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George H. Ryan Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-BC555

Scope and Contents

The George H. Ryan Papers, 1977-1982, consist of 18 cubic feet of correspondence, legislative bills, speeches, invitations, reports, petitions, minutes, newspaper clippings, financial reports, planning papers, legal briefs, case studies, blueprints, proposals, mailing lists, resumes, travel vouchers, employment applications, surveys, press releases, and printed material. Ryan’s career as a state representative and Speaker of the House is documented in the collection. Series 1, The Correspondence with Constituents File, 1977-1982 (Boxes 1-9) is arranged alphabetically by correspondent in chronological order and contains constituent correspondence, employment applications, invitations, civic and professional organizations reports and resolutions, case studies, reports, proposals, blueprints, and copies of Ryan’s responses to the correspondent. Topics covered in the correspondence include employment, campaign contributions, local school boards, insurance legislation, the Equal Rights Amendment, gay rights, laetrile, health, medical research, education, public aid, and many other bill-related topics. Correspondents include constituents from the forty-third district as well as other professional and business people and residents from Illinois. Series 2, The Correspondence with Legislators File, 1977-1982 (Boxes 9-10) is arranged alphabetically by correspondent in chronological order and contains correspondence, invitations, summaries of bills, notes, general legislative business letters, and a police report involving Webber Borchers with the investigation of radical groups (in File A-D). Series 3, The Subject File, 1977-1982 [1979-1980] (Boxes 10-14) is arranged alphabetically by subject in chronological order and contains correspondence, congratulatory letters, minutes, speeches, petitions, invitations, surveys, press releases, news clippings, travel vouchers, receipts, newsletters, and printed material. Major topics include firemen and policemen pension funds, Joliet Job Corps Program, and energy assistance money for senior citizens. Series 4, The House of Representatives Minority Leadership File, 1977-1982 (Box 14) is arranged in a loose alphabetical order and contains correspondence, staff reports, budget reports and expense summaries, lists, speeches, legal briefs, planning papers, resignations and terminations, resumes, newsletters, and news clippings documenting the general office activities of the Minority Leader’s office. Topics include expenses, insurance, employees, workers’ compensation, and caucuses. At the end of this file are three senator file envelopes. Series 5, The Bill File, 1977-1978, 1981-1982 (Boxes 15-17) is arranged numerically according to House and Senate bill numbers and contains constituent correspondence, reports, petitions, and news clippings documenting taxpayer views on the passage of bills. Major topics include collective bargaining, gun control, and the consolidation of drug and alcohol programs. Series 6, The Equal Rights Amendment and Three-Fifths Vote File, 1981-1982 (Boxes 17-18), is grouped according to pro-ERA letters and anti-ERA letters. This collection documents the opinions of the general public regarding the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois and the proposed repeal of the three-fifths vote in favor of a simple majority vote in order to pass the ERA.

Dates

  • Created: 1977-1982
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1987

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research

Extent

18.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

George H. Ryan (1934- ) served as Illinois representative (Republican) from the forty-third district (1973-1983); Lieutenant Governor (1983-1991); Speaker of the House and House Minority Leader; Member of Appropriations Committee, Revenue Committee, Rules Committee, Legislative Council, Legislative Information System, Illinois Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation, and Legislative Reference Bureau. He was elected Secretary of State in November, 1990 and served from 1991 to 1999. He was Governor of Illinois from 1999 to 2003. The collection includes correspondence, legislative bills, speeches, invitations, reports, petitions, minutes, newspaper clippings, financial reports, planning papers, legal briefs, case studies, blueprints, proposals, mailing lists, resumes, employment applications, surveys, travel vouchers, press releases, and printed material concerning employment. Subject matter includes various House bills, the Equal Rights Amendment, restoration of the 8% pay raise, personal days and sick days for state workers, and other topics. Of particular note are documents regarding Webber Borchers’ involvement with the investigation of radical groups.

Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into six series: Series 1, Correspondence with Constituents File, 1977-1982; Series 2, Correspondence with Legislators File, 1977-1982; Series 3, Subject File, 1977-1982; Series 4, House of Representatives Minority Leadership File, 1977-1982; Series 5, Bill File, 1977-1978, 1981-1982; and Series 6, The Equal Rights Amendment and Three-Fifths Vote File, 1981-1982. Series 2, 3, and 4 are split chronologically into two sub-series, 1977-1980 and 1981-1982. Within each sub-series, records are arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject.
Title
Archon Finding Aid Title
Author
Annette Hunsaker, Cheryl Pence, and Karl Janssen
Description rules
Other Unmapped
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
und

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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