Stewart Udall, born to a political family in a Mormon community, served in the United States Air Force and graduated from the University of Arizona with a law degree. In 1954, he began his political career in the House of Representatives before serving on John F. Kennedy’s Cabinet as the Secretary of Interior. After his government service, Stewart Udall continued to contribute to the nations' affairs as an author, historian, scholar, lecturer, environmental activist, lawyer, naturalist, and citizen of the outdoors. The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation recognize and honor the important contributions of both of the Udall brothers.
The collection is predominantly composed of Stewart Lee Udall's professional and public papers. Items of the 84th, 85th, and 86th Congresses are organized into administration and legislation files. Administration includes routine office matters, requests, and correspondence relating to particular problems or issues. Legislation encompasses correspondence arranged by subject, related bills, hearings, clippings, speeches, and background materials. Audio-visual materials, such as interviews, radio shows and public event, as well as twenty-five photographs of President Kennedy at various public functions are also present.