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Guide to the United States Political Campaign Materials Collection, 1840-2009 and undated

Abstract

Collection of campaign ephemera and other materials assembled by staff at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Collection of campaign materials spans much of the United States political timeline, from 1840 to 2009. National and state political campaigns run by the Whig, Know-Nothing, Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and other parties are documented through printed material, artifacts, and ephemera, such as posters, flyers, buttons, bumper stickers, party platforms, pamphlets, texts of speeches, newspapers, and clippings. Materials from state campaigns and other elections such as mayoral races chiefly come from North Carolina, with smaller amounts from Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, and other states. There are some materials documenting Durham, North Carolina political history, as well as a few items pertaining to a Humphrey-Muskie committee at Duke University. Other political organizations and caucuses are also represented, including anti-war organizations, labor unions (especially the AFL-CIO), and various other citizens' groups.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Title
United States Political Campaign Materials collection 1840-2009 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
10.8 Linear Feet, 3033 items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection of campaign materials spans most of the United States political timeline, from 1840 to 2009. National and state political campaigns run by the Whig, Know-Nothing, Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Greenback, Independent, Citizens, and other parties, are documented through printed material, artifacts, and ephemera, such as posters, flyers, buttons, bumper stickers, party platforms, texts of speeches, pamphlets, newspapers, and clippings. Many of the items related to national party conventions. Materials from state campaigns and other elections such as mayoral races chiefly come from North Carolina, with smaller amounts from Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, and other states. There are some materials documenting 20th century Durham, North Carolina political history, as well as a few items pertaining to a Humphrey-Muskie Committee at Duke University. Other political organizations and caucuses are also represented, including anti-war organizations, labor unions (especially the AFL-CIO), and various other citizens' groups such as the NAACP. The collection is divided into four series: National Elections, America Votes (materials from a 1996 exhibit of campaign memorabilia at Duke), State Elections, and Political Campaign Memorabilia. Each series is arranged by election year, with a few exceptions, and within, alphabetically by party, state, or topic. There is also a group of oversize materials separated from the main collection, chiefly newspapers and posters.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Whig Party, The Triumphant Whig Song
Box 1
Democratic Party, clippings
Box 1
Republican Party, Garfield and Arthur campaign song book
Box 1
Republican Party, Willkie, Wendell
Box 1
Socialist Party, pamphlets and convention minutes
Box 1
Publicity Division, newspaper statements
Box 1
Speeches and other literature
Box 1
Literature
(2 folders)
Box 1
The Democratic Digest, July-Nov.
Box 1
Dixiecrat Party, An Open Letter to Dixiecrats
Box 1
Republican Party, Republican Fact Book
Box 1
Harriman, William Averell
Box 1
Kefauver, Estes
Box 1
Kerr, Robert Samuel

[Button removed to Political Campaign Ephemera]

Box 1
Russell, Richard Brevard
Box 1
Presidential campaign materials

[Items removed to Oversize Materials]

Box 1
Clippings and pamphlets

[Items removed to Oversize Materials]

Box 1
Stevenson, Adlai Ewing, Speeches
(folder 1 of 6)
Box 1
Stevenson, Adlai Ewing, speeches
(folders 2-6 of 6)
Box 2
Greenback Party, platform, candidates and officers
Box 2
NAACP, Survey of the Negro Vote in the 1953 Presidential Election
Box 2
Prohibition Party, printed material
Box 2
Stassen, Harold Edward
Box 2
Taft, Robert Alphonso
Box 2
Warren, Earl
Box 2
Pamphlets and other literature
Box 2
Convention keynote address and other literature
Box 2
Clippings

[Items removed to Oversize Materials]

Box 3
Eisenhower Letter, Apr. 4-July 1
Box 3
Eisenhower, Dwight David, printed material
(2 folders)

[Items removed to Oversize Materials]

Box 3
Democratic Party, platform and printed material
Box 3
Election issues of 1956
(2 folders)
Box 3
Johnson, Joel A.,correspondence and national platform
(2 folders)
Box 3
National Committee, News Release and Straight from the Shoulder
Box 3
National Committee, News Release
(2 folders)
Box 3
Pamphlets
Box 4
Eisenhower's nomination acceptance speech and printed material
Box 4
Race relations
Box 4
Clippings
Box 4
AFL-CIO, Committee on Political Education (COPE)
Box 4
Advertising material
Box 4
Bumper sticker
Box 4
Clippings

[Items removed to Oversize Materials]

Box 4
Democratic Fact Sheet
Box 4
Printed material
Box 4
Religious issues

[Items removed to Oversize Materials]

Box 4
Young Democratic Clubs
Box 4
Non-partisan, factual campaign information, party platforms
(2 folders)

[Items removed to Oversize Materials]

Box 4
Clippings
Box 5
Major speeches before the National Convention
Box 5
Printed material
Box 5
Publicity materials

[Items removed to Oversize Materials]

Box 5
Speeches
Box 5
Pamphlets, AFL-CIO endorsement and other printed material
Box 5
Scientists, Engineers and Physicians for Johnson and Humphrey
(2 folders)
Box 5
Biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson and The National Voter , "Candidates of 1964"
Box 5
Time, "Election Extra," Nov. 4
Box 5
Republican Party, campaign fundraisers and printed material
Box 5
Rightist organizations, printed material
Box 5
Republican Party, campaign fundraising
Box 6
AFL-CIO, printed material
Box 6
American Independent Party, printed material
Box 6
Duke Committee for Humphrey-Muskie
Box 6
McCarthy, Eugene
Box 6
Printed material
Box 6
Republican Party, printed material, Rockefeller, Nelson
Box 6
Democratic Party, campaign fundraising
Box 6
People's Coalition for Peace and Justice
Box 6
Democratic Party, printed material
Box 6
Republican PartyPartner in Progress and other printed material
Box 6
Democratic Party, History of Democratic Women and other printed material
Box 6
Republican Party, sustaining member card
Box 6
Candidates
Box 6
Printed material
Box 6
Libertarian Party, return envelope, MacBride
Box 6
National Convention registration
Box 6
Printed material
Box 6
Republican Party, Congressional elections promotion by Gerald Ford
Box 6
Citizens Party, Commoner, Barry
Box 6
Democratic Party, printed material
Box 6
Independents, Anderson, John
Box 6
Republican Party, printed material
Box 6
Americans for Common Sense,McGovern, George
Box 6
People for the American Way,Lear, Norman
Box 6
Republican Party, economic program and other printed material
Box 6
Libertarian Party, convention and other printed material
Box 6
Democratic Party, presidential and congressional elections, fundraising letters, and other printed material
Box 6
Independent, Independents for Mondale-Ferraro
Box 6
Printed material
Box 6
Senate Journal and reelection poll
Box 6
Bumper sticker
Box 6
Stickers
Box 6
Bumper stickers, Gore, Al
Box 6
Printed material and presidential inauguration tickets for ceremony and parade (2009), Obama, Barack
Box 6
Printed material
Box 6
Democratic Party(?), American presidents dress tie
Box 6
Republican Party, bumper sticker and sticker
Box 6

A variety of materials from a 1996 exhibit at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library on U.S. political campaigns.

Know-Nothing Platform
Box 6
Cleveland, Grover
Box 6
Roosevelt, Theodore
Box 6
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Box 6
Eisenhower, Dwight D.
Box 6
Stevenson, Adlai
Box 6
Greenback Party
Box 6
Pogo
Box 6
Kennedy, John F.
Box 7
Nixon, Richard
Box 7
Johnson, Lyndon Baines
Box 7
Goldwater, Barry
Box 7
Humphrey, Hubert
Box 7
Carter, Jimmy
Box 7
Ford, Gerald
Box 7
Libertarian Party
Box 7
Sanford, Terry
Box 7
Anderson, John
Box 7
Mondale, Walter
Box 7
Reagan, Ronald
Box 7
North Carolina, Democratic Party, gubernatorial campaign
Box 7
North Carolina, Democratic Party, gubernatorial campaign, Broughton, J. M.
Box 7
North Carolina, Democratic Party, gubernatorial campaign, Scott, W. Kerr
Box 7
Box 7
North Carolina, U.S. Senate campaign, Smith, Willis
Box 7
Louisiana, Republican and Non-partisan
Box 7
Democratic Party, gubernatorial campaign, Olive, Hubert E.
Box 7
Democratic Party, gubernatorial campaign, Umstead, William Bradley
(4 folders)
Box 7
Democratic Primary, May 31
Box 7
Democratic and Republican parties

[Item removed to Oversize Materials]

Box 7
Democratic Party, Congressional campaign, Tally, Joe O.
Box 7
Wisconsin, Democratic Party, U.S. Senate campaign, Reuss, Henry

[Items removed to Oversize Materials]

Box 7
Congressional campaign, Kornegay, Horace
Box 7
Gubernatorial campaign, Lake, Isaac Beverly
Box 7
Gubernatorial campaign, Sanford, Terry
Box 7
Gubernatorial campaign, Seawall Jr., Malcom Buie
Box 7
Senatorial campaign, Jordan, B. Everett
Box 7
State legislative and local campaigns
Box 7
Congressional campaigns
Box 7
Gubernatorial campaign, Gavin, Bob
Box 7
State Legislature and local campaigns
Box 7
Kansas, Dole, Bob
Box 7
North Carolina, State elections
Box 7
New York, Democratic Party, U.S. Senate campaignKennedy, Robert
Box 7
Democratic Party, gubernatorial campaign, Lake, Beverly
Box 8
Democratic Party, State Elections
Box 8
Republican Party, gubernatorial campaign, Preyer, Richard

[Item removed to Oversize Materials]

Box 8
Republican Party, State Elections
Box 8
Wyoming, Democratic Party, Historians for Senator McGee
Box 8
Democratic Party, Congressional campaigns, 5th District
Box 8
Republican Party, Congressional campaign, Gardner, Jim
Box 8
Democratic Party, gubernatorial campaign, Scott, Bob
Box 8
Local election material, Durham
Box 8
State Elections
Box 8
Democratic Party, gubernatorial campaign, Bowles, Hargrove Skipper
Box 8
Republican Party, gubernatorial campaign, Holshouser, Jim
Box 8
Local campaigns, Durham
Box 8
U.S. Senate campaign, Helms, Jesse
Box 8
State Elections
Box 8
North Carolina, State Elections
Box 8
North Carolina, Congressman Ike Andrews
Box 8
North Carolina, State Elections
Box 8
Maryland, U.S. Senate campaigns
Box 8
North Carolina, State Elections
Box 8
North Carolina, Durham Voters Alliance
Box 8
Report of the Resolutions Committee, Durham County Democratic Convention
Box 8
Democratic Party, U.S. Senate campaign, Smith, McNeill
Box 8
North Carolina, State Elections
Box 8
North Carolina, State Elections
Box 8
Massachusetts, Democratic Party, U.S. Senate campaign, Kennedy, Ted
Box 9
North Carolina, State Elections
Box 9
Washington Update, Senator John East
Box 9
State elections
Box 9
Minnesota, Democratic Party U.S. Senate campaign, Growe, Joan
Box 9
Republican Party, gubernatorial campaign, Martin, Jim
Box 9
State elections
(2 folders)
Box 9
North Carolina, Washington Update, Valentine, Tim, and CBS stock buyout plan to end liberal bias, Helms, Jesse
Box 9
Durham County Commissioner elections
Box 9
State elections
Box 9
Durham ballot and early voting materials for Barack Obama, Democratic ticket printed materials
Box 9
State judges
Box 9
Governor and U.S. Senate
Box 9
American Communist Workers Movement and other printed material
Box 9

Consists primarily of campaign buttons.

Taft, William
Box 10
Coolidge, Calvin
Box 10
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Box 10
Truman, Harry
Box 10
Dewey, Thomas
Box 10
Harriman, William Averell
Box 10
Kefauver, Estes
Box 10
Kerr, Robert
Box 10
Russell, Richard B.
Box 10
Eisenhower, Dwight
Box 10
Stevenson, Adlai
Box 10
Kefauver, Estes
Box 10
Kennedy, John F.,
(matchbox)
Box 10
Nixon, Richard
Box 10
Johnson, Lyndon B.
Box 10
Humphrey, Hubert
Box 10
Rockefeller, Nelson
Box 10
Wallace, George
Box 10
McGovern, George
Box 10
Sanford, Terry
Box 10
Humor, I Like Buttons
Box 10
Carter, Jimmy
Box 10
Anti-Reagan
Box 10
Reagan, Ronald
Box 10
Mondale, Walter
Box 10
Anti-Bush
Box 10
Clinton, Bill
Box 11
Gore, Al
Box 11
Undated, Miscellaneous Democratic Party
Box 11
1938, Tydings, Millard
Box 11
1970, Tydings, Joe
Box 11
1976, Sarbanes, Nick
Box 11
circa 1976, Beall (Jr?), James Glenn
Box 11
1968, Galifianakis, Nick
Box 11
1980, Hunt, Jim
Box 11
1996, Gant, Harvey
Box 11
Campbell, Ralph
Box 11
Hunt, Jim
Box 11
Scott, Bob
Box 11

Oversize Material, 1948-1984

(1 box and 2 oversize folders)
Republican Party, clippings
Box 12
Democratic Party, The Democrat and other clippings
Box 12
Republican Party, campaign materials and clippings
Box 12
Independent, Byrd, Harry
Box 12
Republican Party, clippings
Box 12
AFL-CIO, C.O.P.E., voter registration posters
Box 12
Democratic Party, bumper sticker, clippings and posters
Box 12
Non-partisan, clippings
Box 12
Republican Party, convention hat and poster of ephemera
Box 12
Republican Party, Rockefeller, Nelson
Box 12
Black and white photographic mask of Vietnam era U.S. military officer
Box 12
New Solidarity
Box 12
News of Greece
Box 12
Spring Movement
Box 12
Workers' Power
Box 12
Democratic Party, clipping
Box 12
Penthouse election coverage advertisement
Box 12
Independent, sign, Mondale, Walter
Box 12
Wisconsin, Democratic Party, U.S. Senate campaign, Reuss, Henry clippings
Box 12
North Carolina, Precinct map, city of Durham
Box 12
Rockefeller, Nelson
Oversize Folder 1
North Carolina, Durham Committe on Negro Affairs, election poster
Box 12
North Carolina, Republican Party, Gubernatorial campaign, Preyer, Richard, People for Preyer, newspaper
Box 12
Democratic Party, Presidential campaign, Johnson, Lyndon B.
Oversize Folder 1
Humphrey, Hubert
Oversize Folder 1
North Carolina, U.S. Senate campaign, Wilson, Henry Hall
Box 12
Maryland, U.S. Senate Race, Sarbanes, Paul
Box 12
Congressional campaign, Ramsey, Jim
Box 12
Hunt, Jim
Box 12
O'Herron, Ed
Box 12
Wood, George
Box 12
Gubernatorial campaign, Hunt, Jim
Box 12
U.S. Senate campaign, Morgan, Robert
Box 12
Mondale, Walter, and Geraldine Ferraro
Oversize Folder 1
Reagan, Ronald
Oversize Folder 1
Campaign Journal
Box 12
State Auditor campaign, Renfrow, Ed
Box 12
Non-partisan, North Carolina Independent
Box 12
Republican Party, The Landmark
Box 12
Attorney General campaign, Foster, Allen
Oversize Folder 1

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], United States Political Campaign Materials Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The items in the United States Political Campaign Materials Collection were acquired from a variety of sources by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library and assembled over a period of time, roughly from the 1950s to 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Ted Holt, December 2007

Encoded by Ted Holt and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, January 2008

Updated to include accession 2009-0079 by Alice Poffinberger, March 2014.

All campaign materials acquisitions and accessions were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Finding aid was updated to include an unacquisitioned but fully processed addition by Alice Poffinberger in July 2009.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.