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Collection Overview

Title: Robert McGaw Papers (Rockford), 1972-1981

ID: RHC/RC/150

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: It is a small collection divided into two series: Correspondence and Subject Files, and News Clippings.

Date Acquired: 05/27/1982

Subjects: Democratic Party, McGaw, Robert, Rockford (Ill.), United States--Politics and government

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Robert McGaw Papers document events in Rockford, Illinois from 1972-1981.  Few of McGaw’s personal papers, financial records, campaign material, speeches, or position papers are included in the collection.  It is a small collection divided into two series: Correspondence and Subject Files, and News Clippings.

The Correspondence and Subject Files series consists of material dating 1972-1981.  It is predominantly correspondence arranged by topic.  Subjects covered include: Community Services and Development, Aldermanic Appointments, letters supporting state and national level legislation, and Correspondence with Rockford City Departments.  The second series is a set reproduced News Clippings dating 1974-1977.  This series topics are very diverse.  Subjects covered include: Annexation, Bicentennial Celebrations, Cable Television, Liquor Licenses, McGaw’s mayoral campaigns, Rockford City Departments, the Public Safety Building, and Unemployment.

Although small, the collection does provide the researcher with information on local events in Rockford during the mid-1970’s.

Collection Historical Note

Robert McGaw was born in Rockford, Illinois on April 9, 1923.  He attended Northern Illinois University (NIU) where he received his B.S. Ed. degree in political science in 1950 and his M.S. Ed. degree in educational administration in 1966.  As a professional, McGaw taught at Harlem High School in Love’s Park (near Rockford) for sixteen years, and became principal of Rock Cut Elementary School in 1968.  During that time, McGaw served on the Rockford City Council as an alderman (1955), and chaired the Winnebago County Democratic Central Committee (1962).  He was elected mayor of Rockford in 1973, an office he held until 1981.  After serving as major, McGaw sat on the NIU Alumni Association Board as a director and held a position as instructor in NIU’s political science department for the Fall 1981 semester.  McGaw died on February 21, 1988 after a sudden illness.

Subject/Index Terms

Democratic Party
McGaw, Robert
Rockford (Ill.)
United States--Politics and government

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: No materials in the collection may be published without consent of the donor, Robert McGaw.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Robert McGaw

Acquisition Method: Robert McGaw donated his personal papers to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on May 27, 1982.

Related Materials: For other collections concerning Rockford, Winnebago County, and northern Illinois politicians researchers should consult the index to the Regional History Center’s guide.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Correspondence and Subject Files],
[Series II.: News Clippings],
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Series I.: Correspondence and Subject Files
Box 1
Folder 1: Aldermanic Appointments - 2nd & 8th Wards, 1979
Folder 2: Annual Reports to City Council, 1975-1976, 1979
Folder 3: Cable and Public Television, 1979-1981
Folder 4: Campaign Material, 1973-1980, no date
Folder 5: City/Council Planning Commission, 1976-1977, 1979, 1980
Folder 6: Civil League Problems, 1978
Folder 7: Community Services and Development, 1975-1976, 1979-1981
Folder 8: Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA), 1975-1976, July 1979-September 1980
Folder 9: Constituent Correspondence, 1979-1981
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1973-1980, no date
Folder 11: Economic Development, 1974, no date
Folder 12: Flood Control, 1976, 1979
Folder 13: Intergovernmental Workshop, Rockford, January 9 & 10, 1974
Folder 14: Housing & Urban Development (HUD), 1974-1975, June 1979-September 1980
Folder 15: Iran Hostages, November 1979-January 1981
Folder 16: Legislative Package Outline, 1975
Folder 17: Mayor's Job, Goals, & Duties, 1973-1978, no date
Folder 18: Mid-term Reports, 1973, 1975
Box 2
Folder 1: Municipal Programs, 1976, no date
Folder 2: News Releases & Press Conferences, 1971-1980
Folder 3: Parking & Transportation, 1976, 1979-1981
Folder 4: Personal Information and Interviews with McGaw, 1974, 1976, 1977, no date
Folder 5: Personal Notes, 1973-1976, no date
Folder 6: Photographs (18), no date
Folder 7: Politicians and Legislation, 1979-1981
Folder 8: Rockford City Government: Budget & Comptroller Officers, 1973-1977, 1979-1980
Folder 9: Rockford City Government: Employees, 1979-1980
Folder 10: Rockford City Government: General Zoning Office, 1976
Box 3
Folder 1: Rockford City Government: Fire & Police Department, 1974-1976, 1978-19813
Folder 2: Rockford City Government: Human Resources Department, 1977, 1980
Folder 3: Rockford City Government: Legal Department, 1979-1980
Folder 4: Rockford City Government: Public Works Committee, 1972, 1974-1976, 1979, 1980
Folder 5: Rockford City Government: Purchasing Division, October 1979-July 1980
Folder 6: Rockford Historical Information, no date
Folder 7: Speeches, Mayor McGaw, 1973-1981, no date
Folder 8: State of the City Addresses, 1977-1979

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