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Robert McGaw Papers (Rockford)


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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],

Series II.: News Clippings
Box 4
Folder 1: Airport, 1975-1977
Folder 2: Animal Control, 1975-1977
Folder 3: Annexation, 1974-1977
Folder 4: Bicentennial Celebrations, 1974-1976
Folder 5: Cable Television, 1974-1977
Folder 6: Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA), 1974-1977
Folder 7: Community/Downtown Development, 1974-1977
Folder 8: Elderly, 1974-1977
Folder 9: Flood Control, 1974-1977
Folder 10: Garbage, Landfill, and Sewerage, 1975-1976
Folder 11: Housing, 1975-1977
Folder 12: Library, 1974-1977
Folder 13: Liquor Licenses, 1974-1977
Folder 14: McGaw  - Campaigns, 1975-1977
Folder 15: McGaw - Fund Raising, 1975
Folder 16: Park District, 1974-1977
Folder 17: Parking, Mass Transit, and Road Repair, 1975-1977
Folder 18: Pornography, 1975-1977
Folder 19: Public Safety Building, 1975-1977
Folder 20: Rockford City Government: Alderman and City Employees, 1975-1977
Folder 21: Rockford City Government: Budget, 1975-1977
Folder 22: Rockford City Government: Ethics Law, 1974-1977
Folder 23: Rockford City Government: Health Dept., 1975-1976
Folder 24: Rockford City Government: Human Relations Council and Minority Employment, 1975
Folder 25: Rockford City Government: Legal Department, 1975-1977
Folder 26: Rockford City Government: Police and Fire Department, 1975-1977
Folder 27: Rockford City Government: Revenue Sharing, 1975-1976
Folder 28: Rockford City Government: Water Department, 1975-1976
Folder 29: Schools, 1974-1977
Folder 30: Schools - Salisbury Resignation, 1974
Folder 31: Self - Service Gas Stations, 1977
Folder 32: Strike, 1975
Folder 33: Taxes, 1974-1977
Folder 34: Redistricting, 1976-1977
Folder 35: Unemployment, 1974-1977
Folder 36: United Way, 1974-1975
Folder 37: WESCO, 1974

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