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Collection Overview

Title: Thomas Corcoran Papers (Ottawa), 1977-1984

ID: RHC/RC/234

Extent: 14.75 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is divided into eight series: Personal Files, Legislative/Bill Files, Subject Files, Committee Files, Constituent Correspondence, County Grants and Projects, News Secretary Files, and District Office Files.

The first series, Personal Files, is divided into five subseries: Biographic, Voting and Attendance Records, Briefing Files, Subject Files, and Correspondence. Legislative/Bill Files, the second series, are arranged alphabetically by topic or by the title of the bill.  Series three, the Subject Files, contains topically arranged material that cannot be directly connected to a specific bill or committee.  

The fourth series, Committee Files, contains a subseries for each of the four committees.  The first subseries is for the Energy and Commerce Committee, the second is for the Government Operations committee, the third is for the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee and the fourth is the Post Office and Civil Service Committee.

The seventh series, News Secretary Files, is divided into four subseries: press releases, TV/radio material (cassettes and a 16 mm color film of Corcoran), subject files, and speeches.  

District Office Files, the eighth and last series, is arranged by office with two subseries: The Geneva office and the Ottawa office.

Date Acquired: 12/18/1984

Subjects: Agriculture, Corcoran, Thomas, Energy, Illinois and Michigan Canal (Ill.), Legislators, Nuclear energy., Ottawa (Ill.), Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ), United States--Politics and government

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Thomas Corcoran Congressional Papers document his career as an U.S. Representative. The material in the collection spans his four terms in Congress, beginning in January 1977 and ending in the fall of 1984. The collection is divided into eight series: Personal Files, Legislative/Bill Files, Subject Files, Committee Files, Constituent Correspondence, County Grants and Projects, News Secretary Files, and District Office Files.

The first series, Personal Files, is divided into five subseries. The first subseries contains sparse biographical information on Corcoran. The second subseries consists of published voting and attendance records. The third includes briefing memos and floor briefs on pending legislative issues. The fourth, subject files, contains information on Energy Tours and statements and memos on various topics. The fifth subseries includes correspondence to and from Corcoran and his colleagues in Congress and lobbyists.

The Legislative/Bill Files Series usually include a copy of the bill, committee reports, staff memos, and correspondence to illustrate the bill’s introduction and movement through Congress. Only bills sponsored and cosponsored by Corcoran are included in this series and may duplicate Committee Files.

Series three, the Subject Files, includes published reports, correspondence and newspaper clippings. Patrons should crosscheck subjects in the Legislative/Bill Files for related information.

The fourth series, Committee Files, includes bills, hearings, testimony, memos, minutes, agendas, and correspondence that document the committee’s work and decisions. There is a subseries for each of the four committees. The first subseries is for the Energy and Commerce Committee which replaced the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee in 1980. The second is for the Government Operations committee but the information here is extremely sparse. These files may duplicate bills found in the Legislative/Bill Files.

Constituent Correspondence, series five, contains LOMAX model letters, dead form letters, issue mail indexes, mail counts, and directories.

The seventh series, News Secretary Files, is divided into four subseries: press releases, TV/radio material (cassettes and a 16 mm color film of Corcoran), subject files, and speeches.

District Office Files, the eighth and last series, is arranged by office. The Geneva office is the first subseries and contains questionnaire results and press releases. The Ottawa office subseries contains subject files, travel schedules, and the records of Corcoran’s Congressional Advisory Committee.

Collection Historical Note

Thomas Joseph Corcoran was born on the family farm near Ottawa, Illinois on May 23, 1939.  After his primary and secondary education in LaSalle County schools, he went on to graduate from the University of Notre Dame with his B.A. in 1961.  He continued his education at the University of Illinois (1961-1962), University of Chicago (1962-1963), and Northwestern University (1966-1968).  From 1963-1966 he served in the Army as an artillery officer.  Corcoran married Helenmarie Anderson and the Corcorans have five children.

Corcoran began his political career as a legislative assistant to Illinois State Senate President Pro Tempore, W. Russell Arrington (1966-1969).  After leaving this position he served as Director of the State of Illinois office in Washington, D.C. (1969-1972).  Corcoran then became Staff Director for William C. Harris, President of the Illinois State Senate (1972-1974).  After failing to win the Republican nomination for the 15th Congressional District in the spring of 1973, Corcoran entered the private sector to become Vice President of the Chicago Northwestern Transportation Company from 1974-1976.  In November of 1976, Corcoran again ran for the 15th Congressional District Seat on the Republican ticket and defeated incumbent Democrat Tim Hall by nearly 15,000 votes.  He served in that office from the 95th through the 98th Congresses (1977-1984).

While in the House of Representatives, Corcoran served on four committees:  Post Office and Civil Service (1977-1984); Government Operations (1977-1978); Interstate and Foreign Commerce (1979-1980); and Energy and Commerce (1981-1984).  His Energy Committee assignments reflect his legislative interests in issues such as nuclear waste, acid rain, natural gas decontrol, the Synthetic Fuels Corporation, the emergency preparedness act, and the electric vehicle act.  Since his district includes several community colleges and Northern Illinois University, he also involved himself in the tuition tax credit bill.  His rural constituents and his own family background of farming guide his interest in government farm policy. 

In March 1984, near the end of Corcoran’s fourth term in Congress, Corcoran challenged incumbent Charles Percy in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate and lost.  After losing his bid to Percy, Corcoran was appointed by President Reagan to the Synthetic Fuels Board then worked as an independent consultant to various corporations.  In 1991 he became full general partner in the law firm of O’Connor and Hannan.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Corcoran served on four committees during his term as U.S. Representative.  His appointment to the Post Office and Civil Service Committee spanned his tenure (1977-1984).  This committee is concerned with legislation relating to the postal service, the civil service and the census.  Within this committee, Corcoran was a member of the subcommittees on Postal Operations and Services, Compensation and Employee Benefits, and Human Resources.  As a freshman representative, Corcoran was a member of the Government Operations Committee (1977-1979) which reviewed legislation relating to budgeting, relations among government branches, and governmental branches and governmental operations.  His subcommittee assignment was Legislation and National Security.  In 1979 Corcoran began his service on the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee to oversee legislation relating to interstate commerce, communications and transportation.  He was on the Energy and Power Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee.  In 1980 this committee was renamed the Energy and Commerce Committee and its duties were expanded to cover energy legislation.  His subcommittee assignments changed to include the Energy Conservation and Power Subcommittee and the Fossil and Synthetic Fuels Subcommittee.  Corcoran continued to serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee until he left office in 1984.

Subject/Index Terms

Agriculture
Corcoran, Thomas
Energy
Illinois and Michigan Canal (Ill.)
Legislators
Nuclear energy.
Ottawa (Ill.)
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
United States--Politics and government

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Thomas Corcoran

Acquisition Method: Thomas Corcoran of Ottawa, Illinois donated his congressional papers to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on December 18, 1984.

Related Materials: Researchers interested in other congressional collections held by the Center should consult Center’s Guide to Resources.


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[Series I.: Personal Files],
[Series II.: Legislative/Bill Files],
[Series III.: Subject Files],
[Series IV.: Committee Files],
[Series V.: Constituent Correspondence],
[Series VI.: County Grants and Projects],
[Series VII.: News Secretary Files],
[Series VIII.: District Office Files],
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Series II.: Legislative/Bill Files
Box 2
Folder 60: Acid Rain Treaty Negotiations, House Concurrent Resolution 135, 1983
Folder 61: Age Discrimination in Employment Act Amendment, H.R. 6576, 1982
Folder 62: Aid for Dependent Children Provisions, H.R. 5093, 1984
Folder 63: Air Travelers Security Act of 1983, H.R. 2053, 1983-1984
Folder 64: Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline, Bar Federal Bailout, H.R. Resolution 467, 1982
Folder 65: Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System Waiver Expiration, H.J. Resolution 192, 1983
Folder 66: Alcohol Fuels Transfer Act of 1981, H.R. 3057, 1981
Folder 67: Anti-Junketing Act of 1979, H.Resolution 288, 1979
Folder 68: Anti-Junketing Act of 1981, H.Resolution 130, 1981
Folder 69: Anti-Junketing Act of 1983, H.Resolution 104, 1983
Folder 70: Atomic Energy Act Amendments of 1980, H.R. 6390, 1980
Folder 71: Better Business Investment Act of 1983, H.R. 4219, 1983
Folder 72: Bus Regulatory Reform Act Amendment of 1983, H.R. 4067, 1983-1984
Folder 73: Business Opportunity Act of 1983, H.R. 3757, 1983
Folder 74: Capital Cost Recovery Act, H.R. 4646, 1979
Folder 75: Capital Growth Act of 1983, H.R. 3756, 1983
Folder 76: Charitable Contributions Tax Deductions, H.R. 11851, 1978
Folder 77: Child Care Act of 1984, H.R. 4999, 1984
Folder 78: Coal Incentives Act of 1981, H.R. 2618; Coal Utilization Incentives Act of 1980, H.R. 8269, 1981; 1980
Box 3
Folder 1: Coal Severance Tax Limitation Act of 1981, H.R. 4841; Powerplant and Industrial Fuel Use Act of 1978 Amendments, H.R. 6625, 1981; 1980
Folder 2: Coal Severance Tax Prohibition Act, H.R. 4869, 1984
Folder 3: Counter-cyclical Funds, H.R. 6810, 1977
Folder 4: Department of Defense Authorization Bill (MX Missiles), H.R. 5167, 1984
Folder 5: Department of Energy Abolishment, H.R. 5152, 1984
Folder 6: Department of Energy/Energy Mobilization Board, H.R. 5660, 1979
Folder 7: Department of Energy Organization Act Amendments of 1981, H.R. 4488, 1981
Folder 8: Department of Energy Personnel Restrictions, H.R. 4998, 1984
Folder 9: Domestic Energy Policy Act, H.R. 5282, 1979
Folder 10: Domestic Oil Production Policy Act of 1979, H.R. 3159, 1979
Folder 11: Economic Growth and Retirement Act of 1983, H.R. 3266, 1983
Folder 12: Electric Vehicle Act, H.R. 3718, 1979
Folder 13: Employment Bills Cosponsored, 1981-1983
Folder 14: Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, H.R. 4144, Derrick-Corcoran Amendments, 1981
Folder 15: Energy Equity Act of 1982, H.R. 5977, 1982
Folder 16: Enterprise Zone Employment and Development Act of 1983, H.R. 1955, 1983
Folder 17: Equal Rights Amendment, 1984
Folder 18: Fair Labor Standards Act (Vo-ed Students), H.R. 7800, 1980
Folder 19: Farmers' Equity Act (Section 2032A of IRC of 1954), H.R. 2567, 1983
Folder 20: Federal Assistance Paperwork Reduction Act, H.R. 4504, 1979
Folder 21-22: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Legislation, H.R. 8408; H.R. 5363, 1980; 1982
Folder 23: Federal Mine Safety and Health Amendment, H.R. 1603, 1979
Folder 24: Federal Reserve Accountability Act, H.R. 7295, 1982
Folder 25: Federal Reserve Legislation, 1982
Folder 26-27: General Environmental Statement on Mixed Oxide Fuel (GESMO), H.R. 6628, 1979-1980
Folder 28: Guaranteed Student Loans-Higher Education Act, H.R. 6371, 1982
Folder 29: Gas Rationing Plan, H.R. Resolution 575, 1980
Folder 30: Hazardous Materials Transportation Act Amendments, H.R. 3403, 1981
Folder 31: Helium-Energy Act of 1980, H.R. 7336, 1980
Folder 32: Helium-Energy Act of 1980, H.R. 3877, 1981
Folder 33: Heroin Use for Terminally Ill Cancer Patients, H.R. 2642, 1981
Folder 34: Home Health Care, H.R. 2833, 1981
Folder 35: Honorary U.S. Citizenship for Lech Walesa, H.J. Resolution 299, 1983
Folder 36: Housing Amendments, Evans-Corcoran, 1982
Folder 37: IEA Antitrust Exemption Extension, H.R. 5789, 1982
Folder 38: Illinois and Michigan Canal Bills, H.R. 5516; H.R. 5665; H.R. 9570; H.R. 14334, 1977-1982
Folder 39: Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Act of 1983, H.R. 2014, 1983
Folder 40-42: Intergovernmental Productivity Improvement Act, H.R. 2735, 1979
Box 4
Folder 1: Intergovernmental Productivity Improvement Act, H.R. 2735, 1979
Folder 2: International Recovery and Financial Stability Act (IMF), H.R. 2957, 1983
Folder 3: Jewish War Veterans, H.R. 3775, 1983
Folder 4: Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporations (Nuclear), 1982
Folder 5: Medicare Home Health Care, H.R. 3616, 1983
Folder 6: Medicare Vision Reform Act of 1983, H.R. 3010
Folder 7: Methanol Policy Act, H.R. 5075, 1984
Folder 8: Military Chiropractic Care, H.R. 31, 1983
Folder 9: National Debt Reduction Act of 1983, H.R. 2425, 1983
Folder 10: National Diffusion Network Act, H.R. 5818, 1983
Folder 11: National Health Care Reform Act of 1981, H.R. 850, 1981
Folder 12: Natural Gas Consumer Access Amendments, of 1983, H.R. 2565, 1983
Folder 13: Natural Gas Consumer Regulatory Reform Amendments of 1983, H.R. 1760, 1983
Folder 14: Natural Gas Import Policy Act of 1982, H.R. 7379, 1982
Folder 15: Natural Gas Import Policy of 1983, H.R. 1441, 1983
Folder 16: Natural Gas Increment Pricing, H.R. 5862, 1980
Folder 17: Natural Gas Legislation, H.R. 4277, 1983
Folder 18: Natural Gas Policy Act-Incremental Pricing Repeal, H.R. 2017, 1981
Folder 19: Natural Gas Utilization Act, H.R. 3305, 1981
Folder 20: New Economic Recovery Act of 1984, H.R. 5506, 1984
Folder 21: Nuclear Power Plant Standardization Act, H.R. 5053, 1984
Folder 22: Nuclear Radiation of Soldiers in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Study, H.R. 7017, 1980
Folder 23: Nuclear Waste Legislation, 1979-1981
Folder 24: Nuclear Waste Policy Act, H.R. 8378, 1980
Folder 25: Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, H.R. 3809, 1982
Folder 26: Oil Shale Corporation (TOSCO) for the Colony Oil Shale Project, H.Resolution 451, 1982
Folder 27: Pension Plan Investments Enforcement Act of 1983, H.R. 3989, 1983
Folder 28: Petroleum Displacement Act of 1981, H.R. 1765, 1981
Folder 29: Petroleum Overcharge Restitution Act, H.R. 4972, 1984
Folder 30: Powerplant and Industrial Fuel Act of 1978, H.R. 4576, 1978
Folder 31: Powerplant and Industrial Fuel Act (Section 402-Gaslights), H.R. 1464, 1981
Folder 32: Priority Energy Project Act, H.R. 4985, 1979
Folder 33: Public Utility Holding Company Act Amendments of 1983, H.R. 2994, 1983
Folder 34-35: Renounce 1945 Yalta Agreement, H.R. Resolution 435, 1983
Folder 36: Residential Energy Credit Expansion Act of 1982, H.R. 5626, 1982
Folder 37: Right to Work Bill, no date
Folder 38: Senior Citizens Environmental Employment Act, H.R. 569, 1983
Folder 39: Senior Citizens Non-Institutional Living Arrangements, H.R. 2191, 1983
Folder 40: Social Security Coverage of Religious Employee Bill, H.R. 4587, 1984
Folder 41: Strategic Petroleum Reserve Management Improvement Act of 1980, H.R. 8121, 1980
Folder 42: Supplemental Security Income Benefits for Aliens, H.R. 5197; H.R. 14215, 1979; 1978
Folder 43: Synthetic Fuels, Corcoran Activities, 1979
Folder 44: Synthetic Fuels Corporation Fiscal Accountability Act, H.R. 4098, 1983
Folder 45: Synthetic Fuels Corporation Fund Reduction, H.R. 1701, 1983
Folder 46: Synthetic Fuels Pilot Plant Act of 1981, H.R. 3522, 1981
Folder 47: Synthetic Fuels Tax Credits, 1982-1984
Folder 48: Tax Break Bills, H.R. 5438; H.R. 6136, 1982
Folder 49: Tax Credit for the Care of the Elderly Act, H.R. 4143; H.R. 2361; H.R. 4586, 1979; 1981; 1984
Folder 50: Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Delaying of Section 308b, House Congressional Resolution 132, 1983
Folder 51: Tax Rate Reduction, H.R. 7655, 1980
Box 5
Folder 1-5: Telecommunications Act of 1982, H.R. 5158, 1982
Folder 6: Televised Sports, Black-out Bills, H.R. 13586; H.R. 3179, 1978; 1979
Folder 7: Temporary Storage of Spent Fuel (Nuclear), H.R. 10301, 1980
Folder 8: Trade Bills, H.R. 911, 1981
Folder 9: Tuition Tax Credits, 1977-1979
Folder 10: Tuition Tax Relief Act of 1979, H.R. 3878, 1979
Folder 11-12: Veterans Legislation, 1982-1984
Folder 13: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dignity Act, H.R. 4158, 1983-1984
Folder 14: Voluntary Medicare Option (VMO) Act of 1981, H.R. 4666, 1981

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[Series III.: Subject Files],
[Series IV.: Committee Files],
[Series V.: Constituent Correspondence],
[Series VI.: County Grants and Projects],
[Series VII.: News Secretary Files],
[Series VIII.: District Office Files],
[All]


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