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Edward Nash Hurley Papers

Identifier: HUR

Scope and Content

Personal correspondence (1917-1923); correspondence of the Hurley Machine Company; French correspondence from the Office of the American Commercial Attaché and correspondence concerning the Labor Adjustment Board, the United States Shipping Board, the Peace Conference of 1919, and Housing at Hog Island; manuscripts of The Bridge to France and related papers including some early correspondence (1910-1917) of John Harlan and Woodrow Wilson; photocopies of letters from Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and of a manuscript draft of Hurley's autobiography; material concerning American shipping in World War I, Italian War Debts, the World's Fair and Chicago Centennial (1933); diaries, photographs, books, and clippings.


  • Creation: 1910-1933


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Illinois manufacturer, financier and author. He originated and developed the pneumatic tool industry in the United States and Europe. In 1913 he was appointed United States Trade Commissioner to the Latin American Republics; in 1914 he was named vice-chairman, and later chairman, of the Federal Trade Commission, in which position he served until 1917. Later that year he began his service as chairman of the United States Shipping Board and president of the Emergency Fleet Corporation, which lasted through July 1919. He served on the World War Funding Commission, on President Hoover's Advisory Shipping Commission and on the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations; as chairman of the board of the Hurley Machine Company and as director of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. Among his awards were the distinguished Service Medal, presented by General Pershing in 1916, and the Laetare Medal presented by the University of Notre Dame.


33 linear feet. 2 linear inches of photographs. 10 linear feet of printed material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Edward N. Hurley, Jr., upon settlement of his father's estate, 1936. Mrs. Edward N. Hurley, Jr., gave one box of photostats of presidential autograph letters in 1964 and photostats of the autobiography in 1966.

Edward Nash Hurley Papers
University of Notre Dame Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Archives Repository

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Notre Dame Indiana 46556 United States
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