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Letters in response to inquiries by Harold E. Staples about the movement of American farmers back to the United States from the Canadian Northwest, 1913
Staples, Harold E.
North Dakota, Dept. of State.
North Dakota, Dept. of Agriculture and Labor.
Northern Pacific Railway Company, Land Dept.
Northern Pacific Railway Company, Office of the General Immigration Agent.
Oregon, State Immigration Commission.
South Dakota, Bureau of Immigration.
Washington (State), Bureau of Statistics and Immigration.
Canada, Superintendent of Immigration.
Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Colonization Agency.
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Northwest, Canadian -- Emigration and immigration ;  United States -- Emigration and immigration ;  Staples, Harold E -- Correspondence

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Correspondence from officials from government and railroad companies replying to inquiries by Staples. The governments represented are those of the states of North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington; and of the Dominion of Canada. The companies represented are Northern Pacific Railway Company and Canadian Pacific Railway Company. The response from the latter firm consists of two form letters (numbered "Gen'l 101" and "Gen'l. 102-A") addressed to Staples.

Harold Elmer Staples was born June 9, 1892 in Brattleboro, Vermont. He was awarded the A.B. in 1914 and the LL.B. in 1917, both from Harvard. While an undergraduate in Professor Frederick J. Turner's course entitled "History of the West," he began a study of the migration of Americans to Canada and the reverse migration from Canada to the United States. In 1915 he received a small grant to allow continuation of the study. During this time, he visited state immigration bureaus in Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as well as Dominion and Provincial and Canadian Pacific Railway immigration offices in Canada. As an undergraduate, Staples' mailing address was Holyoke House 21, Cambridge, Mass. After receiving his law degree, Staples moved to Providence, Rhode Island where he joined the law firm of Tillinghast, Collins, and Tanner. In 1925 he was appointed Fourth Assistant Attorney General of the State of Rhode Island. He later returned to Tillinghast, Collins, and Tanner, becoming a partner in 1926. He was active in many civic organizations, including the American Council for Nationalities Service where he was a director. The Council was interested in all aspects of immigration and resettlement.