William Proxmire Papers, 1938-2004 (bulk 1957-1980)

Summary Information

Title: William Proxmire Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1938-2004 (bulk 1957-1980)

  • Proxmire, William, 1915-2005
Call Number: Mss 738; Audio 1419A; Audio 609A; Audio 1195A; PH 2334 (5); PH 3777; PH 3823; M80-292; M89-019; M2006-115; M2007-059; M2008-127

Quantity: 194.8 cubic feet (176 records center cartons, 27 archives boxes, 8 card boxes, 10 flat boxes, and 2 oversize folders), 54 tape recordings, 162 disc recordings, 1.4 cubic feet of photographs (approximately 650 photographs in 2 archives boxes and 1 flat box), 0.6 cubic feet of negatives (1 card box and 1 negative box), 8 drawings, 10 videorecordings, and 13 films; plus additions of 2.5 cubic feet and 0.7 cubic feet of photographs

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers, mainly 1957-1980, of William Proxmire, Democratic Senator from Wisconsin (1957-1989), known for his liberal views on social issues, his fiscal conservatism, and the Golden Fleece awards with which he drew attention to wasteful government spending. Included are biographical materials and clippings, constituent correspondence, speeches, books and articles, sound and video recordings, newsletters and press releases, and federal agency case files. Files of staff members, the heart of the collection, document numerous issues of special concern to the Senator: the fairness doctrine; ratification of the international Genocide Treaty; Great Lakes harbors and shipping; and the SST, the B-1 bomber, and other military spending. General subject files concern numerous topics such as abortion, economic development in Wisconsin, opposition to the Senate leadership of Lyndon Baines Johnson, taxes, and energy. Also present are campaign files, schedules, voting records, and filmed campaign ads, televised “reports from Washington,” and other films.


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Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mss00738
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