When Connecticut Governor and U.S. Senator Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., generously donated his Congressional papers to the University of Virginia, he suggested adding an oral history project that would involve in-depth interviews with him and others with whom he worked closely. This website combines that oral history with a sampling of the congressional papers collection and other aids for understanding the breadth of Lowell Weicker’s career.
Lowell Weicker began his career as a public servant in 1962 in the Connecticut State House of Representatives. By 1968, he won election as the 4th District Congressman from Connecticut in the United States House of Representatives. After only one term, he successfully ran for the U.S. Senate, where he served for nearly two decades. In 1990, he returned to Connecticut to serve as its 85th Governor.
Based at UVa’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, the collection consists of over 2,000 boxes covering Weicker’s involvement in the Watergate hearings, legislation regarding mental disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act, public health and the AIDS epidemic, transportation, ocean research and protection, and other major 20th-century issues in politics.
The Institute for Public History, under the direction of Phyllis Leffler, began the Weicker Oral History Project in 2009 and completed it in 2011. It includes 17 in-depth interviews that contain biographical, historical, and personal accounts of Weicker and his staffers. The detailed index of the interview transcripts is an excellent place to start if you are interested in a particular topic.