Joseph M. McDade Congressional Papers Collection

Collection Guide


Legislation, correspondence, case files, newsletters, memorabilia, campaign materials, and other items documenting Congressman Joseph M. McDade's service in the U.S. House of Representatives (1963-1998).
Joseph M. McDade
Joseph M. McDade
Date Range
1963 - 1998
394 boxes, 400 cubic feet

Access and Use

Digital Access

No digital access is currently available for materials in this collection.

Physical Access

The collection is open for research. Physical materials may be browsed by appointment in the Reading Room of the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections.

Due to privacy issues, portions of the collection will not be opened to the public for a number of years. Restricted materials include the black lung case files.


Items in the University of Scranton Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections may be made available to visiting researchers to support research, scholarship, education, and private study under an assertion of fair use (17 U.S.C. 107). The University of Scranton respects the intellectual property rights of others and does not claim any copyright interest in these materials. It is your responsibility to determine the ownership and status of copyright in any materials you may wish to use beyond fair use, and obtain the permission of the copyright owner, if needed. Individuals or organizations holding additional information about the copyright status of items in this collection are invited to contact the University Archives staff at

Preferred Citation

[Item Title], [Folder], [Box], Joseph M. McDade Congressional Papers Collection, McHugh Special Collections, The University of Scranton.

Linked Data

VIAF Corporate and Personal Names

VIAF Geographic Names


Administrative/Biographical History

See biographical notes on Joseph M. McDade.

Scope and Content Note

The 400 cubic feet of papers consist of legislation, correspondence, case and project files, newsletters, memorabilia, campaign materials, subject files, audio-visual materials, and other items documenting Congressman McDade's career from 1963 through 1998. The materials record the Congressman's legislative involvement, specific initiatives, economic revitalization efforts in northeastern Pennsylvania, and relations with constituents and political figures.

System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 394 boxes.


Collection Box and Folder List

Acquisition Information

Donated by Joseph M. McDade in December 1998.

Processing Notes

The McDade papers are stored in a specially renovated room in the McHugh Special Collections where they were partially arranged and described by Greg Maigur, a graduate student in history who served as project archivist for two years during the early 2000s. Weinberg Library staff member Daenel Vaughn-Tucker later completed the arrangement and description of the collection.

Congressional collections such as the McDade Collection are archivally challenging due to their size, the complexities of arrangement, and to privacy concerns. For example, the case files of Congressman McDade's district contain case files of coal miners who suffered from coal workers pneumoconiosis (Black lung disease). These files may contain medical information as well as personal accounts of mining and resulting disabilities. Items such as these are of potential interest to economic, industrial, and medical historians.