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Inventory of the Paul N. McCloskey Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • File Plan
  • Alpha file codes, 1971
  • Alpha file codes, 1972
  • Alpha file codes, 1973
  • Alpha file codes, 1975
  • Numeric file codes, 1977-1982

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Paul N. McCloskey Papers
    Dates: 1967-1983
    Collection number: 82112
    Creator: McCloskey, Paul N., 1927-
    Collection Size: 631 cubic foot boxes, 55 manuscript boxes (653 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Consists of the congressional papers maintained by Paul (Pete) McCloskey's staff at his Washington, D.C., office and California district office while McCloskey was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1967 to 1983. The papers relate to many aspects of American foreign relations and domestic politics, the 1972 Presidential election, and the Vietnam War, and consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, and printed matter.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Boxes 611-651 closed.
    Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives Audiovisual Specialist for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Paul N. McCloskey Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1982

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Chronology

    1927 September 29 Born, Loma Linda, California
    1945-1947 Served in U.S. Navy
    1950 B.A., Stanford University
    1950-1952 Served in U.S. Marine Corps
    1953 Stanford University Law School
    1953-1954 Deputy district attorney, Alameda County, California
    1955-1967 Attorney, private practice, Palo Alto, California
    1964 Author, The United States Constitution
    1964-1967 Lecturer on legal ethics, Santa Clara University and Stanford University Law Schools
    1967-1983 Member, U.S. House of Representatives (90th - 97th Congresses)
    1972 Author, Truth and Untruth; Political Deceit in America
      Republican candidate for president (primary election)
    1982 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate (primary election)
    1988-1994 Lecturer on legal ethics, Santa Clara University and Stanford University Law Schools
    2006 Republican candidate, primary election, California 11th Congressional District

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists of the congressional papers maintained by Paul (Pete) McCloskey's staff at his Washington, D.C., office and California district office while McCloskey was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1967 to 1983. The papers relate to many aspects of American foreign relations and domestic politics, the 1972 Presidential election, and the Vietnam War, and consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, and printed matter.
    McCloskey was a member of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, the Government Operations Committee, and the Select Committee on Missing Persons in Southeast Asia.
    One major series, the Subject File, contains most of the constituent correspondence on legislative issues, with related materials. McCloskey's staff used several different filing systems for the Subject File. Initially the files were arranged alphabetically by subject term. This was replaced by a file system that used letters of the alphabet to indicate general subjects, which were then followed by a more specific subject term. For example, "J" represented the environment, and specific subjects like "air pollution" and "national parks" were filed under file code "J." This system of alpha file codes was in use from about 1971 to 1976. Some file codes remained the same each year, while other file codes changed. "J" always represented "environment," whereas "A" represented "grants and contracts" in 1972 and "17th district" in 1973.
    In 1977 the alpha file code system was replaced by a numeric file code system in which numbers represented subjects. For example, "21000" represented "environment" and "22000" represented "federal government." Specific subjects within the general subject "environment" received numbers from 21000 to 21999, such as "21107--Environment--Lake Tahoe." Numeric file codes were used through 1983. Unlike the previous alpha file codes, the bulk of the numeric file codes represented the same subject through their years of use.
    In the container list, most of the Subject File listings provide only the first and last folder in the box. In most cases, file codes that occur within the sequence of first and last file codes will also be found in that box. For example, the listing of 1971 alpha file codes, "K--San Mateo County" to "M--Transportation--Trucking" also includes all of the "L--Law enforcement" files because "L" is between "K" and "M." As another example, with the numeric files, the sequence of folders from "16070--Congress--Pensions" to "21040--Environment--Clean Air Act--General statement" includes file codes between 16070 and 21040, including "17000--Crime and justice" and "20000--Energy," among others.
    General file codes for the Subject File are provided below. More detailed file plans are available at the Hoover Institution. The more detailed file plans help locate some files that may not have been filed in the most intuitive manner. For example, "abortion" was assigned to alpha file code "J--Environment" from at least 1971 to 1973; by 1975 it had moved to "H--HEW (Department of Health, Education and Welfare)."

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    United States. Congress. House.
    Presidents--United States--Election--1972.
    Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975.
    United States--Foreign relations--1945-1989.
    United States--Politics and government--1945-1989.
    Statesmen--United States.

    File Plan

    Classification schemes used for arranging, storing, and retrieving materials created by McCloskey's staff at his Washington, D.C. office and California district office.

    Alpha file codes, 1971

    A--Appropriations
    B--Business
    C--California
    D--Defense
    E--Economy
    F--Foreign affairs
    H--HEW (Department of Health, Education and Welfare)
    I--Congress
    J--Environment
    K--San Mateo County
    L--Law enforcement
    M--Transportation
    N--Activities
    0--Publications
    P--DURAs (refers to the computerized form letter response system)
    Q--Academies
    R--Office
    S--Invitations
    T--PNM (P. N. McCloskey) personal
    W--Names
    X--Casework
    Y--Grants
    Z--Political

    Alpha file codes, 1972

    A--Grants and contracts
    B--San Mateo County
    C--California
    D--Defense
    E--Economy
    F--Foreign affairs
    G--Government
    H--HEW (Department of Health, Education and Welfare)
    I--Transportation
    J--Environment
    K--Sea war
    L--Law enforcement
    M--DURAs (refers to the computerized form letter response system)
    N--Names
    0--Activities
    P--Publications
    Q--Academies
    R--Office
    S--Invitations
    T--PNM (P. N. McCloskey) personal
    U--Political
    V--Press
    X--Casework

    Alpha file codes, 1973

    A--17th District
    C--California
    D--Defense
    E--Economy
    F--Foreign affairs
    G--Government
    H--HEW (Department of Health, Education and Welfare)
    I--Transportation
    J--Environment
    L--Law enforcement
    M--DURAs (refers to the computerized form letter response system)
    N--Names
    0--Activities
    P--Requests
    Q--Academies
    R--Office
    S--Invitations
    T--PNM (P. N. McCloskey) personal
    U--Political
    V--Press
    X--Casework

    Alpha file codes, 1975

    A--District
    B--Energy
    C--California
    D--Defense
    E--Economy
    F--Foreign affairs
    G--Government
    H--HEW (Department of Health, Education and Welfare)
    I--Transportation
    J--Environment
    L--Law enforcement
    M--DURAs (refers to the computerized form letter response system)
    N--Names
    0--Office
    P--Political
    Q--Academies
    R--Requests
    S--Invitations
    T--PNM (P. N. McCloskey) personal
    V--Press
    X--Casework

    Numeric file codes, 1977-1982

    07010--General correspondence
    07050--Condolence letter
    07100--Congratulations
    07145--District office correspondence
    07150--Employment inquiry
    07200--Intern inquiry
    07250--Invitations/Scheduling
    07300--Equipment/Orders
    07350--Recommendation
    07400--Referral letter (out of district)
    07450--Requests
    07500--Thank you
    08500--Washington visitor
    08600--Department files/Casework--Academies
    08785--Department files/Casework--Federal/State agencies and private organizations
    10000--Aging
    10500--Agriculture
    11000--Animal welfare
    11500--Arts
    11510--Copyright general
    12000--Banking and currency
    13000--Business
    14000--Civil rights
    15000--Communications
    16000--Congress
    16500--Consumers
    17000--Crime and justice
    17500--Defense
    18500--Economy and budget
    19500--Education
    20000--Energy
    21000--Environment
    22000--Federal government
    22500--Health
    23500--Housing
    23550--Immigration
    24000--Indians
    24500--International relations
    25500--Labor
    26500--Merchant Marine and Fisheries
    27000--Missing in Action Select Committee
    27210--Population information
    27500--Postal Service
    28000--Religion
    28500--Social Security
    29000--Space exploration
    29500--Taxes
    30500--Trade
    31000--Transportation
    31500--Veterans
    31600--Welfare (see also 32000)
    32000--Inactive files/Welfare