Guide to the Jack
Edwards Congressional Papers
Creator: The office of Congressman Jack Edwards
Title: Jack Edwards Congressional Papers
Quantity: 253 cubic feet
Abstract: Numerous files relating to the day-to-day operations of a U.S. congressional
office and to the issues faced by U.S. congressmen.
William Jackson "Jack" Edwards was born in 1928 in Birmingham, Alabama. His
family subsequently moved to Point Clear, Alabama, and he ran successfuly for the
congressional seat for Alabama's First District in 1964. Edwards served in the U.S.
Congress until 1985, and then returned to his law practice in Mobile, Alabama.
Scope and Content
The Jack Edwards Papers span Edwards' entire twenty-year congressional career, and
include congressional office and subject files; constituent correspondence; departmental
documents; files related to the operation of his congressional office; appointment books
for 1965 through 1981; and papers related to his district visits. The material is
supplemented by Republican Party and convention materials, as well as by speeches,
legislation, news releases, voting records, photographs, and audio and video cassettes. Of
particular interest are files related to Edwards' Defense Appropriations Subcommittee
assignment; stint as vice chair of the Republican Conference; Vietnam; school busing and
desegregation; George Wallace for President campaign; the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and
other waterways in the First District; and matters related to the Watergate scandal,
including the impeachment proceedings and later pardon of Richard Nixon.
Arranged topically by year.
Jack Edwards Congressional Papers, The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript
Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL.
Guide prepared by: Carol Ellis
Guide last updated: 2000
Jack Edwards Congressional Papers (PDF)