Congressman Rangel delivers Keynote Address

Congressman Rangel Delivers Keynote Address at Archives Week Symposium

In 2015 Congressman Charles B. Rangel, the nation’s second longest serving member of Congress (1971-2016), began preparations for the close of his last term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Part of this planning included arrangements for the donation of his archive to the City College of New York and a contract with The Winthrop Group for archival services.  Congressman Rangel’s Papers include thousands of letters, photographs, articles, awards, speeches and other material that document both his 46 years of public service and the communities which he served.  Winthrop’s Lead Archivist Kim Peach began full-time work on the collections in June 2016 and the archive will be open for research upon the completion of processing in July 2018. 

Congressman Rangel delivered the keynote address, “50 Years of Representing Upper Manhattan, Harlem, and the Bronx,” at New York Archives Week 2017 Symposium to a gathering of archivists, museum professionals, scholars, representatives from City College, and other members of the New York City community.  The Congressman’s speech touched on his childhood in Harlem, his service in the Korean War (where he was awarded a Purple Heart), and his tenure in Congress.  Throughout his talk Rangel underscored the importance of archives as a means for understanding the past and present and discussed his donation of his papers to the City College of New York, thereby ensuring their preservation and accessibility within the community he represented.   

Winthrop archivist Kim Peach followed Congressman Rangel with a presentation on the value of the collection to the local community.

Sponsored by the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, the full-day symposium was held in New York City at the Center for Jewish History.