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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 VI.: County Grants and Projects
Box 11
Folder 11: Grants and Civic File (County), 1977
Folder 12: DeKalb-DeKalb-DeKalb County Family Services Agency, LEAA, 1978
Folder 13: DeKalb-DeKalb-Egyptian Theatre, IDOC, 1978
Folder 14: DeKalb-DeKalb-Flooding, Federal Assistance, 1978
Folder 15: DeKalb-DeKalb-Graduate and Professional Opportunity Program Funds, Northern Illinois University, Deptartment of Education, 1984
Folder 16: DeKalb-DeKalb-Institute for the Deaf Deptartment of Education, 1980
Folder 17: DeKalb-DeKalb-Northern Illinois University-Illinois Regional Resource Center, 1977
Folder 18: DeKalb-DeKalb-Northern Illinois University Women and Minority Recruitment, Health, Education & Welfare (HEW), 1979
Folder 19: DeKalb-Malta-Kishwaukee College, Clearinghouse on Adult Education, Health, Education & Welfare (HEW), 1977
Folder 20: DeKalb-Sandwich-Snow Removal for Lake Holiday, FDAA, DLGA, 1979
Folder 21: DeKalb-Sandwich-CDBG Sandwich Flood Project, Department of Housing and Urban Developement (HUD), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 1979
Folder 22: DeKalb-South Grove Township, Proposed Sludge Landfill, IPA, IEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA), Agriculture, 1979
Folder 23: Ford-Cabery-Steele Industries Feasibility Study, DOE, 1980
Folder 24: Ford-Paxton-Funds for Upgrading Airport, Sewer System Annexation, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), FAPRS, 1978
Folder 25: Ford-Paxton-West Lawn Community Center, LEAA, 1977
Folder 26: Grundy-Grundy County Flooding, Disaster Assistance, SBA, 1978
Folder 27: Grundy and Kane-Small Business Flood Loans, SBA, 1981
Folder 28: Kane-Aurora-Cherry Hill Flooding and Blackberry Creek, 1978
Folder 29: Kane-Aurora-Energy Independent Community Proposal-Producing Citizens of the US, DOE, 1980
Folder 30: Kane-Aurora-Family Support Center, Early Warning at-Risk, Health, Education & Welfare (HEW), 1978
Folder 31: Kane-Aurora-National Business Opportunities, 1977
Folder 32: Kane-Batavia-Water Pollution Control Grant, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 1979
Folder 33: Kane-Fox River Valley Park District-Red Oak Nature Center, Health, Education & Welfare (HEW), 1977
Folder 34: Kane-Geneva-Geneva Sewer System Grant, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 1981
Folder 35: Kane-Kendall-Labor Surplus Designation, DOL, IDOL, 1982
Box 12
Folder 1: Kane-Sugar Grove-Waubonsee Community College, 1978
Folder 2: LaSalle-Countrywide-LaSalle County Overall Economic Development Plan, DOL, 1980
Folder 3: LaSalle-Illinois and Michigan Canal, IDOC, DOI, 1980
Folder 4: LaSalle-Illinois Valley Community College, Homemaker-Home Health Aide Continuation, Illinois, 1977
Folder 5: LaSalle-Illinois Valley Community College, Project CORD, Health, Education & Welfare (HEW), 1977
Folder 6: LaSalle-Illinois Valley Community College-Project Culture at Sheridan Correctional Center, LEAA, 1978
Folder 7: LaSalle-LaSalle County Community Mental Health Board 708, Health, Education & Welfare (HEW), 1977
Folder 8: LaSalle-Mendota, Fire Department, Aerial Ladder and Fire Station, Department of Housing and Urban Developement (HUD), 1977
Folder 9: LaSalle-N. Utica-Comprehensive Plan Application, FmHA, 1978
Folder 10: LaSalle-Ottawa-Congregate Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Developement (HUD), 1982
Folder 11: LaSalle-Peru-Aitken School National Register Status, IDOC, 1980
Folder 12: LaSalle-Streator, Urban Development Action Grant, Downtown Improvement, Department of Housing and Urban Developement (HUD), 1978
Folder 13: LaSalle-Streator, Urban Development Action Grant, (UDAG), 1981
Folder 14: LaSalle-Utica-Rural Water System Loan-FmHA, 1980
Folder 15: LaSalle-Utica-Utica Asphalt Plant, FmHA, 1980
Folder 16: LaSalle-Westclox, 1980
Folder 17: Livingston Campus-Ethanol Plant Funding, DOE, FmHA, 1980
Folder 18-19: Livingston-Pontiac-Community Development Block Grant, Department of Housing and Urban Developement (HUD), 1978
Folder 20: Livingston-Pontiac Flooding, 1980
Folder 21: Marshall-Marshall County Airport Lighting System, FAA, 1978
Folder 22: Woodford-Eureka-Grandview Terrace Apartments, Solar Energy Construction, Department of Housing and Urban Developement (HUD), 1978
Folder 23: Woodford-Metamora-Community Development Block Grant, Department of Housing and Urban Developement (HUD), 1979
Folder 24: Statewide-Recruiting and Placement of Asians in Highway Construction, IDOT, 1980
Folder 25: Illinois-Association for Retarded Citizens, Health, Education & Welfare (HEW), 1979
Folder 26: Illinois-Department for Law Enforcement, State Police Hazardous Materials, DOT, 1979
Folder 27: Illinois Export Development Authority, EDA, 1984
Folder 28: Soviet Jewry, Boris Nikonox, 1979
Folder 29: Soviet Jewry, Grigori Vasserman, 1981-1984
Folder 30: United Farm Workers, Grant Application Opposition, DOL, 1978

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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],
[All]


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