Scope and Contents of Collection
The Rodino Archives held in the Peter W. Rodino Jr. Law Library at Seton Hall University document the Congressman’s career in the U.S. House of Representatives. The collection spans from 1909-2005 with the bulk of material covering Mr. Rodino’s political career serving Newark, New Jersey’s tenth congressional district from 1949-1989. Best known as the man unexpectedly charged with the responsibility of directing an inquiry into the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon, Mr. Rodino was also known as an ardent and effective leader of the people and supporter of the Constitution. As Mr. Rodino was fond of saying in one form or another, “the real security of this nation rests on the integrity of its institutions and the informed confidence of the people…I believe that no principle is more dear to this nation than that ours is a government of laws – and not of men – just laws, fairly enforced." It is not only Mr. Rodino’s words that propagate this message, but also the actions he took and decisions he made throughout his political career, which are documented throughout the collection for future generations.
This broad history is recorded in the papers, scrapbooks, and audio-visual materials, including video, film, audio, and photographs, that constitute the Peter W. Rodino, Jr. Archives.