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J. Dennis Hastert Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-177

Scope and Contents

The J. Dennis Hastert Papers are organized into six series and several sub-series: Committee/Subject Files, House Leadership/Speaker files, Correspondence, Personal/Office files, Press files, and Media.

Committee/Subject Files include various Congressional committees and issues pertinent during Hastert's tenure in office: Agriculture, Drugs, Economy, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Health Care, Housing, Immigration, National Security, Social Security, Telecommunications, and Transportation.  House Leadership/Speaker files include appointments, floor operations, and Republican Conference and Steering Committee issues.  Personal/Office files include special events, travela and Congressional Delegations, Gifts & Memorabilia.  Media includes thousands of photographs and dozens of audio/video holdings.


  • Created: 1882-2012
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1986-2006
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/16/2007


Conditions Governing Access

The J. Dennis Hastert Papers are open to the public for research purposes.  Rights of publication must be secured from Speaker Hastert's designee and are available upon request.

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.


220 boxes

201 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Wheaton College (IL) has been designated to receive the congressional papers of outgoing Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert. For Hastert, the decision to assign his papers to his alma mater was an obvious choice. “Over the years, I have witnessed the work of many Wheaton graduates who serve in all branches of government. They came equipped with the highest caliber education, one that is bent on engaging the world and addressing its needs. My hope is that these papers will help to further this legacy.” Hastert is a 1964 graduate of Wheaton College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics. The longest-serving Republican Speaker in history, he was Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2006. "Wheaton is honored to accept this gift from a statesman as distinguished as our own Dennis Hastert,” said Wheaton College President Dr. Duane Litfin. “These papers will provide an invaluable resource for understanding the legislative process, not only for Wheaton students and faculty, but also for the academic community at large.” The Hastert Papers highlight his nearly 20 years in the House and will provide researchers hundreds of cubic feet of materials detailing the work of Congress and his common sense strategy for enhancing the lives of Americans in Illinois and the United States. Other notable collections within the Wheaton College Archives and Special Collections include those of Malcolm Muggeridge, C. Everett Koop, Senator Dan Coats and others.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Method of Acquisition

Speaker Hastert donated the collection to Wheaton College upon his retirement in 2006, after a 20-year career in the U.S. House of Representatives.

J. Dennis Hastert Papers
Buswell Library Special Collections Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

501 College Ave.
Wheaton IL 60187-5593 USA