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Monday, March 7, 2011

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Obey donates papers to Historical Society

Former U.S. Rep. Dave Obey today announced the donation of his congressional papers -- some 1.8 million documents spanning 41 years -- to the Wisconsin Historical Society.

At a press conference at the Historical Society building in Madison, the longtime Wausau Democrat credited his time on the UW-Madison campus for allowing him to interact with both state and national liberal luminaries before entering politics.

"I don't think that could have happened in many places, because Wisconsin has always practiced an open kind of politics," Obey said.

After the 750 boxes are inventoried and cataloged, the archives will be housed at the UW-Stevens Point and will also be available at UW-Marathon County.

"I had intended to be a teacher when I was in college. Life didn't turn out that way, so I was waylaid into a life of sin instead," Obey joked. "Even though I never got around to teaching, perhaps these papers can serve in a small way to teach people about government."

Listen to the press conference.




















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