The University of Rochester will be the new home of late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s congressional papers and collection.

Slaughter’s family is donating the document which will be archived and made available at the River Campus Libraries’ Department of Rare Books, Special Collection and Preservation in the coming years. The congresswoman passed away in March of last year at the age of 88.

“Rochester was the heart of Louise’s district and she tirelessly represented the people here,” University President Richard Feldman said. “Her legacy in Congress, throughout the state, in Rochester, and across this University was profound and will never be forgotten—it is a distinctive honor for the University to curate and steward her collection. I want to thank the Slaughter family for entrusting us with this wonderful opportunity.”

The papers include legislative research, introduced and passed bills, speeches, manuscripts, awards and visual media documenting her years of service. The university said it will help students gain a greater understanding of the cultural movement that happened over Slaughter’s 30-year tenure.

“There’s incredible scholarship potential here,” University vice provost Mary Ann Mavrinac said. “Students, faculty, community members, authors, artists, visiting scholars and others across far-ranging areas such as education, political science, public health, and women in government and leadership can draw from her papers to inform their work.”

The congresswoman, among other things, was considered a champion for women’s rights and scientific research. She was also the first female chair of the influential House Rules committee.

UR anticipates the collection will be fully searchable and include a retrospective exhibition about Slaughter’s contributions.