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John E. Fogarty papers


The collection was divided into eight major categories (series) representing original staff classifications. Because the same classifications and topic heading were often used year after year, there was much duplication of folders on the topics or individuals. These identical subject and individual folders were consolidated and then reordered, usually alphabetically, in their respective categories.

The arrangement of the Departmental, General and Legislation Correspondence, Position Files, Special Files, and Subject Files are primary examples of this procedure. For the Fogarty Legislation and Speeches series, little reorganization was required. The major challenge of the categories was one of selection, due to the preponderance of health subjects.

Series descriptions:

Departmental Files - contains correspondence Fogarty had with various governmental agencies. Arranged according to the alphabetical listing found in the Congressional Directory. Departments that underwent reorganization and renaming have been listed with their counterparts. (War Department folders, for example, are integrated with Defense Department files.)

General Correspondence - contains correspondence not classifiable under existing file categories. Arranged alphabetically, subjects discussed vary from personal letters sent to the Congressman to routine office correspondence.

Fogarty Legislation - provides a listing of legislative proposals by Fogarty. The series is arranged into seventeen subseries according to Congressional Session.

Legislation Correspondence - contains constituent correspondence on legislation before the various Congresses on which Congressman Fogarty served. The series is arranged into thirteen subseries according to Congressional Session.

Position Files - contains restricted constituent correspondence relating to various situations in which Fogarty's aid was requested.

Special Files - contains subjects Fogarty considered to be of immediate importance during his Congressional career. As a result of this immediacy his staff created a set of "Special" files. The series is arranged into two subseries.

Speeches - contains speeches and public statements made by Fogarty during the course of his twenty-six years as a Congressman from Rhode Island.

Subject Files -

The collection is arranged into eight series.

  • Departmental Files
  • General Correspondence
  • Fogarty Legislation
  • Legislation Correspondence
  • Position Files
  • Special Files
  • Speeches
  • Subject Files