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Louie E. Lewis Papers

Identifier: BC411

Scope and Contents

The Louie E. Lewis Papers, 1927-1968 consist of 15 cubic feet, 1 oversize folder and one reel of microfilm of correspondence, administrative rulings, appointment books, balance sheets, bills and receipts, bonds, broadsides, cash balances, clippings, collateral lists, committee assignment lists, decals, election results, employee files, estate documents, financial and audit reports, invitations, invoices, job applications, legal briefs, lists of Speakers of the House, mailing lists, maps, mats, memorandum, monthly reports, news releases, office expenditures, pamphlets, payroll vouchers, pins, post cards, programs, sample ballots, scrapbooks, Senate and House bills, speaking schedules, speeches, telegrams and vouchers. These items document Lewis’ term in the Illinois House (1933-1936), his tenure as Speaker of the House (1937-1938), State Treasurer (1939-1940) and a chief clerk of the Motor Carriers Division (1949-1953).


  • Created: 1927-1968
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1969


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


15.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Democratic State Representative to the Illinois General Assembly (1933-1938) from Christopher (Franklin County), Illinois, Speaker of the House (1937-1938), Illinois State Treasurer (1939-1940) candidate for Lieutenant Governor (1940), Chief Clerk, Motor Carriers Division of the Department of Public Works and Buildings (1949-1952). Married to Flora Agnes Overturf, father of six children. Materials include correspondence, financial records and reports, employee files, clippings, speeches and published material, documentingLewis’ political and public service career. Topics covered by the collection include state finances, requests for employment, transportation legislation, the 1940 campaign with running mate Harry Hershey, and constituent concerns such as pensions and flood relief. Also included are the estate papers of Charles Teffertiller and material on the 1952 Orient Mine disaster. Correspondents include Henry Horner, Kent E. Keller, Roscoe Pulliam, Frank Gillespie and William G. Worthey.

Arrangement Note

The material is arranged into five series: General Correspondence, 1932-1959; Speaker of the House Files, 1937-1938; State Treasurer Files, 1938-1941; Division of Motor Carriers Files, 1949-1953 and Political and Personal Files, 1927-1968. General Correspondence, 1932-1959 (Boxes 1-14) is arranged chronologically and contains correspondence, postcards, telegrams and a list of Speakers of the Illinois House. Most letters deal with political matters, particularly state jobs or requests for public aid and old age pensions. These items cover both Lewis’ tenure as speaker of the Illinois House and as State Treasurer. Specific topics include the University of Illinois appropriations, sales tax, chaplains for the House and 1937 Marion flood. Of particular interest are letters dealing with corruption in the Illinois District Five of the WPA and the division within the Democratic Party caused by the illness and death of Governor Henry Horner. Correspondents include U.S. Representative Kent E. Keller; A.E. Townsend of Cobden, Illinois; Guy Young, the Legislative Representative of the United Mine Workers of America; W.H. Owen, “The Poor But Honest Plumber” and later State Representative from Perry County; Albert Herring, Murphysboro fire chief and Lewis’ brother, Judge Everett Lewis.Speaker of the House Files, 1937-1938 (Boxes 14-17) are arranged alphabetically and contain vouchers, invoices, bills and receipts, committee assignment lists, job applications, correspondence, memorandum, and telegrams. These materials cover both Lewis’ administrative duties as Speaker of the House as well as legislation considered during his speakership. Among the administrative items are applications for House jobs, expense records, committee and commission assignments made by the speaker and payroll documents. Legislative correspondence deals with driver’s licenses, the 1937 flood, libraries, relief, schools and social security. Significant correspondents include Governor Henry Horner and U.S. Representative Kent Keller.State Treasurer Files, 1938-1941 (Boxes 17-25) are arranged alphabetically by folder headings and contain chronologically arranged correspondence files, postcards, collateral lists, financial and audit reports, office expenditure records, monthly reports, balance sheets, cash balances, payroll vouchers, appointment book, bonds and employee files. These items document Lewis’ term as State Treasurer and principally concern job placement in the Treasurer’s office as well as the office’s administrative duties. Topics covered include the 1939 typhoid epidemic at Manteno State Hospital and collateral pledged to the State Treasury by banks to secure their respective state deposits. Major correspondents include Governor Henry Horner; 1940 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Harry Hershey; W.J. Walsh, Horner’s personnel chief and Roscoe Pulliam, the President of Southern Illinois University.Division of Motor Carriers Files, 1949-1953 (Boxes 26-29) are arranged alphabetically andcontain correspondence, decals, memorandum, legal briefs, administrative rulings, news releases,monthly reports and Senate and House bills. These items document Lewis’ tenure as the chiefclerk of the Department of Public Works and Buildings Division of Motor Carriers. In addition toLewis’ personal office correspondence while chief clerk, there are also subject files on a variety oftopics dealing with motor carriers and interstate commerce. There is also information on theChristmas 1952 Orient Mine disaster in Frankfort, Illinois. Chief correspondents include WilliamG. Worthey, chairman of the Democratic Speaker’s Bureau, Frank Gillespie of the Division ofMotor Carriers and the Interstate Commerce Commission.Political and Personal Files, 1927-1968 (Boxes 30-36, oversize folder and microfilm reel) arearranged alphabetically by document type and contain broadsides, correspondence, clippings,employee reports (vote tallies), estate documents, speaking schedules, mats, pins, sample ballots,pamphlets, programs, invitations, maps, mailing lists, election results, scrapbooks, and speeches.Most of the items pertain to the 1940 campaign and other political races. There is also personalmaterial such as Lewis and Galloway family information, the estate of Charles C. Teffertiller anda scrapbook from Lewis’ later years. Three scrapbooks are reproduced on the reel of microfilm.Posters from the Illinois Golden Gate Exposition Commission are in the oversize folders.

Separated Materials

1 folder of photographs, 6.75 linear inches of published material and 2 broadsides were transferred out of the collection.
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Repository Details

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