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Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Political Collection
Alsop (John D.) Papers Finding Aid
Materials pertaining to Alsop's representation at the Connecticut Constitutional Convention in 1965.
Alumni Legislators Collection Finding Aid
The Alumni Legislators Collection contains ephemera, fliers, photographs, postcards, publications, and realia related to Connecticut State Legislators who were graduates of the University of Connecticut.
Badolato (Dominic J.) Papers Finding Aid
Dominic J. Badolato, born in 1919, served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing New Britain, from 1954 to 1976, and was the founding head of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union, Council 4, in New Britain, Connecticut, from 1968 to 1996.
Bailey (John M.) Papers Finding Aid
The collection contains correspondence, photographs, speeches, publications and administrative records created and collected by John M. Bailey, Connecticut lawyer and chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1961-1968.
Bankwitz (Philip) Research Collection Finding Aid
The collection contains primarily photocopies of correspondence, reports and official documentation of the French government from the 1930s through the end of World War II in 1945.
Beck (Audrey) Papers Finding Aid
Although she began her career as a district representative for Mansfield, CT, the significant portions of the collection are those that document her senatorial years in the Connecticut General Assembly. The Beck Papers also serve as a companion collection to the Papers of Chase Going Woodhouse (various positions in public service, 1925-1980) and Dorothy Goodwin (54th District, 1974-1984), colleagues of Beck, whose papers are also located at the Dodd Center. The three collections together present a fairly complete picture of a generation of women in the Connecticut legislature.
Bush (Prescott, Sr.) Papers Finding Aid
Two years after experiencing a close loss in Connecticuts 1950 senatorial election, Bush defeated Abraham Ribicoff in a run to fill the sear left vacant by the death of Senator Brien McMahon. He was re-elected to the Senate in 1956. During his senatorial career, Bush served as a member of the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency, the Senate Committee on Public Works, the Committee on Armed Services, a congressional Joint Economic Committee, and the Special Committee on Aging. Bush received national recognition as an advocate of fiscal responsibility in government, and sponsored a price stability amendment to the Employment Act of 1946. He also proposed to give the President the power to veto individual items in appropriations bills, and in bills authorizing federal departments and agencies to borrow from the Treasury. He took special interest in the national urban renewal program. Another of Senator Bushs major legislative interests was flood and hurricane protection for New England communities.
Butterworth (Miriam) Papers Finding Aid
The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, artifacts, and memoirs regarding Miriam Butterworth?s life and activism in local, state, and national political campaigns from 1935-2008.
Capra (Paul) Papers Finding Aid
Capra ran twice as the Republican candidate for mayor for the city of New Haven (1969, 1971). In 1969, after receiving the GOP nomination, Capra was narrowly defeated by the Democratic candidate, Bartholomew F. Guida in New Haven's closest mayoral race in 18 years. Two years later, Capra ran again on the Republican ticket but Guida was re-elected by a wide margin. Capra dropped out of New Haven politics and accepted the position of Director of Development at the University of Connecticut.
Caucus of Connecticut Democrats Records Finding Aid
The collection contains documentation of the organization and its activities from the 1970s through the early 1990s.
Connecticut Political Collections Finding Aid
undated, 1968, 1976, 1994
The collection is an artificial one created to gather together pieces of politically related materials that are not cohesive collections in and of themselves. Presently, the collection contains political posters, printed ephemera and published speeches and one manuscript.
Connecticut Women's Political Caucus Records Finding Aid
The collection contains administrative records, correspondence and publications (1979-1982) detailing the activities of the Connecticut Women's Political Caucus.
Cotter (William R.) Papers Finding Aid
Cotter was elected to the ninety-second Congress on November 3, 1970 and was reelected five times. He represented the First District in Connecticut from 1971 until his death. The towns Cotter represented varied over the years, but included Berlin, Bloomfield, Bolton, Cromwell, East Hartford, East Windsor, Glastonbury, Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, and much of Portland. As a congressional representative, Cotter served on the Banking and Currency Committee, and the Science and Astronautics Committee. He was also an active member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Dodd (Thomas J.) Collection Finding Aid
The collection contains materials about Thomas J. Dodd that have been donated by individuals other than the Dodd Family.
Dodd (Thomas J.) Papers Finding Aid
The collection illuminates the diverse public life of a self-styled crusader. The collection consists primarily of material from Dodd's Senate years (1959-71) and the Nuremberg war crimes trial before the International Military Tribunal from 1945-46. the latter materials are available online at http://archives.lib.uconn.edu/islandora/object/20002%3A20
Englehart (Bob) Collection Finding Aid
1987, 1991, 1995-1996, 2005-2009, 2012
The collection contains original editorial cartoons drawn by Bob Englehart. The cartoons are generally 8.5 inches by 11.5 inches in size. An additional signed copy of a cartoon is also included.
Gejdenson (Sam) Papers Finding Aid
Congressional records of Sam Gejdenson, U.S. Representative from Connecticut's 2nd Congressional district. The papers contain records spanning Gejdenson's twenty years in office. The papers include newspaper clippings on subjects ranging from veterans issues and the Groton submarine base, to Six Flags and tourism in Connecticut. Gejdenson's papers also include press releases concerning the environment, Electric Boat, and the Soviet Union's treatment of Jews.
Gerson (Louis) Papers Finding Aid
The collection contains materials collected by Dr. Gerson, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, for his research.
Giaimo (Robert N.) Papers Finding Aid
Giaimo was a member of the 86th -96th Congresses from the Third District of Connecticut (New Haven area) from 1958-1980. During his twenty-two years, he served on the House Budget Committee, the House Commission on Information and Facilities, the Joint Committee on Intelligence, the House Appropriations Committee, and its subcommittees on Department of Defense, District of Columbia, Treasury Postal Service and General Government, Legislative Branch, and Housing and Urban Development. Robert N. Giaimo made many contributions during his 22 years in Congress. Among the most noteworthy are: co-sponsoring a bill that led to the creation of the National Endowment of the Arts and Humanities; leading the first successful effort to end funds for the fighting in Indochina; sponsoring a provision for eliminating the loyalty oath in the National Defense Education Act; and working for the inclusion of the old New Haven Railroad in the Penn Central merger.
Goodwin (Dorothy C.) Papers Finding Aid
She worked in the Bureau of Indian Affairs (1937-1939) and the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (1939-1942), Goodwin transferred to the Department of Economic Warfare and completed her wartime service in India. After World War II, Goodwin took part in the occupation of Japan as a government agricultural economist (1947-1951). Goodwin left government service to begin graduate studies at the University of Connecticut, receiving the institutions first Ph.D. in agricultural economics (1957). She then began a twenty-two year academic career at the University as a professor and administrator. In 1974, Goodwin returned to government service by winning a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly as a Democratic representative of the 54th district (includes Mansfield). She held positions on the Education, Finance and Human Services Committees, and co-chaired the Education Committee for much of her career.
Gray (Henry D.) Papers Finding Aid
The Henry D. Gray Papers contain materials pertaining to the Hartford Commission on the City Plan.
Hoffman (Marion) Political Collection Finding Aid
The collection contains ephemera, correspondence, published materials associated with Connecticut Democratic politics collected byMarion Hoffman.
Johnson (Nancy L.) Papers Finding Aid
The papers of Congresswoman Nancy Lee Johnson. A member of the Connecticut state senate (1977-1982) and delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1980, Ms. Johnson was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-eighth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1983-January 3, 2007). Ms. Johnson was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 2007, representing first the 6th district and later the 5th District of Connecticut following the elimination of the 6th district.
Kellems (Vivien) Papers Finding Aid
Vivien Kellems, Connecticut businesswoman and activist, served as president of the Kellems Cable Grip Company into the early 1960s. She also devoted herself to challenging the United States Government on issues such as personal rights during war time, business tax withholding from employees, inflated singles income tax and fair voting procedures.
Kennelly (Barbara) Papers Finding Aid
Barbara Bailey Kennelly represented Connecticut in Congress for 17 years, leaving in 1999 as the highest ranking woman member in the history of the House of Representatives to that time. The collection includes correspondence to and from constituents and colleagues, notes, research materials, speeches, official congressional documents, congressional records, press clips, photographs, audio and video tapes, and special interest reports.
Libassi (F. Peter) Papers Finding Aid
The collection contains publications, proposals, petitions, photographs and plans for the "new community" and documentation of the Greater Hartford Process, Inc.
Little (Eleanor H.) Papers Finding Aid
Documentation of the career of Eleanor Little, primarily with the Emergency Relief Commission. Little worked as a parole officer and psychologist for the Clinton Farms for Women, another correctional institution, in Clinton, New Jersey before serving as Secretary for the Connecticut Unemployment Commission. By 1933, with the creation of the Connecticut Emergency Relief Commission by Governor Wilbur Cross, she became secretary and later administrator of this agency. Little was responsible for administering the entire statewide relief program until 1937. Little was elected representative to the General Assembly in 1941 and again in 1945.
Lodge (John Davis) Collection Finding Aid
De Forest is a long time personal friend of the former Governor of Connecticut. Related clippings and materials without attribution and concerning the University are also included in the collection.
Lumsden (Arthur J.) Papers Finding Aid
undated, circa 1960-circa 1985
The collection contains documentation of Mr. Lumsden's activities and association with the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Greater Hartford Corporation, Hartford City Council from the 1960s through the 1980s.
Maloney (Francis T.) Papers Finding Aid
Francis Thomas Maloney, son of Patrick and Grace (Hickey) Maloney, was born in Meriden, Connecticut, on 31 March 1894. After attending public and parochial schools in Meriden, he became a reporter for The Meriden Morning Record (1914-1921). During World War I, Maloney was a member of the United States Naval Reserve Force as a seaman first class. IMaloney sold real estate and fire insurance from 1921 until 1929 when he was elected mayor of Meriden. He served for two terms. He was elected as a Democratic member to the 73rd Congress in 1933, and in 1934 was elected to the United States Senate. While in the Senate he chaired the Special Committee Investigating Gasoline and Fuel Shortages. He also was chairman of the Special Committee to Study International Petroleum Production and Distribution. Maloney was reelected to the Senate in 1940. While in the Senate, Maloney supported the social reforms of the New Deal. He opposed President Roosevelts plan to reorganize the Supreme Court in 1937.
Mansfield (CT) League of Women Voters Records Finding Aid
The materials that compose the records of the Mansfield League of Women Voters in this collection begin with minutes documenting a meeting that took place on 5 February, 1942. As the League gained strength in membership and purpose the records of its activities have included: organizational documents such as histories of the League, by-laws, Board policies, Board rosters and membership directories; minutes of Board meetings, annual meetings, and sporadic general membership meetings; financial reports relating to budgetary matters; newsletters; study reports based on intensive study of mostly local issues.
Mark (Eduard) Papers Finding Aid
Eduard M. Mark was a University of Connecticut educated historian who studied the cold war. His collection consists of correspondence, notes, administrative records, transcripts, legal documents, manuscripts, photographs, clippings and books.
McKinney (Stewart B.) Papers Finding Aid
McKinney served as a State Representative in Connecticuts General Assembly, 1966-1970 and was a minority leader of the State House of Representatives, 1969-1970. McKinney was first elected as a Republican from the 4th District to the 92nd Congress on November 3, 1970, and was re-elected 8 times, 1972-1986.
Mead (Robert G., Jr.) Papers Finding Aid
The collection includes materials pertaining to Dr. Mead's work with the Office of Strategic Services and his career as a language professor at the University of Connecticut.
Morrison (Bruce A.) Papers Finding Aid
The collection contains materials pertaining to Mr. Morrision's activities while serving as United State Congressman representing Connecticut's Third District.
National Organization for Women, Connecticut Chapter Records Finding Aid
The collection contains the administrative records of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Organization for Women. CT NOW believes that the personal is indeed political; therefore it strives to impact and change attitudes, beliefs, and policies that harm all women by fighting for political, economic, and social justice through education, organizing and action.
National Organization for Women, Rhode Island Chapter Records Finding Aid
The collection contains administrative records, publications, newspaper clippings and fliers documenting the work of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women.
Pelto (Jonathan) Papers Finding Aid
The collection contains records documenting career of Jonathan Pelto in Connecticut State politics from 1972 through 1994.
Political Women in Connecticut Project Records (UConn) Finding Aid
Transcripts of the oral history project "The Political Activities of Fully Enfranchised Connecticut Women," undertaken by the Center for Oral History at the University of Connecticut in 1981. The records consist of twenty-one interview transcripts, covering the lives and activities of Connecticut's female activists and legislators during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
Ratchford (William R.) Papers Finding Aid
(Congressional Biography) RATCHFORD, William Richard, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn., May 24, 1934; attended the public schools of Danbury; B.A., University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1956; J.D., Georgetown Law School, Washington, D.C., 1959; served in the Connecticut National Guard, 1959-1965; admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1959 and commenced practice in Danbury, in 1960; served in the Connecticut house of representatives, 1962-1974 and was speaker, 1969-1973; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress; chairman, Governors Blue Ribbon Committee on Nursing Homes, 1975-1976; commissioner on aging, 1977-1978; delegate, Connecticut State Democratic conventions, 1960-1974; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1972 and 1984; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1979-January 3, 1985); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-ninth Congress; is a resident of Danbury, Conn.
Ribicoff (Abraham) Papers Finding Aid
The collection contains 21 reels of microfilm containing newsclippings of Senator Ribicoff's Gubernatorial and Senate careers.
Ritvo (Lucille B.) Papers Finding Aid
Lucille B. Ritvo has been active in Connecticut politics for decades. She chaired the Caucus of Connecticut Democrats and worked on several political campaigns from the 1960s through the 1980s.
Rowland (John) Papers Finding Aid
Congressional records of John G. Rowland. Rowland served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1985 to 1991 from Connecticut's fifth district. Records include constituent correspondence from 1985 to 1990, campaign and congressional newsletters, press releases, and legislative profiles.
Russell (Ralph) Papers Finding Aid
Born in Nova Scotia; raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. Active in the United Public Workers Union in the 1940s and 1950s. Began working at the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries in the Interior Department in 1938 and rose to the position of section chief, but lost his position with the Bureau in 1953 when he was accused of being a member of the Communist Party. Russell regained his job in 1958 when the Supreme Court ruled that such terminations were unconstitutional. The collection documents Russell's dismissal from and eventual reinstatement with the Interior Department, and consists of Russell's personal correspondence and files and the legal files of his lawyer, Harry C. Lamberton.
Simmons (Robert R.) Papers Finding Aid
Records documenting the early legislative career of Robert R. "Rob" Simmons. Simmons represented Stonington and North Stonington from 1991 to 2001 in the Connecticut General Assembly before his election to Congress, representing Connecticut's Second Congressional District from 2001 until 2007. He was nominated as Connecticut's first Business Advocate by Governor M. Jodi Rell in February 2007, and in April was unanimously confirmed by both houses of the General Assembly.
Smith (Richard P.) Papers Finding Aid
The collection contains photographs, correspondence, ephemera and similar materials documenting Mr. Smith's military service during World War II and attendance at the Nuremberg Trials.
Taxpayers' Alliance to Serve CT Records Finding Aid
The Taxpayers Alliance to Serve Connecticut (TASC) lobbied the state government and the public against the balanced budget amendment and in favor of the Connecticut Income tax. The Taxpayers Alliance to Serve Connecticut Records include correspondence, newspaper clippings, flyers, promotional materials, as well as memoranda and information generated for use by the organization in its efforts to defeat the Connecticut balanced budget act. Other organizations represented in the collection include: National Organization for Women, the War Resistance League, several animal rights groups and the U.S. Communist Party.
Tilton (Eleanor Taft) Papers Finding Aid
The collection contains materials reflecting Mrs. Titlon's interests in civic and state affairs, particularly the I-84 Extension (Bushnell Park Connector), Election Laws, PTA, Fine Arts Commission and the Hartford League of Women Voters.
Wagner (Jerry) Political Collection Finding Aid
The collection, contributed by Judge Jerry Wagner, consists of materials from the political campaigns of Emilio Daddario and Hubert Humphrey and aspects of the political career of Toby Moffet.
Warren (Fred D.) Papers Finding Aid
The collection is, presumably, only a portion of the business correspondence of Fred D. Warren, the managing editor of the Appeal to Reason, a Socialist weekly with the largest circulation in the United States. The correspondence includes letters between Warren and his business partner, Upton Sinclair, and their dispute over the publication rights to Sinclairs play, "The Millenium." Also included is correspondence between Warren and Eugene V. Debs, the perennial presidential candidate of the Socialist Party. Debs served as a contributing editor of the Appeal to Reason. These letters clearly reflect Debs opinions of people and events associated with the Socialist Party, including the "Barnes Affair", the campaign of 1912, Victor Berger and Morris Hillquit.
Wolf (Herman) Papers Finding Aid
The collection reflects Mr. Wolf's interest in Connecticut and national politics through his public relations firm, Herman Wolf Associates. He was also Executive Vice President of the Design Science Institute (Washington, D.C.) for a brief time.
Woodhouse (Chase Going) Papers Finding Aid
Mrs. Woodhouse's career includes three years as a Senior Economist of the Division of Economics of the Bureau of Home Economics of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (1925-1928), Director of Personnel, Womans College, at the University of North Carolina (1928-1934), Professor of Economics at Connecticut College, a position she held for ten years. From 1941-1943 she also served as the Secretary of the State of Connecticut and published a book, "The Big Store", in 1943. Woodhouse was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1945 and served two terms (1945-1947, 1949-1951). For much of the remainder of her career she served as the Directors of the Auerbach Womens Service Bureau (1945-1981).
World Education Fellowship Records Finding Aid
The collection contains administrative records, correspondence, fliers, notes, and transcripts related to the World Education Fellowship from 1969-1992.
World Federalist Association, Mansfield (Connecticut) Chapter Records Finding Aid
Founded following World War I, the World Federalists of America believes in the essential oneness of mankind with the earth. The Mansfield chapter is the oldest continually operating chapter in the U.S. and celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 1988 with approximately 120 members. Office files of the Connecticut Chapter from the 1940s through the 1980s. Contains printed materials on the arms race, nuclear winter, and star wars.