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Robert P. Hanrahan Congressional Papers - MS 24

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

 Introduction

The Robert Hanrahan Papers consist of materials relating the political career of Hanrahan as Republican Congressional Representative from the Illinois 3rd District. The materials are divided by record group and chronologically within the record groups when possible. The Papers date inclusively from 1969 to 1974 and include correspondence, legislative and case files, bills, and photographs.

The Hanrahan Papers were donated to the Center for Archival Collections by Robert P. Hanrahan, on December 11, 1974. No restrictions exist on the use of this collection. Duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. The collection was processed and register prepared at Bowling Green State University by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts.

 Biographical Sketch

Robert P. HanrahanRobert Hanrahan was the Republican Congressional Representative for the Third District of Illinois.  Including the City of Calumet, the district was located in extreme northeast Illinois.  Congressman Hanrahan served one term from 1972-1974.   Elected in November 1972, he was a member of the Public works and Government Operations Committees.

A graduate Bowling Green State University, he earned his Master of Education Degree in 1959.  Hanrahan followed a career in education in northeast Illinois, attaining the position of Cook County Superintendent of Schools in 1966. In 1971 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy Degree from Bowling Green State University.

 Scope and Content

The Robert Hanrahan Papers span the years 1969 to 1974. The largest portion of the collection are the Congressional Papers from his term in the House of Representatives from 1972-1974.

Organized in sections from his Illinois Office, Oak Lawn District Office, and his Washington Office, the largest component of the papers is Hanrahan's correspondence with his constituents. Letters are found in the Alpha Index section by name of correspondent, with copies of the same items also filed in sections relating to the topic of the correspondence. These topical groups provide position statements of Hanrahan's views on issues and legislation (such as abortion, the energy crisis, Watergate and impeachment).

The collection also includes files of the House Bills authored by Hanrahan during his term, including background literature and correspondence. Some of the Hanrahan Bills cover topics of transportation, veterans affairs, energy, election reform, health research, and education.

Case files in the Papers encompass the variety of activities undertaken by members of Congress, such as Academy appointments, providing information on request relating to government agencies and operations, and serving as an intermediary between constituents and the government.

One case file of particular interest involves Hanrahan's concern with the Simas Kudirka Affair. Kudirka was a Lithuanian seaman who jumped ship from a Soviet Trawler in 1970, only to be returned to the Soviets by the U.S. Coast Guard. He was then imprisoned for 10 years on a charge of treason. During Hanrahan's term, Kudirka was released. It was discovered that his mother had been born in the U.S., thus qualifying Kudirka for citizenship. Hanrahan's activities in support of the seaman made the Congressman popular with the ethnic Lithuanian Community in the U.S.

 Series Description

ILLINOIS OFFICE - See Inventory

SUBJECT/CASE FILES

GENERAL SUBJECT FILES
Boxes 1-7, 1973-1974
Arranged alphabetically and by year
The General Subjects Files are listed alphabetically and then broken down by the year in which the subject occurred. They include constituent relations files, questionnaries, and correspondence/topical files, including local reaction to the Simas Kudirka incident.

AGENCY FILES
Boxes 7-10, 1973-1974
Arranged alphabetically by Agency, including correspondence related to information on local projects and cases of the EPA, HEW, HUD, and other agencies

OAK LAWN DISTRICT OFFICE - See Inventory

SUBJECT/CASE FILES

GENERAL SUBJECT FILES
Boxes 11-12, 1973-1974
Arranged alphabetically and by year
The General Subjects Files are listed alphabetically and then broken down by the year in which the subject occurred. They include constituent relations files, questionnaries, and correspondence/topical files

AGENCY FILES
Box 13, 1973-1974
Arranged alphabetically by Agency
Correspondence related to information on local projects and cases of the EPA, HEW, HUD, and other agencies

LEGISLATIVE FILES
Box 14, 1973-1974
Arranged alphabetically by topic
Information and local correspondence related to pending legislation and issues of concern to constituents

WASHINGTON OFFICE - See Inventory

CORRESPONDENCE

ALPHA INDEX (BLUES & YELLOWS)
Boxes 15-22, 1973-1974
Arranged chronologically and alphabetically
Carbon copies of all replies to Congressman Hanrahan's correspondence; listed according to the year in which the letter was written and in alphabetical order of the correspondent's name. In the upper right hand corner is the subject heading under which the correspondent's letter is filed. For example, if the correspondent wrote a social security issue, the yellow copy of Hanrahan's response will direct the researcher to "Legislative Files/Social Security" where the original letter from the correspondent may be found

CORRESPONDENCE - GENERAL FILES
Boxes 23-29, 1973-1974
Arranged chronologically, then alphabetically.
A collection of correspondence from constituents with Congressman Hanrahan's reply attached. The General files include general subject headings such as congratulatory letters, general requests, questionnaires, etc.

CORRESPONDENCE - EXECUTIVE/DEPARTMENTAL FILES.
Boxes 29-33, 1973-1974
Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically
A collection of correspondence with Congressman Hanrahan's reply attached. The researcher should also look through the Legislative as well as General files because many subjects are cross referenced. For example, issues related to Agriculture may be found in the Departmental files as well as Legislative and General files. The researcher should always keep in mind that these files, though artificially separated into different sections, contain similar material.

CORRESPONDENCE - ENGAGEMENTS & REQUESTS
Boxes 34-35, 1973-1974
Correspondence related to speaking and social engagements, with "regrets" and "accepted" in separated groupings

CORRESPONDENCE - LEGISLATIVE FILES.
Boxes 36-38, 1973-1974
Arranged chronologically, then alphabetically
The Legislative files are a collection of correspondence with Congressman Hanrahan's response. The Legislative files, contain letters concerning issues relevant to legislation before the House that may or may not have evolved into a bill. For example, these files contain issues such as the Abortion Amendment, Social Security laws and issues, Civil Service, Poverty bills, the Vietnam war (letters for and against), etc. The researcher should note as well that the heading "Miscellaneous" contains letters which may or may not relate to specific headings within the year. If a particular letter cannot be found under a subject heading, it may be found in the Miscellaneous file. Miscellaneous, though meant to be a "catchall," may also contain misfiled letters that should really belong elsewhere

CORRESPONDENCE - ISSUES
Boxes 39-55, 1973-1974
Arranged topically and chronologically
Correspondence with constituents on issues, legislation, and general topics, including the original letter and a carbon of Hanrahan's reply

CORRESPONDENCE - CASE/SUBJECT FILES
Boxes 56-64, 1973-1974
Arranged topically and chronologically
Correspondence with constituents on problems, requests, or resolving issues; including immigration, naturalization, military cases, Social Security, visas, and the Simas Kudirka case. Includes original letter and a carbon of Hanrahan's reply

SUBJECT FILES - See Inventory

BILLS, 93rd CONGRESS
Boxes 1973-1974, Boxes 65-71
Arranged chronologically or by bill number
Copies of various House, Senate and Joint Resolutions in which Hanrahan was involved or had an interest

FLOOR FILES
Boxes 72-77, 1974
Arranged chronologically or by bill number/name
Correspondence, publications, memos, reference material, and schedules related to legislation under discussion on the Floor of the House

ROLL CALL CLIPPING BOOKS
Boxes 78-80, 1973-1974
Arranged chronologically
Published summaries of recorded votes in the House by each member, with Hanrahan's name underlined

QUESTIONNAIRES
Boxes 81-83, Spring 1974
Arranged by location
Response forms to an issues/interests survey conducted by Hanrahan, including such issues as the energy crisis, wage/price controls, the environment, and Watergate

COMMITTEE SUBJECT FILES
Boxes 84-89, 1973-1974
Arranged chronologically
Topical files related to activities of Congressional Committees in which Hanrahan had membership or an active interest, including Government Operations, Energy, Public Works and Transporation

GENERAL SUBJECT FILES
Boxes 90-91, 1973-1974
Arranged by topic
Background material including printed reports, literature, and copies of bills related to general subjects such as abortion, energy, amnesty, education, and housing

POSITION FILES
Boxes 92-96, 1973-1974
Arranged by topic
Reports, articles, speeches, and clippings related to Hanrahan's position on a variety of issues, such as inflation, welfare, energy issues, and Watergate

EMPLOYEE FILES
Box 97, 1973-1974
Arranged alphabetically
Confidential employee files, restricted access

MISCELLANEOUS SUBJECT FILES
Box 98-99, 1974
Arranged by topic or bill number
Files with information related to specific bills

MEDIA FILES - See Inventory

MEDIA FILES
Box 100, 1973-1974
Arranged topically or chronologically
Compiled material summarizing Hanrahan's bills, and collecting sample correspondence from constituents

PRESS RELEASES & EXTENSION OF REMARKS
Boxes 101-104, 1973-1974
Arranged chronologically
Official press releases on a range of topics, as well as printed notes of extensions to remarks made in the House during debate on various bills as well as insertions into the Congressional Record

MEDIA CLIPPINGS FILES
Boxes 105-106, 1973-1974
Arranged topically
Newsclippings and newsletter material, also constituent response forms

SCRAPBOOKS AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS

SCRAPBOOKS
Oversize boxes 111-112, 1972-1974
Arranged chronologically
Scrapbook originals and photocopies of newsclippings related to Hanrahan's campaigns and career, including one scrapbook related to when he was Cook County Superintendent of Schools

PRINTED MATERIAL

RECORD VOTE ANALYSIS VOLUMES
1973-1974
Published statistics on roll-call votes. Wrapped

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS

PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS
Box 107, 1973-1974
Arranged alphabetically
Public relations photos of Hanrahan with various officials, individuals, groups, and events

PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVES
Box 108, 1973-1974
Arranged chronologically
Public relations photos of visitors to Hanrahan in Washington, primarily unidentified individuals and groups

MOVIE FILM
Box 109, 1973, n.d.
16mm news film of Hanrahan's Swearing-In ceremony, and a Public Service Announcement spot for a Heroin Hotline

AUDIO MATERIALS

AUDIOTAPES
Box 109-110, n.d.
Cassettes and open-reel tapes of Hanrahan on radio shows with various government officials, and unidentified tapes

ARTIFACTS

PLAQUES
Oversize box 112, 1968-1972
Commemorative plaques honoring Hanrahan as Community Leader of America (1968), as a Charter Member of the Public Adult & Continuing Educators Association of Illinois (1969), and welcoming him to Washington (1972)

 Inventory

Inventory Divisions

  1. Illinois Office & Oak Lawn District Office
  2. Washington Office--Correspondence
  3. Washington Office--Subject Files
  4. Washington Office--Press Releases & Media Files

Manuscripts by Subject | Political Collections | Illinois Office & District Office: Subject/Case Files
Washington Office: Washington Office--Correspondence | Subject Files | Press Releases & Media Files