Gaylord Nelson Papers, 1954-2006 (bulk 1963-1980)

 
Contents List
Container Title
Mss 1007
Part 1 (Mss 1007): Original Collection, 1964-1996
Physical Description: 5.6 c.f. (13 archives boxes and 2 card file boxes) 
Scope and Content Note

The Stanley York Papers document his activities as a Republican Assemblyman, pastor, and executive in various public sector and non-profit positions. The papers date from approximately 1964-1996 with the majority of the materials created during his tenure in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1967-1970. A smaller amount of materials relate to his post-legislative career. The papers are divided into eight series based upon his various professional roles: LEGISLATIVE RECORDS; COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPT. OF INDUSTRY, LABOR AND HUMAN RELATIONS; COMMISSIONER OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE LEAGUE OF WISCONSIN MUNICIPALITIES; EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT OF THE DEPT. OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES; DIRECTOR OF THE WINNEBAGO MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE; PASTOR; and PUBLIC APPEARANCES

The LEGISLATIVE RECORDS series contains three subseries: Committees, Correspondence, and Legislation. The Committee subseries is arranged by the committees on which York served: Education, Joint Committee on Legislative Organization, Joint Committee to Study Disruption at the University of Wisconsin, Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Area Commission Legislative Advisory Committee; and Public Welfare.

The Education Committee materials are mostly from 1968-1969 and deal with sex education and school aid (the formula to determine the state's participation in funding of local school district costs). Materials pertaining to the school aid issue include various graphs and charts; copies of related legislation; staff briefs; and reports. Materials regarding sex education include guidelines for sex education curriculum; copies of materials used in classrooms; copies of related legislation; and meeting transcripts.

Records of the Joint Committee on Legislative Organization are primarily from 1969 and deal with the running of the legislature and contain various legislative reports, committee minutes, and legislative brochures. The records generated by the Joint Committee to Study Disruption at the University of Wisconsin constitute the bulk of the committee records. The committee was formed by Senate Joint Resolution 20 in an attempt to study the causes of the protests that resulted in destruction of property and numerous arrests on the Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin in February 1969. Most of the materials in this part of the collection were created in 1969 and cover committee meeting minutes, copies of University policies, copies of legislation relating to the University of Wisconsin and other institutions of higher learning, reports of campus arrests and disciplinary actions, notes, newspaper articles, meeting transcripts, and correspondence.

The materials relating to the Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Area Commission Legislative Advisory Committee date from 1967-1969 and deal primarily with the attempt to create the Upper Mississippi River Basin Commission with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin as member states. Records include copies of federal law pertaining to water resource issues, copies of materials from other states that have created similar commissions, newsletters, correspondence, and reports. The smallest amount of committee materials concern York's work on the Public Welfare committee. Records include materials relating to legislation on youthful offenders and aid to disabled persons, as well as statistics, reports and press releases.

Besides the Committee subseries, the largest portion of the collection is the Correspondence subseries which consists of correspondence from constituents during York's time in office. The bulk of the correspondence, labeled “District Correspondence,” is filed in folders in increments of 100, with the exception of the last folder. Each set of correspondence inside the folder is assigned a number. The range goes from 1 to 2209, covering a time period from January 1967 to June 1970. Accompanying the correspondence is a card catalog that is divided into two sections: subject index and name index. The subject index contains cards that are arranged alphabetically by a particular subject heading such as highway safety, pending legislation, and school aid (see the Appendix for the full list of subject headings). On each card is the number assigned the correspondence pertaining to that subject heading, the name of the correspondent, and in some cases, the date of York's response. The name index is arranged alphabetically by the last name of correspondent. Besides the correspondent's name, on each card is his or her address, if available; the number his or her correspondence was assigned; a general subject heading regarding the contents of the correspondence; and the date that York responded.

In addition to the District Correspondence, there is correspondence relating to aid to students of private schools, and petitions on various issues, as well as newsletters created by York for his constituents about topics he was dealing with at various times during his tenure. Other materials include correspondence and copies of legislation that deal with various issues such as family planning, tax exempt properties, and municipal employment labor relations.

The series COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPT. OF INDUSTRY, LABOR AND HUMAN RELATIONS consists of correspondence and subject files which include materials on sexual discrimination, unemployment compensation and worker's compensation consisting of reports, correspondence, advisory council meeting minutes, and various related publications.

The COMMISSIONER OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION consists of contains one piece of general correspondence from 1983.

The EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE LEAGUE OF WISCONSIN MUNICIPALITIES series contains a position description from 1984.

The EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT OF THE DEPT. OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES and DIRECTOR OF THE WINNEBAGO MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE series contain similar materials. Both contain copies of meeting agendas, memoranda, and correspondence. The EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT series, from 1988-1991, also contains a list of speeches given, location and date of speech, and the topic, in addition to speech and essay guidelines. The DIRECTOR series, from 1991-1996, also contains recruitment guidelines, job descriptions, a press release, and several newspaper clippings.

The PASTOR series contains various worship materials including copies of sermons, pastoral prayers, church bulletins, and notes for religious retreats and seminars from 1961-1985.

The PUBLIC APPEARANCES series contains three files of speeches and notes from York's assorted appearances from the 1960s through the 1990s.

Series: Legislative Records
Committees
Education
School Aids
Box   1
Folder   1
Administration, 1968-1970
Box   1
Folder   2-3
Aids, 1959-1960, 1968-1970
Box   1
Folder   4
General, 1969
Box   1
Folder   5
Issues, 1969
Box   1
Folder   6
Kellett, undated
Box   1
Folder   7
Private, 1969
Box   1
Folder   8
Staff Briefs, 1969 June-July
Box   1
Folder   9
Tarr Union High Schools, 1968-1969
Box   1
Folder   10
Unrest, 1970 February 20
Sex Education
Box   1
Folder   11-12
1969
Box   1
Folder   13-15
Reference Materials, 1966-1969
Joint Committee on Legislative Organization
Box   1
Folder   16
Ethics, 1969
Box   1
Folder   17
Legislative Power of Contempt, 1969
Box   1
Folder   18
Procedures, 1969
Box   2
Folder   1-6
Reference Materials, 1965-1972
Joint Committee to Study Disruption at the University of Wisconsin
Box   2
Folder   7-11
Committee Meeting Minutes, 1969 March-June
Box   2
Folder   12
Committee Notes, 1969
Box   2
Folder   13
Correspondence, 1969
Box   3
Folder   1-2
Disciplinary Actions, 1968-1969
Box   3
Folder   3-9
Reference Materials, 1963-1969
Box   4
Folder   1-3
Reports, 1967-1969
Box   4
Folder   4-5
University of Wisconsin Campus Security and Regulations, 1968 October
Box   4
Folder   6-8
University Related Legislation, 1969
Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Area Commission Legislative Advisory Committee
Box   4
Folder   9-11
Basin Commission Proposal, 1969
Box   5
Folder   1-2
Compact Development Reference Materials, 1961-1969
Box   5
Folder   3
Compact Related Legislation, 1967-1969
Box   5
Folder   4
Federal Law, 1967-1969
Box   5
Folder   5
Four-State Ad Hoc Committee, 1967-1969
Box   5
Folder   6-7
Great Lakes Basin Commission, 1968-1969
Public Welfare
Box   5
Folder   8-9
1969 Assembly Bill 551 Amendment
Box   5
Folder   10
1969 Senate Bill 642 Amendment 5
Box   5
Folder   11-12
General, 1969-1970
Box   5
Folder   13
Youthful Offender Legislation, 1969-1971
Correspondence
Box   6
Card Catalog: Assembly Correspondence Subject Index and Names A-O
Box   7
Card Catalog: Assembly Correspondence Names P-Z
Box   8
Folder   1
District Correspondence Prior to January 1967, 1966 June-December
Box   8
Folder   2-6
District Correspondence 1-500, 1967 January-May
Box   9
Folder   1-5
District Correspondence 501-1000, 1967 May-1968 September
Box   10
Folder   1-4
District Correspondence 1001-1400, 1968 September-1969 May
Box   11
Folder   1-4
District Correspondence 1401-1800, 1969 May-October
Box   12
Folder   1-4
District Correspondence 1801-2209, 1969 October-1970 June
Box   13
Folder   1
Elections Committee Correspondence, 1969 February-November
Box   13
Folder   2
Mutual Fire and Casualty Insurance Company Anti-Tax Correspondence, 1969 June
Box   13
Folder   3
Newsletters, 1967 June-1969 December
Box   13
Folder   4
Non-Public School Aid Correspondence, 1969 February
Box   13
Folder   5
Petition Related Correspondence, 1969 May-October
Box   13
Folder   6
River Falls State University Student Correspondence, 1969 March-April
Box   13
Folder   7
School Funds Appropriations Student Correspondence, 1969 February
Legislation
Box   13
Folder   8
Legislative Issues, 1964-1966
Box   13
Folder   9
Municipal Employment Labor Relations Act, 1969
Box   13
Folder   10
Tax Exempt Properties, 1969
Series: Commissioner of the Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations
Correspondence
Box   13
Folder   11
General Correspondence, 1970
Sexual Discrimination
Box   13
Folder   12
Complaint, 1970
Box   14
Folder   1-2
Reference Materials, 1970
Unemployment Compensation
Box   14
Folder   3
Advisory Council, 1968-1970
Box   14
Folder   4-5
Employer's Guide to the Wisconsin Unemployment Compensation Law, 1966-1970
Box   14
Folder   6
Legislation, 1968-1971
Box   14
Folder   7
Litigation, 1969-1970
Box   14
Folder   8
Notes, undated
Box   14
Folder   9-10
Reference Materials, 1967-1970
Worker's Compensation
Box   14
Folder   11
Advisory Council, 1970
Box   14
Folder   12
Legislation, 1968-1970
Box   14
Folder   13
Notes, undated
Box   14
Folder   14
Reference Materials, 1967-1970
Series: Commissioner of the Public Service Commission
Box   14
Folder   15
General Correspondence, 1983
Series: Executive Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Box   14
Folder   16
Position Description, 1984
Series: Executive Assistant of the Department of Health and Social Services
Box   14
Folder   17
Administrative, 1988-1991
Box   14
Folder   18
Correspondence, 1989-1990
Box   14
Folder   19
Reference Material, 1991
Series: Director of the Winnebago Mental Health Institute
Box   15
Folder   1
Administrative, 1991-1994
Box   15
Folder   2
Correspondence, 1991-1996
Box   15
Folder   3
Press Release and News Clippings, 1991
Series: Pastor
Box   15
Folder   4-5
Worship Materials, 1961-1985
Series: Public Appearances
Speeches
Box   15
Folder   6
1960s-1970s
Box   15
Folder   7
1980s
Box   15
Folder   8
1990s