Guide to the Norris Cotton Congressional Papers, 1947-1975

Collection number: MC 39 [Offsite storage]
Size: 148 boxes (49.00 cu.ft.)

About Norris Cotton

Norris Cotton, member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, was born in Warren, NH on May 11, 1900. He was educated at Tilton School, Phillips Exeter Academy, Wesleyan University, and George Washington University Law School. Cotton was admitted to the N.H. Bar in 1928. Initially, he was associated with the firm of Demond, Woodworth, Sulloway, & Rogers in Concord, then founded the firm of Cotton, Tesreau & Stebbins in Lebanon, NH.

Cotton became active in state politics in 1923, as member of the NH House of Representatives. He also served as clerk of the NH Senate (1927-1929), Grafton County Solicitor (1933-1939), and Justice of the Municipal Court of Lebanon (1939-1943). Cotton’s federal career began in November 1946, when he was elected representative of the 2nd Congressional District of NH to the 80th Congress. On November 8, 1954 he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served until January 3, 1975.

In 1978, Cotton published his own perspective on his Senate years in In The Senate: Amidst The Conflict and Turmoil.

About the Norris Cotton Congressional Papers

The collection covers Cotton’s entire congressional career, from January 1947 to January 1975, and consists of office files, personal and committee notes, scrapbooks, photographs, and memorabilia. The office files include correspondence, speeches, Cotton legislation and voting records, campaign materials, general legislation and departmental files, reports to New Hampshire, and other materials dealing with the state.

The papers are in the order in which they were received, and the inventory list follows that prepared by Cotton’s office staff. At the request of Senator Cotton, “some 5000-odd individual files” were destroyed by his staff, for reasons of confidentiality. These files contained applications for admission to military academies and requests for assistance in gaining federal employment, military discharges, social security, veterans benefits, etc. Included with the papers is a card file index of correspondents which allows access to the correspondence between Senator Cotton and any specific person for the full period.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Norris Cotton Congressional Papers, 1947-1975, MC 39, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation: Norris Cotton, December 6, 1974 (Accession number: 35)

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 21 series. Content descriptions are provided for the box level rather than the folder level. The materials in Series 21 are not boxed but instead given an identification number on a tag and housed in the same location as the rest of the material.

Collection Contents

Series 1: Norris Cotton Legislation, 1955-1974

(9 boxes)
Box 1
84th-85th Congresses: 1/55-5/58
Box 2
85th-88th Congresses: 5/58-1/63
Box 3
88th-89th Congresses: 1/63-2/65
Box 4
89th-90th Congresses: 2/65-1/67
Box 5
90th Congress: 1/67-9/68
Box 6
91st Congress: 1/69-6/69
Box 7
91st-92nd Congresses: 6/69-2/71
Box 8
92nd-93rd Congresses: 2/71-2/73
Box 9
93rd Congress: 2/73-9/74

Series 2: Norris Cotton Voting Records, 1955-1972

(3 boxes)

For voting records for the 93rd Congress, see Box 145.

Box 10
84th-85th and 88th-89th Congresses: 1955-1958 and 1963-1966
Box 11
90th-91st Congresses: 1967-1970
Box 12
91st-92nd Congresses: 1970-1972

Series 3: Reports to NH Newsletters, 1949-1974

(3 boxes)
Box 13
Volume I ("Your Congressman Reports"): 1949-1954; Volume II ("Your Senator Reports"): 1954-1957
Box 14
Volume III ("Your Senator Reports"): 1957-1973
Box 15
(folder 1-77) Correspondence relating to reports, 1969-1974

Series 4: Campaign and General Election Files, 1948-1974

(6 boxes)
Box 15
(folder 78-end) 1948-1950
Box 16
1952-1962
Box 17
1962-1969
Box 18
Mixed years - mainly 1968
Box 19
Mixed years - 1968-1974
Box 20
Mixed years - 1968-1974, photos toward end, and bound appointment book and four address books

Series 5: Bicentennial Commission, 1955-1972

(2 boxes)
Box 21
Campaign posters, film, tapes, address books, etc.
Box 22
(folders 1-8) Correspondence, etc., 1969-1974, regarding Bicentennial

Series 6: Norris Cotton Congressional Record Remarks, 1950-1974

(4 boxes)
Box 22
(folders 9-end) 6/50-4/58
Box 23
4/58-9/61
Box 24
9/61-10/65
Box 25
9/65-1/69
Box 26
1/69-6/71
Box 27
6/71-1/73
Box 28
(folders 1-182) 2/73-10/74

Series 7: Press Releases, 1947-1974

(12 boxes)
Box 28
(folders 183-end) 1947-1950
Box 29
1951-5/59
Box 30
5/59-6/61
Box 31
6/61-9/62
Box 32
9/62-6/63
Box 33
6/63-4/65
Box 34
4/65-6/67
Box 35
6/67-6/68
Box 36
6/68-4/69
Box 37
4/69-3/71
Box 38
4/71-1/73
Box 39
(folders 1-127) 1/73-10/74

Series 8: Legislation, 1955-1974

(42 boxes)
Box 39
(folders 128 - ) 1955-1956: A - Interior and Insular Affairs
Box 40
1956-1958: Interior & Insular Affairs-Finance:Taxes
Box 41
1957-58: Fin.:Social Security-Interstate & Foreign Commerce
Box 42
1957-1958: Int. & For. Com. - Int. & For. Com.: Surf. Trans.
Box 43
1958-1959: Post Office - Armed Services
Box 44
1959: Bank & Currency - Fin.: Veterans
Box 45
1959-1960: Fin.: Taxes - Judicial: General
Box 46
1959-1962: Jud.: Anti Trust - Aeronautical/Space Science
Box 47
1961-1962: Agriculture: General - Fin.: Medicare
Box 48
1961-1962: Fin.: Medicare - Fin.: Veterans
Box 49
1961-1963: Foreign Relations - Appropriations
Box 50
1963: Approp.: Agric. - Commerce: Textiles
Box 51
1963-1964: Com.: Transportation - For. Rel.: For. Aid
Box 52
1963: For. Rel.: Test Ban - Labor & Public Welfare: Education
Box 53
1964: P.O. & Civil Service - Com.: Civil Rights
Box 54
1964: Com.: Civil Rights
Box 55
1964-1966: Republican Policy Committee - Commerce
Box 56
1965-1966: Commerce - Fin.: Medicare
Box 57
1965-1966: Fin.: Medicare - Gov.Operations
Box 58
1965-1966: Int. & Ins. Aff. - Labor & Pub. Welfare
Box 59
1965-1967: Lab. & Pub. Wel. - Agriculture
Box 60
1967-1968: Appropriations - Commerce
Box 61
1967-1968: Commerce - Fin.: Taxes
Box 62
1968: Fin.: Travel Tax - Judiciary: Civil Rights
Box 63
1968: Jud.: Civil Rights - P.O. & Civil Service
Box 64
1968-1969: P.O. & Civil Service - Appropriations: Defense
Box 65
1969-1970: Approp.: Defense - Appropriations:Interior
Box 66
1969-1970: Approp. - Commerce: Aviation
Box 67
1969-1970: Commerce: Aviation - Fin.: Taxes
Box 68
1969-1970: Fin.: Taxes - Gov. Operations
Box 69
1969-1970: Int. & Ins. Affairs - Labor & Pub. Welfare
Box 70
1969-1971: Labor & Pub.Welfare - Approp.: Defense
Box 71
1971-1972: Approp.: Education - Armed Services
Box 72
1971-1972: Atomic Energy - Commerce: Aviation
Box 73
1971-1972: Com.: Communications - Fin.: Trade
Box 74
1971-1972: Fin.: Trade - Labor & Public Welfare
Box 75
1971-1973: Labor & Public Welfare - Approp.: Legislation
Box 76
1973: Appropriation - Fin.: Taxes
Box 77
1973: Fin.: Taxes - Veterans Affairs
Box 78
1974: General - Commerce
Box 79
1974: Com.: Aviation - Veterans; 1971-1972: P.O. & Civil Services - Veterans Administration
Box 80
1971-1972: Veteran Affairs; 1974: Labor & Pub. Wel. - Veteran Administration, Impeachment Research Materials
Box 81
(folders 1-7) Impeachment Research Materials

Series 9: Departmental, 1955-1972

(42 boxes)
Box 81
(folders 8- ) 1955-1956: A - Defense
Box 82
1956-1957: FCC - Agriculture
Box 83
1957-1958: Agriculture - GSA
Box 84
1957: G - S
Box 85
1958-1960: S - C
Box 86
1960: C - H
Box 87
1960: H - T
Box 88
1960-1961: T - I
Box 89
1961-1962: I - S
Box 90
1962-1964: S - D
Box 91
1962-1964: D - HUD
Box 92
1963-1964: H - O
Box 93
1963-1964: R - T
Box 94
1963-1966: T - Commerce
Box 95
1965-1966: Commerce - HEW
Box 96
1965-1966: HEW - I
Box 97
1965-1966: J - Supreme Court
Box 98
1965-1966: S - Treasury
Box 99
1965-1968: Treasury - Civil Service
Box 100
1967-1968: Civil Service - H
Box 101
1968: H - Investigations
Box 102
1967-1968: N - State
Box 103
1968: State - T
Box 104
1967-1970: T - C
Box 105
1969-1970: C - FDIC
Box 106
1969-1970: F - H
Box 107
1969-1970: H - Foreign Labor
Box 108
1969-1970: Labor - S
Box 109
1969-1970: A - State
Box 110
1969-1971: State - N
Box 111
1971: AEC - F
Box 112
1971-1972: F - H
Box 113
1971-1972: H - Interstate Commerce
Box 114
1971-1972: I - Navy
Box 115
1971-1972: O - Vietnam
Box 116
1971-1972: S - Post Office
Box 117
1971-1973: P.O. - D
Box 118
1970-1974: N - Appropriations
Box 119
1973-1974: H - HUD
Box 120
1973-1974: HUD - P.O.
Box 121
1973-1974: P.O. - T
Box 122
1973-1974: Transportation - Z; 1969-1971: Civil Aeronautics Board
Box 123
(folders 1-12) 1971-1974: Civil Aeronautics Board

Series 10: New Hampshire Files, 1955-1974

(6 boxes)
Box 123
(folders 13- ) 1955-1965: Airports - G
Box 124
1958-1970: P - U
Box 125
1967-1970: Education - O
Box 126
1970-1971: Health and Welfare - H
Box 127
1971-1974: I - S
Box 128
(folders 1-8) 1973-1974: S - Z

Series 11: Corps of Engineers Projects, 1950-1974

(3 boxes)
Box 128
(folder 9- ) 1950-1962: A
Box 129
1962-1966: B - Portsmouth
Box 130
(folders 1-9) 1964-1974: Portsmouth - Z

Series 12: Portsmouth Naval Base, 1949-1974

(2 boxes)
Box 130
(folders 10- ) 1949-1974
Box 131
(folders 1-14) 1974

Series 13: New Hampshire Post Offices, 1950-1974

(5 boxes)
Box 131
(folders 15- ) 1950-1969: A - T
Box 132
1952-1967: K - W
Box 133
1961-1967: R - C
Box 134
1971-1974: S - H
Box 135
(folders 1-7) 1971-1974: L - Z

Series 14: General Correspondence Files, 1969-1974

(4 boxes)
Box 135
(folders 8- ) 1969-1973
Box 136
1971-1974
Box 137
1971-1972
Box 138
(folders 1-19) 1971-1974

Series 15: Photographs, 1950-1974

(6 boxes)
Box 138
(folders 20- ) Some 1973-1974; 1950-1955
Box 139
1955-1960
Box 140
1960-1964
Box 141
1964-1967
Box 142
1967-1970
Box 143
1971-1973

Series 16: Personal Files

(1 box)
Box 144
Norris Cotton personal files

Series 17: Voting Record for 93rd Congress

(1 box)
Box 145
Norris Cotton voting record for the 93rd Congress

Series 18: Guest Books

(1 box)
Box 146
Guest books

Series 19: Additional Miscellaneous Files

(2 boxes)
Box 147
Correspondence, Legislation, Department files, Congressional Records, etc. Includes negatives from 1955, 1961, and 1962 transfered from the US Senate Historical Room to UNH in 2008.
Box 148
Correspondence, Legislation, Department files, Congressional Records, etc. Includes negatives from 1963-1965, 1967, 1970-1971, and 1973 which were transfered from the US Senate Historical Room to UNH in 2008.

Series 20: Scrapbooks

Individual scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings, 1948-1973

Series 21: Non-manuscript Materials

Items and books are assigned numbers with corresponding numbered slip attached to each individual item.

Subseries A: Artifacts

Item 1Gavel, for the Committee of Appropriations (dated 1962-1975)
Item 2Gold Elephant given to Cotton by Everett McKinley Dirkson in 1955
Item 3Copy of the record, The Lion's Heart, with letter of presentation from Donald H. McGannon, President of Westinghouse Broadcasting Company
Item 4Wooden plaque signed by President Nixon, citing Cotton for distinguished service in promoting the employment of the handicapped, May 2, 1974
Item 5Framed proclamation from the New Hampshire Nurses Association expressing gratitude for Cotton's 27 years of service in Congress, October 2, 1973
Item 6Framed black and white print of the Capitol Building
Item 7Framed proclamation signed by State Chairman Bass, Assistant State Chairman Zachos, and National Committeemen Smith and Perkins
Item 8-9Two posters announcing Cotton's visit to UNH on April 27, 1977. His talk was presented by the Friends of the UNH Library. [Note: Missing as of 11/89]
Item 10Framed color photo of Cotton and Nixon
Item 11Framed black and white photo of Cotton, Kennedy, and Gray
Item 12Framed black and white photo of Cotton and Eisenhower
Item 13Framed proclamation signed by President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of State Dean Rusk, appointed Cotton Advisory member of Commission on Marine Science, Engineering, and Resources, January 9, 1967
Item 14Framed black and white photo of Cotton and Johnson
Item 15Framed proclamation marking Cotton's retirement from the U.S. Senate signed by President Nixon, 23 Senators, etc.
Item 16Framed picture of Cotton and McIntyre marking Cotton's receiving the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award
Item 17Framed message from Meldrim Thomson, Governor of New Hampshire, marking the unveiling of Cotton's portrait with black and white photo of oil portrait
Item 18Framed color photo of President Gerald Ford
Item 19Photo of Desk on Senate floor (and rubbing) used by Daniel Webster in the 1800's and by Cotton, May ll, 1972
Item 20Framed proclamation making October Norris Cotton Month, from Meldrim Thomson, N. H. Governor
Item 21Framed color photo of Cotton, Laird, and Bennett
Item 22Framed black and white photo of Ash, Cotton, Magnuson, Ford, and Korologos
Item 23Framed letter from (then Vice-President) Richard Nixon, 1961
Item 24Framed black and white photo of Cabinet Room, June 8, 1970
Item 25Framed color photo of President Ford
Item 26Framed black and white photo of Cotton and Johnson
Item 27Framed black and white photo of Cotton, Griffin, Scott, Smith, and Ollcott (?)
Item 28Framed black and white photo of Warren G. Magnuson with Congressional Record clippings of his speech in the Senate marking Cotton's retirement, September 18, 1974

Subseries B: Books

Item 29Appropriations, Budgets Estimates, etc. Statements. Government Printing Office, 1966.
Item 30The First Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1961. Ceremonies and Re-enactment of the one hundredth anniversary of...Government Printing Office, 1962.
Item 31Goldwater, Barry. Face of Arizona. Frank P. Middleton, publisher, 1964.
Item 32The National Register of Historic Places. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Government Printing Office, 1974 supplement. (Letter of presentation enclosed.)
Item 33The 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1959. Government Printing Office, 1959.
Item 34Select Committee on Small Business, U.S. Senate. 12th Annual Report, No. 1491. 87th Congress, 2nd Session. Government Printing Office, 1962.
Item 35Select Committee on Small Business, U.S. Senate. 13th Annual Report, No. 104. 88th Congress, lst Session. Government Printing Office, 1963.
Item 36Select Committee on Small Business, U.S. Senate. 15th Annual Report, No. 635. 89th Congress, lst Session. Government Printing Office, 1965.
Item 37Washington's Farewell Address - this copy was read by Hon. Norris Cotton in the Senate Chamber on Washington's Birthday, February 22, 1967. Nd, np. (Has Cotton's underlinings in it.)
Item 38Washington's Farewell Address to the People of the U.S. 89th Congress, 2nd Session. House Doc, #504. Government Printing Office, 1966. (Signed by Hubert Humphrey, Vice President, and Francis R. Valeo, Secretary of State.)
Item 39New Hampshire. Laws of the Legislature of 1971 through July 1971. Secretary of State, Concord, N.H.
Item 40Raven. Franklin Pierce College Yearbook, 1973. (Cotton on page 96)
Item 41Remarks of President Gerald R. Ford in the East Room of the White House on August 9, 1974.
Item 42Copy of the recording of The Inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.