Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Oral History Interviews with
William K. Divers

Member of the staff of the Federal Emergency Public Works Administration, 1933 37; member of the legal staff of the U.S. Housing Authority, 1938; regional director of fifteen midwest states, U.S. Housing Authority, 1939 40; assistant general counsel and special assistant to the director of the defense housing division, Federal Works Agency, 1941; regional representative of the National Housing Agency, 1942 43; special assistant to the National Housing Expeditor, 1946; assistant administrator of the National Housing Agency, 1947; chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, 1947 53, and member, 1953 54.

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List of Subjects Discussed

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X-Y-Z

    Adams, J. Alston, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 235, 261-262, 263, 282, 340
    Adams, Sherman, 335, 338
    Administrator of Housing and Home Finance, 228
    Agnew, Spiro T., 314, 365
    Allen, George E., 186, 187
    Alphonso Taft Hall, 6
    American Banker, 302
    The American Bankers' Association, 300, 301, 319
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, 103
    Arkansas, 229-230
    Atomic bomb, 100, 360

    B&O Railroad, 332
    Banking and Currency Committee of the Senate, 280
    Bayh, Senator Birch, 323
    Beers, Marion, 66-67
    Belgium, 306
    Bennett, Henry Herbert, 105, 112-113
    Bevis, Howard, 20
    Blandford, John B., Jr., 108-109, 115, 162, 217, 218

    Bohn, Ernest J., 56, 57
    Brazil, 131
    Bricker, Senator John, 7, 298
    Budget Bureau, 247, 287
    Burklin, Robert Reyburn, 238

    California, 221, 273
    Capehart, Senator Homer E., 350
    Carmody, John, 54, 85, 88
    Carroll, Dorothy, 332
    Carroll, Senator John A., 332
    Chemical National Bank, 77
    Chicago, Illinois, 74, 180, 275, 278, 315
    Chicago "Black Sox", 14
    Chicago White Sox, 14
    Cincinnati, Ohio, 1, 2, 13, 14, 16, 20, 26, 28, 29, 147, 231, 306

    Cincinnati Bureau of Government Research, 147
    Cincinnati Enquirer, 4
    Cincinnati Reds, 13-15
    Civilian Production Agency, 153, 178
    Clark, Tom C., 266
    Cleveland, Ohio, 26, 70, 74, 87
    Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority, 56
    Clifford, Clark, 209
    Colonial Federal Savings and Loan Association of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, 202
    Colorado, 79, 80, 120-121, 302, 332
    Columbus, Ohio, 19, 21, 22, 35, 36
    Concerns of a Conservative Democrat, 313
    Congress, and rise in the cost of living, 290-294
    Congress of Industrial Organizations, CIO, 103, 113
    Congressional Directory, 263
    Congressional relations with the Housing and Home Finance Agency on housing legislation, 294-305
    Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D. C., 144
    Connelly, Matthew J., 209
    Coolidge, Calvin, 123
    Cortright, Frank, 193
    Cost of living, rises in the, 290-294
    Council of Economic Advisers, 339
    Crane, Jacob, 66, 75, 76
    Creedon, Frank, 198

    Davies, Richard 0., 220
    Davisson, C. Ray, 195
    Dawson, Congressman William L., 275, 276, 278
    Dearborn, Michigan, 103
    Defense Housing Program, 54, 83
    Democratic National Committee, 333
    Democrats, a discussion of, 363-364
    Denver, Colorado, 48, 50, 120-121, 314
    Des Moines, Iowa, 349
    Detroit, Michigan, 71, 92, 102, 103, 104, 107, 111, 113, 180, 202
    Detroit Metropolitan Housing Authority, 92, 94
    Dickerson, Cap, 21-22
    Divers, William K.:

      as Assistant Administrator of the National Housing Agency, 145-146
      as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Hamilton County, Ohio, 16, 18-23, 25-27
      background of, 1-32
      Congressional relations with housing and Home Finance Agency on housing legislation, 294-305
      as a Democrat, 307-312
      Federal Emergency Administration, employed by, 32 -37
      Federal Home Loan Bank Board, as chairman of, 225-229, 231-257
      and Foley, Raymond, 219
      House Appropriations Committee, testifies before, 284 , 289
      and Keyserling, Leon, 57-66
      Long Beach Federal Court case, involvement in, 259-284
      and McGrath, J. Howard, 322, 325-327
      Ohio State bonds, issuance of, 18-23
      private construction and housing interests, as a representative of, 160-162, 165-172
      as Regional Representative of the National Housing Agency, 124
      and Roosevelt, Franklin D., 121-122
      and Sawyer, Charles, 306-310, 312-313
      Senate Appropriations Committee, testifies before, 284-285
      and Spence, Brent, 285, 286, 288-290
      and Straus, Nathan,40, 41-54
      and Taft , Robert , 3-7
      and Truman, Harry S., 115, 204-208, 358-362, 363
      and United States Housing Authority, 37, 39-41, 89, 98-99
      and Wolcott, Congressman Jesse, 286-288
    Division of Defense Housing, 87
    Dixon, Ira,. 350-351
    Doors, shortage of, 155-156
    Douglas, William 0., 42
    Duckworth Democratic Club, 306
    Dyke, Nathaniel, 229, 230-231
    Landis, Judge Kenesaw Mountain, 14
    Lanham Act Functions, Division of the National Housing Agency, 216, 217, 218-219
    LaRogue, Oscar K., 232, 233, 235-236, 301-302, 348
    Little Rock, Arkansas, 94
    Long Beach Federal Savings and Loan Association Federal case, a discussion of, 259-284, 325, 341
    Louisville, Kentucky, 24-25, 154
    Lustron Company, 116
      and "assembly line" houses, 179-190
    National Association of Homebuilders, 131, 160
    National Association of Housing Officials (NAHO), 117-119
    National Association of Paint, Varnish, and Lacquer Dealers, 354
    National Housing Act, 317
    National Housing Administrator, 146
    National Housing Agency, 57, 86, 87, 98, 124, 198, 201, 216, 217, 219, 228
    National League of Insured Savings Associations, 262
    National Public Housing Conference, 80
    National Savings and Loan League, 350
    Nebraska, 99
    Nevada, Missouri, 349
    New Albany, Indiana, 100
    New York, 42-43, 55, 77, 136, 221, 237, 243, 256, 278, 323
    New York Giants, 15, 16
    New York Times, 302
    Nixon, Richard M., 361, 363
    North Dakota, 99
    Norwood, Ohio, 11
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 100-101
    Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, 209
    Ohio, 26, 55, 87, 99, 221, 308
      court case involving issuance of state bonds, 18-23
    Ohio State University, 20
    Omaha, Nebraska, 47, 48
    Parvin-Dohrmann, 42
    Pennsylvania, 247
    Peoria, Illinois, 120
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 249, 315, 356
    Pontiac, Michigan, 200
    Presidential Election of 1948, 313-314
    Proctor and Gamble, 307
    Public Works Administration (PWA), 27, 29, 31, 37-39, 40, 312
    Public Housing, a discussion of, 136-141, 210-216
    Puerto Rico, 248
    United Automobile Workers, 103, 104, 113
    United States Housing Authority, 37, 39-41, 58, 61, 66, 68, 137
      cooperation agreement between the Federal Government and local governments, 72-74
      and defense housing, 83, 89-91
      and financing of projects, 74-79
      Sojourner Truth housing project, 91-94
      Straus, Nathan, as administrator of, 41-54
    United States Housing Authority Law, 55, 56
    U.S. News and World Report, 130
    United States Savings and Loan League, 63-64, 262
    University of Chicago, 117
    University of Cincinnati, 306
    University of Michigan, 103
    Urban Renewal, 141-145
    Vaughan, Harry, 206-208
    Vinson, Warren J., 66
    Vinton, Warren, 75, 77
    Youngstown, Ohio, 74
    Ypsilanti, Michigan, 102, 103, 111

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