|Collection||John M. Ashbrook political collection|
|Title||John M. Ashbrook political collection|
|Caption||John M. Ashbrook|
|Imagefile||001\1968 Legislative continue.JPG|
|Object Name||Series, Archival|
|Scope & Content||
Ashbrook Center Archives
John M. Ashbrook collection
Box 3 1968
1 File Storage Box
1-Legislature: Ways and Means 90-2
2-Legislature: Ways and Means 90-2 Travel
3-Legislature: Ways and Means 90-2 Taxes
|System of arrangement||
John Ashbrook's congressional office records (legislative, executive, general files and greens) were placed first in the collection since they are almost a complete record (1968-1982) of his service to the 17th congressional district. Contained in approximately 153 boxes, most of the files are arranged alphabetically according to year and consist primarily of correspondence from constituents.
The legislative files focus on Ashbrook's activities as a legislator. They contain original correspondence from constituents to the congressman voicing their support or opposition to particular legislation. To these original letters are attached copies of Ashbrook's responses.
The executive files or departmental files consist of original constituent correspondence, a copy or copies (if a request required lengthy attention) of Ashbrook's replies, and the correspondence from the cooperating governmental department or agency contacted by the congressman on the constituent's behalf. They are stapled together by individual cases.
The general files contain primarily Ashbrook office procedure correspondence such as handling government publications' requests, thank you's, golden anniversaries, and other services to constituents. Files for travel and telephone allowances, stationery accounts, Ashbrook supporters, and other information can be found in the general files. Photographs of Ashbrook with constituents, interns and pages are included as well.
The greens serve as an index to a particular year of Ashbrook's congressional office record. These are carbon copies of all Ashbrook's outgoing correspondence and are arranged alphabetically by the name of the addressee.
After the Ashbrook congressional office records were placed copies of his bills and newsreleases /newsletters. These were sorted and arranged chronically. Within the folders of the five boxes of bills (1961-1981) are government printed copies of primarily Ashbrook bills, House resolutions, House joint resolutions, and House concurrent resolutions. Newsreleases/ newsletters (Washington Reports 1961-1981) are contained in three boxes. Also included in these files are Ashbrook Congressional Record reprints, Ashbrook tape transcripts, radio scripts, letters to colleagues, and various grants.
Following the bills and newsreleases are fifty-one boxes of Ashbrook congressional/committee activity files. Each box contains overlapping dates. More than twenty years of files (1960-1982) are present. Some of the materials pre-date 1960.
Twenty-three boxes of Ashbrook campaign files (1959-1982) followed the congressional/committee activity files. Congressional and Senate campaign files focus on Ashbrook's congressional victories and his bid for the U. S. Senate against Howard Metzenbaum.
The twenty-two miscellaneous files (1959-1982) following the campaign files contain a variety of material not easily placed under any of the previous record group headings.
The last record group following the miscellaneous files were 48 boxes of closed case files (1968-1982).