Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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BOGGS, Corinne Claiborne (Lindy) (1916-2013)

BOGGS, CORINNE CLAIBORNE (LINDY), (wife of Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr., great-great-grandniece of John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne, great-great-great-grandniece of Nathaniel Herbert Claiborne, great-great-great-grandniece of William Charles Cole Claiborne, great-great-great-great-grandniece of Thomas Claiborne), A Representative from Louisiana; born Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne, on Brunswick Plantation, Pointe Coupee Parish, La., March 13, 1916; graduated from St. Joseph's Academy, New Roads, La., 1931; B.A., Sophie Newcomb College, Tulane University, New Orleans, La., 1935; teacher; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-third Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy pronounced by House Resolution 1, Ninety-third Congress, of the presumed death of Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr., and reelected to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 20, 1973-January 3, 1991); chair, Joint Committee on Bicentennial Arrangements (Ninety-fourth Congress); chair, Commission on the Bicentenary of the United States House of Representatives (Ninety-ninth through One Hundred First Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Second Congress in 1990; United States Ambassador to the Vatican, 1997-2001; died on July 27, 2013, in Chevy Chase, Md.

Tulane University
Louisiana Research Collection
New Orleans, LA
Papers: In the Hale and Lindy Boggs Papers, 1941-2006, 1,569 linear feet.
The collection contains the congressional correspondence, legislative papers, speeches, photographs, selected personal papers and scrapbooks of Hale and Lindy Boggs. The papers in the Lindy Boggs series are arranged into topical sub-series. These include bills, speeches, legislative files, subject files, photographs, AV materials, political reapportionment, special events, public relations, meetings, phone calls, office files, speaking engagements, 1984 World Expo, voting records, scrapbooks and other papers. The ambassadorial and post-ambassadorial series contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, transcripts and photographs of Lindy Boggs? activities as US Ambassador to the Holy See (1997-2001), and papers related to Boggs? activities following the end of her post. Boxes 1 through 9 contain the ambassadorial papers; Box 10 contains Boggs? post-ambassadorial papers. Found in her correspondence are letters from prominent figures in the Catholic Church (including a note from Cardinal Ratzinger, (now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), as well as from various churches and dioceses across Louisiana. Boggs received large volumes of correspondence from friends and family, former constituents, and politicians. Many prominent politicians are featured in the incoming correspondence, including President Clinton; Vice President Al Gore; First Lady Hillary Clinton; Senators Joe Biden, John Breaux, Jesse Helms, Arlen Specter, Patrick Leahy, Dick Lugar and Mary Landrieu; Representatives Bob Livingston and Jim McCrery; Governors George W. Bush and Mike Foster; Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Blanco; Ambassador to the UN and Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson; General Wesley Clark; and Mayor Richard Daley. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the John Chase Papers, 1880-1988, 408 boxes.
Persons represented include Lindy Boggs.

Papers: In the George and Mabel Simmons Papers, 1910-1986, 3 linear feet.
Persons represented include Lindy Boggs.


Lyndon B. Johnson Library
Austin TX
Oral History: Closed.

Louisiana State University
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections
Baton Rouge, LA
Papers: 1974-1978, 6 letters.
The five letters from Lindy Boggs recount her memories of President Lyndon B. Johnson and Speaker of the House John W. McCormack. A short note from Russell B. Long is also included. All six letters are addressed to Jakie Lee Pruett, a principal in Clute, Texas, who requested information on the two statesmen.Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. For those materials not in the public domain, copyright is retained by the descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In the Candidates for Public Office Campaign Materials, 1966-1976, 0.5 linear foot.
Persons represented include Lindy Boggs.

Papers: In the National Organization for Women Records, ca. 1959-2002, 207 linear feet.
Persons represented include Lindy Boggs.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Videocassette: 1984, 11 commericals on 1 videocassette.
The commercials were used during Corinne Morrison Claiborne "Lindy" Boggs' campaign for the 1984 U.S. congressional election in District 2 of Louisiana. Democratic Party.

  • Boggs, Lindy, with Katherine Hatch. Washington Through a Purple Veil: Memoirs of a Southern Woman. New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1994.
  • "Corinne Claiborne (Lindy) Boggs" in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. 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, 2006.
  • Ferrell, Thomas H., and Judith Haydel. "Hale and Lindy Boggs: Louisiana's National Democrats." Louisiana History 35 (Fall 1994): 389-402.