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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

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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.


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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 8: Photos, 1956-1999Add to your cart.
This series contains photographs documenting Jeanne Hurley Simon's career and activities from her time as Illinois State Representative through her tenure as Chair of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.  There are only a few photographs from each period and many gaps in the record.
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Folder 1: Publicity Photo, Head Shot, circa 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 2: New Trier Democratic Party Reception, March 17, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 3: State Representative Jeanne Hurley Simon at work in General Assembly, October 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Speaking at Unidentified Function, early 1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Simon Family Slides (4) with Ruth Simon, circa 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Simon Family Photographs (4), circa 1970- circa 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Interchurch Response (ICR) Delegation to Somalia, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Paul Simon Speaking, June 17, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 9: In South Africa with Paul Simon, August 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 10: From (NCLIS?) Library and Technology Hearing, circa 1994Add to your cart.
Accompanying note.  KZ = Kristina Zahorik, Sen. Paul Simon's Staff
Folder 11: Christian Children's Fund Trip to Cali, Columbia, June 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 12: As NCLIS Chair with Sen. Harry Reid and unidentified NCLIS Commissioner, circa 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 13: NCLIS Commissioners at 25th Anniversary Celebration, December 1995Add to your cart.
Photo by Martin Simon
Folder 14: NCLIS Welcome Sign, circa 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Paul and Jeanne Simon receiving Award, American Library Association Advocacy Day, 1996Add to your cart.
Accompanying note from Arthur S. Meyers
Folder 16: Liberian Elections, Carter Center Observation Team Members Paul and Jeanne Simon, Adell Patton Jr., 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Morris Library Staff Recognition Ceremony, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, circa 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Morris Library Board of Visitors, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, circa 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Morris Library Symposium, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, April 23-25, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 20: with Friends at Restaurant, late 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Law Library Photograph, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Interview Photograph, circa 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 23: "Facing the Future," Springfield College Photograph, 1987 October 18Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Photgraph with Ida Nudel, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Presidential Campaign, Photographs and negatives, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Biography, Photo and Negatives, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon and Jeanne Hurley Simon at Inauguration Ball, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Jeanne Hurley Simon with State Rep. Harold A. Katz, circa 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Digital Copies of Jeanne HurleySimon Photographs, 2008Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 30: Barat College friends, 1993 JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Barat College Honoree, probably 1995 May 13Add 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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