William M. McCulloch Papers

The William M. McCulloch Papers consist of forty-five cubic feet of materials dating from 1911 to 2009, though the bulk of the collection dates from 1960 to 1972.  The collection documents the public service career of William M. McCulloch (R-Piqua) as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 4th Ohio Congressional District.  The winner of a special election held in November 1947, McCulloch served 26 years in Congress until his retirement in January 1973.  Although a few items date from McCulloch’s terms in the Ohio General Assembly, the vast majority of the collection consists of the records compiled by the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman McCulloch. 

Provenance:  Ann McCulloch Carver, on behalf of her parents, William M. and Mabel Harris McCulloch, donated the collection to The Ohio State University in December 2012.  In addition, the Law Library of Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, transferred a large portion of the collection to the Ohio Congressional Archives in March 2011.  Through this generous transfer Ohio Northern University assured the papers of Congressman McCulloch would be unified, preserved, and made available to researchers at one location.  Acknowledgement also goes to the Friends of William M. McCulloch for its assistance in the acquisition of this collection.  Established in 2010 to advocate for a statue of Congressman McCulloch in the Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol, the group maintains a website at http://www.williammcculloch.org/ .

Access:  The William M. McCulloch Papers are open to public research under the rules and regulations of The Ohio State University Libraries.  Researchers requesting to use records within the District Affairs Series must first sign a confidentiality agreement.

Copyrights:  Ann McCulloch Carver has dedicated such copyrights as she possesses in the William M. McCulloch Papers to the public.  Consideration of all other copyrights is the responsibility of the author and the publisher.

Arrangement:  The records within the William M. McCulloch Papers are arranged within the following six series.

  1. Personal/Political
  2. Legislative
  3. Media Relations
  4. District Affairs
  5. Audiovisual Materials                                          
  6. Artifacts                                       

Processing Note:  Jeffrey W. Thomas processed and arranged the William M. McCulloch Papers in 2011-2013.  A careful effort was made during the processing of the collection to preserve whenever possible the original order and filing systems found within each series.  Many files, especially within series containing correspondence and legislative records, were maintained originally in oversized file folders.  These large files were divided into smaller folders for preservation and descriptive purposes.

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