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J.L. Tupy collection on Adolph J. Sabath

Identifier: LaRC-203

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of unpublished autobiographical and biographical material about United States Democratic Congressman Adolph J. Sabath, a Czech immigrant who was Representative from Chicago's Fifth District from 1907 to 1952. Sabath was Chairman of the House Rules Committee for many years. The collection contains correspondence, telegrams, reference material, notes, typescripts, speeches, articles, manuscript material, and reports. There are autobiographical notes as well as biographical notes and material gathered together by J.L. Tupy, Sabath's secretary or administrative assistant during the 1930s. Issues addressed during Sabath's political career include the reform of immigration laws, liberalization of labor laws, Czech national movement and the creation of an independent Czech state, prohibition repeal, and New Deal economic policies.


  • 1849-1953


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

J.L. Tupy was a Czech immigrant that lived in Chicago. He worked closely with Adolph J. Sabath during the 1930s, probably in the capacity of secretary or administrative assistant. On one occasion, he was special investigator of a House committee, headed by Sabath, to check on bondholders' reorganizations. He helped record Sabath's biographical information by taking notes as Sabath dictated to his memoirs to him. Tupy would make radio addresses on behalf of Sabath to inform Sabath's constituents of his work in Congress.


3.00 Boxes

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by topic, as follows: Sabath correspondence, Sabath autobiographical and biographical material, speeches and other written material about Sabbath, J.L. Tupy correspondence, Tupy memoir and radio addresses, Tupy report, manuscript materials written by Tupy, Tupy printed materials, and Tupy real estate ledger. The collection consists of three boxes and one volume.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of James Duck. Date acquired: 05/12/1970.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1971.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

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