This collection contains legislative papers, correspondence, personal and social papers, and printed materials relating to Clabaugh and the General Assembly. The personal and social papers include a biographical sketch; speeches and articles; business records; European travel brochures; and newspaper clippings and editorials on elections, legislative politics, and Clabaugh's retirement. The legislative papers, arranged chronologically, are primarily from the 78th General Assembly (1973-74) and deal largely with the education committees. There are also copies of bills, summaries of action on bills by the General Assembly and the Governor, and information sheets pertaining to issues under discussion. The correspondence is also mainly from the 78th General Assembly, and reflects constituent sentiment on the Equal Rights Amendment, abortion, no-fault insurance, 19 year-old drinking age, the Environmental Protection Agency, and gun control. There is also a small amount of material on the 79th General Assembly, along with extensive genealogical information compiled by Clabaugh, covering his ancestors and those of his wife, focusing on the surnames Clabaugh, Zimmerman, Carmack, and Richardson.
Clabaugh donated the collection to the Library in 1975 and 1976.