Senator H. John Heinz III Archives
Carnegie Mellon University

[Portrait Photo of Senator John Heinz, 1988]The Senator H. John Heinz III Archives at the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries contain the congressional papers of the late Pennsylvanian John Heinz (1938-1991), a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1971-1976) and the U.S. Senate (1977-1991).

By using the Heinz Electronic Library Interactive Online System (HELIOS), you can search, browse and view nearly 800,000 images from the Heinz Congressional Papers. HELIOS continues to dramatically transform the Heinz Archives' services by providing researchers with state-of-the-art electronic access to archival source material. Not only does HELIOS make archival information instantly available to users across the globe, but it offers advanced information retrieval capabilities that will significantly enhance their research activities.

John Heinz entered the arena of national politics in 1971 when he won a special election to fill the unexpired term of U.S. Representative Robert Corbett of Pennsylvania's 18th District. Heinz easily won re-election in 1972 and again in 1974. The Heinz House of Representatives Papers (54.9 linear feet), which focus on local and regional issues of importance to Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania as well as his committee service, are available for research use.

Upon the retirement of Hugh Scott from the U.S. Senate in 1976, John Heinz successfully won the vacated U.S. Senate seat. He was re-elected in 1982 and 1988 by impressive margins and served until his untimely death on April 4, 1991. The Heinz Senate Papers (670.6 linear feet) document his work on national issues, such as health care, retirement, international trade and finance, and the environment. Most of the papers are legislative materials generated and collected by the Senator, his legislative assistants and legislative directors. The Senate papers also contain committee files, VIP correspondence, regional and statewide grants/projects, press files, campaign material, party/political leadership files, scheduling files, office administration files, voting/attendance records, constituent service records and state office files.

The collection also comprises audio-visual material, memorabilia and photographs documenting Heinz's activities over the course of his representation in Congress. Access to this material is provided in the Guide to the Special Materials in the Heinz Archives. Patrons are welcome to consult the special materials in the Senator H. John Heinz III Archives.

For more information about the Senator H. John Heinz III Archives, the HELIOS project, or for an appointment to consult the Heinz Congressional Papers, please contact: Jennie Benford, University/Heinz Archivist,, 412/268-7402.

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