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Guide to the Norman Mineta Papers
MSS-1996-02-17  
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Series I:  Legislative Office Administrative Files 1971-2000s

Physical Description: 25 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents the political career of Norman Mineta, from his early service as Mayor of San José through his long tenure as a member of the House of Representatives. The contents include Mineta's biographical profile, copies of his administrative policies and procedures, correspondence, meeting minutes, memoranda, political and campaign documents, publicity and financial records, and voting records. Note that the bulk of this series relates to his Congressional career, and the collection does not include any materials from his cabinet appointments under President Clinton and President Bush. Also included in this collection are the research materials for the Norman Mineta Collection, which include biographical information on Mineta and research on the collection contents.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Boxes 1-25

Legislative Office Administrative Files 1971-2000s

 

Series II:  Awards & Memorabilia 1971-1996 (bulk 1980-1996)

Physical Description: 22 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

Norman Mineta received numerous awards throughout his long political career. This series consists of commendations and memorabilia, the bulk of which include awards, plaques, and framed pictures.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Boxes 26 - 44, 347-349

Awards & Memorabilia 1971-1996

 

Series III:  Commerce Files 1967-1994 (bulk 1977-1994)

Physical Description: 24 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents Norman Mineta's service as a member of the House of Representatives and specifically his contribution to national commerce issues. The series consists of studies, policies, recommendations for and implementations of the development and improvement of national commerce. Mineta's interest in policies related to transportation and international trade is well represented with documents on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as high-technology trade with an emphasis on semiconductors and international competition. The formats represented include correspondence, newspaper clippings, and legal and legislative files concerning commerce and trade issues.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Boxes 45-68

Commerce Files 1967-1994

 

Series IV:  Public Relations & Press Files 1967-2001 (bulk 1980-1994)

Physical Description: 52 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The series consists of press releases, press materials, and public relations materials documenting Norman Mineta's 40-year political career. This series reveals his interest in international aviation, Asian American issues, commerce, the Smithsonian Museum, and transportation.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Boxes 69-120

Public Relations & Press Files 1967-2001

 

Series V:  Subject Files 1961-1996 (bulk 1977-1995)

Physical Description: 163 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents Mineta's congressional role in implementing national policies on a variety of political topics. Mineta's interest in transportation (land, sea, and air) as well as trade and commerce is well represented. In addition, Mineta played a leadership role in the establishment of the 1978 Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC). Mineta also secured passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, recognizing the wartime treatment of Japanese Americans. Mineta had a profound interest in preserving the constitutional rights of Asian Pacific Americans, and he used his leverage in Congress to influence public figures to act responsibly and respectfully toward all races. Following the negative portrayal of Judge Ito during the O.J. Simpson trial in the 1990s by Senator D'Amato, Mineta co-founded the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) in 1994 in an effort to promote and secure equal rights for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Mineta was also very involved with the Smithsonian Museum and headed an advisory group for the Asian Pacific American Program, which was developed in the late 1990s to better reflect the Asian Pacific American experience in Smithsonian exhibitions, programs, and research. Other subjects covered in this series include health issues, women's issues, civil rights, hate/racism, taxes, various Bay Area issues, and NASA. This series also contains administration plans, amendments, budgets, contracts, correspondence, grants, legislative files, meetings and agendas, and reports.
It should be noted that the Japanese Internment legislation is not represented here and can be found at the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles, California. None of the policy files involve the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Boxes 121-282, 344-345

Subject Files 1961-1996

 

Series VI:  Transportation Files 1974-1995 (bulk 1982-1995)

Physical Description: 61 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of Norman Mineta's transportation files. Included are congressional studies, policies, and recommendations for and implementations of the development and improvement of transportation, especially aviation. This series consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and legal and legislative files relating to transportation issues over the course of 20 years, and also includes files documenting Mineta's service as a member of the U.S. House Committee on Public Works and Transportation (1992-1994).

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Boxes 283-343

Transportation Files 1974-1995