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A Guide to the J. Herbert Burke Papers

Finding aid created by John R. Nemmers. Collection arranged by Gary Beemer and Sean McCormick.

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2007


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Burke, J. Herbert, 1913-1993
Title: J. Herbert Burke Papers
Dates: 1966-1996
Abstract: Correspondence, biographical information, speeches, campaign materials, legislative papers, and photographs of Representative J. Herbert Burke of Florida.
Extent: 5.5 Linear feet. 14 boxes.
Identification: Ms 207
Language(s): English
Access: Researchers should consult with Special Collections staff before using the collection because there are access restrictions. See the Access note for more information.
Online Content Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

J. Herbert Burke was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 14, 1913. He attended Northwestern University and earned a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1940. He served in the Army during World War II, from 1942 to 1945, and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals. He was discharged at the rank of captain and returned to Chicago to practice law for four years. Burke moved to Hollywood, Florida in 1949. In 1952, he was elected to the Broward County Commission, and went on to serve four terms.

In 1955 he was defeated in a campaign for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1966, he was elected to his first term in the House. Burke served on the House Committee on International Relations, the Committee on House Administration, and the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. In 1975, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations. In 1978, after 11 years in the House, Burke lost his reelection bid a few months after he was arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct in the parking lot of a nightclub in Dania, FL. Following his defeat, he retired to Falls Church, Virginia, and Fern Park, Florida. He died on June 16, 1993.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, biographical information, press releases, speeches, campaign materials, legislative papers, and photographs of Representative J. Herbert Burke of Florida. The Burke Papers, spanning 1966-1996, document his activities as a legislator in the U.S. House, including his campaign efforts, his committee service, and the management of his office. Unlike most political collections, the Burke Papers contain a very small amount of correspondence and materials pertaining to legislation. The collection does include a number of Burke's newsletters, covering his congressional activities, as well as his voting and attendance records. The speeches and campaign files document his views on a variety of political issues during his tenure in the House.

The majority of the photographs in the collection were taken by congressional photographers, although there are a few personal photographs. The photos primarily show Burke meeting with other politicians, members of the Florida delegation, foreign dignitaries, and various people and groups from Florida. There are several photos taken during committee trips and hearings, both in the U.S. and in foreign countries.

The collection also includes a small group of the papers and writings of Lois Blackburn, Burke's administrative assistant. The majority of these papers were written in the 1990s, around the time of Burke's death. These materials (Box 14) currently are closed to public access due to privacy concerns.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The J. Herbert Burke Papers are open for research with one exception: The papers of Lois Blackburn (Box 14) are closed due to privacy concerns. Researchers seeking access to these materials should consult with the curator of the PK Yonge Library of Florida History or the head of the Manuscripts and Archives unit.


Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], J. Herbert Burke Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

Correspondence, Biographical Information and News Releases


Box
1 Biographical File. 1989-1993
1 Comment from Congressman J. Herbert Burke (newsletter). 1977-1978
1 General Correspondence. 1974-1978
1 General Correspondence. 1974-1978
1 General Correspondence. 1974-1978
1 Invitations. 1976
1 Press Releases. 1975-1977


Speeches


Box
2 Capitalism - Hollywood Chamber. 1968 June 8
2 Israel - Zionist Organization of America - Broward. Not dated
2 Luncheon for Burke supporters. 1968 June 4
2 Miscellaneous speeches. 1968
2 Miscellaneous speeches. 1969
2 Miscellaneous speeches. 1970
2 Miscellaneous speeches. 1970
2 Pursuit of Happiness - Legislation and the Handicapped. 1968 October 11


Committees


Box
3 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. 1976-1978
3 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. 1976-1978
3 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. 1976-1978
3 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. 1978
3 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. 1978
3 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. 1978
4 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. 1978
4 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control - Burke trip itinerary, Germany. 1978
4 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control - Demand for reduction/prevention. 1978
4 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control - Drug abuse in the U.S. military. 1978
4 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control - Drug trafficking in the Southeast U.S. 1978
4 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control - "Fact finding" mission to France, Germany, Greece, Egypt. 1976 November
4 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control - LEAA funds in Broward County. 1978
4 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control - Methadone diversion hearings. 1978 May 5
4 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control - Seizure reports. 1977
4 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control - Southwest border inspection. 1977
5 House Administration Committee - Fair campaign practices. 1971-1975
5 House Administration Committee - Universal Voter Registration Act. 1976-1977
5 House Administration Committee. 1977 February-April
5 House Administration Committee. 1977 May
5 House Administration Committee. 1977 June-July
5 House Administration Committee. 1977 October-November
6 House Administration Committee. 1977 January-December
6 House Administration Committee. 1976 November-December
6 House Administration Committee. 1978 March-July
6 House Administration Committee. 1978 August-October
6 House Administration Committee - Miscellaneous office documents. 1977-1978
6 House Administration Committee - Records of expenses. 1977-1978
6 House Administration Committee - Regulations and accounting procedures. 1977-1978
6 House Administration Committee - Subcommittee and information on accounts - telephone bills unpaid. 1978
6 Committee on International Relations. 1975-1978


Legislative Files


Box
7 Congressional Record. 1968-1970
7 Mercury poisoning - Notes - Briefing. 1970
7 Personal Voting Record for 95th Congress. 1977-1978
7 Personal Voting Record for 95th Congress. 1977-1978
7 Record of Attendance. 1967-1978
7 Roll Call Subject Guide. 1973


Office Files


Box
8 Office organization and operation. 1978
8 Office organization and operation. 1978
8 Office organization and records. 1976-1978
8 Office organization and records. 1976-1978
8 Office organization and records. 1976-1978
8 Office organization - includes staff memos. 1977-1978


Campaign Files


Box
9 1968 campaign correspondence. 1968
9 1968 campaign correspondence. 1968
9 1974 campaign - contributions, volunteers, dinners. 1974
9 1974 campaign - campaigning and voter precincts. 1974
9 1976 campaign preparation - American Conservative Union. 1976
9 1976 campaign preparation - Americans for Constitutional Action. 1976
9 1976 campaign preparation - Condominiums. 1976
9 1976 campaign preparation - Environment. 1976
9 1976 campaign preparation - Federal money. 1976
9 1976 campaign preparation - Israel. 1976
9 1976 campaign preparation - Miscellaneous. 1976
9 1976 campaign preparation - Primary. 1976
9 1976 campaign preparation - Right to work. 1976
10 1978 campaign - Poll Results. 1978
10 1978 campaign - Poll Results. 1978
10 Campaign literature. 1970-1978


Photographs


Box
11 Broward Minutemen at Capitol. 1976 March 4
11 Burke and International Relations Committee with Moshe Dayan. 1978 February 16
11 Burke and others with Asian group. Not dated
11 Burke as parade grand marshal. 1976 May 1
11 Burke at 90th Division Army Honor Plaque Ceremony. 1976 May 18
11 Burke at an international meeting (United Nations?), possibly in London. Not dated
11 Burke at breakfast with Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Richard Holbrooke. 1978 August 1
11 Burke at Centennial Safe Opening. 1976 July 5
11 Burke at Foreign Affairs Committee. Not dated
11 Burke at International Relations study mission to the Middle East. 1978 January 17
11 Burke at luncheon at ROB. 1975 June 11
11 Burke at reception by Subcommittee on Africa in honor of Ambassador of Somalia. 1974 January 29
11 Burke at swearing in at United Nations. 1975 August 22
11 Burke at US-ASEAN ministerial meeting. 1978 August 3
11 Burke at Veterans of Foreign Wars. Not dated
11 Burke being sworn in by Carl Albert and Hale Boggs. Not dated
11 Burke headshots. 1977 November 9
11 Burke headshots and posing in office. 1974-1976
11 Burke in China. 1978 July, and not dated
11 Burke in front of bookcase. 1976 August
11 Burke in Hawaii. 1976 May
11 Burke in his office with Disabled American Veterans members. 1973 April
11 Burke in Peru on South America trip. 1977 August
11 Burke on banks of Jordan River. 1978 January 10
11 Burke on Capitol steps. 1976 August
11 Burke on Capitol steps with American-Israeli Public Affairs Comm. 1975 April 9
11 Burke on Capitol steps with Bomzer family. 1978 April 18
11 Burke on Capitol steps with Dade Christian School. 1977 May 25
11 Burke on Capitol steps with Driftwood Middle School (Hollywood). 1978 April 20
11 Burke on Capitol steps with miscellaneous school groups.
11 Burke on Capital steps with Perry Middle School (Miramar). 1978 April 20
11 Burke on Capitol steps with Pine Crest School. 1977 March 8
11 Burke on Capitol steps with Pines Middle School. 1977 May 19
11 Burke on Capitol steps with Plantation Middle School. 1975 April 30
11 Burke on Capitol steps with various school groups.
11 Burke on Capitol steps with William Call. 1975 July 29
11 Burke on International Relations Comm. Study mission to Middle East. 1978 January
11 Burke posing in front of Capitol. 1974 April 10
11 Burke posing in front of Capitol - transparencies and slides. Not dated
11 Burke posing with daughter Kelly on Capitol steps and at various locations in D.C. 1966
11 Burke receiving American Conservative Union statesman award. 1977 May
11 Burke receiving "Coalition for Peace Through Strength" plaque from John M. Fisher and John Singlaub. 1978 August 8
11 Burke receiving "Guardian of Small Business" award from Fred Williford of NFIB. Not dated
11 Burke receiving questionnaires at his desk. Not dated
11 Burke receiving Watchdog of Treasury Award. 1976 September
12 Burke speaking at Fort Lauderdale Chamber Rally (includes Lawton Chiles and others). Not dated
12 Burke speaking at podium on 4th of July. 1968 July 4
12 Burke studio portrait by Harris and Ewing. 1973
12 Burke touring Bendix Corp. plant in Ft. Lauderdale. 1978 March 27
12 Burke with Ambassador John N. Irwin II in Paris. 1974 May
12 Burke with AMVETS Citation. Not dated
12 Burke with Anthony Adolino. 1978 May 3
12 Burke with Anwar Sadat. 1978 September 19
12 Burke with Anwar Sadat. 1975 June 21
12 Burke with Anwar Sadat. 1977 April 5
12 Burke with Ben Gilman (NY). 1978 January
12 Burke with Beverly Yourman. 1973 December 13
12 Burke with Bill Duke. Not dated
12 Burke with Bob Danner and Dick Ringold. 1976 May 18
12 Burke with Bob Hope. 1978 May 25
12 Burke with Bob Kramer, Cherie Ide, Betty McKeigh and Carol Dexter in district office. 1978 March
12 Burke with Broward County Commissioners. Not dated
12 Burke with Carl Albert, William McKelvy and Rabbi and Mrs. David Shapiro. 1975 May 13
12 Burke with Christopher Dodd at Jerusalem Hilton. 1978 January 17
12 Burke with Claude Pepper and others. 1976
12 Burke with Code of Federal Regulations as they appeared in 1938, 1958 and 1978. 1978 July
12 Burke with Congressmen Rosenthal, Zablocki and Addabbo. 1977 August
12 Burke with Cyrus Vance, Secretary of State. 1977 February 10
12 Burke with Debra Ploch, Maid of Cotton. Not dated
12 Burke with Diane Gregory. Not dated
12 Burke with Diane Gregory and Charlene Kaynor. 1972
12 Burke with Diane Morse. 1978 May 3
12 Burke with Dr. Garrett FitzGerald, Irish Foreign Minister. 1977 March 17
12 Burke with Dr. John D. Chase, US Veterans Administration. Not dated
12 Burke with Dr. Saltzman and family. Not dated
12 Burke with E. de la Garza (Texas) and Takeo Fukuda, Prime Minister of Japan. 1978 May 2
12 Burke with Family. Not dated
12 Burke with Florida Associated Builders and Contractors. 1977 April 5
12 Burke with Florida Association of Life Underwriters. 1977 March 9
12 Burke with Francois Xavier Ortoli, President of the European Communities. 1974 March 19
12 Burke with Fred W. Sonnenberg, Paul J. Yohman, Donald K. Kusiak and Mike Walker discussing veterans issues. 1978 March 6
12 Burke with Golda Meir. Not dated
12 Burke with H.E. Takeo Fukuda, Prime Minister of Japan. 1977 March 21
12 Burke with Habib Bourguiba, President of Tunisia, in Tunisia. 1978 January 3
12 Burke with Hollywood Mayor David Keating and H.R. Crawford, Asst. Secty of HUD (re: Crystal Lake Garden Housing). 1975 March 20
12 Burke with Irish Prime Minister John M. Lynch and the International Relations Committee. 1978 January 19
12 Burke with Israeli Chief of Staff Mordechai Gur. 1975 April 4
12 Burke with Jim Forrestal (or Foristel). 1973 March
12 Burke with John B. Martin. Not dated
12 Burke with John Byrne, Bill Maillard, and Frank Bow. 1972
12 Burke with John Rhodes. 1976 August 4
12 Burke with John Wolfe, Secretary DOT. Not dated
12 Burke with King Hussein of Jordan. 1974 March 13 and Not dated
12 Burke with King Hussein of Jordan. 1978 January 10
12 Burke with Lester Wolff and Menachem Begin. 1978 March 21
12 Burke with Liberty Bell. 1976 May 11
12 Burke with Mayor Weinkle and J.W. Moffitt, Jr. Not dated
12 Burke with McGovern, Percy, Glenn, Javits and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. 1977 March 8
12 Burke with Menachem Begin. 1977 July 20
12 Burke with Menachem Begin. 1978 September 19
12 Burke with Moyshe Dayan. 1977 September 20
12 Burke with National Association of Retired Federal Employees award (NARFE). Not dated
12 Burke with Olusegun Obasanjo, Lester Wolff, Clement Zablocki, Maj. General Martin and Tennyson Guyer. 1977 October 12
12 Burke with others at a fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Club. 1978 February 15
12 Burke with Paul Rogers, Joe Nells, Lester Wolff at South Florida Narcotics hearing. 1978 June
12 Burke with Pearl Bailey, United Nations. 1975 November 19
12 Burke with President Gerald Ford at White House. 1974 August
12 Burke with President Gerald Ford and girls. Not dated
12 Burke with President Gerald Ford. 1975 January
13 Burke with President Jimmy Carter. 1977 July 28
13 Burke with President Jimmy Carter and Clement Zablocki. 1976 November 23
13 Burke with President Lamizana. 1973
13 Burke with Prime Minister James Callaghan of Britain. 1977 March 10
13 Burke with Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada. 1977 February 22
13 Burke with Prince Al-Saud. 1977 May 25
13 Burke with Robert M. Ball, Social Security Commissioner. 1970 September 23
13 Burke with Richard Roudebush, Veterans Affairs. Not dated
13 Burke with Robert Sikes and Mrs. Sikes. Not dated
13 Burke with Robert White and Robert Zippin. 1978 March 21
13 Burke with Ronald Reagan. Not dated
13 Burke with Sayed Marei, Speaker of the People's Assembly of Egypt. 1978 June 20
13 Burke with Shirley N. Pettis (Calif.). 1977 July 20
13 Burke with Simcha Dinitz, Israeli Ambassador. 1977 September 20
13 Burke with Spiro T. Agnew. Not dated
13 Burke with staff. 1973
13 Burke with students from Orange Brook Elementary. 1978 May 3
13 Burke with students on Capitol steps. Not dated
13 Burke with summer intern, Pari Forood. 1978 July
13 Burke with Teng Hsiao-ping, Senior Vice Premier of China. 1978 July
13 Burke with Tip O'Neill. 1977 July 20
13 Burke with Tip O'Neill, Jim Wright and Rabbi Moshe E. Bomzer and family. 1978 April 18
13 Burke with wife, Evelyn, and daughter, Kelly. Not dated
13 Burke with William Simon, Federal Energy Administrator. 1974 March 15
13 Burke with Yigal Allon. 1977 October 18
13 Burke with Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel. 1977 March 8
13 Campaign trailer with signs. 1972
13 Card showing Burke in front of Capitol. Not dated
13 Davie Fire Station. Not dated
13 District office staff at West Lake. 1978 March 31
13 Family members. 1978
13 Florida delegation and veterans groups. Not dated
13 Florida delegation with Florida Bankers Association. 1976 February 10
13 Ford, Gerald - signing Public Safety Officers Benefit Act. 1976 September 29
13 Ford, Gerald - taken during Ford's visit with Pres. Sadat and Burke to Jacksonville. 1975 November 2
13 Fort Lauderdale Federal Building. Not dated
13 Fundraiser - Committee to Re-Elect J.H. Burke. 1978 February 15
13 Holland, Spessard. Not dated
13 Legionnaire luncheon with Florida delegation. 1975 March 4
13 Mayor Beam in New York City. 1977 May 21
13 Miscellaneous unidentified photos. Not dated
13 Negatives of Congressional photos. 1973
13 Negatives of Congressional photos. 1976-1977
13 Photocopies of photos of Burke playing football as a young man. Not dated
13 Plaques, awards and framed items belonging to Burke (photos of). Not dated
13 POWs (Prisoners of War). Not dated
13 Sadat, Anwar - with International Relations Committee study mission to Middle East. 1978 January 7
13 Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control hearings in Hawaii. 1978 June 30
13 Travel photos. 1977-1982
13 Washington office staff. 1977 December


Lois Blackburn Papers (Restricted Access)

The papers of Lois Blackburn (Box 14) are closed due to privacy concerns. Researchers seeking access to these materials should consult with the curator of the PK Yonge Library of Florida History or the head of the Manuscripts and Archives unit.


Box
14 Biographical, C.V.'s and resumes. 1974-1996
14 Art. Not dated
14 Autobiography. 1988-1993
14 Correspondence. 1993-1994
14 Writings (Reflections - Past). 1993
14 Miscellaneous notebooks and journals.


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Politicians -- Florida.
United States. Congress -- Florida delegation.
United States. Congress. House.



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