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Former Rep. Stallings' Papers Available to Researchers

Researchers now have access to the congressional papers of former Congressman Richard H. Stallings, D-Idaho, in the Special Collections Department in the Eli M. Oboler Library at Idaho State University.

Stallings' congressional papers were donated to Idaho State University in 1992 with the understanding that the collection would remain closed until 2008.

The former history professor at Ricks College – now BYU-Idaho – in Rexburg was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho's 2nd Congressional District in 1984, defeating Republican incumbent George Hansen.

Stallings was re-elected in 1986, 1988, and 1990. During that time he served on the House Agriculture Committee; the Science, Space and Technology Committee; and the Select Committee on Aging.

The collection includes legislative files, correspondence and constituent casework from his Washington office as well as his regional offices in Idaho. In 2006, Stallings donated additional material to the collection, including publications, memorabilia and papers from his service as United States Nuclear Waste Negotiator.

"The collection is a true asset to ISU and to researchers," said Karen Kearns, head of Special Collections and Archives. "We are honored that Representative Stallings decided to place it in our care."

In 2006, Tara Rowe, a close friend of Stallings and an ISU presidential intern, launched the effort to arrange and describe the collection in anticipation of the 2008 opening to the public. Through the efforts of Rowe, professor emeritus and former associate University librarian for collection development Leonard Hitchcock, and student assistant Ann Alston, the collection is now open and ready for researchers.

A searchable database of much of the collection's contents is available in the Eli M. Oboler Library's Special Collections Department.