Congressional Papers of Dan Glickman

Collection Summary

Title: Congressional Papers of Dan Glickman
Call Number: MS 97-05
Size: 329.0 linear feet
Acquisition: Donated by Dan Glickman
Processed by: SKH, 1996; FAM, 3-9-1998; LMM, 1-2-2014
Restrictions: Constituent correspondence and case files are closed. Please confer with Special Collections' staff for more information on these files.
Note: Related collection, MS 2001-05, Papers of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. Digital collections, Dan Glickman Documents, Dan Glickman Photographs and Dan Glickman Scrapbooks

Literary Rights

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Content Note

The Congressional Papers of Dan Glickman extend from 1977 to 1995. The collection includes congressional correspondence, constituent correspondence, federal policy letters, reports, publications and photographs documenting Glickman's 18-year tenure as Congressman of the 4th Congressional District in Kansas, an eleven-county area around and including Wichita, Kansas, his hometown. Of particular interest in the collection are documents concerning agriculture, aviation, a hazardous waste site at Furley, Kansas, and the creation of the National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Kansas. Included in the collection are materials relating to Glickman's activities on the House Science and Technology Committee, including the sub-committee of Transportation, Aviation and Materials which he chaired from 1981 to 1987; and the House Agriculture Committee, including the sub-committee on Wheat, Soybeans and Feed Grains which he chaired from 1988 to 1993.

Administrative History

The collection was arranged in original order.


Dan Glickman was born November 24, 1944, in Wichita, Kansas. He attended Wichita public schools, graduating from Wichita Southeast High School in 1962. He earned his B.A. in history from the University of Michigan in 1966. In 1969, he received his J.D. from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He was admitted to the District of Columbia bar in 1969. 

Glickman began his career as a trial attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. In 1970, he returned to Wichita and became an officer in Glickman, Inc., a family concern specializing in recycling metals. He joined the law firm of Sargent, Klenda of Wichita in 1971 and was made partner in 1973. That same year he was elected to the Wichita Board of Education and served as its president in 1975. In 1976, Glickman was elected as a Democrat to represent the 4th Congressional District in Kansas, an 11-county area around and including Wichita. He began his service in the 95th Congress and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1977-January 3, 1995).

As a member of Congress, Glickman served on the House Agriculture, Judiciary, Science and Technology, and Intelligence Committees. On the House Agriculture Committee, he served on the following sub-committees: Conservation, Credit, and Rural Development; Domestic Marketing, Consumer Relations, and Nutrition; and Wheat, Soybeans, and Feed Grains, of which he chaired from 1988 to 1993. On the Judiciary Committee, he served on the sub-committee on crime. Glickman served as Chairman of the sub-committee on Transportation, Aviation and Materials, from 1983 to 1987. He also served as Chair of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in 1993-1994 (103rd Congress).

Glickman was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve in his cabinet as Secretary of Agriculture. He served from 1995 to 2001.

From 2002-2004, he was director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. He then was president and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America from 2004-2010. He served as president of Refugees International in early 2010. In June 2010 he was named a senior fellow by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Glickman married Rhoda Yura of Detroit in 1966. They have two children: Jonathan, born in 1969, and Amy, born in 1972.

Detailed Description

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