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Joe Pitts Congressional Collection

Joe Pitts Congressional Collection


Former congressman Joe Pitts has given Asbury University his collection of congressional papers accumulated over his twenty year career in the House of Representatives. It contains hundreds of physical documents, and many more digital documents, audio and video clips. Asbury Archives is working on processing all of the donated materials, for the goal of offering the collection’s resources to the research efforts of students and faculty. Fifty boxes of documents sit in the basement of the Kinlaw Library from Pitts. These contain hundreds of letters on religious freedoms, general human rights, and foreign relations. Pitts’ collection also includes personal papers, campaign materials, and media clips about his service in Congress. Certain issues, like health care reform, Amish issues, and the Clinton Impeachment debate are also well-represented in the collection. Thirty-one of Pitts’ official international trips are also documented, as well as his office and staff files. To round out the physical collection are dozens of VHS video tapes Archives is processing. Archives also is processing the digital files Pitts gave to the University. These include hours of video and audio files, press clippings, and official documents from his career. Stay tuned for more materials and news related to Pitts’ collection here. A short biography of Pitts is available to read more about his life and career.


On March 28, 2018, Pitts' congressional papers and new Center for Public Policy were dedicated in Kinlaw Library at Asbury University.

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