Prepared by Leslie Warren, April 26, 1977 and Dan H. MacLachlan, July 21,
Revised by Floyd J. Csir, May 21, 1996
11th Floor, 5 record storage boxes, 5 cubic ft.
Scope and Content
The material in the collection is contained in 5 record storage boxes. It is
divided into two main areas: correspondence and subject files. The
correspondence is also arranged in three sections. The first part is
correspondence from 1971-1974, representing the bills and topics of the 109th
and 110th General Assembly. Some correspondence dealing with appointments made
by Roberto is included here.
The second part covers 1975-1976, when the 111th General Assembly met. Most
of the correspondence is from Roberto's contituency and covers a variety of
subjects and bills. It is arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter.
In most cases, Roberto's response is attached.
The third part contains correspondence from constituents during the 112th
General Assembly from 1977-1978 and the 113th General Assembly from 1979-1980.
The materials in the subject files are those topics on which there was a
great deal of correspondence. Most of these are related to specific bills. They
are arranged alphabetically by subject, and cover the years 1971-1976.
Upon receipt of the boxes on February 11, 1981 from Roberto, the collection
was found to be in good condition. Items were in file folders labeled either by
letter of the alphabet or by subject according to the bill before the
legislators. In processing the collection, the original contents of each folder
was kept intact. Within each folder the items have been put in alphabetical
order according to the word circled in pencil by Roberto's office staff.
Contents of Box 3 deal with the 112th General Assembly. In this case the
correspondence was filed by topic. A few letters are arranged by individual or
institution. They are listed alphabetically.
Contents of Box 4 deal with the 113th General Assembly. Legislative topics
are alphabetically grouped in the first part of the box. The remainder of the
correspondence is of a general nature with answers from Roberto in short form
letters. In most cases, the response from Roberto precedes the original letter.
Please note that this correspondence was grouped mostly by geographic location.
A few letters are by individuals or by institution. Minutes of the Senate
Education and Health Committee, which Roberto chaired, are included here.
Box 5 contains correspondence during the 113th General Assembly. This series
of letters is addressed mostly to individuals and is an in-depth response to a
request or topic. Some letters are addressed to governmental bodies or
institutions. Copies of Roberto's response precede the original letter.
Marcus Aurelius Roberto, a Democrat, served as Ohio state representative for
the 62nd District from 1971 to 1976. He then served as the Ohio state senator
for the 18th District from 1977 until his death in 1986. The 18th District
covers the counties of Portage, Ashtabula, Lake (partially), Geauga (partially)
and Stark (partially). While serving as state senator, Roberto was chairman of
the Senate Education and Health Committee. He also served on the Judiciary
Committee, the Ways and Means Committee and the Elections, Financial
Institutions and Insurance Committee.
"As a legislator, Mr. Roberto was known as a liberal Democrat and was
particularly interested in education and environmental issues," according
to the February 25, 1986 edition of The Plain Dealer. "'He has the capacity
to see both sides of an argument," State Rep. Vernon F. Cook of Cuyahoga
Falls said of Mr. Roberto in 1983.' "'He doesn't have blind spots for
advocacy'." Former Ohio Governor Richard F. Celeste said Roberto was "respected
and highly regarded by his fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle and in
Roberto was born November 26, 1930 in New Milford, Ohio. He died February
24, 1986. Roberto taught history and other classes at Ravenna High School for 13
years prior to his election to the Ohio House of Representatives. He served in
the United States Air Force from 1950-1954 and was released after serving in the
Eastern Air Defense Command. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1957
and a Master of Arts degree in 1960, both from Kent State University. Roberto
received his law degree from the University of Akron in 1972 and was admitted to
the bar the same year.
- Credits -
Background information was supplied from the following sources:
The Plain Dealer. "State Sen. Marcus A. Roberto, served Portage
County for 15 years." Tuesday, February 25, 1986. page 3, section B.
Who's Who in American Politics. 1985-86. Bowker: New York.
Folder Contents: D.7.1 (2)
Folder Number & Contents
Correspondence - A - 1971-74
Correspondence - B - 1971-72
Correspondence - B - 1973-74
Correspondence - C - 1971-72
Correspondence - C - 1973-74
Correspondence - D - 1971-74
Correspondence - E - 1971-74
Correspondence - F - 1971-74
Correspondence - Form Letters - 1971-74
Correspondence - G - 1971-74
Correspondence - H - 1971-72
Correspondence - H - 1973-74
Correspondence - I-J - 1971-74
Correspondence - Interoffice Memos and Miscellany - 1971-74
Correspondence - K - 1971-74
Correspondence - L - 1971-74
Correspondence - M - 1971-72
Correspondence - M - 1973-74
Correspondence - N-O - 1971-74
Correspondence - P-Q - 1971-74
Correspondence - R - 1971-1974
Correspondence - S - 1971-72
Correspondence - S - 1973-74
Correspondence - T - 1971-74
Correspondence - U-V - 1971-74
Correspondence - W - 1971-74
Correspondence - X-Y-Z - 1971-74
Correspondence - A - 1975-76
Correspondence - B - 1975-76
Correspondence - C - 1975-76
Correspondence - D - 1975-76
Correspondence - E - 1975-76
Correspondence - F - 1975-76
Correspondence - G - 1975-76
Correspondence - H - 1975-76
Folder Number & Contents
Correspondence - J - 1975-76
Correspondence - K - 1975-76
Correspondence - L - 1975-76
Correspondence - Ma-Mc - 1975-76
Correspondence - Me-My - 1975-76
Correspondence - N - 1975-76
Correspondence - O - 1975-76
Correspondence - P - 1975-76
Correspondence - Q - 1976
Correspondence - R - 1975-76
Correspondence - Sa-Sk - 1975-76
Correspondence - Sm-Sw - 1975-76
Correspondence - T - 1975-76
Correspondence - U-V - 1975-76
Correspondence - W - 1975-76
Correspondence - Y-Z - 1975-76
Subject File - Abortion Law - 1971-73
Subject File - Aid to Non-Public Schools, House Bill 476 and 477 - 1971
Subject File - Auxillary Services-Correspondence Answered - 1975 (1. Aid to
private religious schools. 2. Auxillary buildings)
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