The Robert H. Michel Collection, first acquired by The Center
in 1989 and supplemented over the years, is currently being processed.
The basic organization follows:
Series [to be processed]
20 linear feet. "Green" copies of outgoing correspondence
organized alphabetically by recipient's name.
Audiovisual Series [to be processed]
Tapes [to be processed]
Approximately 258 items in varying formats, many in BETA
or broadcast and not viewable at Center. [Preliminary inventory]
5 linear feet. See also Scrapbook Series
6 linear feet
and Politics Series, 1956-94
40 linear feet. Documents electoral activities, combining
files originally located in a variety of Michel's offices.
The series is organized into a chronological and a subject
District Office Series
Office Files, 1983-94
7.5 linear feet. Two sections deal with routine office
matters and public works projects respectively.
Files [to be processed]
2.5 linear feet
General Series [to
29 linear feet
Series [to be processed and integrated into other
Dear Colleague Letters, 1981-94
The series consists of 625 letters amounting to 3,817 pages. The topics include housekeeping details for House Republicans, notices of meetings and events, briefing materials for pending legislation, complaints about treatment by Democrats, and requests for votes. In most cases, the file consists simply of a copy of the letter. In other cases, however, the file includes drafts and reference materials. The best-documented subjects include the budget, federal spending and the economy; House rules; health care reform; the Republican Conference; and Republican proposals for House reform.
Dear Republican Colleague Letters, 1989-94
The series consists of 394 letters totaling 1,007 pages. This file consists of letters written on behalf of the Republican leadership to Republicans in the House of Representatives. There are occasional letters signed by both Democratic and Republican leaders—a mark in the “Rep. Only” column signifies letters signed only by Republicans. Topics range from invitations to Republican organizational matters to legislation to legislative procedures.
Joint Letters, 1983-94
The letters number 461, totaling 1,669 pages. The “”Joint Letters” series consists of letters signed by members of the House of Representatives—sometimes just Republicans, other times members of both parties. Most of the letters are directed to members of the executive branch, including the president. Others were sent to colleagues in the House and Senate. A few of the files contain responses. The subjects run from procedural matters in the chamber to issues of the day.
15 linear feet. Consists of documents relating to Michel's
service as Republican Whip (1975-80) and Minority Leader
(1981-94) in the U.S. House of Representatives.
One linear foot. Topics include campaigns and campaign
funding, committee assignments, resignations from the House,
appointments to commissions and boards, and administrative
issues in the House.
1953-87 [bound volumes; to be processed]
Delegation Letters, 1983-94
Less than one linear foot. This series contains copies
of letters stating positions or requesting action on behalf
of the Republicans and Democrats representing Illinois in
the US House and Senate.
80 liner feet. Consists of several different groupings
of records organized by Congress or congressional session.
These files apparently served as the reference source for
bills that Rep. Michel sponsored, cosponsored, amended, or
had a special interest in.
1.5 linear feet. Budget statistics, Member correspondence,
staff analysis of options, and Senate actions concerning
budget negotiations, 1981-82.
Care Reform [to be processed]
Cases, 1980-93 [RESTRICTED]
Legal filings, committee reports, and occasional memoranda
and research materials chiefly dealing with cases about
prerogatives of the House.
Staff memoranda, drafts and comparisons of legislation,
reference materials, correspondence, and information related
to HR 2190 and S 250 regarding voter registration.
Less than one linear foot. This file, apparently collected
by Ted Van Der Meid, relates to Democrat-inspired efforts
to establish a link between Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential
campaign and the Iran hostage crisis.
Special Subjects, 1987-94
6 linear feet. This series consists of files related
to topics of particular interest to Michel and his staff.
Major topics include campaign reform, the organization
and reform of Congress, and the House Post Office scandal.
2.5 linear feet. Robert H. Michel's voting record in the
US House of Representatives is documented in a chronological
series (1957-72) organized by Congress and in a subject series
(1957-80) organized alphabetically.
Series [to be processed]
Patronage Series [RESTRICTED]
2.5 linear feet. Materials assembled in preparing recommendations
for federal judgeships.
2.5 linear feet. Files on individual recommended by Michel
for positions on boards, commissions, and agencies.
and Ad Hoc Appointments
4.0 linear feet. Materials relating to appointments by
the Minority Leader to boards; commissions; select, special,
and joint committee; councils, delegations, and conferences.
Files, 1948-2001 [RESTRICTED]
18 linear feet.
Commission on Olympic Sports, 1973-76
3 linear feet. On June 19, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford,
by Executive Order, established the President's Commission
on Olympic Sports to determine what factors impede or prevent
the US from fielding its best amateur athletes for participation
in the Olympic Games and other international amateur sporting
events. He appointed Rep. Michel to serve on the commission.
This series consists of hearings transcripts, interim reports
to the President, and related materials. The commission staff
generated the vast majority of documents – very little
originated with Michel or his staff, although there are occasional
underlinings in commission materials. Virtually all the information
dates from mid-1975 through 1976; earlier records consist
of reference information.
30 linear feet accumulates clippings, memoranda, newsletters,
constituent questionnaires, remarks and releases, files of
the Republican Press Secretary, and an extensive subject file.
See also the Speech and Trip File.
Project Series, 1961-92
16 linear feet. Project Files contain reference materials,
memoranda, appeals to departments and agencies on behalf
of public works projects in the 18th congressional district.
Included are copies of project proposals and grant applications,
news releases, notes, news clippings, award notifications,
and correspondence. The projects concern subjects such as
waste treatment; housing for elderly, low income, and handicapped
individuals; bridge and road construction; river flooding;
early childhood education; and health care and medical research.
Generating significant interest in the late 1970s and early
1980s were the locks and dam 26 project (relating to the
safety of dam 26 on the Illinois River), the proposed Sheffield
nuclear waste site; various community development block grant
proposals; and the development of airline routes from Peoria
to other cities.
Project Files [to be processed]
Series [to be processed]
13 linear feet.
Scrapbooks [on deposit, RESTRICTED]
1945-94 [to be processed]
10 linear feet. Overwhelmingly photographs.
Speeches and Trip Series, 1956-2001
Record, 1957-94 [bound volumes]
Volumes containing only references to Michel.
and Trip Files, 1956-2001
15.5 linear feet. Documents 1,200 of Michel's speeches.
See also the Press Series.
Buttaro Files, 1979-93
20 linear feet. The majority of files date from 1991-93
and concern budget, tax, and economic issues.
F. Gavin Files, 1977-90
3.0 linear feet. A chronological section contains materials
used in preparing remarks for Michel. The second, a subject
section, contains reference materials, clippings, and occasional
memos and correspondence related to legislative topics such
as Contra aid, flag desecration, the nuclear freeze, and
the October Surprise investigation.
Kehl Files, 1977-92 [additions to be processed]
Michel statements and drafts, staff memoranda, copies
of proposed legislation, information about legislative strategy,
and occasional notes of meetings about budget, continuing
resolutions, and House-Senate conference committee sessions.
Pitts Files, 1971-90
Information about the federal budget and, to a lesser
extent, House Republican operations and House procedures.
Van Der Meid Files, 1978-94 [additions to be processed]
23 linear feet, contain reference materials, notes and
memoranda, and occasional correspondence about such issues
as banking, campaign finance reform, the Civil Rights Bill
of 1991, crime legislation, congressional ethics, the Independent
Counsel Act, franking reform, redistricting, and White House
scandals. Van Der Meid was General Counsel to Michel.
Vanlier Files, 1988-90
Legislative working papers on Americans with Disabilities Act,
drug abuse legislation, and flag desecration.
White Files, 1993
Less than 1 linear foot. Shelly White monitored the effort
to secure passage of the North American Free Trade Act in
late 1993. These files document the lobbying and vote counting
that took place within Congress and on the part of outside
interest groups in October and November of that year. Included
are whip counts, meeting notes, and lobbying assignments.