PROXMIRE, William, 1915-2005



Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

Guide to Research Collections

Boise State University Library
Boise, ID
Papers: Correspondence in Frank Church papers, 1941-1984. Finding aid.


Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 32 audiotapes (1970-1978) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Harold Hotelling papers, 1910-1975.


Cornell University Libraries
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Curtis Putnam Nettels papers, 1917-1981.


Gerald R. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid.


Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: February 4, 1986. 32 pages.


John F. Kennedy Library
Boston, MA
Oral History: 17 pages.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Archives and Special Collections
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Citizens League Against the Sonic Boom records, 1967-1978.


Radcliffe College
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Elizabeth Brandeis Raushenbush papers, 1920-1967.


Rutgers University Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: In New Democratic Coalition of New York records, 1960-1978.


State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: 1938-2004 (Bulk 1957-1980).189.0 cubic feet. (175 record center cartons, 27 archives boxes, 8 card boxes, 3 flat boxes, and 2 oversize folders), 54 tape recordings, 162 disc recordings, approximately 650 photographs, 117 negatives, 8 drawings, 10 videorecordings, and 13 films; plus additions of 2.5 cubic f eet. Pre-congressional and congressional papers, including correspondence, campaign literature and advertising material, legislative files, press releases, speeches, staff files, state office files, photographs, notes, and statistics. Included are biographical materials and clippings, constituent correspondence, speeches, books and articles, sound and video recordings, newsletters and press releases, and federal agency case files. Files of staff members, the heart of the collection, document numerous issues of special concern to the Senator: the fairness doctrine; ratification of the international Genocide Treaty; Great Lakes harbors and shipping; and the SST, the B-1 bomber, and other military spending. General subject files concern numerous topics such as abortion, economic development in Wisconsin, opposition to the Senate leadership of Lyndon Baines Johnson, taxes, and energy. Also present are campaign files, schedules, voting records, and filmed campaign ads, televised “reports from Washington,” and other films. Pre-Senatorial files include papers from Proxmire’s three unsuccessful gubernatorial campaigns, his tenure as a one-term Wisconsin assemblyman, and recordings from his “Union Labor News” radio program. Photographs in the collection consist of portraits, publicity shots of the Senator posed with constituents, prominent political leaders, and at photo opportunities such as parades, work days, and the Wisconsin State Fair. Notes: The films and videorecordings in this collection are cataloged individually (except for VHA 560-568, see online Register.) Online register may not include most recent additions. Contact Reading Room Staff.

Additional Papers: Correspondence in Norman Clapp papers, 1944-1989; Ivan Nestigen papers, 1942-1961; National Association of Social Workers, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter records, 1950-1963; Harold Martin Groves papers, 1927-1969; United Packinghouse, Food, and Allied Workers records, 1937-1982; Wisconsin Governor records, 1963-1965 and Governor’s Secretaries’ files, 1950-1955; Walker Demarquis Wyman papers, 1920, 1929-1992; Tere Rios Versace papers, 1941-1977; Dore Schary papers, 1920-1980; WEKZ radio station records, 1950-1968; Miles McMillin papers, 1938-1959; John Patrick Hunter papers, 1951-1970; Merle Eugene Curti papers, 1917-1988; Capital Community Citizens records, 1964-1985; Fred A. Risser papers, 1958-1990; Lowell Klessig papers, 1969-1982; Patrick J. Lucey papers, 1941-1985; and Democratic Party of Wisconsin records, 1944-1987. Finding aids available online.

Oral History: 39 Interviews. Part of Wisconsin Democratic Party oral history project, 1982-1986.

Papers, digitzed for Web. 7,500 pages, Proxmire digital collection grouped by subject. Includes books and articles that he wrote, official press releases, newsletters sent home to constituents, campaign strategy notes and advertising literature. 2008-2011 interview transcripts, 3000 pages; 2008-2011 interview and audio files, 111 files; articles and essays, 1957-1989, 395 pages; biographical notes, 145 pages; campaign documents, 1957-1958, 104 pages; campaign documents, 1958-1970, 142 pagees; jokes and aphorisms, 54 pages; newsletters, 1964-1977, 275 pages; newletters, 1978-1988, 256 pages; photos, 51 pages; press releases, 1978-1979, 335 pages; press releases, 1980-1981, 307 pages; press releases 1982-1983, 275 pages; press releases 1984-1985, 315 pages; press releases, 1986-1988, 227 pages; published books, 1560 pages; unfinished books, 127 pages. Proxmire’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, May 24, 1977, in support of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide is also available online.


Oral History: : 2 videocassettes of 2 (U-Matic) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in. viewing copy.WHA-TV, 1987-08-27. Unedited footage taken by Wisconsin Magazine of Sen. William Proxmire’s news conference in the state capitol where he announces his decision not to run for reelection to the U.S. Senate in 1988. He gives his age of 71 years as his reason for the decision. Filmed on Aug. 27, 1987. Use Restrictions: No duplication or public screening without consent of copyright holder


Oral History: 1964. Quantity: 1 film reel of 1 (1,063 ft.) : sd., b&w ; 16 mm. arch pos (DD 692) 1 film reel of 1 (1,063 ft.) : sd., b&w ; 16 mm. print (DD 693) Senator Bill Proxmire [motion picture] : your man in Washington / Astra. Distributor/Publisher: Summary: A biography promoting Senator Bill Proxmire of Wisconsin. The film tells briefly the story of his life before he became a senator, and the history of his first term in the Senate. Notes: Forms part of the William Proxmire Papers, also described in this catalog. Country of production: United States. Use Restrictions: No duplication or public screening without consent of copyright holder.


Oral History: 40 Interviews; 2008-2011. With friends, relatives, coleagues, and staff.



Swarthmore College
Peace Collection
Swarthmore, PA
Papers: Correspondence in Another Mother for Peace Association records, 1964-1985 (bulk 1967-1977).


U.S. Senate
Historical Office
Washington, DC
Oral History: Discussed in interview (July 22-October 22, 1987) with Howard E. Shuman, administrative assistant to Senators Paul Douglas and William Proxmire, 631 pages.


University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA
Papers: Correspondence in James V. Gallagher papers, 1964-1974. Finding aid.


University of Maryland
McKeldin Library
College Park, MD
Papers: Correspondence in Daniel Baugh Brewster papers, 1963-1968. Finding aid.


University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Margaret Bayne Price papers, 1918-1969. Finding aid.


University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives
Norman, OK
Papers: Correspondence in Jack Bell papers, 1937-1940.


University of Oregon
Knight Library
Eugene, OR
Papers: Correspondence in Wayne L. Morse papers, 1919-1969. Finding aid.


University of Southern Mississippi
McCain Library and Archives
Hattiesburg, MS
Papers: Correspondence in Fairfax Davis Downey papers, Lena Y. deGrummond Collection of Children’s Literature, 1964-1973.


University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Woodford McClellan papers, 1969-1978; and Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983.


Temple University Libraries
Rare Book and Manuscript Collections
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Correspondence in Joseph A. Livingston papers, 1942-1988.


Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Chester Bowles papers, 1924-1973.