OBERSTAR, James Louis

OBERSTAR, James Louis
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1934– 2014

Biography

OBERSTAR, James Louis, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Chisholm, St. Louis County, Minn., September 10, 1934; graduated from Chisholm High School, Chisholm, Minn., 1952; B.A., College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., 1956; M.A., College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, 1957; staff for United States Representative John Anton Blatnik of Minnesota, 1963-1974; administrator of the Committee on Public Works, United States House of Representatives, 1971-1974; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth and to the seventeen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 2011); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Twelfth Congress in 2010; chair, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (One Hundred Tenth and One Hundred Eleventh Congresses); died on May 3, 2014, in Potomac, Md.

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External Research Collections

Minnesota Historical Society

St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1964-2011, 179.85 cubic feet. The papers of James L. Oberstar include photographs, sound and video recordings, legislative materials, campaign and political activities, committee work, and legislative staff topical files documenting his service as a U. S. Representative from Minnesota's 8th Congressional District (1975-2011). The collection emphasizes Oberstar's activities on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, demonstrated by a large series of staff office topical files, which address a wide range of issues, projects, and legislation related to aviation, highways and bridges, railways, waterways, and bike ways. Additional significant content focuses on economic development in the Iron Range, travel and tourism, trade, and environmental protection of Minnesota's land and water resources. Access to portions of the collection is restricted. Researchers wishing to see restricted materials must apply in writing for that permission. An inventory is available online.
Papers: In the John A. Blatnik Congressional Papers, ca. 1889-1991, 133.3 cubic feet. Persons represented include James L. Oberstar.
Papers: In the Charles K. Dayton Papers, 1922-1979, 8 cubic feet. Persons represented include James L. Oberstar.
Papers: In the York Langton Papers, 1960-1989, 1.25 cubic feet. Persons represented include James L. Oberstar.
Papers: In the Minnesota Governor's Task Force on Mining and Minerals Subject Files, 1991-1995, 0.15 cubic foot. Persons represented include James L. Oberstar.
Papers: In the Elizabeth M. Winston Papers, ca. 1928-1992, 1.5 cubic feet. Persons represented include James L. Oberstar.

Radcliffe College
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Cambridge, MA
Papers: In the National Organization for Women Records: Series I-XVI, 1961-1999, 83 linear feet. Persons represented include James L. Oberstar.

Stanford University
Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford, CA
Papers: In the Rodney Kennedy-Minott Papers, 1967-1994, 13.7 linear feet. Persons represented include James L. Oberstar.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the Sierra Club National Legislative Office Records, 1960-ongoing, 200 linear feet. Persons represented include James L. Oberstar.

University of Minnesota Libraries
Social Welfare History Archives

Minneapolis, MN
Papers: In the National Council for Adoption Records, 1974-2004, 43 linear feet. Persons represented include James L. Oberstar.
Papers: In the William Pierce Papers, ca. 1980-2000, amount unknown. Persons represented include James L. Oberstar.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Videocassettes: ca. 1986-1990, 11 commercials on 4 videocassettes. The commercials were used during James L. Oberstar's campaigns for the 1986, 1988, and 1990 U.S. congressional elections in District 8 of Minnesota, Democratic Farm Labor Party.

University of Pennsylvania
Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the David J. Mahoney Papers, ca. 1923-2000, 73 boxes. Persons represented include James L. Oberstar.
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