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Eugenia Sheldon Chapman Papers

Identifier: BC107

Scope and Contents

The Eugenia S. Chapman Papers, 1965-1988, consist of 18 cubic feet of correspondence, reports, pamphlets, press releases, newsletters, legislative bills, minutes, women’s information and clippings. Most of the material dates from 1972 to 1982. The collection documents Chapman’s career in the Illinois House of Representatives and her interest in women’s rights, education and health service.


  • Created: 1965-1988
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1984


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


18.00 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into two series: The Springfield Office Files, 1969-1982 and the Arlington Heights Office Files, 1965-1988.The Springfield Office Series, 1969-1982 has four files: Subject File, 1969-1982; Conference of Women Legislators File, 1971-1981; Status of Women Commission File, 1972-1979; and the Equal Rights Amendment File, 1970-1982.The Subject File, 1969-1982 (Boxes 1-2) is arranged alphabetically by subject and contains correspondence, reports, minutes and clippings. Topics include abortion, the House Committee on Employment of Minorities and Women in State Government, International Women’s Year, and legal rights of women.The Conference of Women Legislators File, 1971-1981 (Box 2) is arranged alphabetically by subject and contains reports, newsletters, pamphlets and correspondence. Topics include midwives, teen pregnancy and WIC.The Status of Women Commission File, 1972-1979 (Boxes 3-4), contains minutes, reports, legislature bills and pamphlets. Topics include affirmative action, legislative action to correct sexual bias, and a survey in other states.The Equal Rights Amendment File, 1970-1982 (Boxes 4-6), contains correspondence, newsletters, pamphlets, minutes, press releases, and clippings. Topics include opinions on both sides of the ERA issue, strategies for passing ERA in Illinois, and the efforts of organizations to influence opinion, i.e., publicity.The Arlington Heights Office Files, 1965-1988, also contains four files: Bill File, 1965-1982; Women’s Information File, 1966-1982; Equal Rights Amendment File, 1970-1982; and a Publicity File, 1971-1988The Bill File, 1965-1982 (Boxes 6-13), is arranged chronologically according to General Assembly. Within each General Assembly the bills are in numerical order. Unnumbered subject material is in alphabetical order at the end of each General Assembly section. Topics included are health, education, women’s rights, child abuse, and driver’s education.The Women’s Information File, 1966-1982 (Boxes 13-16), is arranged alphabetical order by subject. Topics include affirmative action, education, employment, legal rights, and the status of women.The Equal Rights Amendment File, 1970-1982 (Boxes 17-18), is arranged alphabetically by subject. Major topics are Illinois legislation and roll calls, speech material, and the three-fifths majority rule.The Publicity File, 1971-1988 (Box 18), consists of news releases and news clippings in chronological order. There are also letters of recommendation and other correspondence.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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