When the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library established its Hawaii Congressional Papers Collection in the mid 1990s, Sen. Hiram L. Fong was the second to donate his papers. In August 1998, over 1000 boxes, crates and trunks of documents, photographs, videos, and memorabilia at the senator's home were loaded on three trucks and delivered to UH for inventorying, fumigation and preliminary processing. Along with the papers, Sen. Fong also provided generous financial support towards their preservation and processing.
The bulk of the papers cover the years that Sen. Fong served in Congress, from August 1959 to January 1977. Included in the collection are series of Washington office files, Hawaii office files, Post Office and Civil Service Committee (POCS) materials, campaign memorabilia, photographs, and political souvenirs. Also in the papers are a few professional and personal materials from his pre-Congressional life such as Harvard Law School notes.
Approximately 80 boxes of books accompanied Sen. Fong's papers, several dedicated to him for his important work on Senate committees such as the Post Office and Civil Service Committee. A few of the books were kept with the congressional collection but the majority were added to the library collections of UH Manoa. A gift book plate was designed for these incorporating the senator's noted signature.
An exhibit honoring Sen. Fong as a 2002 UH Founders' Lifetime Achievement Awardee was on display in Hamilton Library from June to mid-October 2003. An online version of that exhibit can be seen here.
The papers were processed in 2003 and are available to researchers by appointment (808/956-6172). Please consult the full Finding Aid (in PDF) for detailed listings.