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University of Rochester to house archive of Louise Slaughter's Congressional papers

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The university announced Wednesday that the family of Louise and Bob Slaughter will be donating the official Congressional papers of the late Representative Louise Slaughter. (Photo: University of Rochester)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The University of Rochester will soon add to its impressive archive of special collections.

The university announced Wednesday that the family of Louise and Bob Slaughter will be donating the official Congressional papers of the late Representative Louise Slaughter. The collection will be housed at the River Campus Libraries’ Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation.

The same department also holds a copy of the “Farewell Song of Frederick Douglass", a 170-year-old document that was performed last December.

“Rochester was the heart of Louise’s district and she tirelessly represented the people here,” said University President Richard Feldman. “Her legacy in Congress, throughout the state, in Rochester, and across this University was profound and will never be forgotten—it is a distinctive honor for the University to curate and steward her collection. I want to thank the Slaughter family for entrusting us with this wonderful opportunity.”

“The results of her leadership will long remain evident in Rochester, and viewing the breadth of this collection will give students, faculty and the public a sense of the enormous scope of our mother’s accomplishments,” said Robin Slaughter Minerva, on behalf of the family.

The papers include legislative research, introduced and passed bills, speeches, manuscripts, awards and visual media during her 30-year tenure in Congress.

When the collection is brought to the university, university officials said it will have a comprehensive and searchable online guide to the collection to promote access and research, as well as an exhibition looking back at Slaughter's career and legacy.

Slaughter will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls in September.

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