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Norris Cotton Congressional Papers, 1947-1975

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148 boxes, scrapbooks

About Norris Cotton

Norris Cotton, member of the U.S. House of Representatives & Senate, was born in Warren, NH on May 11, 1900. He was educated at Tilton School, Phillips Exeter Academy, Wesleyan University, and George Washington University Law School. Cotton was admitted to the N.H. Bar in 1928. Initially, he was associated with the firm of Demond, Woodworth, Sulloway, & Rogers in Concord, then founded the firm of Cotton, Tesreau & Stebbins in Lebanon, NH.

Cotton became active in state politics in 1923, as member of the NH House of Representatives. He also served as clerk of the NH Senate (1927-1929), Grafton County Solicitor (1933-1939), and Justice of the Municipal Court of Lebanon (1939-1943). Cotton’s federal career began in November 1946, when he was elected representative of the 2nd Congressional District of NH to the 80th Congress. On November 8, 1954 he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served until January 3, 1975.

In 1978, Cotton published his own perspective on his Senate years in In The Senate: Amidst The Conflict and Turmoil.

About the Norris Cotton Congressional Papers

The collection covers Cotton’s entire congressional career, from January 1947 to January 1975, and consists of office files, personal and committee notes, scrapbooks, photographs, and memorabilia. The office files include correspondence, speeches, Cotton legislation and voting records, campaign materials, general legislation and departmental files, reports to New Hampshire, and other materials dealing with the state.

The papers are in the order in which they were received, and the inventory list follows that prepared by Cotton’s office staff. At the request of Senator Cotton, “some 5000-odd individual files” were destroyed by his staff, for reasons of confidentiality. These files contained applications for admission to military academies and requests for assistance in gaining federal employment, military discharges, social security, veterans benefits, etc. Included with the papers is a card file index of correspondents which allows access to the correspondence between Senator Cotton and any specific person for the full period.

Folder Listing

BOX
Norris Cotton Legislation 1-9
Norris Cotton Voting Records 10-12
Reports to New Hampshire 13
Political 15-20
Miscellaneous Political – Bicentennial Commission 21-22
Norris Cotton Congressional Record Remarks 22-28
Press Releases 28-39
Legislation 39-81
Departmental 81-123
New Hampshire Files 123-128
Corps of Engineers Projects 128-130
Portsmouth Naval Base 130-131
New Hampshire Post Offices 131-135
General Correspondence Files 135-138
Photographs 138-143
Personal and Committee Notes 144
Norris Cotton Voting Record, 93rd Congress 145
Guest Books 146
Additional Miscellaneous Files 147-148
Scrapbooks
Non-manuscript items shelved after scrapbooks

NORRIS COTTON LEGISLATION

BOXES 1-9 1 84th-85th Congresses 1/55-5/58 2 85th-88th Congresses 5/58-1/63 3 88th-89th Congresses 1/63-2/65 4 89th-90th Congresses 2/65-1/67 5 90th Congress l/67-9/68 6 91st Congress 1/69-6/69 7 91st-92nd Congresses 6/69-2/71 8 92nd-93rd Congresses 2/71-2/73 9 93rd Congress 2/73-9/74

NORRIS COTTON VOTING RECORDS

BOXES 10-12 10 84th-85th and 88th-89th Congresses 1955-58 and 1963-66 11 90th-91st Congresses 1967-1970 12 91st-92nd Congresses 1970-1972 (See box #145 for 93rd Congress)

"YOUR CONGRESSMAN REPORTS": REPORTS TO NEW HAMPSHIRE (Newsletter)

BOX 13 Volume I: 1949-1953; Volume II: 1954-1959; Volume III: 1960-1973 Report Correspondence, 1969-1974

POLITICAL

(Campaign and General Elections Files) BOXES 15-20 15 (folder 74-end) 1948-1950 16 1952-1962 17 1962-1969 18 Mixed years - mainly 1968 19 Mixed years - 1968 - 1974 20 Mixed years - 1968 - 1974, photos toward end, and bound appointment book and four address books.

MISCELLANEOUS POLITICAL - BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION

BOXES 21-22 21 Campaign posters, film, tapes, address books, etc. 22 (folders l-8) Correspondence, etc., 1969-1974, regarding Bicentennial.

NORRIS COTTON CONGRESSIONAL RECORD REMARKS

BOXES 22-28 22 (folders 9-end) 6/50-4/58 26 1/69-6/71 23 4/58-9/61 27 6/71-1/73 24 9/61-10/65 28 (folders l-182) 2/73-10/74 25 9/65-1/69

PRESS RELEASES

BOXES 28-39 28 (folders 183-end) 1947-1950 34 4/65-6/67 29 1951-5/59 35 6/67-6/68 30 5/59-6/61 36 6/68-4/69 31 6/61-9/62 37 4/69-3/71 32 9/62-6/63 38 4/71-1/73 33 6/63-4/65 39 (folders l-127) 1/73-10/74 Includes 1958 T.V. Negatives in Box 29 and Four 3" Reel Tapes (1967-68) in Box 35

LEGISLATION

BOXES 39-81 39 (folders 128 - ) 1955-56. A - Interior and Insular Affairs 40 1956-58 Interior & Insular Affairs-Finance:Taxes 41 1957-58 Fin.:Social Security-Interstate & Foreign Commerce 42 1957-58 Int. & For. Com. - Int. & For. Com.: Surf. Trans. 43 1958-59 Post Office - Armed Services 44 1959 Bank & Currency - Fin.: Veterans 45 1959-60 Fin.: Taxes - Judicial: General 46 1959-62 Jud.: Anti Trust - Aeronautical/Space Science 47 1961-62 Agriculture: General - Fin.: Medicare 48 1961-62 Fin.: Medicare - Fin.: Veterans 49 1961-63 Foreign Relations - Appropriations 50 1963 Approp.: Agric. - Commerce: Textiles 51 1963-64 Com.: Transportation - For. Rel.: For. Aid 52 1963 For. Rel.: Test Ban - Labor & Public Welfare: Education 53 1964 P.O.& Civil Service - Com.: Civil Rights 54 1964 Com.: Civil Rights 55 1964-66 Republican Policy Committee - Commerce 56 1965-66 Commerce - Fin.: Medicare 57 1965-66 Fin.: Medicare - Gov.Operations 58 1965-66 Int. & Ins. Aff. - Labor & Pub. Welfare 59 1965-67 Lab. & Pub. Wel. - Agriculture 60 1967-68 Appropriations - Commerce 61 1967-68 Commerce - Fin.: Taxes 62 1968 Fin.: Travel Tax - Judiciary: Civil Rights 63 1968 Jud.: Civil Rights - PO & Civil Service 64 1968-69 P.O. & Civil Service - Appropriations: Defense 65 1969-70 Approp.: Defense - Appropriations:Interior 66 1969-70 Approp. - Commerce: Aviation 67 1969-70 Commerce: Aviation - Fin.: Taxes 68 1969-70 Fin.: Taxes - Gov. Operations 69 1969-70 Int. & Ins. Affairs - Labor & Pub. Welfare 70 1969-71 Labor & Pub.Welfare - Approp.: Defense 71 1971-72 Approp.: Education - Armed Services 72 1971-72 Atomic Energy - Commerce: Aviation 73 1971-72 Com.: Communications - Fin.: Trade 74 1971-72 Fin.: Trade - Labor & Public Welfare 75 1971-73 Labor & Public Welfare - Approp.: Legislation 76 1973 Appropriation - Fin.: Taxes 77 1973 Fin.: Taxes - Veterans Affairs 78 1974 General - Commerce 79 1974 Com.: Aviation - Veterans 1971-72 P.O. & Civil Services - Veterans Administration 80 1971-72 Veteran Affairs 1974 Labor & Pub. Wel. - Veteran Administration Impeachment Research Materials 81 (folders l - 7) Impeachment Research Materials

DEPARTMENTAL

BOXES 81-123 81 (folders 8- ) 1955-56 A-Defense 82 1956-57 FCC - Agriculture 83 1957-58 Agriculture - GSA 84 1957 G - S 85 1958-60 S - C 86 1960 C - H 87 1960 H - T 88 1960-61 T - I 89 1961-62 I - S 90 1962-64 S - D 91 1962-64 D - HUD 92 1963-64 H - O 93 1963-64 R - T 94 1963-66 T - Commerce 95 1965-66 Commerce - HEW 96 1965-66 HEW - I 97 1965-66 J - Supreme Court 98 1965-66 S - Treasury 99 1965-68 Treasury - Civil Service 100 1967-68 Civil Service - H 101 1968 H - Investigations 102 1967-68 N - State 103 1968 State - T 104 1967-70 T - C 105 1969-70 C - FDIC 106 1969-70 F - H 107 1969-70 H - Foreign Labor 108 1969-70 Labor - S 109 1969-70 A - State 110 1969-71 State - N 111 1971 AEC - F 112 1971-72 F - H 113 1971-72 H - Interstate Commerce 114 1971-72 I - Navy 115 1971-72 O - Viet Nam 116 1971-72 S - Post Office 117 1971-73 P.O. - D 118 1970-74 N - Appropriations 119 1973-74 H - HUD 120 1973-74 HUD - P.O. 121 1973-74 P.O. - T 122 1973-74 Transportation - Z 1969-71 Civil Aeronautics Board 123 (folders l-12) 1971-74 Civil Aeronautics Board

NEW HAMPSHIRE FILES

BOXES 123-128 123 (folders 13- ) 1955-65 Airports - G 124 1958-70 P - U 125 1967-70 Education - O 126 1970-71 Health and Welfare - H 127 1971-74 I - S 128 (folders l-8) 1973-74 S - Z

CORPS OF ENGINEERS PROJECTS

BOXES 128-130 128 (folder 9- ) 1950-62 A 129 1962-66 B - Portsmouth 130 (folders l-9) 1964-74 Portsmouth - Z

PORTSMOUTH NAVAL BASE

BOXES 130-131 130 (folders 10- ) 1949-74 131 (folders l-14) 1974

NEW HAMPSHIRE POST OFFICES

BOXES 131-135 131 (folders 15- ) 1950-69 A - T 132 1952-67 K - W 133 1961-67 R - C 134 1971-74 S - H 135 (folders l-7) 1971-74 L - Z

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES

BOXES 135-138 135 (folders 8- ) 1969-73 136 1971-74 137 1971-72 138 (folders l-19) 1971-74

PHOTOGRAPHS

BOXES 138-143 138 (folders 20- ) Some 1973-74; 1950-55 139 1955-60 140 1960-64 141 1964-67 142 1967-70 143 1971-73

NORRIS COTTON PERSONAL FILES

BOX 144

NORRIS COTTON VOTING RECORD 93rd CONGRESS

BOX 145

GUEST BOOKS

BOX 146

ADDITIONAL MISCELLANEOUS FILES

BOXES 147-148 (Correspondence, Legislation, Department files, Congressional Records, etc.)

SCRAPBOOKS

Individual scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings, 1948-1973

INVENTORY OF NORRIS COTTON'S NON-MANUSCRIPT MATERIALS

(Items assigned numbers with corresponding numbered slip attached to each individual item.) 1 Gavel, for the Committee of Appropriations (dated 1962-75). 2 Gold Elephant given to Cotton by Everett McKinley Dirkson in 1955. 3 Copy of the record, THE LION'S HEART, with letter of presentation from Donald H. McGannon, President of Westinghouse Broadcasting Company. 4 Wooden plaque signed by President Nixon, citing Cotton for distinguished service in promoting the employment of the handicapped, May 2, 1974. 5 Framed proclamation from the New Hampshire Nurses Association expressing gratitude for Cotton's 27 years of service in Congress...October 2, 1973. 6 Framed black and white print of the Capitol Building. 7 Framed proclamation signed by State Chairman Bass, Assistant State Chairman Zachos, and National Committeemen Smith and Perkins. 8-9 Two posters announcing Cotton's visit to UNH on April 27, 1977. His talk was presented by the Friends of the UNH Library. [Note: Missing as of 11/89]. 10 Framed color photo of Cotton and Nixon. 11 Framed black and white photo of Cotton, Kennedy, and Gray. 12 Framed black and white photo of Cotton and Eisenhower. 13 Framed proclamation signed by President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of State Dean Rusk, appointed Cotton Advisory member of Commission on Marine Science, Engineering, and Resources, January 9, 1967. 14 Framed black and white photo of Cotton and Johnson. 15 Framed proclamation marking Cotton's retirement from the U.S. Senate signed by President Nixon, 23 Senators, etc. 16 Framed picture of Cotton and McIntyre marking Cotton's receiving the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award. 17 Framed message from Meldrim Thomson, Governor of New Hampshire, marking the unveiling of Cotton's portrait with black and white photo of oil portrait. 18 Framed color photo of President Gerald Ford. 19 Photo of Desk on Senate floor (and rubbing) used by Daniel Webster in the 1800's and by Cotton, May ll, 1972. 20 Framed proclamation making October Norris Cotton Month, from Meldrim Thomson, N. H. Governor. 21 Framed color photo of Cotton, Laird, and Bennett. 22 Framed black and white photo of Ash, Cotton, Magnuson, Ford, and Korologos. 23 Framed letter from (then Vice-President) Richard Nixon, 1961. 24 Framed black and white photo of Cabinet Room, June 8, 1970. 25 Framed color photo of President Ford. 26 Framed black and white photo of Cotton and Johnson. 27 Framed black and white photo of Cotton, Griffin, Scott, Smith, and Ollcott (?) 28 Framed black and white photo of Warren G. Magnuson with Congressional Record clippings of his speech in the Senate marking Cotton's retirement, September 18, 1974. Books: 29 Appropriations, Budgets Estimates, etc. Statements. Government Printing Office, 1966. 30 The First Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1961. Ceremonies and Re-enactment of the one hundredth anniversary of... Government Printing Office, 1962. 31 Goldwater, Barry. FACE OF ARIZONA. Frank P. Middleton, publisher, 1964. 32 The National Register of Historic Places. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Government Printing Office, 1974 supplement. (Letter of presentation enclosed.) 33 The 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1959. Government Printing Office, 1959. 34 Select Committee on Small Business, U.S.Senate. 12th Annual Report, No. 1491. 87th Congress, 2nd Session. Government Printing Office, 1962. 35 Select Committee on Small Business, U.S.Senate. 13th Annual Report, No. 104. 88th Congress, lst Session. Government Printing Office, 1963. 36 Select Committee on Small Business, U.S. Senate. 15th Annual Report, No. 635. 89th Congress, lst Session. Government Printing Office, 1965. 37 Washington's Farewell Address - this copy was read by Hon. Norris Cotton in the Senate Chamber on Washington's Birthday, February 22, 1967. Nd, np. (Has Cotton's underlinings in it.) 38 Washington's Farewell Address to the People of the U.S. 89th Congress, 2nd Session. House Doc, #504. Government Printing Office, 1966. (Signed by Hubert Humphrey, Vice President, and Francis R. Valeo, Secretary of State.) 39 New Hampshire. Laws of the Legislature of 1971 through July 1971. Secretary of State, Concord, N.H. 40 Raven. Franklin Pierce College Yearbook, 1973. (Cotton on page 96) 41 Remarks of President Gerald R. Ford in the East Room of the White House on August 9, 1974. 42 Copy of the recording of The Inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

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