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Dear Ms. Dougall,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the Records of the Bureau of Insular Affairs (Record Group 150) for personnel records relating to persons who served in the Philippine Government, but were unable to find any records for this time period. We did locate Manuscript Reports of the Philippine Commission, 1900 - 1915, that might provide information about the activities of the Bureau of Audits. These records are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2). To access these records, please contact RDTP2 via email at Archives2reference@nara.gov.
Although the Insular Government operated under the authority of the War Department’s Bureau of Insular Affairs, he would have been considered an employee of the territorial civil service rather than the federal civil service. Official records regarding his service and the activities of the Bureau of Audits would have been maintained by the territorial government in Manila, Philippines. Territorial government records that were selected for permanent retention and that survived World War II are in the custody of the National Archives of the Philippines.
We also searched online and located multiple newspaper articles stating that Captain Allan H. Dougall served as an auditor for the Bureau of Audits within the Insular Government of the Philippine Islands. He was appointed to this position by William S. Washborn of the Phillippine Civil Service Board. According to the articles, he travelled throughout the islands, and his duties include superintending the printing of a new Phillippine currency to replace the Spanish currency which had previously been used in the islands.
A sample of the of the articles and publications we located that mention Captain Dougall’s service in the Philippines are listed below. Fold3 also includes additional articles about Captain Dougall which we have not listed here. There may be a fee for viewing the articles on Fold3. Fold3 is available free of charge at any National Archives location and at some public and university libraries. The articles in Fold3 are all from newspapers that are on the collections of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- Ordered to Philippines. Capt. Dougall Accepts Service with Insular Government: https://newspapers.library.in.gov/cgi-bin/indiana?a=d&d=INN19030601-01.1.13
- Well Known Fort Wayne Man to Take Government Position in Philippines (6 Jun 1903): https://www.fold3.com/image/252150950?terms=allan%20dougall%20Philippines
- Climate Not too Hot: Captain Allan H. Dougall Finds the Philippines Agreeable and Pleasant (8 Sep 1903): https://www.fold3.com/image/228000306
- Some Fort Wayne phizes by Griswold, B. J. (1904): https://archive.org/details/somefortwaynephi00grisw/page/86
- Capt. Dougall Sails for Home (8 Sep 1906): https://www.fold3.com/image/228142824
- Pleased with His Place: https://www.fold3.com/image/252202022?terms=%22allan%20H.%20dougall%22
- Capt. Dougall Writes Has Been Ordered to Report to Washington (11 Oct 1906): https://www.fold3.com/image/228003963
- Capt. Dougall Returns from a Three Years’ Sojourn in the Philippines (5 Nov 1906): https://www.fold3.com/image/228004209?terms=allan%20dougall%20Philippines
- Captain Dougall Arrives Home (5 Nov 1906): https://www.fold3.com/image/260744322?terms=allan%20dougall%20Philippines
- Obituary (23 May 1912): https://www.fold3.com/image/256375778, https://www.fold3.com/image/256375832
- The Pictorial History of Fort Wayne, Indiana: A Review of Two Centuries of Occupation of the Region about the Head of the Maumee River, Volume 1
In regards to his role as a special attendant to Alice Roosevelt, we were unable to locate any information about this except for a mention in his obituary that he was appointed to that role by Insular Governor William Howard Taft while she was with a congressional party visiting the Philippines. There many be records concerning this in the Alice Roosevelt Longworth papers and/or the William H. Taft papers, both of which are in the custody of the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
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Dear Janice Dougall -
Greetings from the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress and thank you for using History Hub.
The Manuscript Division has custodial responsibility for the papers of 23 United States Presidents from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge.
In addition to finding aids for each collection, the Library has created individual correspondents indexes for most Presidential collections.
I examined the indexes for Presidents Cleveland, Harrison, McKinley, Roosevelt, and Taft. I found listings for Allan H. Dougall in the Harrison and McKinley Papers indexes.
The latest entries for Dougall correspondence in both of these collections is 1901 so I doubt they shed much light on Dougall’s time in the Philippines.
With regard to the Alice Roosevelt Longworth Papers, as you can from the finding aid her relatively small collection holds some general correspondence, I examined the “D” miscellaneous but did not locate any letters from Dougall.
You are welcome to visit the Manuscript Reading Room to examine the aforementioned resources. All are located on-site and can be retrieved on demand. You should be aware that access to the diaries in containers 1-2 of the Alice Roosevelt Longworth Papers is restricted to those with permission of her executor. If you intend to visit the Manuscript Reading Room you should contact us via the Ask A Librarian system a week or so before your visit. The Harrison and McKinley Papers have been microfilmed and the film is widely distributed throughout the United States. Feel free to contact us for a list of locations.
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