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D.C. City Council Resources

The Special Collections Research Center maintains an archive of documents, photographs, maps, newsletters, articles, and books detailing all aspects of the history of Washington, D.C. Many of these collections have information related to the history of the Council of the District of Columbia, including important topics such as Home Rule, statehood, and gun control. The following is a list of our collections from former Council members, Congressional records for the House District of Columbia Committee, and other records detailing the governance of the District of Columbia. 

John A. WilsonMS2154 Stewart B. McKinney, District of Columbia papers
Stewart B. McKinney (1931-1987) served as a Republican Congressman from the state of Connecticut from 1971 until his death in 1987. During his time in Congress, McKinney served as the ranking minority member of the House District of Columbia Committee. McKinney was the author of the 1973 D.C. Home Rule Act.

MS2081 Gilbert Gude papers
Gilbert Gude (1923-2007) had a long and distinguished career as a legislator from Maryland. He was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1953, to the Maryland Senate in 1962, and was then elected as a Republican to Congress, serving from 1967-76 as the Representative from the Maryland's 8th district. 

MS2070 Walter E. Fauntroy papers, part 1 and MS2310 part 2 
Walter Fauntroy utilized his civil rights experience to promote urban redevelopment within the District of Columbia. He was elected the first vice chairman appointed to the District of Columbia Council in 1967. In 1971, D.C residents elected Fauntroy to represent the District. Strongly supporting the right for full representation of the District, Fauntroy immediately began a legislative campaign in support of home rule. Fauntroy served in Congress for twenty years (1971-1991).

MS2031 Polly Shackleton papers
In 1967 Polly Shackleton was appointed to the first D.C. City Council by President Johnson. Though not reappointed to the following council term, Polly Shackleton won a seat on the District's first elected council in 1974.

MS2055 John B. Duncan papers
In 1952, after twenty-eight years of service in city government, John Bonner Duncan (1910-1994) was appointed recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia. He served in this capacity until 1961, at which time President John F. Kennedy appointed him the first African-American commissioner of the District of Columbia. President Lyndon B. Johnson re-appointed him to this position in 1964.

MS2190 John A. Wilson papers
John A. Wilson (1943-1993) served as a member of the D.C. Council from 1974 until 1993. He had represented Ward 2 for 16 years before winning the chairman's seat in 1990.

MS2010 David Clarke papers
David A. Clarke (1943-1997) served as the on the Council of the District of Columbia from 1975 until his death in 1997.

MS2182 Frank Smith Jr. papers
Frank Smith Jr. (1942- ) served as a member of the District of Columbia City Council from 1982-1998.

MS2188 Nadine P. Winter DC City Council papers
Nadine P. Winter served as the D.C. Council member representing Ward 6 from 1975 to 1990.

MS2013 Jim Graham papers
Jim Graham served as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia from 1999 until 2014 representing Ward One. Prior to this service, he served as the Executive Director of the Whitman-Walker Clinic for almost fifteen years.

MS2049 James E. Nathanson papers
James E. Nathanson was member of the Council of the District of Columbia from 1987-94. He served Ward Three.

MS2219 Linda Cropp papers
Linda Cropp served on the Council of the District of Columbia from 1990-2006, where she served as the elected Council Chairman(1997-2006). 

MS2006 Carol Schwartz papers
First elected to the Council of the District of Columbia in 1984, she served a four-year term from 1985 to 1988.. She ran again for the At-Large seat in 1996 and won elections to that position in 2000 and 2004. In 1986, 1994 and again in 2014, she ran for mayor in the District of Columbia.

MS2080 District of Columbia City Council records [copies]
This collection consists of City Council considerations, hearings, proposals, correspondence, subject files, legislation, magnetic tapes, and budget files. The collection ranges in date from 1968 to 1975 and they cover the City Council of Washington, D.C.

MS2014 Walter Tobriner papers
The materials in this collection range in date from 1949 to 1968, with the bulk of the material dating between 1961 and 1968. Most of these records represent the period in which Tobriner served on the Board of Education and Board of Commissioners.


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