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Gilbert Gude papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS2081
Materials in this collection include correspondence, bills, press materials, publications, reports, and other related legislative items. The material dates from 1967-76. These documents come from Gude's Congressional office files. Subjects include gun control, D.C. home rule, income taxes, crime, prison reform, abortion, foreign affairs, veterans affairs, banking and commerce, agriculture, armed services, transportation, public works, and more.

Dates

  • 1967-1976

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Extent

253.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

Gilbert Gude served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1953-58, in the Maryland Senate from 1962-1967, and was then elected as a Republican to Congress, serving from 1967-76 as the Representative from Maryland's 8th district. During his time in Congress, Gude was the ranking Republican member of the House District of Columbia Committee. Materials in this collection include correspondence, bills, press materials, publications, reports, and other related items. The material dates from 1967-76.

Historical or Biographical Note

Gilbert Gude (1923-2007) had a long and distinguished career as a legislator from Maryland. He was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1953, to the Maryland Senate in 1962, and was then elected as a Republican to Congress, serving from 1967-76 as the Representative from the Maryland's 8th district. Gude defined himself as "a liberal on civil rights and a moderate on fiscal matters." During his time in office he supported D.C. home rule, limits on cigarette advertising, and sponsored legislation that led to the construction of the Metro system. He was known for his support of the environment, and perhaps his crowning achievement was the effort to save the C&O Canal and create the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park.

During his time in Congress, Gude served on the Government Operations Committee and its Conservation, Energy, and Natural Resources Subcommittee; the House Environmental Study; the F.D.R. Memorial Commission; the Select Committee on Aging and its Retirement Income and Employment Subcommittee; and the House District of Columbia Committee and its Commerce, Housing and Transportation Subcommittee. Gude was the ranking Republican member of the D.C. Committee. He retired from Congress at the end of the 94th's second session to assume the directorship of the Library of Congress's Congressional Research Service. In 1986 he retired from the Congressional Research Service. He also taught courses on history and the environment at Georgetown University.

Gilbert Gude was born March 9, 1923 and died on June 7, 2007. He was an alumnus of George Washington University having received his M.A. in Public Administration in 1958. In 1971, he was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his "understanding of the financial dilemma of private education institutions in the District of Columbia." He also served on the Catholic University of America's Board of Trustees.

Collection Organization

Arranged in six series: Bills; Correspondence; Press materials; Special projects; Record statements, speeches, testimony; and Subject files.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Gilbert Gude.

Related Materials

For the project The Modern Congress in American History, Gilbert Gude, was interviewed on October 12, 1978 and June 5, 1979. The transcript of this interivew is cataloged and part of the Special Collections book collection. The call no. is E 840.8 .G8 A35. The title is Oral History Interview with Gilbert Gude Member of Congress from Maryland, 1967 to 1977. Please note this transcript is housed off-site. Please ask staff for assistance.
Title
Guide to the Gilbert Gude papers, 1967-1976
Status
completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2012
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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