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1 Dirksen, Everett McKinley (1896-1969), Papers
Remarks and Releases, 1930-69
6 .5 Linear Shelf Feet
   

Series consists of three divisions: remarks, releases, and interviews;
radio-television; and model statements. The remarks, releases, and interviews
section contains drafts and transcripts of speeches, elected remarks in
Congress; interviews on radio and television; Republican congressional
leadership press releases; weekly constituent newsletter, "The Congressional
Front" (1933-46); weekly radio and television broadcasts to constituents,
"Your Senator Reports" (after the mid-1950s); weekly newspaper columns, "A
Senator's Notebook" (1968-69); and campaign speeches and releases.

 
Documents in the remarks, releases, and interviews section before 1949
relate chiefly to "The Congressional Front ." This newsletter included brief
observations on many subjects, including legislative issues. Dirksen
generally avoided editorial comment or analysis in his newsletter. Other
documents predating Dirksen's Senate career primarily concern his campaigns in
1944 and 1950. This series does not include, for the most part, items
appearing in the Congressional Record.
 
It is also worth noting that Dirksen almost always spoke
extemporaneously or from brief outlines. As a result, those remarks that were
not recorded or transcribed do not survive. The Notebooks series of the
collection contains drafts and ideas for speeches personally written by
Dirksen. Information about "A Senator's Notebook" is located in the Personal
series, "Writings" subseries.
 
Topical coverage in this section is extensive and includes the
following: Dirksen's activities, political issues, observations about
individuals, pending legislation, domestic and foreign policies, and
government operations. The remarks, releases, and interviews are arranged
chronologically. A more detailed finding aid listing each document
individually (excluding routine press releases) follows.
 
The second section contains model statements used by the staff to
respond to constituent inquiries. This section is organized alphabetically by
subject : bipartisanship, Christmas wish, Constitution and domestic
tranquility, biographical, eye problem, freedom, government growth, Lincoln,
Pearl Harbor, politics, wars, and youth. A copy of the Dirksen entries in the
Congressional Record index is also included in this section.
 

The third division is the radio-television section (1950-68). It
contains financial statements, general information, and correspondence with
radio and television stations about such subjects as programming and
scheduling, Federal Communications Commission regulations, lists of stations
carrying Dirksen's weekly broadcasts, and invoices and accounts with the
Senate Recording Studio. The financial statements and general information
files are arranged chronologically. Station correspondence is organized
alphabetically by name of the town in which the station is located, within
each town by call letters, and then chronologically.

Index to a more detailed finding aid listing each document individually
(excluding routine press releases).

Date Reference (left to right):

Reference No Date
   
1930 March 18, 1933 - December 30, 1933
   
January 6, 1934 - October 1934 1935 - August 17, 1935
   
January 11, 1936 - December 8, 1936 January 9, 1937 - December 31, 1937
   
January 8, 1938 - October 21, 1938 January 7, 1939 - November 4, 1939
   
1940 - November 23, 1940 January 4, 1941 - December 27, 1941
   
January 3, 1942 - December 26, 1942 1943 - December 28, 1943
   
1944 - November 1944 1945 - December 29, 1945
   
1946 - September 24, 1946 January 23, 1947 - November 18, 1947
   
June 7, 1948 - July 29, 1948 September 15, 1949 - December 30, 1949
   
1950 - December 24, 1950 1951 - December 11, 1951
   
1952 - October 19, 1952 1953 - September 14, 1953
   
1954 - November 7, 1954 January 9, 1955 - November 30, 1955
   
ca. 1956 - October 31, 1956 1957 - November 13, 1957
   
ca. 1958 - December 14, 1958 February 2, 1959 - December 30, 1959
   
ca. 1960 - November 3, 1960 1961 - December 14, 1961
   
1962 - ca. November 1962 1963 - December 13, 1963
   
ca. 1964 - December 10, 1964 ca. 1965 - November 30, 1965
   
ca. 1966 - December 3, 1966 ca. 1967 - December 28, 1967
   
ca. 1968 - December 11, 1968 1969 - October 1969
   
Model Statements  

* A special thanks to Irfan Asrar of IntellaDOC Document Solutions for his assistance on the PDF documents.


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