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David L. Camp papers, 1984-2014 (majority within 1990-2014)

25.25 linear feet (in 29 boxes) — 98.1 GB — 1 oversize volume — 1 oversize folder — 1 archived website

Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1991-2014, and served on the House Ways and Means Committee, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Collection primarily documents Dave Camp's political career including campaign materials such as surveys, speeches, photographs, and audiovisual materials. Congressional papers comprise Camp's legislative and committee work on welfare reform, healthcare, and economic policy; administrative and press files maintained by Camp's office include schedules, issue briefing books, legislative planning documents, correspondence, photographs, and audiovisual materials.

The collection documents Dave Camp's personal life and political career including his 12 terms in the United States House of Representatives (1991-2014). The papers include a scrapbook detailing Camp's early political career; personal correspondence; campaign materials such as surveys, debate notes, campaign ads, and interview clips; written, annotated, and recorded speeches; and photographs with constituents and at various district events.

The bulk of the collection covers Camp's congressional papers comprised of office files such as schedules, reports, issue briefing books, correspondence, legislative planning documents, year-end accomplishments, and photographs; legislative and committee files including bills sponsored or co-sponsored by Congressman Camp, floor statements, and other legislative materials documenting late 20th and early 21st century American economic and health policy; and press files including press releases, press clips, op-ed articles, and recorded media appearances on national and local Michigan radio and television.

The collection includes 425 pieces of audiovisual material, described in the Container Listing at the item level.


Glenn Allen Papers, 1959-1973

14 manuscript boxes, 1 slim mss. box (7.25 cubic feet)

MS 2002-15 consists of the papers of Glenn S. Allen, Jr. documenting his career, beginning with his work as a delegate to the Michigan Constitutional Convention (1961-1962), through his service as budget director to Michigan Governor George Romney (1963-1968) and legal advisor to Governor William Milliken (1970-1974). The majority of the documentation is financial, and includes correspondence, reports, and budget analyses.

These records document the career of Glenn S. Allen, beginning with his work as a delegate to the Michigan Constitutional Convention (1961-1962), through his service as budget director to Michigan Governor George Romney (1963-1968) and legal advisor to Governor William Milliken (1970-1974). The majority of the documentation is financial, and includes correspondence, reports, and budget analyses.


Gregory Stempfle papers, 1982-2014

1 linear foot

Gregory Stempfle is an active member of both the Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM), as well as the Libertarian Party of Wayne County local affiliate. The collection contains various newsletters, convention packets, leadership directories, a scrapbook, and other materials.

The Gregory Stempfle papers are comprised of printed materials collected from his involvement with the Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM), as well as its local affiliates. The collection is arranged alphabetically.

A large portion of the collection consists of LPM convention packets, highlighting the convention events, as well as the legislation discussed. Packets are included from the years Stempfle attended, ranging from 1997-2014. A packet is contained for the 1988 Nominating Convention, which was held in a suburb of Detroit. This packet includes programs for the event, as well as documents regarding the planning of the convention.

One folder contains materials from the Wayne County local affiliate office and includes newsletters, meeting notes, and correspondence from the 1990s. The collection also includes a scrapbook that holds color photographs from events, correspondence, and flyers from the Livingston County local affiliate.

Stempfle collected campaign materials from a number of Libertarian candidates running for office. Pamphlets, biographies, and campaign materials are included for candidates running for state positions. Some of these politicians include Jon Coon, Diane Barnes, John Stempfle, and more. Pamphlets are also included for candidates running for local office such as Christopher Gonzalez, Martin Howrylak, Mark Carney, and more. The collection contains campaign information for candidates running for national office, including information from the LPM regarding their support of said candidate.


John D. Dingell, Jr. papers, 1922-2017 (majority within 1955-2014)

511 linear feet (in 511 boxes) — 136.4 GB (online) — 2 oversize items (framed)

John Dingell, Jr. was Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan and longest-serving member in congressional history, 1955-2015. Dingell was the son of John Dingell, Sr. (Democratic congressman from Michigan's 15th district, 1933-1955), and husband of Debbie Dingell, who succeeded him as Representative of Michigan's 12th district in 2015. The collection documents John Dingell, Jr.'s election campaigns and his 59-year tenure in Congress. Records include legislative files, correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, press clippings, photographs, and audiovisual materials.

The collection documents John D. Dingell, Jr.'s political career including his 59 years in the United States House of Representatives (1955-2015). The papers include campaign materials documenting Dingell's 29 elections, Democratic National Committee and Michigan Democratic Party materials, and redistricting in Michigan.

The bulk of the papers document Dingell's tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives including legislative files on topics such as civil rights, healthcare, insurance, Social Security, Medicare, environmental issues, endangered species, the auto industry, agriculture, taxes, and trade; administrative office files including correspondence, schedules, voting records, and legislative planning; and photographs, press clippings, scrapbooks, and speeches.

The collection includes born-digital records, as well as 254 pieces of audiovisual material, described in the Container Listing at the item level. Dingell's member website, campaign website, as well as his personal Twitter account are cataloged separately.


John Engler Papers, 1968-2003

435 linear feet — 1 oversize folder — 1.25 GB (online)

Republican member of the Michigan state legislature (House and Senate, 1971-1990); governor of Michigan (1991-2003); active member of the Republican Governors' Association and the National Governors' Association. The Engler collection consists primarily of materials created and maintained by Governor Engler and his staff during the period when he was governor, 1991-2003. Other records include papers from his several terms in the Michigan House and the Michigan Senate. The collection includes papers files, photographs, sound recordings, videotapes, memorabilia, and some electronic files. The gubernatorial files are arranged mainly by unit or functional responsibility within the governor's office. These series are Executive Office, Communications Division, Legal Division, State Government Affairs, Legislative Affairs Division, Operations Division, External Affairs, Scheduling, Washington DC Office, and Office of the First Lady. Topics extensively documented include state welfare and school funding reform, reorganization of state boards and commissions, notably the restructuring of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Republican party politics.

The John Engler papers are the most important source available for the study of Michigan's state government from 1991 to 2002. The collection is particularly strong on the topics of welfare and school funding reform, state government reorganization and the rising impact of the National Governors' Association in state and national politics. Engler's efforts to attract commerce to Michigan are also well-documented. The materials are arranged into two main subgroups: Pre-gubernatorial Papers and Gubernatorial Papers. The bulk of the material relates to Engler's gubernatorial career, therefore, the analysis that follows focuses primarily on this subgroup.

The materials in the "Gubernatorial Papers" subgroup are arranged according to the offices and subdivisions of the governor's office that created them. This means that the governor's speeches and press releases, for example, may be found within a grouping or "series" called "Communications Division," within the "Gubernatorial" subgroup, while legislative histories for various public acts may be found within the "Legislative Affairs" series.

While some kinds of documents were produced uniquely by one division, other kinds were produced in several divisions of the governor's office. The governor's correspondence, for example, was drafted and approved by several different staff members. Letters to important business and political leaders may be found within the "Executive Office" series, the "State Government Affairs" series, and the "Washington DC Office" series in particular. There no comprehensive chronological correspondence file.

In using the collection, the researcher should think functionally and ask who would have created the information sought. For example, the policy advisors in the State Government Affairs Division created individual topical files which gathered together correspondence and research materials to support briefing memoranda which they presented to the governor, while the speechwriters in the Communications Division often gathered different types of materials to help them shape the presentation of the same policies to the public.


League of Women Voters of Detroit records, 1930-1988

4 linear feet

Board meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, position statements on various statements, and pamphlets and other publications; also visual materials; subjects covered by files include environmental quality, education, and women's rights issues.

The records of the Detroit League of Women Voters cover the years 1930 to 1988, although its primary coverage is 1960 through 1980. The record group measures four linear feet in size and is arranged alphabetically by subject. Included are minutes from board meetings, correspondence, newsletters, League positions on various bills, pamphlets and other publications. Minutes from annual meetings are included in the board meetings file. One file contains correspondence from the Wayne County League of Women Voters dating back to 1930.

The largest files in the record group concerns environmental quality, education (busing, desegregation, and teacher certification), housing, human resources and women's issues (abortion, ERA and mortgage credit). The extensive environmental files cover air pollution, land use, phosphates and clean water.


Sidney Fine collected research materials, circa 1900-1970s

13 linear feet (in 14 boxes)

Professor of history at the University of Michigan; collected materials pertaining to his research interests.

This collection consists of that research material accumulated by Sidney Fine in the course of research for his various monographs on the New Deal, the Detroit Riot of 1967, and his study of Walter Drew.