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Two audio cassette recordings of interviews with U.S. Senator John J. Williams (R-Delaware) on August 23, 1983, and September 13, 1983, conducted by Frederick Lauter, former University of Delaware graduate student and former chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Delaware State University. Discussion topics include Senator William's relationship with the press and his involvement investigating the Bureau of Internal Revenue, former name of the Internal Revenue Service, while serving on the Senate Finance Committee during the 1950s, as well as his elections to and general thoughts about the United States Senate.
Box 5, F0131: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0098 manuscript boxes Removals: Shelved in SPEC Media Audiocassettes
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Gift of Mrs. Ruth Lauter, 1990.
Processed and encoded by George Apodaca and Tiffany Saulter, August 2015. Additional encoding by John Caldwell, October 2021.
- University of Delaware Library Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
- Finding Aid Date
- 2015 August 29
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First of two interviews between Frederick Lauter and John J. Williams. Topics covered include Williams' decision to run for the Senate, electoral history, his belief on fiscal responsibility and his shift from being a Democrat to a Republican, and discussions about politics and political trends in Delaware.
First of two interviews between Frederick Lauter and John J. Williams. Topics covered include term limits for senators and public officials, impact of politics on public officials, impressions of the Senate as a body and his feelings working as a senator, importance of business experience and fiscal responsibility in government, reputation that "no one speaks for John Williams except John Williams," school integration, and work on investigations.
Second of two interviews between Frederick Lauter and John J. Williams. Topics covered include Williams' relationship with the press, IRS investigations, working relationships with members of the Senate Finance Committee, and history of investigations.
Second of two interviews between Frederick Lauter and John J. Williams. Topics covered include Williams' investigations and working relationships with other senators on the Finance Committee.