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Dave McCurdy Collection

Identifier: CAC-CC-035
The McCurdy Collection is 66 linear feet plus audio-visual and oversized materials. The collection includes materials related to a variety of topics prominent during McCurdy’s service in Congress, but the strengths of collection are found in the topics that McCurdy engaged with—particularly foreign policy and politics in Central America, defense appropriations and growth, and transportation industry issues. The materials include correspondence, background material, memos, notes, speeches, clippings, publications, and copies of bills. The Chief of Staff and Carl Wood Addition series demonstrate how staffers in McCurdy’s office functioned and provide interesting insight into congressional offices. The Audio-Visual materials are rather extensive and showcase McCurdy’s appearances on news broadcasts and talk shows. The Photographs series, with over 1,500 images, includes not only professional photographs, but many photos taken by McCurdy himself or a staffer—including some which document McCurdy’s trips to El Salvador and the Soviet Union.


  • 1981-1996

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Conditions Governing Access:

Access to audiovisual and digital materials is by appointment only, due to the technical requirements to view this media.

Conditions Governing Use:

The University of Oklahoma asserts no claim of copyright over photographs in this collection taken by private citizens. Any publication of such photographs requires the consent of the copyright holder.


91.88 Linear Feet (89 containers)

Biographical Information:

Dave McCurdy was born in Canadian, Texas on March 30, 1950. He received a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Oklahoma and was a Rotary graduate fellow in international economics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 1975 McCurdy was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar and served as Oklahoma state assistant attorney general from 1975 to 1977. He attained the rank of major in the United States Air Force Reserve.

In 1980, as a Democrat, McCurdy was elected Oklahoma's Fourth District representative to the Ninety-seventh Congress, and retained his seat throughout the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1981-January 3, 1995). He was a member of the Armed Services Committee and Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and was Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He was also active in the Coalition for a Democratic Majority, Task Force on Foreign Policy and Defense, Army Caucus, Sunbelt Caucus, Mainstream Forum, House Rural Health Coalition, and was national vice-chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council. In 1994 he was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate.

Following his unsuccessful Senate race, McCurdy founded a consulting and investment firm and began a career as an industry lobbyist. He has served as president and CEO of the Electronic Industries Alliance, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and the American Gas Association. McCurdy has been a member of the Secretary of Defense's Policy Board since 2008 and is chairman of the board of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

Arrangement of Materials:

The McCurdy is arranged into 12 series: Legislative, Chief of Staff, Correspondence, Press and Clippings, Office, Carl Wood Addition, Audio-visual Materials, Memorabilia, Oversize Materials, Maps, Photographs, and Digital Materials. Most of the materials within each series are chronologically, except for the Legislative, Chief of Staff, and Carl Wood Addition series which are organized alphabetically. The Chief of Staff series has maintained original order of the files.

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Accruals and additions: January 31-February 28, 1995 (95-1).
Guide to the Dave McCurdy Collection
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Revision Statements

  • Summer 2018: The Summer 2018 revision of the finding aid applied continuous numbering to the photographs series. Reprocessing of the series was completed by undergraduate student Maya Bhandary.
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Repository Details

Part of the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections Repository

630 Parrington Oval
Room 202B
Norman Oklahoma 73109 United States