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John E. Fogarty papers

Scope & content

The collection consists of personal and constituent correspondence, photographs, public documents and memorabilia of John E. Fogarty (1913-1967), a Rhode Islander with national influence on the role of government in health and education. The 500,000 pieces pertain to legislation, Rhode Island affairs, constituent requests and, most significantly, various aspects of the health field.

Correspondents include most of the major political figures prominent in national affairs during his service in the U.S. House of Representatives. As Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for the Departments of Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare, he was involved with virtually all important federal health legislation from 1949 to 1966.