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Thomas J. Dyba Lincoln Home Papers

Thomas J. Dyba was executive vice president of Illinois Benedictine College, Lincoln scholar, and a member of the Abraham Lincoln Society. Dyba constructed two scale models of the Lincoln home, one model of the Lincoln funeral train, and edited the newsletter "The Lincoln Chronicle".

Collection consists of personal correspondence, newspaper articles relating to Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Home, and the activities of the Abraham Lincoln Association, VHS recordings of events, and copies of various Lincoln related newsletters.

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Thomas J. Dyba Lincoln Home Collection, 1941-1997

Repository: Benedictine University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Creator: Dyba, Thomas J.
Title: Thomas J. Dyba Lincoln Home Collection, 1941-1997
Language of Materials: Materials in English
Abstract: Thomas J. Dyba was executive vice president of Illinois Benedictine College, Lincoln scholar, and a member of the Abraham Lincoln Society. Dyba constructed two scale models of the Lincoln home, one model of the Lincoln funeral train, and edited the newsletter "The Lincoln Chronicle".

Collection consists of personal correspondence, newspaper articles relating to Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Home, and the activities of the Abraham Lincoln Association, VHS recordings of events, and copies of various Lincoln related newsletters.
Extent: 4 linear feet, 6 records center boxes

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Thomas J. Dyba Lincoln Home Collection, SC-104, Archives and Special Collections, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL, USA

Acquisitions Information

Unknown

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer E. Merriman, November, 2010

Encoded by Jennifer E. Merriman, November, 2010

Collection Arrangement

In most cases original order has been maintained. As a result of this, series 3 and 4 are arranged chronologically and by bill or resolution number; please consult with the archivist if you are interested in viewing materials on a particular subject and do not know their specific date or number.

  1. Correspondence
  2. VHS and audio tapes
  3. Newsletters

Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

  • Dyba, Thomas J
  • Abraham Lincoln Association

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Correspondence - About 100 items

Arrangement: chronological
This series contains letters, memos, and other forms of written correspondence either written or received by Thomas J. Dyba regarding his association activities, and activities related to the Lincoln home and funeral train models.

Box 1

  1. Memorandum-November 29, 1994
  2. Memorandum-March 13, 1995
  3. Abraham Lincoln Association Letter-March 21, 1995
  4. Lincoln Train Project Letter-May 24, 1995
  5. Abraham Lincoln Association Letter-November 30, 1995
  6. Draft Memorandum-July 14, 1995
  7. Memorandum-August 27, 1995
  8. Abraham Lincoln Association Letter-November 30, 1995
  9. Lincoln Train Touring Schedule 1996-January 9, 1996
  10. Check Requisition-February 7, 1996
  11. The Lincoln Group Of New York Letter-February 15, 1996
  12. Memorandum-February 22, 1996
  13. Check Requisition-March 4, 1996
  14. Letter To Bob Guinter From Wayne E. Wesolowski-March 24, 1996
  15. Check Requisition-March 30, 1996
  16. Check Requisition-April 23, 1996
  17. The Lincoln Group Of New York Letter-April 23, 1996
  18. Letter To Jay Boulanger From Colleen A. Sehy-June 21, 1996
  19. Letter To Colleen Sehy From Wayne Wesolowski-June 22, 1996
  20. Check Requisition-June 24, 1996
  21. Letter To George Sheets From Colleen A. Sehy-June 26, 1996
  22. Letter To Ralph Justen From Wayne E. Wesolowski-September 28, 1996
  23. Check Requisition-October 1, 1996
  24. Check Requisition-October 27, 1996
  25. Memorandum-October 30, 1996
  26. Letter To Peter Moffett From Wayne E. Wesolowski-December 6, 1996
  27. Check Requisitions
  28. Deposit Slip Notices
  29. First Chicago (The 1st National Bank Of Chicago)
  30. Exhibit Details (Construction)
  31. General Fundraising-LTP
  32. Gift Acknowledgements
  33. Gift-In-Kind
  34. The Lincoln Chronicle
  35. Lincoln Train-Budget
  36. Lincoln Train-Memos
  37. Lincoln Train-Minutes

2. VHS and Audio Tapes

Arrangement: chronological, then alphabetical
Series consists of VHS tapes which contain recordings of Abraham Lincoln Society activities, the activities of Thomas J. Dyba, and other Lincoln related recordings. Items are arranged chronologically and then alphabetically within years. Undated items are arranged alphabetically.

Box 2

  1. VHS Tape Of, "The Only Home Lincoln Ever Owned."-April, 1981
  2. An Audio Cassette Tape Of Dapl. Narrative And Music-Spring 1981
  3. VHS Tape Of Lincoln Comes To Lisle-June 5, 1982
  4. VHS Tape Of Lincoln Academy, Morrison Visitors, Lincoln Home Story IBC Version: Moving The Model, And Lincoln At Home Seminar: Morrison PII-November 19, 1983
  5. VHS Tape Of Opening Of Lincoln At Home Exhibit-February 12, 1984
  6. VHS Tape Of Lincoln At Home Seminar Tape II-June 23, 1984
  7. VHS Tape Of Robert Morrison Speaking On Peter Cartwright IBC Lincoln Conference-June 23, 1984
  8. An Audio Cassette Tape Of Partial Tape Narrative Only-Spring 1985
  9. VHS Tape Of L-H Dig-June 14, 1985
  10. VHS Tape Of 10th Regiment Encampment Graue Mill-September 15, 1985
  11. VHS Tape Of 10th Regiment Encampment Graue Mill Master Tape-September 15, 1985
  12. VHS Tape Of IBC Today Show For Cable TV In Lisle, Two Shows On Lincoln Collection At IBC With Outtakes-Spring, 1986
  13. VHS Tape Of North South Book II Parts 1 Thru 4-May, 1986
  14. VHS Tape Of Lincoln Home Symposium Master Tape-October 11, 1986
  15. VHS Tape Of Lincoln Home Symposium-October 11, 1986
  16. Audio Cassette Of The Lincoln Group-March 18, 1987
  17. VHS Tape Of Lincoln Group Of Illinois Formation Meeting IBC-June 6, 1988
  18. VHS Tape Of Student Project Of Ken Manning, Sargaman State University-1988
  19. VHS Tape Of Lincoln Model Home Unveiling-Lownik Library-August 21, 1988
  20. VHS Tape Of Thomas Dyba By Peter Seely-1989
  21. VHS Tape Of The Lincoln Academy Of Illinois 11:40 Minutes-January 23, 1990
  22. VHS Tape Of Dyba Interview
  23. VHS Tape Of Hildene Remembers Lincoln At Gettysburg
  24. Audio Cassette Of Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois
  25. Audio Cassette Of Lincoln's Music In America
  26. Audio Cassette Of The Man In The White House
  27. VHS Tape Of Walter Huston In D.W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln
  28. VHS Tape Of No. 50 Book II

3. Newsletters - About 200 items

Arrangement: alphabetical, then chronological
This series contains all newsletters collected by Thomas Dyba, and newsletters which reference Dyba or his work. The series contains items both before Dyba began writing, and works produced after his death.

Folder 1 - The Abraham Lincoln Quarterly, 1944-1946
Folder 2 - The Civil War Round Table, 2001-2002
Folder 3 - Dispatch/News, 1995-1998
Folder 4 - For The People, 1999
Folder 5 - The Lincoln Herald. 1939-1985
Folder 6 - The Lincoln Ledger, 1995
Folder 7 - Lincoln Legal Briefs, 1995-1999
Folder 8 - The Lincoln Newsletter, 1995-2002v Folder 9 - The Lincoln Legacy, 1993-2000
Folder 10 - The Lincolnian, 2001-2003

John N. Erlenborn Congressional Papers

John N. Erlenborn represented the 14th Congressional district of Illinois in the United States Congress between 1965 and 1985 (89th to 98th Congresses). He retired after serving in the 98th U.S. Congress.

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John N. Erlenborn Congressional Papers, 1965 - 1984

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Benedictine University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Creator: Erlenborn, John N., 1927-2005.
Title: John N. Erlenborn Congressional Collection, 1965 - 1984
Language of Materials: Materials in English
Abstract: John N. Erlenborn represented the 14th Congressional district of Illinois in the United States Congress between 1965 and 1985 (89th to 98th Congresses). He retired after serving in the 98th U.S. Congress.
Collection consists of correspondence with constituents, transcripts of speeches, documentation of all committee work (particularly the Committee on Government Operations and the Committee on Education and Labor), bills introduced by Erlenborn, photographs, scrapbooks, and other ephemera.
Extent: 145 linear feet, 116 records center boxes

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Some personnel materials may be restricted.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John N. Erlenborn Congressional Collection SC-101, Archives and Special Collections, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Received from John N. Erlenborn of Hinsdale, Ill. in 1984.

Processing Information

Processed by Benn P. Joseph, December, 2006

Encoded by Benn P. Joseph, January, 2007

Additional Descriptive Resources

Donor lists and inventories are available.

Biographical Note

John Neal Erlenborn was born in Elmhurst, Ill. on February 8, 1927. After graduating from Immaculate Conception High School in Elmhurst, he briefly attended University of Notre Dame before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He eventually obtained a law degree from Loyola University Law School in Chicago in 1949. After law school, Erlenborn practiced at a private law firm, and also acted as the assistant State's attorney, both in DuPage County, Ill., between 1950-1952. In 1957, he began serving as a State Representative for the 36th District (Springfield, Ill.). Here Erlenborn participated as the Chairman of several committees, including the House Governmental Economy Committee, the Special Committee to Investigate Rent Gouging, the Illinois Economy Bloc, and the Agriculture, Conservation, Insurance, Judiciary, and Elections and Reapportionment Committees.

In 1965, Erlenborn was elected by the 14th District of Illinois to serve as a GOP Representative in the 89th Congress. During his tenure in Congress, Erlenborn became known as "Mr. ERISA" for his consistent support of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which was passed in 1974 after six years of debate. In addition to his support of ERISA, Erlenborn was active on both the Committee on Government Operations and the Committee on Education and Labor, taking stances that favored the interests of business and management. He opposed bills to increase the minimum wage, fought the creation of consumer protection agencies and the Department of Education, and attempted to strip the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of any enforcement authority.

Erlenborn did not run for re-election in 1984, but remained very active in political affairs, especially those involving commerce, labor, and pensions. He was 78 and living in Warrenton, Virginia at the time of his death in 2005.

Collection Overview

The collection documents most of John Neal Erlenborn's activities while he was a member of Congress, which runs from 1966 to 1984. Letters from constituents about various topics of debate are included, as well as notes and other information regarding public statements and speeches given by Erlenborn in various U.S. locations. During his time in office, Erlenborn was active on the Committee on Government Operations and Committee on Education and Labor, and to a lesser extent the Committee on Population and the National Commission on Student Financial Assistance. Most of his activity in championing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 can be found in series 3.3, but bills pertaining to specific aspects of ERISA can be found in 3.1 and 3.2, as can information on the ERISA oversight hearings after 1974.

The collection also includes bills introduced or initially sponsored by Erlenborn, including those introduced by committees. Bound hearings regarding these bills have been left according to the original order of the collection, in order to serve as a frame of reference. Scrapbooks have been left intact, and include mostly newspaper clippings and some correspondence and other ephemera. Of note are two letters from Gerald Ford as well as well as a document officially designating Erlenborn as the nominee for Republican candidate for Congress.

Photographs are organized by date and are mostly of visitors to Erlenborn's office, either in Illinois or Washington, D.C., but also included here are photographs of important Presidential and Congressional events. Gerald Ford, King Peter II of Yugoslavia, Richard Nixon, Helmut Schmidt, Orrin Hatch, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and the winners of various "Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow" competitions are some of the individuals appearing with Erlenborn in this series.

Erlenborn also received numerous trophies, plaques, and other items from various organizations, including labor unions, watchdog groups, and grade school classes, which are included in the collection.

Collection Arrangement

In most cases original order has been maintained. As a result of this, series 3 and 4 are arranged chronologically and by bill or resolution number; please consult with the archivist if you are interested in viewing materials on a particular subject and do not know their specific date or number.

  1. Correspondence, 1969-1984
  2. Statements, Speeches, and Remarks, 1969-1984
  3. Committee Work, 1967-1984
  4. Bills Introduced, 1966-1984
  5. Press Releases and Publications, 1966-1984
  6. Scrapbooks, 1965-1984
  7. Photographs, 1966-1984

Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

Black lung.
Bush, George, 1924-.
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-.
Coal mine accidents.
DuPage County (Ill.) - Economic conditions.
Freedom of Information Act.
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Labor Unions.
Library of Congress.
Mine safety - Law and legislation.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994.
Project Head Start (U.S.).
Reagan, Ronald.
Social Security Administration.
United States - Davis-Bacon Act.
United States - Department of Education.
United States - Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
United States - Foreign relations - Communist countries.
United States - Foreign relations - Middle East.
United States - Longshoremen's and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.
United States - National Historical Publications and Records Commission Appropriations and expenditures.
United States - National Labor Relations Board.
United States - National Security Directives.
United States - Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Separated Items

Oversize scrapbooks containing newsclippings and some correspondence, as well as Congressional Memorial proceedings, trophies, political pins, stickers, plaques, memorial books, slides, film clips, souvenir plates, and "Lincoln Log".

Scrapbooks:
OS-SC-101-01: 1965
OS-SC-101-02: 1966
OS-SC-101-03: 1968-1969
OS-SC-101-04: 1969-1971

Related Collections

Constituent correspondence from DuPage and Will Counties concerning foreign policy and business and labor legislation in 1967-1968 held at the Illinois State Historical Library.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Correspondence, 1969-1984. - About 1,100 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by topic, then chronological.
Professional and form letters from Erlenborn to constituents. Correspondence in this series consits chiefly of carbon copies of Erlenborn's replies; letters from constituents to Erlenborn are not included, except in letters concerning his retirement. Also included are analyses of letter-writing campaigns.

Box 1 Constituent correspondence, 1969-1980
Box 2 Constituent correspondence, 1980-1984
Box 3 Joint letters, mail analysis reports, and retirement correspondence, 1983-1984

2. Statements, Speeches, and Remarks, 1965-1984. - About 1,200 items.

Arrangement: speeches are chronological; statements, votes, and remarks are alphabetical by topic.
Transcripts, travel information, and notes of all Erlenborn's speeches are included here, as well as official statements and public remarks made while in office. Speeches are organized chronologically and folders are labeled with the speech title, location, and date. As Erlenborn's chief interests laid with economic groups and labor organizations, many of the speeches included here were given to labor unions and groups involved with pension policy reform. This is also true in the case of public statements and remarks.

Box 4 Statements: Agriculture-Government (A-G)
Box 5 Statements: Government-Welfare (G-W)
Box 6 Speeches, 1966-1970
Box 7 Speeches, 1971-1972
Box 8 Speeches, 1972-1973
Box 9 Speeches, 1974-1975
Box 10 Speeches, 1976-1977
Box 11 Speeches, 1978-1980
Box 12 Speeches, 1981
Box 13 Speeches, 1982
Box 14 Speeches, 1983
Box 15 Speeches, 1984
Box 16 Speeches, 1984
Box 17 Votes and Remarks, 1965-1972 (89th-91st Congresses)
Box 18 Votes and Remarks, 1973-1980 (92nd-94th Congresses)
Box 19 Votes and Remarks, 1973-1980 (95th-96th Congresses)
Box 20 Votes and Remarks, 1980-1984 (97th-98th Congresses)

3. Committee Work, 1967-1984. - About 3,800 items.

Arrangement: chronological, then by bill number.

Materials are broken down into five series. The first two subseries chronicle the activities of the Committee on Government Operations and the Committee on Education and Labor (and their subcommittees), the most active committees of which Erlenborn was a member. His activities on the Committee on Government Operations were mostly concerned with the Social Security Administration and government accountability in all forms, though he was also passionate about the Freedom of Information Act and was instrumental in passing the Privacy Act of 1974. When the Department of Education was established in 1978, Erlenborn voiced his objection to the DOE through both this committee and the Committee on Education and Labor. Erlenborn also championed causes involving youth employment, child nutrition, and standardized tests through the Committee on Education and Labor, but was best known for his links with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as his research contributing to the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act. Detailed accounts of the Kepone pesticide incident at Hopewell, Virginia, the Scotia Mine disaster of 1976, and the Hyden, Kentucky coal mine explosion of 1971 are included here.

The third subseries contains the majority of Erlenborn's ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) materials. Other ERISA materials are present in the series for the Committee on Education and Labor and can be found under the name of each individual bill. Erlenborn's activities on the Committee on Population are also found here, and deal mainly with family planning issues and adolescent pregnancy, and include drafts of the committee's proposed policies on population in the United States. Reports and studies from Erlenborn's brief participation in the National Commission for Student Financial Assistance are also found here.

3.1: Committee on Government Operations, 1967-1984. - About 1,100 items.

Box 21 Bound hearings, 1967-1968 (90th Congress)
Box 22 Bound hearings, 1967-1968 (90th Congress)
Box 23 Bound hearings, 1969-1970 (91st Congress)
Box 24 Bound hearings, 1969-1970 (91st Congress)
Box 25 Bound hearings, 1969-1970 (91st Congress)
Box 26 Bound hearings, 1971-1972 (92nd Congress)
Box 27 Bound hearings, 1971-1972 (92nd Congress)
Box 28 Bound hearings, 1971-1972 (92nd Congress)
Box 29 Consumer Protection Act, 1971-1978 (92nd-95th Congresses)
Box 30 Bound hearings, 1973-1974 (93rd Congress)
Box 31 Bound hearings, 1973-1974 (93rd Congress)
Box 32 Bound hearings, 1973-1974 (93rd Congress)
Box 33 Privacy Act and Reorganization Plans, 1973-1978 (93rd-95th Congresses)
Box 34 Consumer Protection Act, 1977-1978 (95th Congress)
Box 35 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: H.R. 6972 - S. 991, 1977-1978 (95th Congress)
Box 36 Bound hearings, 1979-1980 (96th Congress)
Box 37 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files A-Z, 1979-1980 (96th Congress)
Box 38 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: H.R. 2 - S.1945, 1979-1980 (96th Congresses)
Box 39 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files A-I, 1981-1982 (97th Congress)
Box 40 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files J-Z and H.R. 18 - H.R. 7173, 1981-1982 (97th Congress)
Box 41 Department of Education, 1981-1982 (97th Congress)
Box 42 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files A-S, 1983-1984 (98th Congress)
Box 43 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files T-Z and H.R. 616 - S. 1510, 1983-1984 (98th Congress)

3.2: Committee on Education and Labor, 1967-1984. - About 2,100 items.

Box 44 Bound hearings, 1967-1968 (90th Congress)
Box 45 Bound hearings, 1967-1968 (90th Congress)
Box 46 Bound hearings, 1969-1970 (91st Congress)
Box 47 Bound hearings, 1969-1970 (91st Congress)
Box 48 Bound hearings, 1971-1972 (92nd Congress)
Box 49 Bound hearings, 1971-1972 (92nd Congress)
Box 50 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files A-Z and H.R. 8 - H.R. 3117, 1971-1976 (92nd-94th Congresses)
Box 51 Bound hearings, 1973-1974 (93rd Congress)
Box 52 Bound hearings, 1973-1974 (93rd Congress)
Box 53 Bound hearings, 1973-1974 (93rd Congress)
Box 54 Bound hearings, 1973-1974 (93rd Congress)
Box 55 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: H.R. 5900 - H.R. 13555, 1975-1976 (94th Congress)
Box 56 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files A-Z and H.R. 15 - H.R. 50, 1977-1978 (95th Congress)
Box 57 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: H.R. 77 - H.R. 4250, 1977-1978 (95th Congress)
Box 58 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: H.R. 4287 - H.R. 6774, 1977-1978 (95th Congress)
Box 59 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: H.R. 7328 - H.R. 12452, 1977-1978 (95th Congress)
Box 60 Bound hearings, 1979-1980 (96th Congress)
Box 61 Bound hearings, 1979-1980 (96th Congress)
Box 62 Bound hearings, 1979-1980 (96th Congress)
Box 63 Bound hearings, 1979-1980 (96th Congress)
Box 64 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files A-Z and H.R. 4 - H.R. 3904, 1979-1980 (96th Congress)
Box 65 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: H.R. 3904 - H.R. 6692, 1979-1980 (96th Congress)
Box 66 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: H.R. 6704 - S.Con.Res. 91, 1979-1980 (96th Congress)
Box 67 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files A-I, 1981-1982 (97th Congress)
Box 68 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files J-S, 1981-1982 (97th Congress)
Box 69 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files S-Z and H.R. 25 - H.R. 5320, 1981-1982 (97th Congress)
Box 70 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: H.R. 5320 - S. 3113, 1981-1982 (97th Congress)
Box 71 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files A-C, 1983-1984 (98th Congress)
Box 72 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files C-J, 1983-1984 (98th Congress)
Box 73 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files J-S, 1983-1984 (98th Congress)
Box 74 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files S-Z and H.R. 7 - H.R. 1035, 1983-1984 (98th Congress)
Box 75 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: H.R. 1036 - H.R. 3829, 1983-1984 (98th Congress)
Box 76 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: H.R. 4056 - H.R. 5609, 1983-1984 (98th Congress)
Box 77 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: H.R. 5620 - S. 2723, 1983-1984 (98th Congress)

3.3: Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 1972-1985. - About 300 items.

Box 78 ERISA: Amendments, Correspondence, Statements, and Reorganization Plan #4, 1972-74 (92nd-93rd Congresses)
Box 79 ERISA: Subject Files A-H, 1975-1985 (94th-98th Congresses)
Box 80 ERISA: Subject Files I-Z, 1975-1985 (94th-98th Congresses)

3.4. Committee on Population, 1978-1979. - About 200 items.

Box 81 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files A-P, 1978-1979 (95th-96th Congresses)
Box 82 Bills and Subcommittee Information Files: Subject Files R-Z, 1978-1979 (95th-96th Congresses)

3.5: National Commission on Student Financial Assistance, 1982-1983. - About 70 items.

Box 83 Reports, Memos, and Publications, 1982-1983 (97th-98th Congresses)

4. Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1967-1984. - About 1,200 items.

Arrangement: chronological, then by bill number.

This series contains all bills and resolutions introduced by Erlenborn, including those he sponsored. Always a defender of the working class, Erlenborn was instrumental in passing the Equal Employment Act of 1971, and participated with the National Labor Relations Board to pass the Employee Bill of Rights. He also worked to increase safety in the coal mining industry. Other bills and resolutions Erlenborn was involved with include the Freedom of Information Act, the Head Start Program, and various issues regarding adult education and immigration reform.

This series chiefly containts committee prints, explanations of bills, journal articles, and other official documents, as well as sporadic correspondence and notes taken by Erlenborn and his staff.

Box 84 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1967-1970 (90th-91st Congresses)
Box 85 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1971-1974 (92nd-93rd Congresses)
Box 86 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1973-1974: H.R. 3462 - H.R. 7462 (93rd Congress)
Box 87 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1973-1974: H.R. 7463 - H.Res. 1144 (93rd Congress)
Box 88 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1975-1976: H.R. 1528 - H.R. 10114 (94th Congress)
Box 89 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1975-1976: H.R. 10616 - H.Res. 1544 (94th Congress)
Box 90 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1977-1978: H.R. 2325 - H.R. 8289 (95th Congress)
Box 91 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1977-1978: H.R. 8310 - H.Res. 195 (95th Congress)
Box 92 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1977-1978: H.Res. 198 - H.J.Res. 1017 (95th Congress)
Box 93 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1979-1980: H.R. 13 - H.R. 4204 (96th Congress)
Box 94 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1979-1980: H.R. 4345 - H.R. 6525 (96th Congress)
Box 95 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1979-1980: H.R. 6692 - H.Res. 729 (96th Congress)
Box 96 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1981-1982: H.R. 4 - H.R. 1034 (97th Congress)
Box 97 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1981-1982: H.R. 1053 - H.R. 4334 (97th Congress)
Box 98 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1981-1982: H.R. 4387 - H.R. 5872 (97th Congress)
Box 99 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1981-1982: H.R. 5897 - H.J.Res. 538 (97th Congress)
Box 100 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1983-1984: H.R. 42 - H.R. 1510 (98th Congress)
Box 101 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1983-1984: H.R. 1904 - H.R. 2565 (98th Congress)
Box 102 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1983-1984: H.R. 2597 - H.R. 3747 (98th Congress)
Box 103 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1983-1984: H.R. 3751 - H.R. 5277 (98th Congress)
Box 104 Erlenborn-introduced Bills, 1983-1984: H.R. 5324 - H.J.Res. 632 and Republican Jobs Task Force files (98th Congress)

5. Press Releases and Publications, 1965-1984. - About 900 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Press releases are organized chronologically by year, and are generated by Erlenborn's office every few days between 1965 and 1984. They report on current congressional topics with which Erlenborn is involved and their effect on his constituency. These press releases are actually presented as newsletters, and were supplied to newspapers and key figures in DuPage and Will counties during Erlenborn's tenure in office.

Publications are organized chronologically and include articles authored by Erlenborn for the Congressional Record, findings and information reports on various topics, and pamphlets. Reports of several public questionnaires are also included.

Box 105 Press Releases, 1965-1973
Box 106 Press Releases, 1974-1979
Box 107 Press Releases, 1980-1984
Box 108 Publications, 1966-1984

6. Scrapbooks, 1965-1984. - 12 volumes.

Arrangement: chronological.
Scrapbooks are intact volumes and each typically covers one year. They contain mostly newspaper articles concerning Erlenborn and some sporadic correspondence.

Box 109 Scrapbooks, 1965 and 1973-1976
Box 110 Scrapbooks, 1977-1979
Box 111 Scrapbooks, 1980-1981
Box 112 Scrapbooks, 1982-1984

7. Photographs, 1966-1984. - About 500 items.

Arrangement: chronological.
Photographs taken in this series are mostly of Erlenborn with constituents, either on the steps of the capitol building or at his office in Washington D.C., or at his office in Illinois. Also included here are photographs of important Presidential and Congressional events, as well as of Erlenborn with individuals such as Gerald Ford, King Peter II of Yugoslavia, Richard Nixon, Helmut Schmidt, Orrin Hatch, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and the winners of various "Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow" competitions in the 1960s and 1970s.

Box 113 Photographs, 1966-1975
Box 114 Photographs, 1976-1984

James George Kanka Papers

James George (Vaclav) Kanka was an author and a reporter for the Chicago Czech-language newspaper Daily Narod. He was born in 1896, probably in Bohemia or Moravia, and moved to Chicago in the early 1920s. Collection consists of correspondence received by Kanka from political and military figures in various countries. Kanka sent copies of Czech-language books he authored to these individuals and received their responses of thanks, which he then compiled. Notable responses received by Kanka include letters from Anton Cermak, Faik Komitza, T.J. Carney, Carter H. Harrison Jr., A.A. Bickford, Henrik Kauffmann, Samuel Alphonsus Cardinal Stritch, Malvina C. Thompson, Dwight Eisenhower, George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur, Adlai Stevenson, Richard J. Daley, Evelyn Lincoln, Herbert Hoover, and Allen W. Dulles. Also included are letters from the secretaries of several African and European kings, as well as from the private secretary to Mahatma Gandhi.

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Inventory of the James George Kanka Papers, 1932 - 1963

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Benedictine University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Creator: James George Kanka.
Title: James George Kanka Papers, 1932 - 1963
Language of Material: Correspondence in English, Czech, and French
Abstract:

James George (Vaclav) Kanka was an author and a reporter for the Chicago Czech-language newspaper Daily Narod. He was born in 1896, probably in Bohemia or Moravia, and moved to Chicago in the early 1920s.

Collection consists of correspondence received by Kanka from political and military figures in various countries. Kanka sent copies of Czech-language books he authored to these individuals and received their responses of thanks, which he then compiled. Notable responses received by Kanka include letters from Anton Cermak, Faik Komitza, T.J. Carney, Carter H. Harrison Jr., A.A. Bickford, Henrik Kauffmann, Samuel Alphonsus Cardinal Stritch, Malvina C. Thompson, Dwight Eisenhower, George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur, Adlai Stevenson, Richard J. Daley, Evelyn Lincoln, Herbert Hoover, and Allen W. Dulles. Also included are letters from the secretaries of several African and European kings, as well as from the private secretary to Mahatma Gandhi.

Extent: .5 linear feet, 1 document case

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James George Kanka Papers SC-102, Archives and Special Collections, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Source unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Benn P. Joseph, March, 2007

Encoded by Benn P. Joseph, March, 2007

Biographical Note

James George Kanka (also known as Vaclav Kanka, and sometimes Vaclav Kankovi or Vaclav Kanka-Pruhonicky) was an author and a reporter for the Chicago Czech-language newspaper Daily Narod headquartered at 1637 South Allport Street in Chicago. He was born in 1896, probably in Bohemia or Moravia, and probably moved to Chicago some time in the early 1920s to work for Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Kanka worked for Sears from 1923-1932, at which time he likely began working for Daily Narod. His book "Memoirs of my Life" (Vzpominky z meho zivota) was first published in 1938 by the Czech Benedictine Press (publisher of Daily Narod), and Kanka began sending copies to well-known political, religious, and military figures. After receiving numerous responses, Kanka reissued "Memoirs of my Life" in 1943 as "A Czech Book in All Countries of the World: Memoirs of my Life", and continued sending them to notable individuals.

Collection Overview

Collection consists of correspondence received by Kanka from political and military figures in various countries. Kanka sent copies of Czech-language books he authored to these individuals and received their responses of thanks, which he then compiled. Notable responses received by Kanka include letters from Anton Cermak, Faik Komitza, T.J. Carney, Carter H. Harrison Jr., A.A. Bickford, Henrik Kauffmann, Samuel Alphonsus Cardinal Stritch, Francisco Franco, Malvina C. Thompson, Dwight Eisenhower, George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur, Adlai Stevenson, Richard J. Daley, Evelyn Lincoln, Herbert Hoover, and Allen W. Dulles. Also included are letters from the secretaries of several African and European kings, as well as from the private secretary to Mahatma Gandhi.

In addition to correspondence, the collection also includes three essays by B.V. Lastuvka, as well as pages taken from Daily Narod.

Collection Arrangement

Correspondence is arranged chronologically; other materials have been left in their original order.

  1. Correspondence, 1932-1963
  2. Other materials

Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

Bohemian Benedictine Press.
Cermak, Anton Joseph, 1873-1933.
Dulles, Allen Welsh, 1893-1969.
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
Franco, Francisco, 1892-1975.
Harrison, Carter H. (Carter Henry), 1860-1953.
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
Kanka, Vaclav, 1896- .
King, Ernest Joseph, 1878-1956.
MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964.
Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945.
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965.
Stritch, Cardinal (Samuel Alphonsus), 1887-1958.
Thompson, Malvina, 1893-1953.

Related Collections

Additional correspondence received by Kanka is held in the archives of St. Procopius Abbey, Lisle, Ill.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Correspondence, 1932-1963. - About 90 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1 1932
Folder 2 1938
Folder 3 1939
Folder 4 1940
Folder 5 1941
Folder 6 1942
Folder 7 1943
Folder 8 1944
Folder 9 1945
Folder 10 1947
Folder 11 1953
Folder 12 1955
Folder 13 1956
Folder 14 1957
Folder 15 1958
Folder 16 1959
Folder 17 1960
Folder 18 1961
Folder 19 1963
Folder 20 undated

2. Other materials. - 10 items.

Arrangement: original order.

Folder 21 Lastuvka essays
Folder 22 Daily Narod

William P. Jesse Papers

William P. Jesse was a nuclear physicist who assisted on the Manhattan Project during World War II. After the completion of the war, Jesse continued his work at Argonne National Laboratory, and upon his retirement continued his research at St. Procopius College.

Lincoln Society of Philately Records

The Lincoln Society of Philately was organized in 1962 to promote Abraham Lincoln in philately (stamp collecting), and to develop the exchange of thought, experience, and education in the Chicago area. The collection consists three series: the notes and papers relating to the society itself, a stamp collection belonging to Leland B. Adams, and stamps which cannot be conclusively linked to Adams.

David K. Probst Papers

Originally from Illinois, David Karl Probststudied and conducted research at the University of Chicago and later at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. He was awarded the Hertz Foundation Fellowship in the late 1960s. Probst studied the history of science, eventually completing his doctoral thesis on "Francis Bacon and the Transformation of the Hermetic Tradition into the Rationalist Church" in 1972. He was in correspondence with a few major academics such as Karl Popper. The collection includes correspondence, Probst's thesis, his collected writings, notes, and papers written by other people. There are also yearbooks and photographs.

The St. Procopius Mothers and Friends Club Records

The St. Procopius Mothers and Friends Club was founded April 11, 1935; Ms. Marie Kral was its first president. The Club was comprised of women affiliated with St. Procopius College, and was the primary venue through which their voices were heard. At the time St. Procopius was not a coeducational institution, and would not become one until 1967.

St. Wenceslaus Server's Society Records

The St. Wenceslaus Server's Society (also known as the Server's Sodality) was founded in 1914, and was the first student organization at St. Procopius College. According to the Society's constitution, its mission was "to instruct the members in the proper manner of assisting as servers at liturgical functions", "to promote the social and educational advancement of the members", and "to create and promote interest in missionary work, both local and foreign, particularly by forwarding educational activities".

Women's Auxiliary of St. Procopius College

The Women's Auxiliary of St. Procopius College was a campus-based service organization run by the mothers of students at St. Procopius. Like the St. Procopius Mother's and Friends Club (an organization similar in scope but based in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood) and Procopians Forward (also known as the St. Procopius Dad's Club), the Women's Auxiliary worked to involve students and their parents with campus life through social activities, outreach, and fundraisers.

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