David C. Shapiro Papers (Amboy), 1966-1981
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Brief Description:

The David C. Shapiro Papers primarily document his career as a state legislator in the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate.  Material in the collection dates from his first campaign in 1966 to his death in 1981.  Some biographical information and personal correspondence are in Box One, Folder One.  The collection is divided into six series: Campaigns and Party Affiliations, House and Senate Bills, Subject Files, Constituent Correspondence, Reports and Publications, Photos and Awards.

In the first series, Campaigns and Party Affiliations, there are two subseries.  The first subseries contains campaign material, including election results, advertising, disclosure reports and fundraising information.  Shapiro’s relationships with the Republican Party and other Republican politicians are documented in the second subseries.  Papers in this subseries include correspondence and memos with Illinois governors, other state legislators, some White House correspondence and national campaign material for John Connally and the Reagan-Bush ticket in 1980.  In addition, this subseries documents Shapiro’s work on the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee and as Senate Minority Leader for the 80th, 81st and 82nd General Assemblies.

The second series contains House and Senate Bills arranged by General Assembly.  Within each General Assembly subseries, they are organized by number with House bills preceding Senate bills.  Short subject headings describe each bill’s topic.

Subject Files are arranged alphabetically.  This material includes reports, memos, committee files and some correspondence.  Constituent Correspondence is organized into two subseries.  The first subseries contains correspondence arranged alphabetically by subject.  The second subseries has correspondence arranged by the letter’s county or city of origin.  Some topics in the Constituent Correspondence are related to certain Subject Files.  Researchers should consult both series.

The fifth series contains Reports and Publications.  These include public opinion surveys, reports from government departments, and studies done by universities.  In addition, Shapiro’s speeches, news releases and newsletters are in this series.  The last series, Photos and Awards, includes awards received by Shapiro and audiotapes of radio spots.  The number of photos in a folder is given in parentheses following the folder title.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/174
Volume: 10.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 05/24/1984.
Arrangement:

The second series contains House and Senate Bills arranged by General Assembly. Within each General Assembly subseries, they are organized by number with House bills preceding Senate bills. Short subject headings describe each bill’s topic.

Subject Files are arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Amboy (Ill.)
DeKalb (Ill.), Politics and government
Elections--United States
Equal rights amendments
Illinois. General Assembly
Law schools
Legislators
Northern Illinois University
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Shapiro, David C.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Mrs. Norma Shapiro  The David C. Shapiro Papers were donated to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center by Mrs. Norma Shapiro on May 24, 1984.