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Senator Paul Simon Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Personal and Pre-Congress

Campaigns

U. S. House of Representatives

U. S. Senate

Post-Senate Career

Photographs

Audio/Visual Materials

Scrapbooks

Artifacts

Printed


Senator Paul Simon Papers, 1928-2003 | Political Papers

By Walter D. Ray

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Collection Overview

Title: Senator Paul Simon Papers, 1928-2003Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1984-2003

ID: 4/1/PP05

Primary Creator: Simon, Paul, (1928-2003)

Extent: 1286.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The papers are arranged in nine series: 1) Personal papers and Pre-Congressional Career, 2) Campaigns, 3) U. S. House of Representatives, 4) U. S. Senate, 5) Post-Senate Career, 6) Photographs, 7) Audio/Visual materials, 8) Artifacts, 9) Printed material.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1996. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Elections--Illinois--History., Illinois--Politics and government., Illinois. General Assembly. Senate., Illinois. Office of Lieutenant Governor., Political campaigns--Illinois--History., Simon, Paul, 1928-2003., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale--Paul Simon Public Policy Institute., United States. Congress--Constituent communication., United States. Congress. House., United States. Congress. Senate., United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations., United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Labor and Human Resources., United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary., United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Indian Affairs.

Forms of Material: Artifacts., Audiocassettes., Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence., Manuscripts for publication., Newsletters., Photographs., Scrapbooks., Speeches, addresses, etc., Video recordings., Writings.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Paul Simon papers consist of materials primarily from Simon's Senate (1985-1997) and post-Senate (1997-2003) career.  There are some thirty feet of personal papers, including typescripts of many of the books he authored, three feet of material from his time as Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 51 record cartons from his service in the U. S. House of Representatives, and 115 record cartons from his political campaigns.  The Senate material includes some 320 record cartons related to Simon's legislative activities, including his service on the Foreign Relations Committee, the Select Committee on Indian Affairs, the Judiciary Committee, and Labor and Human Resources Committee.  There are also press files and office files.  Constituent correspondence was sampled in Washington before being sent to SIUC.  The material from his post-Senate career as director of the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (later renamed the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute) includes subject files, research and publication files, and correspondence.  There are several linear feet of photographs spanning his career, as well as audio/visual materials and artifacts.  Simon's career is also documented by twenty large scrapbooks.  There is some 100 cubic feet of framed art, awards and plaques and other memorabilia.

Biographical Note

Journalist and Democratic politician from Illinois, Paul M. Simon was born on November 29, 1928 in Eugene Oregon to Martin and Ruth Simon.  He graduated from Eugene High School and attended Dana College in Nebraska.  He left Dana at age 19 to take over as publisher and editor of the failing weekly Troy Tribune newspaper in Troy, Illinois.  He would eventually own several small papers in Illinois.  As editor of the Troy Tribune, Simon made a name for himself by exposing illegal gambling operations in Madison County, Illinois.  After serving in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1951-1953, Simon ran for state representative from the Illinois 53rd district, becoming the youngest legislator in the state at age 25.  While in the General Assembly he met his future wife, Jeanne Hurley, a representative from Winnetka, Illinois.  They were married in 1960 and had two children, Sheila and Martin.  In 1964, Paul was elected state senator from the 53rd district.  In 1969 he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Illinois.  He won even though his Democratic running mate lost.  In 1972 he lost the Democratic primary for governor.  From 1972 to 1974 he taught at Sagamon State University in Springfield, Illinois and one semester at the John F. Kennedy Public Policy Institute at Harvard.  In 1974 he moved to Carbondale, Illinois and sought and won the U. S. congressional seat of the retiring Kenneth J. Gray.  After serving in the U. S. House of Representative for ten years, he upset incumbent Senator Charles Percy to enter the U.S. Senate.  In 1987-1988 he ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination.  He retired from the Senate in 1997.  In 1997 he founded a Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, which he headed until his death on December 8, 2003.

Subject/Index Terms

Elections--Illinois--History.
Illinois--Politics and government.
Illinois. General Assembly. Senate.
Illinois. Office of Lieutenant Governor.
Political campaigns--Illinois--History.
Simon, Paul, 1928-2003.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale--Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.
United States. Congress--Constituent communication.
United States. Congress. House.
United States. Congress. Senate.
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations.
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary.
United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Indian Affairs.

Administrative Information

Repository: Political Papers

Accruals: The first shipment of materials to SIU, with materials from the 1988 presidential campaign, apparently came in 1989.  The Deed of Gift was signed in 1996.  The bulk of the materials arrived in 1997 following Simon's retirement from the Senate.  More material came in 2003-2009 from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU, the Simon family, former staffers Allen Cissell and Nancy Chen, and longtime Simon friends Alfred Balk and Kappy Scates.

Alternate Extent Statement: 1200 boxes

Access Restrictions: Some restrictions apply, please consult archivist.  Use copies have not been made for all of the audiovisual series at this time.  Researchers must contact repository in advance for access to these materials.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Paul Simon and heirs

Acquisition Method: Donation

Related Materials:

Paul Simon Papers, 1948-1973, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield.

Jeanne Hurley Simon Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Senator Paul Simon papers, Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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[Series 1: Personal and Pre-Congress, circa 1943-2000],
[Series 2: Campaigns, 1972-1990],
[Series 3: U. S. House of Representatives, 1974-1984],
[Series 4: U. S. Senate, 1984-1997],
[Series 5: Post-Senate Career, 1997-2003],
[Series 6: Photographs, 1928-2000],
[Series 7: Audio/Visual Materials, 1959-1996],
[Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1928-1996],
[Series 9: Artifacts],
[Series 10: Printed],
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Series 5: Post-Senate Career, 1997-2003Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

This series contains material related to Simon's post-Senate activities as Director of the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and includes:

Boxes 5001-5054: subject files, publication files related to articles he wrote, and schedule books;

Boxes 5101-5172: correspondence.

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[Series 2: Campaigns, 1972-1990],
[Series 3: U. S. House of Representatives, 1974-1984],
[Series 4: U. S. Senate, 1984-1997],
[Series 5: Post-Senate Career, 1997-2003],
[Series 6: Photographs, 1928-2000],
[Series 7: Audio/Visual Materials, 1959-1996],
[Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1928-1996],
[Series 9: Artifacts],
[Series 10: Printed],
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