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Pat Gagliardi papers

Identifier: MSS-060

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents Pat Gagliardi’s political career in the Michigan House of Representatives. The collection includes, but is not limited to, newspaper clippings, brochures, correspondence, petitions, laws, bills, personal notes, grant applications, blue prints, maps, reports and studies, meeting minutes, and photographs. The collection is only partially processed and currently arranged into one record series: Project Files. Among the most significant subjects of interest to the researcher are Gagliardi’s work with the Department of Mental Health, including the controversial closing of the Newberry, Coldwater, and Muskegon mental health facilities. Other significant issues include the Alger County Underwater Shipwreck Preserve, the Curtis Library Restoration, and the DeTour Reef Lighthouse.

Other important records include project and information files for the counties in Gagliardi's district (Luce, Mackinaw, Chippewa, and Schoolcraft counties). News Releases, Newsletters, Legislation, and General Issues.


Michigan Manual, Lansing, Michigan: 1982-1996.

Who’s Who in American Politics, New York, NY, Bowker: 1st ed. 1967.


  • 1981 - 1998


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Pat Gagliardi papers, MSS-060, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical Note

Patrick (Pat) M. Gagliardi was born in Bay City, Michigan, on December 14, 1950. He graduated from Midland High School and went on to receive his B.A. degree from Lake Superior State University in 1974.

Gagliardi was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives as a Democrat in November 1982. He represented district 107, which included most of the eastern Upper Peninsula, until 1998. These counties included Alger, Chippewa, Emmet, Luce, Mackinac, and Schoolcraft. Gagliardi was involved with a number of environmental issues throughout his time in office. He strove to save lighthouses and to preserve the underwater history of the great lakes. Gagliardi was also an advocate of libraries and museums and played a big part in the controversial closing of the mental health facilities in Newberry, Coldwater, and Muskegon, Michigan.

Gagliardi served on many House committees during his tenure. These committees included Colleges and Universities (1983-1984), Conservation and Environment (1983-1986), Economic Development and Energy (1983-1984), Senior Citizens and Retirement (1983-1986), Tourists and Recreation (1983-86), Agriculture and Forestry (1985-1986; 1991-1994), Education (1985-1986), Appropriations (1987-1988), House Oversight and Ethics (Chair for 1989-1994; Minority vice chair for 1995-1996), Joint Statutory Standing (1991-1992), Legislative Council (1989-1996), Forestry and Minerals (1991-1992), Joint Capital Restoration (1991-1996), Michigan Capital (1991-1992), Constitution and Women’s Issues (1989-1990), House Majority Floor Leader (1995-1998).


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This collection is processed.

Series I: Project Files, 1983-1998 This record series is divided into two sub-series: Upper Peninsula Projects and Lower Peninsula Projects. The folders are arranged alphabetically and items are arranged chronologically within folders. Records include correspondence between Gagliardi and various public officials active in each project. The series also contains newspaper clippings, brochures, petitions, proposals, grant applications, and copies of proposed legislation related to the projects.

Pat Gagliardi papers
Corinne DeAugustine and Marcus C. Robyns
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


This collection guide includes collections from member organizations of UPLINK (the Upper Peninsula Digital Network) as well as the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. UPLINK collections document the history of the Upper Peninsula broadly, while the Central UP & NMU Archives focuses on such topics as Northern Michigan University history, the local iron mining industry, and the politics, economics, religion, environment, and culture of the Central Upper Peninsula region.

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