Robert G. Crisenberry Papers, 1882-1965
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Brief Description: The Robert G. Crisenberry papers consist primarily of correspondence concerning the changing of Southern Illinois State Normal University from a teachers college to a university.  There are also many letters about the Illinois Youth Commission on which Crisenberry served for many years.  The material is arranged chronologically.  In addition to the correspondence to and from Crisenberry there are letters of condolence to his wife upon his death in 1965, photographs (two of which contain Richard Nixon), newspaper clippings (referring mostly to Crisenberry's days as state Senator), and a scrapbook kept by his wife.
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/PP14
Created by: Crisenberry, Robert G.
Volume: 1.0 Cubic Feet
Arrangement: The collection is arranged in chronologically by type of material.
Biographical Note for Crisenberry, Robert G. :

Robert G. Crisenberry was born in Paris, Tennessee, on September 19, 1882. After completing high school in Creal Springs, Illinois, he obtained a degree from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. Crisenberry began his career in education in 1903 as a high school teacher, and in 1915 he retired from the profession as Superintendent of Carterville schools. After Crisenberry left the arena of education, he pursued a career in journalism as the editor and publisher of the Williamson County News in Johnston City, Illinois. In 1926 Crisenberry began holding political appointments, including, Chief Deputy Sheriff of Jackson County, 1926-1930, and Federal Court Bailiff, 1930-1932.

In 1932 he was elected to represent Jackson County in the Illinois House of Representatives. Crisenberry held this position until 1936 when he was elected to the Illinois Senate. Crisenberry remained a senator until retiring from office in November 1960.  Among Crisenberry's contributions was the creation of the Illinois Youth Commission which served as a model for the prevention and correction of juvenile delinquency. He also sponsored legislation enabling SINU to be transformed from a teacher's college to a University. Crisenberry's aid to SIU over the years was so prominent that his colleges dubbed SIU "Crisenberry's University".

Following his retirement from the senate, and before his death in 1965, Crisenberry held several civic positions, and remained very involved in the community.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Crisenberry, Robert G., 1882-1965
Illinois - History - 1865
Illinois - Politics and government
Illinois - Politics and government - to 1865
Illinois Youth Commission
Southern Illinois State Normal University
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes:   Unrestricted access.
Related Materials: Formerly MSS 001.
PreferredCitation: Robert G. Crisenberry papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.