The bylaws of the
Everett McKinley Dirksen Endowment Fund, adopted November 14,
1963, describe the organization's mission as follows:
"To finance and maintain
the creation of a wing of the City Library of Pekin, Illinois,
to house, display, and preserve the public letters, books, records,
pictures, medals, and other materials associated with the public
service of Everett McKinley Dirksen as citizen, soldier, and
public servant; and to make such endowments for the study and
dissemination of the art and science of public service as shall
In April 1989, the Board of Directors expressed
the current mission in these words:
"The Everett McKinley
Dirksen Congressional Leadership Research Center is a private,
nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational institution
whose mission is to help people better understand the U.S.
Congress and its leaders."
1999 summary of The Center's essence
Innovative ideas and activities.
Remembering the ideals of Everett Dirksen.
Keeping ahead with technology.
Striving for excellence in
Educational, archival, and research programs.
Networking to find partners to further our mission.
Committed to maintaining quality service.
Exploring opportunities across the
Nation and within our community.
Teaching others about Congress and civics.
Encouraging learning through workshops, web sites, and
Respected by those we teach and reach!