Record of the Oscar S. Straus Memorial Association

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IV PUBLICATIONS

I Initial Announcement

SHORTLY after its incorporation the Memorial Association issued a booklet having under the frontispiece portait of Oscar S. Straus the following words of Theodore Roosevelt: "I have had from Mr. Straus aid that I cannot over-estimate, for which I cannot too much express my gratitude, in so much of the diplomatic work that has arisen in this Administration--aid by suggestion, and by actual work in helping me to carry out the suggestions."

Subsequent pages were given over to a brief account of how the Association came into being; of Mr. Straus' services to his city, state and nation; to the aid given to the Association in connection with the erection of the memorial. The Fine Arts Commission, the Board of Consultant Architects and the Department of Public Buildings and Grounds all joined in their assistance. The United States Government donated the site for the memorial and agreed to provide for its maintenance. The cost of its erection was underwritten by friends of the Memorial Association, while contributions from the public at large were sent to our initial Treasurer, and later President, Archibald B. Roosevelt.

Three or four pages followed with an illustration showing the locale of the proposed memorial in the square flanked by the new buildings of the Department of Commerce, the Labor Department and the Post Office. Another illustration showed the initial design as conceived by John Russell Pope, with balustrades, fountains, pool and statuary, the marble figures of symbolic significance in relation to Mr. Straus' services and ideals. While the completed memorial differs in various respects from the original design, it retains the same spacious magnificence of simplicity, with, indeed, an increase in beauty due to the noble statuary of Adolph Weinman, one of America's leading scuptors. A bronze

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Table of Contents iii
  • List of Illustrations v
  • I- Introduction 1
  • II- Oscar S. Straus 9
  • III- 70th Congress 2d Session H. J. Res. 377 21
  • IV- Publications 22
  • V- The Memorial Triptych 52
  • Vithe Papers of Oscar S. Straus 54
  • VII- Dedication of the Memorial 62
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