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Jerry Springer papers

 Collection
Identifier: US-71-07

Scope and Content

This collection includes material from Jerry Springer's campaigns for Congress and Cincinnati City Council including campaign flyers, press releases, campaign research, and speeches.

Dates

  • 1970-1979

Creator

Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Biography of Jerry Springer

Gerald N. Springer was born in London, England in 1944. When Jerry was five, the family emigrated to New York City. Springer attended Tulane University and completed a Bachelor's degree in political science. He earned his J.D. at Northwestern University. Springer began his political career as an aide on Robert Kennedy's 1968 Presidential Election campaign. He then joined the law firm of Frost & Jacobs in Cincinnati, Ohio. He became involved in local politics beginning with a referendum to lower the voting age to 19. He also joined local Democratic-Charter Party. In 1970, he ran for Congress, and although he lost this election, he won a seat on Cincinnati's City Council in 1971. He continued to serve on council for the next 4 years, working his way up to the position of Vice Mayor. His political career was stalled shortly in 1974 when a police raid revealed that Springer had patronized a Kentucky house of prostitution. Springer promptly resigned from Council, but later changed his mind and in 1975, he ran for City Council again. He was reelected, and was then elected mayor of Cincinnati in 1977. He stepped down from City Council in 1981 run for governor of Ohio, but was unsuccessful. In 1982, he changed careers and began serving as a political reporter for WLWT-TV (Channel 5) in Cincinnati. From 1984 until 1993, he served as the station's anchor and managing editor.

Nationally, Springer is best known for hosting a highly-rated and scandalous talk show, The Jerry Springer Show, which became a favorite among college students in the mid to late 1990s. Springer also authored one book on his experiences with his talk show entitled, Ringmaster, and produced a country music CD, entitled Dr. Talk.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)

Overview

This collection includes material from Jerry Springer's campaigns for Congress and Cincinnati City Council including campaign flyers, press releases, campaign research, and speeches.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection is arranged into folders by topic.

Physical Location

Archives and Rare Books Library
Title
Finding aid for the Jerry Springer papers, 1970-1979
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Finding aid prepared by Archives and Rare Books Staff
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Rare Books Library Repository

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