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Collection Overview

Title: Harris W. Fawell Papers (Naperville), 1963-1977

ID: RHC/RC/004

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is divided into three record series: (1) correspondence files, (2) subject files, (3) legislative files.

Date Acquired: 10/16/1980

Subjects: DuPage County (Ill.), Education., Fawell, Harris W., Firearms, Illinois. General Assembly, Legislators, Mental health, Naperville (Ill.), People with disabilities, Prisons

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records in the collection document Harris W. Fawell’s principal activities as a state senator for the 41st district from 1965 to 1975.

The first series of correspondence files concerns Fawell’s involvement with civic, intergovernmental, and professional organizations, recommendations for the legislative internship program, requests for information from state legislators, and local constituents regarding public policy issues.

The subject files contain information on various Illinois councils and commissions and include incomplete sets of minutes of meetings, correspondence, and memoranda between Senator Fawell, the commissions, and his constituents. Arranged alphabetically, files are included for these groups: Office of Collective Bargaining; Illinois Commission on Children; Illinois Department of Mental Health; Illinois Fuel Allocation Office; Illinois Association for Retarded Citizens; Illinois Department of Revenue.

Legislative files comprise the third and most extensive series in the collection. Arranged alphabetically by subject within each biennium, the files detail specific legislative programs concerning the government and general welfare of the state from 1965 to 1975. Types of records found in the files include copies of original House and Senate bills, resolutions and amendments sponsored by Fawell. The records concern subjects such as medical care for the disabled, mental health funds, unemployment compensation, pensions, law enforcement, branch banking, highway planning, and administration of the state government.

Collection Historical Note

Harris W. Fawell was born on March 25, 1929 and later attended North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. After graduating from Kent College of Law, Chicago, in 1952, Fawell became a practicing attorney in partnership under the firm name of Fawell and Larson, Naperville. Fawell also served as assistant state’s attorney, DuPage County from 1953 to 1957. In 1962, Fawell was elected state senator for the 41st District in Illinois and served in that capacity for four terms.

As a member of the legislature Fawell served on several permanent and temporary boards and commissions. Fawell worked with the Legislative Reference Bureau preparing bills, resolutions and amendments. In addition to preparing legislation requested by assemblymen, Fawell worked on the Illinois Commission on Children, the Organizational Study of the General Assembly, and the Illinois State Senate Standing Committees on Education, Judiciary, and Public Health, and Public Welfare, and Corrections.

Aside from his legislative duties Fawell’s commitments extended into other areas concerned with the government and the general welfare of the state. His professional activities included: memberships with the Illinois and American Bar Association, American Judicature Society, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; President of the DuPage County Family Service Associations; board member of the Chicago Association for the Retarded. Fawell’s contributions as a statesman and his services in the fields of public health and social welfare won him acclaim from legislators, public officials, and lobbyists of both parties.

Subject/Index Terms

DuPage County (Ill.)
Fawell, Harris W.
Illinois. General Assembly
Mental health
Naperville (Ill.)
People with disabilities

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.<span style="display: none"> </span>

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public. <span style="display: none"> </span>

Acquisition Source: Harris W. Fawell

Acquisition Method: Harris W. Fawell donated his papers to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on October 16, 1980.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Correspondence Files],
[Series II: Subject Files],
[Series III: Legislative Files],

Series II: Subject Files
Box 1
Folder 73: Recommendations, Governor?s Office, 1968-1977
Folder 74: Recommendations, Law Enforcement, 1972-1975
Folder 75: Recommendations, Medical School, 1973-1974
Folder 76-77: Recommendations, Department of Mental Health, 1952-1972
Folder 78: Recommendations, Office of Superintendent of Public  Instruction, 1973
Folder 79: Recommendations, Out of State, 1974
Folder 80: Recommendations, Page, 1974
Folder 81: Recommendations, Department of Public Health, 1972
Folder 82: Recommendations, Race Track, 1969-1976
Folder 83: Recommendations, Department of Registration and Education, 1970-1972
Folder 84: Recommendations, Scouts, 1974-1976
Folder 85: Recommendations, U. S. Naval Academy, 1970-1974
Folder 86: Admissions Procedures, 1966-1968
Folder 87: Blue Cross Blue Shield, 1972
Folder 88: Bodine, Kathryn and George, Circuit Breaker Tax Forms,, 1974-1975
Folder 89: Child Care Services, 1973
Folder 90: Collective Bargaining, Office of, 1974
Folder 91: Commission on Children, State Study, 1969
Box 2
Folder 1: Department of Conservation, Re: Anti-Cruelty to Animals, 1967
Folder 2: Dreyfuss, Mrs. Morton, Medical Schools, 1974
Folder 3: Education, Cooperative Association for Special Education, 1975
Folder 4: Education, DuPage County Coordinating Council for Special Services, 1973
Folder 5: Education, Finance, 1971-1974
Folder 6: Education, Governor?s Task Force, 1969-1973
Folder 7: Education, Management Systems, 1973-1974
Folder 8-9: Education Overrides, 1975
Folder 10: Equal Rights Amendment, 1972-1976
Folder 11: Fuel Allocation Office (Coal Studies), 1972-1973
Folder 12: Homestead Improvement Exemption, 1975-1976
Folder 13: Homestead Improvement Exemption, 1976
Folder 14: Illinois Association for Retarded Citizens, 1976
Folder 15: Interest on Security Deposits, 1974-1975
Folder 16: Jantz, Special Education Problems, 1972-1973
Folder 17: Legal Age, 1971
Folder 18: Legal Problems, 1974
Folder 19: Legalizing Bingo, 1969
Folder 20: Malpractice Bill, 1975-1976
Folder 21: Mental Health, 1967-1969
Folder 22: Office State Symbols, Re: Flags, 1969-1976
Folder 23: Pensions - Teachers, Correspondence, 1972
Folder 24: Revenue State and Federal, 1971-1975
Folder 25: School Association for Special Education in DuPage County, 1964-1971
Folder 26: School Problems Commission, Dual District, 1968-1971
Folder 27-28: Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Tax Relief, 1972-1974
Folder 29: Real Estate Tax Relief for Senior Citizens, 1974
Folder 30: Taylor, Thomas, Bower?s Staff, 1976
Folder 31: Workman?s Compensation, 1975-1976
Folder 32: Urban Coalition, 1968
Folder 33: Walther, Gene W., U. of I. Admissions Problems, 1974

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[Series I: Correspondence Files],
[Series II: Subject Files],
[Series III: Legislative Files],

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