University of Rochester to receive congressional collection of Louise Slaughter

May 15, 2019

Credit University of Rochester

The University of Rochester will receive the official congressional collection of the late Rep. Louise Slaughter.

Slaughter served as a member of Congress for the Rochester region from 1987 until her death in 2018.

UR officials say that the collection of papers will document Slaughter’s leadership and work for the public good. They include legislative research, introduced and passed bills, speeches, manuscripts and visual media. The university says this collection will also serve as an important tool for scholars, students and the community.

“Serving as a member of the United States House of Representatives was the highest privilege and honor of our mother’s life, and we are delighted that the University of Rochester will be the steward for the official records, documents and memorabilia associated with her entire Congressional career,” Robin Slaughter Minerva said on behalf of the family.

“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 University of Rochester also anticipates creating a full searchable online guide to the collection to promote access and research.