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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)

Honors and Awards

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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


Box and Folder Listing


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[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 10: Subject FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 1924: Cuban Files, 1962Add to your cart.
Box 1954: Oversized Newspaper Clippings, 1969-1989Add to your cart.

Note: The numbers on all clippings # indicate Box Number (Folder Number).

Contains Newspapers Removed From: Boxes/Dates: 2052/1970, 2137/1974, 2049/1970, 2048/1970, 2140/1972, 2140/1974, 2056/1968-1970, 2058/1970, 2057/1969-1970, 2133/1973-1974, 2062/1969-1970, 2061/1970, Dates 1980-1989

Box 1955: Oversized Newspaper ClippingsAdd to your cart.

Note: The numbers on all clippings # indicate Box Number (Folder Number).

2060/1969, 1933/1967, 2049/1967 & 1970, 2048/1969, 2039/1969, 1994/1967, 2035/1970, 2135/1974

Box 1956: Oversized Newspaper ClippingsAdd to your cart.

Note: The numbers on all clippings # indicate Box Number (Folder Number).

1969, 1971, 1973-1976, 1979-1980, 1987-1989 from Congresses, 1889/1955

Box 2066: Issues Files, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Agriculture Act, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: National EQ Index and Legislative Report, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Proposed Budget for Congress, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Press Releases and Dante B. Fascell Correspondence on Vietnam War's Termination, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Draft Reform, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Department of Health, Welfare, and Education, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Debate on Legal Voting Age, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings on Financial Disclosure in Congress, September, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 9: National Health Insurance, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Inflation and the Economy, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Moratorium Day and Demonstrations for Vietnam War, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Campaign Costs and Political Broadcasting, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Postal Reform Act, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Import Quotas and Trade Act, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Congressional Monitor, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Democratic National Congressional Committee, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Democratic Study Group- U.S. House of Representatives, July 1970-December 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Group Research Report, Volume 9, January - December 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 19: U.S. Consumer Legislation, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Crime Crisis, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Education, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Environmental Issues and Proposed Resolutions, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Federal Water Pollution Control, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Housing and Urban Development, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Labor Issues Addressed by Congress, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 26: President Nixon's Statements and Democratic Party's Response, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Vice President Spiro Agnew, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Issues of Congressional Act (Volume 14, No. 7) and "Here's the Issue" (Volume 9), 1970Add to your cart.
Box 2067: Dante B. Fascell United Nations File 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 1: United Nations and America, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 2: United Nations and Dante Fascell's Actions, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: United Nations: Israel, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 4: United Nations: China, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 5: United Nations: Oceanography, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 6: United Nations: Overseas Press Release, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 7: United Nations: Nixon's Speech and Reactions, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Biographical Sketches, N.D.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: United Nations: General Information, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 10: U.S. Delegate to the 24th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 11: United Nations: Cuban Prisoners, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Dante B. Fascell's Address: Public Diplomacy: A Fact of Life, October 22, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 13: United Nations: Foreign Affairs, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 14: United Nations: Correspondence, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Pictures and Clippings of Dante B. Fascell, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 16: United Nations: Dante B. Fascell Travel, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 17: United Nations: Correspondence and Press Calls, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 18: United Nations: General Information, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 19: United Nations: Facts and Reports, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 20: United Nations: Annual Report of the Secretary- General on the Week of Organization, September 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 21: United Nations: General, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 22: United Nations: General and Correspondence, 1969Add to your cart.
Box 2548: Haitian and Cuban Files, 1980-1988Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Newspaper Clippings: Mariel Boat Lift, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings: Mariel Boat Lift, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings: Mariel Boat Lift, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings: Mariel Boat Lift, 1983-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings: Krome Detention Center, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Office of Refugee Resettlement Monthly Data Reports, December 1981-December 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The Haitian Refugee "Problem", 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Cuban Vessels Seized During Mariel Boat Lift of 1980, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Cuban Vessels Seized During Mariel Boat Lift of 1980, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence: Haitian Immigration and Mariel-Key West Boat Lift, 1980-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence: Haitian Immigration and Mariel-Key West Boat Lift, 1980-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 12: FYI for Dante B. Fascell from Dade County Advisory Committee on Refugees, 1982Add to your cart.
Box 2549: Haitian and Cuban FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 2604: Cuban, Haitian, and Nicaraguan FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 2900: Eastern Airlines, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence: Form Letters to Dante B. Fascell about Eastern Airlines, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence: Copies of Letters Associated with Eastern Airlines, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence: Eastern Airlines, 1988Add to your cart.
2 Public Service Messages from the Pilots of EAL.
Folder 4: Correspondence: Eastern Airlines, 1987Add to your cart.
Box 2901: Eastern Airlines, 1986-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence: Eastern Airlines, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence: Eastern Airlines, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence: Eastern Airlines, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence: Eastern Airlines, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence: Eastern Airlines, 1988-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence: Eastern Airlines, 1986Add to your cart.
Box 2902: Dante B. Fascell's Annual Labor Day Picnics, 1986-1992Add 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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