Robert C. Jubelirer papers, 1939-2008 (Bulk, 1972-2006)

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Collection Overview

Title:
Robert C. Jubelirer Papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1939-2008
Dates (Inclusive):
1972-2006
Creator:
Jubelirer, Robert C. (Robert Carl)
Abstract:
Robert C. Jubelirer (1937-) of Altoona, Pennsylvania, served as a lawyer, Pennsylvania state senator (1975-2006), state senate president pro tempore (1985-1992; 1994-2006), and lieutenant governor (2001-2003).
Abstract:
This collection consists primarily of records documenting Robert C. Jubelirer's political and public service career. It contains honoraria, election materials, and subject and communication files. Also included are approximately 11 master DVDs, 10 use DVDs, 2 master DVC-Pros, 111 master videotapes, 30 use videotapes, 8 master CD-ROMs, 8 use CD-ROMS, 2 audiotapes, 7 graphics, 93 artifacts, and 1404 photographs with assorted proofs, duplicates, and negatives.
Collection Number:
6076
Size:
23.17 Cubic feet
Size:
1686 items
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Robert C. Jubelirer was born February 9, 1937, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, son of Dorothy Brett Jubelirer and Samuel H. Jubelirer, a prominent judge in Blair County, Pennsylvania. In 1959 Robert Jubelirer earned a B.A. in history from The Pennsylvania State University and in 1962 an L.L.D. from Dickinson School of Law. He was admitted to the bar in Blair County, Pennsylvania, and practiced law in the firm of Jubelirer, Carothers, Krier, and Halpern before running as a Republican for the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1974.

Jubelirer served eight terms (1975 to 2006) in the Pennsylvania State Senate. He was elected majority leader in 1981 and minority leader from November 1992 to March 1994. Jubelirer is most widely known for his influential role as president pro tempore of the Pennsylvania State Senate, a position he held from 1985 to November 1992 and from March 1994 to 2006, nearly twenty-one years, the longest term on record.

Jubelirer also served as lieutenant governor. On October 5, 2001, after Governor Tom Ridge resigned to become President Bush's homeland security director, Robert Jubelirer was sworn in as lieutenant governor to the new governor Mark Schweiker. Robert Jubelirer served simultaneously as lieutenant governor (without pay) and as Pennsylvania Senate president pro tempore until January 21, 2003, when Governor Schweiker's term concluded.

During his tenure in the Pennsylvania Senate, Jubelirer led initiatives to improve living standards for Pennsylvanians in many areas, including economic development, improved transportation, farm support, anti-crime measures, judicial reform, employment, education reform, pharmaceutical assistance, and property tax relief. He authored major legislation including: the modern Sunshine Law to provide greater openness in government; legislation to construct or renovate senior centers; the Tuition Account Program, a plan to enable parents to save for their children's higher education; and "Ashley's Law," a law to provide greater child protection.

Jubelirer represented the 30th District, which from 1981 to 2001 consisted of the south-central Pennsylvania counties of Bedford, Blair, Fulton, and Huntingdon. In the 2001 redistricting, Menno Township in Mifflin County was added. To assist a largely rural, often economically struggling constituency, Jubelirer pushed for economic revitalization and helped secure funding for major community projects, such as the Blair County Ballpark, the Blair County Convention Center, and the restoration of the Bedford Springs Hotel.

In 2006 Robert Jubelirer lost election, a loss attributable to his 2005 vote for a legislative pay raise. In April 2007 he joined the law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel. There he helped launch the firm's Government Affairs Practice in Harrisburg and its regional office in Altoona to develop business opportunities in central Pennsylvania. Jubelirer serves as chairman of the Blair County Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Robert Jubelirer has received numerous awards, among them ones from the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Blair County Chapter of the NAACP. Others included the Pennsylvania Bar Association's President's Award, the Common Cause Champion of Good Government Award, the Dickinson School of Law Career Achievement Award, and The Pennsylvania State University Distinguished Alumni Award. In honor of his service as the longest serving Pennsylvania Senate president pro tempore, a trust fund was established in his name to provide scholarships to students in the College of Information Science and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University.

Bibliography

“Political Profiles,” Pennsylvania Report. 1 April 2004: 3-4. Print.

“Robert C. Jubelirer,” “Attorney Information.” Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP. Web. 1 Aug. 2008.

“Robert Jubelirer,” Wikipedia.Web. 18 Nov. 2008

“Sen. Robert C. Jubelirer (R).” Guidebook to Pennsylvania Legislators 1993-1994. Baltimore, Md.: Legislative Guidebooks, Inc., c 1993: 52-53. Print.

“Sen. Robert C. Jubelirer (R).” Guidebook to Pennsylvania Legislators 1995-1996. Baltimore, Md.: Legislative Guidebooks, Inc., c 1993: 44-45. Print.

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Collection Overview

The Robert C. Jubelirer Papers originated from Jubelirer's Senate office in Harrisburg and district office in Altoona, Pennsylvania. While most of the collection is housed within the Special Collections Library, University Park, Pennsylvania, the bulk of Jubelirer's personal memorabilia has been deposited at the Robert E. Eiche Library, Penn State Altoona. The papers selectively represent the political and public service career of Robert C. Jubelirer as senator and president pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate and as lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania. In the collection six scrapbooks trace Jubelirer's political and public service career from 1972 to 2006.

The papers are particularly valuable for their issue subseries located in both the Harrisburg and Altoona series. Constituting over half the collection, these files reflect state and local concerns Jubelirer addressed in his Senate leadership role and in his representation of the 30th Pennsylvania District. For example, the files for the Tuition Account Program authored by Jubelirer include early research and document the program's development from its founding in 1992 through 1997. Other issues relate to Sunshine legislation, Ashley's law, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), and economic development. A few issue files such as the Board of Pardons file represent important areas for which Jubelirer was responsible as lieutenant governor.

Additional files offer various perspectives on political issues. For example, "Public communication" includes press releases, Jubelirer's positional remarks, letters to the editor, speeches, and correspondence with constituents and public officials."'News clippings" contains media issue coverage, and "Elections" documents Pennsylvania election issues from 1974 to 2006.

Other media complement textual materials. "Moving images" in the Harrisburg office series depicts government and statewide topics as well as events specific to Jubelirer's 30th District. Photographs mostly located in the Harrisburg office series document various public events. In addition, approximately 92 honorary artifacts along with some photographs and a few graphics and moving images are housed at Penn State Altoona in the Altoona office subseries "Memorabilia."

In their evidentiary nature, The Robert C. Jubelirer Papers offer a context for understanding the actions and times of the Pennsylvania Senate and one of its most influential leaders during the latter part of the twentieth century and the early twenty-first century.

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Collection Arrangement

The Robert C. Jubelirer Papers are arranged in two series: Harrisburg Office and Altoona Office. The Harrisburg Office series contains six subseries: Honors and accomplishments, Issues, News clippings, Public communication, Tuition Account Program, and Moving images. The Altoona Office series consists of three subseries: Issues, Elections, and Memorabilia.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Restrictions, where applicable, are noted at the series, subseries, or file levels.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert C. Jubelirer Papers, HCLA 6076, Special Collections Library, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by J. M. Sabre, 2009-2012.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions from this collection are available online at Robert C. Jubelirer papers, 1939-2006 (bulk 1972-2006).

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Audio
  • Computer Assisted
  • Moving Image
  • Photographic
  • Artifacts

Personal Name(s)

  • Jubelirer, Robert C. (Robert Carl)

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Collection Inventory

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General note

This subseries contains materials related to the honors and accomplishments of Robert C. Jubelirer in his roles as president pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate (1985-November 1992, March 1994-2006) and lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania (October 2001-January 2003). It includes profiles of Jubelirer’s Senate accomplishments, congratulatory correspondence for his service as Senate president pro tempore, and information about the Robert C. Jubelirer Trustee Scholarship. News clippings report Jubelirer’s rise to lieutenant governor in 2001, and inaugural programs describe the oath-of-office ceremony. Flag pin souvenirs mark the inaugural occasion.

The subseries also includes photographs highlighting aspects of Jubelirer’s career. Many capture re-election campaigns, staff gatherings, and ground-breaking and ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Several show Jubelirer’s support for children’s education, local women’s basketball, and organizations fighting leukemia and multiple sclerosis. One photographic sequence documents the announcement on January 21, 1998, of federal and state monies appropriated for the Blair County convocation center. In some collection photographs Jubelirer appears with such notables as Pennsylvania Governors Thomas Ridge and Edward Rendell, United States’ vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle, and with Penn State’s president Graham Spanier and football coach Joe Paterno. Also included are photographic portraits of Jubelirer. Several photographs document the occasion of Jubelirer’s oath of office for lieutenant governor, and one, dated November 2003, shows Jubelirer with his family unveiling Jubelirer’s portrait as lieutenant governor.

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This subseries includes reports, news clippings, legal briefs, and correspondence relating to issues Robert Jubelirer addressed in his roles as 30th District senator, president pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate, and lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania.

Jubelirer's 30th District files focus on such topics as funding for 30th district projects and education. Files for Blair County concern off-track betting, a proposed judgeship, Altoona Penn State, and the closing of the Altoona Center. Approximately sixty photographs document ceremonies at the Altoona baseball park. Bedford County topics include Allegheny College, the Bedford County economy, and the restoration of the Bedford Springs Hotel. Fulton County files contain information about a proposed judgeship and the Fulton County Medical Center. Highway issues impacted the 30th district and are also represented in the files.

Senate state-wide concerns include community colleges, child custody, the divorce code, determination of death, merit selection of judges, and such topics as waste disposal, medical malpractice, mental retardation, and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). Additional legislative issues pertain to property tax relief, cross-burning, religious freedom protection, lobby disclosure, sewage management, and the Escheats unclaimed property law. Files include lists of Jubelirer's prime-sponsored bills from 1975 to 2006, including Ashley's law and Sunshine legislation.

Files from Jubelirer's tenure as lieutenant governor include those from the Board of Pardons. Also represented are legislative briefs of Lawless v. Jubelirer, the suit State Representative John Lawless, Joseph Wiedemer, and Charles A. Pascal, Jr. brought against Robert Jubelirer for simultaneously holding the offices of Senate president pro tempore and lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania.

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The subseries consists of Pennsylvania newspaper coverage of Robert Jubelirer's political and public service career from 1975 to 2006. Represented newspapers include those local to Jubelirer's district, such as the Altoona Mirror, the  Bedford Gazette, and the  Fulton County News as well as prominent city newspapers such as the  Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the  Pittsburgh Press, the  Philadelphia Inquirer, and the  Harrisburg Patriot News. Articles report Jubelirer's political activities and his positions on issues he addressed in public comments.

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The subseries contains Senator Jubelirer's public communiqués. Documents include Jubelirer's letters to the editor, constituent and public official correspondence, news conference statements, news articles, and twenty years of Jubelirer's news releases. Also assembled are opinion pieces, floor remarks to the Pennsylvania Senate, and speeches Jubelirer presented at ceremonies and public events (1977-2000). Included in the floor remarks is Jubelirer's farewell address to the Senate, November 21, 2006. A photograph shows Robert Jubelirer addressing the Pennsylvania legislature. This series also includes the 1983-1984 briefing memos to Jubelirer from David Atkinson, then aide and later executive assistant to Jubelirer.

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This subseries documents the development of the Tuition Assistance Program, a higher education savings program authored by Jubelirer and located within the Treasury Department. The series includes publicity, marketing endeavors, audits, research, media coverage, and reports of advisory board meetings. Among the issues faced by the programs' designers were the federal tax status of the program, refund circumstances, and the "full faith and credit" issue, the question of whether Pennsylvania taxpayers should back the program.

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This subseries consists primarily of informational programs for Pennsylvania constituents and documentary records of ceremonial events.

The subseries includes approximately 28 “Capitol Update” programs, thirty-minute broadcasts on Pennsylvania’s public, government, and educational television channels. Topics include legislation, education, the state budget, Jubelirer’s student government seminar, the Pennsylvania Science in Motion program, PennDOT road projects, and women in business.

Other informational videotapes focus on a wide-range of Pennsylvania-related topics ranging from stream conservancy, to hog factories, to the Pennsylvania Tuition Account Program. Several programs relate to Senator Jubelirer’s 30th District and include such topics as the Blair County Convocation Center, Bedford Springs, the Altoona baseball stadium, and the Devorris Center for Business Development.

Additional videotapes document ceremonial events. Included are records of Governor Thomas Ridge’s inauguration (January 17, 1995), the Ceremony of Remembrance (Sept. 25, 2001), the Candles for Freedom vigil (September 10, 2002), the Clarence D. Bell memorial (July 31, 2002), and the Pennsylvania Senate tribute to Governor Robert P. Casey (October 3, 2000). Several videotapes document Robert Jubelirer’s career and include his inaugural address and oath of office for lieutenant governor (October 5, 2001), his commencement address for the School of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University (May 15, 2003), and congratulatory tributes to Senator Jubelirer on the occasion of becoming the longest serving president pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate (2004).

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General note

Many of the files in this subseries relate specifically to Jubelirer's 30th District. Included are files pertaining to the city of Altoona; to the counties of Blair, Fulton, and Bedford; and to concerns in the townships of Antis, Logan, and Freedom. Topical files include the blizzard of 1976, Penn State University, economic development, education, railroads, Interstate 99 and other routes, and community projects such as the Altoona baseball stadium and the renovation of the Bedford Springs Hotel. An animated computer-assisted CD-ROM introduces the design for the Mansion Park Athletic Facility.

State files include several related to legislation such as Ashley's Law, the Sunshine Law, health-care reform, gambling, and the Lawless suit. State agencies and departments also are represented, including the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Still other files consist of information assembled on such political personalities as Lynn Swann, Bud Shuster, Barbara Hafer, Arlen Specter, Bill Shuster, and Stephen McNett. Throughout the collection some photographs capture events such as Jubelirer's appearance at the Altoona baseball stadium ceremonies in 1997 and 1999.

Additional files pertain to Jubelirer's political and public service career and include six scrapbooks that trace events chronologically: 1972 to 1977, 1977 to 1982, 1982 to 1985, 1985 to 1999, 1999 to 2003, and 2004 to 2006. Included are photographs, cards, campaign ads, and mainly newspaper clippings from such newspapers as the Daily News, the  Daily Herald, the  Bedford Gazette, the  Altoona Mirror, the  Tribune-Democrat, and the  Daily America.

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Access Restrictions

Material in Box 15, Folder 9 is restricted.

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General note

This subseries consists of documents pertaining to Pennsylvania elections between 1974 and 2006. Documents include campaign expense reports from 1980 to 1990, petitions, solicitations, and information related to the State Republican Campaign Committee from 2001 to 2006. The subseries also includes Jubelirer's materials from the 2004 Republican National Convention and a 1994 television interview of Democratic candidate Greg Kough.

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This subseries includes souvenir items from Robert Jubelirer's tenure in the Pennsylvania Senate, from 1975 to 2006. The subseries reflects Jubelirer's wide participation in many state organizations and his political relationships with national and state leaders.

The subseries includes plaques of appreciation from many organizations, ranging from the Multiple Sclerosis Society, to St. Francis University, to the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers' Association. Also present are several certificates including one for an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine (1994) and one for the Pennsylvania State University Distinguished Alumnus Award (2000).

In addition, several photographs, some inscribed, show Jubelirer with national leaders such as Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush, as well as with state leaders such as Thomas Ridge, Robert Casey, and Richard Thornburgh. Still other photographs relate to Jubelirer's role as president pro tempore in the Pennsylvania Senate, and one photograph documents his inauguration as lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania (2001). Also included are photographs of Jubelirer with such notables as Joe Paterno, Reba McEntire, and Arnold Palmer.

Among the items are a map of the 30th District, sketches, memos and rule books from the Pennsylvania Senate, representations of the seal of the Senate of Pennsylvania, and an oil portrait of Jubelirer as president pro tempore of the Senate (1991).

These memorabilia are housed at the Robert E. Eiche Library at Penn State Altoona, Altoona, Pennsylvania. Please contact this library for further information.

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