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Donahue, Maurice

Maurice A. Donahue Papers, 1960-1971.

19 boxes, 89 vols. (29 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 311

Maurice A. Donahue was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1948 as part of its first Democratic majority. In 1950, he was elected to the Massachusetts Senate, became Senate Majority Leader in 1958, and in 1964, became Senate President, a position he held until 1971 when he took the position of Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Governmental Services at the University of Massachusetts. Legislation he sponsored while in the Senate established the Willis-Harrington Commission on Education, the University of Massachusetts Boston campus and Medical School, state scholarships for needy students, commissions to improve vocational education, study problems of urban school systems, and extend educational facilities in Massachusetts.

Correspondence, speeches, press releases, appointment books, constituent courtesy files, memorabilia, scrapbooks of clippings, audio recordings of radio talks and speeches, and photographs pertaining to Donahue’s activities and functions as state legislator of Massachusetts.

Biographical Note

Maurice A. Donahue was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1948 as part of its first Democratic majority. In 1950, he was elected to the Massachusetts Senate, became Senate Majority Leader in 1958, and in 1964, became Senate President, a position he held until 1971 when he took the position of Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Governmental Services at the University of Massachusetts. Legislation he sponsored while in the Senate established the Willis-Harrington Commission on Education, the University of Massachusetts Boston campus and Medical School, state scholarships for needy students, commissions to improve vocational education, study problems of urban school systems, and extend educational facilities in Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers reveal Donahue’s shaping of his political career, his leadership of the Massachusetts Democratic party organization, and his interactions with and affect on state events and government in the 1960s. The papers include 80 scrapbooks of clippings, most relating to Donahue’s Presidency of the Massachusetts Senate 1964-1970 with some dating from 1960; cards on courtesy actions for constituents; appointment calendars 1964-1971; correspondence 1964-1970; tapes of radio talks; typescript texts and recordings of speeches; films; photographs of Donahue and other Massachusetts leaders; press releases; awards, citations, plaques, memorabilia; a charcoal sketch of Donahue; and a billboard-sized poster.


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Terms of Access and Use
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The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Maurice A. Donahue Papers (MS 311). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Gift of Maurice Donahue, July 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by SCUA staff.


Additional Information

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Language
English.


Contents List
Guide: Biographical material; Correspondence
1963-1968
Box 1
Correspondence; Calendar and Nomination Papers
1969-1970
Box 2
Press Releases A-M
1964-1970, n.d.
Box 3
Press Releases M-Z; Speeches A-F
1953-1970, n.d.
Box 4
Speeches G-L
1961-1970, n.d.
Box 5
Speeches M-Z
1957-1973, n.d
Box 6
Speeches (typescripts)
1961-1970, n.d.
Box 7
Radio Talks (typescripts)
1964-1970
Box 8
Conference on Education- Medicaid
1965-1969, n.d.
Box 9
Tapes and Films
1965-1970, n.d.
Box 10

See Appendices B and C for item lists.

Videotapes
1964-1970, n.d.
Box 11

See Appendix C for item list.

Photographs
Box 12
Photographs
Box 13
Photographs
Box 14
Photographs
Box 15
Printed Materials
Box 16
Donahue Courtesy File, List of Supporters and Index to Press Releases
Box 17

See Appendix A.

Awards, Memberships, Memorabilia
1953-1970, n.d.
Box 18

See Appendices D for item list.

Awards, Memorabilia
1950-1970, n.d.
Box 19

See Appendix E for item list.

Scrapbook
1959
Box 20
Scrapbook
1959 Nov. 4-1960 Mar. 25
Box 21
Scrapbook
1959 Jan. 15-1959 July 11
Box 22
Scrapbook
1960 Mar. 23-1961 June 8
Box 23
Scrapbook
1961 May 8-1962 Aug. 23
Box 24
Scrapbook
1962 Aug. 23-1964 Mar. 4
Box 25
Scrapbook
1964 Mar. 4-1964 Apr. 22
Box 26
Scrapbook
1964 Apr. 22-1964 July 2
Box 27
Scrapbook
1964 July 3-1964 Nov. 30
Box 28
Scrapbook
1964 Dec. 1-1965 Jan. 31
Box 29
Scrapbook
1965 Jan. 31-1965 Mar. 6
Box 30
Scrapbook
1965 Mar. 6-1965 Apr. 15
Box 31
Scrapbook
1965 Apr. 15-1965 May 28
Box 32
Scrapbook
1965 May 28-1965 July 7
Box 33
Scrapbook
1965 July 7-1965 Aug. 27
Box 34
Scrapbook
1965 Aug. 27-1965 Oct. 18
Box 35
Scrapbook
1965 Oct. 19-1965 Dec. 22
Box 36
Scrapbook
1965 Dec. 23-1966 Feb. 8
Box 37
Scrapbook
1966 Feb. 8-1966 May 30
Box 38
Scrapbook
1966 Apr. 7-1966 May 30
Box 39
Scrapbook
1966 May 31-1966 July 17
Box 40
Scrapbook
1966 July 18-1966 Sept. 15
Box 41
Scrapbook
1966 Sept. 15-1966 Dec. 30
Box 42
Scrapbook
1967 Jan. 10-1967 Dec. 26
Box 43
Scrapbook
1967 Jan. 2-1967 Sept. 15
Box 44
Scrapbook
1967 Sept. 16 -1967 Nov. 11
Box 45
Scrapbook
1967 Nov. 7-1967 Dec. 22
Box 46
Scrapbook
1967 Dec. 27-1968 Feb. 22
Box 47
Scrapbook
1968 Feb. 16-1968 Mar. 25
Box 48
Scrapbook
1968 Apr. 1-1968 May 28
Box 49
Scrapbook
1968 July 1-1968 July 30
Box 50
Scrapbook
1968 July-1968 Aug.
Box 51
Scrapbook
1968 Aug.
Box 52
Scrapbook
1968 Aug. 27-1968 Oct. 31
Box 53
Scrapbook
1968 Nov. 1-1968 Dec. 31
Box 54
Scrapbook
1969 Jan. 1-1969 Jan. 31
Box 55
Scrapbook
1969 Feb. 1-1969 Mar. 31
Box 56
Scrapbook
1969 Apr. 1-1969 Apr. 30
Box 57
Scrapbook
1969 May 1-1969 May 30
Box 58
Scrapbook
1969 June 1-1969 June 30
Box 59
Scrapbook
1969 July 1-1969 Aug. 6
Box 60
Scrapbook
1969 Aug. 7-1969 Sept. 30
Box 61
Scrapbook
1969 Oct. 1-1969 Nov. 30
Box 62
Scrapbook
1969 Dec. 1-1969 Jan. 28
Box 63
Scrapbook
1970 Jan. 27-1970 Feb. 27
Box 64
Scrapbook
1970 Mar.
Box 65
Scrapbook
1970 Apr.
Box 66
Scrapbook
1970 May
Box 67
Scrapbook
1970 June 1-1970 June 14
Box 68
Scrapbook
1970 June 14-1970 June 28
Box 69
Scrapbook
1970 July 1-1970 July 17
Box 70
Scrapbook
1970 July 17-1970 Aug. 2
Box 71
Scrapbook
1970 Aug.
Box 72
Scrapbook
1970 Sept. 1-1970 Oct. 1
Box 73
Scrapbook
1970 Oct. 1-1971 Jan. 14
Box 74
Scrapbook (Bellotti)
1969 July 11-1970 July 8
Box 75
Scrapbook (O’Donnell)
1969 June 19-1970 July 9
Box 76
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1969 June 18-1969 July 3
Box 77
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1969 July 3-1969 July 30
Box 78
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1969 July 30-1969 Aug. 31
Box 79
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1969 Nov. 1-1969 Dec. 6
Box 80
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1969 Dec. 6-1970 Jan. 12
Box 81
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1970 Jan. 12-1970 Feb. 5
Box 82
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1970 Feb.
Box 83
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1970 Mar. 1-1970 Mar. 21
Box 84
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1970 Mar. 21-1970 Apr. 12
Box 85
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1970 Apr. 13-1970 Apr. 29
Box 86
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1970 Apr. 30
Box 87
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1970 May 16-1970 June 4
Box 88
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1970 June 4-1970 June 24
Box 89
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1970 June 25-1970 June 30
Box 90
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1970 June 30-1970 July 11
Box 91
Scrapbook (Sargent)
1970 Oct.-1970 Nov.
Box 92
Scrapbook (White)
1969 June 18-1969 Sept. 17
Box 93
Scrapbook (White)
1969 Sept. 17-1969 Nov. 30
Box 94
Scrapbook (White)
1969 Dec. 1-1970 Jan. 16
Box 95
Scrapbook (White)
1970 Jan. 16-1970 Mar. 8
Box 96
Scrapbook (White)
1970 Mar. 12-1970 May 6
Box 97
Scrapbook (White)
1970 May 7-1970 June 12
Box 98
Scrapbook (White)
1970 June 13-1970 July
Box 99
Poster
Box 100

Subjects

  • Massachusetts--Politics and government--1951-
  • Massachusetts. House
  • Massachusetts. Senate

Contributors

  • Donahue, Maurice A

Types of material

  • Letters (Correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sound recordings
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