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Jones, James R. Collection 1973-1986

Object Type: Folder
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This series documents Congressman Jones' legislative activities. The Legislative Series heavily reflects Jones' focus on tax policy and budgetary matters, including extensive documentation of his chairmanship of the House Budget Committee and his long tenure on the House Ways and Means Committee. Particular topics include the Savings and Loan Crisis of the early 1980s, President Reagan's budget proposals, the windfall profits tax, changes to the capital gains tax, formation of the Departments of Education and Energy, the oil embargo crisis, opposition to the Torrijos-Carter Treaties, and Jones' involvement in trade negotiations with Japan. The bulk of this series is comprised of constituent issue mail urging yea or nay votes on particular bills and resolutions. Where feasible, these have been identified by bill title and number. The series also includes material more substantive to the lawmaking process, such as bill drafts and markups, committee reports, issue briefs assembled by the Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service, meeting notes, Dear Colleague letters, and Congressional hearing testimony.


This series contains correspondence of a more personal nature between Congressman Jones and his staff and constituents, Democratic Party officials, and other agents of the government such as Congressmen and members of the Cabinet. It includes some issue mail, but is mostly of a personal, political, and social nature. Types of correspondence included in this series include congratulations letters, holiday cards, and thank you notes; administrative memoranda concerning Congressional business; letters of support for grants and contracts; and recommendations.


The bulk of the Jones Collection covers his Congressional career, 1973-1986, and his time as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. This includes records generated in or received by the Washington, D.C. and district offices by the Congressman and his staff, or in the Embassy of the United States in Mexico City. Broadly, these records include correspondence with constituents, other members of Congress and Senators, Presidents, Executive Office staff, Cabinet members and Federal agency staff, celebrities, business leaders, and foreign officials.


Similar in content to the Legislative Series, the Legislative Assistants Series contains material created and maintained by the Congressman's legislative staff. Specific topics found in this series include social security, budget matters, energy policy, government procurement, American Indian health care, and information from various interest groups.


This series is made up of materials created during Jones' tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico during the first Clinton Administration. The series includes correspondence, schedules, and speeches.


Additions to the Collection, 1969-1999

1969 - 1999

The Campaign Series includes records from Jones' reelection campaigns, including personal correspondence, mass mailings, volunteer rosters, and Democratic National Committee strategy documents. It also includes some Jones campaign memorabilia. The series also contains a number of folders covering the 1983 Presidential primary campaign of Senator John Glenn (D-OH). This includes speeches, issue research, and campaign staff information.

This series contains political campaign commercials featuring James R. Jones. The political ads from the Kanter Political Commercial Collection are located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma at Burton Hall. Video files are available.

The Departmental Series includes constituent letters forwarded to Executive Departments, agencies, boards, and commissions for reply and correspondence strictly between the Congressman and those branches of the federal government.

Items in this Series reflect Jones' career, interviews, television appearances, C-SPAN coverage, as well as many popular television program appearances


Press files include materials concerning the public relations operations of the office, including questionnaires, newsletters from the Congressman, press releases, speeches and prep materials, and television transcripts. The bulk of the series is questionnaires. Many of these have never been opened or tabulated.


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