BOLLING, Richard Walker, 1916-1991


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of Nona Bolling
About this object

Guide to Research Collections

University of Missouri
Kansas City, MO
Papers: 1948-1982, 405 feet.
The collection of Richard Walker Bolling contains internal memos, legislation, appointment schedules, clippings, invitations, constituent requests, and other documents generated during his term in office. There are also memos, published and unpublished reports, scrapbooks, schedules, invoices, bills, letters, photographs, audio and video tapes, film strips and other assorted media. Richard Bolling’s papers provide original, firsthand insight into a variety of national issues, including civil rights, labor reform, the federal budget process, and liberalism. In particular, the collection pertains to Richard Bolling’s most direct and lasting influence as a participant in the efforts to reform Congress in the early 1970s. He was arguably the most important player in this reform movement and he was largely responsible for bringing to the floor many of the committee rules and structural changes considered during the 93rd Congress (1973-74). As chair of the Select Committee on Committees at this time, Richard Bolling spearheaded this reform movement which transformed the legislative process during the 1970s and created our current system. A preliminary inventory is available in the repository.


Columbia University
Oral History Research Office
New York, NY
Oral History: 1983, 631 leaves.
Reminiscences of Richard Walker Bolling: Oral history, 1983. The interview was conducted by Ed Edwin. Topics discussed include background and early education; Army duty in Pacific, 1941-1946, on General MacArthur’s staff; vice chairman of American Veterans Committee, 1946-1947; election to United States House of Representatives, 1948; political problems of first term; functioning of the House of Representatives, 1948-1982: committee work on Banking, Joint Economic and Rules committees, civil rights; legislative strategy of Kennedy administration; impressions of Presidents Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and John F. Kennedy; Sam Rayburn and other political leaders.


Lyndon B. Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: 1969, 41 pages.
The interview with Richard Bolling was conducted on February 27, 1969.


John F. Kennedy Library
Boston, MA
Oral History: 1965, 66 pages.


Truman Presidential Museum and Library
Independence, MO
Oral History: 1988, amount unknown.
The interview with Richard Bolling was conducted by Niel M. Johnson on October 21, 1988. The transcript is available in the repository and online.


University of Kansas Libraries
Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements
Lawrenceville, KS
Papers: 1979, 1 folder.
Ephemeral materials of Richard Walker Bolling.

Papers: In the Concerned Kansas Citizens Committee Records, 1970, 1 folder.
A citizen group opposed to the re-election of Richard Bolling as Missouri 5th District U.S. Representative.


University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives
Norman, OK
Papers: In the Carl Bert Albert Congressional Papers, ca. 1910-1976, 1000 cubic feet.
Other authors include Richard Walker Bolling. An inventory is available in the repository.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Film Reel: 1972, 1 commercial on 1 film reel.
Commercials used during Richard Walker Bolling’s campaign for the 1972 U.S.congressional election in District 5 of Missouri, Democratic Party.


University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Oral History: In the Bruce J. Dierenfield Oral history Interviews, 1975-1984, 27 sound cassettes.
People interviewed include Dick Bolling.

Papers: In the Papers Relating to Bruce J. Dierenfield’s Biography of Howard W. Smith, 1978-1985, approximately 150 items.
Persons represented include Dick Bolling.