Member of the New York State Assembly (1965-1967), the New York State Senate (1967-1978) and represented the South Bronx in the U.S. House of Representatives (1978-1990). He was the first New York-born Puerto Rican to serve in the U.S. Congress. This collection documents Roberts Garcia’s work in Congress as a New York Representative of the South Bronx. The papers chronicle his work on the Post Office and Civil Service Committee, the Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and his legislative work on issues of interest, such as immigration reform, bilingual education and teen pregnancy. The collection also contains administrative files from Garcia’s Bronx and Washington offices, some personal and biographical information, records pertaining to his reelection campaigns, public relations materials and subject files. Materials are largely textual, comprised of correspondence, memoranda, speeches, statements, financial and legal documents, congressional bills, minutes, agendas, clippings, publications and ephemera. The collection also includes photographs, artifacts, audio and video recordings.
Finding aid for the Robert Garcia Papers