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HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge’s papers donated to Ohio State

Papers will become part of the Ohio Public Policy Archives

U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia L. Fudge has donated her official congressional papers to The Ohio State University. Fudge represented the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2008 to 2021. She was confirmed March 10 as the 18th HUD secretary. 

“Secretary Fudge’s decades of work to protect and uplift the most vulnerable among us, advance social justice and expand opportunity exemplifies our university’s motto: ‘Education for Citizenship,’” said President Kristina M. Johnson. “She is a true inspiration to her fellow Buckeyes and to the next generation of civic leaders; our entire Ohio State family is honored to be entrusted with the important record of her legacy of public service and civic activism.”

The Fudge collection includes materials related to the secretary’s terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, including legislative files, correspondence, speeches, audiovisual materials and artifacts. 

Fudge earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Ohio State and law degree from the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall School of Law. She is a past national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a member of its Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter.

During her time in Congress, Fudge focused on legislation related to voter protection, equitable access to quality public education, child nutrition programs and access to healthy food, and civil and human rights. Before serving in Congress, Fudge served in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and was elected the first African American and first female mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. 

Fudge’s papers will become part of the Ohio Public Policy Archives (OPPA), a special collection of the Ohio State University Libraries. OPPA compiles, preserves and makes accessible the unique historical materials documenting the immediate and long-term impact of Ohio members of the U.S. Congress. 

The Fudge collection will be open to students, faculty and the general public for research five years following the secretary’s departure from public office and after the papers have been sorted and arranged by archivists. 

For further information, contact Carly Dearborn, Public Policy Archivist, at 614-247-1605 or dearborn.8@osu.edu.

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