Guide to the Kenton Bird Papers 1950s-2003
Cage 802

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Bird, Kenton, 1954-
Title
Kenton Bird Papers
ID
Cage 802
Date [bulk]
1995-1997
Date [inclusive]
1950s-2003
Extent
12.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
6 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of papers related to Kenton Bird's research on Thomas S. Foley, Representative from the Fifth Congressional District of Washington State from 1964 to 1994, and Speaker of the House from 1989 to 1995. Most materials are research files, notes, and drafts related to Bird's 1999 Ph.D. dissertation, "The Speaker from Spokane: The Rise and Fall of Tom Foley as a Congressional Leader" (Washington State University).

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Kenton Bird Papers, circa 1950s-2003

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Journalism educator, reporter, and editor Robert Kenton Bird earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Idaho, where he edited the student newspaper, the Argonaut. He attended the University of Wales on a Rotary fellowship, earning a master's degree in journalism history, and continued his graduate work at Washington State University, earning a Ph.D. in American Studies. His doctoral dissertation is a political biography of Tom Foley, speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1989 to 1995.

During a 15-year career as a reporter and editor, Bird worked for newspapers in Moscow, Lewiston, Sandpoint and Kellogg, Idaho, and spent a summer at The Washington Post. In 1989, he was a congressional fellow of the American Political Science Association, assigned as a congressional staff member in Washington, D.C. He spent three years on the faculty at Colorado State University before returning to the University of Idaho in 1999. In 2003, he was appointed director of the University of Idaho School of Journalism and Mass Media.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of papers related to Kenton Bird's Ph.D. dissertation, "The Speaker from Spokane: The Rise and Fall of Tom Foley as a Congressional Leader" (Washington State University, 1999). It includes planning and research notes, drafts, collected primary and secondary sources (mainly reproductions), interview records including audio recordings and notes, and video recordings (compilations of 1994 campaign advertising for Foley and his opponent, George Nethercutt).

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in six series:

Series 1: Research files: Chronological. This file sequence follows the chronology of Tom Foley's career, from the 1950s to 1997. It includes collected research material (mainly reproductions), as well as correspondence.

Series 2: Research files: Subject. This file sequence consists of research materials arranged by topic. It includes collected research material (mainly reproductions and clippings).

Series 3: Other research files. This series contains additional Foley research files, and consists of notes and collected research material (mainly reproductions and clippings).

Series 4: Dissertation drafts, outlines, notes, and additional research material.

Series 5: Other Foley projects by Kenton Bird, including publications and presentations.

Series 6: Interview documentation and audiovisual media. This series consists of audio recordings (microcassettes) of interviews conducted by Bird, interview documentation including notes and a name and topic index, and video recordings (VHS cassettes) of campaign advertising for Foley and his opponent, George Nethercutt.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2014

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Kenton Bird donated these papers to the Washington State University Libraries in two installments, in 2005 and 2012 (MS.2005.29, MS.2012.22)

Processing Information note

Cheryl Gunselman processed this collection in 2013.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Congressional Papers of Thomas S. Foley, 1964-1997 (Cage 655)

Thomas S. Foley Photographs, 1905-1995 (PC 111)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Congress. House -- Speaker -- Biography

Personal Name(s)

  • Foley, Thomas S.--Archives

Subject(s)

  • Laws and Legislation
  • Legislators -- Washington (State) -- Spokane -- Biography
  • Politics and politicians

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Research files: Chronological circa 1950s-1997 

Box Folder

Research files: Chronological circa 1950s-1997 

1-4 1-71

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Series 2: Research files: Subject 

Box Folder

John Barry, 1989, The Ambition and the Power (J. Wright) 

4 72

Election overviews 1994 

4 73

Gun control-NRA 

4 74

Tribune clips 1980-1989 

4 75

Judge Ralph Foley (father), Helen Higgins Foley (mother) 

4 76

Heather Foley 

4 77

Clarice Privette 

4 78

Medicare 

4 79

Grand Coulee Dam 

4 80

Civil rights, fair housing 1966 

4 81

District 5, pork barrel projects 

4 82

Term limits I (I-553, 1991) 

4 83

Term limits II (I-573, 1992) 

4 84

Term limits III (lawsuit) 1993-1995 

4 85

Term limits (miscellaneous) 

4 86

Term limits 

5 87

Term limits, opposition 1991 

5 88

House bank scandal 1991-1992 

5 89

Bank, Post Office 

5 90

Post Office 

5 91

Internet, NFIB 1994 

5 92

Pay and perks 

5 93

Campaign finance 

5 94

Congress, Contra aid 1986-1988 

5 95

Foreign policy 

5 96

Congressional reforms, Hamilton committee 1995 

5 97

First Amendment, free press, FOIA, flag 

5 98

Rivers and dams 

5 99

The Ragged Edge (S-R series) 1995 December 

5 100

Great Divide--Spokane vs. Seattle 

6 101

J. Wright, K. Olsen (miscellaneous Foley notes) 

6 102

Farmers, agricultural issues 

6 103

Forests, logging, ESA 

6 104

Legislators, Leading, and Lawmaking (Sinclair) 1995 

6 105

Remaking Congress 1995 

6 106

LBJ Papers, University of Texas 

6 107

Senators on the Campaign Trail (Fenno) l996 

6 108

Former members of Congress, Northwest 

6 109

Henry Jackson Papers, UW 

6 110

Foley Papers at WSU 

6 111

Foley Institute, WSU 

6 112

Tony Coelho (1989 resignation, 1994 rehabilitation) 

6 113

Newt Gingrich 

6 114

Lee Hamilton 

6 115

George Nethercutt 

7 116

Nethercutt--term limits 1998-1999 

7 117

John Sonneland 

7 118

Agriculture 

7 119

Student unrest circa 1970s 

7 120

Vietnam--student protests 1967-1970 

7 121

Voter pamphlet profiles 1966-1994 

7 122

Jim Wright, gun control 

7 123

Campaign (miscellaneous) 1988-1990 

7 124

Expo 74 

7 125

FEC reports 1976-1996 

7 126

Miscellaneous brochures and newsletters 

7 127

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Series 3: Other Research files 

Box Folder

Foley research (contact information) 

7 128

D.C. trip 1995 June 

7 129

To read, write on D.C. trip 

7 130

D.C. trip 1997 

7 131

D.C. trip 1997 May 

7 132

Biographical/research strategies 

7 133

Official biographies of TSF 

7 134

Profiles (newspapers, magazines) 

7 135-136

Fifth District: geography, economics, population 

8 137

Demographics, migration 

8 138

Pacific Northwest politics (overviews) 

8 139

Abstracts of votes, Fifth District 1964-1988 

8 140

State general elections (official returns and abstracts) 

8 141

Syllabus for course at American University (Congress and the Executive) 1996 

8 142

Research notes, Foley Papers 

8 143

TSF schedules 

8 144

Foley Papers (copies from the collection at WSU) 

8 145

The System (Broder and Johnson) 1996 

8 146

Jeff Biggs (manuscript) 

8 147

McCormack Institute, UMass 

8 148

O'Brien (2) 

8 149

Mike Mansfield biography (excerpt) 

8 150

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Series 4: Dissertation drafts, outlines, notes, and additional research material 

Box Folder

Dissertation drafts 

8-10 154-162

Bibliographic essay 

10 163

WSU dissertation and thesis guidelines; planning, notes, proposals, advisor questions 

10 164-167

Comments and corrections 

10 168-173

Unlabeled drafts 

10 174-175

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Series 5: Other Foley projects by Kenton Bird 

Box Folder

Book proposal, UW Press 1999 

11 176

Books/query letters 

11 177

Research presentation 1997 January 30 

11 178

Foley Institute Report article 1997 

11 179

PNQ (Pacific Northwest Quarterly), volume 95, number 1. Contains Bird's article "Tom Foley's Last Campaign: Why Eastern Washington Voters Ousted the Speaker of the House." 2003 

11 180

PNQ article (manuscripts, revisions, proofs, correspondence) 

11 181-183

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Series 6: Interview documentation and audiovisual media 

Box Folder

Interview consent forms 

11 184

Interviews (from unlabeled binder). Includes detailed notes and an index to names and topics. 

11 185

Interviews 

11 186

Video recordings (VHS). Compilations of campaign advertising for Foley and his opponent, George Nethercutt 1994 

11 187-188

Interview notebooks (5 items) 1995-1997 

12 189-193

Audio recordings (microcassettes, 19 items). Interviews conducted by Kenton Bird. Audio recordings include: Tom Foley, Les Aspin, Barney Frank, Al Swift, Lee Hamilton, Larry LaRocco, Werner Brandt, James Fellow, Scott Lukins, Richard Larson, Sid Morrison, Mike Lowry, Wilfred Woods, Jim Davenport, Rick Eskill, Phyllis Pulfur, Ken Degeneres, John Sonneland, Lloyd Meeds, Joseph Moakley, James McClure, Joel Prichard, Pat Gregg, Marilyn Cornell, Sherwin Broadhead, Duane Alton, Ken Casavant, Tim Wirth 1995-1998 

12 194-212

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