September Collection of the Month: Gilbert Gude papers
Are you interested in the history of D.C. Home Rule, the Metro system, or the C&O Canal National Historical Park? The Special Collections Research Center has primary source documents on all of these topics and much more as part of the papers of Congressman Gilbert Gude of Maryland, a significant figure in modern D.C. political history.
Gude was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1953, to the Maryland Senate in 1962, and ultimately to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican from Maryland’s 8th district from 1967-1976. As the ranking Republican on the District of Columbia Committee, Gude dealt with legislation affecting the city of Washington including issues such as transit, crime, education, pollution, and D.C. representation in Congress.
This large collection (252 linear feet) of congressional papers contains his bills, correspondence, transcripts, press releases, and office files on subjects of concern to Gude’s constituents. Special Collections staff have recently completed processing the final portion of the collection, and it’s now available in its entirety. Please browse the guide to the collection here: /ead/ms2081.xml