BENTLEY, Helen Delich, 1923-2016


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

Guide to Research Collections

University of Baltimore
Special Collections, Langsdale Library
Baltimore, MD
Papers: 1945-1995, 569 cubic feet.
The papers of Helen Delich Bentley document her years as Maritime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, as well as her five terms as a U.S. Congresswoman through her failed 1994 gubernatorial Republican primary election in Maryland. Among the items in the collection are the newspaper articles she wrote on the port of Baltimore as a Sun reporter, correspondence, reports, some video, campaign materials, published and unpublished reports, and hearings. A finding aid is available in the repository and online: http://archives.ubalt.edu/hdb/table.htm.


Nevada Historical Society
Reno, NV
Papers: 1950-1977, 7 boxes.
The papers of Helen Bentley contain speeches, press releases, and clippings, from Helen Bentley’s tenure on the Federal Maritime Commission. Also included are scripts from her 14-year long television series on Baltimore’s shipping industry, material relating to the merchant marines, union activity in the shipping industry, and discriminatory practices in the hiring of women.


The Pennsylvania State University
Special Collections, Paterno Library
University Park, PA
Oral History: In “A Few Good Women” Oral History Collection, ca. 1998, 1 folder.
In the interview, Helen Bentley describes in fine detail the struggles she overcame to achieve prominence as a journalist and public servant. She discusses the influence of her mother ,who ran a boarding house in small Nevada mining towns, and her determination to strive for excellence and achieve success in fields where women were rarely seen. Her narrative takes us through her experiences as a journalist and she tells the story of her tenacious battle to secure appointment to the post of Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. Mrs. Bentley discusses in detail her work with Barbara Franklin and her relationships with women journalists and women in the Congress. Her reflections on the problems women faced, sometimes of their own making, is revealing; her attitudes towards her work and the pride in breaking barriers and opening the door for other women is evident. Her own election to Congress is another reflection of the qualities she regarded as essential to the success of women in government generally.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Tapes and reels: 1982-1994; 1 commercial on 1 videoreel, 4 commercials on 2 videoreels, 5 commercials on 3 videocassettes, and 14 commercials on 3 sound tape reels.
The commercials were used during Helen Delich Bentley’s campaigns for the 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988 U.S. congressional elections in District 2 and the 1994 gubernatorial election in Maryland, Republican Party.