Congressman John Joseph Moakley Papers (MS 100)
The Congressman John Joseph Moakley Papers, 1926- 2001, consists of 521 boxes of materials accumulated during the congressman's life and work. The collection documents his early life, his World War II service, his service in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate and the U.S. Congress. The archive includes records from Moakley's early life that document his service in WWII, his career in Massachusetts politics and his family life. Scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs and other family records offer glimpses into his life during and shortly after World War II. Press clippings, committee files and campaign materials document his service in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Massachusetts State Senate and Boston City Council. The bulk of the collection, however, contains the records created by Moakley and his staff in the course of his duties as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 until 2001. Of special interest are documents related to Moakley's legislative and policy campaigns centered on human rights, the Moakley Commission, fire-safe cigarettes, and his promotion of district projects such as the Boston Harbor Islands, the "Big Dig," and preservation of historic sites. The types of materials include legislative files; reports of the congressman's legislative initiatives and voting records; constituent service records; district project files; public relations materials; policy files; campaign records; photographs; memorabilia and audiovisual materials. Of special interest are documents related to Moakley's legislative and policy campaigns centered on international human rights, the Speaker's Task Force on El Salvador, fire-safe cigarettes; and his promotion of district projects such as the Boston Harbor Islands, the "Big Dig" and preservation of historic sites.
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Moakley Archive and Institute, "Congressman John Joseph Moakley Papers (MS 100), 1926-2001: A Finding Aid" (2020). Moakley Archive Finding Aids and Research Guides. 1.