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Barbara B. Kennelly Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1998-0369

Scope and Content

The collection containes records compiled during Barbara Kennelly's legislative carreer. It includes correspondence to and from constituents and colleagues, notes, research materials, speeches, official congressional documents, congressional records, press clips, photographs, audio and video tapes, and special interest reports. There are no personal records of any kind, including correspondence. The only records pertaining to her gubernatorial campaign are press clips.

Dates

  • undated, 1977-1998

Access

The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.

Biography

Barbara Bailey Kennelly represented Connecticut in Congress for 17 years, leaving in 1999 as the highest ranking woman member in the history of the House of Representatives at that time. Her extensive career is the epitome of what a public servant should be, as she exhibited an unwavering dedication to helping those in need, most notably children, the elderly, and working families, not only in Connecticut but around the world. Throughout her political career, Ms. Kennelly fought for benevolent causes with strong conviction, and continues to do so today as the president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare in Washington, D.C..

Barbara Bailey was born into a politically active family 10 July 1936 in Hartford, Connecticut, where she was also raised. She received her B.A. in economics from Trinity College (Washington, D.C.) in 1958; a certificate in business administration from the Harvard Business School in 1959; and her M.A. in government from Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut) in 1971. Over her career, she has also received several honorary doctorates from schools including Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, Massachusetts); the University of Hartford (Hartford, Connecticut); Sacred Heart University (Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Saint Mary's College (South Bend, Indiana). She was married to the late James J. Kennelly, who worked as an attorney and served as a Connecticut State Representative and Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, with whom she has three daughters and a son.

Heiress to the political legacy of her father, John Bailey, a longtime leader of the Connecticut Democratic Party and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Barbara Kennelly entered politics in 1975 as a member of the Hartford Court of Common Council, a position she held until 1979 when she was elected Secretary of State for Connecticut. She served as Secretary until 1982, when she was elected to the 97th Congress by special election to fill the seat vacated upon the death of First District Representative William R. Cotter.

Kennelly served as Connecticut's First District Representative for the 97th through the 105th Congresses. She sat on many influential committees including Ways and Means, Budget, Administration, and Select Intelligence. Barbara Kennelly was only the third woman in history to serve on the 200-year-old House Ways and Means Committee and the first woman to chair one of the subcommittees of the House Intelligence Committee. In 1991, Kennelly was the first woman in United States history to be appointed Chief Deputy Majority Whip, where she served until her election as Caucus Vice Chair in 1994, the fourth ranking and the only woman in the elected leadership. She did not seek re-election for the 106th Congress, instead pursuing an unsuccessful campaign for the governorship of Connecticut.

Her legislative record reflects a deep commitment to working families, the elderly, children, and women. She championed legislation to enforce child support collection, give the working poor a tax break, and extend health care coverage to 10 million uninsured children. She was a strong advocate of Medicare and Social Security in addition to working to reform the Welfare system. Kennelly's career also included work for social justice with her repeated efforts to battle hate crimes.

Her legacy is one of a dedicated public servant, respected by Democrats and Republicans alike for her willingness to compromise while remaining true to those she represented. Barbara B. Kennelly currently resides in Hartford, Connecticut.

Extent

79.3 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Barbara Bailey Kennelly represented Connecticut in Congress for 17 years, leaving in 1999 as the highest ranking woman member in the history of the House of Representatives to that time. The collection includes correspondence to and from constituents and colleagues, notes, research materials, speeches, official congressional documents, congressional records, press clips, photographs, audio and video tapes, and special interest reports.

Arrangement

[Note: the following arrangement follows, as closely as possible, the creation of these records in Ms. Kennelly's Washington, D.C. office. To this end, several record types appear in multiple series since the records were created by different individuals with differing responsibilities over time, within the office. Folders containing materials created over several years are filed chronologically by the most recent year.]

Series I: Congressional Records (1982-1998) contains records pertaining to Barbara Kennelly's legislative work, organized chronologically by year and alphabetically by title therein. Includes the following subseries: A: Legislative Activity Guides, B: Legislative Profiles, C: House Voting Records, D: Record Statements, E: Voting Records - Interest Groups

Series II: Speeches (1979-1998) contains speeches delivered by Barbara Kennelly, organized chronologically. Note: additional speeches will be found filed under their relevant subject in Series V, with some duplication.

Series III: Press Releases (1982-1996) contains press releases issued by the office of Barbara Kennelly, organized chronologically. Note: additional press releases will be found filed under their relevant subject in Series V,with some duplication.

Series IV: Legislation (1981-1998) contains legislation generated by congress, organized chronologically by year and alphabetically therein by bill type and title. Note: additional pieces of legislation will be found filed under their relevant subject in Series V, with some duplication.

Series V: Subject Files (1977-1998) contains materials collected by Barbara Kennelly pertaining to her legislative work, and includes the following sub-series organized chronologically by year and alphabetically therein: A: Pre-congressional Career, B: 97th Congress, C: 98th Congress, D: 99th Congress, E: 100th Congress, F: 101st Congress, G: 102nd Congress, H: 103rd Congress, I: 104th Congress, J: 105th Congress, K: Date Unknown. Note: many subject files contain bills, speeches, press releases, and correspondence as they pertain to the subject.

Series VI: Correspondence (1982-1998) contains correspondence to and from Barbara Kennelly, organized chronologically by year and alphabetically by title therein. Note: many pieces of correspondence will be found filed under their relevant subject in Series V. The folders in this series have been left as ordered by the office of Barbara Kennelly.

Series VII: Writings (1982-1994) contains writings authored by Barbara Kennelly including editorials, newspaper articles, and newsletters, organized chronologically by year and alphabetically therein.

Sereis VIII: Bound Reports (1983-1985) contains bound reports issued to Kennelly.

Series IX: Press Clips (1982-1998) contains press clippings collected by Barbara Kennelly, organized chronologically by month and alphabetically by subject.

Series X: Media (1982-1998) contains various audio/visual media including videos, audio cassettes, photos, and negatives.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Ms. Kennelly in 1998.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to Connecticut's Congressional delegation. See especially, Papers of William R. Cotter.

DLC Speech Dodd 1998-0369.vr1

DLC: Making America Strong Dodd 1998-0369.vr2

Income Tax Credit PSA Dodd 1998-0369.vr3

Barbara Kennelly on CSPAN: Morning After Budget Passed 101st Congress Dodd 1998-0369.vr4

DLC Barbara Kennelly, March 10, 1989 Panel Dodd 1998-0369.vr5

Interview with Barbara Kennelly, 4/1/1991 Dodd 1998-0369.vr6

For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Separated Material

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

1990 Census of population. Social and economic characteristics. Dodd Call No. C5691

The Constitution of the United States of America: analysis and interpretation. Dodd Call No. C5614

For better or for worse: marriage and the federal income tax. Dodd Call No. C5689

In the matter of Representative New Gingrich. Dodd Call No. C 5727, C5648, C5649

Investigation of the Office of the Postmaster. Dodd Call No. B5728

The record: gains and losses for women and families in the 104th Congress. Dodd Call No. C5688

Soul of Politics. Dodd Call No. C5615

The status of women in the States. Dodd Call No. C5616

Students' reports of school crime. Dodd Call No. C 5618

Where we stand Dodd Call No. C5617

The Hartford Club 'Women Who Dare' Series with former Congresswomen Barbara Kennelly and Nancy Johnson DVD 107
Title
Barbara B. Kennelly Papers
Status
Published
Author
Archives & Special Collections staff
Date
2004 August
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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