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Patrick Vincent McNamara Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UP000189
Series Description I Subject Files The 281 manuscript boxes of the Subject Files cover the period 1955-1966. The series covers a wide range of subjects and includes general correspondence; public relations and publicity; office administration; requests; political affairs and activities; general information and correspondence files for all branches, departments, and agencies of the federal government; and general topical files on civil rights, Detroit, foreign relations, Michigan and unions. A. Subject Files B. Subject Alphabetical Files Serves as a cross index to the correspon¬dence in the series.

II Legislative Files

A. Legislative Correspondence Files Contain correspondence to Senator McNamara from his constituents and other concerned individuals and groups across the country on legislation or possible legislation. Aging, agriculture, atomic energy, civil rights, education, immigration, repeal of section l4b of the Taft-Hartley Act, taxes and Viet Nam are among the topics covered. B. Legislative Alphabetical Files Serve as a cross index to the legislative Correspondence files. C. Flexo Files Contain correspondence to Senator McNamara from his constituents and other concerned individuals and groups across the country on legislation or possible legislation. Aging, agriculture, atomic energy, civil rights, education, immigration, repeal of section l4b of the Taft-Hartley Act, taxes and Viet Nam are among the topics covered. Also contain mail on topics that stimulated so much correspondence that form letters were used in reply. D. Legislative Assistants' Files Maintained to provide the Senator with necessary information in a variety of areas. The files contain reports, statements and releases, letters, pamphlets and printed bills. The areas covered include federal contracts awarded to Michigan, department and agency information, bills sponsored by the Senator, requests to the Senator to co-sponsor legislation, legislation pending, committee material, campaign and state matters. D. Committee Files Cover the Senator's work on the Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field. Much of the material in the Public Works Committee files relate to Michigan and the Great Lakes area.

III. Campaign Files Relate to the Senator's campaigns in 1954 and 1960 and his preparations for the 1966 Campaign. These 10 boxes contain correspondence, speeches, schedules, and lists of organizations participating in the campaign.

IV. Public Information Files Consists of copies of press releases, rough drafts and final copies of speeches, newspaper columns and its attendant correspondence, radio speeches, and copies of the Senator's newsletter.

V. Post Office Files Consists of correspondence relating to appointment or prospective appointment of postmasters and rural carriers in Michigan. The series covers 1955-1965 and is contained in thirty-seven manuscript boxes.

VI. Detroit Office Files Eight boxes covering 1955-1966. This office handled requests for assistance and information and any additional correspondence received. Included are routine office matters and files on aging, Michigan and political affairs, plus a section of correspondence with government departments and agencies.

VII. Memorabilia Included are fourteen scrapbooks covering the years 1942-1966. This is the only part of the collection antedating the 1954 election. In addition, there are plaques, certificates, photographs, records, tapes, films and mementos (badges, membership cards and shillelaghs).

VIII. Books Included are books relevant to the Senator's governmental life. For example, included are compilations of bills introduced or co-sponsored by Senator McNamara, voting records, Congressional Record inserts, press releases, speeches and statements

Dates

  • 1942 - 1966

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

427.5 Linear Feet ((734 MB, 15 SB, 21 OS), 500 Volumes)

Abstract

Patrick V. McNamara was Detroit Area rent director for the OPA (1942-45), member of the Detroit Common Council (1946-47), member of the Detroit Board of Education (1949-55), and a U.S. senator (1954-66). With the exception of scrapbooks dating from 1942, the collection covers his term of office in the Senate while serving on the Public Works Committee (chairman, 1963-66), Labor and Public Welfare Committee, Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field, Select Subcommittee on Poverty, and the Special Committee on Aging. Subjects covered include problems of the aged, civil rights, atomic energy, education, taxes, public works, federal highway acts, and labor. Correspondents include all major political figures of the period and many labor leaders.

History

Patrick Vincent McNamara was born in North Weymouth, Massachusetts, on October 4, 1894. His parents had migrated to the United States from Ireland shortly before his birth. After completing his public school education, he became an apprentice pipe fitter. He arrived in Detroit in 1920 as a journeyman and served for twenty years as the unsalaried president of Pipe fitters Local 636 (AFL). In 1942 he was appointed Detroit Area Rent Director for the Office of Price Administration and served until the war's end. He then joined the construction firm of Stanley-Carter Company from which he resigned to become the United States Senator from Michigan. McNamara was active in community affairs and served on the Detroit Common Council, 1946-1947, and on the Detroit Board of Education for 1949-1955. He was first elected Senator in 1953, re-elected in 1960 and died in office on April 30, 1966. His chief legislative interests were: Federal high-way programs, labor-management relations, problems of the aging, educa¬tion and civil rights. He served on the Public Works Committee and was its chairman from 1963-1966. As head of this committee he also was chairman of the Sub-committee on Flood Control and Rivers and Harbors and was a member of the Sub-committee on Public Roads. He was the ranking majority member of the Labor and Public Welfare Committee and as such was chairman of the Sub¬committee on Labor and was a member of the Sub-committees on Education and on Employment and Manpower and a member of the Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field. In the 88th and 89th Congresses, he also served as chairman of the Select Sub-committee on Poverty which processed the President's War on Poverty and the Economic Opportunity Act Legislation. McNamara was the ranking majority member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and served as the first chairman of the Committee during the 87th Congress. He was chairman of the Sub-committee on Health of the Elderly and earlier, in the 86th Congress, served as chairman of the Sub-committee on Problems of the Aged and Aging. The latter sub-committee, and the subsequent Special Committee which evolved from it, were created by the Senate at McNamara's request.

Arrangement

Arranged in 8 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-460), Series 2 (Boxes 461-676), Series 3 (Boxes 667-676), Series 4 (Boxes 677-686), Series 5 (Boxes 687-723), Series 6 (Boxes 724-731), Series 7 (Boxes 732-739, 42-61; Scrapbooks 1-14) and Series 8 (Boxes 1-6). Folders are arranged generally arranged alphabetically within topic.

Transfers

Boxes 735-739 contain photographs and have been transferred to AV.

Cross Index

Each cross index entry has a topic, the series in which it is found, and the headings in the series. Example: TOPIC, Series: Heading in Series
  • AGING (see also social security and Medicare in cross index), Subject: (US Govt) Senate Committees- PAA and SCA; legislative Correspondence: Aged and Aging; Flexo: Aging; legislative Assistants: Committees- Aging; Detroit Office: Aged and Aging
  • AGRICULTURE, Subject: (US Govt Depts.) Agriculture; legislative Correspondence: Agriculture; Flexo: Agriculture
  • ATOMIC ENERGY, Subject: (US Govt. Agencies) ASC; legistlative Correspondence: Atomic Energy; legislative Assistants: State Issues- Monroe Reactor
  • BOBBY BAKER: legislative Correspondence: Government- Bobby Baker; legislative Assistants: Generals Bobby Baker
  • CAMPAIGN, Subject: Political Affairs; Legislative Assistants: Campaigns; Campaign Series; Detroit Office: Political Affairs
  • CIVIL RIGHTS, Subject: Civil Rights; legislative Correspondence: Civil Rights, Equal Rights; Flexo: Civil Rights; legislative Assistants: legislative Pending- Civil Rights, General- Civil Rights
  • COMMITTEES (see also in the cross index Labor and Public Welfare Comm, Public Works Coram., Select Labor and Management Coram., Special Comm. On Aging and Sub-comm. On the Problems of the Aged and Aging), Subject: (US Govt) Senate Committees; legislative Assistants: Committees; Detroit Office: Aged and Aging
  • CONTRACTS AND AWARDS, Legislative Assistants: Contracts and Awards
  • DETROIT, subject: Detroit, Office- Detroit; Detroit Office: General- Detroit
  • EDUCATION, Subject: (US Govt) HEW, (US Govt) Senate Labor and Public Welfare; Legislative Correspondence: Education; Flexo: Education; Legislative Assistants: Legislation Pending- Education, Department and Agency Information- HEW, Committees- Labor and Public Welfare, General- Education
  • FOREIGN RELATIONS, Subject: Foreign Relations; legislative Correspondence: International
  • HIGHWAYS, Subject: (US Govt Depts.) Commerce, Bureau of Public Roads; Legislative Correspondence: Highways; Flexo: Highways; Committees: Public Works- Subcommittee on Public Roads; legislative Assistants: Committees: Public Works
  • HOUSING, legislative Correspondence: Humane Slaughter or Treatment; Flexo: Health- Humane Treatment, Health- Dogs, Health- Vivisection
  • INTERNATIONAL (see Foreign Relations in cross index)
  • IA30R (see Taft-Hartley; migrant labor; minimum wage in cross index), Subject: Unions (US Govt) Senate Labor and Public Welfare Committee; legislative Correspondence: Labor; Flexo: Labor; Committees: Select Labor and Management; legislative Assistants: legislation Pending- Labor, Departmetn and Agency Information- Labor, Committees- Labor and Public Welfare
  • LABOR AND PUBLIC WELFARE COMMITTEE, Subject: (US Govt) Senate Committees; Legislative Assistants: Committees
  • LEGISLATION PENDING, Legislative Correspondence: By specific area; Flexo: By specific area; Legislative Assistants: Legislation Pending
  • EDICAKE (see also aging and Social Security in cross index), Legislative Correspondence: Social Security- Medicare; Flexo: Social Security- Medicare
  • MICHIGAN, Subject: Michigan, Political Affairs- State; Legislative Correspondence: Michigan; Committees: Public Works; Legislative Assistants: State Issues; Detroit Office: Michigan
  • MIGRANT WORKERS, Legislative Correspondence: Labor- Migrant Workers; Flexo: Labor- Migrant Workers; Legislative Assistants: State Issues- Braceros
  • MILITARY, Subject: (US Govt Depts.) Defense, (US Govt Agencies) VA; Legislative Correspondence: Military; Flexo: Military; Legislative Assistants: Dept. and Agency Information- Defense and VA
  • MINIMUM WAGE, Legislative Correspondence: Labor- Minimum Wage; Flexo: Labor- Minimum Wage
  • PEACE CORPS, Subject: (US Govt Agencies) Peace Corps; Legislative Correspondence: Peace Corps; Legislative Assistants: Contracts and Awards, Department and Agency Information
  • POLITICAL AFFAIRS, Subject: Political Affairs; Legislative Assistants: Campaign; Campaign; Detroit Office: Political Affairs
  • POST OFFICE, Subject: (US Govt Dept.) Post Office; Legislative Correspondence: Post Office; Flexo: Post Office; Post Office Files
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS, Subject: Public Relations; Public Information; Detroit Office: Public Relations
  • PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE, Subject: (US Govt) Senate Committees; Committee: Public Works; Legislative Assistants: Committees- Public Works
  • PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS, Committees: Public Works; Legislative Assistants: Public Works Projects (Judah Drob)
  • ELECT LABOR AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, Committees
  • SOCIAL SECURITY (see also Medicare and Social Security in cross index), Subject: (US Govt Depts.) HEW; Legislative Correspondence: Social Security; Flexo: Social Security
  • SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING, Subject: (US Govt) Senate Committees, (US Govt Depts.) HEW; Public Information: Press Releases and Speeches; Legislative Assistants: Committees; Detroit Office: Aged and Aging
  • TAFT-HARTLEX (14 b), Legislative File: Labor- Taft-Hartley; Flexo: Labor- Taft-Hartley
  • NIONS (see Labor in cross index)
  • US GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES, Subject: (US Govt) under the name of the Department or Agency; Legislative Assistants: Contracts and Awards, Department and Agency Information; Detroit Office: US Govt. Departments and Agencies

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the Patrick Vincent McNamara Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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