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Cheryl C. Kagan papers

 Collection 0214-MDHC
Cheryl C. Kagan was a delegate (Democrat) to the Maryland General Assembly representing the 17th District of Montgomery County. During her legislative career, Cheryl Kagan made women's rights, consumer protection, education and ethics some of her top priorities, and sponsored bills focusing on election law, emergency care for survivors of rape, health insurance for in-vitro fertilization, privacy, and condominiums. The files consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, press releases, and subject files. This collection is unprocessed, although a preliminary inventory is available.


  • Majority of material found within 1994-2002
  • 1980-2002

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection contains restricted material. Please check the series and folder listings for additional information.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the special collections reading room staff.


14 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Cheryl C. Kagan Papers date from 1980 to 2002, with the bulk of the material dating from 1994 to 2002. The collection consists of memoranda, correspondence, pamphlets, publications, clippings, bills, press releases, and other documents created in the course of Delegate Kagan’s term as a Maryland legislator. There are also a few items of memorabilia. The material in this collection covers such topics as emergency contraception, election law, campaign finance, emergency care for survivors of rape, health insurance for in-vitro fertilization, privacy rights, condominium law, gun control, public health, education, and transportation.

Biographical / Historical

Cheryl C. Kagan was a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly representing the 17th District of Montgomery County as a member of the Democratic Party. She was born in Washington, D.C. in 1961 and attended school in Montgomery County, MD. She graduated from Vassar College in 1981 with an A.B. in political science and attended the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. She served as Director of Development for the National Women's Political Caucus from 1986-1987, Executive Director for Independent Action from 1989-1991, and as Chief of Staff to U. S. Representative John Cox of Illinois from 1991-1992. She was also a lobbyist for Handgun Control, Inc. (now Brady Center to Prevent Handgun Violence) in 1991 and 1993.

Cheryl Kagan was elected to the House of Delegates in 1993 and served from 1994 to 2003. While a member, she sponsored bills focusing on election law, emergency care for survivors of rape, health insurance for in-vitro fertilization, privacy rights, condominium law, and several other issues. While a delegate, she also served as a substitute teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools from 1995-1999.

After her time in the House of Delegates, Cheryl Kagan served as Executive Director of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation through 2007. She also served as a professor at Montgomery College and on the Board of Advisors for the Universities at Shady Grove. She remained active in the Democratic Party and in other civic activities. In 2010 she ran for and lost a District 17 seat in the Maryland Senate against incumbent Jennie M. Forehand.

Notable individuals with whom Delegate Kagan corresponded include General Colin Powell, Maryland Governor Paris Glendenning, Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and Dr. John S. Toll, President of Washington College, later Chancellor of the University System of Maryland.


The Cheryl C. Kagan Papers are arranged into 7 series:
Series 1
Subject Files
Series 2
Local Legislation Files
Series 3
Correspondence Files
Series 4
Casework Files
Series 5
Office Files
Series 6
Series 7

Custodial History

Cheryl C. Kagan donated her papers to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2002.

Processing Information

A box-level inventory and general abstract for the collection was created and kept with the processing file. A preliminary folder-level inventory, abstract and processing plan was created in February 2011 by Allison C. Heinbaugh and Brent G. Dockter. Duplicate material was discarded and metal paper clips, rusty staples, adhesive tapes, and any other unnecessary paraphernalia were removed. Materials were placed into acid-free folders then boxed and labeled for shelving.
Guide to the Cheryl C. Kagan papers
Allison C. Heinbaugh and Brent G. Dockter
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2007-04-15: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, April 2007.
  • 2017-08-04: EAD checked and verified following ArchivesSpace migration by Nancy Harrison Gage
  • 2018-12-13: Finding aid reviewed and minor edits made by Duncan Griffin.
  • 2021-02-16: Full finding aid input to ArchivesSpace and minor revisions made by Marcella Stranieri

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742