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B. Robert "Bob" Lewis Papers

Identifier: M/A 0395
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Description of Contents

Newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, video recording, and campaign materials documenting Bob Lewis' campaigns for state senate, work as a senator, and death.

Materials in this collection were compiled by Lewis' campaign manager, Louis Schoen.


  • 1970 - 1986


Access Restrictions

The physical collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department’s open hours. Photographs from this collection are available in the B. Robert 'Bob' Lewis Collection in the Hennepin County Library Digital Collections.


B. Robert "Bob", "Bert" Lewis, Sr. was a Minnesota state senator representing St. Louis Park from 1973 to 1979. He was the first known African American to serve in the Minnesota Senate. Lewis was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and passionate about issues affecting the poor and mentally ill.

Lewis was born November 2, 1931 in Hutchinson, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas, including a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1960. Before becoming a state senator, Dr. Lewis served on the St. Louis Park school board and the Minnesota State Board of Education. He died from a heart attack on April 25, 1979.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Donor Information

This collection was donated by Dot Savage in April 2022 as accession 2022.19.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jenna Jacobs in May 2022.

B. Robert "Bob" Lewis Papers
Jenna Jacobs
May 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.