Guide to the David Price Papers, 1960-2006 and undated
David Price is a political science professor at Duke University, and Democratic congressman from North Carolina's Fourth District since 1987 (re-elected in 2006). The David Price Papers (1960-2006) document the scholarly and political career of David Eugene Price, including his days as a graduate student in the 1960s, his tenure as a political science professor and Democratic Party staff member, and, finally, his years as a Democratic congressman from North Carolina's Fourth District. Records from Price's political headquarters contain thousands of original documents, handwritten and computer-generated; printed materials such as legislative bills and campaign publicity; and a variety of audiovisual materials, including photographs, some slides, many videos, and audio recordings. The collection is especially rich for researchers interested in the American political party system, the work and life of legislators, North Carolina history and government, the North Carolina Democratic and Republican parties, the U.S. Congress, its committee structure, the Hunt Commission, and the broader legislative process. Other materials document political campaigns, notably David Price's own congressional campaigns and Albert Gore's senatorial campaign of 1970-1971.
- Collection Number
- David Price papers
- 1960-2006 and undated
- Price, David Eugene
- 172.5 Linear Feet, 102,750 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
The David Price Papers document the scholarly and political career of David Eugene Price, including his days as a graduate student in the 1960s, his tenure as a political science professor and Democratic Party staff member, and, finally, his years as a Democratic congressman from North Carolina's Fourth District from 1987 through 1998. Records from Price's political headquarters record the routine activities of Price and his office staff, and the larger system of government in which he participated. The files contain documents, handwritten and computer-generated; printed materials such as legislative bills and campaign publicity; and a variety of audiovisual materials, including photographs, some slides, many videos, and audio recordings. The collection is especially rich for researchers interested in the American political party system, the work and life of legislators, North Carolina history and government, the North Carolina Democratic and Republican Parties, the U.S. Congress, its committee structure, the Hunt Commission, and especially the larger legislative process. Other topics include political campaigns, notably Price's own campaigns and Albert Gore's senatorial campaign of 1970-1971.
Three primary groups comprise the collection. Full descriptions of series and subseries within these groups are found below in the detailed collection description. The Pre-Congressional Papers primarily document Price's years as a student, then as a professor at Yale and Duke Universities; they also trace Price's early involvement with the Democratic Party. These papers are a foundation and prelude to Price's later work as a member of Congress. The Congressional Papers were compiled during his years in public office, and reveal Price's activities as a member of Congress, and his relationships with colleagues, constituents, and other political stakeholders. Finally, the Campaign Office Files were created from the activity of his campaign office in Raleigh, North Carolina, largely separate - as required by law - from the work of his congressional office.Processing Note
Most original folders and folder titles have been retained. Labels included many abbreviations, acronyms, and initials; the full versions were added in brackets whenever possible. "DP" in folder titles and elsewhere usually refers to "David Price" but can also mean "Democratic Party." Keyword searching is possible within the container list, with some important limitations. First, the expanded forms of acronyms and abbreviations were not added in every instance but rather at the first occurrence with a new series or subseries. Second, labels are not standardized. For example, the search "breast cancer" might retrieve some folders, but not the one labeled "Cancer--breast." A search for the EPA's "Southern Appalachian Mountains Air Quality Initiative" within this collection may not retrieve folders labeled only as "Southern Appalachian Air Quality." To be comprehensive, therefore, searches need to be formulated in several ways. Please consult with a Research Services staff when using this collection.
Dates were obtained by sampling within folders and so may not be strictly accurate. Sampling was also used to identify the content of audiovisual materials, therefore descriptions for recordings may not be complete.
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These files document the bulk of David Price's academic career prior to his entry into elective office, and reveal the formation of Price's intellectual interest in politics and political parties. Beginning in the mid-1960s during his time as a graduate student at Yale University, they continue through his years on the faculties of Yale and Duke, and end in 1988 during his first term in Congress. The materials are divided into three series, all described further below: Political Party Files; Correspondence and Administrative Files; and Research and Writings. Within each series, the folders are arranged in alphabetical order by title.
Documents Price's close observance of, employment with, and research on the Republican and Democratic political parties, from his graduate work at Yale up to the time he was first elected to Congress. During much of this period Price was serving as a professor of political science at Yale and Duke Universities. Concurrently he also worked for the North Carolina State Democratic Party in various capacities, serving as executive director and as state party chair, and for the national party as director of the Hunt Commission (Commission on Presidential Nominations). The files illustrate the inter-relationship of Price's political work and research. Many of the topical folders contain Price's notes, often related to his writings, as well as articles and documents written by others. Background files for his book on American political parties, Bringing Back the Parties, can be found in this series. As in other parts of the collection, Price's relationships with other prominent political figures are documented here, especially with Jim Hunt, North Carolina governor and head of the Hunt Commission. Correspondence, Hunt Commission documents and meeting transcripts, and a file on Jim Hunt's Senate race against Jesse Helms are included. Other files relate to talks Price gave as a state party leader and include the speeches themselves or Price's notes. There are also files on conferences attended, polling information, and numerous files on Democratic campaigns such as Hunt-Helms (U.S. Senate, 1984), Muskie (U.S. Presidency, 1972), Carter (U.S. Presidency, 1980), and Albert Gore, Sr. (U.S. Senate, 1970).
The files are arranged roughly in alphabetical order by title.
See also the Research and Writings Series for further documentation of Price's research interests.
Documents various aspects of Price's political and academic careers. Political files illuminate Price's ties to other prominent Democrats and his work on the Democratic Party's behalf, chiefly through correspondence, while academic files concern Price's academic administrative responsibilities, chiefly at Duke University and less often at Yale University; some materials pertain to personal activities such as Price's leave of absence, including fellowship applications, course syllabi, and course evaluations. Other items, such as departmental newsletters and other materials, give a larger picture of Price's academic environment. One file relates to the controversy over whether Duke should host the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library. While correspondence is scattered throughout the Pre-Congressional Papers, this series contains several folders devoted almost entirely to correspondence. These letters to and from Price cover both personal and political topics, with the latter most often about fundraising.
The series is roughly arranged alphabetically by topic.
These materials, dating from the time of Price's dissertation research up to his first election in 1987, document his career-long interest and extensive scholarship in politics and the legislative process. While similar to the Political Party Files in that both contain research, these files focus less on Price's work for the Democratic Party or his academic work on the subject of political parties. Topics instead relate more to his scholarship in other areas of government and legislative policy.
While there is no draft of Price's dissertation within the collection, a number of files pertain to that research, including notes from many Senate interviews. Often the folders are topically centered on various congressional committees or particular policy areas (e.g. oceanography). Articles by others accompanied by Price's notes and pertinent correspondence may be found in this subseries also. As in previous subseries, correspondence is scattered throughout. These are the types of files presumably created as research files to assist Price in his own writing. In fact, there are more research materials than there are actual writings by Price himself. Document types include numerous handwritten notes, some article drafts, writings by others, and printed materials such as clippings, and parts of the Congressional Record. Congressional publications are often included.
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
This series contains unpublished interviews in certain folders. Use of unpublished interviews in autobiographical material is restricted. Permission is not granted for publication. The user is responsible for obtaining permission to publish from the interviews.
Use of unpublished interviews in autobiographical material is restricted. Permission is not granted for publication. The user is responsible for obtaining permission to publish from the interviews.
Use of unpublished interviews in autobiographical material is restricted. Permission is not granted for publication. The user is responsible for obtaining permission to publish from the interviews.
Use of unpublished interviews in autobiographical material is restricted. Permission is not granted for publication. The user is responsible for obtaining permission to publish from the interviews.
The Congressional Papers document Price's many interactions with staff, congressional colleagues, North Carolina constituents, foreign dignitaries, and a variety of corporate entities. In addition to routine office records such as correspondence, clippings, memos, background informational documents, printed materials, bills, and press releases, there are also many specialized document types reflecting the political nature of the office's work: committee testimony, Democratic Study Group Fact Sheets, parts of the Congressional Record, Congressional Research Service documents, Dear Colleague letters, and others.
Files are not primarily a direct product of Price's lawmaking duties but reflect his experience as an individual in Congress across a broad spectrum of activities: interaction with various bodies of the Democratic Party such as the DLC (Democratic Leadership Council) and DNC (Democratic National Committee); work with more peripheral organizations such as the German Study Group and the North Atlantic Assembly; and daily schedules and official trips.
Documents in binders created from at least two different sessions for new members of Congress: one held at Harvard University in December 1986; and another held at Williamsburg, Va. in 1987 and sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institution, and the Congressional Research Service. Arranged in order as they were removed from their original binders.
Full title is U.S. House of Representatives New Member Orientation Handbook including the Regulations and Accounting Procedures for Allowances and Expenses of Members and Employees of the U.S. House of Representatives. The title page is dated December 1986, but inserted in the binder were expense and allowance totals through the 102nd Congress (1992).
Files are arranged according to original topical divisions and contain a variety of documents including correspondence, printed materials, meeting documents, memos, articles, trip itineraries, and handwritten notes.
Academic and political entities mentioned frequently include the following: the American Political Science Association (APSA); the Democratic Caucus; the caucus Committee on Organization, Study, and Review (OSR); the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC); the House Appropriations Committee; the German Study Group (a congressional organization Price chaired); the Brookings Institute; the German Marshall Fund; and the North Atlantic Assembly. Also notable are files on Democratic conventions as well as House member Jim Wright. Finally, in addition to the files on specific topics and organizations, more general working files include travel files that document his many appointments to U.S. delegations, and correspondence with academic contacts, other House members, Senators, and the White House.
Files are arranged alphabetically by topic; within these topics, folders are unarranged.
For other academically-related materials, see the Pre-Congressional Record Group.
These materials relate to Price's APSA membership and committee service. See additional APSA files within the Pre-Congressional Papers.
These materials relate to administration of Price's own offices.
Of note are materials on various issue conferences.
Includes numerous memos.
These files center on Congress as an entity itself and reflect Price's academic interests in issues such as congressional ethics. For similar materials, see the Pre-Congressional Papers.
These files hold copies of mostly outgoing correspondence arranged into four categories. There are numerous letters from the White House including some from Bill Clinton and Al Gore as well as other VIP correspondents, especially House Members. Some constituent correspondence is present.
Includes documents discussing “the right message” for the party. For related materials, see also the Political Party Files within the Pre-Congressional Papers.
Documents Price's successful efforts to gain appointment to the House Appropriations Committee. Items include contact lists and rankings of competitors. There are also materials in this section documenting various leadership races in Congress, such as correspondence between Members asking or thanking for support.
Includes materials on the Bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence and other forums.
Prominent organizations represented include the Commission on Science, Technology, and Government, the German Study Group, and the Japan Study Group. Includes folder of Price's foreign policy talking points.
Democratic Party Convention files hold related correspondence and meeting documents including a report on delegate selection. Folders on Jim Wright include internal documents.
Includes materials related to writings Price produced while serving as Congressman. For similar materials see also the Pre-Congressional Papers.
Documents the trips abroad Price took as a Congressional delegate, often meeting with foreign government officials. A file often provides information on a particular country as it was viewed at the time through correspondence and preparatory materials. Several trips were related to Price's chairmanship of the House German Study Group. Other prominent organizations represented in this set of files include the Conference of American and British Parliamentarians, the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, the German Marshall Fund, and the North Atlantic Assembly.
Contains printouts of Price's official schedule. It dates from his early days in office (Jan. 1987) through Dec. 1994. Included are events held in both Washington, DC and North Carolina, places, dates and times, as well as contact information and notes.
Correspondence sent to and from Congressman Price documenting interactions with constituents; corporations and other organizations; government colleagues, especially other House Members; government agencies; national associations and organizations; and various notable political figures including U.S. presidents and foreign dignitaries. Notable correspondents include many House Members and Senators including Speaker Jim Wright, Terry Sanford, and other officials including President Bill Clinton, and Vice President Al Gore. Though some of the letters are routine congratulations or requests, others document in great detail his legislative relationships, activities, and appearances, and shed light on political issues important to Price and his constituency at any given time. It is likely that some of the outgoing letters were written by Price's staff.
Topics range range widely depending on the issues of the time. Letters devoted to topics of particular interest to North Carolina such as National Science Foundation funding for Wake Technical Community College, drilling off the North Carolina coast, an air route to London from Raleigh, N.C., and funding of Environmental Protection Agency construction in Price's district. Other topics mentioned repeatedly include the national budget and budget votes, reproductive rights, affordable housing, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 1988 Civil Rights Restoration Act, crime bills, the Title X Gag Rule, the Persian Gulf War, gun control especially regarding assault weapons and the Brady Bill, the environment, energy policy, surface transportation, appropriations bills, the Super Collider project, the Freedom of Choice Act, the Student Loan Affordability Act, health care reform, the Scientific and Technical Education Act of 1992, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Constituent letters were often copied and attached to letters sent to Price's colleagues, government agencies, or VIPs. Similarly, much of the mail in this series could be described as issue mail since issues are discussed throughout, but Price also maintained a separate file with this designation.
See also correspondence in the Member Files subseries of the Personal/Political Files. There is also correspondence throughout the Pre-Congressional Papers, some in the Campaign Files of the Personal/Political Files, and spread throughout the entire collection.
Correspondence files are arranged by year, and then by type of correspondent.
Contains a variety of documents but predominately is made up of recommendations by Price sent to various colleagues and branches of government. Often there is a written request, a written acknowledgement of the recommendation, résumés, and related documentation. Correspondents include White House official Bruce Lindsay of the Clinton Administration. These recommendations are for a range of positions, from placement in the freshman class at the University of North Carolina to ambassadorships and other top-level White House positions. The letters are arranged alphabetically by name of the person being recommended.
Office files relating to Price's campaigns, with correspondence the most common document type. Most letters from North Carolina residents discuss a contribution, monetary or otherwise, to Price's campaign. There are some contact lists and a number of letters of congratulations after his primary and general campaigns in 1986. Folder topics include a North Carolina visit by Tom Foley, and the Democratic "Coordinated Campaign." Arranged alphabetically.
Correspondence, clippings, published materials, office files, memos, Congressional Research Service documents, targeted mailings, newsletters from a variety of organizations, notes, committee testimony, and speeches, all documenting Price's participation in the introduction and movement of bills, his general legislative interests, impact, and influence, as well as the interaction of legislative concerns and interests with the pressures of his constituency. It is unclear whether this was a central file in Price's office, whether it belonged to Price or another staff member, or whether it was shared by several staffers who worked on legislative initiatives and policy decisions with Price.
The most common correspondents are Price, other members of Congress, and Senators involved in the legislative initiative, especially those serving on a relevant committee. Letters from constituents and constituent organizations on particular issues are often found in these files, as are Price's responses. Another significant document type frequently found in these files is the briefing memo, sent between staff members of Price's office, which serve as direct evidence of how Price's staff worked together on issues, communicated their expertise to him, and developed policy positions and legislative initiatives.
Most files are arranged in subseries according to House committee areas of jurisdiction. Within most subseries, the files are not arranged in any particular order. Committee and subcommittee structures and their names changed over time, and very often one committee's jurisdiction will overlap another's. Familiarity with committee jurisdictions of the late 1980s and 1990s will be helpful in searching these files.
See also correspondence found within the Personal/Political Files of the Congressional Papers.
Relates to various agricultural projects and legislative initiatives. Among the prominent correspondents are RJR Nabisco, Philip Morris, other tobacco industry interest groups, the Department of Agriculture (especially Secretary Mike Espy), and North Carolina State University. Frequent topics include an ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service) awards program and various tobacco industry issues (taxing, pricing, nicotine spiking).
See also Congressional Papers-Legislative Files-Appropriations-Agriculture.
Concerns government appropriations initiatives and related programs. There are many copies of outgoing letters that were sent to committee members asking for appropriations or support for a particular appropriations bill important to North Carolina. Letters between Congresspersons often discuss or request specific “language” be included in a bill. Drafts of letters from Price to constituents are also common.
Document types are diverse and include the following: committee and conference reports; printed materials, especially informational documents such as fact sheets and documents that were likely kept as background/support materials; memos; bills; hearing documents; and correspondence, especially “Dear Colleague letters.”
The files are in order roughly by legislative subject area. Within each one, the files are unarranged. Since the subcommittees changed names and jurisdictions over time, search in multiple categories for a comprehensive search.
Relates to various agricultural projects or legislative initiatives requiring funding. Correspondents include Appropriations committee members, especially Richard J. Durbin, and officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and North Carolina State University. Letters very often ask for support for a particular project. Topics mentioned include Appropriations Committee selection, and agriculture-related projects especially in North Carolina. Projects range from FDA drug approvals to the Bowman Gray Nutrition Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. There is no clear difference between many of these files and the Agriculture files immediately preceding the Appropriations Subseries.
Concerns matters of commerce, justice, state and the judiciary, and related appropriations legislation and initiatives. There are a variety of office documents, including David Price's 1989 testimony before the Appropriations-CJS Subcommittee. Correspondents include the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Appropriations Committee members, and the National Textile Center. Organizations mentioned often include: the Southeast Consortium on Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes; (TC)2 (Textile/Clothing Technology Corporation); and a variety of other projects requiring funding, such as the National Coastal Resources Research and Development Institute (NCRI), TV Marti, storm research, and the National Endowment for Democracy.
Concerns matters of defense appropriations and related legislation and initiatives. There are multiple Appropriations Committee Reports accompanying Defense Appropriations bills. Correspondents include North Carolina State University; Duke University; the University of North Carolina; and the Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus, which distributed “Special Alerts” on defense-related issues. Other prominent topics include textiles for military use, and various defense appropriations bills. See also “Military Construction” within the Appropriations Series.
Relates to Appropriations Bills specifically for the District of Columbia and include a conference report and appropriation bill. Correspondents include other House Members and DC mayor Sharon Pratt.
Correspondents in these files frequently include officials in various North Carolina organizations (e.g. ports authority and state government). Topics include Falls Lake, Jordan Lake, and the Forest Ridge Peninsula Park. See also Congressional Files/Legislative Files/Appropriations/Rural Development.
Concerns foreign affairs and related appropriations legislation and initiatives. Prominent correspondents include North Carolina State University; the Sierra Club; David R. Obey (chair of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee); and the University of North Carolina's Kenan Institute. Topics frequently mentioned include foreign operations appropriations, the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise (MBA Enterprise Corps), Thailand development partnership with the United States, and collaborative research with Russia.
Topics mentioned in this group of files include the HBCU [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] Historic Preservation Initiative and Shaw University's Leonard Hall. Correspondents include the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources; Sidney R. Yates (Illinois Congressman who served on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies); and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Correspondents in this group of files include William Natcher (chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS and Education) and APSA [American Political Science Association]. Prominent topics and projects seeking appropriations include: Shaw University's Estey Hall; NIEHS [National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences] facilities in RTP [Research Triangle Park], N.C.; the Congressional Fellowship Program; the HBCU Capital Financing Program; and literacy resource centers. Price's testimony to the Appropriations Subcommittee is included. See also Congressional Files/Legislative Files/Appropriations/VA-HUD for additional files on education-related appropriations.
Materials relate to the legislative branch of government and associated appropriations. One letter from another Member of Congress to Price thanks him for supporting a particular amendment.
Relates to military construction and related appropriations legislation and initiatives. One letter is from Dick Armey discussing a particular vote. Prominent topics include base closings.
Prominent topics in these files include the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. Also here is a 1989 statement by David Price to the Rural Development Appropriations Subcommittee (before his membership).
One of the largest subgroups within Appropriations, probably due to Price's membership in the Appropriations Committee's Transportation Subcommittee. Rail and highway projects are mentioned throughout. Specific topics include: rescissions; a high speed rail corridor; IVHS [Intelligent Vehicle Highway System]; rail system improvements; Amtrak; specific appropriations bills; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA]; air cargo; North Carolina airports; the airline industry; North Carolina airports and other transportation projects in the state; the FHWA; bill amendments; the JOBLINKS Employment Transportation Initiative; and highway safety. Prominent organizations include the Triangle Transit Authority, Amtrak, and the Rail-IMPACT project. Frequent correspondents include: the State of North Carolina; the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration; local Departments of Transportation; and the Federal Highway Administration. See also Congressional Papers-Legislative Files-Transportation.
Prominent correspondents include Planned Parenthood and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). Other organizations and topics mentioned frequently include the U.S. Postal Service, the EPA, and abortion funding.
These materials precede Price's time on the Appropriations VA-HUD subcommittee, and address a wide variety of topics, including: global warming; health care for the poor; chemical research; EPA facilities and projects; science and math education; the North Carolina Housing Trust Fund; and Project Uplift. Prominent organizations include the EPA; Carolinas Medical Center; Cooperative Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (CIFO); NSF (National Science Foundation); North Carolina State University; NIEHS; and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences. Correspondents include the University of North Carolina, the American Lung Association, and the NSF. Price's 1989 statement on NSF funding he made to the subcommittee is also present. See also Congressional Papers/Legislative Files/Appropriations/Labor-HHS and Education for additional materials related to education appropriations.
These files relate to a variety of Appropriations issues and include correspondence, committee reports, bills, and passed legislation. The files are unarranged.
Correspondents include the Departments of the Army and Navy, the State of North Carolina, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and North Carolina State University. Frequent topics mentioned include the defense budget and authorizations, various defense projects, gays in the military, nuclear testing and proliferation, peace time initiatives, UNC's Air Force ROTC program, Project JEDI, the School of the Americas, and various military vehicles such as the B-2 bomber. See also Congressional Papers-Legislative Files-Appropriations-Defense.
Chiefly reports and studies, with some correspondence. Other formats include handwritten vote tallies and notes, memos, bill drafts, markup, and clippings. Frequent correspondents include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Other topics mentioned include FSLIC [Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation], federal housing, housing for seniors, mortgage loans and payments, FDIC [Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation], the banking industry, FIRREA [Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act], “expanded powers,” lending discrimination, and check cashing. The files are unarranged. See also Congressional Papers-Legislative Files-Budget.
Prominent organizations represented include the House Budget Committee and the Congressional Budget Office. Topics include committee assignments, the testimony of Robert Reischauer, reconciliation conference, budget resolutions, and Clinton vs. Kasich budget plans. The primary document type is correspondence, but there are a number of fact sheets distributed by the Democratic Study Group. The files are unarranged. See also Congressional Papers-Legislative Files-Appropriations.
Chiefly correspondence between Members of Congress on federal payments to the District, Metrorail funding, and District employee health benefits. See also Congressional Paper-Legislative Files-Appropriations-DC.
Correspondents are frequently Price's legislative colleagues, especially those serving on pertinent committees (e.g. Dennis Eckart (Ohio), chair of the Small Business Subcommittee), and officials in stakeholder organizations such as North Carolina schools, Wake Forest University and Meredith College. Organizations mentioned frequently include the National School Boards Association; the Taft Institute; OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration]; the U.S. Department of Labor; and telecommunications organizations such as cable companies and the FCC [Federal Communications Commission]. Prominent labor and economic topics include: the Family Medical Leave Act; RICO [Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations] legislation; unemployment; child welfare issues; Head Start programs; hunger and welfare issues; and Wake County schools.
Education topics reflect the concentration of higher institutions of learning in Price's constituency, his interest in this area of legislation, his time spent on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee as well as his time as co-chair of the Literacy Task Force of the Sunbelt Caucus. Subjects represented include: the Higher Education Act; all levels of education; student financial aid; literacy; Goals 2000: Educate America Act; national service legislation; standardized testing; technology issues; and telecommunications issues. Other topics present seem to relate to this committee area tangentially such as files on infant mortality.
Document types and formats include correspondence, Congressional Research Service reports, various office documents, bills, staff memos, talking points, committee testimony, Price's speeches, handwritten notes, clippings, and printed materials.
Contains documents related to a variety of topics, chiefly energy production and the environment. Issues and legislative initiatives vary widely but often relate to the environment, including the following topics: clean air and wilderness; animal welfare; public health; cancer hospitals; the FDA [Food and Drug Administration]; various medications; maternal-child programs; Medicare; insurance and other health-related issues; cable television; telecommunications; energy and utility issues; nuclear power legislation; and energy policies. There is less correspondence and a higher frequency of staff memos to Price, perhaps reflecting less activity in this area of legislation.
Prominent organizations in these files include: the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] or environment-related organizations such as the Environmental Defense Fund; certain North Carolina organizations; UNC [University of North Carolina]; the State of North Carolina; North Carolina State University; the FCC; telecommunications companies; public radio; and CPandL [Carolina Power and Light].
As in previous subseries, correspondence frequently reveals evidence of legislators attempting to gain support for their initiative. The files are unarranged.
Relates to international issues and political efforts, and contains a higher percentage of correspondence to and from White House officials, including George Bush (Sr.), James A. Baker, III, and Bill Clinton. Other frequent correspondents include foreign dignitaries, officials in the U.S. Department of State, and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. Prominent topics include: the Persian Gulf War; Israel; Iraq; human rights issues; asylum for particular individuals (e.g. Joseph Doherty); foreign aid, especially to the former Soviet Union; and American Scott J. Nelson. In addition to documents generated or received by Price's office, there are a number of speeches by various VIPs. Arranged roughly by country.
This small group of files includes documents related to federal funding and payment, as well as government efficiency and performance. Burroughs Wellcome, and the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] are prominent. Formats include memos and correspondence.
Centers on topics such as campaign finance reform legislation and chair of the committee, Sam Gejdenson. Frequent correspondents include congressional colleagues and Common Cause. The Committee on House Administration also figures prominently in these files. The files are unarranged.
Contains a variety of documents including correspondence, constituent letter responses, issue/legislation background information, clippings, bills, copies of the Congressional Record, Democratic Study Group Fact Sheets, and Congressional Research Service reports. Prominent correspondents include the President and congressional colleagues. Organizations represented include NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Frequent topics include: abortion; the Freedom of Choice Act; various civil rights pieces of legislation; particular court cases, including Webster vs. Reproductive Health Services and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey; bankruptcy legislation; constituent Charlie “Two Shoes” Tsui; gun control, including the Brady Bill; crime bills; habeas corpus; immigration; and insurance. The files' arrangement is very roughly alphabetical.
Political efforts documented here often involved clean water legislation, ocean dumping by the Navy, other ocean spills, wetlands, clear cutting, and North Carolina forests. Prominent correspondents include congressional colleagues and stakeholders for the various issues involved such as the North Carolina Zoo, North Carolina state government officials, and the Committee on Natural Resources.This subseries also includes information on topics that may have previously been placed under the committee heading of Merchant Marine and Fisheries.
Topics include specific post offices, the national census, the U.S. Postal Service in general, zip codes, and issues related to the federal workforce such as age discrimination. The USPS is the most prominent organization but correspondents also include the Postmaster General, and the AARP [American Association of Retired Persons]. The files are unarranged.
Prominent subjects include: billboards; highway safety; surface transportation legislation; highway legislation; air traffic controllers; specific projects such as the Franklin County airport; airport and airline industry issues; the Randleman Lake dam; a North Carolina-London gateway; and airport radar. Organizations mentioned frequently include the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the North Carolina State DOT, the State of North Carolina, and Amtrak. Some documents were created as preparation for hearings, especially regarding various governmental organizations such as the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). The files are unarranged.
North Carolina universities within Price's district, especially North Carolina State University and Duke University, are the most frequent correspondents. The National Weather Service is mentioned frequently as are the following topics: the space program; the superconducting supercollider program and its funding; and supercomputers. The committee with jurisdiction over Science and Technology issues was actually called Science, Space, and Technology during most of the life cycle of these files. Prior to Price's first term, the committee had been called simply “Science and Technology” and appears often to have been referred to in that way. The abbreviations “SandT” and “SSandT” are seen throughout the files. Files are unarranged.
Relates only tangentially to small business. A large portion of the files are devoted to participant biographies and other organizational information for a health care forum moderated by David Price. Other topics include the company Northern Telecom and a congressional field hearing on crime.
Contains materials related to veterans' affairs with the Department of Veterans' Affairs being the most prominent organization and its secretary, Jesse Brown, a frequent correspondent. Topics include: a veterans' center for Raleigh, NC; Price's cosponsorship of related bills; Agent Orange; health care especially as it relates to Persian Gulf War Syndrome and benefits; POWs and MIAs; and additional related legislation. Files are arranged in original order as received and are in no particular order.
Documents the activities of the Ways and Means Committee, especially tax and trade issues. Prominent topics include social security; taxes of many sorts including capital gains; luxury; alcohol and tobacco; the Gramm-Rudman Act; imputed interest; economic growth packages; pensions and retirement benefits; student loans; tax credits; unemployment compensation; various trade issues; NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement]; China's Most Favored Nation status; GATT [General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade] and North Carolina's textile industry; and duties on Glaxo pharmaceuticals. There is correspondence related to all sides of the NAFTA debate. Prominent correspondents include such stakeholders as: RJR-Nabisco; Department of the Treasury; Ways and Means Committee members, especially chairman Dan Rostenkowski; the State of North Carolina; Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; other White House officials including Bill Clinton; the American Textile Manufacturers Institute; the IRS; and the Department of Commerce. For related materials, see also Legislative Files-Banking. Files are unarranged.