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Illinois statecraft

Repository: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Collection Description (CRHP): This collection includes interviews with African Americans Howard Peters (Governor Jim Edgars series), who grew up in Memphis and became Director of Corrections and later Secretary of Human Services in Illinois; Emil Jones (Legislators series), long-time Illinois Senator and social justice/fair education advocate; Beverly Helm-Renfro (General Interest series), who describes her parents' activism in Springfield, Illinois, and her experiences as Senator Barack Obama's secretary.

Collection Description (Extant): The story of Illinois politics is not only colorful, but also essential to our understanding of Illinois and its place in the nation and the wider world today. This project intends to focus not strictly on politicians, but also on journalists, lobbyists, jurists, political aides, friends, relatives and political opponents, in other words, those behind the headlines as well as those who find themselves in them. Since the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate both have Oral Historians on staff, this project focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on the state and local political scene. And while our interviewees sometimes discuss the Chicago political scene, we generally leave primary responsibility for that subject to Chicago institutions. That said, there's plenty in this collection that will enlighten the serious student, or catch the attention of those of us who are fascinated by the way the political game is played in Illinois.

Access Copy Note: Abstracts, transcripts, photographs, audio, and video for many interviews may be found at the collection URL. New materials are regularly added to the site.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 2008-2010

Digital Status: Yes

Existing IDs: ISG-V-L-2009-036; IS-A-L-2008-105; IS-A-L-2010-024

Extent: sound discs digital (CD) 4 3/4 in. (WAV44 kHz 16 bit), mp3, digital video, transcripts

Finding Aid: No finding aid currently exists for this collection; however, many interviews have been abstracted and/or transcribed.

Language: English

Interviewees: Howard Peters, Emil Jones, Beverly Helm-Renfro

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American politicians--Illinois
African Americans--Illinois
Civil rights--Illinois
Correctional institutions
Discrimination in education
Illinois--Politics and government
Juvenile corrections


Sound recordings


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