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The Kanter Political Commercial Collection is recognized internationally as a major source for political research and is considered to be one of the major sources for political commercials in the world.

Consisting of 5 cubic feet of material, the Weaver Collection focuses extensively on Weaver's legal career and family. Only one folder of material deals exclusively with his years in Washington. This material covers the Federal Reserve Act, Panama Canal legislation, and roll call votes. There are, however, several political files relating to elections and the National Democratic Party as well as correspondence from such well known politicians as Thomas P. Gore, Sam Rayburn, and Elmer Thomas. There is also a substantial amount of material on William H. Murray. The bulk of the Weaver Collection consists of documents pertaining to his legal career, skills as an orator, and his family. Court documents and speeches, by him and others, abound. There are copies of his speeches from nearly every chapter in his life. For example, there is the valedictory speech he made at his high school graduation as well as the speech he delivered at his sixtieth college reunion. Topics of speeches cover myriad social and political issues, including materialism, representative government, banking reform, agriculture, foreign policy, religious liberty, and Oklahoma history. Also included in the collection is a small number of photographs. The collection also contains biographical sketches of family members, as well as collections of poetry that his father and other relatives wrote. Other personal information includes anecdotal essays that Weaver wrote about his days as a young lawyer in Texas, many of which are dedicated to his grandchildren, and personal correspondence with old friends, including Temple Houston.


Legislative Files: This series contains substantial material on the following topics: agriculture, savings and loan banking and bank failures, federal budget cuts, charter schools, impact aid, foreign affairs, abortion, crime control, gun control including the Brady Bill, superconductivity, taxes, and veterans affairs. Some topics are especially well-represented. There is a wealth of defense issue topics, including the Air Force, Army Caucus, defense authorizations, defense industrial base, military construction, and military bases located in Oklahoma, especially Tinker AFB, Altus AFB, and Fort Sill. Transportation issues, such as the commercial airline industry, the FAA and air traffic control, and raising the speed limit from 55 mph, also constitute a large volume of material. Foreign policy and politics in Central America was an important focus for McCurdy, and material about Nicaragua alone approaches a cubic foot in volume. National Service, Police Corps, youth apprenticeship, and ceasing congressional consideration of commemorative bills were all subjects of McCurdy-sponsored legislation and significant material exists for each. The legislative activities of the Mainstream Forum are also well-documented. Material in these folders is diverse in format. Many of the documents are correspondence from other members of congress, constituents, lobbyists, agency officials, and members of McCurdy's own staff. Official House documents are common, including bill texts, committee reports, and transcripts of testimony at various hearings. Also found are many types of reference and background material, including government agency reports, Congressional Research Service briefs, booklets, brochures, and news clippings. Texts of speeches given by McCurdy and others are also present in this series. At the end of the series are Dave McCurdy's voting records for each Congress and individual bills that he either sponsored or cosponsored. Bill files generally contain only the text or digest of the bill, but some include correspondence, committee reports, text of the public laws originating from the passage of those bills, and background material. Chief of Staff Files: These files were compiled and used by Dave McCurdy's Washington, DC chief of staff, Steve Patterson. The material within this series covers both administrative and legislative activities. Topics that fall under administrative functions include academy appointments, case work for constituents and towns in the 4th District, correspondence, honoraria, legal matters, office policies and personnel, House pages, and recommendations. Among these topics, there is a significant amount of material about Fort Sill and the towns of Frederick and Lawton. Legislative topics include Central America, committee chairmanships, congressional reform, intelligence, Mainstream Forum, National Service, the U.S. Postal Training Center in Norman, and relationships and interactions with other members of Congress. This series also contains several folders of campaign material, including brochures for McCurdy and many other members of Congress, correspondence, campaign regulations, and radio and television advertisement transcripts. Transcripts of several of McCurdy's speeches are included in this series, including two announcements of candidacy for the House and a speech seconding the presidential nomination of Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in 1992. Correspondence Files: This series contains constituent letters concerning legislation, case work, and personal correspondence. Material is separated by year and then arranged alphabetically by the correspondent's last name. Folder-level inventories list topics and correspondent names that appear at least twice in that folder. Also included are VIP correspondent names. At the end of the series is .5 cubic feet of ROBOs, standard answer letters that McCurdy's office sent concerning common issues. Topics that are well-represented include abortion, agriculture, animal rights, arts and humanities funding, crime control, defense issues, dietary supplement regulation, education, energy, the environment, federal budget, federal deficit, foreign affairs, gay rights, gun control, health care reform, military personnel, Oklahoma Indian tribes, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, postal service, religious freedom, smoking, Social Security, taxes, telecommunications industry, trade and trade agreements, U.S. military actions in other countries, veterans benefits, welfare programs, and Whitewater scandal. There is very little paper correspondence for the years 1983 through 1989 except for a few items moved from other series in this collection. Microfilm exists for correspondence occurring between 1981 and 1985 and can be found in Box 69, though there is no inventory. Press and Clippings Files: Material in this series covers the entire span of McCurdy's career in office. Box 44 contains official press releases from McCurdy's office, reactions to specific issues, transcripts of appearances on television shows such as "Meet the Press" and CNN "Crossfire," and lists of requests for interviews from reporters and news agencies. Also included are editorials written by McCurdy for various newspapers, including some of his periodic "Eye on Congress" columns. The remaining boxes contain clippings from Oklahoma and national newspapers, as well as articles from national journals and magazines. Topics in this series cover all aspects of McCurdy's congressional activities including the House of Representatives, Congress, committees, other members of Congress and government officials, national issues, Oklahoma issues, Oklahoma people and places, district events and task forces, and significant coverage of elections and campaigns, both in Oklahoma and across the nation. There are also articles about Dave McCurdy's personal life, including a few profiles of Dr. Pam McCurdy. The press items mentioned above precede the clippings, and both groups are arranged chronologically. Clippings are preserved on acid-free paper and are labeled with the publication source name and date. The contents of each folder is inventoried by subject. Office Files: The majority of material in this series is composed of appointments, invitations, and trip files. Appointment files generally contain appointment books, daily schedules, or correspondence. Invitation files contain correspondence from friends, groups in Oklahoma, several members of congress, and presidents concerning events in both Oklahoma and around the nation. Trip files contain travel information, correspondence, and event information. Many trip files concern conferences, campaigning, official committee trips, and the Democratic Leadership Council. This series also contains a few guest books, biographical materials on Dave McCurdy and Pam McCurdy, and personnel files. Topics such as Close Up, the Congressional Arts Caucus arts competition, the 1984 Democratic National Convention, and the bicentennial of the Great Compromise and the Constitution are also represented. Carl Wood Addition: This material was donated by Carl Wood, a former staffer for Dave McCurdy. Wood worked in the Norman 4th Congressional District office in 1994 and his primary responsibilities were case work and routine office duties. Wood also served on McCurdy's campaign staff in 1982-1984 and 1992-1993. Wood's position in the 1992 campaign was assistant to the campaign treasurer and coordinator. The two strengths of this series are campaign material and Congressional Research Service background material on important political issues. Campaign files include party platforms, clippings about McCurdy and other candidates, and bumper stickers. The majority of this material concerns the 1994 Oklahoma Senate and House 4th District campaigns. The Congressional Research Service files contain Information Packs, Issue Briefs, and Reports for Congress about a variety of topics important between 1991-1994. Audiovisual Materials: This series offers a unique opportunity to see and hear Dave McCurdy in person. There are 70 video cassette tapes, mainly of McCurdy's appearances on news broadcasts and talk shows. All but two videos have excellent picture and sound quality. There are 9 audio cassette tapes of radio broadcasts. Also in this series are 17 1/4" magnetic audio tape reels, most of which were found unlabeled, and 2 magnetic video tapes used as master copies. Memorabilia: This series contains the few items of memorabilia donated by Dave McCurdy with his congressional papers. There are four plaques, a souvenir leather business card case, honorary degree diploma, and a desk name plate. Oversize Materials: Materials too large for standard archival boxes have been separated to oversize boxes. The majority of these materials are issues of "Dave McCurdy Reports," news bulletins sent to constituents in the 4th Congressional District. Four large maps were removed to the maps case.


David Mayhew is Sterling Professor of Political Science Emeritus. He specializes in U.S. legislative behavior, political parties, and policymaking.

The Morgan Collection, of more than 10 cubic feet and primarily covering the period 1880-1920, contains numerous series: Family and Personal Correspondence; Political and Business Correspondence; Subject Files; Speeches (chronological arrangement); Speeches (alphabetical arrangement by subject); Congressional Bills and Publications; Religious Material; Cards, Invitations, Memorabilia, Pamphlets, Programs, Travelogues, etc.; Scrapbooks and Bound Materials, Clippings and Miscellany; and Outsized. Among the correspondents are family members, contemporaneous congressmen, and President William H. Taft. Documents found here but not indicated in the series titles are handbills, financial sheets, legal papers, page proofs, press releases, congressional membership lists, and Republican Party platforms. Subjects covered are political campaigns, the contested elections of 1910 and 1912, Morgan's publications, his biography and family, his voting record in Congress, Native Americans, agriculture, patriotism, World War I, and tariffs. There are also materials on land law and farm mortgages, including Morgan's writings and legislation (especially the Rural Credits Bill).


The Fred R. Harris Collection, a sizeable collection of 309 cubic feet, covers the period 1963-1976. While the bulk of the materials pertain to Harris's congressional career, the records of the later period, 1972-1976, document both of Harris's presidential campaigns. The Harris Collection also contains invitations, schedules, post office files, clippings, constituent correspondence, government publications, speeches, reports, and legislation The Harris Collection is especially strong in materials pertaining to Indian affairs, firearms/gun control, Vietnam, and natural resources. Water projects, especially those pertaining to the Arkansas River Basin, Poteau River Basin, Tenkiller Ferry Dam, and the Red River Basin, are also represented. Approximately 2.5 cubic feet of correspondence, speeches, hearing transcripts, articles, and a book manuscript, document the legislation which proposed a National Social Science Foundation. While chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1969, Harris collected approximately 3 cubic feet of material consisting of correspondence, memos, forms, and miscellaneous items. Topics include: fund raising, campaign financing, DNC films, Richard Nixon, youth leadership and participation, consumer affairs, foreign relations, taxes, Vietnam, the Kerner Commission, increasing party participation, party reform, and various position statements. The LaDonna Harris Series includes 4 cubic feet of material covering the period 1964-1976 related to the work of LaDonna Harris, Senator Harris's former wife. This material reflects Mrs. Harris's work with social problems, especially mental health and poverty, and Native American issues. An active member of the Comanche tribe, she organized an Indian education project at the University of Oklahoma before her husband's election to the U.S. Senate. In 1965, she expanded this project into Oklahomans for Indian Opportunity (OIO), an organization which she served as president. Once in Washington D.C., President Johnson appointed her as one of six Indian members of the National Council on Indian Opportunity. At the time of her husband's presidential campaign, LaDonna Harris was the full-time director of Americans for Indian Opportunity, an advocacy group which she founded and is now based in New Mexico. These files also include materials on the Joint Commission on Mental Health of Children, the Women's Advisory Committee on Poverty, and the Southwest Center for Human Relations. The Presidential Campaign Series includes approximately 20 cubic feet of material related to both Harris's 1972 and 1976 campaigns. Most of the records pertain to the more lengthy 1976 campaign. The types of materials included cover all aspects of a campaign, including clippings, press releases, correspondence, issue information, VIP profiles, schedules, invitations, position statements, memos, manuals, brochures, speeches, and polls. The Harris Collection also includes a group of 19 maps. These maps include highway maps for several states and cities as well as the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Also included are some building project plans. The Harris Collection also includes reprints of articles written by Harris as well as the manuscript for his published work, The New Populism. For materials on Harris's early years in the Oklahoma State Senate, researchers are directed to the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton, Oklahoma. In 2011, three cubic feet of files from Gary Dage, legislative assistant to Harris, were added to the collection. The files came to the Carl Albert Center as part of the Glenn English Collection. Dage also worked for Congressman English following his time with Senator Harris. Because this material was from Dage's time with Harris, the decision was made to add it to this collection.


The John N. "Happy" Camp Collection consists of 102 cubic feet of material and covers the period 1967-1974. The collection is arranged into several series; internal arrangement is either chronological or alphabetical by topic. While Camp's papers are particularly strong in energy, mining, and Native American subjects, in contrast there are only a few cubic feet of routine materials on science and astronautics. The collection also is especially strong on agricultural topics. Documents contained in the collection include correspondence, legislation, publications, clippings, voting records, speeches, press releases, reports, proceedings, invitations, campaign literature, lists, memorabilia, and notes.

Most of the material in the Thomas Collection was created during his senatorial years. Because Thomas served over half of his years in the Senate during the Great Depression and World War II, the collection is an excellent source on the history of the nation and Oklahoma during the 1930s and 1940s. The files reflect the national debate over these two major crises and include opinions of colleagues, figures in the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, and other prominent personalities. Because of his role on the Indian Affairs Committee as well as the sizable Indian constituency in Oklahoma, there is a large number of documents on Indians in the collection. The papers also contain much information on almost every federal construction and social project that occurred in Oklahoma. Researchers can find information on agriculture, drought relief, monetary policy, the Veteran Bonus Bill, social security, Roosevelt's court-packing attempt, defense, demobilization after World War II, and the Marshall Plan. Special correspondence files reveal letters from Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Harry Truman. These same files contain a large amount of correspondence with Scott Ferris (former congressman and Democratic national committeeman from Oklahoma) about politics in the state and nation. Because Thomas was so interested in the welfare of his constituents, it comes as no surprise that the collection is a treasure trove on how Oklahomans were meeting the challenges of the times. Finally, the collection includes a typescript of "Forty Years a Legislator," Thomas's memoirs.


The greater part of the Synar collection, some 97,000 items, consists of legislative and research materials used by the Synar office during his years as a Congressman from Oklahoma. These materials range in date from 1979 to 1994 and include, but are not limited to, internal memos, drafts of bills, hearing materials, and background research. The materials cover a variety of topics relevant to Congress and Oklahoma but provide particular focus on issues that galvanized the Synar office such as the advertisement and distribution of tobacco, campaign finance reform, Native American interests, and multiple environmental concerns. The collection also includes nearly 60,500 items of constituent correspondence related to legislative issues or requesting assistance from the Synar office, received by Synar throughout his time in office. Other, less extensive series in the collection include: campaign materials (some 1,025 items) which include internal memos and debate notes, departmental materials (some 4,000 items) related to the relationship between Synar’s office and various government agencies and Native American tribes, office materials (nearly 30,500 items) containing administrative and scheduling materials, and copies and drafts of speeches given by Synar (some 1,700 items) and photographs (some 750) maintained by the office. Of particular note is the court case series which contains some 1,100 items related to prominent court cases Synar participated in including <emph render="italic">Bowsher v. Synar </emph>and the impeachment of Judge Alcee Hastings.


The Correspondence Series contains constituent letters concerning legislation and issues and personal correspondence.  The folder inventories list sub-topics and correspondent names that appear at least twice in a folder, though all VIP names are included.  One representative item of each group of identical constituent form letters and postcards has been retained with a notation of how many others like it were deaccessioned. Topics well-represented in this series include federal budget, education, energy, oil and gas industry, health, taxes, and personal rights issues. Specific events and issues commonly referenced include funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the breakup of AT&T, cable and satellite television, Contra aid, windfall profits tax, natural gas decontrol, Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, catastrophic health insurance, abortion, civil rights legislation, gun control, Social Security "notch years," and taxes on interest and dividends. Issue surveys and opinion ballots are also common and are filed at the end of each year, as are compilations of Mickey Edwards's form letters. The Administrative and Subject Series contains a dozen routine administrative and office files.  Subject files generally contain reference material on events and organizations in Oklahoma, individuals, and conferences. The Press Series contains news summaries, which are typically typed indexes to each week's main headlines appearing in larger Oklahoma newspapers and those published in Mickey Edwards's congressional district.  The Clippings Subseries is primarily articles from these same papers covering both local and national events, as well as the activities of Mickey Edwards. The Press Subseries includes copies of articles, columns, editorials, and op-eds written by Mickey Edwards, as well as official press releases from Edwards's office. The Speeches Subseries contains transcripts of speeches and notes made by Mickey Edwards. The Legislative Series consists of a large volume of material regarding issues and activities related to Mickey Edwards's committee appointments, party leadership roles, and sponsored legislation.  Material relating to the Appropriations Committee covers several cubic feet, and there are separate file groups for foreign operations and military construction.  There is also substantial material on the budget. Edwards's party involvement is represented in files concerning the Congressional Institute, House Republican Research Committee, and House Republican Policy Committee.  Legislation and issues that Edwards was especially interested in include defense, education, energy policy, foreign affairs, Contra aid and Central America, Persian Gulf Conflict, health care, taxes, and transportation. Issues of local concern for residents of the 5th District that are well-represented include agriculture, savings and loan crisis, military installations, E-6A basing at Tinker Air Force Base, hostile corporate takeover of Phillips Petroleum, oil and gas industry, Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, and water projects, The final portion of the series consists of Edwards’s legislative history, which is composed of voting records, roll call votes, legislative profiles, and issue folders. Correspondence Series, 1977-1992 (54.5 cubic feet); Administrative and Subject Series, 1980-1992 (1 cubic foot); Press Series, 1979-1992 (16 cubic feet); Legislative Series, 1977-1992 (54.5 cubic feet); Maps Series (8 items); Photographs Series, 1980s-2000s.


This collection focuses on Unruh's work as a leading strategist in the Republican Party at the state and national level. Materials on the Oklahoma Republican Party as well as the Southern Association of Republican State Chairmen include correspondence, meeting minutes, schedules, clippings, and financial data. Also evident in the collection is material on various Oklahoma Republican races, including the congressional campaigns of Representative Page H. Belcher in the 1960s and 1970s, the succcessful 1974 Senate campaign of Henry Bellmon, and the gubernatorial campaign of Vince Orza in the 1990s. There is also some information on the campaigns of Arkansans Sheffield Nelson and Frank White. The collection also has schedules, correspondence, speeches, press releases, and clippings on the Republican presidential campaigns of Richard Nixon in 1972, John Connally in 1980, and Bob Dole in 1988. Also found in the collection is material related to Unruh's work as executive vice president of the Tulsa Global Trade Foundation as well as her service in the Departments of Energy and Commerce. The collection has various memorabilia, including a campaign dress worn by Belcher's Pages as well as one worn by women supporting Bellmon. There is also a DVD featuring many of the dresses and gowns worn by Unruh during her career.


The Kerr Collection mainly consists of materials generated during the Senate years. However, there are several cubic feet of documents that relate to his years as Oklahoma's governor. Because of Kerr's devotion to conservation work, there is a significant amount of documentation on both Oklahoma and non-Oklahoma projects. As with so many of Oklahoma's lawmakers, there is a large amount of material regarding agriculture and Native Americans. Finally one of the most valuable parts of the collection concerns the senator's speeches. Often considered one of the finest orators that Oklahoma ever produced or that the Senate ever heard, Kerr gave the keynote address at the 1944 Democratic National Convention that nearly won him the second slot on Franklin D. Roosevelt's ticket.


The Albert Collection is the largest held by the Carl Albert Center, and it contains over 1000 linear feet of documents, multiple maps and oversize materials including scrapbooks, and over 10,000 photographs.

The Tom Steed Collection contains 413 cubic feet of material. Although the collection spans the period 1939-1980, most of the documents date from 1948-1980. The collection consists of the types of materials which one might expect to find in a modern congressional collection, including correspondence, legislation and reports, newspaper clippings, publications, memos, schedules, and invitations. Prominent topics found in the papers include Indian affairs, energy, military bases located within the state, soil conservation, water resource development, flood control, agriculture, and rural electrification. National issues such as civil rights, communism, education, gun control, public health, inflation, veterans, the Taft-Hartley law, Panama Canal, Vietnam, and tax reform are also well represented.


The materials in the Gore Collection are mainly from the 1930s and 1940s and generally cover his post-Senate years. Many of the items document those things that were of interest to Gore throughout his life. Topics include national and Oklahoma politics, Indian affairs, economics, and World War II. Because of his reputation as a nationally renowned orator, Gore kept detailed speech files. These files cover Gore's entire public career with the earliest one dated in 1888.


The Douglas Collection covers the former congresswoman's life from her early stage career until her death in 1980. Because the bulk of the materials documents her years in Congress, the collection is especially rich in covering events and issues central to the immediate post-World War II era. Due to her service on the Foreign Affairs Committee, there is a large amount of papers on the earliest years of the Cold War and the establishment of the new world order. Interesting topics include the Dumbarton Oaks conference, the development of the Marshall Plan, the outbreak of the Korean War, and the creation of the state of Israel. There is also a significant amount of documentation covering the nation's readjustment after the war. Issues dealing with the Office of Price Administration, the Taft-Hartley Act, housing, migrant labor and veterans' concerns are but a few of the myriad topics found in the collection. In addition, there is a record of the changing roles of women and African Americans in the late 1940s. Finally, the collection contains much information on the personality of Douglas. Scattered throughout the papers are poetry, correspondence with Broadway and movie idols as well as with political notables, and genealogical records.


The Page Belcher Collection consists of 182 cubic feet of material. The bulk of the collection is organized by Congress, with files within each legislative session arranged in alphabetical order by topics. Although legislative, departmental, and general material is found together, the folder title reflects the type of material found within each. Often, folders with general information simply list the topic without the qualifying label of "general." Materials on a wide range of topics can be found in these congressional files. The more prominent ones include agricultural legislation, wheat, meat inspection legislation, federal aid to education, tax legislation, social security amendments, civil rights, school prayer, oil legislation, the Vietnam War, the Republican Party (both national and Oklahoma), Oklahoma state government and politics, soil conservation, the Farmers Home Administration, and rural electrification. A group of special series complete the collection. Among these are Water Projects (arranged by river basin), Post Office, and Belcher Bills (arranged by committee). The Water Project Files contain materials on the legislation and construction of dams and reservoirs primarily in the Arkansas River Basin but also, to a lesser extent, in the Red River Basin. There are also 56 maps in the collection.


The Richard K. Armey Collection comprises 78 cubic feet of documents as well as videocassettes, audiocassettes, and memorabilia.  The collection spans the period 1939-2002 although most materials date from 1985 and after. Documents contained here include correspondence, legislation, publications, clippings, Internet material, press releases, reports, proceedings, invitations, and scheduling files.


The Boren Collection comprises more than 48 linear feet of papers dating 1885-1949, although the overwhelming majority date from 1933 to 1947. Most of the documents were created in or maintained by Boren's congressional offices (Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma), although items in the Personal and Family Files may have been kept at the congressman's home. Over the years a number of secretaries and assistants maintained the files, and the names of these people appear in the Office Files series. Boren donated the initial part of the collection to the University of Oklahoma in 1949, with additional accretions occurring through the 1970s. The collection contains a wide variety of documents. Included are correspondence, telegrams, legislation, publications, brochures, flyers, speeches, press releases, newspaper clippings, campaign literature, lists, financial records, mimeograph and photostat copies, appointment and scheduling materials, office memos, phone messages, and notes. Well over half of the documents in the collection are constituent correspondence for the years Boren served in Congress (1937-1947). A number of other people also corresponded with the congressman, and the names of the more prominent and prolific appear in the series descriptions. The collection also covers a wide range of subjects for the later part of the Great Depression and the entirety of World War II. Some of the broad topics include agriculture, armed services, Native Americans, newsprint supply, organized labor, politics (national and Oklahoma), price controls, railroads, rationing, stocks and bonds, strikes, and taxes. Some of Boren's legislative efforts are well documented; others are not. There are a substantial number of files on New Deal programs in Oklahoma, including the Farm Security Administration (FSA), the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the National Youth Administration (NYA), and the Works Progress Administration (WPA).


The Dewey F. Bartlett Collection occupies 68 cubic feet of documents, and the overwhelming majority of these relate to Bartlett's successful 1972 bid to become a U.S. senator and his tenure in that office (1973-1978). The Legislative Files and Subject Files consist of a wealth of information of special interest to Senator Bartlett. A smaller number of documents exist from his years as Oklahoma state legislator and governor as well as from his earlier life.


The Joe Foote collection consists of 3 interviews with Carl Albert. These recordings date from 1972 to 1976, when Foote served as press secretary to Carl Albert. They include commentary by Albert and Foote on a range of issues, including the resignation of Vice President Agnew, the Watergate scandal, and Carl Albert's family background.


This collection features the Center's public engagement events, lecture series, and special community initiative programs.

The Verneil English collection consists of a variety of materials submitted by English and Kathy Fraser. English collected the greater part of these items as Carl Albert’s executive assistant. The collection includes internal memos, invitations to prominent events on Capitol Hill, legislative reference material, and various personal materials related to Carl Albert and English. One of the strongest series is the Queen’s Visit and Luncheon, which contains a large amount of information about Queen Elizabeth's visit to the United States in celebration of the Bicentennial and all of the behind-the-scenes organization required to facilitate those events. The materials range in date and topic but help to capture how a congressional leadership office functioned in the 1960s-1970s.


The Cartwright Collection consists of 65 cubic feet of documents, 11 scrapbooks, over 1,300 photographs, and multiple oversize materials including maps, campaign posters, and newspapers. The materials range in date from 1898 to 1951, but the majority of the materials are from Cartwright’s life in public service as a teacher, congressman, and state official from 1909 until the 1950s. The materials include legislation, publications, newspapers and newspaper clippings, speeches, and other items typically found in a congressional collection. The collection covers a variety of topics including World War I and World War II, the University of Oklahoma, Native American tribes, the Great Depression, campaigns during the 1930s, various public works projects, and the development of roads and highways during the middle of the 20th century. Cartwright’s willingness to engage in correspondence and his tendency to keep handwritten notes about a variety of topics and issues makes the General and Personal Files and Campaign Files of particular note. Cartwright and his family also multiple trips across the country and around the globe and the Travel Files series is filled with travel journals, postcards, and souvenirs from their travels. Among congressional collections, the Cartwright Collection Photograph series is unique because of its personal nature. While it contains some typical posed photographs, it also includes many images of the Cartwright family in various settings and captures life in Oklahoma during the first half of the 20th century in a candid and evocative way.


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