Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
HAYES, Charles Arthur (1918-1997)

HAYES, CHARLES ARTHUR, a Representative from Illinois; born in Cairo, Alexander County, Ill., February 17, 1918; graduated from Sumner High School, Cairo, Ill., 1935; trade unionist, 1938-1983, and served as vice president, United Food and Commercial Workers Union; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-eighth Congress, by special election, August 23, 1983, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Harold Washington; reelected to the Ninety-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from August 23, 1983, to January 3, 1993; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1992 to the One Hundred Third Congress; was a resident of Chicago, Ill., until his death on April 8, 1997.

Chicago Public Library
Archival Collections
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1944-1997, 10 linear feet.
The Charles Hayes Collection has been arranged into three super series: pre-congressional records, congressional records and photographs. The first super series documents aspects of Hayes?s life prior to his congressional campaign and service as a congressman beginning in 1983. The second super series documents Hayes?s run for congressional office in 1983 and his congressional service from 1983 to 1993, and also includes a small amount of materials from his life after his congressional service from 1993 to his death in 1997. The third super series contains over 100 photographs that document aspects of Hayes?s personal life, labor organizing, and congressional campaign and service. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

The HistoryMakers
Chicago, IL
Oral history: 1993, amount unknown.
An oral history interview of Charles Hayes conducted on January 25, 1993. Portions of the video interview are available on the website:

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Audio reels: 1983, 2 commercials on 1 sound tape reel.
The commercials were used during Charles Hayes's campaign for the 1983 special U.S. congressional election in District 1 of Illinois, Democratic Party.

  • "Charles Arthur Hayes" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.