James G. O'Hara papers: 1958-1987 (bulk 1958-1976)
Summary Information
Title: James G. O'Hara papers
Creator: O'Hara, James G.
Inclusive dates: 1958-1987
Bulk dates: 1958-1976
Extent: 53.5 linear feet
Extent: 2 oversize volumes
Location: Offsite storage; prior notification required for access.
Abstract:
Democratic congressman from Michigan, member of the House committees on Education and Labor, Interior and Insular Affairs, Budget, and the Joint Committee on Congressional Operations; and chairman of the Democratic Study Group, 1967-1968, and chairman of the Democratic Party Commission on Rules, 1969-1972. Congressional files, political files, Democratic Party materials; photographs; and post-congressional materials.
Call number: 85342 Aa 2 AC
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid prepared by: Gregory Kinney

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The bulk of the papers were received in 1978 from Congressman O'Hara (donor no. 5939). Additional materials were received in 1990 and 1992.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Appraisal:

The size of the O'Hara collection has been significantly reduced during the course of processing the papers. Duplicate items and most government publications were removed, accounting for about one-third of the bulk reduction. Several series were eliminated completely. The largest of these was an "Alphabetical File" consisting of second carbons of responses to constituent mail. Largely eliminated were the "Departmental" and "Case Files" series. These consisted mainly of routine communications, announcements, etc. from federal departments and agencies, requests from constituents for assistance or information on matters such as social security, naturalization, military discharges and draft deferments. Also largely eliminated were extensive files on post office job openings and construction, local government grant applications, and the administration of public works projects in O'Hara's district.

Selected items from some of the eliminated series were retained and interfiled in the legislative subject file. The legislative file itself was weeded to eliminate much extraneous material of limited informational value or outside the area of O'Hara's activities and interests. Particularly voluminous, but essentially repetitive, files of constituent correspondence on issues such as abortion, gun control, and busing were reduced by a non-systematic selection process. The bulk of pre-printed cards and form letters were also eliminated.

The processing and weeding of the O'Hara papers have focused the collection on those activities, events, and issues most significant in James O'Hara's career as a congressman and Democratic Party official.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., James G. O'Hara Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

James O'Hara was a Democratic congressman from the 7th and 12th districts of Michigan from 1959 to 1976. As a member of the Education and Labor Committee O'Hara was involved in shaping much of the major labor and education legislation enacted during the period. He came to be regarded as one of the principal spokesmen for organized labor in the House and was recognized as an expert on House rules and legislative tactics. O'Hara was an active participant in reform movements within the House and in the national Democratic Party. He was a founding member of the House Democratic Study Group and chaired the Democratic National Committee's Commission on Rules, 1969-1972. O'Hara gave up his seat in the House of Representatives to run for the United States Senate in 1976.

James Grant O'Hara was born November 8. 1925 in Washington, DC His family moved to Detroit when he was fourteen and O'Hara graduated from Detroit University High School in 1943. O'Hara then enlisted in the army, serving with Company B, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division. He saw combat action as a paratrooper in the Pacific theater. After his discharge from the army in April 1946, O'Hara enrolled in the University of Michigan. He received his bachelor degree in 1954 and a law degree in 1955. O'Hara married Susan Puskas in 1953 and is the father of seven children. From 1955 to 1958 O'Hara practiced law in Detroit.

O'Hara made his first bid for elective office in 1958. He secured the Democratic Party nomination for Congress from the 7th district by winning a narrow victory in the primary election. O'Hara then won the general election in the traditionally Republican district by a margin of 2768 votes. O'Hara was reelected in 1960 by a margin of 18,000 votes. Thereafter his electoral victories were generally by margins of two or three to one. The sole exception was the 1972 campaign when the effects of redistricting, a weak Democratic national ticket, and the divisive busing issue resulted in a victory margin of less than 3000 votes.

The 7th congressional district, which O'Hara represented from 1959-1962, consisted of Macomb, Huron, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac and Tuscola counties. In the redistricting of 1962 a new 12th district was consisting of Macomb County and a small part of Wayne County. O'Hara elected to establish his residence in the 12th district and represented the area from 1963-1976. The 12th district was enlarged in 1972 to include all of Macomb County except Sterling Heights and part of Warren City, St. Clair County, Avon township in Oakland County, and Buell, Fremont, and Worth townships in Sanilac County.

In his freshman term O'Hara was assigned to the Education and Labor Committee and played a significant role in the attempts to soften the anti-labor features of the Landrum-Griffin bill. He served on the Education and Labor Committee for his entire congressional career, eventually becoming one of the ranking Democratic members. He chaired a special subcommittee on migrant labor, 1971-1972, and the Special Subcommittee on Higher Education, 1973-1976. As chair of the latter subcommittee O'Hara received national attention for his work on revision of the student financial assistance programs and the control of college tuition costs.

O'Hara also served on the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, 1967-1974, and on the Joint Committee on Congressional Operations, 1973-1974. In 1973 O'Hara was appointed to the special "Hansen Committee" on reorganization of the House. Among its other recommendations, the Hansen Committee called for the creation of a House Budget Committee and the establishment of the Congressional Budget Office. In the 94th Congress O'Hara gave up his seat on the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee to accept a position on the new Budget Committee.

During his second term in Congress, O'Hara was elected to serve as regional Democratic whip for Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He held that position throughout his career and came to be recognized as one of the Democrat's most skilled floor leaders and legislative strategists. O'Hara was one of the leaders of the group of younger, generally liberal congressmen who led the fight to revive and reform the House Democratic caucus and to challenge the absolute authority of committee chairmen under the seniority system. In 1971 O'Hara waged an unsuccessful campaign for majority leader of the House.

A founding member of the Democratic Study Group in 1959, O'Hara served as vice chairman of the liberal reform group in 1965-1966 and as chairman in 1967-1968. O'Hara also participated in the Conference of Great Lakes Congressmen and was elected to succeed John Blatnik as chairman of the group in the 94th Congress.

O'Hara served on a number of national Democratic Party committees and commissions. He was frequently a delegate to the party's national convention and served on the credentials committee of the 1968 convention. After the disruptions of the 1968 convention, O'Hara was appointed by the Democratic National Committee to head a Commission on Party Rules. The Commission, which held hearings and meetings from 1969-1972, was charged with making recommendations for the rules and procedures for the 1972 Democratic convention. O'Hara was chairman of the 1972 Convention Rules Committee and also acted as parliamentarian for the convention.

Following the 1972 convention O'Hara was appointed to the Democratic Party Charter Commission headed by Terry Sanford. He was also a member of the Commission on the Selection of Vice Presidential Candidates. Though not a member of the Mikulski Commission on Delegate Selection, O'Hara worked closely with it and later served on the Compliance Review Commission charged with enforcing the Mikulski Commission's delegate selection guidelines for the 1976 party convention.

O'Hara was a charter member and national co-chairman of the Coalition for a Democratic Majority. This organization of "regular Democrats" was formed in the aftermath of the landslide defeat the Democratic party suffered in 1972. It was opposed to the "new politics" represented by the McGovern faction of the party and sought to revise the reforms instituted after the 1968 convention.

In 1976 O'Hara sought the Democratic Party nomination for United States senator to succeed the retiring Phil Hart. O'Hara lost the primary election to Donald Riegle and Richard Austin. After finishing out his term in the 94th Congress O'Hara returned to the practice of law. He died March 13, 1989.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The James G. O'Hara Papers, 1958-1987, comprise 53.5 linear feet of material documenting his career as a member of Congress, his 1976 campaign for the Senate nomination, his service on various commissions and committees of the national Democratic Party, and his various activities and interests after leaving the House of Representatives. The collection has been organized in two subgroups: Congressional Papers and Post-Congressional Activities with most of the papers accumulated during his years in Congress. The papers include correspondence, staff memoranda and background papers, speeches, press releases, campaign brochures and literature, texts of bills sponsored or co-sponsored by O'Hara, transcripts of hearings and minutes of meetings, a diary kept by O'Hara from April to August 1969, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio and video tapes, and scrapbooks.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Education -- United States.
  • Energy conservation.
  • Labor laws and legislation -- United States.
  • Migrant agricultural laborers -- United States.
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Mich.)
  • United States -- Congress -- Elections, 1976.
  • United States -- Economic policy.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
  • Politics and government -- 1961-1970.
  • Politics and government -- 1971-1980.
  • Motion pictures.
  • Photographs.
  • Videotapes.
  • Coalition for a Democratic Majority.
  • Democratic Party (Mich.)
  • Democratic Party (U.S.). Charter Commission.
  • Democratic Party (U.S.). Commission on Rules.
  • O'Hara, James G.
  • United States. Congress. House.
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor.
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs.
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Budget.
  • United States. Congress. Joint Committee on Congressional Operations.
  • Democratic Party (U.S.)
  • Democratic National Convention (1972 : Miami Beach, Fla.)
  • Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978.
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
  • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
  • O'Hara, James G.
  • United States. Congress. House.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Congressional Papers [subgrp]

The Congressional Papers subgroup is divided into ten record series: Biographical Material (1 folder); Legislative Files, 1959-1976 (30 ft.); Bills File, 1959-1976 (2 ft.); Speeches, 1959-1976 (1.5 ft.); Public Relations, 1959-1976 (2 ft.); Political Files, 1958-1976 (6 ft.); Democratic Party, 1968-1975 (4.75 ft.); Miscellaneous (.25 ft.); Visual Materials (2 linear ft.); and Sound Recordings (1 linear ft.). This arrangement generally retains the filing system established by O'Hara's office. In several instances files have been combined to form new series or subseries.

 
Biography [series]

The Biographical series includes a folder of biographical information and two scrapbooks covering O'Hara's career, 1958 to 1974.

Box   1  
Miscellaneous
Oversize Volume   1  
Scrapbook 1958-1963
Oversize Volume   2  
Scrapbook 1964-1974
 
Legislative Files [series]

The Legislative Files series contains material relating to pending or proposed legislation, congressional investigations, and a variety of issues of local or national importance. The bulk of the subject files concern issues that came before the committees on which O'Hara served most notably labor, education, and natural resources and pollution. Other files reflect issues of particular concern to O'Hara's constituents, of personal or professional concern to O'Hara, or of general national interest.

The subject files consist primarily of correspondence from constituents, fellow members of Congress, or parties interested in legislative action on a subject, staff memoranda and background papers, and occasionally transcripts of hearings or committee meetings. The Legislative series is arranged chronologically by Congress and thereunder alphabetically by subject. Individual items have generally not been systematically arranged within folders.

The labor subject files contain information on the passage of the Landrum-Griffin Act, the Manpower Training and Development Act, minimum wage and overtime pay legislation proposed by O'Hara, the McNamara-O'Hara Services Contract Act, reform of the National Labor Relations Act, common situs picketing, pension fund protection, mine safety, and other topics.

O'Hara took a particular interest in the problems of migrant workers. The files reflect his repeated attempts to extend the National Labor Relations Act to cover migrant labor and efforts to provide farm workers with the protection of minimum wage, workman's compensation, and occupational safety legislation. The files also illuminate O'Hara's close relationship with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union.

The education files document O'Hara's role in the formulation of most of the significant education legislation enacted during the period, most notably the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the Higher Education Act of 1965, and subsequent amendments to both acts. There are extensive files from O'Hara's tenure as chairman of the Special Subcommittee on Higher Education. Major topics include college tuition costs; student financial assistance, particularly the Guaranteed Student Loan, Basic Educational Opportunity Grant, and work study programs; sexual discrimination and affirmative action programs in higher education; and the conflict between the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Amateur Athletic Union over the control of amateur athletics.

The Natural Resources/Pollution files represents a combination of material originally scattered under several subject headings. The most significant-of these combined files relate to O'Hara's repeated sponsorship of-legislation to create the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline, flood control and pollution cleanup on the Clinton River, and the National Land Use Planning Act.

Other significant subject files include civil rights and busing, foreign affairs, gun control, and congressional and electoral college reform. O'Hara gained some notice in his first term for his efforts to strengthen the voting rights bill of 1960. He was later intimately involved in the passage of the civil rights acts of 1964 and 1966 and the 1965 voting rights act. O'Hara also played a role in the move to prevent the seating of the Mississippi congressional delegation in 1965.

Though a consistent opponent of racial and sexual discrimination, O'Hara became an outspoken critic of affirmative action plans that employed quotas. O'Hara also took a strong position against busing to achieve racial integration of schools. The files include voluminous correspondence from his constituents on the Detroit busing controversy and material on O'Hara's efforts to secure statutory and constitutional prohibitions on busing. Material on civil rights and busing can also be found in the Legislative files under the labor and education headings and in the Political series under the 1972 campaign.

The Vietnam War is the major topic covered in the foreign affairs subject files. O'Hara was generally a loyal supporter of the Johnson administration policy in Vietnam through 1968. He later advocated a gradual American withdrawal. The Vietnam files consist mainly of constituent correspondence. There is some material illustrating O'Hara's efforts to maintain congressional support for Johnson administration policy and his eventual switch to a moderate criticism of the war effort.

 
86th Congress 1959-1960 [subseries]
 
Labor Reform Bills
Box   1  
Background and Analysis (5 folders)
 
Correspondence
Box   1  
General (2 folders)
Box   1  
Elliot Bill
Box   1  
Landrum-Griffin Bill (2 folders)
Box   1  
Shelley Bill
Box   1  
Clippings
Box   1  
Voting Rights Bill
 
87th Congress 1961-1962 [subseries]
 
Agriculture
Box   1  
Dairy
Box   1  
Sugar Beet Quota
Box   1  
Wheat Program
Box   1  
Civil Defense
Box   1  
Detroit Ordnance Tank Automotive Command
 
Education
Box   1  
Aid to Parochial Schools (5 folders)
Box   2  
Federal Aid to Local Education (3 folders)
Box   2  
Juvenile Delinquency
Box   2  
National Defense Education Act (2 folders)
Box   2  
Practical Nurses Training Program
Box   2  
Special and Handicapped Education
Box   2  
Vocational and Extension Programs
 
Foreign Affairs
Box   2  
General (2 folders)
Box   2  
Foreign Aid
Box   2  
Cuba
Box   2  
Federal Communications Commission
Box   2  
Gun Control
Box   2  
Hercules Powder Company
Box   2  
House Un-American Activities Committee
Box   2  
John Birch Society
 
Labor
Box   2  
General
Box   2  
Child Agricultural Labor
Box   2  
Equal Employment Opportunity Act
Box   2  
Equal Pay Act
Box   2  
ILGW and NAACP
Box   2  
Manpower Training Act
Box   2  
Minz Safety Act
Box   2  
National Labor Relations Board (2 folders)
Box   2  
Situs Picketing
Box   2  
Welfare and Pension Plans
Box   2  
Youth Employment Opportunities Act
Box   3  
Migrant Labor
Box   3  
Mueller Brass Company
 
Natural Resources/Pollution
Box   3  
General
Box   3  
Cass River Watershed (South Branch)
Box   3  
Clinton River Watershed (2 folders)
Box   3  
St. Lawrence Seaway
Box   3  
Water Pollution Control Programs
Box   3  
Wilderness Bill
Box   3  
Railroad "Piggyback Carriers" (2 folders)
Box   3  
Selfridge Air Force Base
Box   3  
Tax Credit Bill
Box   3  
Warren, Earl
 
88th Congress 1963-1964 [subseries]
 
Civil Rights (5 folders)
Box   3  
Education
Box   3  
Aid to Federally Impacted Areas
Box   3  
Aid to Parochial Schools
Box   3  
Federal Aid to Local Schools
Box   3  
Higher Education Bill
Box   3  
Library Services Act
Box   3  
National Arts and Culture Development Act
Box   4  
National Defense Education Act
Box   4  
School Lunch Act
Box   4  
Special Advisory Group on Higher Education (2 folders)
Box   4  
Vocational Education
Box   4  
Federal Commission on Aging
 
Foreign Affairs
Box   4  
General
Box   4  
Nuclear Testing
Box   4  
Vietnam and Laos
Box   4  
House Un-American Activities Committee
 
Labor
Box   4  
General
Box   4  
Davis-Bacon Act Amendments (2 folders)
Box   4  
Domestic Peace Corps
Box   4  
Doubletime for Overtime Bill (3 folders)
Box   4  
Economic Opportunity Act (War on Poverty) (2 folders)
Box   4  
Fair Employment Practices Act
Box   4  
Fair Labor Practices Act-
Box   4  
Manpower Act Amendments (2 folders)
Box   4  
Radiation Workers Compensation Act
Box   4  
Union Bonding Regulations
Box   4  
Youth Conservation Corps
Box   5  
Migrant Labor
Box   5  
Public Defender Program
 
Railroads
Box   5  
Labor Disputes
Box   5  
Minimum Rate Regulations
Box   5  
Selfridge Air Force Base
Box   5  
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Box   5  
Sugar Beet Quotas
 
89th Congress 1965-1966 [subseries]
 
Agriculture
Box   5  
Farm Bill
Box   5  
Wheat Clears/Hercules Powder Company (3 folders)
Box   5  
Automobile Safety
Box   5  
Automotive Parts Trade Pact
 
Civil Rights
Box   5  
General
Box   5  
Selma, Alabama
Box   5  
1965 Voting Rights Act (2 folders)
Box   5  
1966 Civil Rights Bill (6 folders)
 
Education
Box   6  
General
Box   6  
Aid to Federally Impacted Areas
Box   6  
Aid to Parochial Schools (3 folders)
Box   6  
Elementary and Secondary Education Bill (5 folders)
Box   6  
Higher Education Bill
Box   6  
National Defense Education Act
Box   6  
National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities
Box   6  
Gun Control "Dodd Bill" (3 folders)
 
Foreign Affairs
Box   6  
Vietnam (3 folders)
 
Labor
Box   6  
General
Box   6  
Doubletime for Overtime Bill
Box   7  
Fair Labor Standards Act (5 folders)
Box   7  
Federal Employees Compensation Act (2 folders)
Box   7  
Handicapped Workers
Box   7  
Industry Promotion Bill
Box   7  
Manpower Development and Training Act (4 folders)
Box   7  
Manpower Services Act (2 folders)
Box   7  
Mine Safety Act (5 folders)
Box   7  
National Labor Relations Board (3 folders)
Box   8  
Service Contract Act
Box   8  
Situs Picketing Bill (2 folders)
Box   8  
Taft-Hartley Act (Right-to-Work Laws) (6 folders)
Box   8  
Unemployment Compensation Bill (2 folders)
Box   8  
Medicare (3 folders)
Box   8  
Migrant Labor
Box   8  
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Challenge
 
Natural Resources/Pollution
Box   8  
Clinton River
Box   8  
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Box   8  
Water Pollution
Box   8  
Prayer in Schools
Box   8  
Reapportionment, "Dirksen Amendment" (3 folders)
Box   8  
Selfridge Air Force Base
Box   8  
War on Poverty
 
90th Congress 1967-1968 [subseries]
Box   9  
Anti-Poverty Program
Box   9  
Correspondence (3 folders)
Box   9  
Background and Analysis' (3 folders)
Box   9  
Conference Report (2 folders)
 
Investigations
Box   9  
Detroit
Box   9  
Guthrie, Oklahoma
Box   9  
Newark, New Jersey
Box   9  
Budget Cuts
 
Civil Rights
Box   9  
General
Box   9  
Open Housing
Box   9  
School Desegregation
Box   9  
Drug Control
 
Education
 
Elementary and Secondary Education Bill
Box   9  
General (4 folders)
Box   9  
Aid to Private Schools
Box   9  
Civil Rights Provisions
Box   10  
Quie Amendments (2 folders)
Box   10  
Higher Education Act Amendments
Box   10  
Eighteen Year Old Vote
Box   10  
Electoral College Reform
 
Foreign Affairs
Box   10  
Middle East Crisis
Box   10  
Vietnam (4 folders)
Box   10  
Gun Control (5 folders)
Box   10  
Hazardous Substances Labeling Act
Box   10  
HEW Appropriations Bill
Box   10  
Income Tax Credit Bill
Box   10  
Income Tax Surcharge (2 folders)
 
Labor
Box   10  
General
Box   10  
Age Discrimination-Airline Stewardesses (2 folders)
Box   10  
Commission on Older Workers
Box   10  
Construction Safety Bill
Box   10  
Employment Services Act
Box   11  
Guaranteed Employment Act
Box   11  
Manpower Development and Training Act (2 folders)
Box   11  
National Labor Relations Board
Box   11  
Occupational Safety and Health (3 folders)
Box   11  
Right-to-Work Legislation
Box   11  
Service Contracts Bill
Box   11  
Situs Picketing Bill (2 folders)
Box   11  
Migrant Labor (4 folders)
 
Natural Resources/Pollution
Box   11  
General
Box   11  
Clinton River
Box   11  
Redwoods National Park (2 folders)
Box   11  
Sleeping Bear Dunes (3 folders)
Box   12  
Powell, Adam Clayton
Box   12  
Prayer in Schools
Box   12  
Presidential Debate Bill
Box   12  
Reapportionment "Dirksen Amendment"
Box   12  
Selective Service (2 folders)
Box   12  
Social Security (3 folders)
Box   12  
Supreme Court
 
Transportation
Box   12  
General
Box   12  
Railroad Strike Bill
 
Urban Riots/Crime Control
Box   12  
General (3 folders)
Box   12  
Detroit Riot
Box   12  
Riot Prevention Bill (2 folders)
 
91st Congress 1969-1970 [subseries]
Box   12  
Anti-Ballistic Missile System
 
Civil Rights
Box   12  
General
Box   12  
Age Discrimination
Box   12  
Equal Employment Opportunity Act Amendments
Box   12  
School Desegregation
Box   12  
Sex Discrimination at University of Michigan
Box   12  
Congressional Reorganization (3 folders)
Box   13  
Consumer Full Warranty Protection Bill (2 folders)
 
Crime
Box   13  
General
Box   13  
Bethel Church Incident/Judge Crockett
Box   13  
Campus Disorder
Box   13  
Economic Opportunity Act Amendment-s
Box   13  
Education
 
General
Box   13  
Aid to Private Schools
Box   13  
Busing
Box   13  
Elementary and Secondary Education Bill (2 folders)
Box   13  
Federal Aid to Education
Box   13  
Higher Education Bill
Box   13  
Sex Education
Box   13  
Eighteen Year Old Vote
Box   13  
Electoral College Reform (2 folders)
 
Foreign Affairs: Vietnam
Box   13  
General (6 folders)
Box   14  
General (2 folders)
Box   14  
My Lai
Box   14  
House Resolution 613
Box   14  
Freedom of the Press (Nixon/Agnew attack on the media)
Box   14  
Gun Control
Box   14  
HEW Appropriations Bill (Nixon Veto) (4 folders)
 
Labor
Box   14  
Employment Services Bill
Box   14  
Guaranteed Employment Bill
Box   14  
Job Corps
Box   14  
Manpower Act (5 folders)
Box   14  
Mine Safety Bill
Box   14  
Occupational Safety Legislation
 
Migrant Labor
Box   15  
General
Box   15  
Grape Boycott
Box   15  
NLRA Coverage
Box   15  
Unemployment Compensation
 
Natural Resources/Pollution
Box   15  
Air Pollution
Box   15  
Auto Emission Control
 
Clinton River
Box   15  
Channelization Project (2 folders)
Box   15  
Clean-up Project (2 folders)
Box   15  
Flood Control (3 folders)
Box   15  
Mercury Pollution of St. Clair River
Box   15  
National Parks
Box   15  
Sea Lamprey Problem
Box   15  
Sleeping Bear Dunes (8 folders)
Box   16  
Water Pollution
Box   16  
Selective Service System
Box   16  
Selfridge Air Force Base
Box   16  
Tax Reform (3 folders)
Box   16  
Welfare Reform
 
92nd Congress 1971-1972 [subseries]
Box   16  
Abortion
Box   16  
Automobile Insurance
Box   16  
Campaign Spending Bill
Box   16  
CBS News Contempt Citation
 
Education
Box   16  
General
Box   16  
Anti-busing Amendment (O'Hara)
Box   16  
Busing (8 folders)
Box   17  
Comprehensive Child Development Act
Box   17  
Desegregation and Busing
Box   17  
Education Parks
Box   17  
Elementary and Secondary Education Bill
Box   17  
Emergency Desegregation Act
Box   17  
Federal Aid to Education
Box   17  
Fund for the Improvement of Secondary Education
Box   17  
Invitations to O'Hara
Box   17  
O'Hara's Washington Educators Conference
Box   17  
Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee Markup Sessions (2 folders)
 
Student Assistance
Box   17  
National Direct Student Loans
Box   17  
Peace Officers Memorial Scholarship
Box   17  
Thank You's to O'Hara
Box   17  
Veterans' Cost of Instruction Program
Box   17  
Veteran's G.I. Bill Extension
Box   17  
Vocational Education
Box   17  
Equal Employment Opportunity Enforcement Act
 
Foreign Affairs
Box   17  
Lithuania and Ukraine
 
Vietnam
Box   17  
General (5 folders)
Box   17  
POWs/MIAs (2 folders)
Box   17  
United Nations
Box   18  
Gun Control "Bayh Bill" (2 folders)
Box   18  
HEW Appropriation Bill
Box   18  
Joint Government Operations Committee
Box   18  
Kosciusko National Historic Site
 
Labor
Box   18  
General
Box   18  
Davis-Bacon Act (2 folders)
Box   18  
Fair Labor Standards Act
Box   18  
Manpower
Box   18  
Minimum Wage
Box   18  
Occupational Safety and Health
Box   18  
Pension Fund Insurance
Box   18  
Public Service Employment
Box   18  
Service Contracts Act (3 folders)
Box   18  
Sex Discrimination at University of Michigan
Box   18  
Situs Picketing
Box   18  
Sugarcane Workers
Box   18  
Wage and Price Freeze
Box   18  
West Coast Dock Strike
 
Migrant Labor
Box   18  
General Correspondence
 
Child Labor
Box   18  
American Friends Service Committee Report
Box   18  
Correspondence
Box   18  
Committee Action
Box   18  
Proposed Hearings
Box   19  
Crew Leader Bill
Box   19  
Education
Box   19  
Farm Labor Relations Act (2 folders)
Box   19  
Farm Safety Regulations
Box   19  
Food Stamps
Box   19  
Grape and Lettuce Boycotts
Box   19  
Health Care
Box   19  
Housing
 
Illegal Immigrants
Box   19  
General
Box   19  
Romulo Avaloz Case
Box   19  
Manpower Programs
Box   19  
OEO Programs
Box   19  
O'Hara Press Statements
Box   19  
Subcommittee Bills
Box   19  
United Farmworkers
Box   19  
United Migrants for Opportunity, Inc.
Box   19  
Workmen's Compensation
Box   19  
National Health Insurance
 
Natural Resources/Pollution
Box   19  
General
Box   19  
Alaska Native Claims Bill
Box   19  
Great Lakes Water Levels (4 folders)
Box   19  
National Parks and Recreation Areas
Box   19  
Ocean Mammal Protection Bill
Box   19  
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Box   19  
Wild Horses Bill
Box   19  
Office of Economic Opportunity Programs
Box   20  
Public Works Acceleration Bill
Box   20  
Revenue Sharing Act
Box   20  
School Prayer Amendment
Box   20  
Social Security Benefit Increase
Box   20  
Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments
Box   20  
Supersonic Transport
Box   20  
Taxes
Box   20  
Thank You Letters to O'Hara
Box   20  
Veterans' Affairs
Box   20  
Welfare Reform-Detroit Hearings (2 folders)
 
93rd. Congress 1973-1974 [subseries]
Box   20  
Abortion (5 folders)
Box   20  
Amnesty for Draft Evaders
Box   20  
Budget Committee
Box   20  
Campaign Finance Reform
Box   20  
Capital Punishment
Box   20  
Congressional Reform (2 folders)
Box   20  
Economic Stabilization Act (2 folders)
 
Education
Box   21  
Amateur Athletics (2 folders)
Box   21  
Busing (5 folders)
Box   21  
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (2 folders)
Box   21  
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Box   21  
Federal Aid to Education
 
Higher Education
Box   21  
General
 
College Tuition
Box   21  
Carnegie Commission/CED Reports (3 folders)
Box   21  
Low/No Tuition Proposals (3 folders)
Box   21  
O'Hara article on Free Tuition
Box   21  
O'Hara Two Years Free College Proposal
Box   21  
Commendations to O'Hara (2 folders)
Box   21  
Eisenhower College
Box   21  
Funding Bills (3 folders)
Box   21  
Hoover Institute on War, Revolution, and Peace
Box   21  
Memoranda to Committee Members
 
Student Assistance
Box   22  
General (4 folders)
Box   22  
Aid to Law Students
Box   22  
Basic Opportunity Grants (3 folders)
Box   22  
Guaranteed Student Loan Program (6 folders)
Box   22  
Hearings (4 folders)
Box   22  
Michigan Colleges
Box   22  
National Defense Student Loan Program
Box   22  
O'Hara Open Letter on Financial Aid
Box   22  
State Commissions
Box   22  
Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grants
Box   22  
Thank You Letters to O'Hara
Box   22  
Work Study Program
Box   23  
Subcommittee Minutes
Box   23  
Truman Memorial Scholarships
Box   23  
Impoundment of Appropriated Funds
Box   23  
Invitations to O'Hara
Box   23  
Vocational Education
Box   23  
Electoral College Reform
 
Foreign Affairs
Box   23  
General
Box   23  
Aid to Turkey
Box   23  
Prisoners of War
Box   23  
Vietnam (3 folders)
Box   23  
Gun Control (2 folders)
Box   23  
Hansen Committee on House Organization
Box   23  
HEW Appropriations Bill
Box   23  
Joint Committee on Congressional Operations
 
Labor
Box   23  
Food Stamps for Strikers
Box   23  
Manpower Programs
Box   23  
Minimum Wage
Box   23  
National Employment Priorities Act
Box   23  
Occupational Health and Safety
Box   23  
Pension Fund Insurance (ERISA) (5 folders)
Box   24  
Public Service Employment
Box   24  
Meat Inspection Standards
Box   24  
Migrant Labor
Box   24  
National Health Insurance
 
Natural Resources/Pollution
Box   24  
General
Box   24  
Air and Water Pollution
Box   24  
Alaska Pipeline Bill
Box   24  
Clinton River
Box   24  
Energy Crisis
Box   24  
Federal Energy Office
Box   24  
Great Lakes Water Levels (2 folders)
Box   24  
Isle Royale National Park
Box   24  
Land Use Planning Act (2 folders)
Box   24  
National Parks and Recreation Areas
Box   24  
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Box   24  
Strip Mining Bill
Box   25  
Nixon Impeachment (5 folders)
Box   25  
Nixon Pardon (2 folders)
Box   25  
Office of Economic Opportunity Phase-out (2 folders)
Box   25  
Railroads-Abandoned Lines
Box   25  
Rockefeller Vice-Presidential Nomination
Box   25  
Taxes
Box   25  
Youth Summer Sports Programs
 
94th Congress 1975-1976 [subseries]
Box   25  
Abortion
Box   25  
Budget Committee (6 folders)
Box   25  
Consumer Protection Agency
Box   25  
Crime Bill
 
Education
Box   26  
General
Box   26  
Appropriations Bill
Box   26  
Busing (2 folders)
Box   26  
Child and Family Services Act (5 folders)
Box   26  
Elementary and Secondary Education Act
 
Higher Education
Box   26  
General
 
Affirmative Action
Box   26  
General (3 folders)
Box   26  
Hearings
Box   26  
Response to O'Hara Speech
Box   26  
Reverse Discrimination
Box   26  
Higher Education Act Amendment 1975 (2 folders)
Box   26  
Higher Education Act Amendments 1976 (2 folders)
Box   26  
Keppel Task Force
Box   26  
O'Hara Press Statements
 
Student Assistance
Box   27  
General (5 folders)
Box   27  
Accreditation
Box   27  
Basic Opportunity Grants (2 folders)
Box   27  
Cooperative Education
Box   27  
G.I. Bill
Box   27  
Guaranteed Student Loan Program (6 folders)
Box   27  
Mark-up (2 folders)
Box   27  
Migrant Workers
Box   27  
Needs Analysis
Box   27  
Office of Education Regulations
Box   28  
O'Hara Bill (4 folders)
Box   28  
O'Hara Half-Cost Proposal
Box   28  
State Allocations
Box   28  
Trio Programs (3 folders)
Box   28  
Work Study (3 folders)
Box   28  
Title II
Box   28  
Title VI (2 folders)
 
Title IX (Sex Discrimination)
Box   28  
General (5 folders)
Box   28  
Fraternities and Sororities
Box   28  
Hearings
Box   29  
O'Hara Bill (2 folders)
Box   29  
O'Hara Press Statements
Box   29  
Title X
Box   29  
Tuition Proposals
Box   29  
School Lunch Program (2 folders)
Box   29  
Vocational Education
 
Foreign Affairs
Box   29  
Foreign Aid
Box   29  
Middle East
Box   29  
Rhodesian Chrome Import Ban
Box   29  
Soviet Bloc
Box   29  
Turkish Arms Embargo
Box   29  
Vietnam
Box   29  
Vietnamese Refugees
 
Great Lakes Conference
Box   29  
Appointments to Maritime Commission
Box   29  
General Correspondence
Box   29  
Lake Water Levels
Box   29  
Oil Drilling in Lake Erie
Box   29  
Organization and Procedure
Box   29  
Reserve Mining Case
Box   29  
User Fees
Box   29  
Waste Water Discharge
Box   29  
Gun Control
Box   29  
Hayes, Wayne
 
Labor
Box   29  
General
Box   29  
Davis-Bacon Act
Box   29  
Humphrey-Hawkins Bill
Box   29  
Minimum Wage
Box   29  
National Labor Relations Board
Box   29  
Occupational Safety and Health
Box   29  
Pensions
Box   29  
Public Service Employment (CETA)
Box   29  
Right to Work Laws
Box   30  
Situs Picketing Bill (3 folders)
Box   30  
Unemployment Compensation
Box   30  
Migrant Labor
 
Natural Resources/Pollution
Box   30  
General
Box   30  
Auto Emission Controls
Box   30  
Auto Fuel Efficiency Requirements
Box   30  
Clean Air Act-Dingell Amendment
Box   30  
Energy (2 folders)
Box   30  
Environmental Protection Agency
Box   30  
Natural Gas Deregulation
Box   30  
St. John's Marsh
Box   30  
Strip Mining
Box   30  
Railroad Transportation
Box   30  
Revenue Sharing
Box   30  
Social Security
 
Taxation
Box   30  
General
Box   30  
Gasoline Tax
Box   30  
Marine Engine Tax
Box   30  
Tax Reform
 
Bills File [series]

The Bills File series includes the texts of bills sponsored or co-sponsored by O'Hara. There are also chronological and subject summaries of the bills introduced by O'Hara which indicate the action taken on the bills.

Box   31  
Summary of Legislation Introduced by O'Hara (2 folders)
Box   31  
86th-92nd Congress 1959-1972
Box   32  
93rd-94th Congress 1973-1976
 
Speeches [series]

The Speeches series contains texts and notes of speeches given by O'Hara. Included in the series are campaign speeches, commencement addresses, talks to professional groups and labor organizations, and occasional formal statements or testimony given before congressional or Democratic Party committees. "Speeches" given on the floor of the House, as recorded in the Congressional Record, are included in the Miscellaneous series. Several speeches on party reform have been filed in the Democratic Party series.

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undated
Box   33  
1959-1964
Box   33  
1965
Box   33  
1966
Box   33  
undated, 1967-May 1967
Box   33  
June-December 1967
Box   33  
1968 undated
Box   33  
undated 1968-February 1968
Box   33  
March-December 1968
Box   33  
undated 1969-May 1969
Box   33  
June-October 1969
Box   33  
November-December 1969
Box   33  
undated January 1970
Box   33  
February-September 1970
Box   33  
October-December 1970
Box   33  
1971
Box   33  
1972
Box   33  
January-July 1973
Box   33  
August-October 1973
Box   33  
November-December 1973
Box   34  
1974 undated
Box   34  
January-February 1974
Box   34  
June-July 1974
Box   34  
August-October 5, 1974
Box   34  
October 6-December 1974
Box   34  
January-March 1975
Box   34  
April 1975
Box   34  
May 1975
Box   34  
June-July 1975
Box   34  
August-October 15, 1975
Box   34  
October 16-December 1975
Box   34  
undated 1976-March 1976
Box   34  
April-December 1976
 
Public Relations [series]

The Public Relations series includes copies of O'Hara's congressional newsletter, 1960-1976, weekly newspaper column, 1960-1970, press releases, 1959-1976, transcripts of radio reports to the district, 1965-1967, and constituent questionnaires. Also included is an appearance file containing correspondence relating to O'Hara speaking engagements and material on Municipal Officials Conferences sponsored by O'Hara.

Box   34  
Newsletter 1960-1976
 
Newspaper Column
Box   34  
1960
Box   34  
1963-1964
Box   34  
1965
Box   34  
1966
Box   34  
1967
Box   34  
1968
Box   34  
1969
Box   34  
1970
Box   34  
Articles for "Forest Teacher," 1967-1968
Box   35  
Press Releases 1955-1976
 
Radio Reports
Box   36  
1965
Box   36  
January-May 1966
Box   36  
June-August 1966
Box   36  
January-July 1967
Box   36  
August-December 1967
 
Constituent Questionnaire
Box   36  
1962-1966
Box   36  
1967
Box   36  
1969
Box   36  
1970
Box   36  
1971
Box   36  
1972
Box   36  
1973
Box   36  
1974
Box   36  
1976
 
Appearance File
Box   36  
1963
Box   36  
1964
Box   36  
1965-1966
Box   36  
1969 (2 folders)
Box   36  
1970
Box   36  
1971 (2 folders)
Box   36  
1972
 
Municipal Officials Conferences
Box   36  
August 16, 1965
Box   36  
November 9-10, 1967
Box   36  
March 6-7, 1969
Box   36  
March 5-6, 1970
Box   36  
April 25-26, 1974
Box   37  
Newspaper Clippings
 
Political [series]

O'Hara's congressional campaigns, 1958-1974, and his 1976 senatorial campaign are documented in the Political series. The series is arranged chronologically and files for each campaign may include brochures and campaign literature, press releases, correspondence and memoranda, polling data, and position papers. There is usually a folder of material on O'Hara's opponent. Also filed in this series is one folder on the "Liberal Papers" incident which became an issue in the 1962 campaign, material from O'Hara's service as head of the Michigan Humphrey-Muskie campaign in 1968, and papers concerning O'Hara's campaign to succeed Carl Albert as House majority leader in 1971.

Box   38  
1960 O'Hara Campaign
Box   38  
1962 O'Hara Campaign (3 folders)
Box   38  
"The Liberal Papers"
Box   38  
George Romney
Box   38  
1964 O'Hara Campaign (3 folders)
Box   38  
Right Wing Activity in Macomb County (2 folders)
Box   38  
1966 O'Hara Campaign (2 folders)
 
1968
 
O'Hara Campaign
Box   38  
Correspondence and Memoranda
Box   38  
District Opinion Survey
Box   38  
State Opinion Survey
Box   38  
Democratic National Convention, Credentials Committee
Box   38  
Humphrey Presidential Campaign (3 folders)
Box   38  
Michigan Conference of Concerned Democrats
 
1970
Box   38  
O'Hara Campaign (3 folders)
Box   39  
House Majority Leader Contest (5 folders)
 
1972
 
O'Hara Campaign
Box   39  
Brochures, etc.
Box   39  
Citizens for O'Hara Committee
Box   39  
Clippings
Box   39  
Correspondence and Memoranda
Box   39  
Fund Raising
Box   39  
Polls (2 folders)
Box   39  
Press Releases
Box   39  
Serotkin, Dave (2 folders)
Box   39  
Presidential Campaign (2 folders)
 
1974 O'Hara Campaign
Box   39  
Correspondence and Memoranda (2 folders)
Box   39  
District Polls (2 folders)
Box   39  
Tyza, Eugene
 
1976 Senate Campaign
Box   40  
Announcement of Candidacy
Box   40  
Brochures, etc.
 
Candidates
Box   40  
Austin, Richard
Box   40  
Elsman, James
Box   40  
Riegle, Donald
Box   40  
Correspondence and Memoranda (5 folders)
Box   40  
Educators for O'Hara
Box   40  
Endorsements
Box   40  
Issues Questionnaires
Box   40  
Labor for O'Hara Committee (2 folders)
Box   40  
Newsletter
Box   40  
Nominating Petitions
Box   40  
Organization and Strategy
Box   40  
Polls (2 folders)
Box   40  
Position Papers and Voting Records (2 folders)
Box   40  
Press Releases
Box   40  
Students for O'Hara Committee
Box   40  
Radio Transcripts
Box   40  
Voting Results
Box   41  
Newspaper Clippings
Box   42  
Newspaper Clippings

(continued)

Box   43  
Newspaper Clippings

(continued)

 
Democratic Party [series]

The Democratic Party series is comprised of material relating to O'Hara's chairmanship of the Commission on Rules of the Democratic National Committee and his service on other party committees and commissions in the period 1969-1975.

Box   44  
1968 Convention Credentials Committee
 
O'Hara Rules Commission 1969-1972

After the tumultuous events of 1968, the Democratic National Committee appointed two commissions to review the rules and procedures of the party and to recommend reforms to be implemented for the 1972 national convention. The Commission on Party Structure and Delegation Selection was first headed by George McGovern and then Donald Fraser.

The Commission on Rules, which O'Hara chaired, was mandated to codify and study the rules of past Democratic conventions and to propose permanent rules for the committees of the convention and for the convention itself. O'Hara conducted a series of hearings and meetings across the country and his commission issued a final report entitled "Call to Order ..." The Commissions recommendations were presented to the Rules Committee of the 1972 Democratic Convention, of which O'Hara was also chairman.

The O'Hara and McGovern-Fraser Commissions collaborated to prepare a draft charter for the party which was presented to the 1972 convention for consideration. The convention did not adopt the draft charter but did call for a Charter Commission to be established to prepare a party charter for consideration at a mid-term convention. O'Hara was appointed to the Charter Commission headed by Terry Sanford.

The Mikulski Commission was appointed by the Democratic National Committee in September 1972 to review the party's delegate selection procedure. O'Hara was not a member of the Commission but he did testify before it and followed its activities closely. In 1974 O'Hara was appointed to the Democratic Party Compliance Review Commission which was charged with enforcing the Mikulski Commission's delegate selection guidelines.

The papers relating to these commissions and committees include staff memoranda, background and issues papers, transcripts of hearing or copies of statements made to the commissions, reports and resolutions, and correspondence with commission members, Democratic Party officials, and members of the public.

 
Formation and Organization of Commission
Box   44  
Finances
Box   44  
Members
Box   44  
Staff
Box   44  
Charter Proposal (4 folders)
Box   44  
Codification of Convention Rules
 
Correspondence
 
General
Box   44  
1969
Box   44  
1970-1972
 
With Members
Box   44  
1969
Box   44  
1970-1972
Box   44  
Democratic National Committee (2 folders)
Box   44  
Final Report, "Call to Order ... "
 
Hearings
Box   44  
Washington, DC May 17, 1969 (2 folders)
Box   44  
Washington, DC July 26, 1969 (3 folders)
Box   44  
Washington, DC September 19, 1969 (2 folders)
Box   44  
Minneapolis, MN January 15, 1970 (2 folders)
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Atlanta, GA February 20, 1970 (2 folders)
Box   45  
Salt Lake City, UT April 17-18, 1970 (2 folders)
Box   45  
Oklahoma City, OK April 20, 1970 (2 folders)
Box   45  
Boston, MA May 15, 1970
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Detroit, MI June 5, 1970
Box   45  
Los Angeles, CA June 27, 1970
Box   45  
New York, NY August 14, 1970 (2 folders)
Box   45  
Washington, DC September 11, 1970 (2 folders)
Box   45  
Synopsis of Testimony
Box   45  
Hughes Commission
 
Issues
Box   45  
General
Box   45  
Apportionment of Delegates (4 folders)
Box   45  
Convention Committees
Box   45  
Convention Site Selection
Box   45  
Credentials Challenges
Box   45  
Press Coverage of Convention
Box   45  
Television Coverage of1968 Convention
Box   45  
Unit Rule
 
Issues Paper
Box   45  
"Issues and Alternatives"
Box   45  
Working Papers and Drafts (3 folders)
Box   46  
Solicitations of Views
Box   46  
Comments and Reviews
Box   46  
McGovern Commission (3 folders)
 
Meetings
Box   46  
October 16, 1970
Box   46  
November 13-14, 1970
Box   46  
January 22, 1971
Box   46  
February 16, 1971
Box   46  
March 26-27, 1971
Box   46  
June 11, 1971
Box   46  
June 29, 1971
Box   46  
July 30, 1971
Box   46  
November 11, 1971
 
Newspaper Clippings
Box   46  
1968-1969
Box   46  
1970
Box   46  
January-May 1971
Box   46  
June 1971-1972
Box   46  
O'Hara Speeches
Box   46  
"Progress Report," March 1970
Box   46  
Proposed Rules (2 folders)
Box   46  
State Reform Commissions (2 folders)
Box   46  
Democratic National Committee Chairmanship
 
1972 Convention
 
Rules Committee
Box   46  
Chairmanship
Box   46  
Correspondence
Box   46  
Hearings
 
Hearings Transcripts
Box   46  
June 22, 1972
Box   46  
June 23, 1972
Box   46  
June 24, 1972
 
Meetings
Box   47  
July 9, 1972
Box   47  
July 11, 1972
Box   47  
July 12, 1972
Box   47  
July 13, 1972
Box   47  
Minority Reports
Box   47  
Resolutions
Box   47  
Resolutions Rejected
 
Parliamentarian
Box   47  
Correspondence and clippings
Box   47  
"The New Democratic Manual"
Box   47  
Rulings
Box   47  
Vice-Presidential Mini-Convention August 8, 1972
 
Charter Commission
 
Correspondence
Box   47  
September 1972-June 1973
Box   47  
July-December 1973
Box   47  
1974
Box   47  
Drafts and Background Material (2 folders)
 
Meetings
Box   47  
April 10-11, 1973
Box   47  
July 21-23, 1973 (2 folders)
Box   47  
November 9-12, 1973
Box   47  
March 15-20, 1974
Box   47  
State Conferences
Box   47  
Mikulski Commission (2 folders)
 
Compliance Review Commission
 
Correspondence
Box   47  
October 1974-April 1975
Box   47  
May-September 1975
Box   47  
Resolutions and Background Material (2 folders)
Box   47  
Commission on Selection of Vice-Presidential Candidates
 
Coalition for a Democratic Majority

The papers deriving from O'Hara's role in the Coalition for a Democratic Majority are closely related to his work with the Charter Commission and the Mikulski Commission. The Coalition papers include bylaws and minutes of the organization and correspondence, memoranda, position papers, and news stories concerning the Coalition's efforts to influence the Charter Commission and opposition to the affirmative action features of the Mikulski Commission guidelines.

Box   48  
Bylaws, Minutes, etc.
 
Correspondence
Box   48  
November 1972-September 1973
Box   48  
October 1973-November 1974
Box   48  
Papers on the Party Charter
Box   48  
Affirmative Action and Delegate Selection
 
Democratic Study Group
Box   48  
General
Box   48  
1966 Election (2 folders)
Box   48  
Election 1968 (2 folders)
Box   48  
Congressional Reform 1964-1968
Box   48  
Democratic National Committee 1972
Box   48  
Democratic National Convention Committee 1976
 
Miscellaneous [series]

The Miscellaneous series includes a diary, April-August, 1969, in which O'Hara recorded his observations on the activities of Congress and the work of the Commission on Rules. Also included in this series are folders of O'Hara speeches from the Congressional Record, a folder of certificates and awards presented to O'Hara, invitations and thank you notes, and material relating to a John F. Kennedy Memorial sculpture in Macomb which O'Hara was instrumental in having erected.

Box   48  
Subcommittee On Administrative Law and Government Relations 1976
Box   48  
Conference of Great Lakes Congressmen 1975-1976 (2 folders)
Box   48  
US-Japan Assembly 1967-1971
Box   48  
O'Hara Diary April-August 1969
Box   48  
Awards, Certificates, etc.
Box   48  
Invitations, Thank You notes, etc.
Box   48  
Kennedy Memorial Sculpture in Macomb
Box   51  
Congressional Record tear sheets 1958-1976 (12 folders)
Box   51  
Speeches 1973, 1975 (3 folders)
 
Visual Materials [series]

The Visual Materials series consists of 1 linear foot of photographs, mainly portraits of O'Hara or pictures of political or campaign events; most are of the annual O'Hara Shamrock Ball. Included also is a film and videocassettes from the 1976 campaign.

 
Photographs [subseries]
Box   49  
Budget Committee, House of Representatives
Box   49  
Campaign photos (most by Black Star, May 1976)
Box   49  
Capitol and Christmas Tree December 17, 1975
Box   49  
Cocktail party (Washington)
Box   49  
Colleagues-Groups
Box   49  
Colleagues-Individuals
Box   49  
Colleagues-Portraits
Box   49  
DC Friends of O'Hara Reception 1966
Box   49  
Democratic Study Group, House April 1970
Box   49  
Education
Box   49  
Education Conference 1968
Box   49  
Education and labor Committee 1976
Box   49  
Family
Box   49  
Kennedy and Cabinet
Box   49  
Labor
Box   49  
Macomb County Officials at Washington Conference
Box   49  
Michigan Promotion
Box   49  
Municipal Officials
Box   49  
Groups
Box   49  
Hubert H. Humphrey
Box   49  
Johnson and Truman

(see also "Political Photos")

Box   49  
Municipal Officials Conference-Groups 1970
Box   49  
Municipal Officials Conference-Individuals 1970
 
O'Hara, James G.
Box   49  
Capitol shots
Box   49  
Reception
Box   49  
Portraits
Box   49  
Working
Box   49  
Working with staff
Box   49  
Political Photos-Johnson
Box   49  
Political Photos-miscellaneous
 
Public Activities
Box   49  
Addresses
Box   49  
Grape Festival
Box   49  
School Groups
 
Public Relations
Box   49  
Veterans Groups, Parades, etc.
Box   49  
Miscellaneous large groups
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Miscellaneous small groups and singles
Box   49  
Peach Festival and Peach Queen visiting President Ford
Box   49  
Shamrock Ball, various dates
Box   49  
Veterans

(see also "Public Relations")

Box   49  
Watergate Tapes August 1974
 
Slides [subseries]
Box   49  
O'Hara in his office, before the Capitol, or as a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor (11 slides (color; 2"x2"))
 
Videocassettes [subseries]
Box   49  
1976 Campaign for US Senate (3 videotapes (U-matic))
 
Videotapes [subseries]
Box   49  
1976 Campaign for US Senate (1 reels (2"))
 
Motion Pictures [subseries]
Box   50  
WJBK circa 1962
Box   50  
O'Hara and Johnson circa 1964 (2 reels)
Box   50  
TV clip on Detroit Riot July 25, 1967
Box   50  
Campaign for US Senate 1976
Film Reel   1  
San Diego speech

(separately located)

 
Sound recordings [series]

The Sound Recordings series includes radio and television ads from O'Hara's senate campaign, several speeches by O'Hara, and a speech on O'Hara's behalf by Daniel P. Moynihan.

Box   50  
Various speeches and programs

(17 cassettes and 27 sound tape reels, various sizes and speeds)

 
Post-Congressional Activities [subgrp]

The bulk of the Post-Congressional Subgroup consists of correspondence and other files from the years 1976 to 1987 and relate to his work as a member of the Federal Minimum Wage Study Commission and his various responsibilities with the Democratic Party. O'Hara's involvement with Ted Kennedy's bid for the presidency in 1980 is especially well represented.

 
Minimum Wage Study Commission [series]
Box   52  
Transcripts 1980-1981
Box   53  
Working Papers 1980-1981 (8 folders)
Box   53  
Conflict of Interest 1980
Box   53  
Financial 1980
Box   53  
Removal of Commissioners 1980
Box   53  
Research Plan 1979
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Correspondence 1979-1981
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Briefing Books 1980 (2 folders)
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Miscellaneous 1966-1981
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Final Report 1980
 
Kennedy Campaign for President 1979-1980 [series]
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General 1979-1980
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Michigan 1980
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Pennsylvania 1980
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Indiana and Ohio 1980
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New York 1980
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California 1980
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Union Correspondence 1979-1980
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Unions and Election Law 1979-1980
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Kennedy (Ted) correspondence 1980-1981
 
Personal Correspondence 1976-1980 [series]
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Commendations From O'Hara 1977-1978
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Commendations To O'Hara 1976-1978
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Higher Education 1976-1978
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Labor 1976-1977
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Members of Congress 1976-1978
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Former O'Hara Staffers 1977-1978
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Michigan Friends 1977-1978
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General 1977-1980
 
Democratic Party (general) [series]
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Democratic Forum 1976-1977
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Democratic Party Rules Committee 1980
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Democratic Party Rules Committee 1983-1984
 
Lobbying Activities, testimony, and miscellaneous [series]
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Lobby Regulation Reform 1978-1979
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Subcommittee On Postsecondary Education 1980
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Congress: House Reform 1975-1978
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Federal Election Commission reports 1976-1981
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Lobby reports 1977-1981
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Service Contract Act (O'Hara testimony) 1976-1986
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Youth Sub-Minimum Wage (O'Hara testimony) 1981-1987
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Speeches 1975-1979 (3 folders)
 
Articles 1975-1988
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Authored by O'Hara
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About O'Hara