Senator Paul Simon Papers, 1928-2003
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Brief Description: 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.  Simon's career is also documented by twenty large scrapbooks. There are several linear feet of photographs spanning his career, as well as audio/visual materials and artifacts. Many of the videos have been digitized and are available online here. There is some 100 cubic feet of framed art, awards and plaques and other memorabilia.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 4/1/PP05
Created by: Simon, Paul, (1928-2003)
Volume: 1286.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 00/00/1996. 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.  Small batches of material continue to come in from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU, the Simon family, former staffers, including Allen Cissell, Nancy Chen, Jeremy Karpatkin, John Tasviña, and Jeremy Karpatkin, former campaign workers, including James Wall and Charles Klotzer, and and longtime Simon friends, including Alfred Balk and Kappy Scates.
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.
Biographical Note for Simon, Paul, (1928-2003) : 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.
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.
Subject Index
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
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
Genres/Forms of Material
Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Video recordings
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/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 Notes: Paul Simon and heirs  Donation
Related Materials:

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

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

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