|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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