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Robert G. Crisenberry Papers

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Robert G. Crisenberry Papers, 1882-1965 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Monica L. Rongere

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Collection Overview

Title: Robert G. Crisenberry Papers, 1882-1965Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1930-1965

ID: 4/1/PP14

Primary Creator: Crisenberry, Robert G.

Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in chronologically by type of material.

Subjects: 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

Forms of Material: Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

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

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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 Method: Unrestricted access.

Appraisal Information: 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.

Related Materials: Formerly MSS 001.

Preferred Citation: Robert G. Crisenberry papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Other Note: Old Number: MSS #1


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1930-October 1959Add to your cart.
Political correspondence, including letters and press releases advocating full university status for SINU; Illinois Youth Commission documents re groundbreaking for a boys correctional facility; campaign endorsements and congratulations.  Includes a letter from Ohio Senator Robert A. Taft seeking support for 1940 Republican nomination for president.
Folder 2: Correspondence, February 1960 - November 1961Add to your cart.
This folder includes a letter from Vice-Presidnt Richard Nixon congratulating Crisenberry on his appoinment to be a delegate at the 1960 Republican Convention. Meeting minutes of the Illinois Youth Commision Board are also found in this folder.
Folder 3: Correspondence, February - December 1962Add to your cart.
This folder contains information about the development and progress of the youth correctional facilities in Southern Illinois.
Folder 4: Correspondence, January - May 1963Add to your cart.
This folder contains information about the development and progress of the youth correctional facilities in Southern Illinois.
Folder 5: Correspondence, July-December 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, January-December 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Certification as Convention Delegate, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Letters of condolence to Mrs. Crisenberry, 1965Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Certificates of Election to General Assembly and State Senate, 1934-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 2: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings, 1914-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous printed material, 1928-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous printed material, 1960-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Tributes and memorials, 1961-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Scrapbook kept by Myrtle H. Crisenberry, 1963-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Misc. membership cards, 1951-1963Add to your cart.

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