MOYNIHAN, Daniel Patrick (1927-2003)

MOYNIHAN, DANIEL PATRICK, a Senator from New York; born in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla., March 16, 1927; attended the public and parochial schools of New York City; attended City College of New York 1943; graduated, Tufts University, Medford, Mass., 1948; received graduate and law degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 1949, 1961, 1968; studied as a Fulbright fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science 1950-1951; served in the United States Navy 1944-1947; Navy reserve 1947-1966; assistant and secretary to New York Governor W. Averell Harriman 1955-1958; member, New York State Tenure Commission 1959-1960; director, Syracuse University's New York State Government Research Project 1959-1961; director, Joint Center for Urban Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University 1966-1969; author; held cabinet or sub-cabinet positions under Presidents John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford 1961-1976; Ambassador to India 1973-1975; United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations 1975-1976; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1976; reelected in 1982, 1988, and 1994 and served from January 3, 1977, to January 3, 2001; was not a candidate for reelection in 2000; chairman, Committee on the Environment and Public Works (One Hundred Second and One Hundred Third Congresses); Committee on Finance (One Hundred Third Congress); awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 9, 2000; professor at Syracuse University's Maxwell School 2001; senior scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 2001-2003; died of complications from a ruptured appendix on March 26, 2003; interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 3 audiotapes (1974-1978) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company Collection, 1945-1981.


Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: 13 pages. Interview as part of series on Ethnic influences and American foreign policy.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: Correspondence in William J. McGill papers, 1929-1979; and James Gutmann papers, 1966-1976.


Harvard University
Law School Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: Correspondence in Robert E. Keeton papers, 1962-1977; and Sheldon and Eleanor T. Glueck papers, 1911-1972. Finding aid.


Radcliffe College
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Angela R. Parisi papers, 1940-1961. Finding aid.


Library of Congress
Manuscripts Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1786-1978 (bulk 1955-1975). 187.6 linear feet. Personal papers including correspondence, journals, speeches, writings, reports, memoranda, notes, research material, subject files, appointment books, press releases, printed material, clippings, and photographs documenting his pre-senate career, chiefly 1955-1977, as adviser to New York Gov. W. Averell Harriman; U.S. Dept. of Labor official; presidential adviser to Richard M. Nixon, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson; U.S. representative to the United Nations and ambassador to India; professor of urban politics and education at Harvard University; and director of the Joint Center for Urban Studies at Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Finding aid. Also senatorial papers, 1977-2001, including microfilm of constituent correspondence.
Additional correspondence in the Louise Bates Ames papers, 1915-1989 (bulk 1950-1975); William J. Brennan, 1945-1998 (bulk 1956-1990); Reinhold Niebuhr papers, 1907-1994 (bulk 1930-1990); Nathaniel Alexander Owings papers, 1911-1983 (bulk 1960-1980); Norman Podhoretz papers, 1951-1982; Alice M. Rivlin papers, 1964-1988; Bayard Rustin papers, 1942-1987 (bulk 1963-1980); and William Safire papers, 1953-1980 (bulk 1960-1973).


Political Commercial Archive
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK
Papers: 1976,1982,1988, and 1994. 3.75 inches. 31 senatorial campaign commercials.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: Correspondence in the Edwin M. Yoder papers, 1945-1998.

  • Andelic, Patrick. "Daniel Patrick Moynihan, The 1976 New York Senate Race, and the Struggle to Define American Liberalism'' The Historical Journal 57:4 (December 2014): 1111-1133.
  • Glazer, Nathan, and Daniel P. Moynihan. Beyond the Melting Pot: The Negroes, Puerto Ricans, Jews, Italians, and Irish of New York City. 1963. Reprint. Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 1970.
  • ___. "Why Ethnicity?'' Commentary 58 (October 1974): 33-39.
  • ___, eds. Ethnicity: Theory and Experience. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1975.
  • Katzmann, Robert A., ed. Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Intellectual in Public Life. Washington, D.C.: The Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1998.
  • Moynihan, Daniel P. Came the Revolution: Argument in the Reagan Era. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988.
  • ___. Coping: On the Practice of Government. 1973. Reprint. New York: Vantage Books, 1975.
  • ___. Counting Our Blessings: Reflections on the Future of America. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1980.
  • ___. Family and Nation: The Godkin Lectures, Harvard University. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986.
  • ___. On the Law of Nations. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990.
  • ___. Loyalties. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984.
  • ___. Maximum Feasible Misunderstanding: Community Action in the War on Poverty. New York: Free Press, 1969.
  • ___. Pandaemonium: Ethnicity in International Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • ___. The Politics of a Guaranteed Income: The Nixon Administration and the Family Assistance Plan. New York: Random House, 1973.
  • ___. Secrecy: The American Experience. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.
  • ___. "The Social Responsibility of Business.'' In Business and Society and Change, pp. 7-25. New York: American Telephone & Telegraph Co., 1975.
  • ___, with Suzanne Weaver. A Dangerous Place. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1978.
  • ___, ed. On Understanding Poverty: Perspectives from the Social Sciences. New York: Basic Books, 1969.
  • ___, ed. Toward a National Urban Policy. New York: Basic Books, 1970.
  • Patterson, James T. Freedom Is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America's Struggle over Black Family Life from LBJ to Obama. New York: Basic Books, 2010.
  • Troy, Gil. Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Weiner, Greg. American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2015.
  • Weisman, Steven R., ed. Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters of an American Visionary. New York: PublicAffairs, 2010.