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First Woman of Color in Congress: A Resource Guide for the Patsy T. Mink Papers

About the Collection

The Patsy T. Mink Papers, which number nearly 900,000 items, are arranged in 2,710 boxes and are described in a 700-plus-page finding aid. A sampling of items from this large manuscript collection appear in the Timeline (below), Collection Overview, and Title IX Overview sections of this guide. Most of these items relate to Mink’s political service, however, all phases of Mink’s life are represented in the larger collection, which includes personal and professional correspondence, daily schedules, central legislative files, bills, issue mail, speeches, clippings, press releases, scrapbooks, photographs, and other personal papers covering a wide array of topics and concerns. Please note that some digitized items may have rights restrictions and may only be available for viewing onsite at the Library of Congress.