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By Glenn Gray, Rebecca Johnson Melvin, Karen D. Paul

This e-book brings jointly in a single quantity the easiest and newest scholarship on congressional collections, delivering worthwhile details for associations constructing their political documentary assets and dealing towards better accessibility of political records.

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The press officer was responsible for clippings, tapes, position papers, some speeches, and press releases. Duplicates were weeded, but otherwise these files were kept in their entirety. Other administrative staff did not keep separate files but helped to maintain the large central office file. This file included series entitled “Blue Slips” (copies of all letters sent, 35 feet); “Federal Government” (files of contacts with the executive branch, 56 feet); “Committees” (83 feet); “Cases” (51 feet); “General Subjects” (33 feet); “Acknowledgments” (7 feet); “Requests” (20 feet); “Robos” (form letters, 19 feet); and “Vermont Issues” (29 feet).

1. Are state legislators required to send their files to the State Archives, or is it voluntary? 2. If it is mandated, which State Code and section mandate this transfer? 4. If they are not required to come to the Archives, where do they go? 5. How regularly are these records transferred? 6. What are the most common types and formats of these records? ) 7. Are there any restrictions on the use of these papers? 8. Does the Archives make these records available to the public before they have been processed?

I was at least partially reassured that my suggestions to her office staff had been carried out. However, it was also very disheartening to realize that possibly a large number of files of high research value had been permanently lost. In retrospect, I can think of two aspects of the appraisal and accessioning process that I would have handled differently, given the insights that I now have. One would be to devote more attention to hands-on work with the congressional files in the office at the time they were being assembled for transfer to College Park.

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