Contents and Arrangement

Marcia Aronoff Administrative Files, 1878-1993

88 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The majority of Aronoff's files relate to Bradley's first and second terms in Congress as she served as Administrative Assistant. Aronoff was the driving force in Bradley's office, wielding a great deal of influence with Bradley and the staff. Her files reflect the diversity of Bradley's interest as well as providing a glimpse at the national picture during those years.

Aronoff's files are divided into three sections: Topical, People and Memoranda. The first is an alphabetical run of Aronoff's office files. These were kept by Aronoff and demonstrate a level of control over the daily operation of Bradley's office.

The emphasis of this collection is focused in areas such as energy and finance. Bradley topics such as strategic petroleum reserve, natural gas, water rights and fair tax are prominent. Additionally, New Jersey specific concerns are represented.

The topical files contain information on every issue the Bradley staff, especially Aronoff herself, dealt with until 1991. Aronoff worked on legislation dealing with abortion, which is reflected, in this collection. Aronoff's position required her to be involved with a wide range of topics that occurred in Congress during this time period. Information was passed on from legislative assistants to Aronoff before heading to Bradley's desk. Aronoff was a source of stability in the Bradley office until her departure in 1991.


Files are arranged alphabetically; the order in which files came to Princeton has been maintained.

Collection History


During the first round of processing, from 1999-2001, each file was reviewed and the following record types were discarded: newspaper and magazine clippings without markings; widely-available publications from the federal government, senate, lobbying groups, and political action committees; copies of bills and senate resolutions, unless marked; position papers; empty envelopes; copies and duplicates of materials already in the collection; empty files; and congressional record statements or introductions to amendments and bills.

Processing Information

This collection was processed from 1997-2000 by project archivist Kristen Turner, special collections assistant Stacey Peeples, and Meghan Glass '01, and in 2012 by Maureen Callahan.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Series 5: Administrative Records is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Marcia Aronoff Administrative Files; Bill Bradley Papers, MC200, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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