John W. Byrnes papers, 1938-1972

Byrnes, John W., 1913-1985


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  • Format Mixed Materials; Sound Recordings; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Videos, Slides, Films
  • Physical Details
    • 142.0 c.f. (127 record center cartons, 41 archives boxes, and 1 package)
    • 66 tape recordings
    • 4 disc recordings
    • 16 films, and
    • 3 videorecordings; plus
    • additions of 11.9 c.f
    • 119 photographs, and
    • 114 negatives
  • OCLC ocn173711968, ocm71806163
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • COLLECTION STORED, ALL or IN-PART, AT ARC: Collection can be requested for transfer through the Area Research Center (ARC) Network, consult Reading Room Staff.


  • Legislative papers of John W. Byrnes, a Republican from Green Bay, Wis., who served in the House of Representatives, 1944-1972, and who was ranking minority member of the Ways and Means Committee from 1963 to 1972. Included in the collection are correspondence, memoranda, legislative records, public relations, grants and projects files, Ways and Means Committee files, pressure mail, personal and political files, photographs, films and videotapes, and recordings.
  • Almost half of the collection consists of alphabetically-arranged general correspondence with other United States political figures and representatives from businesses and associations primarily in Wisconsin. Additional legislative records contain correspondence, memoranda, drafts and notes, and information on bills introduced or sponsored by Byrnes. Files on Byrnes' work on the Ways and Means Committee include extensive information files and memos from committee counsel William H. Quealy. Information on Byrnes' work in behalf of the district is documented in files on various federally-subsidized construction projects including airports, harbors, highways and bridges, post offices, sewage treatment plants, and housing.
  • Political and campaign files contain correspondence with district, state, and national Republican organizations and with prominent state Republican leaders. Campaign files are complete for all elections except 1950 and include correspondence, memoranda, advertising, reports, plans, issue books, and clippings.
  • Public relations materials include correspondence on contacts with the media and mailings, together with speeches and drafts, newsletters, radio scripts, recordings, press releases, photographs, films, and video tapes.
  • The processed portion is summarized above and is described in the register. Additional accessions are described below.


  • A number of the films and videorecordings from this collection are individually cataloged. The call numbers for these films are CA 891-892, CA 896-898, DD 122, DD 393-395, and FE 478. The call number for the cataloged videorecording is VBA 508.
  • Presented by John W. Byrnes, Green Bay and Washington, D.C., 1960-1973.
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