Stewart B. McKinney Papers
Scope and Content
The Stewart B. McKinney Papers provides insight into the wide variety of duties and issues which a member of the state's Congressional delegation must be familiar. In addition, the collection contains information pertaining to projects on which McKinney took particular interest. The The papers primarily consist of correspondence and printed materials from McKinney's years as a Congressman, 1970-1987. The collection has been processed only to the box level and the papers are organized into seven series.
As reference research is conducted on the collection, the broad headings have been augmented with rough subject headings as indicated on the folders within the boxes.
- undated, 1970-1986
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.
Stewart Brett McKinney, Congressman from Connecticut's Fourth District, was born in Pittsburgh, PA, 30 January 1931. He moved to Fairfield, CT as a child and made that community his home until moving to Westport in 1982. He was a resident of Green Farms, CT, until his death in Washington, D.C. on 7 May 1987.
He attended Fairfield Public Schools and Kent School. In 1953, he was one of 40 officers and enlisted men selected to attend the Dwight D. Eisenhower Citizen's Training Program at Columbia University. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Mr. McKinney was honorably discharged in 1955 with the rank of sergeant. He attended Princeton University, and was a graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in American History in 1958.
Prior to his election to Congress, Mr. McKinney was president of CMF Tires Inc. He also owned Lantern Point Real Estate Development and Corcoran Associates.
McKinney served as a State Representative in Connecticut's General Assembly, 1966-1970 and was a minority leader of the State House of Representatives, 1969-1970. McKinney was first elected as a Republican from the 4th District to the 92nd Congress on 3 November 1970, and was re-elected 8 times, 1972-1986.
In the 100th Congress, McKinney served on the Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs; the Small Business Committee; and the District of Columbia Committee. He served as the ranking minority member of the Housing and Community Development subcommittee of the Banking Committee, and also served on both the Economic Stabilization and the Financial Institutions Supervision, Regulation and Insurance Subcommittees. On the Small Business Committee, he sat on the Subcommittee on General Oversight and the Economy. He was the senior Republican on the District of Columbia Committee, and his subcommittee assignments were Fiscal Affairs and Health, and Government Operations and Metropolitan Affairs.
Mr. McKinney was married to the former Lucie Cunningham. He is survived by her and their five children— Stewart Jr., Lucie, Jean, Elizabeth McKinney Gaeta, and John.
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Stewart Brett McKinney, Congressman from Connecticut's Fourth District, was born in Pittsburgh, PA, 30 January 1931. McKinney served as a State Representative in Connecticut's General Assembly, 1966-1970 and was a minority leader of the State House of Representatives, 1969-1970. McKinney was first elected as a Republican from the 4th District to the 92nd Congress on 3 November 1970, and was re-elected 8 times, 1972-1986.
Series I: Legislative Correspondence (undated, 1971-1986) consists of incoming correspondence addressing specific issues. Prior to 1978, all incoming correspondence was filed alphabetically by the issue addressed in the letter. In 1978, Legislative Correspondence was assigned a document number and filed numerically. No general index to the document numbers has been located.
Series II: Legislative Responses (undated, 1970-1983) is comprised of outgoing correspondence in response to constituent letters. These letters consist of both form letters and original responses. This series is arranged alphabetically by month from 1970-1977. Some gaps exist in the correspondence and the last three years of this series, 1980-1983, are unsorted.
Series III: Accepts/Regrets (undated, 1971-1986) contains invitations to attend special functions that McKinney received throughout his tenure as Congressman. The invitations come from a variety of organizations and individuals. The series is organized by month, and then divided into “Accepts” and “Regrets”.
Series IV: Administrative Files (undated, 1971-1984) consists of general office files, voting records, and materials relating to McKinney's internship program
Series V: Printed Materials (undated) hold a bound and embossed set of the Select Committee on Assassinations hearings into the assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. on which McKinney served.
Series VI: Publicity (undated) contains form letters, newsletters, returned questionnaires, and general files pertaining to McKinney's public relations activities.
Series VII: Subject Files (undated) consists of printed materials concerning the wide variety of issues which McKinney pursued. They are arranged alphabetically by subject.
In 1987, the McKinney papers were transferred from Washington to the Bridgeport City Archives, where they remained until 1992.
In 1992, the papers were donated to the University of Connecticut Historical Manuscripts and Archives (now Archives & Specail Collections).
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