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Robert F. Ellsworth : collection no. 143

Creator: Ellsworth, Robert F.

Date: 1960-1966

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Manuscripts Collection 143

Unit ID: 40143

Biographical sketch: Member of the U.S. House from Kansas (Republican), 1961-66; of Lawrence. Full name: Robert Fred Ellsworth. Born 1926, died 2011.

Abstract: The Robert F. Ellsworth papers consist of correspondence, House bills, memoranda, notes, clippings, and other materials documenting his tenure as a U.S. representative from Kansas. The records document Ellsworth's involvement with and concern over issues relating to the committees he was on: Veteran's Affairs, Merchant Marine & Fisheries, and Post Office & Civil Service. Topics include government ethics, interstate & foreign commerce, the Dept. of the Treasury, Army & Air Force case files, steel, agriculture, civil service rates, the Civil Rights Act, the Becker amendment relating to prayer in public schools, the Veterans' Administration, and the Dept. of State among others.

Space Required/Quantity: 47 ft. (118 boxes)

Title (Main title): Robert F. Ellsworth : collection no. 143

Titles (Other):

  • Robert F. Ellsworth papers
  • Papers
  • Civil rights act of 1964


Biog. Sketch (Full): Robert Fred Ellsworth was a United States diplomat, United States representative from Kansas between 1961 and 1967 (Republican), ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization between 1967 and 1971, assistant secretary of defense between 1974 and 1975, and deputy secretary of defense between 1975 and 1977. Ellsworth was born in Lawrence, Kansas, on June 11, 1926. He also served two tours of military duty with the United States Navy, the first between 1944 and 1946, and the second in Korea between 1950 and 1953. He graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1945 and earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of Michigan School of Law in Ann Arbor in 1949. His wife was the Reverend Eleanor Ellsworth. He was a close adviser to Kansas United States Senator and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and helped lead Dole's 1988 unsuccessful presidential campaign. Ellsworth died near his home in La Jolla, California, on May 9, 2011.

Scope and Content

Contents: General correspondence (boxes 1-73) -- legislative correspondence (boxes 74-92) -- 89th Congress, 1965-1966 (23 boxes): correspondence (general political affairs, from constituents, misc.) ; subject files ; opinion ballots ; civil rights, 1964 ; immigration ; press releases ; visitors' comments ; education and labor ; various bills ; Republican Party ; misc.

Portions of Collection Separately Described:

Specific Contents Identified:

Headings or descriptors assigned to subsections of the material, for example labels on a particular box or group of boxes.

  • 1964-1966: duplicated materials on section 14b repeal of Taft-Hartley Act and veteran hospitals
  • 1964: Civil Rights Act, Becker Amendment
  • Bulk of collection, 1960-1965
  • c. 1964-1966: Includes correspondence concerning the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Related Records or Collections

Associated materials: A Scrapbook of the congressional campaign, 1960, 60 leaves, is at the University of Kansas Libraries (Lawrence), Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Kansas Collection: collection RH MS G50; http://etext.ku.edu/view?docId=ksrlead/ksrl.kc.ellsworthrobert.xml;route=ksrlead;brand=ksrlead;query=

Other Finding Aid/Index: Finding aids available from the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka) for the first 92 boxes and on its website, http://www.kshs.org/research/collections/documents/personalpapers/findingaids/ellsworth_robert_fred_finding_aid.pdf Boxes 93-115 are unprocessed and shelved separately.


Finding Aid Bibliography: "Former U.S. Legislator Dies at 84," Topeka Capital-Journal, May 12, 2011, p. 10A.

Index Terms


    United States -- Civil Rights Act of 1964
    United States. Congress. House
    Veterans' affairs
    United States
    Ellsworth, Robert F. -- Correspondence
    Legislators -- Kansas
    Legislators -- United States
    Religion in the public schools -- Kansas
    Veterans -- Care -- United States

Creators and Contributors

Additional Information for Researchers

Use and reproduction: Information on literary rights available from the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka)


General Note: Title from box list