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January Collection of the Month: The John A. Wilson Papers

The papers of onetime D.C. Council Chair John A. Wilson have long been a popular resource for students of D.C. history and politics. Special Collections is pleased to announce a new guide to the papers that will make it easier for scholars to navigate this large, rich collection.

John A. Wilson (1943-1993) served as a member of the D.C. Council from 1974 until 1993. He represented Ward 2 for 16 years before winning the chairman's seat in 1990. He was known for his knowledge of the city's budget and influence over the city's finances. Prior to his work in the D.C. government, Wilson had been a civil rights activist as an early organizer and later vice chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

The collection contains Wilson’s correspondence, constituent files, legislation, resolutions, clippings, campaign materials, and more. Major topics of interest include urban renewal, health care, transportation, zoning, and homelessness.

For more on this collection, check out the finding aid at: /ead/ms2190.xml

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