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Major Owens


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This collection contains records of Major Owens tenure in the U.S. House of Representiaives, where he served from 1982-2006.


Owens, Major
Date Coverage:
129 cubic ft. (about 129 boxes)

Major Owens was a U.S. Representative from New York. A Democrat, he represented New Yorks 11th Congressional District (which encompasses a number of Brooklyn neighborhoods) from 1982 until his retirement in 2006. A librarian by profession, he served as community coordinator of the Brooklyn Public Library from 1964 to 1966 and as director of Columbia University's Community Media Library Program from 1973 to 1975. During the 1960s and 1970s Owens also was involved in a number of civil rights and community groups in New York City, including the Brooklyn Congress of Racial Equality, the Metropolitan Council on Housing, and the Brownsville Community Council. In 1974, Owens was elected to the New York State Senate, where he served until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives. This collection documents

This collection contains records of Major Owens tenure in the U.S. House of Representiaives. It consists primarily of subject files related to his committee work on education, civil rights, and workforce issues, as well as matters related to New York City and State, foreign affairs, and his membership in the Congressional Black Caucus. There are Congressional bills, budgets, government reports, Congressional remarks, photographs, correspondence, press releases, news clippings, speeches, appointment calendars, and Congressman Owens voting records. There is a small amount of audio/video in the collection, including one DVD, VHS tapes, and audio cassettes.

The collection is unprocessed and is likely disorganized. Individual items may be difficult to find.

All items in this collection were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives in 2007 and 2014.

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Published: 2018-03-06 05:07:33 -0500

Encoded in EAD by Brian Keough, 2016 December 29

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Major Owens, 1988-2006. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Major Owens).