By Glenn Gray, Rebecca Johnson Melvin, Karen D. Paul
This publication brings jointly in a single quantity the simplest and most up-to-date scholarship on congressional collections, delivering worthy details for associations constructing their political documentary assets and dealing towards better accessibility of political files.
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Robert T. : National Press, 1967). 10. S. Senate, 1985). This is the most useful single guide for the appraisal of senatorial papers. 11. Carla Kemp of the University of Florida was helping to close the office of Senator Lawton Chiles (D-FL), and Jane Odom was working on the files of Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen (D-TX). 12. Aronsson describes the functioning of a typical congressional office and its standard record series, “Appraisal,” 84–86. Paul arranges record series by function and presents a guide for appraisal, Records Management Handbook, 4–21.
The collection was beginning to take shape. The core would be composed of Stafford’s personal files, the central office files, and the press files. These would be flanked by the files of the legislative assistants, including some committee records, and the records from the state offices. The operational integrity of each part of the office would be reflected in the integrity of its files. I would not have been as aware of this model if I had not been a member of the senator’s staff. The Stafford and Leahy offices functioned differently because one was more centralized than the other.
These interviews gave me an understanding of the office, the kinds of documentation produced, and the recordkeeping problems. I suggested that the member make it official policy that all records produced by staff on the senator’s payroll become part of the senator’s papers, and that no records be taken from the office when a staff member leaves unless copies are made. I recommended that committee staff copy the office, within reason, on files that showed the senator’s personal involvement, and noted that those committee staff who also serve the LA function were responsible for documenting their activities on both sides of the aisle.
An American Political Archives Reader by Glenn Gray, Rebecca Johnson Melvin, Karen D. Paul