Carl A. Hatch Collection


3 volumes
portrait of Carl Hatch
From 1933-1949, Carl Atwood Hatch (1889-1963) served as a United States Senator from New Mexico. A forceful advocate for a federal minimum wage law, anti-racketeering controls, expansion of the national parks, and reciprocal lowering of trade barriers, Hatch also insisted upon cleansing the election process. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections for the Seventy-seventh Congress (1941-1943), Hatch authored and managed the successful adoption of the so-called "Hatch Act." That law curbed the worst abuses of the old patronage system of politics by severely restricting the permissible political activities of employees of the federal government.

 The Hatch Collection consists of three volumes that contain a history of all legislation introduced by the senator. Volume I covers the Seventy-third (1933-1935) through the Seventy-sixth Congress (1939-1941); volume II covers the Seventy-seventh (1941-1943) through the Seventy-ninth Congress (1945-1947); and volume III is devoted entirely to the Eightieth Congress (1947-1949).

 The collection's finding aid lists all entries by bill or resolution number and title. For more information on the archival holdings, please contact the Carl Albert Center.

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