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Guide to the Floyd Millard Riddick Papers, 1909-2000

Collection Overview

The Floyd Millard Riddick Papers, 1909 to 2000, (bulk 1950-1983), consist of correspondence, writings and speeches, printed material, senate documents, photographs, and organizational papers documenting Riddick's career as the Assistant Parliamentarian, Parliamentarian, and Parliamentarian Emeritus of the United States Senate. The Correspondence Series includes correspondence to and from senators, presidents, and other political figures concerning the rules and procedures of the United States Senate.

Between 1937 and 1947, some of the letters in the Correspondence Series relate to social conditions and political events in Germany before, during, and after World War II. Riddick, who resided in Germany during 1937 and 1938, maintained correspondence with friends and associates during this period. The letters provide insight into the ways in which the rise of National Socialism and the War affected this group of friends. Among the letters from Riddick's acquaintances in Germany is one giving an account of Krystallnacht; several from a young Jewish woman who wanted Riddick to assist her in obtaining admission to the United States as a student; and a few from a man who became a German soldier. A scrapbook and Riddick's personal diary (Miscellaneous Series) add further commentary on pre-war Germany.

Early in his senatorial career, Riddick was actively involved and interested in the organization and procedures guiding Congress. He began publishing books on parliamentary procedure in 1941, and by his retirement in 1974 he was honored for his dedication to congressional procedures and named Parliamentarian Emeritus. Considered to be the authority on parliamentary procedure, Riddick continues to edit and republish Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices. The Writings and Speeches Series consists primarily of notes, drafts, proofs, and copies of Riddick's published works and of notes for speeches made by Riddick. The Senate Activities Series contains material pertaining to Senate committees and task forces of which Riddick was a member. Agendas, pamphlets, and correspondence pertaining to other organizations of which Riddick was a member comprise the Organizational Records Series. This series includes papers relating to practicums on parliamentary issues held by Riddick for members of the American Institute of Parliamentarians.

Photographs of Riddick, his acquaintances, and his associates, many of whom were prominent political figures, make up the Picture Series. The Printed Material Series contains clippings, pamphlets, programs, and congressional documents pertaining to or of interest to Riddick. The Miscellaneous Papers Series includes an assortment of materials including awards Riddick received, documents relating to his trip to Germany, a diary (with transcription), scrapbooks kept by Riddick, and retirement tributes.

The addition (2007-0165) (50 items; 0.9 lin. ft.; 1928-2000) consists of Riddick's publications about parliamentary procedure; obituaries and other remembrances addressed to Riddick's wife upon his death; his high school diploma; and several VHS tapes, audiocassettes, and a mini-VHS cassette containing interviews and presentations by Riddick about his role as the Senate Parliamentarian.

The addition (2008-0179) (100 items; 0.6 lin. ft.; 1933-1992) contains publications, academic materials, clippings, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials, including a copy of the Senate Resolution 443 that declared Riddick to be the Parliamentarian Emeritus of the U.S. Senate. This addition has been interfiled with Accession (2007-0165).

Descriptive Summary

Title
Floyd Millard Riddick papers, 1909-2000
Creator
Riddick, Floyd Millard, 1908-2000
Extent
43.1 Linear Feet, 26,203 Items
Repository
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials please consult the library's online catalog.
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

Contains letters to and from Riddick. Much of the correspondence concerns Riddick's writings on senate procedure; questions of general parliamentary procedure; and speaking engagements. Many letters are from United States Senators and other political figures. Includes some correspondence between Riddick and his family, friends, and his students.

Materials arranged chronologically by year. Greeting cards, many of which bear personal messages from political figures, are arranged chronologically at the end of the correspondence series, as are requests from Senate associates for editions of Riddick's Senate Procedures.

1928-1941
(12 folders)
Box CS 1
1942-1948
(7 folders)
Box CS 2
1949-1956
(8 folders)
Box CS 3
1957-1964
(8 folders)
Box CS 4
1965-1969
(6 folders)
Box CS 5
1970-1974
(7 folders)
Box CS 6
1975-1977,March
(7 folders)
Box CS 7
1977, April-1979
(10 folders)
Box CS 8
1980-1982, September
(8 folders)
Box CS 9
1982, October-1985
(13 folders)
Box CS 10
1986-1989
(10 folders)
Box CS 11
1990-1997
(12 folders)
Box CS 12
N.D.
(1 folder)
Box CS 12
Greeting Cards, 1938-1996and undated
(2 folders)
Box CS 13
Invitations, 1954-1994 and undated
(1 folder)
Box CS 13
Requests: Senate Procedures, 1981-1992
(2 folders)
Box CS 13

Contains papers documenting Riddick's activities in the U.S. Senate, chiefly generated by Senate committees and pertaining to Riddick's responsibilities as Senate Parliamentarian. Some government publications are included in this series and are interfiled with papers relating to them.

Items are arranged alphabetically by subject and are arranged chronologically by year within each subject.

Cloture Rule, undated
(1 folder)
Box SA 1
Contested New Hampshire Election, 1974-1975
(2 folders)
Box SA 1
Contested New Election: Open Session of the Committee on Rules and Administration Contesting the Election. . . New Hampshire, 1975
(2 volumes)
Box SA 2
House and Senate Resolutions, 1971-1987
(1 folder)
Box SA 2
Impeachment: Transcript of Proceedings: Committee on Rules and Administration. . . Impeachment, 1974
(4 volumes)
Box SA 2
Impeachment: Transcript of Proceedings: Committee on Rules and Administration. . . Impeachment, 1974
(4 volumes)
Box SA 3
Impeachment: Rules and Administration, 1974
(4 folders)
Box SA 3
Impeachment: Senate Impeachment Committee, 1986
(1 folder)
Box SA 3
Intelligence Activities, Establishment of Committee on, 1976
(5 folders)
Box SA 4
Intelligence: Transcripts of Proceedings: Committee on Rules and Administration, 1976
(4 volumes)
Box SA 5
Intelligence, Select Committee on, 1977
(1 folder)
Box SA 5
Pearson-Ribicoff Study Group, 1983
(1 folder)
Box SA 5
Practices and procedures, Study Group on Senate, 1983
(1 folder)
Box SA 5
Reorganizing the Committee System of Senate,1977
(2 folders)
Box SA 5
Reorganizing the Committee System of Senate,1976 and undated
(1 folder)
Box SA 6
Reorganizing the Committee System of Senate,1977,
(3 folders)
Box SA 6
Reorganizing the Committee System of Senate: Open Markup Sessions: Committee System Reorganization Amendments,1977
(volume)
Box SA 6
Reorganizing the Committee System of Senate: Hearings Before the Committee on Rules and Administration . . . Committee System Reorganization,1977
(volume)
Box SA 6
Reorganizing the Committee System of the Senate: Temporary Select Committee to Study the Senate Committee System, 1975-1976
(1 folder)
Box SA 6
Reorganizing the Committee System of the Senate: Temporary Select Committee to Study the Senate Committee System,1976
(2 folders)
Box SA 7
Rules and Administration, Committee on, 1947-1977
(3 folders)
Box SA 7
Rules and Administration, Committee on, 1978-1984and undated
(4 folders)
Box SA 8
Rules and Administration, Committee on, Lists of Members from 1867 to 1990
(1 folder)
Box SA 8
Standing Rules of the Senate and Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, 1987
(volume)
Box SA 9
Standing Rules of the Senate: Transcript of Proceedings: Subcommittee on Standing Rules of the Senate,1975
(volume)
Box SA 9
Standing Rules of the Senate, 1975-1979
(5 folders)
Box SA 9
Standing Rules of the Senate,1979
(6 folders)
Box SA 10
Standing Rules of the Senate,1979
(9 folders)
Box SA 11
Standing Rules of the Senate,1979 and undated
(6 folders)
Box SA 12
Standing Rules of the United States Senate and Statutory provisions . . . Senate, 1979
(volume)
Box SA 12
Miscellaneous, 1912-1978, June
(6 folders)
Box SA 13
Miscellaneous, 1978, July -1987, undated
(7 folders)
Box SA 14
Miscellaneous, undated
(2 folders)
Box SA 15
Miscellaneous, Rule Amendment Proposals (1789-1943), undated
(2 volumes)
Box SA 16

The Writings and Speeches series contains notes, articles, drafts, and published works by Riddick. Notable in this series are the working editions of Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices and the 1989and 1992editions entitled Riddick's Senate Procedure.

Items are arranged alphabetically by title and then chronologically by year.

Articles: Typescripts, 1930, 1934-1966,June
(5 folders)
Box WS 1
Articles: Typescripts, 1966, July-1989, undated
(5 folders)
Box WS 2
Articles: Typescripts, undated
(5 folders)
Box WS 3
Articles: Typescripts, undated
(1 folder)
Box WS 4
Articles on Congress: Notes, undated
(2 folders)
Box WS 4
Articles on Congress, 1939-1968
(volume)
Box WS 4
Articles on Congress and Trade, 1968
(volume)
Box WS 4
Senate Documents, 1975
(volume)
Box WS 4
Triumvirate Rule in the House of Representatives from 1925-1931, 1932(Thesis volume)
Box WS 4
Daily Digest Column for Congressional Record: 76th-83rd Congress
(5 folders)
Box WS 5
Daily Digest Column for Congressional Record: 83rd -90th Congress
(8 folders)
Box WS 6
The Classification of United States Senators
(1 folder)
Box WS 7
The Classification of United States Senators
(volume)
Box WS 7
History of the Committee on Rules and Administration draft, 1979
(2 folders)
Box WS 7
History of the Committee on Rules and Administration
(volume)
Box WS 7
Legislative Daily, 78th Congress, 1943-1944
(2 volumes)
Box WS 7
Legislative Daily, 79th Congress, 1945-1946
(3 volumes)
Box WS 8
Legislative Daily, 83rd Congress, 1953
(1 folder)
Box WS 8
Legislative Outlook, Legislative Roundup, 1945-1946
(volume)
Box WS 9
Local Government in Germany under the Third Reich, 1938
(1 folder)
Box WS 9
Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate,1969-1988editions
(5 folders containing pamphlets)
Box WS 9
Notes: Congressional Record,undated
(2 folders)
Box WS 10
Notes: Miscellaneous, undated
(4 folders)
Box WS 10
Riddick's Rules of Procedure drafts and proofs, 1985
(5 folders, 2 volumes)
Box WS 11
Riddick's Senate Procedure, 1989
(1 folder)
Box WS 11
Riddick's Senate Procedure, Miscellaneous, 1989, undated
(1 folder)
Box WS 12
Riddick's Senate Procedure, Draft, 1991
(5 folders)
Box WS 12
Riddick's Senate Procedure, Backup disks, 1991, 21 May
(3 disks)
Box WS 12
Riddick's Senate Procedure, Draft, 1991
(6 folders)
Box WS 13
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Miscellaneous drafts, 1958
(Folders 1-8)
Box WS 14
Senate Procedures: Precedents and Practices Miscellaneous drafts, 1958
(Folders 9-14)
Box WS 15
Senate Procedures: Precedents and Practices Miscellaneous drafts, 1958
(Folders 15-20)
Box WS 16
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices, 1958
(2 volumes)
Box WS 17
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Bound galley proofs, 1964
(3 volumes)
Box WS 18
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Authorization to Print, 1972
(1 folder)
Box WS 19
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Draft: A-Amendments, 1974
(5 folders)
Box WS 19
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Draft: Amendments-Com, 1974
(6 folders)
Box WS 20
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Draft: Conc-Deb, 1974
(6 folders)
Box WS 21
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Draft: Deb-Gen, 1974
(5 folders)
Box WS 22
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Draft: Gen-Quo, 1974
(6 folders)
Box WS 23
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Draft: Rec-Sen, 1974
(5 folders)
Box WS 24
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Draft: Sen-Vot, 1974
(5 folders)
Box WS 25
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Draft: Vot-Wash, 1974
(2 folders)
Box WS 26
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Draft: Index A-Y, 1974
(3 folders)
Box WS 26
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Draft, 1974
(1 folder)
Box WS 27
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Resource material, 1974
(2 folders)
Box WS 27
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices, 1974
(volume)
Box WS 27
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Draft: Adj-Clo, 1981
(5 folders)
Box WS 28
Senate Procedure: Precedents and PracticesDraft: Com-Cons, 1981
(5 folders)
Box WS 29
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Draft: Consideration, 1981
(1 folder)
Box WS 30
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Draft: Miscellaneous, 1981
(2 folders)
Box WS 30
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Galley proofs, 1981
(1 folder)
Box WS 30
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices Proofs, 1981
(4 folders)
Box WS 31
Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices, 1981
(volume)
Box WS 31

Contains correspondence and printed material pertaining to organizations with which Riddick was involved. The bulk of this series contains materials pertaining to the American Institute of Parliamentarians.

Arranged alphabetically by name of organization and chronologically within each folder.

American Institute of Parliamentarians, 1965-1981
(6 folders)
Box OS 1
American Institute of Parliamentarians, 1982
(7 folders)
Box OS 2
American Institute of Parliamentarians, 1983
(7 folders)
Box OS 3
American Institute of Parliamentarians, 1984-1986
(8 folders)
Box OS 4
American Institute of Parliamentarians, 1987-1990
(8 folders)
Box OS 5
American Institute of Parliamentarians, Ethics Committee, 1988-1994.
(1 folder)
Box OS 5
American Institute of Parliamentarians, 1991-1993
(6 folders)
Box OS 6
American Institute of Parliamentarians, 1994-1996
(3 folders)
Box OS 7
American Institute of Parliamentarians, 1996
(1 volume)
Box OS 7
American Institute of Parliamentarians, 1997
(1 folder)
Box OS 7
American Institute of Parliamentarians, undated( 2 folders)
Box OS 7
American Institute of Parliamentarians: Comments on Riddick's Practicum Lectures, undated( 1 folder)
Box OS 7
American Institute of Parliamentarians: Hearst Project, 1988-1989
(1 folder)
Box OS 7
American Institute of Parliamentarians: Know Your Rights, 1992
(1 folder)
Box OS 8
American Institute of Parliamentarians: Scrapbook of "The Floyd M. Riddick Pipe-in-Tree Farm Practicum," 1979, June 2-10 (album)
Box OS 8
Cosmos Club, 1941-1990
(6 folders)
Box OS 9
Cosmos Club, 1991-1996, undated
(3 folders)
Box OS 10
Judicial Conference of D.C., 1980-1983
(4 folders)
Box OS 11
Sigma Xi, 1974-1975
(3 folders)
Box OS 11
Sigma Xi, 1976-1987
(6 folders)
Box OS 12
Sigma Xi, 1987-1994,
(4 folders)
Box OS 13
U.S. Model Senate, 1966, 1974-1984
(4 folders)
Box OS 13
U.S. Model Senate, 1985-1995, undated
(6 folders)
Box OS 14
U.S. Senate Youth Program, 1979-1995
(4 folders)
Box OS 15
Miscellaneous Organizations, 1974-1986
(3 folders)
Box OS 15

Chiefly consists of programs and invitations to events in which Riddick participated; small directories of political and academic groups; clippings regarding Riddick or events of interest to him; Congressional publications, and published volumes regarding the history of the Capitol. Also includes a dissertation, The Discharge Petition: A Study of Congressional Politics, by Cedric Britt Beemer, dedicated to Riddick.

1909-1974
(6 folders)
Box PM 1
1975-1991
(6 folders)
Box PM 2
1992-1994,
(1 folder)
Box PM 3
1995-2000 and undated
(1 folder)
Box PM 3
Clippings, 1940-1989and undated
(1 folder)
Box PM 3
Clippings: Congressional Record, 1947-1987
(1 folder)
Box PM 3
The Capitol: A Pictorial History, 1973
(volume)
Box PM 3
The Capitol: A Pictorial History, 1981
(volume)
Box PM 3
The Discharge Petition: A Study of Congressional Politics, 1975
(volume)
Box PM 3

Contains photographs of United States senators, presidents, and other political figures as well as photographs of members of organizations of which Riddick was a member. Riddick is included in many of the pictures. Most photographs are black and white. Some are autographed.

Arranged alphabetically by primary subject of the photograph.

A-E, 1941-1986and undated
(1 folder)
Box PS 1
F-N, 1954-1994 and undated
(1 folder)
Box PS 1
O-R, [1930s]-1989and undated
(1 folder)
Box PS 1
S-Z and Miscellaneous, 1937-1993and undated
(1 folder)
Box PS 1

Consists of awards and tributes to Riddick, travel momentos, memorabilia, a motion picture film about congress, a transcript of an oral history of Riddick, and a few legal and financial papers.

Arranged alphabetically by category with unclassified material at end of series.

Awards and Certificates, 1927-1991
(1 folder)
Box MP 1
Biographical and Family Material, 1936-2000
(1 folder)
Box MP 1
Financial Papers, 1935-1991
(1 folder)
Box MP 1
Forest Dunes Condominium Property Owners Association, 1988-1997
(1 folder and 1 binder)
Box MP 1
German Currency, 1914-1923
(1 folder)
Box MP 1
Germany, Trip to, Diary,1937-1938
(1 folder)
Box MP 1
Germany, Trip to, 1966
(1 folder)
Box MP 1
Johannesburg, South Africa Trip, 1988
(1 folder)
Box MP 1
Legal Papers, 1941-1990 and undated
(1 folder)
Box MP 2
Oral History, 1980-1990
(1 folder)
Box MP 2
Retirement Tributes, 1974-1975
(1 folder)
Box MP 2
Scrapbook 1, 1973-1975and undated
(3 folders)
Box MP 2
Scrapbook, Senate Procedure, 1958-1974and undated
(1 folder)
Box MP 2
Speech by Lyndon Johnson,1965
(1 folder)
Box MP 2
Interview with Mr. Truman, 1941 Nov. 27
(2pp)
Box MP 2
Interview with Hiram Johnson, 1941 Aug. 13
(3pp)
Box MP 2
Interview with Judge Leavy Wash, 1941 Aug. 6
(3pp)
Box MP 2
Miscellaneous, 1908-1949
(1 folder)
Box MP 2
Miscellaneous, 1950-2000 and undated
(5 folders)
Box MP 3
Motion Picture Film: Congress in Action
Box MP 4
Voting Records, 1943
Oversize Folder Folder 1
Resolutions, 1972 and 1974
Oversize Folder Folder 1
Atomic test sight, 1955
Oversize Folder Folder 1
Cosmos Club, 1983
Oversize Folder Folder 1
Awards and Certificates, 1974-1997
Oversize Folder Folder 1
Scrapbook, 1927-1946
Oversize Box 1

The addition (2007-0165) (50 items; 0.6 lin. ft.; 1928-2000) consists of Riddick's publications about parliamentary procedure; obituaries and other remembrances addressed to Riddick's wife upon his death; his high school diploma; and several VHS tapes, audiocassettes, and a mini-VHS cassette containing interviews and presentations by Riddick about his role as the Senate Parliamentarian.

The United States Congress Organization and Procedure, 1949
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Riddick's Rules of Procedure, 1985
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Congress in Action: How a Bill Becomes a Law, 1948
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Obituaries and remembrances, 2000
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Miscellaneous clippings (unfoldered)
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Congressional Record, July 30, 1984
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate, April 1985
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
The Classification of United States Senators, 1966
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Oral History transcript, 1990
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
American Institute of Parliamentarians Williamsburg Practicums, 1994
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
The Library's commemoration of the 500,000th volume, April 1997
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
At the Williamsburg Practicum, June 1992
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
CSPAN Interview, May 1986
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
CSPAN Interview, October 1986
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Speaking at Bob Jones University, October 1994
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Oral History interview, June 13, 1990
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Radio Interview in South Africa
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
American Institute of Parliamentarians: Riddick: Essence of Bylaws
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
No title (TC-30 EHG tape)
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1

The addition (2008-0179) (100 items; 0.6 lin. ft.; 1933-1993) contains publications, academic materials, clippings, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials, including a copy of the Senate Resolution 443 that declared Riddick as the Parliamentarian Emeritus of the U.S. Senate.

This addition has been interfiled with Accession (2007-0165), Box 1.

Publications, 1978-1993
Clippings
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Academics, 1933-1955
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Correspondence, 1977-1992
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Miscellaneous drafts and photocopies
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1
Senate Resolution 443
Box Acc. 07/165: Box 1

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1908, July 13Born in Trotsville, NC
1931Received BA from Duke University
1932Received MA from Vanderbilt University
1935Received PhD from Duke University
1936-1939Taught Political Science at American University
1939-1943Editor, Congressional Daily
1941Published Congressional Procedure
1943-1947Editor, Legislative Daily
1947Established Daily Digest in Congressional Record
1947-1951Senate editor for Daily Digest
1948Published Congress in Action
1949Published The U. S. Congress: Organization and Procedure
1951Became Assistant Parliamentarian of the U.S. Senate
1958Published Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices
1964Became Parliamentarian of the U.S. Senate
Published second edition of Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices
1974Named Parliamentarian Emeritus at his retirement. Published third edition of Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices
1981Published fourth edition of Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices
1992Published fifth edition titled Riddick's Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices
2000Died

Subject Headings

Provenance

The papers of Floyd Millard Riddick (1908-2000), U.S. Senate Parliamentarian 1964-1974 and author of books on parliamentary procedure, were donated to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library between 1977 and 1998. The papers span the years 1909-2006.

Processing Information

Processed by: Katherine Hufstetler, Melissa Delbridge, Sandra Hack, Dan Daily, Randy Bryant, Wendy Elliot

Completed April 19, 1996

Additions processed by Lisa Chandek-Stark.

Last updated by Alice Poffinberger on August 15, 2011.

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller and Lisa Chandek-Stark

Dr. Riddick provided funds for the processing of the collection.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.