Historical Manuscripts Collection (O-R)


Records, 1897-1970.
.4 cu. ft.

Organized, operated and sponsored guest speakers and entertainment on the Chautauqua grounds near Petersburg, Illinois. Later the grounds were subdivided and sold to members for cottages and concessions. Founded as the Old Salem Cumberland Presbyterian State Chautauqua Association of Petersburg in 1897.

Photocopies of minute books, including committee records, financial reports, stock certificates and other materials documenting the history and activities of the Association. Also includes microfilm of the Association's newspaper, Old Salem Chautauquan, 1920-1923.

Loaned for reproduction.
Finding aids available: MC 7, MC 7/1


Papers, 1963-2006
6.5 Cubic Feet

Member of the UIS history faculty, 2001-2007. Dr. Paludan held the University's first distinguished chair, the Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, established in 2001. Before coming to UIS, Paludan taught at University of Kansas, Rutgers University, and University College, Dublin. One of the nation's most preeminent American Civil War historians, Paludan wrote several books on the topic including The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln and Victims, a True Story of the Civil War, along with numerous other chapters and journal articles.

Notes, articles, drafts, transparencies, lecture notes, news clippings, correspondence and other items from Dr. Paludan's files, ranging from 1963 to 2006. The majority of the collection contains research files maintained by Dr. Paludan on various topics pertaining to U.S. History, particularly the Civil War and U.S. Constitutional history. The collection also contains research notes for his book Victims, a True Story of the Civil War (Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, 1981) as well as files for classes he taught at UIS and the University of Kansas, 1987-2005.

Series I (Boxes 1-2) consists of general American Civil War research material. Topics include political, social, and economic facets of the conflict. Folders primarily contain information collected by Dr. Paludan with his personal notes.

Series II (Box 3, Folders 1-25; Box 7) consists of research material for Dr. Paludan's book Victims, a True Story of the Civil War, including several drafts of the text. Also contains general Civil War research material.

Series III (Box 3, Folders 26-56 – Box 6, Folders 1-12) consists of general historical research on Colonial America, Constitutional history and other topics. Some Civil War topics, research on the history profession, and other personal papers are also located here.

Series IV (Box 6, Folders 13-34) consists of lecture notes, syllabi, and exams from classes taught by Dr. Paludan at the University of Kansas and UIS, 1987-2005

Series V (Box 8; RESTRICTED) contains graded student essays, tests, and assignments along with class rosters and grade books. Also includes information pertaining to the hiring of an executive director for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Center for Government Studies.

Series VI (Oversize) contains posters and and other oversized material from Dr. Paludan's office.

Gift of Marty Paludan, 2007.
Finding aid available. P/Paludan

See also: Phillip Shaw Paludan Oral History Memoir


Records, 1978-1981.
1.0 cu. ft.

Affiliate of the Illinois chapter of the National Abortion Rights Action League. Founded in 1979 to organize and lobby for the availability of safe and legal abortions in Illinois. Leaders included Nina Adams, John Arnold, Bev Dobbs, Jo Ann Duma and Kathy Wood.

Minutes, by-laws, correspondence, membership lists, financial records, memoranda, press information, brochures, research papers, legislative materials, newsletters, newspapers, and clippings documenting the Alliance's foundations, purposes, accomplishments, finances, membership and internal organizational problems.

Gift of Nina Adams, 1984.
Finding aid available.
Access to membership records restricted. MC 36


Directory, 1972.
1 item.

Directory of Peoria member manufacturers, listing company names, address, telephone numbers executives, products, affiliate or parent companies, sales and number of employees.

Transfer from SSU University Relations, 1980. LHC 22


Photographs, ca. 1963-1976.
6.0 cu. ft.

Editor and publisher of Iliniwek, a newspaper devoted to early Illinois history published 1963-1976. Phillips was a resident of East Peoria, Illinois, and received a B.S. from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930.

Thirty-six thousand (36,000) black and white photographic negatives with corresponding contact sheets documenting unusual and historical rural and town architecture in Illinois and other midwestern sites. Topics include transportation, industry, Clayville, New Salem, French towns in Illinois, and the work of sculptor Lorado Taft. Contact sheets arranged geographically and by topic. A complete set of Iliniwek is included, featuring a controversial series of articles in 1976 regarding the location of Ft. Crevecoeur on Lake Peoria.

Gift of Betty Madden, 1982.
Finding aid available. includes location index of photographs. MC 21


Records, 1938-1995.
.5 cu. ft.

Records of four successive organizations which have conducted family planning education and services in Springfield, Illinois since 1938.

Incorporation certificate, constitution, by-laws, letters and patient load statistics of the Springfield Maternal Health Center, 1938-1956, documenting its founding and organization, the controversy surrounding its sponsorship of a performance by Jeannette MacDonald in Springfield in 1939, and statistical information on clients from the John Hay Homes public housing project.

Affiliation certificates, minutes, membership lists, field visit and self-evaluation reports, correspondence, State Fair programs and financial records of the Planned Parenthood Association of Springfield, 1952-1964, concerning the Association's administration and disbanding of its clinic; its educational, publicity, and referral service activities; its relations with local churches and with the national Planned Parenthood office, particularly regarding its affiliation status. Of note are letters to sent to prospective brides and new mothers regarding family planning and a letter of objection sent by a new father, 1962.

Planning papers and correspondence, by-laws, board member lists, and a grant application of Family Planning of Sangamon County Inc., 1970-1973, concerning its structure and activities.

Minutes, correspondence, attendance and volunteer lists, newsletters, collected clippings, evaluation reports, financial records, and collected literature of Planned Parenthood Springfield Area, 1973-95, regarding its activities, finances and concerns.

Gift of Planned Parenthood Springfield Area, 1983, 1990, 1995
Finding aid available. MC 38

Click to ExpandPORTER, JOSEPH.

Arithmetic exercise book, ca. 1800-1830.
1 item.

Thirty-page, handwritten exercise book containing practical arithmetic problems covering measures, weights and currencies, including the exchange of New England, Virginia, Federal and English monies. The problems are derived from a textbook by Michael Walsh and Richard Turner, A New System of Mercantile Arithmetic: Adapted to the Commerce of the United States, which appeared in several editions between 1800 and 1830.

Source unknown. LHC 79

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Newsletters, 1982-1984.
.16 cu. ft.

A not-for-profit corporation of "individuals committed to fostering political participation of people," based in Springfield. Members included Chet Brandt, Steve Kapple, Jill Kunka, David Lasley, Ernie Nielson, Warren Ribley, Michael Schusselle, Gwendolyn Shake, Ralph Stone, and John Williams.

Newsletters of "views that span the political spectrum from liberal to radical," including interviews, book reviews, political commentary, announcements and calendars. Eight issues, 1982-1983. Also includes two newsletters of the Springfield Peace Coalition prepared by Prairie Dog Dispatch, 1983-1984.

Gift of David Lasley, 1984.

Finding aid available. MC 64


Annual Report, 1933.
1 item.

Organized at the State Convention in Gillespie in 1932. Dedicated to providing strike relief and advocating labor legislation, labor education, a youth movement, and "independent working class political action."

First annual report prepared by president, Agnes Burns Wieck. Describes history, objectives and activities of the Auxiliary. Topics include Mulkeytown March, Battle of Kincaid, American Civil Liberties Union, Governor Henry Horner, Staunton Conference, Mt. Olive and the United Mine Workers.

Gift of David Wieck, 1984. LHC 73.

SEE ALSO: J9/5/24, Oral History Office, Coal Mining in Illinois Project, Subject File, 1909-1977.


Photograph Collection, ca. 1980.
.16 cu. ft.

One hundred and nine 8" x 10" black and white photographs depicting railroads in Illinois, including shots of Illinois Terminal Railroad Company, Chicago & Illinois Midland, Illinois Central Gulf and Amtrak railroad cars. Taken by rail photographer Donald Sims. Some were published in the Spring 1980 issue of Railway Quarterly, a copy of which is included.

Gift of Denis Dunning, Railway Quarterly, 1980.

Finding aid available. MC 33

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Ledger, 1900-1902.
1 vol.

Stock and grain brokerage company established in 1897. Located at 512 1/2 East Adams, Springfield.

Accounts of commodities, businesses, banks and individuals who did business with the company.

Transfer from IRAD, 1978.

Finding aid available. MC 3

Click to ExpandREDMOND, EUGENE B.

Papers, 1977-1994.
.4 cu. ft.

Poet laureate of East Saint Louis, Illinois and professor of English and Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Redmond is the author or editor of 18 volumes, founding editor of Drumvoices Revue, and and associate publisher of Literati Internationale and The Original Blues Annual. In 1993 he won the American Book Award for The Eye in the Ceiling and he serves as the literary executor of the Henry Dumas estate.

Programs, bulletins, memoranda, clippings, personal notes, planning material, brochures, newsletters, publications, proposals, press releases, leaflets, flyers, booklets and memorabilia documenting the activities of Redmond and the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club. Includes a B & W photo of Redmond.

Gift if Maria Mootry, 1995.
Finding aid available. MC 80

Click to ExpandREED, WALDO STORY.

Reminiscence, 1929.
15 pp.

"Glimpse of Springfield, 1881-1894," giving a tour of prominent Springfield personalities, buildings and institutions, 1881, and a chronology of significant changes, 1882-1894. Photocopy.

Source unknown. LHC 13


Papers, 1951-1997
1.0 cu. ft.

Writer and poet, resident of New York City and Lincoln, Maine. Member of the Handy Colony in Marshall, Illinois, 1953, 1955-57.

Includes Robb's journal, 1969-1981, recording personal incidents, ideas for poetry and works in progress; approximately 130 handwritten and typed manuscripts of poems, often with multiple versions and drafts; two letters from former Handy Colony writer Charles Stevenson Wright to Robb, 1965; eight letters from Lowney Handy to Robb, 1959-1963, including Handy's commentary on Robb's writing; Robb's Handy Colony membership certificate, 1953; clippings on poetry and literature, and on Robb's arrest in Lincoln, Maine in 1984; five copies of novels by James Jones, including a signed, presentation first edition of From Here to Eternity, inscribed by Jones to Robb, 1951.

Gift of the Charles Robb Estate, 1997.
Finding aid available. MC 42/3

SEE ALSO: MC 42 Handy Colony

Click to ExpandRUNYAN, MURIEL.

Essay, ca. 1950.
57 pp.

Carbon typescript of "Hollywood Community Center." Describes history of the Elmhurst addition on Springfield's northwest side, an area popularly know as Hollywood. Topics include the organization of the Hollywood Community Council and Community Center, Judge Harlington Wood, Springfield Optimist Club, Sangamon Youth Commission, and juvenile delinquency.

Gift of Michael Townsend, 1985. LHC 85

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