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Barbara Flynn Currie Papers

Identifier: BC143

Scope and Contents

The Barbara Flynn Currie Papers consist of 35 cubic feet of bill files, correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, press releases, office records and election information documenting Currie’s career as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, beginning in 1979. The collection included bill files, subject files and correspondence files from both her Springfield and District offices.


  • Created: 1964-2009
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1977-2009
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1991


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


35.00 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into two series: Springfield Office, 1973-1994; and District Office, 1964, 1975-1999.Series I: Springfield Office, 1973-2007 (Boxes 1-13, 33) is the first series and is composed of three files: Bill File, 1977-1994 [1982-1994]; Correspondence File, 1979-1990; and Subject File 1973-1994. The Bill File, 1977-1994 [1982-1994] (Boxes 1-2) is arranged numerically by House and then Senate bill number, and include copies of bills, amendments, briefings and correspondence. The Correspondence File, 1979-1990 (Boxes 2-6) contains general correspondence, correspondence with constituents concerning a variety of topics, and correspondence with state, national, and local officials. Correspondents include James Thompson and Ronald Reagan, among others. There is additional material, outgoing correspondence to constituents, from 1994-2007 in Box 33.The Subject File, 1973-1994 (Boxes 6-13) contains correspondence, clippings, published items, and reports dealing with various issues concerning the House of Representatives and state government as a whole. The file is arranged alphabetically by topic. Subjects include affirmative action, the Committee on the Status of Women (COSOW), education, the environment, freedom of information, gun control, McCormick Place, Medicaid and nursing home reform, pay equity, public aid, and the plans for a 1992 Chicago World’s Fair.Series II: District Office, 1964, 1975-1991, 1977-2002, 1995-2009 (Boxes 14-35) is composed of four files: Bill File, 1979-1989 [1979-1982]; Correspondence File, 1977-1991; Subject File, 1964, 1975-1991; Campaign File, 1978-2002; and the Impeachment File, 1995-2009.The Bill File, 1979-1989 [1979-1982] (Box 14) is arranged numerically by house bill number and includes a folder of house resolutions. The file includes copies of bills, amendments, briefings and correspondence. The Correspondence File, 1977-1999 (Boxes 14-16, 24-25) includes general correspondence and folders of correspondence on specific issues. This file also includes Currie’s newspaper columns from 1979 to 1990, both in clipping and typed format. These were a regularly issued communication on current state and district issues. Her calendars from 1993-1994 are also included. The Subject File, 1964, 1975-1999 (Boxes 16-23, 25-27) consists of correspondence, office and campaign records, clippings, reports, press releases, articles and other published items. The file is arranged alphabetically by subject. Topics include affirmative action, political campaign finances, education, women’s issues, McCormick Place, reapportionment, the Chicago Park District, public aid, Adlai Stevenson, transportation, and planning for 1992 Chicago World’s Fair, which ultimately never took place and obituaries for her administrative aide, Forbes Shepherd. The Campaign File, 1978-2002 (Boxes 28-34) consists of campaign biographies, printed literature, press releases, election reports, tax returns, endorsements, questionnaires, advertisements, fundraising information and events, polling place information, district maps, and hand signs. The Impeachment File, 1995-2009 (Box 35) consists of news clippings, correspondence, meeting minutes, court records, resolutions, motions, and exhibits from the impeachments trials of Justice James Heiple (1997) and Governor Rod Blagojevich (2008-2009). During both of these trials, Representative Flynn Currie chaired the bipartisan Special Investigative Committees, which conducted widespread investigations into the alleged wrongdoings of the accused. Justice Heiple resigned before a trial could take place. Governor Blagojevich was impeached from office on January 9, 2009.

Accruals and Additions

1995, 2000, 2011, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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