Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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MINETA, Norman Y. (1931-)

MINETA, NORMAN Y., a Representative from California; born in San Jose, Santa Clara County, Calif., November 12, 1931; attended public schools in San Jose, Heart Mountain, Wyo., and Evanston, Ill.; graduated, San Jose High School, San Jose, Calif., 1949; B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1953; insurance business; served in the United States Army, 1953-1956; member of San Jose (Calif.) human relations commission, 1962-1964; member of the board of directors, San Jose (Calif.) housing authority, 1966-1967; San Jose, Calif., city councilman, 1967-1971; vice mayor of San Jose, Calif., 1968-1971; mayor, San Jose, Calif., 1971-1974; delegate to the California State Democratic conventions, 1971-1974; delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1972, 1976, 1980, and 1984; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth Congress and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-October 10, 1995); resigned October 10, 1995; chairman, Committee on Public Works and Transportation (One Hundred Third Congress); Secretary of Commerce in the Cabinet of President William J. Clinton, 2000-2001; Secretary of Transportation in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, 2001-2006.

Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: 1975-1996, approximately 45 linear feet.
This collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, government publications, speeches, newspaper clippings, books, briefings, photographs, video and audio recordings, and meeting notes documenting Congressman Norman Mineta's involvement in the redress movement. Also included are some non-redress materials related to civil rights issues, especially as they pertain to Asian Americans and Americans from the Pacific Islands, as well as materials that document Norman Mineta's campaign activities. Norman Mineta's office staff selected materials to donate to the Japanese American National Museum, therefore, the Museum holds only a part of Mineta's congressional office files. A finding aid is available in the museum and online.


Library of Congress
Asian Division
Washington, DC
Oral History: 2003-2011, .8 linear feet.
The Asian Pacific Americans in Congress oral history collection contains video interviews conducted by the United States Capitol Historical Society. It documents Asian and Pacific Islander service in Congress, discussing work in the House and Senate, as well as significant historical events that shaped those interviewed. In addition to the interview media, the collection includes: interview transcripts, photographs, correspondence, press releases, and research and production files.


San Jose State University
Special Collections and Archives
San Jose, CA
Papers: 1961-2001, 428.75 linear feet.
The Norman Mineta Papers, 1961-2001 (bulk 1975-1995) document the long-term political career of Norman Mineta. This collection consists of Norman Mineta's Legislative Office files and is arranged into six series: Series I. Administrative files, 1967-1995 (bulk 1975-1995); Series II. Awards & Memorabilia, 1971-1996 (bulk 1980-1996); Series III. Commerce files, 1967-1994 (bulk 1977-1994); Series IV. Public Relations & Press files, 1974-2001 (bulk 1980-1994); Series V. Subject files, 1961-1996 (bulk 1977-1995); and Series VI. Transportation files, 1974-1995 (bulk 1982-1995). Note that his district office files have been placed with the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.


University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: ca. 1941-1943, 374 pages.
This diary contains very few entries while Norman Mineta was in the Heart Mountain Relocation Project.

  • Mineta, Norman Y. "Power and Seniority in the House of Representatives: A Californian's View." Four Persistent Issues: Essays on California's Land Ownership Concentration, Water Deficits, Sub-State Regionalism, and Congressional Leadership. Berkeley: Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, 1978.
  • "Norman Y. Mineta" in Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Congress, 1900-2017. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Publishing Office, 2018.