 1

"Talks to be typed", 1972

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of handwritten writings about Palm Beach and Pebble Beach.
Box/Folder 6 : 2

Paul Scott: Washington News - Intelligence Syndicate, 1972-1976

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of correspondence between Paul Scott and Lane about Lane’s “Public Affairs” column, correspondence between Lane and others pertaining to “Public Affairs”, and other related materials.
Box/Folder 6 : 3

Lists of Publishers and Bookstores, undated

Box/Folder 6 : 4-7

The Failure of the Two Party System book drafts, undated

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of two handwritten drafts (one written in a notebook) and a typed 1st draft.
Box/Folder 6 : 8-9

"Public Affairs" articles, 1973, undated

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of articles without “for release” explicitly stated.
Box/Folder 7 : 1-3

Two Party Failure book master copy, undated

Scope and Contents note

Manuscript version with edits and inserts.
 

References File 1954-1974

Scope and Contents note

References File contains writings by others that Lane used as reference materials.
Box/Folder 7 : 4

Politics, 1954, 1962-1965

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of brochures, news clippings, and booklet about Senator Goldwater, GOP, and other issues.
Box/Folder 7 : 5

Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. articles and brochure, 1958-1959

Box/Folder 7 : 6-7

Religion - Prayer, Constitution, Schools, Catholicism, 1960-1965

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of news articles, paper, talk, and booklet.
Box/Folder 8 : 1

Congo, 1961-1963

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of news clipping, memoranda, and booklets.
Box/Folder 8 : 2

Americans for Democratic Action, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1969

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of a news article, Notes on ADA, Congressional Record Vol. 3, and a memorandum.
Box/Folder 8 : 3-5

Admiral Ben Moreell, 1961-1965

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of booklets and addresses written by Moreell, an article by Moreell for the Manion Forum, excerpt from a letter by Moreell, and a book manuscript.
Box/Folder 8 : 6-7

Cuba, 1961-1966

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of an unidentified writing, news clippings, reports, and a speech.
Box/Folder 8 : 8-9

Defense Policy, 1961-1966

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of news clippings, news releases, summary about Cold War, statements, speech, address, newsletter, and correspondence.
Box/Folder 8 : 10-11, Box-folder 9 : 1

Southeast Asia, 1961-1974

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of writings by others, such as newspaper and magazine clippings and issues, press releases, and memoranda.
Box/Folder 9 : 2-4

General Policy, 1962-1963

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of newspaper clippings and news releases, documents from Congressional Record and Fact Sheet from Internal Revenue Service; documents about Medicare, GOP health plans, Life Line Program, political platforms, Senator Goldwater, address by Major General Ellsworth I. Davis, American Association of University Professors, among others.
Box/Folder 9 : 5-6

Communism, 1962-1965

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of news clippings, reports, brochures, notices, and booklets, quotation, correspondence, and booklet.
Box/Folder 9 : 7, Box-folder 10 : 1

Segregation, 1962-1965

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of news clippings, booklets, Congress documents, brochures, and The Catholic Lawyer magazine.
Box/Folder 10 : 2

North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1962-1965

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of press conference speech, addresses, remarks, and news clippings.
Box/Folder 10 : 3-4

General mixed formats, 1963-1974

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of news articles, 1964 Report to Shareholders, bookmark of handwritten quotes, brochure about social security, Triumph magazine, Crusade for a Christian Civilization news, newsletters about security, senate, Commander Alvarez, United Nations Treaty agreement, tax prophecy, statements, American Indian Religion, Red China, and a few other issues.
Box/Folder 10 : 5

"More Broken Piecrusts" The Red Line Release, 1964

Box/Folder 10 : 6

Bulletins, 1964-1968

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of a bulletin "Marxmanship" and photocopies of other bulletins.
Box/Folder 10 : 7

Disarmament, 1965, 1973

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of booklets, Arms Control and Disarmament Act text, reports, speech, addresses, and news release.
Box/Folder 10 : 8

House Subcommittee on Far East, 1966

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of “The War in Viet Nam and Red China” report, Harper’s Magazine (February 1966), and a press release statement.
Box/Folder 10 : 9

The Department of Justice, amicus curiae, 1968, undated

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of a memorandum about "The Department of Justice as National Policy Maker" and a "not for direct quotation" about "The Department of Justice as Amicus Curiae" along with attached documents.
Box/Folder 10 : 10

National Federation of Independent Business, Inc., 1969

Box/Folder 10 : 11

David Halberstam and Theodore H. White quotes, pink and white copies, 1973

Box/Folder 10 : 12

Pierre Desounettes, undated

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of The State book manuscript with edits and an envelope that's addressed to Mr. Pierre Desounettes.
 

Biographical File 1942-1974

Scope and Contents note

Biographical File contains handwritten notes, notes about trips, his organization interests, paraphernalia related to his work as a newspaper columnist, and a biographical sketch.
Box/Folder 10 : 13

American Good Government Society, 1942, 1949, 1963-1964

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of a reception and dinner invitation, document of Board of Trustees, correspondence, "Political Realignment: A Big Gain for Republicans" paper, Recorder of Deeds, and notes about presidential voting.
Box/Folder 10 : 14

National War College Course Work, 1952-1953

Box/Folder 10 : 15

South America Trip notebook, 1963

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of handwritten notes about Lane’s South America trip.
Box/Folder 10 : 16

East Asia Trip file, 1968, 1970

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of memoranda, photographs with captions on their backs, envelope of paid bills, paraphernalia, greeting cards, handwritten notes, letter about Lane, itinerary, and dinner invitation.
Box/Folder 11 : 1

General, 1952-1972

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of a variety of documents pertaining to societies, clubs, committees, and boards in which Lane had interest. File also includes a GOP newsletter and information of interest (such as rosters) regarding Department of the Army and the National War College, places he attended, press releases, and dinner invitations.
Box/Folder 11 : 2

Mailing List, 1964

Box/Folder 11 : 3

Biographical Sketch of Thomas A. Lane, 1964

Box/Folder 11 : 4

American Conservative Union, 1964-1965, 1973

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of a folder of correspondence, statements, brochures, memoranda, proposed budget, advisory assembly lists, confidential preliminary report, constitution and bylaws, prospectus, and agenda. File also contains a statement from Lawrence D. Pratt, Executive Director.
Box/Folder 11 : 5-7

Americans for Constitutional Action, 1964-1968

Scope and Contents note

File is primarily composed of correspondence, brochure, schedule of events, insert, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, memoranda, news release, and mid-year report.
Box/Folder 11 : 8

National Foreign Policy Conference for Editors and Broadcasters, 1966

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of a folder of program, conference information, bulletins, facts about the foreign aid program,and booklets.
Box/Folder 11 : 9

National Strategy Seminar at US Army War College, 1969

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of "Biographic Sketches", program, guest list, locator map, position descriptions, proposal, index, memoranda, list of hospitals, officers roster, reception invitations, weekly schedule, brochures, and lecture program.
Box/Folder 11 : 10

American Newspaper Publishers Association Convention, 1969

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of booklets and bulletins: ANPA Annual Report 1968 – Trends in the Newspaper Business, Convention Reports, details of "Count Down for the '70's" discussion sessions program, 1969 Convention Bulletin Annual Report, a floor plan of the Hotel, and Annual Report 1968.
Box/Folder 12 : 1-2

Manuscript Newspaper Edits, circa 1969

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of cuts of manuscripts for newspapers. These pieces of paper were found in opened envelopes that state "Newspaper Only".
Box/Folder 12 : 3

United States Strategic Institute, 1972

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of an itinerary, correspondence, a message from the directors, and agenda.
Box/Folder 12 : 4

The Cardinal Society of Virginia, 1973

Scope and Contents note

File is composed of documents pertaining to bylaws, a meeting, and a letter.
Box/Folder 12 : 5

Seating List for Lafayette Freedom Award Dinner, 1974

Box/Folder 12 : 6

Young Americans for Freedom brochure, undated