Title:

Carol Moseley-Braun papers

Identifier:

BMRC.CHM.MOSELEYBRAUN

Repository:

Chicago History Museum

Extent:

370.71 Linear feet

Dates:

1992-1998

Abstract:

The Hon. Carol Moseley Braun (1947- ) was the second African American, and first African American woman, elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992. In 1973, she began her career as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and in 1978, she was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. During her tenure, Moseley-Braun became the first African American and the first woman in Illinois history to serve as Assistant Majority Leader. As Illinois State Senator from 1993 to 1999, The Carol Moseley Braun papers comprise of Moseley-Braun’s senatorial papers from 1992-1998, including materials from her campaigns in 1992 and 1998. Types of materials include personal correspondence, business correspondence, invitations, voting records, briefing books, speeches, press photos, press clippings, and copies of legislation.

Processing Information note

Processed by CLIR funded Black Metropolis Research Consortium “Color Curtain Processing Project.” Processors: Katie Obriot, Amber Bailey, and Elise Zerega.

Restrictions

This collection is closed to researchers. Box 713 is restricted due to the inclusion of social security and tax information of living persons. Series X is restricted due to the inclusion of bank account numbers of living persons.

Biographical/Historical note

Carol Moseley-Braun was born in Chicago in 1947 to Edna, a medical-technician, and Joseph Moseley, a City of Chicago police officer. She earned her law degree from the University of Chicago in 1972 and went on to work for the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a State Prosecutor from 1973-1977.

In 1978, Moseley-Braun was elected Illinois Representative, and after two terms (1978-1988) she was selected to be the Assistant Majority Leader making her the first African American, and woman, to hold that position in Illinois. She devoted much of her energies in the House to education reform and health care reform and became influential in forming ethnically diverse committees around such issues. Moseley-Braun sponsored a bill in 1980 to increase the salaries of teachers, and in 1985 was the chief sponsor of the Urban School Improvement Act. In 1983, Moseley-Braun was appointed Legislative Floor Leader by Mayor Harold Washington. During her time as Floor Leader she sponsored bills to ban discrimination and reform education in the city of Chicago.

In 1992, Carol Moseley-Braun was elected to the U.S. Senate and became the second African American, and first African American woman, in the Senate. While in Office from January 3, 1993 to January 3, 1999; she was named to the Judiciary Committee, the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and the Small Business Committee. She also continued to sponsor bills in education and health care reform.

Succeeding her term as Senator, from 1999-2001, Carol Moseley-Braun was the United States Ambassador to New Zealand. She ran for the Democratic candidate for president in 2008 and for Mayor of Chicago in 2011.

Cited Sources

The History Makers, “Political Makers: Hon. Carol Moseley Braun,” Accessed May 19, 2002, http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/hon-carol-moseley-braun-39

Arrangement note

The Carol-Moseley-Braun papers are organized into eleven series, five of which have been aurther arranged in subseries. The series and subseries arrangement of the records is as follows:

Series 1. Staff researcher Marcus Fruchter, 1992-1998.

Series 2, Scheduling, 1992-1998 Subseries 1, Christy Paskiewicz, 1995-1997 Subseries 2, Chona Maglaya, 1993-1995 Subseries 3, Kaarin Anderson, 1993-1995 Subseries 4, Kaarin Anerson/Chona Maglaya, 1992-2998 Subseries 5, Andy Hrone, 1997-1998 Subseries 6, Miscellaneous schedulers, 1992-1998 Subseries 7, Quoinett Warrick, 1992-1998 Subseries 8, Quoinett Warrick and Christy Paskiewicz, 1992-1998

Series 3, Chicago office, 1992-1998 Subseries 1, Office Director, Jill Zwick,1992-1998 Subseries 2, Lynette Stanton, 1992-1998 Subseries 3, Roxanne Volkmann, 1992-1998 Subseries 4, Kathryn Juliano, 1992-2998 Subseries 5, Carolyn Bay, 1992-1998 Subseries 6, Adriana D'Amore, 1992-1998 Subseries 7, Janice Bell, 1992-1998 Subseries 8, Personnel file, 1992-1998 Subseries 9, Congratulatory letters, 1992-1998

Series 4, Legislative files, 1992-1998 Subseries 1, Miscellanious assistants, 1992-1998 Subseries 2, Anne Ruhle Collett, 1992-1998 Subseries 3, Kiesha Hargo, 1992-1998 Subseries 4, Janine Jones, 1992-1998 Subseries 5, Steven Collens, 1992-1998 Subseries 6, Joanna Slaney, 1992-1998 Subseries 7, Jake Jones, 1992-1998 Subseries 8, Kellie Larkin, 1992-1998 Subseries 9, Legislative correspondence, Henson, 1992-1998 Subseries 10, Legislative correspondence, Parkh, 1992-1998 Subseries 11, Legislative Director, Todd Atkinson, 1992-1998 Subseries 12, Assistant to Legislative Director, 1992-1998

Series 5, Press, 1992-1998

Series 6, Chief of Staff Files, 1992-1998 Subseries 1, Michael Frazier, 1992-1998 Subseries 2, Edith Wilson, 1992-1998 Subseries 3, Bill Mattea, 1992-1998 Subseries 4, Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Tine Gislason,1992-1998

Series 7, Grants/Projects, 1992-1998

Series 8, Administrative files, 1992-1998

Series 9, Executive Assistant files, 1992-1998

Series 10, Speeches, 1992-1998

Series 11, Senatorial campaigns, 1992-1998 Subseries 1, 1992 Election, 1992-1998 Subseries 2, 1998 Election, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This collection is comprised of materials from Carol Moseley Braun’s tenure as senator of Illinois from 1993-1999, the first African American woman in the senate, as well as her senatorial campaigns in 1992 and 1998. Some of the major topics in the collection include health care reform, education reform, civil rights issues, Social Security issues, and women’s issues. Materials of note included in the papers are Federal Election Commission filings, personal correspondence, business correspondence, invitations, voting records, briefing books, speeches, press photos and clippings, copies of legislation, grants, and audits.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite this collection as: Carol Moseley-Braun (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Subjects

INVENTORY

Series I: Staff Researcher Marcus Fruchter, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This series contains speeches and letters written by Senator Carol Moseley-Braun compiled by Marcus Fruchter, who served as a staff researcher from 1996 until 1998. Also contained in the series are multiple volumes of her Congressional voting record, legislative activities and Federal Election Commission filings. Of particular note is a report in Box 5, “The Medal of Honor and African Americans in the United States Army during World War II,” that addresses the issue of discrimination within the United States Military.

Staff researcher Marcus Fruchter, 1992-1998

Series II: Scheduling, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

The Scheduleing series contains invitations, correspondence, and notes for Carol Moseley-Braun, often addressed to her schedulers or staff members. Invitations include, but are not limited to, fundraisers, galas, film screenings, and meetings.

Arrangement note

The series Schedulingis organized by the staff members who compiled them.

Subseries 1: Christy Paskiewicz, 1995-1997

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of notes, invitations, correspondence, blue books, flight records, and travel itineraries for Carol Moseley Braun by staff scheduler Christy Paskiewicz from 1995-1997.

Christy Paskiewicz, 1995-1997

Subseries 2: Chona Maglaya, 1993-1995

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of notes, invitations, correspondence, and blue books by staff scheduler Chona Maglaya from 1993-1995.

Chona Maglaya, 1993-1995

Subseries 3: Kaarin Anderson, 1993-1995

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of notes, invitations, correspondence, and blue books by staff scheduler Kaarin Anderson from 1993-1995.

Kaarin Anderson, 1993-1995

Subseries 4: Kaarin Anderson/Christy Paskiewicz, 1993-1995

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of notes, invitations, correspondence, and blue books, by staff schedulers Kaarin Anderson and Christy Paskiewicz, from 1993-1995.

Kaarin Anderson/Christy Paskiewicz, 1992-1998

Subseries 5: Andy Hronek, 1997-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of notes, invitations, correspondence, and blue books by staff scheduler Andy Hronek, from 1997-1998.

Andy Hronek, 1997-1998

Subseries 6: Miscellaneous schedulers, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains notes, invitations, correspondence, and blue books. These materials were handled and collected by various members of Senator Moseley-Braun’s staff from 1992-1998.

Miscellaneous schedulers, 1992-1998

Subseries 7: Quoinett Warrick, 1996-1997

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of notes, invitations, correspondence, and blue books by staff scheduler Quoinett Warrick from 1996-1997.

Quoinett Warrick, 1996-1997

Subseries 8: Quoinett Warrick/Christy Paskiewicz, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of notes, invitations, correspondence, and blue books handled by Quoinett Warrick and Christy Paskiewicz from 1994-1997.

Quoinett Warrick/Christy Paskiewicz, 1992-1998

Series III: Chicago office, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This series contains files from staff members at Senator Moseley-Braun’s Chicago office, including correspondence to the Senator and her staff, invitations, briefing books, and press releases.

Subseries 1: Office Director, Jill Zwick, 1993-1997

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes correspondence to and from Jill Zwick, as well as constituent requests, briefing books, case files and scheduling information she compiled. Zwick served as the director of the Chicago Office and Executive Assistant to Senator Moseley-Braun from 1993 to 1997. She also served as the Senator’s Deputy Campaign Manager in 1992, and the Illinois State Director of the Hon. Carol Moseley Braun’s re-election campaign.

Office Director, Jill Zwick, 1993-1997

Subseries 2: Lynette Stanton, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains invitations, phone message logs, and professional files on legislative issues handled by Lynette Stanton.

Lynette Stanton, 1992-1998

Subseries 3: Roxanne Volkmann, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains administrative files including invitations, scheduling, resumes, office memos, memoranda, receipts, and personnel files compiled by Roxanne Volkman.

Roxanne Volkmann, 1992-1998

Subseries 4: Kathryn Juliano, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains invitations, thank you letters, scheduling, press clippings and releases, and town hall meeting information compiled by Kathryn Juliano, who served as Jill Zwick’s executive assistant.

Kathryn Juliano, 1992-1998

Subseries 5: Carolyn Bay, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes material such as correspondence and alphabetical constituent files gathered by Illinois Project Director, Carolyn Bay.

Carolyn Bay, 1992-1998

Subseries 6: Adriana D'Amore, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains closed constituent case files compiled by Constituent Assistant, Adriana D'Amore, including Military Academy Nomination Committee documents and constituent files.

Adriana D’Amore, 1992-1998

Subseries 7: Janice Bell, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of notes, speeches, memos, correspondence, and files on town hall meetings compiled by Janice Bell, staff assistant at the Chicago office. Of note are files on the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business, Senator Moseley-Braun’s Welfare Reform Taskforce, and the Senator’s trip to Nigeria in 1996.

Janice Bell, 1992-1998

Subseries 8: Personnel files, 1992-1998

Personnel files, 1992-1998

Subseries 9: Congratulatory letters, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains congratulatory letters sent on behalf of Senator Moseley-Braun to constituents in celebration of their retirements, birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and other such milestones.

Congratulatory letters, 1992-1998

Series IV: Legislative files, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This series contains files from various legislative assistants and legislative directors. Materials include memos, letters, articles, awards, polls, correspondence, amendments, statements, press releases, grants, notices, hearings, speeches, reports, and briefing books.

Subseries 1: Miscellaneous assistants, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This series includes the collective files of legislative assistants Dayna Bender, Francesca Cook, Steven Collens, Anne Ruhle Collett, Alexandra Goldblatt, Maria Petaros, Todd Atkinson, Pam Smith, Geoff Gibbs, Jake Jones, Sandy Chiu, Elizabeth Mills, David Medina, William James, Carole Powell, Chai Pegues, and Natalie Helm.

Materials included are memos, briefings, statements, press releases, amendments, grants, notices, bills, hearings, speeches, articles, and reports.

Major legislative and judiciary topics/issues (in no particular order) include: healthcare, commerce, labor, Whitewater, Gangsta Rap, Baby Richard, Judicial appointments, banking and securities issues, juvenile crime, Davis death penalty, criminal defense, finance committee hearings, women’s rights, Welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, terrorism, 1993 Flood, veterans affairs, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), AIDS, Gun Control, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., NAFTA, foreign trade, video game violence, Appropriations Committee, housing, drugs, International relations, small businesses, transportation, environment, energy, Africa, fair wages, Judiciary Committee hearings, education, gays in the military, social security, health, sexual harassment, violence, and Moseley-Braun Amendment Transitional Medicaid.

Miscellaneous Assistants, 1992-1998

Subseries 2: Anne Ruhle Collett, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes briefing books and legal files pertaining to National defense, veterans' affairs, trade, and international affairs.

Topics include Nigeria, women in Africa, NATO, Virgin Islands Jewelry, NAFTA, correspondence, federal spending, Iran-Libya Hearing, child labor, Burma, and the Middle East.

Anne Ruhle Collett, 1992-1998

Subseries 3: Keisha Hargo, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries is comprised of files primarily concerning appropriations and the environment.

Keisha Hargo, 1992-1998

Subseries 4: Janine Jones, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes briefing files, amendment proposals, as well as speeches on taxes, IRS reform, affirmative action/civil rights, the national budget, campaign finance, taxes, immigration and crime. Also included are briefing files concerning the Congressional Black Caucus.

Topics include: Internet Predator Prevention Act of 1998, local law enforcement, gun legislations, Spousal and Child Immigration Act, Budget for Fiscal Year 1997 and 1998,McCain-Feingold, drunk driving, drugs, black senators, civil rights overseas, strategy files, IRS Reform, Tobacco Tax, Women’s Business Ownership, Amtrak, MacArthur Foundation, and Corporate Welfare.

Janine Jones, 1992-1998

Subseries 5: Steven Collens, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes briefing books, pictures, amendments, reports, meeting summaries, and correspondence related to education, transportation, and telecommunications.

Specific topics include: crumbling schools, school finance issues, Elementary & Secondary Education Act, HBCU, IDEA, Fair Chance Act, Fannie May, school vouchers, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), gender equity, The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), METRA, Amtrak, CTA, Aviation, CMAQ, IDOT.

Steven Collens, 1992-1998

Subseries 6: Joanna Slaney, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes memos, letters, articles, awards, polls, correspondence, amendments, and briefing books.

Topics include: Housing, pensions, labor, abortion, women, and children.

Joanna Slaney, 1992-1998

Subseries 7: Jake Jones, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries is comprised of legislative initiatives, backed constituent requests, the senator’s Welfare bill, floor statements, committee hearings, briefing books, on social security, health, and welfare reform.

Specific topics include: Chicago poverty statistics, Illinois Welfare news, Kids S.A.F.E. Act, child support enforcement, Medicare, HIV/AIDS research, and ovarian cancer research.

Jake Jones, 1992-1998

Subseries 8: Kellie Larkin, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries is made up of letters, banking briefing books, legislative files on government hearings, judicial appointments, and civil rights violations.

Kellie Larkin, 1992-1998

Subseries 9: Legislative correspondents, Henson, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes correspondence on behalf of the Senator by Legislative Correspondent Matthew Henson to members of Congress and federal agency heads, and correspondence on behalf of jurists seeking nominations for federal judicial appointments.

Legislative correspondents, Henson, 1992-1998

Subseries 10: Legislative correspondents, Parikh, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes correspondence on behalf of the Senator by Legislative Correspondent Khushali Parikh. It includes legislative correspondence related to health care, crime, taxes, and welfare, and letters to the AARP.

Topics include AARP, budget resolutions, Parkinson’s disease, and the fertility industry.

Legislative correspondents, Parikh, 1992-1998

Subseries 11: Legislative Director Todd Atkinson, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This series contains correspondence and research files on appropriations, county projects, agriculture, public works, national defense, and the environment handled by Legislative Director Todd Atkinson. Notable in this series are Congressional appropriations reports from FY 1991 to FY 1998 that list Illinois projects.

Legislative Director Todd Atkinson, 1992-1998

Subseries 12: Assistant to Legislative Director, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes letters to major donors and constituents, employee files for interns, and judicial appointment nomination files handled by Elizabeth Freeston, the Assistant to the Legislative Director.

Topics include judicial nominations, Social Security, civil rights, crime, health and welfare, labor, housing, foreign affairs, bankers, deficit reduction, agriculture, and appropriations.

Assistant to Legislative Director, 1992-1998

Series V: Press, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of press clippings mentioning Moseley-Braun, including coverage of her 1998 campaign and the 1992 campaign finance controversy; floor statements by the senator, press releases, copies of a series of regular columns authored by Braun for publication in Illinois newspapers, press releases, and photographs of the Senator with family, friends, celebrities, constituents, politicians, and heads of state such President Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela. Restricted: Box 713 is restricted due to the inclusion of social security and tax information of living persons.

Topics include: Abortion, adoption, affirmative action, AIDS, banking, campaign finance reform, capital punishment, child care, education, labor, civil rights, crime, gun control, higher education, and taxes.

Press, 1992-1998

Series VI: Chief of Staff files, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This series contains administrative files compiled during the tenure of three Chiefs of Staff and an assistant to the Chief of Staff. These files primarily include information on the Senator’s employees and the budgets at the Senator’s offices in Washington, D.C. and Illinois.

Subseries 1: Michael Frazier, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains phone messages left for either the Senator Carol Moseley Braun or her first Chief of Staff Michael Frazier.

Michael Frazier, 1992-1998

Subseries 2: Edith Wilson, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains administrative files for the Senator’s Washington, D.C. and Illinois offices, including budget statements, office reports, job descriptions, employee manuals and speeches prepared for the Senator. Of note are two files from the Federal Election Commission’s audit of Moseley-Braun’s 1992 Senatorial Campaign.

Edith Wilson, 1992-1998

Subseries 3: Bill Mattea, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains administrative files compiled by Chief of Staff Bill Mattea, including office reports, budgets proposals, and memos from Senator Braun regarding staffing decisions. Of note are letters from the Senate's ethics committee regarding allegations of campaign finance misappropriations.

Bill Mattea, 1992-1998

Subseries 4: Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Tina Gislason, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains administrative files compiled by Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Tina Gislason, including letters of recommendation from the Senator, weekly office reports and legislative director reports, and personnel files.

Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Tina Gislason, 1992-1998

Series VII: Grants/Projects, 1992-1998

This series contains correspondence, grant proposals, and information for programs, projects, and grants in the United States and Illinois.

Topics include: housing, health care, youth services, education, academic improvement, economic development, telecommunications, agriculture, commerce, community development, defense, law enforcement. Specific organizations include: Schwab Rehab, Fort Sheridan/McKinney, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Chicago Vietnam Veterans and Family Assistance Program (CVVFAP), The National Congress for Community Economic Development (NCCED), Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), St. Louis Development Corporation, School-To-Work, Development of The Pullman State Historic Site, Safe Havens, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and Women’s Initiatives Network Project (WIN).

Grants/Projects, 1992-1998

Series VIII: Administrative files, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised of expense vouchers, response calls, mail reports, summary reports, expense reports, account files, employee salary history, check stubs, deposit slips, travel documents, phone bills, credit card bills, and equipment and supplies expenses.

Administrative files, 1992-1998

Series IX: Executive assistant files, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This series contains the files of Xzaquoinett Warrick, Jill Zwick, Chona Maglaya, Christie Paskiewicz, and Kaarin Anderson. It is comprised of photographs, phone messages, mail summaries, briefings, scheduling, travel reports, correspondence, memoranda, travel documents, boarding passes, travel itineraries, Carroll Travel Agency, memos, resumes, guest books, copies of letters, greeting cards, and thank you notes.

Executive Assistant files, 1992-1998

Series X: Senatorial campaigns, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

“Senatorial Campaigns” contains files on Carol Moseley-Braun’s first campaign for election to the United States Senate in 1992 and her failed re-election campaign in 1998. Restricted: this series is restricted due to the inclusion of bank account numbers of living persons.

Senatorial campaigns, 1992-1998

Subseries 1: 1992 Election, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains press clippings, expenditure reports, election strategy summaries, and correspondence from Senator Braun's first senatorial election. Of note are files on controversial figures Kgosie Matthews, the Senator’s former fiancé and Senatorial campaign manager, and Ronald Killebrew. Also of note are thank you letters to those who contributed to her 1992 campaign debt fund and copies of their donation checks.

1992 Election, 1992-1998

Subseries 2: 1998 Election, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

Included in this subseries are campaign strategy and expenditure reports, consultant contracts, extensive records of financial campaign contributions, and personal correspondence to Senator Braun following her failed bid for re-election.

1998 Election, 1992-1998

Series XI: Speeches, 1992-1998

Scope and Contents note

This series contains speeches, talking points, and statements written Carol Moseley-Braun for use at public events and in Congress.

Speeches, 1992-1998