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Jeanne Hurley Simon Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Personal Papers

Professional Activities

Chair, U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science

Paul Simon Campaigns

Codename Scarlett, Correspondence and Drafts

Print and Near Print

Memorabilia

Photos

Audio/Visual


Jeanne Hurley Simon Papers, 1938-1999 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Walter D. Ray and Monica L. Rongere

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Collection Overview

Title: Jeanne Hurley Simon Papers, 1938-1999Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1956-1999

ID: 4/1/PP01

Primary Creator: Simon, Jeanne.

Extent: 10.3 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The papers are arranged in nine series: 1) Personal Papers, 2) Professional Activities, 3) Chair, National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, 4) Paul Simon Campaigns,5) Codename Scarlett, 6) Print and Near-Print, 7) Photographs, 8) Memorabilia, 9) Audio/Visual.

Date Acquired: 03/01/2000

Subjects: Elections., Political campaigns, Women legislators

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Diaries., Joyce, James, 1882-1941. - Manuscripts, Photographs, Simon, Paul, 1928-2003. - Interviews, Speeches, addresses, etc.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Jeanne Hurley Simon papers include correspondence and campaign literature from her successful 1956 and 1958 campaigns for Illinois State Legislature, a schedule book from Paul Simon's 1982 congressional campaign, and Jeanne Simon's notebooks and schedules from Paul Simon's 1984 senate campaign.  From Paul Simon's 1987-1988 campaign for the Democratic nomination for president the papers include the files of Jeanne Simon's chief of staff and scheduler and Jeanne Simon's campaign notebooks from which she wrote "Codename Scarlett."  Also related to this book are manuscripts of chapters and correspondence with the publisher. There is a smattering of personal correspondence, including engagement, bridal shower and wedding congratulations.  Otherwise it appears she did not systematically preserve her personal correspondence.  There are Jeanne Simon's appointment calendars for 1956 and 1978-1996, with the exceptions of 1982, 1989 and 1992, and phone logs covering August 1985-June 1987, August 1991-December 1992, and December 1993-January 1995.  The Phone Log for September 1986-June 1987 contains notes related to Paul Simon's presidential campaign.  A few files cover Jeanne Simon's activities during the period Paul Simon served in the U.S. Congress and Senate, including a notebook recording attendance at the Congressional Spouses' Book Club, files related to her consulting activities with the Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs and the American Association of Retired Persons, and a file documenting preparations for the Ladies of the Senate luncheon with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1993.  From the same period come a notebook and two files from a 1982 trip to Somalia with the Interchurch Response for the Horn of Africa.  A large part of the material relates to the period after Paul Simon left the senate in 1997.  There are files of correspondence and mailings from the various organizations on whose boards Jeanne Simon sat, and two linear feet of material related to her service as Chair of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, including correspondence (bulk, post-1996), meeting packets and project files.  Not represented in the papers are Jeanne Simon's service as Washington governmental affairs representative of Illinois Attorney General Neil Hardigan and as director of the Emeritus Attorneys Program of the Emeritus Foundation.  There are files of speeches Jeanne Simon gave from 1956 to 1999.  Some of the speech files include research notes, clippings and correspondence related to the speeches.  Included in the papers are letters of condolence received by Paul Simon after Jeanne's death in 2000 and correspondence related to the Jeanne Hurley Simon memorial fund of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Audio/visual material includes a VHS recording of a speech Jeanne Simon prepared for a Rural Libraries conference and cassette tape recordings of various shows Jeanne Simon appeared on publicizing "Codename Scarlett."

Biographical Note

Jeanne Hurley Simon (1922-2000), wife of U. S. Senator Paul Simon, was a lawyer, Illinois State Representative, author, and a significant public figure in Illinois and the nation.  She played an active role in each of her husband's campaigns.  A life-long advocate for public libraries, she was twice appointed chairperson of the U. S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS). 

Born Jeanne C. Hurley in Chicago, Simon was a graduate of Barat College and Northwestern University Law School.  From 1952 she served as assistant State's attorney in Cook County, Illinois.  In 1956 and 1958 she was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives where she met her husband, Paul Simon.  They were married in 1960, the first and thus far only wedding of two sitting Illinois state legislators.  They had two children, Sheila and Martin.  Though she left the legislature in 1961, Simon remained active in politics and public life.  She participated actively in her husband's campaigns, both successful--for lieutenant governor of Illinois (1968), U. S. Congressman (1974-1982), and U. S. Senator (1984 and 1990)--and unsuccessful, for Illinois governor (1972), and for the Democratic nomination for president (1988).  She wrote a book, Codename Scarlett, chronicling her activity in this last campaign.  She was active in the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, of which she was president in 1959-1960, the Congressional Spouses' Book Club, the Ladies of the Senate, the League of Women Voters, and the American Association of University Women.  Among her many trips abroad, she traveled to Somalia with the Interchurch Response for the Horn of Africa in 1982, to Cali, Columbia with the Christian Children's Fund in 1994, and with the Carter Center observation team monitoring the elections in Liberia in 1997.  She was a frequent public speaker throughout her career.  She served on the board of directors of numerous service and advocacy organizations, including the American Foundation for the Blind, the Illinois Humane Society, NARAL, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism, the Library Media Project, the WSIU (Carbondale, Ill.) Friends Board, and the Board of Visitors of Morris Library (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale), where she was an adjunct professor from 1997 until her death.  In 1993 and again in 1997, she was appointed chair of NCLIS by President Bill Clinton.

Subject/Index Terms

Elections.
Political campaigns
Women legislators

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Alternate Extent Statement: 13 boxes

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

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

Acquisition Method: The papers were sent to SCRC by Paul Simon via the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute following Jeanne Hurley Simon's death in 2000.  In September 2006 Sheila Simon completed a Deed of Gift for the papers.

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Related Materials: Paul Simon Senatorial papers.

Preferred Citation: Jeanne Hurley Simon papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Processed in the fall of 2006.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Personal Papers, 1956-2000],
[Series 2: Professional Activities, 1956-2000],
[Series 3: Chair, U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, 1993-2000],
[Series 4: Paul Simon Campaigns, 1968-1988],
[Series 5: Codename Scarlett, Correspondence and Drafts, 1988-1989],
[Series 6: Print and Near Print, 1938-2000],
[Series 7: Memorabilia, 1960-2000],
[Series 8: Photos, 1956-1999],
[Series 9: Audio/Visual, 1989-1999],
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Series 1: Personal Papers, 1956-2000Add to your cart.
This series contains papers documenting Jeanne Simon's personal, as opposed to her public, life.  It includes biographical information, appointment calendars, phone logs, one folder related to family business and a smattering of personal correspondence, including bridal shower, wedding and baby shower cards.  Also included in the series are letters of condolence Paul Simon received after Jeanne's death and correspondence related to a Jeanne Hurley Simon memorial fund.
Sub-Series 1: Biographical MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Jeanne Hurley Simon Resume, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Jeanne Hurley Simon Biography and Resume; Genealogical Information, circa 1997; 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Library of Congress Memorial Service, Paul Simon Remarks, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Oral History with the Women's National Democratic Club, 1996Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Appointment Calendars and Phone LogsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Appointment Calendars (2), 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Appoinment Calendar, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Appoinment Calendar, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Appointment Calendar, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Appointment Calendar, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Appointment Calendar, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Appointment Calendar, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Appointment Calendar, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Appointment Calendar, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Appointment Calendar used by Jeanne and Sheila Simon, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Appointment Calendar used primarily by Sheila Simon with entries by Jeanne, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Appointment Calendars (3), July 1987 - March 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Appointment Calendar, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Appointment Calendar, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Appoinment Calendar, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Appoinment Calendar, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Appoinment Candar, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Appoinment Calendar, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Phone Log, August 26, 1985 - November 6, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Phone Log, November 7,1985 - December 18, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Phone Log, January 16, 1986 - September 16, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Phone Log, September 17, 1986 - June 22, 1987Add to your cart.
This phone log contains notes related to Paul Simon's presidential campaign
Folder 27: Phone Log, August 1, 1991 - December 1, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Phone Log, December 1, 1993 - January 18, 1995Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Appointment Schedule, February 1972- March 1972Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Personal Papers and CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Congratualtions on Engagement, December 31, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Congratulations on Engagement, Copy of letter to Paul Simon's Parents from Sen. Paul Douglas, January 4, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Bridal Shower Cards, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Wedding Guest and Gift Lists, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Baby Shower Cards, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Wedding Congratulations, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Wedding Congratulations from Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Honeymoon Journal, April 22, 1960-May 4, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Charles Kuralt Correspondence and Show Transcript, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Correspondence from Nellie Mercer, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Letter to Paul Harvey, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 40: New Trier High School Class of 1939 40th Reunion, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 41: New Trier Class of 1939 40th Reunion Profiles, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Settlement of Estate of Francis Hurley, Uncle of Jeanne Simon, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Personal Correspondence (4 letters), 1968, 1982-1983, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Advertisement: Senate Member China Set (Photos), 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Davis Heinz Award Correspondence, reference for Paul Simon by David Carle, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Monetary Solicitation Correspondence, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Periodicals Subscription Lists, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Personal Correspondence, 1994-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Personal Correspondence, August - September 1999Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1960Add to your cart.
This folder includes: Engagment Congratualtions and  Legislative Issues.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1960Add to your cart.
This folder includes wedding congratulatory letters to Jeanne and Paul.
Folder 3: Correspondece, 1959Add to your cart.
This folder includes congratulatory enagagment notes.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1959Add to your cart.
This folder includes correspondence between Paul and his father in reference to Protestant and Catholic marriages.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1960Add to your cart.
This folder includes correspondence to Paul and engagement congratulations.
Folder 6: Valentines Day Card from Paul, February 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: St. Patrick's Day Dinner Program, March 1957Add to your cart.
This program included the General Assembly as the evening's music entertainment.
Folder 8: Governmental Ceremony, January 1957Add to your cart.
Folder includes invitation and program from the event.
Folder 9: Graduation Program and Honor's Card at Barat College, June 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Northwestern University School of Law, Short-Class Certificate, August 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Womens Bar Association oif Illinois By-Laws, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Governmental Invitation, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Honorary Degree, 2000Add to your cart.
This folder includes graudation ceremony program and the Daily Egytian Graduation edition.
Folder 15: Handbook: Illinois Legislature, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Notes from flight to Rome, State Legislators' Mideast Trip with Paul Simon, 1967 July 11Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Postcard from Somalia, Jeanne to Paul, 1982 February 1Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Letter from brother William Hurley, 1968 December 18Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence: Joanne (Jody) K. Timms, 1989-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence: Barat College Friends, 1992-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence: Lucy Morros, President, Barat College, 1993, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Barat College Honorary Degree, Commemncement, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Barat College 50th Reunion, 1992-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Barat College Capital Campaign - Correspondence, Information, includes Simon Substructure, 1995-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Barat College Clippings, Information, 1989-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Florida Trip, Simon Family, 1998Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Condolence Letters to Paul SimonAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Memorial Service Program, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 51: State of Illinois Senate Resolution Regarding Jeanne Hurley Simon's Death, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Bereavement Letters - United States Congressmen, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Bereavemnt Notes and Cardsfrom Illinois Head Start Students, 2000Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Correspondence re Jeanne Hurley Simon Memorial FundAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Memos Re: Jeanne Hurley Simon Fellowship for the Public Policy Institute, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Jeanne Hurley Simon Library Fund Monetary Donation Letters, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Jeanne Hurley Simon Library Fund Monetary Donation Letters, 2000Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal Papers, 1956-2000],
[Series 2: Professional Activities, 1956-2000],
[Series 3: Chair, U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, 1993-2000],
[Series 4: Paul Simon Campaigns, 1968-1988],
[Series 5: Codename Scarlett, Correspondence and Drafts, 1988-1989],
[Series 6: Print and Near Print, 1938-2000],
[Series 7: Memorabilia, 1960-2000],
[Series 8: Photos, 1956-1999],
[Series 9: Audio/Visual, 1989-1999],
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