8 linear feet (19 boxes).
1 oversize folder.
6 sound recordings.
Correspondence, memorandums, newspaper clippings, campaign literature, speeches, press releases, and other papers chiefly documenting Rentschler's political activities, including such aspects of his leadership of Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential campaigns in Illinois and of his own candidacies in 1960 and 1970 for the Illinois Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate as fundraising, press relations, and networks of support established throughout the state; together with material about Rentschler's formation of Citizens for a Stronger Republican Party in 1970, his work with Young Republican National Federation and United Republican Fund of Illinois, and various civic, business, and personal activities, among them his service as a director of Better Boys Foundation and as a trustee of Rockford College (Rockford, Ill.). Correspondents include news publications throughout Illinois and the country, and other Republican leaders, such as John Altdorfer, Harry Dent, Robert Finch, Harold Byron Smith, Jr., and W. Clement Stone. Collection also includes Rentschler's senior college thesis on Henry Jarvis Raymond, editor of the New York Times during the Civil War; and 6 reel-to-reel audio tapes.
Illinois Republican, civic leader, and businessman; b. 1925.
For listening purposes, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available).
Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the William H. Rentschler photograph collection (1985.0391) and copies of books containing his collected newspaper columns, all cataloged separately.
Descriptive inventory available in the Research Center.