This portion of the William H. Natcher Papers consists of 4.5 linear feet of materials, including correspondence, invitations, typed documents, and printed items accumulated during the professional career of William H. Natcher (1909-1994), a long-standing Democratic Congressman from the state of Kentucky. The bulk of its documents date to the years between 1972 and 1985, representing a slice of Congressional life in the 1970s and 1980s. Correspondence files comprise a large part of this archive and include letters sent to Natcher from White House officials; members of Congress; various U.S. Governors and Mayors; District of Columbia leaders; officials at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and other governmental agencies; corporate leaders; interest groups; foreign dignitaries; administrators and faculty at Western Kentucky University; and Kentucky constituents. Correspondents include Ronald Reagan, Edward I. Koch, Mario M. Cuomo, Warren E. Burger, Jimmy Carter, Sargent Shriver, George Wallace, Wendell H. Ford, Jackson Graham, Max L. Friedersdorf, Robert C. Strauss, James B. Cardwell, Fidel Castro, and Jacques Cousteau. Although almost all of the correspondence is incoming mail to Natcher, there are copies of several typed letters sent out by Natcher and a few typed and manuscript notes written by him. While many of the letters addressed to Natcher are part of a mimeographed mass mailing sent out by given individuals, some original letters are contained. Printed matter includes documents pertaining to Natcher's numerous Congressional voting records, including material on the casting of his 10,000th and 12,000th votes; excerpts from the Congressional Record; and newsclippings covering Natcher's work.
Western Kentucky University possesses a larger archive of the papers of William H. Natcher. Georgetown's portion supplements this lager collection and provides another good source of information about the work of this Congressman and the American political scene during the 1970s and 1980s.
The William H. Natcher Papers are divided into ten series as described below:
Series 1: Correspondence - Individuals. Contains correspondence, mostly from 1972 to 1985, sent by notable individuals to William H. Natcher. Correspondents include government agency administrators, members of Congress, U.S. Mayors, Kentucky state officials, corporate leaders, Democratic Party officials, District of Columbia leaders, union chiefs, and celebrities. Topics of discussion focus on Congressional appropriations and legislation. Individuals include William E. Brock, James B. Cardwell, Edward I. Koch, Charles T. Mannatt, George Meany, Arnold Miller, Robert Strauss, and John C. White. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Series 2: Correspondence - Governors. Contains correspondence from the 1970s and 1980s sent by various U.S. Governors to William H. Natcher. Most of the material pertains to funding for various programs and given Governors' opinions on the effects of various pieces of legislation on their home states. Correspondents include John Y. Brown, George Busbee, Hugh L. Carey, Julian Carroll, Martha Layne Collins, Mario M. Cuomo, Wendell H. Ford, Edward J. King, Richard W. Riley, Charles S. Robb, John D. Rockefeller, Dick Thornburgh, and George C. Wallace. Arranged alphabetically by Governor
Series 3: Correspondence - White House Officials. Contains correspondence from the Carter and Reagan years sent by various White House officials to William H. Natcher. Several telegrams from Jimmy Carter and one telegram each from Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan are included. Other correspondents include Kenneth M. Duberstein, Stuart E. Eizenstat, Peter M. Flanigan, Max L. Friedersdorf, Alfred E. Kahn, Vernon C. Loen, Frank Moore, M. B. Oglesby, Esther Peterson, and Richard A. Pettigrew. Arranged alphabetically by White House official.
Series 4: Correspondence - International. Contains correspondence, mostly from the 1970s and 1980s, sent to William H. Natcher by various foreign diplomats, international officials, and citizens of foreign countries. Topics discussed include Canada's reaction to the Garrison Diversion Project, relations between Turkey and Cyprus, Taiwan's reaction to the normalization of relations between the U.S. and the People's Republic of China, and the Iran Hostage Crisis. This series contains one letter from Fidel Castro. Arranged alphabetically by nation
Series 5: Chronological Correspondence (1954-1993). Contains correspondence sent by various individuals and organizations; including Kentucky constituents, Western Kentucky University officials, companies, and interest groups; to William H. Natcher over the course of his Congressional career. Arranged chronologically.
Series 6 - Correspondence - Invitations. Contains invitations received by William H. Natcher from various organizations and individuals over the years during his career in the U.S. House. Some programs from events are also included. Most of the invitations are from the 1970s and 1980s. Arranged chronologically.
Series 7 - Subject Files. Contains typed and printed materials related to the Congressional career of William H. Natcher and political issues of the day. Of particular note are documents pertaining to Natcher's voting records, including the casting of his 10,000th and 12,000th votes. Arranged alphabetically by topic.
Series 8 - Press Releases. Contains press releases from various individuals collected by William H. Natcher during the course of his Congressional career. Press releases from Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, Gerald R. Ford, Coretta Scott King, and Ronald Reagan are among those found in this series. Arranged alphabetically by name of person issuing press release
Series 9 - Printed Matter. Contains excerpts from the Congressional Record, printed legislation, newsclippings covering Natcher's work, published newsletters, pamphlets, political advertisements, political cartoons, and a speech by Bill Clinton collected by William H. Natcher during his time in Congress. Arranged alphabetically by document type
Series 10 - Miscellaneous. Contains a few miscellaneous manuscript notes, one piece of memorabilia, and some typed documents collected by William H. Natcher during his term in the House. Arranged alphabetically by document type.
ABBREVIATIONS: ALS - Autograph Letter Signed TC - Typed Card TCS - Typed Card Signed TEL - Telegram TL - Typed Letter TLS - Typed Letter Signed WHN - William H. Natcher