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Biographical Writings on Patsy T. Mink

Originally compiled and published in slightly different form by the Congresswoman Patsy T. Mink Commission, a Hawaii state commission whose members included a Library of Congress representative. At the end of its term in December 2009, the Commission authorized the transfer of some of its Web site content from the Hawaii Department of Accounting and General Services to the Library of Congress and other entities.

Congressional Sources

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present (“Patsy T. Mink” entry) This official Web site provides biographical information on past and present Members of Congress.  Each entry also includes a list of relevant manuscript collections held in public repositories and a short bibliography of works by or about the member.

Women in Congress, 1917-2006 (“Patsy T. Mink” entry) This Web site, based on the 2006 book Women in Congress, 1917–2006, contains biographical profiles of former women members of Congress, links to information about current women members, historical essays, and images. The printed volume was prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History and Preservation, Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives (Washington: Government Printing Office, 2006).  The companion Web site is maintained by the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives.  Click on the link to Member Profiles and search for Patsy Mink in the list of members.

Memorial Addresses and Other Tributes Held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States Together with Memorial Services in Honor of Patsy T. Mink, Late a Representative from Hawaii: One Hundred Seventh Congress, Second Session. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Government Printing Office, 2003.


Following Congresswoman Mink’s death on September 28, 2002, numerous print and online obituaries and articles of appreciation appeared.  Here are links to a few of them:

“Hawai’i, Nation Lose a Powerful Voice.” External link Honolulu Advertiser, September 29, 2002.

“In Memoriam: Education Advocate Dies.” [Obituary]. Black Issues in Higher Education v. 19 no. 18 (October 24 2002), p. 6.

“Mink Remembered for Her Resolve, Integrity.” External link By Dan Nakaso. Honolulu Advertiser, September 29, 2002.

“Mink’s Death Leaves Title IX Without Its Champion.” External link By Peggy Simpson. Women’s eNews, December 20, 2002.

“Mink, Patsy T.” [Obituary]. Current Biography v. 64 no. 1 (January 2003) p. 95.

“Patsy Mink: 1927-2002: The U.S. Representative, Famed for Her Liberal Voice and Her Work on Title IX, Dies of Pneumonia at 74.” The Star Bulletin, September 29, 2002.

“Patsy Mink: A True Champion of the People.” External link [Editorial]. Honolulu Advertiser, September 29, 2002.

“Patsy Mink, Veteran Hawaii Congresswoman, Dies at 74.” External link By Elissa Gootman. New York Times, September 30, 2002.

“Patsy Takemoto Mink, 1927-2002: A Photo Retrospective.” External link Honolulu Advertiser, September 29, 2002.

“Remembering the Mother of Title IX.” External link By Mechelle Voepel., December 27, 2002.

“Tributes to Patsy Mink.” External link National Organization for Women Web Site, undated.

Other Publications (may be available electronically through subscription services)

A to Z of American Women Leaders and Activists. By Donna Hightower-Langston. Facts on File, 2002.

American Political Women. Contemporary and Historical Profiles. By Esther Stineman. Littleton, Co.: Libraries Unlimited, 1980.

American Women Managers and Administrators. A Selective Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Leaders in Business, Education, and Government. By Judith A. Leavitt. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1985.

The Asian American Almanac. A Reference Work on Asians in the United States. Detroit: Gale Research, 1995.

Baker, Christina Looper, and Christina Baker Kline. The Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk About Living Feminism. New York: Bantam Books, 1996.

Contemporary Heroes and Heroines, Book IV. Gale Group, 2000.

Davidson, Sue. A Heart in Politics: Jeannette Rankin and Patsy T. Mink. Seattle: Seal Press, 1994.

Encyclopedia of Women in American Politics. Edited by Jeffrey D. Schultz and Laura van Assendelft. The American Political Landscape Series. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1999.

Encyclopedia of Women's History in America. Second edition. By Kathryn Cullen-DuPont. New York: Facts On File, 2000.

Encyclopedia of World Biography Supplement. Vol. 18. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998.

Korematsu, F. “A Tribute to Patsy Takemoto Mink.” Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal v. 6 no. 1 (Winter 2005), p. 223-9.

Matsuda, Mari J., ed. Called from Within: Early Women Lawyers of Hawaii. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1992.

Neuman, Nancy M., ed. True to Ourselves: A Celebration of Women Making a Difference. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1998. Includes a chapter titled, “Change in Plans, Patsy T. Mink.”

Notable Asian Americans. Detroit: Gale Research, 1995.

Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives. Edited by Kenneth T. Jackson, Karen Markoe, and Arnold Markoe. Vol. 6: 2000-2002. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004.

Sinott, Susan. Extraordinary Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Rev. ed. New York: Children’s Press, c2003.

Who's Who in America. 38th-57th editions. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1974-2003.

Who's Who in American Politics. 4th-17th editions. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1973-2000.

Who's Who of American Women. 2nd-22nd editions. Wilmette, IL and New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who, 1961-2000.

Who's Who Among Asian Americans. 1994-1995 edition. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994.

Women in Public Office: A Biographical Directory and Statistical Analysis. Second edition. Compiled by Center for the American Woman and Politics. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1978.


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