Conrad Snow papers, 1877-1991 Rauner Manuscript MS-942

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Conrad Snow papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-942

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

4.5 linear ft., 5 boxes


Conrad E. Snow (1889-1975), lawyer. Dartmouth College Class of 1912. Consists of correspondence, journals, diaries, and a scrapbook related to his academic life at Dartmouth College, Harvard Law School, and his military service during World War I and World War II. Some material related to his mother Norma Currier Snow is also included.

Access to Collection:

Collection open for research.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Conrad E. Snow consist of personal and professional correspondence, logbooks, drawings, sketches, essays, poetry, newspapers clippings, journals, and other documents related to his academic life at Dartmouth College, Harvard Law School and his military service during World War II. Correspondence, writings and brochures related to his mother, Norma Currier Snow, are also included. Of note are diaries, correspondence, and a scrapbook with Snow’s military orders from World War I.


Conrad E. Snow was born in Haverhill, NH, on August 6, 1889. He received degrees from both Dartmouth College in 1912 and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar in 1915 and 1929. He also attended Harvard University Law School, where he edited the Harvard Law Review, graduating in 1917. Upon graduating from Harvard Law, Snow went on to serve in World War I as an artillery captain in France. In 1919, he established his law practice in Rochester, NH, and would eventually go on to serve two years in the New Hampshire state legislature. Snow also held the position of secretary-treasurer of the state bar association from 1932-1942 and headed the New Hampshire state council of Boy Scouts from 1934-1937. In 1940, he was summoned to Washington D.C. as the director of the legal division of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer and served as a brigadier general during World War II. In 1945, he was assigned to the staff of the Under Secretary of War and in 1946, joined the State Department as an assistant legal advisor. He would go on to serve as chairman of the State Department’s Loyalty Security Board from its inception in 1947 to its disestablishment in 1956. As head of this board during the early 1950's and height of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy’s charges of “Communist infiltration” in the State Department, Snow came forward and vigorously defended both the department and the actions of the review board. In 1950, Snow served on a U.S. clemency board for German war criminals and as a chairman of a similar board for Japanese war criminals. He was, furthermore, sent, in 1951, to London to negotiate the status of forces agreement for American troops in other countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Association. Upon leaving the State Department in 1956, Snow became counsel to a law firm in Laconia, NH, and served in the New Hampshire Legislature from 1959 to 1960. He died on December 22, 1975, in Gilmanton Iron Works, NH.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1905-1948

Access Restrictions


Box: 1

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Munitions for the Army: A Five Year Report on the Procurement of Munitions, 1946
  • Folder: 2, Dartmouth College: 16 mechanical drawings and diagrams, 1912
  • Folder: 3, Three WWII journals, 1940-1946
  • Folder: 4, Personal, handwritten correspondence between Conrad Snow and mother Susan (1944). Also includes Board of War Communications Card (1942) and Blood Donor Certificate (1943)., 1942-1948
  • Folder: 5, Harvard Law School: Newspaper clippings; personal, handwritten and typed correspondences; certificates; membership cards; Harvard examination schedules and grades; and Harvard Law Review dinner pamphlets, as well as a Craigie Hall Lease (Cambridge, MA, 1912)., 1912-1917
  • Folder: 7, Europe Trip Logbook, 1910
  • Folder: 8, Dartmouth College: Physics lab reports, includes graphs and diagrams, 1910-1911
  • Folder: 9, Dartmouth College: Chemistry lab reports, 1910
  • Folder: 10, Harvard Law School: Personal, handwritten correspondence with parents Leslie and Susan Snow, 1912-1913
  • Folder: 11, Harvard Law School: Personal, handwritten correspondence with Snow family, 1915-1916
  • Folder: 12, Boy’s Country Club of Rochester, NH: constitution and record book, 1905-1907
  • Folder: 15, Correspondence: Student Letters, 1908-1909
  • Folder: 16, Correspondence: Student Letters, 1909-1910
  • Folder: 17, Correspondence: Student Letters, 1910-1911
  • Folder: 18, Correspondence: Student Letters, 1911-1912
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence: Oxford, 1915
  • Folder: 13, English assignment book, Prof. Watson, 1908-1909
  • Folder: 14, High School work, 1905-1908

Box: 2, 1900-1952

Access Restrictions


Diaries, notebook and scrapbook

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Diaries, 1900-1905
  • Folder: 2, Diaries, 1906-1908
  • Folder: 3, Diary, 1938
  • Folder: 4, Diaries, 1946-1949
  • Folder: 5, Diaries, 1951-1952
  • Folder: 6, Notebook with code, undated
  • Folder: 7, Diaries "A Line A Day", 1908-1917
  • Folder: 8, Scrapbook with military orders for Captain Conrad Edwin Snow, United States Army 1916-1919, undated

Box: 3, 1917-1991

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence: Letter to parents re. volunteering for WWI service, 1917
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence: Letters to Sno re. clerkship at Justice Oliver Holmes, US Supreme Court, 1917
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence: Letter from LPS to Herbert Foster re. American troops in France (Photocopy), 1918
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence: Letter to "Dear Folks," unidentified, 1918
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence: Letter from John E. Allen, circa 1943
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence: Letter from Edwin L. Page, 1943
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence: Letters from Thomas L. Marble (NH Supreme Court), 1943-1944
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence: Letters from Selma R. Williams to Katherine A. Cima, 1991
  • Folder: 9, Speeches with notes, circa 1943-1945
  • Folder: 10, Press Release: Address by General Snow to Nu Beta Epsilon Lega Fraternity at George Washington University, 1951
  • Folder: 11, Photogaphs: Conrad Snow with Doc O'Connor, undated
  • Folder: 12, Photographs: Dartmouth Class of 1912, 50th Reunion, 1962
  • Folder: 13, Photographs: Dartmouth Class of 1912, 65th Reunion, 1977
  • Folder: 14, Photographs: Dartmouth Class of 1912, 70th Reunion, 1982
  • Folder: 15, Photogaphs: Harvard Law School Class of 1917, 50th Reunion, 1967
  • Folder: 16, Correspondence: Dartmouth College Class of 1912, undated
  • Folder: 17, Clipping: "100,00 Years at Hard Labor," by Budd Schulberg in "The Saturday Evening Post", 1946
  • Folder: 18, Clipping: "Trial by Treason," by General Conrad E. Snow in "Courier-Trade Union" , 1952
  • Folder: 19, Clippings: Scrapbook pages with correspondence, 1941-1962
  • Folder: 20, War Department: General Orders, 1941-1946
  • Folder: 22, War Department: Records related to Snow's service, 1940-1941
  • Folder: 23, War Department: Records related to Snow's service, 1942-1944
  • Folder: 24, War Department: Records related to Snow's service, 1945-1947
  • Folder: 26, War Department: Nomination for temporary appointmentas Brigadier General, 1946
  • Folder: 27, War Department: Annual Report of Special Activitie Branch (SPSLG), 1945
  • Folder: 28, Diaries: Pocket diaries kept by C.W. Neill, Lt. Col. Field Artillery, 1918
  • Folder: 29, Publications: Regarding Robert P. Patterson, Secretary of War, 1946-1952
  • Folder: 30, Publications: "The Shield," Theta Delta Chi, 1951
  • Folder: 31, Publications: "The McCarthy Record," Wisconsin Citizens' Committee, 1952
  • Folder: 32, Publications: "North Atlantic Treaty-Status of Forces", circa 1953
  • Folder: 33, Publications: "The Far Eastern Commission," Department of State, 1952
  • Folder: 34, Publications: "The Progressive-McCarthy, A Documented Record", 1954
  • Folder: 35, Publications: "Dartmouth 1912-The Fifty Year Book-1962," annotated, 1962
  • Folder: 25, War Department: Records related to Snow's service , 1948-1949

Box: 4, circa 1954

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Duplicate of the United Nations Charter with letter of explanation , circa 1954

Box: 5, 1877-1972

Norma Currier Snow (mother of Conrad Snow)

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Photograph: Norma (Currier) Snow, circa 1886
  • Folder: 2, Norma (Currier) Snow: Schoolwork notebook with addition loose pages of school work, circa 1877
  • Folder: 3, Norma (Currier) Snow: Schoolwork notebook, 1879
  • Folder: 4, Norma (Currier) Snow: Haverhill Academy "Centennial Anniversary and Reunion" , 1897
  • Folder: 5, Norma (Currier) Snow: "Delegates and Alternate Delegates to Republic National Convention," brochure, 1924
  • Folder: 6, Norma (Currier) Snow: "The Valley Forge Memorial Chapel and the New Hampshire Bell," address by Norma C. Snow, undated
  • Folder: 7, Norma (Currier) Snow: Correspondence to Conrad Snow, 1913
  • Folder: 8, Norma (Currier) Snow: Correspondence to Conrad Snow, 1914
  • Folder: 9, Norma (Currier) Snow: Correspondence to Conrad Snow, 1915-01-1915-06
  • Folder: 10, Norma (Currier) Snow: Correspondence to Conrad and Katherine Snow, 1926
  • Folder: 11, Norma (Currier) Snow: Correspondence to Conrad and Katherine Snow, 1942-1944
  • Folder: 12, Norma (Currier) Snow: Correspondence to Conrad and Katherine Snow, 1945
  • Folder: 13, Norma (Currier) Snow: Correspondence to Conrad and Katherine Snow, 1946
  • Folder: 14, Norma (Currier) Snow: Correspondence to Conrad and Katherine Snow, 1947
  • Folder: 15, Norma (Currier) Snow: Correspondence to Conrad and Katherine Snow, 1948
  • Folder: 16, Norma (Currier) Snow: Correspondence to Conrad and Katherine Snow, undated
  • Folder: 17, Conrad Snow: Letters from Leslie P. Snow, 1913-1915
  • Folder: 18, Conrad Snow: Correspondence, unidentified, 1898
  • Folder: 19, Conrad Snow: Oral History Interview with Conrad Snow, transcript with letter to Katherine Ann Cima, 1972, 1976
  • Folder: 20, Conrad Snow: Dartmouth College Class of 1886 Reunion photo, undated
  • Folder: 21, Manual First Congregational Church, 1887
  • Folder: 22, Clipping: Rochester Courier article "Roundabout", undated
  • Folder: 23, Clipping: "Granite State Free Press," Lebanon, NH Fire, 1887

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