Lester Harsh, 1910-1994 [RG3712.AM]


RG3712.AM: Lester Harsh, 1910-1994

Papers: 1965-1969
Bartley and McCook, Red Willow County, Neb.: State Senator, District 38; Farmer
Size: 2.5 cu.ft.


Lester Harsh was born March 13, 1910, in Bartley, Red Willow County, Nebraska, to Jacob and Anna (Brahmer) Harsh. He graduated from Bartley High School and then attended the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture for three years. He married Elizabeth Mills in 1932 and their marriage produced three children.

Although he made his living at farming, Harsh served on the local school board, the Experiment Station Advisory Committee, and the State School Redistricting Committee. He also contributed weekly articles to the McCook Gazette, as well as a weekly radio program on a local station.

Harsh served in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature from 1965 until 1970. During this time, he represented the 38th District of Nebraska. His special legislative concerns were agriculture and education.


This collection consists of five boxes of manuscript material arranged in four series: (1) Legislative bills, 1969; (2) Correspondence, 1968-1969; (3) Legislative Notebooks, 1965-1969; and (4) Miscellany, 1967-1969. The collection relates to the legislative work of Nebraska State Senator Lester Harsh of the 38th District.

Series 1 and Series 2 both consist of materials relating to legislative proposals of the 80th session of the Nebraska Legislature. Series 1 is arranged according to Legislative bill number; Series 2 is arranged alphabetically by the last name or town of the correspondent. Some exceptions to this rule exist, as once in a while a letter is filed alphabetically by subject. Throughout Series 1 and 2, Harsh’s filing system is maintained.

Series 3 consists of Lester Harsh’s Legislative Notebooks, 1965-1969. These notebooks contain legislation, reports, and notes relating to Agriculture Committee or Education work. The miscellany of Series 4 includes newspaper clippings, reports on various state projects, and the executive budget, 1967-1968.


Series 1 – Legislative Bills, 1969

Box 1

  1. LB1-99
  2. LB100-199
  3. LB200-299
  4. LB300-399
  5. LB400-499
  6. LB500-599
  7. LB600-699
  8. LB700-799
  9. LB800-899
  10. LB900-999
  11. LB979 (Community College Bill)
  12. LB1000-1099
  13. LB1022 and LB1083 (Aid to Private Schools)
  14. LB1100-1199
  15. LB1200-1299
  16. LB1300-1399
  17. LB1342 (Redistricting Bill)
  18. LB1400-1499
  19. Bills Introduced (newspaper clippings)
  20. L.R. 36
  21. L.R. 99

Series 2 – Correspondence, 1968-1969

Box 2

  1. A
  2. Attorney General
  3. B
  4. C
  5. D
  6. E
  7. F
  8. G
  9. Great Plains
  10. H
  11. I
  12. Statements of Intents
  13. Invitations
  14. J
  15. Junior Colleges
  16. K
  17. L
  18. Legislation (possible)
  19. M
  20. Mc

Box 3

  1. N
  2. O
  3. P
  4. Pending
  5. Personal
  6. R
  7. S
  8. Support for legislation
  9. T
  10. U-V
  11. W
  12. X-Y

Series 3 – Legislative Notebooks, 1965-1969

Box 4

  1. Education Committee, 1965
  2. Agriculture and Recreation Committee, 1967
  3. Education Committee, 1967

Box 5

  1. Agriculture Committee, 1969
  2. Education Committee, 1969

Series 4 – Miscellany, 1967-1969

Box 5

  1. Newspaper clippings
    Reports on agriculture, oil production, and the Platte River Project
    Executive Budget, 1967-1968

Subject headings:

Agricultural laws and legislation — Nebraska
Educational law and legislation — Nebraska
Harsh, Lester, 1910-1994
Legislation — Nebraska
Legislative bodies — Nebraska
Nebraska. Legislature, 1965-1969

08-02-2007 Revised TMM

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