Many of the inquiries received by the Hawai‘i Congressional Papers Collection over the years are requests for images–images of Hawai‘i’s members of Congress by themselves, images of them together as a delegation, images of them with VIPs, campaign images, and images of historical events. To better connect researchers with HCPC images, we are happy to share a small collection of images from the Hawai‘i Congressional Papers Collection.
In this collection, you’ll find a few lighthearted images, like the one above, as well as historically significant images, like an image depicting the first official 50-star flag to be flown above the U.S. Capitol. It was flown on July 4, 1960, and was subsequently presented to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).
These images were selected to showcase some of the notable national and international events that our members of Congress took part in–such as the effort to obtain redress for Japanese Americans interned during WWII, the Watergate hearings, and the Iran-Contra Affair hearings–and also to showcase some of Hawai‘i’s political history.
Of course, there are many images that didn’t make it into the digital image collection: hundreds of images of members posing with their Hawai‘i constituents on the steps of the Capitol or in the Senate dining room; photos of birthday parties and staff holiday parties; family photos; images of volunteers vacuuming 1291 Kapi‘olani Blvd. (which would become 1982 Matsunaga campaign headquarters); lots of pineapples and huli huli chicken.
To my mind, these images are no less significant. Altogether, the images in the Congressional collections document this multifaceted work, and the many people–staff, volunteers, family, constituents, fellow lawmakers–who are an integral part of the process.
You can take a look at the digital image collection here.