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Record Group 2: Constituent Files

1973-1992 (Congressional Terms: 93-102)
Document Cases: RJL 2/1-15

The constituent files are arranged according to the session dates of Congress; however, they are not separated into subgroups by Congressional terms. Instead, the documents filed under this record group, consist of and are categorized into the following series of records:

Series I: Constituent Case Files*
Series II: Constituent Departmental Files*
Series III: Constituent Form Letter Responses
Series IV: Constituent Issue Files*
Series V: Constituent Congressional Bill Files*
Series VI: Constituent "Thank You" Files
Series VII: Constituent Academy Appointment Files*
Series VIII: Constituent 1992 Election Support Letters

Those topics designated by an asterisk (*) are deemed confidential, containing sensitive material protected by law, and will not be produced unless express consent is given by the subject individual. (See the 1974 FERPA legislation (also called "The Buckley Amendment") re: academic information and CA Civil Code Sections 1798.24-1798.24(b).)

The constituent case files* and constituent departmental files are similar to the constituent issue files* and constituent congressional bill files*, in that all pertain to individual constituent issues brought to the attention of Congressman Lagomarsino, requesting his assistance to resolve the matter.

The constituent case files ("CF") address issues which can be resolved by a governmental agency (i.e., Immigration and Naturalization Service, Social Security Administration, Department of Defense). The constituent departmental files* concern issues which directly affect or involve departmental agencies or organizations such as the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic or Department of Health employees. Both are arranged by the general topics described under CONTENT SCOPE of the Finding Guide. These files may or may not be confidential.

The constituent form letter responses are form letters sent in response to correspondence received by Congressman Lagomarsino's office relating to specific topics, such as the economy, child pornography, Medicare, the Persian Gulf War, Social Security, and terrorism. They are divided into the general topics described under CONTENT SCOPE of the Finding Guide.

Constituent issue files* ("Issue") address matters pertaining to the interest of more than one constituent and are divided by the general topics described under CONTENT SCOPE of the Finding Guide. These files may or may not be confidential.

The constituent congressional bill files* ("Priv.") encompass congressional bills which Congressman Lagomarsino introduced on behalf of constituents, usually concerning immigration issues or Social Security. The files also contain correspondence referring to the particular bill in question. They are divided into the general topics described under CONTENT SCOPE of the Finding Guide. These files are always confidential.

The constituent academy appointment files* contain applications, grade reports, SAT transcripts, and correspondence relating to those high school students in Congressman Lagomarsino's district, who wished to be considered for an Academy appointment to either Westpoint, Annapolis, the U.S. Air Force Academy or the Merchant Marines Maritime Academy. These files are always confidential.

The constituent "thank you" files and constituent 1992 election support letters reflect a personal nature, thanking Congressman Lagomarsino for his assistance on a particular constituent's behalf or relaying assurances for his reelection to Congress. These files are not confidential; however, said information contained herein must be used for statistical research purposes only and names and addresses of constituents are not permitted for re-publication. (See Civil Code Section 1798.24(h).)

For more information about the Robert J. Lagomarsino Collection Federal papers, please contact University Archivist, Evelyn Taylor.