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The collection came to the Denver Public Library through the gift of Harry Crandell, who was a consultant and later Staff Director for the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs Subcommittee on Public Lands and the Subcommittee on Public Lands and National Parks. Morris K. Udall chaired the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs from 1977-1991.
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[Identification of item], Morris K. Udall Papers, CONS128, Conservation Collection, The Denver Public Library.
Number of Boxes: 1 (.5 linear ft.)
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE :
Morris King Udall was born in St. Johns, Arizona on June 15, 1922. He attended public schools in St. Johns and was awarded a J.D. degree from the University of Arizona in 1949 where he served as President of the Associated Student Government.
After receiving his law degree in 1949, Morris Udall and his brother, Stewart, established the law firm of Udall and Udall in Tucson, Arizona. Morris served as Pima County Attorney from 1952-1954, and as vice-president of the Arizona Bar Association in 1961. He was the cofounder of the Bank of Tucson and the Catalina Savings and Loan Association. Morris also served as president of the Tucson YMCA in 1960.
When his brother, Stewart, resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives (District 2, Arizona) to serve as Secretary of the Interior in the Kennedy Administration, Morris was elected to his seat in the 87th Congress (1961-1962). He served in each succeeding Congress until his resignation on May 4, 1991. Morris served as chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs from 1977 to 1991. He was a leading advocate for the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Bill, which was passed in January 1980. He was the ranking member on the Committee of the Post Office and Civil Service, Chairman of the Office of Technology Assessment, and a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
In 1976, Morris competed as a candidate for President of the United States in the Democratic primaries. He addressed the Democratic National Convention in New York in 1980 as the keynote speaker. In 1992, the Democratic Party paid a special tribute to him during their national convention.
Morris Udall died December 12, 1998.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :
The collection comprises a portion of the files generated by Morris Udall from 1977-1978, while he chaired the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. The files contain statements given to the Committee and correspondence regarding HR 39, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. This act dealt with the disposition of lands set aside by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Section 17(d)(2). In addition to letters from businesses and congressmen gauging support and opposition to the bill, there is an undated letter of support from Marko Lewis, describing subsistence living and the natural history of the area near the Gates of the Arctic National Park.
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