Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
STOKES, Louis (1925-2015)

STOKES, LOUIS, a Representative from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, February 23, 1925; educated at Cleveland College of Western Reserve University, 1946-1948; J.D., Cleveland Marshall Law School, 1953; served in the United States Army, 1943-1946; admitted to the bar in 1953 and commenced practice in Cleveland, Ohio; lecturer and writer for universities and bar associations; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-first and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1969-January 3, 1999); chair, Select Committee on Assassinations (Ninety-fifth Congress); chair, Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (Ninety-seventh, Ninety-eighth and One Hundred Second Congresses); chair, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (One Hundredth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Sixth Congress in 1998; died on August 18, 2015; lay in state in Cleveland City Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, August 24, 2015; interment in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.

Western Reserve Historical Society
Cleveland, Ohio
Papers: Dates and amount unknown.
Congressional papers of Louis Stokes.

Papers: In the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Cleveland Branch Records, ca. 1924-1967, 27.5 linear feet.
Persons represented include Louis Stokes.

Papers: In the Carl Stokes Papers, 1957-1972, 104.51 linear feet.
The papers include material relating to Carl Stokes's brother, Louis Stokes.

Exhibit: A virtual exhibit titled, "Carl & Louis Stokes: From the Projects to Politics,": http://www.stokescleveland.org/.

The HistoryMakers
Chicago, IL
Oral History: 2007, amount unknown.
An oral history interview of Louis Stokes conducted on February 7, 2007.


Howard University
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Washington, DC
Oral History: In the Ralph J. Bunche Oral History Collection, 1973, 17 pages.
An interview with Louis Stokes by Edward Thompson III on March 14, 1973. In the interview, Louis Stokes discusses his reasons for entering politics, as well as the Congressional Black Caucus, including its origin and goals, and divisions within the group. Also discussed is Louis Stokes's relationship to President Nixon's Administration, the Black National Political Convention in Indiana (1972), and Black support of Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.


Kent State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
Kent, OH
Papers: In the Hazel Collister Hutchison and Clark Livensparger Papers, 1920-1984, 9 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Louis Stokes.


University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the Sierra Club National Legislative Office Records, 1960 - on-going, 200 linear feet.
Persons represented include Louis Stokes.


Yale University Library
Special Collections, Divinity Library
New Haven, CT
Papers:: In the Washington Office on Africa, Addendum B Records, ca. 1970-1996, 35 linear feet.
Persons represented include Louis Stokes.

  • Fenno, Richard F. Going Home: Black Representatives and Their Constituents. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
  • "Louis Stokes" 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.
  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Louis Stokes, Democratic Representative from Ohio. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.
  • Stokes, Louis, with David Chanoff. The Gentleman from Ohio. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2016.