Lawrence Patton McDonald congressional papers, circa 1974-1983

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: McDonald, Lawrence Patton.
Title: Lawrence Patton McDonald congressional papers, circa 1974-1983
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 802
Extent: 211 linear feet (211 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of Georgia Congressman Larry McDonald documenting his service in the House of Representatives from 1974-1983.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Case files are closed to researchers. Many boxes have not been reviewed for personally identifying information or confidential material. Boxes will be reviewed and sensitive information removed prior to use by a patron.

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Gift, 2016


[after identification of item(s)], Lawrence Patton McDonald congressional papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Lawrence Patton McDonald (1935-1983), Representative from Georgia; born in Atlanta, Georgia on April 1, 1935. He was educated in the public elementary schools of Georgia; graduated, Darlington High School, Rome, Ga., 1951; Davidson College, N.C., 1951-1953; M. D., Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga., 1957; postgraduate training in urology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1963-1966. He practiced medicine in Atlanta; served in the United States Navy, 1959-1961; chairman, vice chairman, Georgia State Medical Education Board, 1969-1974. He was elected as a Democrat to the 94th and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1975, until his death, on September 1, 1983. His death was caused by the mid-flight destruction of Korean Air Lines flight 007 by the Soviet military over the Sea of Japan.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the congressional papers of Lawrence Patton McDonald from 1975-1983. The papers include correspondence, bill files, field office files, press files, schedules, federal department files, and casework documenting McDonald's activities while serving in the 94th-98th Congresses.

Arrangement Note

Organized into six series: (1) Constituent services, (2) Legislative, (3) Office administration, (4) Press, (5) Personal/Political, and (6) Subject files.

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