Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
FRASER, Donald MacKay (1924-2019)

FRASER, DONALD MACKAY, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., February 20, 1924; educated in the public schools; graduated from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1944 while in Naval R.O.T.C.; served in the Pacific Theater as a radar officer, 1944-1946; graduated in law from the University of Minnesota in 1948; was admitted to the bar in 1948 and began the practice of law in Minneapolis, Minn.; member of the State senate, 1954-1962; elected as a Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate to the Eighty-eighth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1979); was not a candidate in 1978 for reelection but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate; elected mayor of Minneapolis in 1979 for the two-year term commencing January 1980; reelected to a four-year term in 1981 and 1985; died on June 2, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Hennepin County Library
James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library
Minnetonka, MN
Papers: 1968-1994, 6 boxes.
The collection contains six boxes of documents, newsletters, political ephemera, campaign literature, newspaper clippings, intern manuals, photographs, slides, and audiocassettes primarily regard the political career of Donald M. Fraser as Minneapolis Mayor.


Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1951-1995, 270 cubic feet.
The collection contains chiefly congressional office files of Donald MacKay Fraser. Also included are files on activities in various Minnesota and Minneapolis political and civic organizations, personal papers as mayor of Minneapolis, and campaign files. Photographs and tapes are located in the Audio-Visual Library. A finding aid is available online. Parts of the collection are restricted.

Oral History: 1978. 35 pages (50 minutes).
The interview concerns the service of Donald MacKay Fraser as a state senator and U.S. Congressman.

Papers: Mayoralty Files, 1979-1993, 51 cubic feet.
The files include correspondence, subject files, committee and department files, speeches, and photographs. They focus on management of city government, the development of resources in the city, citizen concerns and complaints, and the mayor's relationships with organizations, companies, and ethnic communities. Finding aids are available in the repository.

Papers: In the Arvonne S. Fraser Papers, 1948-1990, 71 cubic feet.
The collection documents Arvonne Fraser's service as campaign manager for her husband, Donald MacKay Fraser, during his campaign for mayor of Minneapolis and U.S. Representative from Minnesota. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Charles K. Dayton Papers, 1922-1979, 8 cubic feet.
Other authors include Donald MacKay Fraser. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the Arthur Hansen Papers, 1952-1968, 1 cubic foot.
Other authors include Donald MacKay Fraser. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Louis Edward Lerman Papers, ca. 1917-1978, 11 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Donald M. Fraser. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the Minneapolis Armory Files, 1987-1993, 0.4 cubic foot.
These files are located in the Minneapolis Office of the Mayor files. Correspondents include Mayor Donald Fraser and his staff. A container list for the papers is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Organizing Against Pornography Organizational Records, 1975-1990, 3.5 cubic feet.
Other authors include Donald MacKay Fraser. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Howard Yolen Williams Family Papers, ca. 1908-1973, 25 cubic feet and 22 microfilm reels.
Correspondents include Donald M. Fraser. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the David J.Winton Papers, 1929-1973, 46.25 cubic feet.
Other authors include Donald MacKay Fraser. An inventory for the papers is available in the repository and online.

  • Fraser, Donald M. "Human Rights and the United States Foreign Policy: The Congressional Perspective." In Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Congress Policy, edited by Barry M. Rubin and Elizabeth P. Spiro, pp. 95-105. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1979.
  • ___. "The Inert Congressional Watchdog." Africa Today 14 (December 1966): 6-8.
  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Donald M. Fraser, Democratic Representative from Minnesota. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.