BLITCH, Iris Faircloth, 1912-1993

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Guide to Research Collections

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Athens, GA
Papers: 1954-1985, 80.5 linear feet.
The papers of Iris F. Blitch document her four terms representing Georgia’s Eighth District in the United States Congress from 1955 to1963, and to a lesser extent, her campaigns and personal life. Well-documented throughout the entire collection, particularly in the Legislative Series and the Subject Series, are the issues that were important to Iris Blitch and to the twenty counties that composed the Eighth District, such as agriculture, conservation, and the environment. The papers provide insight into the political climate for women in the second half of the 1950s and the early 1960s as well as into social mores regarding their participation. As one of only fifteen women members (and the only southerner) in the House of Representatives in 1958, the challenges faced by Iris Blitch and other females in Washington, as well as the public’s perceptions, are well-documented throughout the papers, mainly in feature newspaper articles and interviews. Iris Blitch’s personal beliefs and opinions of women in government and politics, as well as their roles and responsibilities, are evident in speeches and interviews she gave throughout her career and can be found primarily in both the Subject and Personal Series. Also documented in the papers, particularly in the Subject Series, is Iris Blitch’s position on segregation and an integrated society. To a lesser extent, and primarily through correspondence found in the Personal Series, is information relating to her immediate and extended family as well as her fragile health, which ultimately forced her retirement in 1963. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the Erwin Mitchell Papers, 1958-1960, 24 linear feet.
Correspondents include Iris Blitch. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Georgia State University
Special Collections Department, William Russell Pullen Library
Atlanta, GA
Oral History: In the Helen Bullard Oral History Interview, July 25, 1977, 1 audiotape and transcript (54 pages).
Individuals discussed include Iris Blitch. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In the Pluma Burroughs Penton Batten Papers, 1948-1964, 5.25 linear feet.
Subjects covered include Iris Faircloth Blitch. An unpublished finding aid is available.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Stella Brunt Osborn Papers, 1916-1992, 40 linear feet.
Other authors include Iris Faircloth Blitch. A finding aid is available in the library.