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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 VI.: District Files
Sub-Series A.: St. Charles Office
Box 8
Folder 5: Appearance Requests, 1985-1986
Folder 6: Appointments, 1985
Folder 7: Art Caucus, 1985
Folder 8-9: Art Caucus: Correspondence, 1986
Folder 10: Art Caucus: Member's Handbook and Brochure, 1986
Folder 11: Art Caucus: Notes/Releases, 1986
Folder 12: Art Caucus: Participants, 1986
Folder 13: Banking, 1985
Folder 14-15: Calendars, 1984-1986
Folder 16: Case Files, Phone Inquiries, 1986
Folder 17: Closing of Sycamore District Office, August 5, 1986
Folder 18: Conference, Procurement, DeKalb, Illinois, April 24, 1986
Folder 19: Constituent Requests, 1985
Folder 20: Congressional Schedule, 1985
Folder 21: District Outreach Hours, 1985
Folder 22: District Schedules, 1985-1986
Folder 23: DWI Program in Illinois, 1982-1984
Folder 24: Events/Scheduling, 1986
Folder 25-42: Events, Acceptances/Regrets, May 1985-November 1986
Box 9
Folder 1-5: Events, Acceptances/Regrets, January 1985-June 1985
Folder 6: Fair Labor Standards, 1985
Folder 7: Farmers Home Administration, 1985
Folder 8: Grotberg Announcement, October 14, 1985
Folder 9: Hostages, Trans World Airlines (TWA), 1985
Folder 10-11: Mail Logs, January 1985-December 1986
Folder 12-17: Memos, January 1985-October 1986
Folder 18: Monthly Reports, June-November 1986
Folder 19: Monthly Schedules, 1985
Folder 20-21: Monthly Summary Reports, 1983-1986
Folder 22: Newspaper Clippings, March 7, 1985-May 22, 1986
Folder 23: Oglesby Interchange, 1985-1986
Folder 24: Outreach, District, 1983-1985
Folder 25: Position Papers, 1985
Folder 26: Reconnaissance, Report for Section 205 Flood Control Project, South Branch Kishwaukee, DeKalb, Illinois, 1986
Folder 27: Sandwich Floodplan Management Reconnaissance Study Report, 1983
Folder 28: Scheduled Meetings Attended by Joe Ebbesen, 1985-1986
Folder 29: Somonauk Sewage System, 1984-1985
Folder 30: Subcommittee Assignments, 1985
Folder 31-32: Town Meetings, 1985-1986
Folder 33: Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 847 Hijacking, 1985
Folder 34: Twin Silos, St. Charles Park District vs. Citizens, 1985
Box 10
Folder 1: VietNow, 1985
Folder 2: Visitors' Register, St. Charles, 1985-1986
Folder 3: Visitors' Register, Sycamore, 1985-1986
Folder 4: Voluntary Action Center, 1985
Sub-Series B.: Washington Office
Box 10
Folder 5: Agricultural Advisory Committee to Grotberg, March 1985
Folder 6: Armor Piercing Bullets, 1985
Folder 7: AT&T, no date
Folder 8: Banking, 1985
Folder 9: Banking Committee, 1985
Folder 10: Beer and Wine Advertising, 1984-1985
Folder 11: Buy American, 1985
Folder 12: Committee Assignments, 1985
Folder 13: Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, 1985
Folder 14: Correspondence to John Grotberg, 1985
Folder 15: District Meeting Notes, 1985
Folder 16: District Survey, 1985
Folder 17: Farm Aid, 1985
Folder 18: Floor Statements, 1985
Folder 19: Golden Car Plus, Elgin, 1985
Box 11
Folder 1: Guest Book, 1985-1986
Folder 2: Legislative Proposals, 1985
Folder 3: Letters to Grotberg, 1985
Folder 4: March of Dimes, 1985
Folder 5: Media Plan, December 1986
Folder 6: Medicare, 1985
Folder 7-8: Memos to Grotberg from Staff, 1985
Folder 9: MX Missile, 1985
Folder 10: Revenue Sharing, 1985
Folder 11: School Tax Credit, 1984-1985
Folder 12: Small Business Administration, 1985
Folder 13: Speeches and Research Material, 1985-1986
Folder 14: Staff Responsibilities, 1985-1986
Folder 15: State Enterprise Zones, no date
Folder 16: Surveys, 1985
Folder 17: Tax Reform, 1985
Folder 18: Voter Information, 1985
Folder 19: Voting Record, 1985-1986

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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