Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1927– 2016


BRADEMAS, John, a Representative from Indiana; born in Mishawaka, Saint Joseph County, Ind., March 2, 1927; graduated from Central High School, South Bend, Ind.; graduated from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1949; Oxford University, Oxford, England, 1954; United States Navy, 1945-1946; staff for United States Senator Pat McNamara of Michigan, 1955; staff for United States Representative Thomas L. Ashley of Ohio, 1955; executive assistant to Adlai E. Stevenson in 1955 and 1956; assistant professor, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind., 1957- 1958; member of congressional delegation to First Inter-American Conference, Lima, Peru, 1959; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election to the Eighty-fourth Congress in 1954 and to the Eighty-fifth Congress in 1956; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-sixth and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1959-January 3, 1981); majority whip (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-seventh Congress in 1980; president, New York University, New York, N.Y., 1981-1992; died on July 11, 2016, in New York City, N.Y.

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

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External Research Collections

New York University Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1948-1981 (bulk 1958-1981), 229.5 linear feet. The papers of John Brademas contain correspondence, legislative files, reports, bills, clippings, campaign literature, audiovisual material, and other files. Although some material pertains to years prior to his election in 1958, the bulk of material centers on his eleven terms in the U.S. Congress. The majority of the papers consists of his Washington office files, covering virtually all aspects of his legislative, political, administrative, and public relations activities. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of education, arts, and humanities. Foreign affairs, especially relations with Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus, is also represented. District office files are represented in the constituent services series.

Columbia University
Oral History Research Office

New York, NY
Oral history: 1966, 23 pages. Contains reminiscences of John Brademas. Permission is required to cite, quote, and reproduce.

Indiana State Library

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: In the Matthew E. Welsh Papers, 1941-1978, 79 linear feet. Correspondents include John Brademas. Access to the collection is restricted. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Alice M. Rivlin Papers, 1964-1988, 14.5 linear feet. Correspondents include John Brademas. A finding aid is available in the repository.

New York University
Taminent Institute Library

New York, NY
Papers: In the National Organization for Women (NOW), New York Chapter Records, 1966-1973, 3.5 linear feet. Correspondents include John Brademas. The permission of NOW is required to use the collection. An unpublished guide is available to the collection.

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Buffalo, NY
Papers: In the Rexroth Collection, 1978, 4 items. Includes correspondence between John Brademas to Kenneth Rexroth.

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

Norman, OK
Video and Film: 1968-1980, 6 commercials on 2 videocassettes and 5 commercials on 1 film reel. Commercials used during the campaigns of John Brademas for the U.S. congressional elections of the Indiana Democratic party in 1968, 1976, and 1980.

University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives

Norman, OK
Papers: In the Carl Bert Albert Papers, 1910-1976, 1000 cubic feet. Other authors include John Brademas. An inventory is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Brademas, John. Anarcosindicalismo y revolucion en Espana (1930-1937). Translated by Joaquin Romero Maura. Barcelona: Editorial Ariel, 1974.

___. "Congress in the Year 2000." In The Future of the United States Government, edited by Harvey Perloff, pp. 309-23. New York: George Braziller, 1971.

___. "Prognostications Regarding the Growth and Diversification of Computers in the Service of Society: The Congressional Role." In Computers in the Service of Society, edited by Robert L. Chartrand, pp. 150-9. New York: Pergamon Press, 1972.

___. Revolution and Social Revolution; A Contribution to the History of the Anarcho-syndicalist Movement in Spain, 1930-1937. Oxford, [Eng.]: N.p., 1953.

___. Washington, D.C. to Washington Square. New York: Weidenfield and Nicolson, 1986.

Brademas, John, with Lynne P. Brown. The Politics of Education: Conflict and Consensus on Capitol Hill. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: John Brademas, Democratic Representative from Indiana. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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