DRINAN, Robert Frederick

DRINAN, Robert Frederick
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


DRINAN, Robert Frederick, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., November 15, 1920; attended the public schools of Hyde Park, Mass.; A.B., M.A., Boston College, 1942; entered the Jesuit Order, 1942, and was ordained a Catholic priest, 1953; LL.B., LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 1950; admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1956; dean, Boston College Law School, 1956-1970; professor of family law and church-state relations; visiting professor, University of Texas Law School, 1966-1967; professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1981- 2007; vice president, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1961-1964; author and editor; lecturer on church-state relations, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, Newton, Mass., 1966, 1968; chairman, Advisory Committee for Massachusetts to United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1962-1971; member, Governor's commission to study conflict of interests, 1962; Griswold commission to study judicial salaries, 1962; member, Massachusetts Attorney General's Committee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; delegate to Massachusetts State Democratic convention, 1972; delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1972; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1971-January 3, 1981); was not a candidate for reelection in 1980 to the Ninety-seventh Congress; died on January 28, 2007, in Washington, D.C.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston College
John J. Burns Library

Chestnut Hill, MA
Papers: ca. 1949-1997, 478.5 feet. The collection of Robert Drinan is composed of correspondence, publications, photographs, audio tapes, videocassettes, artifacts, and other items. Most of the material relates to Robert Drinan's career in Congress, and documents his views on such issues as Watergate, Human Rights, Criminal Law, Soviet Jews, and the Nixon Impeachment hearings. There are also files of House committees, and some records documenting his tenure at Boston College and Georgetown University. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Boston College Law School Library

Newton Centre, MA
Papers: In the Boston College Law School Records, 1929-[ongoing], approximately 10 linear feet. Other authors include Robert F. Drinan.

Museum of New Mexico Library
Angelico Chavez History Library

Santa Fe, NM
Papers: 1944-1945, 1 folder. The collection of Robert F. Drinan consists of the original diary and a transcript of the text recording his daily response to the Pacific War.

Swarthmore College
Peace Collection

Swarthmore, PA
Papers: In the Fellowship of Reconciliation (U.S.) Records, 1915-[ongoing], 170 linear feet. Correspondents include Robert F. Drinan.

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

Norman, OK
Videoreel: 1970, 1 commercial on 1 videoreel. A commercial used during Robert Drinan's campaign for the 1970 U.S. congressional election in Massachusetts, 4th District, Democratic Party.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: In the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation Records, 1948-2001, 38 cubic feet. Subjects include Robert F. Drinan.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Drinan, Robert Frederick. Beyond The Nuclear Freeze. New York: The Seabury Press, 1983.

___. Can God and Caesar Coexist?: Balancing Religious Freedom and International Law. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.

___. The Constitution, Governmental Aid and Catholic Higher Education. Dayton, Ohio: National Catholic Educational Association, [1968].

___. "The Constitutionality of Public Aid to Parochial Schools." In The Wall between Church and State, edited by Dallin H. Oaks. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963.

___. Cry Of The Oppressed: The History and Hope of the Human Rights Revolution. San Francisco: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1987.

___. Democracy, Dissent, and Disorder: The Issues and the Law. New York: The Seabury Press, 1969.

___. The Fractured Dream: America's Diverse Moral Choices. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1991.

___. God and Caesar on the Potomac: A Pilgrimage of Conscience. Preface by Jimmy Carter. Wilmington, Del.: Michael Glazier, Inc., 1985.

___. Honor The Promise: America's Commitment to Israel. Foreword by Elie Wiesel. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1977.

___. The Mobilization of Shame: A World View of Human Rights. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

___. "Nuclear Power and the Role of Congress." Environmental Affairs 4 (Fall 1975); 4 (Spring 1975): 595-627.

___. Religion, The Courts, And Public Policy. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1963. Reprint, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1978.

___. Stories from the American Soul: A Reader in Ethics and American Policy for the 1990s. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1990.

___. Vietnam and Armageddon; Peace, War and the Christian Conscience. New York: Sheed and Ward, [1970].

___., ed. The Right to be Educated: Studies to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, December 10, 1948. Foreword by Arthur J. Goldberg. Washington: Corpus Books, 1968.

Drinan, Robert Frederick, and John J. McAward, Thomas P. Anderson and Bruce Cameron. Central America 1980: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala; Findings of an Investigative Mission. Boston: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 1981

Fenton, John H., and Donald M. Austern. "The Case of the Priestly Zealot: The Fourth District of Massachusetts." In The Making of Congressmen: Seven Campaigns of 1974, edited by Alan L. Clem, pp. 93-106. North Scituate, Mass.: Duxbury Press, 1976.

Fullerton, Adelyn Kaye. "Out of the 'moral thicket': The American Christian religious leaders and the Persian Gulf War (George H. W. Bush)." Ph.D. diss., Purdue University, 2001.

Grant, Philip A., Jr. "The Election of Father Robert F. Drinan to the House of Representatives." Historical Journal of Massachusetts 14 (June 1986): 114-21.

Lapomarda, Vincent A. "A Jesuit Runs for Congress: The Rev. Robert F. Drinan, S.J. and His 1970 Campaign." Journal of Church and State 15 (Spring 1973): 205-222.

Leventman, Paula Goldman, and Seymore Leventman. "Congressman Drinan, S.J. and His Jewish Constituents." American Jewish Historical Quarterly 66 (December 1976): 215-48.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Robert F. Drinan, Democratic Representative from Massachusetts. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

Schroth, Raymond A. Bob Drinan: The Controversial Life of the First Catholic Priest Elected to Congress. New York: Fordham University Press, 2011.

Westin, Alan F. "'I Gave Up Beating on the Justice Department For Lent': Conversation with Congressman R. F. Drinan." Civil Liberties Review l (Fall 1973): 75-95.

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