Preservation of the
Charles W. Whalen Jr.
The University Archives and Special Collections has completed a grant-funded project to preserve the Charles W. Whalen Jr. Congressional Papers by re-housing the collection in archival boxes and folders. The project was supported in part by an award from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration. The collection consists of legislative files, correspondence, casework files, photographs, and memorabilia of former Congressman Charles W.Whalen Jr. (1920-2011) of Ohio's 3rd District, which he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1966-1979. Whalen was a 1942 graduate of the University of Dayton, and later, economics and retailing professor at UD from 1952-1966.
The collection references major political issues of the period, including civil rights and the Vietnam War, as well as issues of local government, education, development, business and industry, employment and labor relations, and other constituent concerns. The casework and general files, in particular, address funding and governance of local organizations and programs¿the Miami Conservancy District, the Dayton Youth Patrol, and the Dayton Model Cities Program, among others¿through correspondence, reports, and other documents. The topics covered provide a window into local and national life during the 1960s and 1970s. For example, funding for racial integration of the Dayton Public Schools and the impeachment of President Nixon are among the topics covered by the papers.
These unique materials were re-housed in new acid-free boxes and folders. The work was completed by Raymmond Hall, a student archives assistant, under the supervision of former University Archivist Rachel Bilokonsky. A total of 496 boxes and 4,018 folders replaced the collection's original enclosures,which had become acidic from age.
For more information on the Charles W. Whalen Jr. Congressional Papers, see the online collection guide and digitized materials from the collection on Digital@UDayton, the University Libraries' digital collections website.