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Paul Simon Papers

Identifier: MS-BC576

Scope and Contents

The Paul Simon Papers, 1948-1973, consist of 258 cubic feet of correspondence, clippings, reports and pamphlets, book manuscripts, columns, book reviews, articles, financial and business records, fact sheets and schedules, press releases, invitations, letters of regret, thank you notes, bill analyses and speeches. This collection documents Simon’s career as publisher of the Troy Tribune, his service in the Illinois General Assembly (1955-1969) and his term as lieutenant governor of Illinois (1969-1973). In addition to Simon’s public life, the collection also contains some personal papers, mainly concerning his activities in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and his 1960 marriage to Jeanne Hurley. Because material has arrived at the Library at various times, the collection has been consolidated and arranged to reflect significant phases in Simon’s life.


  • Created: 1948-1985
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1965


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research with some exceptions. Some materials are restricted. Users should contact the Manuscripts Department staff for information about using this collection.


258.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



U.S. Senator, Congressman, presidential candidate, Illinois Lieutenant Governor and member of the Illinois House of Representatives and Illinois State Senate, author. Began his career as a newspaperman at age 19 by buying the Troy, Illinois newspaper and over time built a chain of 14 newspapers that he edited and published until he sold them in 1966. As lieutenant governor assisted citizens in their dealings with state government. Authored books on Elijah Lovejoy and Abraham Lincoln as well as issues such as world hunger and the environment. After retiring from the U.S. Senate in 1997 founded the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he taught and continued to write.Correspondence, reports, research notes, subject files, press releases, clippings and book and article manuscripts. Collection documents Simon’s service in the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate and as lieutenant governor as well as his work as a newspaperman and on several books and numerous articles. His political activities are also documented. Issues such as the right to know (Open Meeting Act), civil rights, education, ethics, the 1970 Illinois Constitution, Democratic Party politics, political campaigns and the day-to-day workings of the lieutenant governor’s office are documented. Major correspondents include Michael Bakalis, Paul Douglas, Richard Durbin, Edward M. Kennedy, Abner Mikva, Adlai E. Stevenson II and Adlai E. Stevenson III.

Arrangement Note

The materials are arranged in eight series: General Assembly Files, 1953-1968; Lieutenant Governor Files, 1967-1973; Political Papers, 1949-1972; Personal Papers, 1949-1973, Personal Papers, 1979-83, Financial Papers, 1979-85, Bill File and Congressional Correspondence, 1979-85, and Closed Case Files, 1980-85. Please see attached PDF finding aid for a detailed description of the arrangement.

Accruals and Additions

1965, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1980


Archon Finding Aid Title
Merleen Dibert, Cheryl Schnirring, Denise R. Johnson, and Debbie Hamm
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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