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Glenn Lee English, Jr. Collection

Identifier: CAC-CC-017
The bulk of the English Collection covers his Congressional career, 1975-1994. This includes records generated in or received by the Washington, D.C. and district offices by the Congressman and his staff. Broadly, these records include correspondence with constituents, other members of Congress and Senators, Presidents, Executive Office staff, Cabinet members and Federal agency staff, celebrities, business leaders, and foreign officials. The collection documents the primary functions of English's office, namely policymaking and legislative activities, constituent and public relations, and campaigns and other political activities. Included are drafts of legislation, bill markups, Federal government and Congressional Committee reports, Dear Colleague letters, Democratic caucus material, voting records, briefing books, travel itinerary, speeches, press releases, Congressional Research Service reports, invitations to social functions, constituent issue mail, and photographs. Each Record Series will have a more detailed scope and content note.


  • 1975-1994

Conditions Governing Access:

Certain series of this collection are stored off-site and require prior notice to access. If you wish to view these materials, please contact the Congressional Archives staff to arrange an appointment.

The following series are stored off-site: Clippings and Invitations.

Access to audiovisual 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.


289.08 Linear Feet (238 containers)

Biographical Information:

Glenn Lee English, Jr. was born in Cordell, Oklahoma, a small rural community in southwestern part of the state, on November 30, 1940. English attended Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Oklahoma and received a double degree in Business and Economics in1964. Congressman English is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn English, Sr., of Cordell. English and his wife, Jan, have a son, John Lee, and a daughter, Tyler Janene. From 1965 through 1971, Congressman English served in the U.S. Army Reserves, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Before his election to Congress, he gained first-hand experience in the legislative process through eight years of staff work with the California State Assembly, the U.S. House of Representative, and as the director of the Oklahoma State Democratic Party. Before his campaign for election, he returned to Cordell to work as a petroleum landman, helping others to promote the development of oil and gas properties. English represented Oklahoma's 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1994. During his time in the House, English sat on the Agriculture and Government Operations Committees. He also served as the chairman of the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. English was a major contributor to the 1986 Omnibus Drug bill. He became "dean" of the eight-member Oklahoma congressional delegation in January, 1987. In late 1993 English decided to resign from his seat in Congress, effective in January 1994. In March 1994 he became vice president and general manager of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

Arrangement of Materials:

The Glenn English Collection is arranged into 15 series: Legislative, Legislative Assistants, Departmental, General, Press, Clippings, Office, Invitations, Campaign, Correspondence, Personal, Maps and Ephemera, Photographs, Audio-Visual, and Oversize. The majority of the collection is organized alphabetically and then topically, with the exception of the Legislative, Photographs, and Audio-Visual series. The Legislative series is organized by congress and committee, the Photographs series is arranged topically, and the Audio-Visual series is arranged chronologically.


Case files were removed from this collection prior to accession.


Accruals and additions: September 13, 1994 (94-2).

2017 Legislative Series Metadata Collection

Lead Processing Archivist: Nathan Gerth

Student Archivist: Amanda Venegas

In August of 2017, Amanda Venegas collected folder level metadata for the first 22 boxes of the legislative series. This information was then merged into the existing finding aid markup and ingested into ARC.
Guide to the Glenn Lee English, Jr. Collection
Finding Aid Authors: Heather M. Bateman, Pabel Cardenas, Nathan Gerth, Kelly Goodson, Andrew Gourd, Arielle Hughes, Sarah Khaleghipour, Robert Lay.

Repository Details

Part of the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections Repository

630 Parrington Oval
Room 202B
Norman Oklahoma 73109 United States