Special Conference

Women Transforming Congress: 
Gender Analyses of Institutional Life

April 13-15, 2000

Assistant Director Cindy Simon Rosenthal has organized an impressive gathering of current and former congresswomen, scholars, and graduate students for this event, including a keynote address by former congresswoman Susan Molinari (R-N.Y., 1990-1997). Other current and former congresswomen who have agreed to participate in the conference include Barbara Kennelly (D-Conn., 1982-1999) who is currently Social Security Commissioner; Patsy Mink (D-Hawaii, 1965-1977, 1990 - present); and Cardiss Collins (D-Ill.,1973-1997).  Details regarding the program schedule, registration, lodging, and scholarships can be found on the web page at

The Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series

University of Oklahoma Press
1005 Asp. Avenue, Norman, OK 73019
Telephone: 800-627-7377

Volume 1
The Politics of Education: Conflict and Consensus on Capitol Hill
by John Brademas

Volume 2
Congress and the Income Tax
by Barber B. Conable, Jr
Volume 3
Cobblestone Leadership: Majority Rule, Minority Power 
by James MacGregor Burns

Volume 4
The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century
by Samuel P. Huntington

Volume 5
The End of the Republican Era
by Theodore J. Lowi

Volume 6
Senators on the Campaign Trail: The Politics of Representation
by Richard F. Fenno, Jr.

Volume 7
The Clinton Presidency: Risk, Restoration, and Reelection
by Charles O. Jones

Volume 8 (forthcoming)
Three Lectures on Democracy
by Seymour Martin Lipset

Attention, Researchers!

The Carl Albert Center offers for $5.00 A Guide to the Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives (1995). This 114-page guide describes the papers of Speaker Carl Albert, Congresswoman Helen Gahagan Douglas, Senator Robert S. Kerr, and Senator Fred Harris, as well as those of more than 45 other former members of the U. S. Congress. These twentieth-century collections document many topics, including congressional history, national and Oklahoma politics, election campaigns, agriculture, the environment, and the economy.

~ Two subject guides are available for free ~

Archival Resources on the Great Depression at the Carl Albert Center (1997) is a 34-page pamphlet describing archival holdings from the 1930s. Topics covered include drought relief, soil conservation, banking, public works projects, Prohibition, and veterans' bonus legislation.

The 30-page Native Americans and Public Policy: A Guide to Resources at the Carl Albert Center (1996) details the way that the Center's archival collections document shifts in government policy during the twentieth century. Scholars can use these materials to study land issues, claims, tribal activities, federal jurisdiction, health, education, and economic development.

To obtain these guides

Contact the Congressional Archives, Carl Albert Center, 630 Parrington Oval, Room 101, Norman, OK 73019; telephone (405) 325-6372; fax (405) 325-6419; e-mail For A Guide to the Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives, send a $5.00 check or money order to the above address.

Visiting Scholars Program

The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma seeks applicants for its Visiting Scholars Program, which provides financial assistance to researchers working at the Center's archives. Awards of $500-$1000 are normally granted as reimbursement for travel and lodging. 

The Center's holdings include the papers of many former members of Congress, such as Speaker Carl Albert, Robert S. Kerr, and Fred Harris of Oklahoma, Helen Gahagan Douglas and Jeffery Cohelan of California, and Neil Gallagher of New Jersey. Besides the history of Congress, congressional leadership, national and Oklahoma politics, and election campaigns, the collections also document government policy affecting agriculture, Native Americans, energy, foreign affairs, the environment, and the economy. Topics that can be studied include the Great Depression, flood control, soil conservation, and tribal affairs. At least one collection provides insight on women in American politics. Most materials date from the 1920s to the 1970s, although there is one nineteenth century collection.  

The Visiting Scholars Program is open to any applicant, with preference given to post-doctoral research in history, political science, and other fields. Graduate students conducting research for publication, thesis, or dissertation are also encouraged to apply. 

Each proposal is evaluated upon its own merits, and funding for a variety of topics is expected. Applications are accepted at any time. To obtain more information about the holdings of the archives, or to apply for a visiting scholar grant, please contact: 

Archivist, Carl Albert Center
630 Parrington Oval
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019.
Telephone: (405)325-6372
FAX: (405)325-6419. 
World Wide Web:

A Dual Perspective on Congress

The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma offers a unique five-year Ph.D. program in the study of American government focusing on the Congress and representative government. 

Fellows spend the first three years of the program on campus completing their Ph.D. course work and preparing for their general examinations. They participate in a rigorous academic program and receive academic support from the Center's three full-time faculty members as well as from the other professors in the Political Science Department. Additional opportunities and resources available to Fellows while on campus include: 

  • Frequent opportunities for collaborative research with faculty members;
  • Regular teaching seminars that enable Fellows to serve as Graduate Teaching Assistants and, during the second year on campus, to teach their own undergraduate political science courses;
  • Participation in special guest lectures and seminars with leading congressional scholars and members of Congress;
  • Access to the Center's archival collection which includes the papers of more than fifty former House and Senate members;
  • Access to the Department of Communication's political commercial archives, one of the largest in the world.
Fellows also have the opportunity to receive advanced methodological training by attending the ICPSR's Summer Training Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research at the University of Michigan after the first or second year of the program. 

Upon successful completion of their course work, Fellows spend a year on Capitol Hill as American Political Science Association Congressional Fellows. They generally serve as legislative assistants to members of Congress and divide their time in Washington between the House and the Senate. The year in Washington provides Fellows with an unparalleled opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the Congress, pursue their dissertation research, conduct interviews with members of Congress and congressional staff members, and meet other political scientists who study the Congress. Additionally, Fellows are able to take a trip to a Member's congressional district and to participate in a week-long exchange with Canadian Parliament interns in Ottawa. 

Fellows return to the University campus for the fifth and final year of the program, during which they receive financial and academic support as they write their doctoral dissertations. 

In addition to covering the full tuition and fees of its Graduate Fellows, the Carl Albert Center provides a substantial monthly stipend, a book allowance, travel for research and professional meeting participation, and other support. The goal of the Center is to alleviate, as much as possible, the financial burdens of graduate study to enable students to devote their time and energy to academic excellence. The total value of a five-year fellowship is more than $125,000. 

For information and application materials:
Gary W. Copeland, Associate Director
Carl Albert Center
630 Parrington Oval, Room 101
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019.
Telephone: (405) 325-6372. 
Web Page:


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