KASTENMEIER, Robert William, 1924-2015


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object

Guide to Research Collections

Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, WI
Papers: 472.4 cubic feet, 27 tape recordings, 53 photographs, 113 negatives, 34 transparencies, 2 posters, 45 videorecordings, 1 film.
Constituent case files are restricted. Finding aid is available online.

Oral History: Interviews, 1966-1967, 3 tape recordings.
Collection includes an interview with Robert Kastenmeier conducted by Anne Romaine.

Papers: In the papers of Todd Gitlin and Nanci Hollander, 1961-1970, 0.8 cubic foot.
Correspondents include Robert Kastenmeier.

Papers: In the papers of David Sartori, 1962-1965, 0.1 cubic foot.
Collection contains letters written by Robert Kastenmeier.

Papers: In the papers of Lowell L. Klessig, 1969-1982, 1.8 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Robert Kastenmeier.

Papers: In the papers of Beatrice Kabler, 1966-1982, 2.8 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Robert Kastenmeier.

Papers: In the papers of Tere Rios Versace, 1941-1977, 3 cubic feet, 19 tape recordings, 2 film reels, 1 microfilm reel.
Correspondents include Robert Kastenmeier.

Papers: In the records of the National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam, 1964-1967, 5.8 cubic feet, 1 microfilm reel.
Correspondents include Robert Kastenmeier.

Papers: In the records of Madison Measure for Measure, 1965-1979, 1 cubic foot, 2 tape recordings.
Correspondents include Robert Kastenmeier.

Papers: In the papers of Fred A. Risser, 22.4 cubic feet, 3 microfilm reels.
Correspondents include Robert Kastenmeier.

Oral History: In the oral history interview of Anne Romaine, 1966-1967, 1 folder and 3 tape recordings.
Persons mentioned include Robert Kastenmeier.


Howard University
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Washington, DC
Oral History: 1969, 45 pages.
The interview with Robert Kastenmeier describes his activities as member of the House Judiciary Committee during the 1950s and 1960s, when that committee, dominated though it was by southern segregationist Democrats, handled “the lion’s share” of civil rights legislation. Gives account of the evolution of several civil rights bills of the 1960s, especially the 1964 civil rights and 1965 voting rights acts, noting the political wrangling over clauses, amendments, enforcement, and appropriations. Discusses the parts played by John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson in these efforts. Recalls his role on the Democratic Party credentials committee during the 1968 convention, particularly his support for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party’s challenge to state party regulars. No tape available. Interviewer: Robert Wright.


John F. Kennedy Library
Boston, MA
Oral History: 18 pages.


Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Jackson, MS
Oral History: August 23, 1967, 11 pages.
Part of a series done about the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and received from the Wisconsin Historical Society.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Videoreel and Videocassettes: 1982-1990, 1 commercial on 1 videoreel and 16 commercials on 10 videocassettes.
The commercials were used during Robert Kastenmeier’s campaigns for the 1982, 1986, 1988 and 1990 U.S. congressional elections in District 2 of Wisconsin, Democratic Party.