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Charles Wallace Collins papers


Charles Wallace Collins papers
Collins, Charles Wallace
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13.50 linear feet
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State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

Charles Wallace Collins (1879-1964) was a lawyer, writer, and librarian. During a long career in Washington, D.C., his positions included director of the Economic Section of the Legislative Reference Service at the Library of Congress, Librarian of the Supreme Court, General Counsel for the Bureau of the Budget, and Deputy Comptroller of the Currency. In addition, he was an authority on banking law and in his private law practice he served as counsel to many of the leading financial institutions and bank holding companies in the United States. His relationship with the Bank of America was particularly significant. Following his retirement in 1927, Collins devoted himself to restoring and renovating his home, an eighteenth-century estate known as "Harmony Hall," and other properties he owned in Prince George's County, MD. He also wrote several books and pamphlets expressing his views supporting "states' rights" and segregation. Collins's wife, Sue Spencer Collins (1895-1983) shared his interest in historic preservation, and enjoyed researching her family's genealogy. She was active in organizations such as the Colonial Dames and Daughters of the Confederacy, as well as social organizations such as the Washington Club. Her other interests included flower arrangement, fashion, and cooking. The Papers of Charles Wallace Collins consist of correspondence, clippings, essays, articles, pamphlets, and other publications generated or collected by Collins and his wife, Sue Spencer Collins. Areas of emphasis include the restoration of Harmony Hall and the daily maintenance of the farm, Collins' consulting relationships with banks, and his views on segregation and civil rights. Sue Spencer Collins' papers deal with domesticity; social activities; family; and her own genealogical research.

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