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Dante B. Fascell congressional papers

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Congresses (arranged chronologically)

Legislative Files (arranged alphabetically)

Sponsored Bills and Voting Record (arranged alphabetically)

Committees (arranged alphabetically)

Florida Projects (arranged alphabetically)

Campaign Files (arranged chronologically)

Photographs (arranged chronologically)

Audiovisual Materials (arranged alphabetically)- Microfilms (arranged chronologically)

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Dante B. Fascell congressional papers, 1955-1993 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Susie Seiler, Terri Robar, Craig Likness, and Beatrice Colastin Skokan

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Collection Overview

Title: Dante B. Fascell congressional papers, 1955-1993Add to your cart.

ID: ASM0361

Creator: Fascell, Dante B. (1917-1998)

Extent: 1200.0 Boxes

Formats/Genres: Clippings, Government records, Letters, Memorabilia, Photographs, Press releases, Videocassettes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Dante B. Fascell Congressional Papers document 38 years of one man's involvement in United States politics. The collection also represents a unique resource for study and research relating to the history of South Florida from 1955-1993. Topics of research include American legislative history, Dante B. Fascell committee assignments, Florida projects, the growth and development of South Florida, the impact of foreign affairs and international relations on the United States, and United States relations with Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua. The Dante B. Fascell congressional papers contain over 1200 boxes of correspondence, photographs, film, video tape, sound recordings, and memorabilia.

Biographical Note

Florida representative Dante Bruno Fascell was born in Bridgehampton, Long Island, Suffolk County, New York, on March 9, 1917. He moved with his parents to Miami, Florida, in 1925 at the age of eight. After graduating from high school in Coral Gables during the Great Depression, he attended the University of Miami on a full scholarship. He earned a degree from the School of Law in 1938 and began practicing law in Miami.

A year later he joined the Florida National Guard and served during World War II in the African Italian campaigns. He earned three bronze battle stars and was honorably discharged from active duty in 1946 with the rank of captain. His military experience led him to seek a career in public service because, as he later explained, "If Americans are going to be sent to war, I want to know why and be part of the process that decides whether they should go."

Fascell served in the Florida Legislature from 1951 to 1954, when he was elected to the 84th U.S. Congress, representing Dade and Monroe Counties. He served an extraordinary 19 consecutive terms spanning the administrations of eight U.S. presidents, from Dwight D. Eisenhower through George Bush, until his retirement in January of 1993.

Fascell's career was distinguished by an unwavering commitment to bipartisanship in foreign policy, civil rights, environmental protection, and openness in government.

He served on the Foreign Affairs Committee for 36 years—and as its chairman from 1984 to 1993. In that powerful position, he helped ensure Americans' national security and leadership in the global economy. He led the effort to continue aid toward Israel. He played a key role in placing and maintaining the trade embargo on Cuba. He was instrumental in designing the anti-boycott bill that prohibited discrimination in foreign commerce. He wrote legislation to establish the Inter-American Foundation, which enabled foreign aid to be redesigned to benefit the poorest of people in developing countries. He wrote anti-terrorism legislation and led the effort to change U.S. policy on biological and chemical weaponry. He supported a nuclear freeze and the reduction of nuclear proliferation. He authored the War Powers Act, which requires the president to consult with Congress on actions leading to war. He led the effort to reorganize and maintain Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. He became the first chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, which monitors compliance with the Helsinki Accords.

In other landmark legislation, Fascell introduced the "Government in the Sunshine Act," which required that government agency meetings be open to the public. He also created legislation to establish the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Fascell was a lifelong friend to the University of Miami in many important ways, serving on its Board of Trustees, the Visiting Committee of the School of Law, and the Law School's Building Committee. He was awarded an honorary doctor of law degree from the University in 1988. In 1993, he donated his congressional papers to the Otto G. Richter Library.

Fascell was instrumental in obtaining federal support for vital community assets, including Everglades National Park, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Biscayne National park, Fort Jefferson National Park, and the Florida Keys' bridges. During his last year in office, Fascell secured federal funding for recovery efforts following Hurricane Andrew. Among the many places bearing his name in tribute to his contributions is the port of Miami-Dade, the visitor center at Biscayne National Park, one of the bridges linking the Florida Keys, and a Miami elementary school.

Upon his retirement from Congress, Fascell entered the private practice of law and continued to serve the public through his many community affiliations.

In October of 1998, he became one of only 360 Americans to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor that can be bestowed. The citation noted that he was a "man of reason and conscience" who was "courageous in war and public service."

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research, but is kept in an off campus storage facility. Please allow up to 72 hours for delivery of requested materials.

Related Materials:

Congressional Timeline: 73rd Congress (March 9, 1933) - 111th Congress (March 10, 2009)

For each Congress beginning with the 73rd (1933-35), this timeline features session dates, partisan composition, the presidential administration, a list of congressional leaders, and notable legislation passed. This first version only addresses legislative output, not non-legislative events such as the impeachment of President Clinton or internal congressional processes or congressional politics.

For more information please see http://www.congressionaltimeline.org/.

Preferred Citation: Dante B. Fascell Congressional Papers, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information: Accessioning and preliminary inventories by Bill Brown (Head of Special Collections), Craig Likness (Head of Special Collections), Susi Seiler (Project Archivist), Terri Robar (Government Documents Librarian), and Marcia Evanson (Library Assistant).

Finding Aid Revision History: Arrangement and Description by Beatrice C. Skokan (Special Collections Librarian, 2009-2011), Jessica Prosper, Sadia Chaudhry, and David Young (Student Assistants).

Container List (PDF): http://proust.library.miami.edu/findingaids/legacy/asm0361CL.pdf


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Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Congresses (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 2: Legislative Files (arranged alphabetically)],
[Series 3: Sponsored Bills and Voting Record (arranged alphabetically)],
[Series 4: Committees (arranged alphabetically)],
[Series 5: Florida Projects (arranged alphabetically)],
[Series 6: Campaign Files (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 7: Photographs (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 8: Audiovisual Materials (arranged alphabetically)- Microfilms (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 9: Honors and Awards],
[Series 10: Subject Files],
[All]

Series 6: Campaign Files (arranged chronologically)Add to your cart.
Box 1803: Campaign Files, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Optimistic Officers, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Congressional Secretaries Tour General, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Fascell Picnics, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Presidential Messages, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Fascell Publicity, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Fascell Speech Material, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Supporters and Contributors, 1956Add to your cart.
Box 1804: Campaign Files, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Democratic Party and Fact Sheets, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 39: District Appropriations, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Gimmicks (cards, buttons, etc.), 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Newspapers, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Jack Orr, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Congressional Secretaries Tour, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Congressional Secretaries Tour Reservations, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 45: PTA's, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Fascell Publicity, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Public Photos, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Fascell Speech Materials- Jokes, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Supporters and Contributors, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 50: American Legion Officers, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 51: American Veterans Officers, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Democratic Party and Fact Sheets, 1958Add to your cart.
Box 1805: Campaign Files, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Disabled American Veterans, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Elections, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Miscellaneous, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Jewish War Veterans, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Miscellaneous, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Miscellaneous, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Miscellaneous, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Renick Opponents, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Church Organizations, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Congressional Secretaries Florida Tour, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Congressional Secretaries Florida Tour, 1958Add to your cart.
Box 1806: Campaign Files, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Congressional Secretaries Tour Reservations, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Everglades National Park, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Fascell Publicity Government Publications, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Publicity (District Size), 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Fascell Publicity Press Releases, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Segregation, Fascell's Statement- Segregation Manifesto, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Statistical Information District, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Supporters and Contributors, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Democratic Party- Democratic Fact Sheets, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Democratic Party- President Candidacy- Humphrey, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Florida Parks Information and Material, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Kiwanis, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 76: Congressional Secretaries Tour, 1959Add to your cart.
Box 1807: Campaign Files, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Congressional Secretaries Tour, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 78: Congressional Secretaries Tour, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Congressional Secretaries Florida Tour, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Congressional Secretaries Tour-Reservation, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 81: Fascell Publicity General, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 82: Fascell Publicity Press Releases, 1959Add to your cart.
Box 1808: Campaign FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 1826: Campaign Files, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Cubans, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General Info and Campaign Proposal, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Left Wing, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Other Political Groups, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Data Polls National, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Democrats- McCarthy for President, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The "Draft", N.D.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Fair Campaign Practices, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 10: General Information, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Booster Club, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Florida Keys, 1966-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Financial Aid Letter, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Democrats- National Committee Humphrey-Muskee, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Democrats- State, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Politicians, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Politicians, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Republicans- State, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 19: M.T. Right Wing, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Red Wing Files, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Islandia, 1968Add to your cart.
Note: Separated 5 maps
Folder 22: Issues Concerning Conservation, N.D.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Czechoslovakia: H.Res. 1290, 1968Add to your cart.
Box 1833: Campaign Files, 1968-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Democrats- Local, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Legislative Accomplishments, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Campaign Election Results, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Democrats- Florida, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Democratic National Congressional Committee, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 7: National Democrats, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Democrats Versus Republicans, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Democrats Versus Republicans, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Cuban and Latin Fair, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Endorsements, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Cocktail Party, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Fishing Tournament, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Labor Day Picnic, 1969Add to your cart.
Box 1834: Campaign Files, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Labor Day Picnic, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Labor Day Picnic, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Press Party, March 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Testimonial Dinner, October 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Florida Election Law, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 6: General, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 7: General, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 8: General, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 9: General, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Florida Resign to Run Law, 1970Add to your cart.
Box 1838: Campaign Files, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 439: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 440: African AmericansAdd to your cart.
Folder 441: CubansAdd to your cart.
Folder 442: Democrats- LocalAdd to your cart.
Folder 443: Eighteen Year Old VotersAdd to your cart.
Folder 444: JewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 445: Right-WingAdd to your cart.
Folder 446: Senior CitizensAdd to your cart.
Folder 447: VolunteersAdd to your cart.
Folder 448: WomenAdd to your cart.
Folder 449: Issues Landlord Tenant RelationshipsAdd to your cart.
Folder 450: Legal and Finance: Florida LawAdd to your cart.
Folder 451: Legal and Finance: Possible FundraisingAdd to your cart.
Folder 452: Legal and Finance: ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 453: Legal and Finance: Thanks for ContributionAdd to your cart.
Box 1844: Campaign Files, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 4: General, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 5: African Americans, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Cubans, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Homestead, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Legal and Finance: Possible Contributions, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Legal and Finance: Possible Contributions, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Meetings Accepted, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Miami Beach, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Monroe County, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Offers of Assistance, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Box 1845: Campaign Files, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Opponents, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Other Races: Congratulations Sent, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Other Races: Congress, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Democrats House Task Force on Platform Recommendations, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Democrats House Task Force on Platform Recommendations, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Democrats House Task Force on Platform Recommendations, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Democrats House Task Force on Platform Recommendations, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Presidential Race, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Primary Results, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Reports Filed with the Clerk of the House by Candidate, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Reports Filed with the Clerk of the House by Committee, 1976Add to your cart.
Box 1848: Campaign Files, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Endorsements, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Endorsements, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Labor Day Picnic, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Labor Day Picnic, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Labor Day Picnic Statement, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: General Documents, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 7: African Americans, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Cubans, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Homestead, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Miami Beach, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Monroe County, 1978Add to your cart.
Box 1852: Campaign Files, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 580: African AmericansAdd to your cart.
Folder 581: CubansAdd to your cart.
Folder 582: HomesteadAdd to your cart.
Folder 583: Miami BeachAdd to your cart.
Folder 584: Monroe CountyAdd to your cart.
Folder 585: Offers of AssistanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 586: Opponents Herbert HoodwinAdd to your cart.
Folder 587: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 588: Possible ContributorsAdd to your cart.
Folder 589: PraisesAdd to your cart.
Folder 590: Qualifying PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 591: Thanks SentAdd to your cart.
Box 1855: Campaign Files, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 606: Fisher Memos and ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 607: Florida Report- Trend Survey OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 608: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 609: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 610: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 611: African AmericansAdd to your cart.
Folder 613: JewsAdd to your cart.
Box 1856: Campaign Files, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 614: WorkersAdd to your cart.
Folder 615: HomesteadAdd to your cart.
Folder 616: Memo and AnalysisAdd to your cart.
Folder 617: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 618: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 619: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 620: Monroe CountyAdd to your cart.
Box 1863: Campaign Files, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 665: CubansAdd to your cart.
Folder 666: JewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 667: WorkersAdd to your cart.
Folder 668: HomesteadAdd to your cart.
Folder 669: Interview RequestsAdd to your cart.
Folder 670: Letters, Documents, and ListsAdd to your cart.
Folder 671: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 672: Monroe CountyAdd to your cart.
Folder 673: Offers of AssistanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 674: Possible Opponents Jeb BushAdd to your cart.
Folder 675: Opponent Bill FlamaganAdd to your cart.
Folder 676: Opponent Joset ReinsprechtAdd to your cart.
Box 1867: Campaign Files, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 1: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: HomesteadAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: GreeksAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: JewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Leadership CircleAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: CubansAdd to your cart.
Box 1870: Campaign Files, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 735: Democrats- LocalAdd to your cart.
Folder 736: Democrats- NationalAdd to your cart.
Folder 737: Democrats- StateAdd to your cart.
Folder 738: EndorsementsAdd to your cart.
Folder 739: D.C. Fundraiser, June 29Add to your cart.
Folder 740: Labor Day PicnicAdd to your cart.
Folder 741: Labor Day PicnicAdd to your cart.
Folder 742: Victory PartyAdd to your cart.
Folder 743: Young People's FundraiserAdd to your cart.
Box 1871: Campaign Files, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miami Jewish Tribune- Article, February 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters to New VotersAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Lists of OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Papers, TV, and InsertsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Leadership CircleAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: JewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Letters and Fact Sheets- Wes White CampaignAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: HomesteadAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: LiteratureAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Media Contracts from 1st PrimaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Media from Last CampaignAdd to your cart.
Box 1879: Campaign Files, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 839: D.C. Fundraiser Florida House Events, May 12, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 840: Labor Day Picnic EventsAdd to your cart.
Folder 841: Picnic Article about Dante B. Fascell EventsAdd to your cart.
Folder 842: South Dade Demo Club Dinner EventsAdd to your cart.
Folder 843: Washington FundraiserAdd to your cart.
Folder 844: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 845: CubansAdd to your cart.
Folder 846: DemocratsAdd to your cart.
Folder 847: JewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 848: Lists and Names per Dante B. FascellAdd to your cart.
Folder 849: Mary Fascell Memorial FundAdd to your cart.
Folder 850: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Congresses (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 2: Legislative Files (arranged alphabetically)],
[Series 3: Sponsored Bills and Voting Record (arranged alphabetically)],
[Series 4: Committees (arranged alphabetically)],
[Series 5: Florida Projects (arranged alphabetically)],
[Series 6: Campaign Files (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 7: Photographs (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 8: Audiovisual Materials (arranged alphabetically)- Microfilms (arranged chronologically)],
[Series 9: Honors and Awards],
[Series 10: Subject Files],
[All]



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