YATES, Sidney Richard

YATES, Sidney Richard
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


YATES, Sidney Richard, a Representative from Illinois; born in Chicago, Ill., August 27, 1909; graduated from Lake View High School, Chicago, Ill., 1928; B.A., University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., 1931; J.D., University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., 1933; United States Navy, 1944-1946; lawyer, private practice; assistant attorney for Illinois state bank receiver, 1935-1937; assistant attorney general attached to Illinois Commerce Commission as traction attorney, 1937-1940; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1963); was not a candidate for renomination to the Eighty-eighth Congress in 1962, but was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senate; United States Representative to the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations with rank of Ambassador, 1963-1964; elected to the Eighty-ninth and to the sixteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1999); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Sixth Congress in 1998; died on October 5, 2000, in Washington, D.C.; interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Ill.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Chicago History Museum
Research Center

Chicago, IL
Papers: ca. 1970-1994, 211 linear feet. The papers of Sidney Richard Yates include his office files, mainly consisting of miscellaneous mailings by Sidney Yates to his constituents in Chicago and Evanston. Some mailings contain results of surveys of constituent opinions. The collections is currently unprocessed and most materials are not available for research.

Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

Independence, MO
Papers: ca. 1932-1954, 1.6 linear feet. The papers of Sidney R. Yates consist of photocopied portions of a much larger collection of Sidney Yates papers that was transferred from the Truman Library to the Chicago Historical Society in 1999. At the same time, he permitted the Truman Library to retain in its holdings photocopies of those of his papers which pertained to his service, during the administration of President Truman, in the 81st and 82nd Congresses, from 1949 through 1952. The papers consist of two series, a Bills Introduced File and a Newsletters File. The Bills Introduced File is composed of two subseries, one for the 81st Congress and the other for the 82nd Congress. In addition to drafts of legislation introduced by Rep. Yates, the series includes correspondence with constituents and other interested parties; memoranda; press releases; congressional reports; transcripts of congressional hearings; printed material; and other items relating to the proposed legislation. Among the bills that Rep. Yates introduced during the 81st and 82nd Congresses were proposals to extend equality of treatment to Japanese and other Asian persons under U.S. immigration law; to provide for federal housing loans; to restrict the interstate transportation of fireworks; to establish rent controls; to create a Labor Extension Service within the U.S. Department of Labor; and to increase federal penalties for the sale of narcotics. Yates also introduced many private relief bills relating to immigration, including a number of bills that exempted the Japanese fiancees or wives of U.S. servicemen from the racial restrictions of the Immigration Act of 1924, thus allowing the women to come to the United States. The two subseries of the Bills Introduced File are arranged in alphabetical order by subject. The Newsletters File contains approximately 120 brief newsletters which Rep. Yates sent to his constituents on a weekly basis while Congress was in session, from March 17, 1949 to July 3, 1952. The newsletters provided information on legislation affecting Rep. Yates's constituents, and also featured interesting insights into the day-to-day activities of Congress and Rep. Yates's experiences as a junior member of the House of Representatives. Among other things, they document the struggle in Congress over President Truman's Fair Deal program of social welfare legislation, which Rep. Yates supported in his capacity as a liberal Democrat. The material in the Newsletters File is arranged in chronological order. More information relating to Representative Sidney R. Yates, including his correspondence with Mr. Truman, can be found in the Harry S. Truman Papers: White House Central Files: President's Personal File (PPF 4879) and in the Harry S. Truman Papers: Post-Presidential Papers (General Correspondence File).

Smithsonian Institution
Archives of American Art

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Ellen Lanyon Papers, 1944-1991, 6.2 linear feet (partially microfilmed on 5 reels). Correspondents include Sidney R. Yates.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Film Reel and Sound Tape Reels: 1962-1984, 4 commercials on 1 film reel and 8 commercials on 3 sound tape reels. The commercials were used during Sidney Yates's campaigns for the 1962 U.S. senatorial election and the 1982 and 1984 U.S. congressional elections in District 9 of Illinois, Democratic Party.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Sidney R. Yates, Democratic Representative from Illinois. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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