Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Weil, Gordon Lee
Title
Gordon Lee Weil papers
ID
M286
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1970-2000
Date [inclusive]
1954-2013 (bulk 1970-1974, 1986-2000)
Extent
18.25 linear feet
Language
Abstract
Professional papers of Gordon Lee Weil (Bowdoin 1958), documenting his roles in Senator McGovern's presidential campaign (1970-1972) and as a consultant (Weil & Howe, Inc.) in Maine energy/utility matters (1986-2000).

Preferred Citation

Gordon Lee Weil Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.


Biographical/Historical Note


Scope and Content

Professional papers of Gordon Lee Weil (Bowdoin 1958), documenting his roles in Senator McGovern's presidential campaign (1970-1972) and as a consultant (Weil & Howe, Inc.) in Maine energy/utility matters (1986-2000). Also included are items relating to courses Weil taught in 1973-1974 as a visiting professor in Bowdoin's government and legal studies department. Materials include correspondence, clippings, press releases, position papers, travel schedules, interview transcriptions, and speeches.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Collection Inventory

 M286.1 George McGovern Presidential Campaign Papers, 1970-1977, n.d.   6.82 linear feet

Series Description:

Material documenting Weil's service as McGovern's executive assistant and campaign press secretary, organized in the following subseries: Campaign Correspondence, Memorandum, and Notes; Campaign Subject Files; Speeches, Publicity, and Media Material; Campaign Schedules, Contact Information, and Call Slips; Publications and Newsclippings; Images and Ephemera; Audio Recordings; Miscellaneous Materials.

 M286.1.1 George McGovern Presidential Campaign Correspondence, Memorandum, and Notes, 1970-1977, n.d.   0.5 linear feet

Subseries Description:

Correspondence documenting both internal campaign communications and consultation with outside experts on a variety of policy issues. Memoranda consist primarily of internal McGovern campaign communications and statements of policies and procedures. Also included are handwritten notes by Weil on a range of topics.

Arrangement:

Alphabetically by subject, then chronologically.

Bin Folder
1 1

Campaign Diary 

1 2

Correspondence: 1970 

1 3

Correspondence: 1970 (circa) 

1 4

Correspondence: 1971 

1 5

Correspondence: 1972 Jan-Jul 

1 6

Correspondence: 1972 Aug-Sept 

1 7

Correspondence: 1972 Oct-1977 Jul 

1 8

Correspondence: n. d. 

1 9

Memos: 1970-1971 

1 10

Memos: 1972 Jan-1972 Nov 

1 11

Memos: n.d. 

1 12

Notes 

1 13

Notes 

 M286.1.2 Campaign Subject Files, 1970-1972, n.d.   1.83 linear feet

Subseries Description:

Files containing position proposals/papers and background materials used to research campaign issues.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
1 14

1970 Campaign Fund 

1 15

Anti-Trust 

1 16

Connecticut Campaign 

1 17

Debates 

1 18

Delegates and State Coordinators 

2 1

Democratic Central and National Committees 

2 2

Democratic Nomination Campaign 

2 3

Democratic Nomination Campaign 

2 4

Democratic Policy Council 

2 5

Eagleton, Tom 

2 6

Economic Conversion 

2 7

Economy 

2 8

Education 

2 9

Evangelicals 

2 10

Fiscal Policy 

2 11

Foreign Policy 

2 12

Illinois Campaign 

2 13

International Trip, 1971 

2 14

International Trip, 1971: Background 

2 15

Israel/Jewry 

2 16

Kent State University 

2 17

Legislative Record 

2 18

Maine Campaign 

2 19

Massachusetts Campaign 

2 20

National Council for Indochina Deadline 

2 21

New Hampshire Campaign 

2 22

Nutrition 

2 23

Opponents 

2 24

Positions 

2 25

Positions 

2 26

Project Acquisition 1972 

2 27

Public Opinion Polls 

2 28

Regional Campaigns 

2 29

Senate 

2 30

Senate 

3 1

Tax and Welfare Reform 

3 2

Tax and Welfare Reform 

3 3

Tax and Welfare Reform 

3 4

Tax and Welfare Reform--Critiques and Expert Opinions 

3 5

Tax and Welfare Reform--Memos 

3 6

Tax and Welfare Reform--Proposals 

3 7

Tax and Welfare Reform--Proposals 

3 8

Tax and Welfare Reform--Speeches 

3 9

Tax and Welfare Reform--Statistics and Calculations 

3 10

Topical Tours 

3 11

Third Party 

3 12

Vietnam Disengagement Act 

3 13

Voter Registration 

3 14

Weil Reports and Speeches 

3 15

Westside Housing Coalition 

3 16

Youth of All Nations 

 M286.1.3 Speeches, Publicity, and Media Material, 1970-1972, n.d.   1.0 linear feet

Subseries Description:

Includes campaign press releases; text of speeches delivered by McGovern; interview transcripts; and, publicity material used by the campaign.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
4 1

Campaign Appearances 

4 2

Form Letters 

4 3

Interviews, Transcripts 

4 4

Media Monitoring 

4 5

"The O'Brien Letter: Weekly Commentary for the McGovern-Shriver Campaign" 

4 6

Press Kits and Campaign Publications 

4 7

Press Releases 

4 8

Press Releases 

4 9

Press Releases 

4 10

Press Releases 

4 11

Press Releases 

4 12

Speeches 

4 13

Speeches 

4 14

Speeches 

4 15

Speeches 

4 16

Speeches 

4 17

Speeches 

4 18

Speeches about McGovern 

4 19

Speeches; General Address 

 M286.1.4 Campaign Schedules, Contact Information, and Call Slips, 1970-1972, n.d.   1.33 linear feet

Subseries Description:

Includes travel schedules, address and contact information for individuals associated with the McGovern campaign, and notifications of calls made to Weil.

Arrangement:

Alphabetical by material type.

Box Folder
5 1

Business Cards 

5 2

Call Slips 

5 3

Contact Information 

5 4

Contact Information 

5 5

Guest Lists 

5 6

Schedule, 1970 Mar-Dec 

5 7

Schedule, 1971 Jan 

5 8

Schedule, 1971 Feb 

5 9

Schedule, 1971 Mar-Apr 

5 10

Schedule, 1971 May 

5 11

Schedule, 1971 June 

5 12

Schedule, 1971 July 

5 13

Schedule, 1971 Aug 

5 14

Schedule, 1971 Sept 

5 15

Schedule, 1971 Oct 

5 16

Schedule, 1971 Nov 

5 17

Schedule, 1971 Dec 

5 18

Schedule, 1972 Jan 

5 19

Schedule, 1972 Feb 

5 20

Schedule, 1972 Mar 

5 21

Schedule, 1972 Apr 

5 22

Schedule, 1972 May 

6 1

Schedule, 1972 Jun 

6 2

Schedule, 1972 Jul-Aug 

6 3

Schedule, 1972 Sept 

6 4

Schedule, 1972 Oct 

6 5

Schedule, 1972 Nov 

6 6

Schedule, n.d. 

 M286.1.5 Publications and Clippings, 1970-1973, n.d.   1.41 linear feet

Subseries Description:

Newsclippings about the McGovern campaign, and published material used by Weil during his campaign activities.

Arrangement:

Arranged by material type.

Box Folder
6 1

Publications 

6 2

Publications 

6 3

Publications 

6 4

Publications--Legislative Reports 

6 5

Publications--News Digest 

6 6

Publications--Magazine Clippings 

6 7

Publications--Magazine Clippings, 1972 

6 8

Publications--Magazine Clippings, 1973 

7 1

Clippings 

7 2

Clippings 

7 3

Clippings 

7 4

Clippings 

7 5

Clippings 

7 6

Clippings 

7 7

Clippings 

7 8

Clippings 

7 9

Clippings 

7 10

Clippings 

7 11

Clippings 

7 12

Clippings 

7 13

Clippings 

7 14

Clippings 

7 15

Clippings 

7 16

Clippings 

7 17

Clippings 

 M286.1.6 Images and Ephemera   0.25 linear feet

Subseries Description:

Images of Weil, McGovern, and various campaign events and activities, as well as ephemera collected by Weil during McGovern's presidential campaign.

Arrangement:

Arranged by material type.

Box Folder
7 18

Photographs--CBS News, Face the Nation 

7 19

Photographs 

7 20

Photographs 

7 21

Photographs 

7 22

Art/messages from children, n.d. 

7 23

Ephemera 

Box
21

Ephemera 

Ovsz-Box
E

Poster, McGovern as Robin Hood, n.d. 

 M286.1.7 Audio Recordings, 1970-1973, n.d.   0.5 linear feet

Subseries Description:

Audio recordings of McGovern and Weil media appearances and McGovern campaign advertisements.

Arrangement:

Arranged by material type.

Box
8

"To End the War," NBC, May 12, 1970. [1/4" reel to reel] 

8

McGovern and economists, June 23, 1971. [audio cassette] 

8

Loeb interview with Anson/Weil, July 19, 1973. [Interview used by Weil and Robert Sam Anson as the basis for an article published on Loeb] [2 audio cassettes] 

8

Radio messages for "The Amendment to End the War Committee," n.d. [1/4 reel to reel] 

8

Senator George McGovern, 1972 Democratic Presidential Candidate, "Together We Can Win" b/w "The Story of George McGovern's Career by Noted Commentator Frank Mankiewicz," n.d. [flexidisc] 

 M286.1.8 McGovern Campaign Book Manuscript, n.d.   1.0 folders

Subseries Description:

Summary of and book chapter drafts for an untitled book Weil was writing on his work for the McGovern presidential campaign.

 M286.1.9 Miscellaneous Materials   1.0 folders

Subseries Description:

Miscellaneous items acquired by Weil during the McGovern presidential campaign.

Box Folder
7 24

Misc. Material 

7 25

Misc. Material 

7 26

Misc. Material 


 M286.2 Northern Maine Independent System Administrator (NMISA)/NM Work Group Records, 1998-2000   1.5 linear feet

Series Description:

Drafts, communications, and filings relating to the Northern Maine Independent System Administrator/NM Work Group. Weil was the principal advisor on the creation of this Regional Transmission Group, one of several established after electric industry restructuring.

Arrangement:

As received from donor.

Box
9

Northern Maine ISO 

10

Northern Maine - Minutes of Meetings 


 M286.3 Long Falls Dam/Central Maine Power (CMP) Lease Case Files, 1986-1994 [bulk 1993]   1.0 linear feet

Series Description:

Case files relating to the Long Falls Dam and Central Maine Power lease litigation. Weil served as the expert for the State of Maine in determining the lease fee to be paid under an agreement to negotiated by Governor Percival Baxter.

Arrangement:

As received from donor.

Box
11

Long Falls Dam/Hydropower 


 M286.4 Madison Electric Works Rate Case Files, 1993-1995   4.0 linear feet

Series Description:

Case files relating to the Town of Madison, Maine, Electric Works rate litigation. Weil arranged the first open market power purchase transaction in the United States after the restructuring of the electric utility industry pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 1992.

Arrangement:

As received from donor.

Box
12

Madison Department of Electric Works 

13

Madison Department of Electric Works 

14

Madison Department of Electric Works 

15

Madison Department of Electric Works 


 M286.5 New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) Records, 1990-1997   4.0 linear feet

Series Description:

Drafts, communications, and filings concerning the New England Power Pool. Weil chaired the negotiations to create a single integrated electric transmission system in New England.

Arrangement:

As received from donor.

Box
16

Regional Transmission Group and New England Regional Electric Transmission (NEPOOL) 

17

Regional Transmission Group and New England Regional Electric Transmission (NEPOOL) 

18

New England Power Pool 

19

NEPOOL Agreement 


 M286.6 Bowdoin College Materials, 1954-1974, n.d.   0.25 linear feet

Series Description:

Course syllabi, student evaluations, teaching notes, correspondence, and memoranda related to the 1973-1974 academic year when Weil served as an assistant professor in Bowdoin's Department of Government and Legal Studies and taught courses in international politics. Also included are syllabi and expense accounts from Weil's student days at Bowdoin.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by material type.

Box Folder
20 1

Exams and teaching notes, 1973-1974, n.d. 

20 2

Memoranda, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials, 1970-1974 

20 3

Notebooks kept by Gordon Weil's mother with Weil's student expenses at Bowdoin, 1954-1958 

20 4

Student evaluations of Government courses taught by Weil (students not identified), 1973-1974 

20 5

Syllabi, 1956, 1973-1974, n.d. 


 M286.7 Reports for the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), 2003-2013   0.25 linear feet

Series Description:

Reports concerning electric power prepared by Gordon Weil for the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically in one folder.

Box Folder
22 1

Reports for the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, 2003-2013