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January 21, 2015

Richard Fenno’s congressional research available online

Richard Fenno

For the first time, the papers of Richard Fenno Jr., Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science, are accessible through a new web site, Fenno (pictured, at left, in 1978) is most recognized for his pioneering work on the U.S. Congress and its members.

His research focuses on the lives of political figures when they are outside of Washington and back at home. In 2007, he marked his 50th year of teaching at Rochester by donating his faculty papers to the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation in Rush Rhees Library.

The nearly 80 boxes of scholarly materials now available in digital form include 16 books, interviews and oral history transcripts with members of Congress, and memorabilia from decades of travel and award-winning research. Forty-five previously unpublished talks and lectures have also been made public.

“Professor Fenno’s contributions to the University community and the field of political science have been exceptional,” says Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the River Campus Libraries. “We are honored to preserve and share the work of his illustrious career.”

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