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U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives

 Collection
Identifier: USSCHA-01062009-009
Ten series in the Hagel Archives are open for research as of January 2018. They are: Artifacts; Audio Files; Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Committee on Foreign Relations; Grant Files; Photographs; Press, Media, and Speeches; Schedules; Travel Files; and Video Recordings. Please see the Scope and Content Notes under each series record for a description of the materials.

Dates

  • 1923 - 2016

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available at http://libguides.unomaha.edu/library_policies.

Extent

147 Cubic Feet (The following series are contained in 147 cubic foot boxes: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Committee on Foreign Relations; Grant Files; Photographs; Press, Media, and Speeches; Schedules; and Travel Files. Artifacts are stored in a variety of ways and number hundreds of items. Audio Files and Videos are in digital form and accessed online or on an external hard drive.)

Biographical / Historical

Charles Timothy "Chuck" Hagel was born on October 4, 1946 in North Platte, NE. The oldest of four brothers, he graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in Columbus, NE. He joined the U.S. Army and volunteered to go to Vietnam, serving from 1967-1968 in the 9th Infantry Division. He attained the rank of Sergeant. Chuck and his brother Tom were in the same infantry squad and saved each other's lives on separate occasions. He earned numerous military honors and decorations including two Purple Hearts.

Hagel graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1971. He worked for Nebraska Congressman John Y. McCollister in Washington, D.C. and Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. In 1981, President Reagan nominated Hagel to serve as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration where he pushed for increased benefits for Vietnam veterans suffering from Agent Orange. Hagel left that post in 1982.

Hagel co-founded Vanguard Celluar Systems and went on to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Service Organization (USO), Chief Operating Officer of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (G-7 Summit), Deputy Commissioner General of the U.S. for the 1982 World's Fair, President of the Private Sector Council, and President of McCarthy & Company (an Omaha-based investment bank).

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Hagel represented Nebraskans for two terms (1997-2009). He was a member of the committees on Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs; Labor & Human Resources; and Rules & Administration, along with the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Special Committee on Aging (not all concurrently). He was on Foreign Relations and Banking for both terms (1997-2009). He chaired both the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Economic Policy, Export, & Trade Promotion and the Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs subcommittees on International Trade & Finance and Securities & Investment. Hagel also served as the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group.

Following his retirement from the Senate, Hagel served as a Co-Chairman of President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board and as a member of the Secretary of Defense Policy Board and the Department of Energy's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future. He was Chairman of the Atlantic Council and a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of National Governance at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

President Obama nominated Chuck Hagel to succeed Leon Panetta as the U.S. Secretary of Defense on January 7, 2013. He was sworn in on February 27, 2013 as the 24th Secretary of Defense. Hagel left that position in February, 2015, and returned to private life.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Honorable Charles T. Hagel

General

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Status
completed
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Description based on DACS

Repository Details

Part of the UNO Libraries' Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States
402-554-6046