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Elbert D. Thomas Collection

Identifier: CAC-CC-052
The collection consists of a typescript of Our Four Fears: A Commentary on America's Risks in the After-War World and a photographic portrait of the Senator. Thomas was the author of numerous books and articles on Oriental affairs and international relations. The bulk of Thomas's papers are housed at the Utah State Historical Society.


  • 1942-1942

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Use:

The University of Oklahoma asserts no claim of copyright over photographs in this collection taken by private citizens. Any publication of such photographs requires the consent of the copyright holder.


.21 Linear Feet (1 container)

Biographical Information:

A United States Senator from Utah from 1933-1951, Elbert D. Thomas (1883-1953) chaired the Military Affairs Committee as well as served on the Education and Labor, Foreign Relations, Mines and Mining, and Pensions committees. He was a major sponsor of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, the Wages and Hours Act of 1938, the Nurses Education bill, and the G.I. Bill of Rights. Prior to World War II, Thomas was a leading interventionist and supporter of lend-lease. After he left the Senate, Thomas became the first civilian High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

Arrangement of Materials:

The Elbert Thomas Collection is arranged into two series: Typescripts and Photographs. The Typescript Series consists of Senator Thomas’s typescript "Our Four Fears" and is arranged in the section and chapter order of the typescript.
Guide to the Elbert D. Thomas Collection
Finding Aid Authors: Andrew Gourd (2015).

Repository Details

Part of the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections Repository

630 Parrington Oval
Room 202B
Norman Oklahoma 73109 United States