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Series V, Subseries A: Washington Office, 1959-1980

Identifier: MC105.05

Subseries Overview

This subseries, by far the largest in the collection, consists of files maintained by Muskie's U.S. Senate office staff in Washington, DC. They are organized by congressional session, and thereunder according to the office filing system in use during that session. File types include case files, correspondence files, legislative files, personal files, political files, press files, project files, resource files, scheduling files and sponsorship/co-sponsorship files.

See fuller description and detailed inventory in subseries-level finding aid.


  • 1959-1980

Access Restrictions

Five categories of materials are restricted in the Muskie papers, all of which are noted in container lists, internal database records and physically on the affected boxes and folders. In many cases, restricted material comprises only a portion of a restricted folder. Researchers may request access to a restricted folder, in which case archives staff may review the folder and provide access to any materials that should not be restricted.

1. Student academic records: Restricted for 75 years from date of creation. Contained in Series I; will be open without restriction in 2011 (box 11) and 2064 (box 13). Information about a particular student may be released to that student.

2. Materials restricted to protect personal privacy: Restricted for 75 years from date of creation. Occurs in Series II, V.A.1, V.A.3-V.A.12, V.B and V.C; will be open without restriction on a rolling basis from 2032-2055. Includes case files, personnel files and items bearing Social Security Numbers. Case files and personnel files may be released to the individuals about whom the files were created, or to others if the individual about whom the file was created is deceased and releasing the file is unlikely to significantly impinge upon the personal privacy of a living individual. Redacted copies of items bearing Social Security Numbers may be released upon request.

3. Confidential Congressional committee reports: Restricted for 50 years from date of creation. Occurs in Series V.C; will be open without restriction around 2018. Reports restricted per consultation with NARA Center for Legislative Archives.

4. Susan Harrigan’s diaries: Restricted per donor agreement; access requires written permission of donor until April 5, 2024 or death of donor. Occurs in Series VI.F and XVII.A.

5. Potentially attorney-client privileged and/or proprietary materials: Closed until further notice. Occurs in Series VII, Boxes 120-141 and several unprocessed boxes of materials received from Jane Muskie’s estate. Includes records from Chadbourne, Parke, Whiteside & Wolf that likely contain attorney-client privileged and/or proprietary information intermingled with non-attorney-client-privileged material documenting Muskie’s professional work from 1980-1996.


From the Collection: 2346 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

General Physical Description note

1121.75 linear feet; 2374 manuscript boxes and 2 index card boxes


Repository Details

Part of the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library Repository

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