David R. Obey Papers, 1962-2010 (bulk 1969-2010)

Summary Information

Title: David R. Obey Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1962-2010 (bulk 1969-2010)

  • Obey, David R., 1938-
Call Number: Stevens Point Mss BZ; PH Stevens Point Mss BZ; Audio 1683A; CC 427-CC 428; DG 029; VBC 298-VBC 304; VBC 306; VHB 555-VHB 571, VHB 574-VHB 686; VDA 251-VDA 259; VFA 059-VFA 069; M2013-092

Quantity: 456.0 cubic feet (148 records center cartons, 766 archives boxes, 3 card boxes, and 1 flat box), 127 tape recordings, 1 disc recording, 3 compact discs (audio), 3 films (16 mm), 9 compact discs (video), 149 video tapes, 4.4 cubic feet of photographs (10 archives boxes and 2 flat boxes), 1.2 cubic feet of negatives and transparencies (4 archives boxes); plus additions of 1.0 cubic foot (1 records center carton), 169 video tapes, and 3 DVDs (video)

Archival Locations:
UW-Stevens Point Library / Stevens Point Area Research Ctr. (Map)
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of David Ross Obey, Democratic congressman who represented Wisconsin's 7th District from 1969 to 2010. Obey was noted for his leadership in the House Appropriations Committee, particularly its Foreign Operations, and Labor-Health and Social Services and Education subcommittees, as well as his dedication to Wisconsin's Progressive political tradition and his efforts to use government to improve people's lives. The papers concern both national and Wisconsin issues, with many topics such as educational reform, environmentalism, and health care bridging both. Wisconsin topics that are well documented include agriculture and the dairy industry, Native American treaty rights, Hmong refugee resettlement, transportation, and the decline of manufacturing. National topics of note are campaign finance and budget reform, foreign relations and international trade, abortion and religion in politics, and cancer research and occupational health and safety. His papers include speeches and writings, floor remarks, and interviews (some in audio and video form); correspondence; unofficial Appropriations Committee files; press releases, newsletters, clippings, photographs, and other press material; video tapes and sound recordings; district office files; campaign files; and extensive subject files created by members of his staff. A few files document his career as a member of the Wisconsin Assembly (1963-1969).

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-stpt00bz
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