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A Guide to the Paul Grant Rogers Papers

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
September 2010

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rogers, Paul Grant, 1921-
Title: Paul Grant Rogers Papers
Dates: 1955-1978
Abstract: Congressional papers of Paul G. Rogers, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1955 to 1978.
Extent: 28.5 Linear feet. 82 boxes and 3 volumes.
Identification: MS 87
Language(s): English
Access: Researchers should consult with Special Collections staff before using the collection because there are access restrictions. See the Access note for more information.

Biographical/Historical Note

Paul Grant Rogers attended Broward County public schools and graduated from the University of Florida in 1942. He served with distinction in the U.S. Army during WWII (awarded the Bronze Star), and after discharge went on to earn his law degree from the University of Florida in 1948. After completing his law degree, he practiced private law practice in West Palm Beach until 1955. That year he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a member from the Sixth Congressional District through a special election to fill the vacated seat of his father, Dwight L. Rogers. Dwight Rogers had been re-elected during the regular 1954 Congressional election, but died in office the following year.

Paul G. Rogers served as a member of Florida Congressional delegation until 1978. He was a staunch member of the conservative faction of the Southern Democratic caucus, acted as informal advisor and confidant to many state legislators (F.O. Dickenson, Stephen O'Connell, Robert L R. Sikes, Farris Bryant, etc.). Rogers was at times considered a maverick within his party, especially when he declined to endorse the 1960 Kennedy-Johnson ticket. Political advertisements and comments from opponents in various campaigns labeled him both as an conservative and an ultra-liberal. He was against many aspects of the desegregation legislation of the Johnson administration, opposed to federal action or legislation affecting the apportioning of voting districts by individual states (Florida reapportionment) and was ardently opposed to any conciliation or appeasement with any Communist state (especially Cuba). On the other hand, he consistently voted in favor of some legislation, such as funding for the National Science Foundation, that was considered by some conservatives as a type of socialism.

Scope and Content

The Rogers Papers primarily consist of legislative files, including bills sponsored by Rogers. correspondence, augmented by other materials, from Rogers' congressional terms. The collection also includes correspondence (constituents, colleagues, and relating to Florida), biographical files, political materials (particularly related to campaigns), audio and video recordings, speeches and remarks, press releases, newsletters and miscellaneous office files. A small amount of materials from his father's term in office are included (they were filed by office staff as transitional files/cases when Paul Rogers took over the office).

Some of the national and international subjects covered by the papers include: the space race and NASA, Civil Rights legislation, the Cuban Revolution, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the Bay of Pigs, Cuban refugees, the Soviet Union and the arms race, serving as a conservative Democrat during the Eisenhower administration, and serving during the John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon administrations. Some of the Florida subjects covered include: re-apportionment of state and congressional districts, the decline of prominence for the Democratic Party in state politics, rescinding of the poll tax, and desegregation and the Civil Rights movement in the South.

The "Politics" series of files contains materials relating to the Democratic Party, both in Florida and nationally. The files include correspondence with party officials and Democratic office-holders regarding party and campaign issues. The group also includes materials regarding the 1960 and 1972 presidential campaigns. There are several files of materials relating to Rogers' campaigns, including correspondence, literature and ephemera from various of the campaigns.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research. The presence of constituent mail in this collection requires mediated access. Researchers must consult with Special Collections staff before using the collection and must agree in writing to the following conditions: Congressional constituent mail is considered a type of privileged correspondence. Reproduction of constituent mail in any format is prohibited. Further, researchers using constituent mail must agree not to divulge the names or addresses of constituents or provide information that could conceivably identify constituents.

Related or Separated Material

The University of Florida also holds the papers of his father, Dwight L. Rogers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Paul Grant Rogers Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

Series I: Legislation Files

1 Bills. 1955-1957
2 Bills. 1958-1959
3 Bills. 1960
3 Proposed legislation. 1958-1960
4 Legislation, general: A-F. 1955-1960
5 Legislation, general: F-L. 1955-1960
6 Legislation, general: M-R. 1955-1960
7 Legislation, rivers and harbors. 1955-1957
8 Legislation, general: R-T. 1955-1960
9 Legislation, general: T-W. 1955-1960
9 News releases. 1955-1960
10 Bills. 1961-1962
11 Bills. 1961-1962
12 Legislation, general: A-F. 1961-1962
13 Legislation, general: H-M. 1961-1962
14 Legislation, general: M-P. 1961-1962
15 Legislation, general: Post Offices. 1961-1962
16 Legislation, general: P-V. 1961-1962
17 Bills. 1963-1964
18 Legislation, general: A-C. 1963-1964
19 Legislation, general: E-M. 1963-1964
20 Legislation, general: M-V. 1963-1964
21 Bills. 1965-1966
21A Bills. 1965-1966
22 Legislation, general: A-I. 1965
23 Legislation, general: L-U. 1965
24 Legislation, general: A-H. 1966
25 Legislation, general: H-U. 1966
26 Bills. 1967
27 Legislation, general: A-H. 1967
27A Legislation, general: Health and Welfare, migrants. 1967
28 Legislation, general: H-N. 1967
29 Legislation, general: O-P. 1967
30 Legislation, general: P-U. 1967
31 Bills. 1968
32 Legislation, general: A-H. 1968
33 Legislation, general: H-P. 1968
34 Legislation, general: R-U. 1968
35 Bills. 1969
36 Bills. 1969
37 Legislation, general: A-H. 1969
38 Legislation, general: H-U. 1969
39 Bills. 1970
40 Legislation, general: A-I. 1970
40A Legislation, general: F-V. 1970
41 Legislation, general: L-P.
41A Legislation, general: Federal Agencies. 1970
41B Correspondence. 1970
42 Bills. 1971
43 Legislation, general: A-I. 1971
44 Legislation, general: I-T. 1971
45 Bills. 1972
46 Legislation, general: A-P. 1972
47 Bills. 1973
48 Bills. 1973
49 Legislation, general: A-W. 1973
50 Bills. 1974
51 Bills. 1974
52 Bills. 1975
53 Bills. 1975-1976
54 Legislation, general. 1974-1975
54A Legislation, general. 1974-1975
55 Legislation, general. 1976
56 Legislation, general: A-G. 1977
57 Legislation, general: H-S. 1977
58 Legislation, general: S-W. 1977
58 Bills. 1977
59 Bills. 1977, 1978
60 Bills. 1978
61 Legislation, general: A-G. 1978
62 Legislation, general: H-W. 1978

1 Roll Calls. 1961-1962, 1967-1970
2 Roll Calls. 1971-1972, 1976-1977
3 Congressional Record Remarks and Voting Record. 1961-1978

Series II: Correspondence

1 Constituents (reply - draft/form letters)
2 Colleagues (Congress), Executive Departments (DOT, DOI, FCC, HEW, Treasury, Commerce, etc.), White House (The President and Executive departments), Other (Foreign Governments/Heads of State, dignitaries, etc.)
3 Florida

Series III: Biographical

1 Biographical
1 Awards and Memorabilia
1 Family
1 Photos

Series IV: Politics and Campaigns

1 Politics (correspondence with Florida and national Democratic Party offices/organizations: Executive Committees, Speakers Bureau/Committees, etc.)
2 Campaigns (financial disclosures, ethics pledges, campaign financial reports, correspondence, and materials relating to logistics of political campaigns including media, canvassing, voter info, etc.)
3 Campaigns (cont.)
4 Miscellaneous (correspondence regarding other candidates)
4 Ephemera (pamphlets, bumper stickers, flyers, etc., from national and state campaigns)
4 Dwight Rogers (father)

Series V: Audio and Video Tapes

1-2 Sound and video recordings of speeches and radio/TV broadcasts.

Series VI: Miscellaneous Office Files

1 Miscellaneous materials (regarding legislation, House voting record, annual questionnaires sent to constituents and data/statistics on responses, materials regarding policy positions). Note: includes a carbon copy of news release by TASS, Feb. 1963 regarding Rogers position on Cuba.
2 Speeches, statements/remarks (House floor and before House Committees)

Series VII: Media Files (Print, TV, Radio)

1 Press releases (1957-1969)
2 Press releases (1970-1978) Newsletters: "Reports on Congress" [Note: indexes to press releases prepared by PGR staff included.]

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