STEVENS, Theodore Fulton (Ted) (1923-2010)

STEVENS, THEODORE FULTON (TED), a Senator from Alaska; born in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., November 18, 1923; attended Oregon State College and Montana State College; graduated, University of California, Los Angeles 1947; graduated, Harvard Law School 1950; served in the United States Army Air Corps in the Second World War in China 1943-1946; admitted to the bar in California in 1950, to the District of Columbia bar in 1951, and to the Alaska bar in 1957; practiced law in Fairbanks, Alaska 1953; legislative counsel, Department of Interior, Washington, D.C., 1956; assistant to the Secretary of the Interior 1958; chief counsel, Department of the Interior 1960; returned to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1961 and practiced law; elected to State house of representatives in 1964; reelected in 1966, serving as speaker pro tempore and majority leader; appointed on December 24, 1968, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of E.L. Bartlett, and was subsequently elected in a special election on November 3, 1970, to complete the unexpired term ending January 3, 1973; reelected in 1972, 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996 and 2002, and served from December 24, 1968, to January 3, 2009; Republican whip (1977-1985); president pro tempore (2003-2007); chair, Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (Ninety-fourth Congress), Select Committee on Ethics (Ninety-eighth and Ninety-ninth Congresses), Committee on Rules and Administration (One Hundred Fourth Congress [January 3, 1995-September 12, 1995]); Committee on Governmental Affairs (One Hundred Fourth Congress [September 12, 1995-January 2, 1997]), Committee on Appropriations (One Hundred Fifth and One Hundred Sixth Congresses, One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 20, 2001-June 6, 2001], One Hundred Eighth Congress); Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (One Hundred Ninth Congress); indicted by a federal grand jury on July 29, 2008, for allegedly making false statements on financial disclosure forms; case dismissed on April 7, 2009, at request of government because prosecutors concealed evidence of innocence; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 2008; died in a plane crash on August 9, 2010; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Gerald R. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing papers.

National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC
Papers: 119 entries in National Archives on-line catalog ( including textual, photographic and moving images in collections in Washington DC and Presidential libraries.

Ted Stevens Foundation

Anchorage, AK
Ca. 1968-2009. ca. 5,200 cubic feet and ca. 5000 recordings, films, and video. Documenting the career of Senator Stevens and a few boxes from his time in the U.S. Department of the Interior when the push for statehood was vigorous, 1953-1959, and a few photos from Stevens’ childhood. The collection was deposited via a loan agreement to the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Elmer E. Rasmuson Library in 2009. After the preliminary inventory was completed, the collection was transferred to the Ted Stevens Foundation in 2015. The archival staff is currently engaged in finer processing of the entire collection by topic, and as such, the collection is closed for research. Once the finer processing is complete, the Foundation anticipates opening the collection to research, and to utilize the collection in curriculum development and for other public interest activities. Beginning in 2012, items from the collection were selected for digitization, including press releases, newsletters, and speeches. Documents were selected based on current events, topic significance, and Foundation activities, such as the production of an oral history roundtable, and events centered on the Senator’s work. Some of the major topics include issues that Senator Stevens worked to address, including the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation Fishery Act, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, telemedicine, essential air service, bypass mail, the Denali Commission, Trans-Alaska pipeline, Arctic and climate issues, and the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.

University of Alaska
Fairbanks, AK
Oral History: 1987, 2009, and 2011. Interviews with Stevens, professional colleagues, and employees. Available on-line through the Ted Stevens Papers Project, Project Jukebox.

University of Maryland
Broadcast Pioneers Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 1 audiotape (1973) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

University of Oklahoma
Political Commercial Archive
Norman, OK
Papers: 22 recordings. 1990-2002. Topical index on-line.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983. Finding aid.

Vanderbilt University
Television News Archive
Nashville, TN
Papers: 304 recordings. 1969-2010. Searchable data base index.

  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses and Other Tributes Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States Together with Memorial Services in Honor of Ted Stevens, Late a Senator From Alaska, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2012.
  • U.S. Congress. Tributes Delivered in Congress: Ted Stevens, United States Senator, 1968-. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007.
  • U.S. Congress. Tributes Delivered in Congress: Ted Stevens, United States Senator, 1968-2009. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2010.