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Collection Overview

Title: John Grotberg Papers (St. Charles), 1949-1992

ID: RHC/RC/240

Extent: 10.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is divided into six series:  Personal Files, Campaign Files, State Representative Files, Legislative Files, Subject Files, and District Office Files.

The first series, Personal Files, consists of seven subseries:  Biographical, Correspondence, Speeches, Newsletters/Press Releases, Committees, Legislation, and Audio-video.

The State Representative Files is Series III. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

The fourth series, Legislative Files, consists of eight subseries arranged by types of bills.

Series V, Subject Files, contains topically arranged material, arranged alphabetically.

The sixth series, District File, is divided into two subseries:  St. Charles and Washington.

Date Acquired: 04/24/1979. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Grotberg, John, Legislators, Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ), St. Charles (Ill.), United States--Politics and government

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The John E. Grotberg Papers document his political career up to the time of his death on November 15, 1986.  The collection is divided into six series:  Personal Files, Campaign Files, State Representative Files, Legislative Files, Subject Files, and District Office Files.

The first series, Personal Files, consists of seven subseries:  Biographical, Correspondence, Speeches, Newsletters/Press Releases, Committees, Legislation, and Audio-video.  The first subseries consists of biographical information such as resumes, personal notes, newspaper clippings, and certificates of appreciation.  Of special interest in the biographies files is a 1992 Grotberg Family reunion booklet.  The second subseries contains correspondence to and from Grotberg.  The third subseries consists of speeches given by Grotberg.  The fourth subseries includes newsletters and press releases written by Grotberg and his staff.  The fifth subseries consists of lists of committees that Grotberg served on during his political career.  The sixth subseries includes a listing of the bills Grotberg sponsored or cosponsored.  And the final subseries contains an audio cassette tape of the “Up Close” talk show with Marie Luedke representing Grotberg’s office, a VHS tape entitled, “City Out of Wilderness,” which includes an introduction by  Grotberg, and a VHS tape of John Grotberg’s memorial session on the house floor on March 4, 1987.

Series II, Campaign Files, date from 1972-1986 and include information on Grotberg’s various political office campaigns.  This series consists of information on campaign strategies, endorsements, fundraising events, Federal Election Commission reports, and tax returns for Grotberg’s campaign committees.

The State Representative Files included in Series III date from 1972-1976 and contains topical correspondence and literature files pertaining to Grotberg’s legislative issues and his duties as State Representative.  This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

The fourth series, Legislative Files, consists of eight subseries arranged by types of bills.  The bills are arranged numerically by bill number within each subseries.  The files usually include a copy of the bill, committee reports, staff memos, and correspondence to illustrate the bill’s introduction and movement through Congress.  Only bills sponsored and cosponsored by Grotberg are included in this series.

Series V, Subject Files, contains topically arranged material and includes published reports, correspondence, and newspaper clippings.  This series is arranged alphabetically and includes information on such topics as the superconducting supercollider at Fermilab and the TWA hostage situation.

The sixth series, District File, is divided into two subseries:  St. Charles and Washington.  These files include district schedules, memos, event acceptances and regrets, correspondence, and voting information.

Collection Historical Note

John E. Grotberg held various offices during his political career.  A resident of St. Charles, Illinois, he served two terms as Illinois House of Representative (1973-1977) and three terms as  Illinois State Senator (1977-1985), the last four years of which he was the Assistant Republican Leader.  He was elected to the U.S. Representative from the 14th District in November 1984 and was a member of the Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs and Small Business Committees.  Grotberg died on November 15, 1986 from bronchial pneumonia and colon cancer.  Dennis Hastert finished Grotberg’s term as U.S. House of Representative.

Born in Winnebago, Minnesota, on March 21, 1925, Grotberg received a B.S. degree from George Williams College in 1961.  Married, with five children, he spent 25 years as a corporate executive for the Y.M.C.A. in Chicago.  He was owner and President of John E. Grotberg and Associates, Financial Development Consultants and General Manager of the Hotel Baker, a retirement home run by the Lutheran Welfare Services of Illinois. Active in many civic and social organizations, Grotberg was an enthusiastic supporter of the fine arts, having been engaged in many musical and theatrical enterprises himself.  Grotberg̓s major civic accomplishment, founding the Tri-City Youth Project for Geneva, Batavia, and St. Charles,  provided needed companionship and entertainment for area youths.

Subject/Index Terms

Grotberg, John
Legislators
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
St. Charles (Ill.)
United States--Politics and government

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional records were added at later dates.

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

Acquisition Source: John E. Grotberg

Acquisition Method: John E. Grotberg deposited his papers in the Regional History Center on April 24, 1979.

Related Materials: Researchers may wish to consult the Guide to Resources for other political collections held by the Regional History Center.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Personal Files],
[Series II.: Campaign Files],
[Series III.: State Representative Files],
[Series IV.: Legislative Bill Files],
[Series V.: Subject Files],
[Series VI.: District Files],
[All]

Series II.: Campaign Files
Box 1
Folder 56: Appointment Books, 1972, 1974
Folder 57: Brochures, 1983, no date
Folder 58: Budget, Senate Campaign, 1976-1978
Box 2
Folder 1: Campaign Contributions (D-2) Reports, 1977-1985
Folder 2: Campaign Letters, 1977-1984
Folder 3: Campaign Stationary, 1976, 1978, no date
Folder 4-6: Campaign Strategy, 1976-1986
Folder 7: Committeemen's Endorsement Letters, 1984
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1974-1986
Folder 9: DuPage County Campaign, Mary Lou D. Walters, 1984
Folder 10: Economic Interests Statement, 1972-1984
Folder 11: Endorsements, 1983-1984
Folder 12-15: Federal Election Commission Reports for Citizens for Grotberg Committee, 1983-1985
Folder 16: Finance Committee, 1984
Folder 17-18: Financial Records, 1976-1984
Folder 19: Fundraisers: Aurora, September 11, 1984
Folder 20: Fundraisers: Bankers Luncheon, October 11, 1985
Folder 21: Fundraisers: Batavia, October 7, 1984
Folder 22: Fundraisers: Butterman's, February 1, 1984
Folder 23: Fundraisers: Burnley Event, August 28, 1984
Folder 24: Fundraisers: Chicago, February 6, 1984
Folder 25: Fundraisers: Dundee, October 21, 1984
Folder 26: Fundraisers: Geneva, September 9, 1984
Folder 27: Fundraisers: Golf Outing, August 14, 1984
Folder 28: Fundraisers: Huntley, October 27, 1984
Folder 29: Fundraisers: PAC, Springfield, June 20, 1984
Folder 30: Fundraisers: St. Charles, August 12, 1984
Folder 31: Fundraisers: West Chicago, October 21, 1984
Folder 32: Fundraising, 1983-1984
Folder 33: Fundraisers: Industrial Advisory Committee, 1983-1984
Folder 34: Fundraisers: NIU College Republicans, 1984
Folder 35: Fundraisers: Plano, Yorkville, Sandwich, 1984
Folder 36: Fundraisers: List, DeKalb, no date
Folder 37: Fundraisers: PAC, 1984
Folder 38: Fundraisers: PAC Contributors, 1984
Folder 39: Fundraisers: PAC Lists, 1981-1984
Folder 40: Instructions, Senate Campaign, 1978
Folder 41: Loans, 1983-1984
Folder 42: Maps and Statistics, 1980-1984
Folder 43: McClory, Congressman Robert Reception, January 10, 1984
Folder 44: National Rifle Association of America Campaign Endorsement, 1982
Folder 45-46: PAC Information and Contributors, 1983-1985
Folder 47: Photographs: Grotberg Fundraiser(22); Grotberg Campaign (31), 1984, no date
Folder 48: Precinct Committeemen List of Votes, 1982-1984
Folder 49: Radio Spots, Primary, 1978
Folder 50: Ratings, 1979-1984
Folder 51: Reelection Press Packet, October 14, 1985
Folder 52: Reports, Senate Campaign, 1978
Folder 53: Speaking Invitations, 1985, no date
Folder 54: Special Events, Caravans, and Schedules, Senate Campaign, 1978
Folder 55: Speech, Questions, no date
Folder 56: Statements of Organization, (D-1), 1981, 1984
Folder 57: Surveys and Survey Contracts, 1982, 1984
Folder 58: Tax Returns, John Grotberg Campaign Committee, 1972, 1977
Folder 59: Tax Returns, Citizens for Grotberg, 1979-1985

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Personal Files],
[Series II.: Campaign Files],
[Series III.: State Representative Files],
[Series IV.: Legislative Bill Files],
[Series V.: Subject Files],
[Series VI.: District Files],
[All]


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