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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 VII.: News Secretary Files
Sub-Series A.: Press Releases
Box 12
Folder 31: News Releases, Reference File, 1977
Box 13
Folder 1: News Releases, Reference File, 1978
Folder 2-3: News Releases, 1979-1980
Folder 4: News Releases/Speeches, 1981
Folder 5-6: News Releases, 1982-1983
Folder 7: News Releases, 1984
Box 14
Folder 1: Congressional Reports, Legislative Reports, Newscolumns, 1977-1983
Folder 2-3: Newscolumns, 1978-1982
Folder 4: Legislative Update, 1977-1983
Sub-Series B.: TV/Radio
Box 14
Folder 5: Radio Show Summaries and Quotes, 1979-1983
Box 15
Folder 1: Tapes: Government Organization with Erlenborn; Prime Farmland, Snow Disasters, Energy Committee, 1977; 1980
Folder 2: Tapes: Citizen Views; NRC 7 Safety, Nuclear Waste Actions, Hazardous Waste, Aliens, Cubans, September 8, 1977; June 2, 1980
Folder 3: Tapes: Social Security; Cuban Refugees, General Environmental Statement on Mixed Oxide Fuel (GESMO)/Reprocessing of Spent Nuclear Fuel, September 15, 1977; June 9, 1980
Folder 4: Tapes: Lock and Dam 26; Pontiac Flood Aid, USPS Future, Tax Cuts, October 21, 1977; July 1, 1980
Folder 5: Tapes: Mid-East with Paul Simon; Budget with Lynn Martin, December 1, 1977; May 5, 1981
Folder 6: Tapes: Year-end Wrap, December 28, 1977
Folder 7: Tapes: Consumer Protection Agency; Social Security Financing, February 9, 1978; June 15, 1981
Folder 8: Tapes: Social Security Tax Increases, April 6, 1978
Folder 9: Tapes: Questionnaire Results, 6/1/1978; Budget, FY83, February 8, 1982
Folder 10: Tapes: DOD Auth, Deptartment of Education, Tax Credit Highway B.; Alaska Pipeline, October 5, 1978; November 19, 1981
Folder 11: Tapes: Questionnaire Results, Fall 1978, October 12, 1978
Folder 12: Tapes: Senior Citizens Wrapup, October 26, 1978
Folder 13: Tapes: Gas Rationing, March 8, 1979
Folder 14: Tapes: Gas Shortage; Ottawa Dump, Geneva Town Meeting, June 8, 1979; November 28, 1982
Folder 15: Tapes: Questionnaire Results; Questionnaire Results, July 19, 1979; May 18, 1981
Folder 16: Tapes: Question and Answer;  Hostage Rescue Attempt, Inflation, July 22, 1979; April 30, 1980
Folder 17: Tapes: Soviet Troops in Cuba, Draft Registration, September 14, 1979
Folder 18: Tapes: Energy Tour, October 11, 1979
Folder 19: Tapes: Letters, Grain Embargo, Ethics, ABSCAM, February 7, 1980
Folder 20: Tapes: Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, Opening Session, Tom Corcoran, March 24-26, 1980
Folder 21: Tapes: Lame Duck Session, Budget Problems, Illinois-Michigan Canal, September 24, 1980
Folder 22: Tapes: Regulatory Reform, (Carter Years)-Human Rights, June 26, 1982
Folder 23: Tapes: Questionnaire Results, President's Speech, Re Confidence, Energy, Health Bill, September 9, 1981
Folder 24: Tapes: Clean Air Act; State of the Union Response: Nuclear Waste, Defending Persian Gulf, Mary 1, 1982; 1980
Folder 25: Tapes: No Inflation; Congressional Pay and Tax Changes, Procedure Bill, April 26, 1982; March, 1982
Folder 26: Film, 16mm, Color: Agriculture Committee: Testimony of Tom Corcoran, February 17, 1977
Sub-Series C.: Subject Files
Box 16
Folder 1: Agreements to Cosponsor Various Bills, 1979-1980
Folder 2: Air Bags and Motor Vehicle Safety Acts, 1981-1984
Folder 3: Articles and Statements by Corcoran, 1977-1980
Folder 4: Broadcasting, Disabled, 1982
Folder 5: CATV, H.R. 4103, 1983-1984
Folder 6: Clean Air Act Hearing, Chaired by Corcoran, October 1, 1981
Folder 7: Drunk Driving, 1981-1984
Folder 8: Energy: Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Waivers, 1981-1982
Folder 9: Energy: Coal, 1981
Folder 10: Energy: Correspondence with Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Institutional Capital Coporation (ICC), APA, IEC, 1982
Folder 11: Energy: Correspondence with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), 1982-1983
Folder 12: Energy: Department of Energy, 1979-1980
Folder 13: Energy: Energy, Miscellaneous, 1979-1980
Folder 14: Energy: Energy Statements and Information by Corcoran, 1979-1984
Folder 15: Energy: Exports-Embargoes, Corcoran Anti-embargo Legislation, 1982
Folder 16: Energy: Gasoline Shortage, 1979
Folder 17: Energy: General Environmental Statement on Mixed Oxide Fuel (GESMO), Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing, 1980
Folder 18: Energy: Hydro, 1979
Box 17
Folder 1-2: Energy: Legislation, Energy Oil Back-out, 1979-1980
Folder 3: Energy: Natural Gas, 1981-1982
Folder 4: Energy: Oil, 1979-1980
Folder 5: Energy: Procedures Bill, 1980-1983
Folder 6: FAP 412 Bridge, New US 51, 1981-1984
Folder 7: Floor Briefs, 1981
Folder 8: Lake Michigan Diversion Project, 1978-1979
Folder 9: Public Broadcasting Authorization, 1981-1984
Folder 10: Railroads: Amtrak, 1979-1983
Folder 11: Railroads: Milwaukee Road Acquisition, 1984
Folder 12: Railroads: Rail Abandonments for Public Purposes, Aurora-Geneva, 1981-1982
Folder 13: Railroads: Rail Deregulation, 1979-1980
Folder 14: Railroads: Railroad Retirement Legislation, 1983-1984
Folder 15: Railroads: Rock Island Railroad, 1979-1983
Folder 16: Safe Drinking Water Act, 1980, 1984
Sub-Series D.: Speeches
Box 17
Folder 17: NARUC/PURPA, Greenbrier, WV, July 6, 1981
Folder 18: Illinois Energy Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 28, 1981
Folder 19: NIGas/Illinois, October 23, 1981
Folder 20: Edison Electric Institute (EEI), NYC/Utility Financing/ Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA), October 28, 1981
Folder 21: Natural Gas, Peoples Energy/TX, October 29, 1981
Folder 22: Argonne /Illinois/Nuke Waste, October 30, 1981
Folder 23: National Energy Resources Organization (NERO)/DC/Gas, February 9, 1982
Folder 24: ELCON/DC/PUHCA, February 17, 1982
Folder 25: Central Illinois Public Service (CIPS)/Springfield/Utility Issues, May 10, 1982
Folder 26: American Nuclear Energy Council (ANEC)/DC/Nuke Policy, May 12, 1982
Folder 27: American Gas Association (AGA)/Chicago/Gas, May 17, 1982
Folder 28: ARCO/Houston/Clean Air Act (CAA)/Lead Phase Down, June 24, 1982
Folder 29: NCA/DC/Clean Air Act (CAA)/Acid Rain, August 19, 1982
Folder 30: Chicago Metropolitan Agency (CMA)/Chicago/Natural Gas, October 4, 1982
Folder 31: MGA/Chicago/Gas, March 7, 1983
Folder 32: IPMA/Chicago/Energy Policy, March 21, 1983
Folder 33: Tova Group/DC/Gas, May 16, 1983
Folder 34: Aurora Coalition/Illinois/NAM/Chicago, May 1983
Folder 35: IEUF/DC/Gas, June 23, 1983
Folder 36: Illinois Chamber of Commerce/Chicago, August 31, 1983
Folder 37: University of Illinois Energy Resources Center/Chicago/Gas, October 14, 1983
Folder 38: CIBO/Williamsburg/Gas, October 27, 1983
Folder 39: Speeches, Miscellaneous, 1977-1983
Folder 40: Aurora College Commencement, May 20, 1979

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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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