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Collection Number RG0743.AM
Collection Name RG0743 Boosalis, Helen G. 1919-2009
Identifier Political papers
Size and Materials 12.5 cu.ft.; 10 boxes and 13 oversized volumes
Title Helen G. Boosalis papers
Date or Date Span 1959-2009
Year Range from 1959
Year Range to 1999
Admin/Biographical History Born August 28, 1919 as Helen Geankoplis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she married Michael Boosalis in 1945. The Boosalis family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1951. Helen was elected to the Lincoln City Council in 1959 and was re-elected three times. Boosalis then defeated Sam Schwartzkopf in 1975 to become Lincoln's first female mayor.

After completing her tenure as Mayor in 1983, Boosalis was appointed Director of the Nebraska Department of Aging in the Cabinet Governor Bob Kerrey. In 1986 Boosalis announced her candidacy for Governor of Nebraska. She lost the election to then-State Treasurer Kay Orr. This was the first state gubernatorial election in U.S. history where the candidates of both major national parties were women. She went on to serve on the AARP National Legislative Council and as Chairman of the AARP Board of Directors.

Helen G. Boosalis died on June 15, 2009 at the age of 89.
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content The manuscript collection consists of ten boxes and thirteen oversized volumes containing various items relating to Boosalis' political career as Lincoln City Council member, Mayor and Gubernatorial candidate. The bulk of the collection consists of volumes of newspaper clippings with some correspondence, speeches and ephemera interspersed. Also included are materials from her time as Director of the Nebraska Department of Aging and her service on the AARP National Legislative Council and Chairman of the AARP Board of Directors. The materials in the collection date from ca. 1959-1999. The collection is organized roughly by year and position held by Boosalis at the time.

The last three folders in Box 10 and oversized volumes 5-13 listed at the end of the inventory were added after the bulk of the collection was processed.
Creator Boosalis, Helen G. 1919-2009
Finding Aids Helen G. Boosalis finding aid
Related units of description Note: For more information about Helen Boosalis, see the NSHS Library collection for the following publications:

Prairie politics : Kay Orr vs. Helen Boosalis, the historic 1986 gubernatorial race, edited by John Barrette, 1987. [324.9 B274p]

Mayor Helen Boosalis: my mother's life in politics by Beth Boosalis Davis, 2008. [921 B724m]

See the public records collection RG301 for official records of the Lincoln City Council and Mayor's office. See RG0084 for official records of the Nebraska Department on Aging.
Subjects Political campaigns
Political issues
Politics & government
People Boosalis, Helen G., 1919-2009
Search Terms Nebraska Democratic Party