Rangel Archives in SAA Newsletter

CCNY aquires Rangel Archives and uses to mount exhibition.

Winthrop Archivist Kimberly Peach wrote the following article for the Society of American Archivists (SAA) "Archivist and Archives of Color Spring Newsletter".  She followed up the article by working with CCNY to mount an exhibit showcasing fifty years of the Congressman's public service in New York & Congress.  The exhibit was on display at the Cohen Library Archives at CCNY from May 8th - June 30th.

The Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at The City College of New York (CCNY) has acquired the congressional papers of Charles B. Rangel (D-Ny, 13th District) as a gift from the congressman upon his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016. The Archive will serve as a resource for students, faculty and scholars interested in advancing research on U.S. politics in general, as well as on the particular topic of diversity in U.S. public service. Congressman Rangel has represented Harlem and other Upper Manhattan neighborhoods for 46 years. He is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, one of Harlem’s influential “Gang of Four” (with David Dinkins, Basil Paterson, and Percy Sutton) and the first African American congressman to chair the House Ways and Means Committee (2007-2010).

This 700 cubic foot collection encompasses more than four decades of Congressman Rangel’s efforts to reduce poverty and the proliferation of drugs in his home district and nationwide. Reports, correspondence, photographs, speeches and audiovisual recordings reflect these issues and his efforts to introduce effective legislation. As a member of various committees, including the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control (1975-1993, chair 1983-1993), the Judiciary Committee (1971-1975), the Joint Committee on Taxation (various years), and the House Ways and Means Committee (1975-2016, chair 2007-2010), Congressman Rangel introduced initiatives to impede the flow of drugs, reform the judicial and prison systems, and create economic opportunity through tax reform, fair housing, and urban development.

Rangel served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) from 1974-1976. Included in the collection are press releases, statements, correspondence, clippings and memorabilia from the earliest years of the CBC, depicting how the original 13 member caucus grew in strength and influence throughout the 1970s.

Internationally, Congressman Rangel’s initiatives included expanding economic relations with
nations in Africa and the Caribbean.

Preservation and processing of the Charles B. Rangel Archive is expected to be completed by summer 2018 under the direction of The Winthrop Group, an archival consulting firm. During processing the collection is accessible on a limited basis. For more information please see the Charles B. Rangel Center website https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/rangel or contact the CCNY Archives and Special Collections by calling (212) 650-7609 or emailing archives@ccny.cuny.edu.