Government and Politics
BUREAU OF CATHOLIC INDIAN MISSIONS RECORDS, 1848-[ongoing], 609.7 feet [421 reels microfilm] (25.0 feet unprocessed).
With respect to Indian Affairs, Series 1, 2, 13, 14 and 16 contain significant documentation on Catholic Church relations with the United States Government. Some related pictures appear in Series 9, a selection of which is included online in the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Digital Image Collection.
FBI INVESTIGATION AND SURVEILLANCE RECORDS, 1919-[ongoing], 120.0 feet.
Photocopies of case files, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, largely concerning the
agency's investigations of political dissent. Notable files include those on Albert Einstein, the House
Committee on Un-American Activities, Joseph McCarthy, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,
Watergate, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. The collection also contains
the J. Edgar Hoover Official and Confidential File.
FOX, NOEL P., PAPERS, 1924-1982, 7.5 feet.
Case files, correspondence, clippings, and reports documenting the political and judicial career of
Noel P. Fox, a graduate of Marquette University who served as U.S. District Court judge for the Western
District of Michigan, 1962-1979. Notable among 39 federal court cases in the files are those concerning
the desegregation of schools in Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, and Lansing, Michigan, and
the fishing rights of Ojibwa and Ottawa Indians in Michigan. In addition, there is substantial information on Fox's
surveys of Michigan's corrections system (1949) and justice courts (1959-1961), and on the Michigan
Constitutional Convention of 1961, for which he chaired the Citizen's Advisory Committee on the
Judiciary Department. Other files relate to Fox's activities as an arbitrator and mediator of labor
disputes (1941-1956) and circuit court judge in Muskegon, Michigan (1951-1962), and his unsuccessful
campaigns for Congress (1938 and 1950) and Secretary of State of Michigan (1948).
KERSTEN, CHARLES J., PAPERS, 1919-1972, bulk 1946-1960, 13.2 feet.
Papers documenting the political career of an attorney and U.S. Representative (Rep.) from the 5th
Congressional District of Wisconsin (1947-1948, 1951-1954), who investigated Communist membership
in labor unions (1947-1948), authored the Kersten Amendment to "support resistance behind the
Iron Curtain" (1951) and chaired the House Select Committee on Communist Aggression
(1953-1954). Included are campaign files, constituent correspondence (substantially weeded),
press clippings, speeches, audiotape recordings, a small amount of personal
correspondence, and subject files pertaining to the "captive nations" of eastern Europe and
national liberation movements within these countries. The collection
includes correspondence to and from Richard M.
KLAUSER, JAMES R., GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGN RECORDS, 1970-2002, 8.7 feet.
Political campaign records that came into the possession of James R.
Klauser during his thirty-year career helping Republican candidates to get
elected in Wisconsin. Most records pertain to the gubernatorial elections
of Tommy G. Thompson.
McCARTHY, JOSEPH R., PAPERS, 1930-1957, 141.6 feet (36.6 feet unprocessed).
Papers documenting the political career of the Republican Senator from Wisconsin, including
campaign files, manuscripts, photographs, press clippings, speeches, sound recordings of speeches and
broadcasts, a few films, reports and publications, a small amount of personal correspondence (1940s),
and subject files pertaining largely to his investigations of communism. Campaign records, manuscripts,
and subject files are sealed.
REUSS, HENRY S., MENOMINEE INDIAN RECORDS, 1952-1979, 1.6 feet.
Correspondence, publications, printed materials, and photographs regarding the termination, restoration, and welfare of the Menominee Indians and the designation of the Wolf River as a National Scenic River. [Connect to Inventory]
REUSS, HENRY S., PEACE CORPS RECORDS, 1958-1967, 1973, 1980, 1.3 feet.
Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and publications documenting Reuss' proposal for a
Point Four Youth Corps and public reaction to the plan, the founding of the Peace Corps (for which he
drafted the authorizing legislation), the establishment of a binational Peace Corps project with West
Germany, and the establishment of Peace Corps volunteer training programs at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Marquette University.
ROTH, TOBY, PAPERS, 1974-1997, 39.2 feet.
Papers documenting the political career of the U.S. Representative (Rep.) from the 8th Congressional District of Wisconsin, 1979-1997. Contains legislative files, correspondence, reports, press releases, newspaper clippings, speeches, campaign records, photographs, and audio-visual materials.
THOMPSON, TOMMY G., PAPERS, 1957-[ongoing], bulk 1986-2001, 305 feet.
documenting the public career of the Wisconsin Republican who served as
State Assemblyman (1967-1986) and Governor (1987-2001) before becoming
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (2001-2005). The collection
includes personal papers, photographs, memorabilia, and audiovisual
materials documenting Thompson's public service at the state and federal
WISCONSIN POLITICS ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION, 1993-1995, 0.8 feet.
Audiotaped interviews of 21 former public officials and journalists concerning issues and
personalities in Wisconsin state government and the government of the city and county of Milwaukee.
Notable interviewees include Lee Sherman Dreyfus, John A. Gronouski, Patrick J. Lucey, Gaylord Nelson,
William F. O'Donnell, John W. Reynolds, Martin J. Schreiber, and Frank P. Zeidler. Typed summary
descriptions exist for most interviews.
ZABLOCKI, CLEMENT J., PAPERS, 1936-1986, 40.2 feet
Papers documenting the political career of the U.S. Representative (Dem.) from the 4th
Congressional District of Wisconsin, 1949-1983, who was primary author of the War Powers Act of 1973
and chaired the House Committee on International Relations/Foreign Affairs from 1977 until his death. Included are
constituent correspondence, newsletters, press releases, and speech files, as well as records relating to
politics and elections, legislative activities, and service on committees, particularly Foreign Affairs.
Photographs and audio, film, and video recordings of the Congressman are also contained in the
ZABLOCKI, CLEMENT J., ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION, 1984-1985, 1989-1990, 0.2 feet
Interviews of the congressman's associates and family member by William
Haskins (transcripts) and Stephen Leahy (audiocassettes). Notable
interviewees include George Reedy and Ivo Spalatin.