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Collection Overview

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

ID: RHC/RC/174

Extent: 10.25 Linear Feet


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.

Date Acquired: 05/24/1984

Subjects: 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: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

David C. Shapiro was born in Mendota, Illinois on February 16, 1925. He studied at Stanford University and the University of Illinois, receiving his degree in dentistry from the latter institution in 1952. Sometime later, Shapiro set up practice in Amboy, Illinois where he lived with his wife, Norma, and their seven children.

Shapiro’s political career began as an alderman on the Amboy City Council (1961-1969). During that time he was also a member of the school board, president of the Whiteside-Lee Dental Society and president of the Illinois Association of Boards of Health. In 1968, Shapiro ran for the office of State Representative from the 35th Legislative District and won. He served two terms (1969-1972) as a representative before being elected State Senator from the 37th Legislative District in 1972. Shapiro retained this senate seat for the remainder of his political career (1973-1981).

During his career, which spanned the 76th to the 82nd General Assemblies, Shapiro served on several committees. His duties included vice-chairmanship of both the House and Senate Education Committees. He chaired the Illinois Public Employees Pension Laws Commission which made him an ex-officio member of the State Board of Investment. In addition, Shapiro served on the School Problems Commission and the Revenue Committee. He, also, worked on several Republican Party committees. These included the Republican State Senate Dinner Organizing Committee, the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee and serving as Senate Minority Leader from 1977 to 1981.

As a legislator, Shapiro’s interests and efforts were concentrated on higher education issues and tax reforms. He actively supported legislation outlining state aid to schools, tax relief laws, motor fuel tax funding, highway improvements and currency exchange regulation. Shapiro co-sponsored the campaign disclosure law and played an instrumental part in transferring the Lewis College of Law to Northern Illinois University.

Shapiro’ s work over the years earned him several awards and honors. He was named Outstanding Freshman Representative of the 76th General Assembly and Outstanding Freshman Senator of the 78th General Assembly. Among others, Shapiro was honored by the Illinois State Dental Society, the Illinois Association of School Boards and Northern Illinois University. He was, also, listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in American Politics. Shapiro’s political career ended in 1981 when he died of cancer at his vacation home in Montana.

Subject/Index Terms

Amboy (Ill.)
DeKalb (Ill.), Politics and government
Elections--United States
Equal rights amendments
Illinois. General Assembly
Law schools
Northern Illinois University
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Shapiro, David C.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

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

Acquisition Source: Mrs. Norma Shapiro

Acquisition Method: The David C. Shapiro Papers were donated to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center by Mrs. Norma Shapiro on May 24, 1984.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Campaigns and Party Affiliations],
[Series II.: House and Senate Bills],
[Series III.: Subject Files],
[Series IV.: Constituent Correspondence],
[Series V.: Reports and Publications],
[Series VI.: Photos and Awards],

Series IV.: Constituent Correspondence
Sub-Series A.: Subject Correspondence
Box 7
Folder 2: Abortion, 1975-1981
Folder 3: Advertising, 1979
Folder 4: Aeronautics, 1980
Folder 5: Aging, 1980
Folder 6: Agriculture, 1978-1979
Folder 7: Aid to Non Public Schools, 1964-1970
Folder 8: Airport, 1978-1979
Folder 9: Banks and Trusts, 1979
Folder 10: Capital Development, 1980-1981
Folder 11: Child Abuse, 1979-1980
Folder 12: Child and Family Services Department, 1980
Folder 13: Collective Bargaining, 1975-1977
Folder 14: Commerce Commission, 1980-1981
Folder 15: Community Service Programs, 1980-1981
Folder 16: Conservation, 1980-1981
Folder 17: Conservation Police, 1979
Folder 18: Constitutional Amendment, 1980
Folder 19: Constitutional Rights, 1979
Folder 20: Cook County Hospitals, 1979
Folder 21: Credit Bureau Regulation, 1975
Folder 22: Day Care Reimbursement, 1979
Folder 23: Delinquency Prevention, 1980
Folder 24: Disabled, 1970-1980
Folder 25: Dixon Development Center, 1978, 1980-1981
Folder 26: Dixon State School, 1972, 1974-19767
Folder 27: Drinking Age, 1977-1980
Folder 28: Drivers License, 1980
Folder 29: Education, 1973-1980
Folder 30: Elections, 1980
Folder 31: Environment, 1977-1980
Folder 32-38: Equal Rights Amendment, 1974-1980
Folder 39: Executive Order #1, 1981
Box 8
Folder 1: Expression of Opinions, 1979-1981
Folder 2: Gas, 1979
Folder 3: Governor's Summer Fellowship Program, 1979
Folder 4: Gun Control, 1975, 1981
Folder 5: Highways, 1975-1979
Folder 6: Historical Sites, 1979-1981
Folder 7: Illinois Prosecutors Advisory Council, 1976
Folder 8: Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens, 1977
Folder 9: Illinois Vehicle Code, 1979, 1981
Folder 10: Inflation, 1975
Folder 11: Insurance, 1975, 1979-1981
Folder 12: Interest Rates, 1979, 1981
Folder 13: Kewanee Land Transfers, 1979
Folder 14: Kid's Letters, 1979-1980
Folder 15: Labor, 1979
Folder 16: Law Enforcement, 1979
Folder 17-20: Legislative Salaries, 1979
Folder 21-23: Legislative Salaries, 1978-1979
Folder 24: Library Legislation, 1980-1981
Folder 25: Medical Care Costs, 1975
Folder 26: Mental Health, 1974-1981
Folder 27: Mortgage Contracts, 1980-1981
Folder 28: Multi-Township Assessment Law, 1980
Folder 29: Nuclear Energy, 1979-1980
Folder 30: Nursing Homes, 1979-1980
Folder 31: Open Meeting Act, 1975
Folder 32: Parks, 1975, 1977
Folder 33: Pensions, 1975, 1979-1981
Folder 34: Personal Problems, 1975, 1979-1980
Folder 35: Personnel, 1975, 1979-1980
Folder 36: Product Liability, 1979
Folder 37: Proxy Voting, January 1975
Folder 38: Public Aid, 1976-1980
Folder 39: Registration and Education Department, 1979-1980
Folder 40: Requests for Information, 1979-1981
Folder 41-42: School Funding, 1975-1976
Folder 43: Shelter-Plan Housing, 1979
Folder 44: Small Businesses, 1981
Folder 45: Snow Removal, 1979
Folder 46: Taxes, 1977-1980
Folder 47: Teacher Dismissal Hearings, 1977
Folder 48: Telephones, 1979-1980
Folder 49: Threatening Letter, 1978
Folder 50: Transportation, 1973, 1979-1981
Folder 51: Truant Alternative Program, 1979
Folder 52: Unemployment Insurance, 1977
Folder 53: Utilities, 1980
Folder 54: Vacation Pay, 1979
Folder 55: Veteran's Service Credit, 1975
Folder 56: Vivisection, 1980
Folder 57: Vocational Rehabilitation, 1980
Sub-Series B.: County/City Correspondence
Box 8
Folder 58: Bureau County, 1977-1981
Folder 59: Bureau County: Ladd, 1977-1981
Box 9
Folder 1-2: Bureau County: Princeton, 1975-1981
Folder 3: Bureau County: Spring Valley, 1977-1981
Folder 4: Bureau County: Wyanet, 1977-1979
Folder 5: DeKalb County, 1978-1981
Folder 6-8: DeKalb County: DeKalb City, 1974, 1977-1979, 1980-1981
Folder 9: DeKalb County: Sycamore, 1975, 1977-1980
Folder 10: Henry County, 1979
Folder 11-12: Henry County: Kewanee, 1975-1981
Folder 13: JoDaviess, Kane, Kendall Counties, 1977-1981
Folder 14: Lake County, 1978
Folder 15: LaSalle County, 1977-1981
Folder 16-17: Lee County, 1977-1981
Folder 18-20: Lee County: Dixon, 1977-1981
Folder 21: Lee County: West Brooklyn, 1977
Folder 22: Ogle County, 1977-1981
Folder 23: Rock Island and Stephenson Counties, 1978-1979
Folder 24-25: Whiteside County, 1974-1981
Folder 26-27: Whiteside County: Sterling, 1974, 1977-1981
Folder 28: Will and Winnebago Counties, 1979-1981

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Campaigns and Party Affiliations],
[Series II.: House and Senate Bills],
[Series III.: Subject Files],
[Series IV.: Constituent Correspondence],
[Series V.: Reports and Publications],
[Series VI.: Photos and Awards],

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