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Harold Samuel Sawyer Congressional papers

Identifier: RHC-01

Collection Description

The papers of Congressman Harold (Hal) Sawyer detail Sawyer's efforts on behalf of his constituency and his leadership in areas of anti-crime legislation, job creation, and the preservation and protection of the Great Lakes. The collection includes files from both his Washington and his Grand Rapids, Michigan offices and document his committee work including his participation on the Select Committee on Assassinations. Collection consists of photographs, surveys, congressional committee papers, sponsored legislation, voting records, office files, form letters, appointment books, election materials, news releases, press clippings, redistricting legislation, case files, contribution card files, posters, and videotapes of campaign ads.


  • 1977-1984


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


Republican Congressman Harold (Hal) Sawyer represented Michigan's Fifth District in the U.S. Congress from 1977 to 1984. The California native served in the Navy during WWII, worked in Grand Rapids law firm Warner, Norcross & Judd, and served on the Michigan Law Revision Commission before his election to Congress. He served on three Congressional Committees: Judiciary, Veterans' Affairs, and Merchant Marine and Fisheries. He also served on the Select Committee on Assassinations investigating the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations. Sawyer retired in 1984 at the end of the 98th Congress. He died in Kent County, Michigan in 2003.


87.0 Linear feet (6 cartons, 385 boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 9 series: 1) Photographs, visual and audio materials; 2) Survey files; 3) Committee files; 4) Legislative files; 5) Subject files; 6) News releases and clippings; 7) Redistricting litigation; 8) Constituent correspondence files; and 9) Artifacts

Technical Restrictions

Access to audio/video may be restricted due to format.

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Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Congressman Harold Sawyer in 1984.
Harold Samuel Sawyer Congressional papers, RHC-01
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States