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Senator Edward F. Reilly papers

Call Number: RH MS 716


Edward F. Reilly, Jr., a native of Leavenworth, Kansas, served 29 years as a legislator for the state of Kansas. These papers consist of legislative records, including material related to House and Senate bill development and records of the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs regarding correctional facilities, as well as correspondence to and from Reilly.


  • Creation: 1963 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library staff (785-864-4334, 8-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material can not be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Donor retains all literary rights.

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Edward F. Reilly (1937- )

Edward F. Reilly, Jr. was born and raised in Leavenworth, Kansas. After receiving a bachelors of science in political science from the University of Kansas in 1961, he joined the family business and began a career in real estate insurance and banking.

Reilly served one year in the Kansas House of Representatives in the mid-1960s before successfully running for the Kansas State Senate. He remained in the state senate for 28 years, from the mid-1960s until 1992. A Republican, Reilly served in a variety of roles, including as chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs and of the Senate Insurance Committee, as well as vice chairman of the Senate Elections Committee and assistant majority leader.

After retiring from the state legislature, Reilly was appointed to the U.S. Parole Commission in 1992, serving as the commission's chairman from 1992-1997 and again in 2001.


38.25 Linear Feet (40 boxes + 3 oversize boxes)

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Physical Location

RH MS 716

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RH MS Q169

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RH MS R506

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Edward F. Reilly, Jr. 1987-1998, 2021.

Processing Information

Portions of this collection previously shelved at RH MS 323 and RH MS 486.

Guide to the Senator Edward F. Reilly Collection
Senator Edward F. Reilly papers
Finding aid prepared by skt. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021; mmj, 2022.
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Senator Edward F. Reilly papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 716, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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