Richard W. Fitzsimons Papers (S2681)

  • 1953-1978

    Biographical Sketch

    Richard W. Fitzsimons was born January 19, 1922 and raised on a farm near Argyle, Minnesota. After the death of his father in 1937, Richard and his mother ran the farm. Fitzsimons was active in the 4-H Club and he helped organize the Rural Youth Program in Minnesota, serving as state president and on the National Committee. Fitzsimons married Janice Kyseth and had a son, Mark and a daughter, Lori. Fitzsimons was first elected to the Minnesota State Legislature in 1952 from the Sixty-Seventh District - Marshall County. He served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years and was elected to the Minnesota Senate from District 1 in 1972. Fitzsimons served on nearly every major committee and was chairman of the House of Appropriations Committee from 1962 to 1972. After retiring from the Legislature in 1976, Richard Fitzsimons became the executive director of the Red River Valley Sugar Beet Growers Association. Mr. Fitzsimons died in 1991.

    Collection Description

    This collection consists of papers kept by Richard Fitzsimons while serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate. It contains mostly correspondence and background materials provided by the legislative research staff and lobbyists. Included in this collection is a Minnesota Historical Society educational packet entitled “What is a Legislator?” using Senator Fitzsimons as the model.

    Inventory

    Box 1

    • Abortion. 1973-74
    • Agriculture. 1973-74
    • Airports, Orr and Thief River Falls. 1974
    • Appropriations Committee. 1969-73
    • Authors List. 1971
    • Bicentennial Commission. 1972-74
    • Bicycle Bill. 1975
    • Committee Schedules. 1973-74
    • Computers. 1971
    • Congratulatory Letters. 1973-74
    • Constitutional Study Commission. 1971-72
    • Correspondence. 1953, 1955-61 

    Box 2

    • Correspondence. 1963-75 

    Box 3 

    • Correspondence. 1982
    • Education. 1967, 1972-76
    • Eighteen-Year-Old Drinking. 1975
    • Energy. 1975
    • Equal Rights Amendment. 1972-74
    • Final Report of Structure and Form Committee. 1972
    • Finance Committee. 1975
    • Fire Departments. 1972-74
    • Fitzsimons Sponsored Bills. 1973-76
    • Fuel Shortage. 1973-74
    • Gas Tax and Highway Legislation. 1972-75
    • Grygla High School Controversy. 1973
    • Gun Control Legislation. 1973-75
    • Health Legislation. 1974-75
    • Invitations. 1975
    • Legislative Advisory Committee
      • Agenda. 1965
      • Reports. 1963
       
    • Legislative Audit Commission Minutes. 1973-76
    • Minnesota
      • Outdoor Recreation Resource Commission. 1967
      • Resources Commission. 1970-74 
       

    Box 4

    • Minnesota, continued
      • Resource Commissions, continued. 1974-76
      • Senate Handbook. 1972
       
    • Moose Season. 1971-74
    • Natural Resources Committee. 1970-74
    • News Releases. 1965-67, 1973-76
    • Occupational Development Center SF26. 1975
    • Oral Interview with Mr. Fitzsimons. 1983
    • Photographs. 1975
    • Public Employee’s Bargaining. 1972-73
    • Public Health Nursing Service and Housing for the Elderly. 1973-74
    • Redistricting of County Boards, Letter to County Commissioners SF 2136. 1974
    • Reports
      • Interim Committee on Medical Education to the Minnesota Senate. 1969
      • Medical Education Committee, House Appropriations Committee. 1966
      • Medication Education Subcommittees of House Appropriations. 1971
      • Special House Committee on the Need for a Second Medical School. 1969
      • Structure and Form Committee to the Constitutional Study Commission. 1972
       
    • Republican
      • Party Platform Materials. 1973-74
      • Views and Statements. 1975-76
       
    • Snowmobile Legislation. 1973-75
    • Special Subcommittee on Land Acquisition Policies and Procedures. 1965
    • Taxation. 1973-76
    • Thief River Falls, Minnesota. 1973-74
    • Township Tort Liability H.F. 978. 1974
    • Twin Trailers Bill. 1973-74
    • Veterans Agriculture Bill. 1973
    • Vocational Agriculture Program. 1973
    • What is a Legislator? 1975
    • Williams School. 1975