A Celebration of Archives and History: Acknowledging receipt of the Edward M. Mezvinsky Papers

Oct 02, 2018

October is American Archives Month, a time to celebrate and learn about the importance of documenting and preserving history. In October 2018, the Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives acknowledges the receipt of the Edward M. Mezvinsky Papers. He was a member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings. At 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, the Iowa State University Lectures Program presents Watergate 45 years later: What have we learned? in the Great Hall, Iowa State University Memorial Union, 2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa, 50011.

Des Moines Register Opinion Editor Kathie Obradovich moderates a panel to discuss lessons learned from Watergate and how they apply today. Participants include Pulitzer Prize Winner Nick Kotz; Mr. Edward M. Mezvinsky member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977 for the First Congressional District of Iowa; and Mr. Jonathan Yarowsky, former general counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

The Edward M. Mezvinsky Papers are held in the Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives, 403 Parks Library, 701 Morrill Road, Ames.

As a complement and prologue to the evening program, Dr. Meredith Evans presents Beyond Legacy: Archives and History at 4 p.m. in the Upper Rotunda at Parks Library. Evans’ presentation will focus on the importance of presidential and political papers. She is president of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

Program co-sponsors: Ames Public Library, Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government), Department of History, Department of Political Science, University Library.

Contacts:
Amanda Knief, lectures program, 2582 Memorial Union, 515-294-9935.
M. Monica Gillen, communications specialist, 302 Parks Library, 515-294-1442.

Meredith Evans is a trained archivist, a professional librarian, and a published scholar, with specialties in development of exhibition and record-keeping programs, records management and digital library program initiatives, and reference services in libraries and archives. As director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Dr. Evans administers and directs all aspects including archival, exhibit, public, and education programs. Previously, she served as associate university librarian at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. Evans holds degrees from Clark Atlanta University, North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About Nick Kotz As a reporter for the Washington Post and the Des Moines Register, and in six pathbreaking books, Nick Kotz won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, the National Magazine Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, and eight other renowned prizes. Among his works are exposés of government corruption and studies of national defense, civil rights, social, justice, and labor unions. A Marine Corps veteran, educated at Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics, Kotz and his wife, author Mary Lynn Kotz, live on a cattle farm in Broad Run, Virginia.

Kathie Obradovich has been reporting on government and politics in Iowa for 30 years. As opinion editor for the Des Moines Register, she oversees a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial staff, writes influential editorials and columns and moderates debates, forums and other public events. She has been a regular reporter on Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" and a frequent guest on other state, national and international news programs. She's a lecturer for Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. Obradovich grew up in Ames and is a graduate of Iowa State.

Edward M. Mezvinsky was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1968 and served from 1969 to 1971. Mezvinsky then served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977 for the First Congressional District of Iowa. He was a member of the House Judiciary Committee that recommended the impeachment of President Nixon. President Carter appointed Mezvinsky as U.S. Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 1977, which he held until 1979. Mezvinsky was born in Ames, Iowa.

Jonathan Yarowsky provides strategic counsel and multi-branch advocacy to clients in an array of areas including antitrust, telecommunications policy, intellectual property, and administrative practice and procedure. Mr. Yarowsky also maintains a robust practice in congressional investigations as well as in antitrust representation. He joined WilmerHale after holding a number of senior-level positions in federal government, including Special Counsel to former President Clinton, General Counsel of the House Committee on the Judiciary, and Chief Counsel of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law.

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