Cardiss Collins Papers

Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago - Special Collections and University Archives
Richard J. Daley Library
801 S. Morgan St., Room 3-330
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-996-2742
Date: 1970-1996
Extent: 287 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
Cardiss Collins was the Democratic Representative in the United States House of Representatives from the 7th district in Illinois. Collins served from 1973-1997, after being elected to the 93rd Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, George Washington Collins. Collins was the first African American woman to represent the Midwest in Congress and was elected as president of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1979. Her legislative interests included establishing universal health insurance, gender equality in college sports, and reforming federal child care facilities.

Scope and Content Note:
The collection includes House Reports, legislation, resolutions certificates, artifacts, records of activity of the Congressional Black Caucus, correspondence, election campaign documents, newsletters, photographs, audio recordings of speeches, newspaper clippings, travel records, videos, legislation and hearing records, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. The collection also includes the papers of Collins' late husband, former Illinois State Representative George Washington Collins.

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