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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

Collection Number
RL.01031
Title
United States Political Campaign Materials collection
Date
1840-2009 and undated
Creator
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Extent
10.8 Linear Feet, 3033 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

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.

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Contents of the Collection

1840:
Box 1
Whig Party, The Triumphant Whig Song
Box 1
1856:
Democratic Party, clippings
Box 1
1880:
Republican Party, Garfield and Arthur campaign song book
Box 1
1940:
Republican Party, Willkie, Wendell
Box 1
1944, 1952:
Socialist Party, pamphlets and convention minutes
Box 1
1947-1948:
Democratic Party
Publicity Division, newspaper statements
Box 1
Speeches and other literature
Box 1
1948:
Democratic Party
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
1952:
Democratic Party
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
Republican Party
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
1956:
Democratic Party, platform and printed material
Box 3
Republican Party
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
1960:
AFL-CIO, Committee on Political Education (COPE)
Box 4
Democratic Party
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
Republican Party
Box 5
Clippings
Box 5
Major speeches before the National Convention
Box 5
Printed material
Box 5
Publicity materials
Box 5
Speeches
Box 5
1964:
Democratic Party
Pamphlets, AFL-CIO endorsement and other printed material
Box 5
Scientists, Engineers and Physicians for Johnson and Humphrey
(2 folders)
Box 5
Non-partisan
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
1966:
Box 6
Republican Party, campaign fundraising
Box 6
1968:
AFL-CIO, printed material
Box 6
American Independent Party, printed material
Box 6
Democratic Party
Duke Committee for Humphrey-Muskie
Box 6
McCarthy, Eugene
Box 6
Printed material
Box 6
Republican Party, printed material, Rockefeller, Nelson
Box 6
1970:
Democratic Party, campaign fundraising
Box 6
1971:
People's Coalition for Peace and Justice
Box 6
1972:
Democratic Party, printed material
Box 6
Republican PartyPartner in Progress and other printed material
Box 6
1973:
Democratic Party, History of Democratic Women and other printed material
Box 6
Republican Party, sustaining member card
Box 6
1976:
Democratic Party
Candidates
Box 6
Printed material
Box 6
Libertarian Party, return envelope, MacBride
Box 6
Republican Party
National Convention registration
Box 6
Printed material
Box 6
1978:
Republican Party, Congressional elections promotion by Gerald Ford
Box 6
1980:
Citizens Party, Commoner, Barry
Box 6
Democratic Party, printed material
Box 6
Independents, Anderson, John
Box 6
Republican Party, printed material
Box 6
1982:
Independent
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
1983-1985:
Libertarian Party, convention and other printed material
Box 6
1984:
Democratic Party, presidential and congressional elections, fundraising letters, and other printed material
Box 6
Independent, Independents for Mondale-Ferraro
Box 6
Republican Party
Printed material
Box 6
Senate Journal and reelection poll
Box 6
1996:
Democratic Party
Bumper sticker
Box 6
Stickers
Box 6
2000:
Democratic Party
Bumper stickers, Gore, Al
Box 6
2008:
Democratic Party
Printed material and presidential inauguration tickets for ceremony and parade (2009), Obama, Barack
Box 6
Republican Party
Printed material
Box 6
Undated:
Democratic Party(?), American presidents dress tie
Box 6
Republican Party, bumper sticker and sticker
Box 6

2. "America Votes" Series, 1850-1984

2 boxes

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

1850s:
Box 6
Know-Nothing Platform
Box 6
1888:
Cleveland, Grover
Box 6
1904 or 1912:
Roosevelt, Theodore
Box 6
1930s-1940s:
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Box 6
1952-1956:
Eisenhower, Dwight D.
Box 6
Stevenson, Adlai
Box 6
1952:
Greenback Party
Box 6
Pogo
Box 6
1960:
Box 7
Kennedy, John F.
Box 7
1960, 1968-1972:
Nixon, Richard
Box 7
1964:
Johnson, Lyndon Baines
Box 7
Goldwater, Barry
Box 7
1968:
Humphrey, Hubert
Box 7
1976-1980:
Carter, Jimmy
Box 7
1976:
Ford, Gerald
Box 7
Libertarian Party
Box 7
Sanford, Terry
Box 7
1980:
Anderson, John
Box 7
1984:
Mondale, Walter
Box 7
Reagan, Ronald
Box 7
1936:
Box 7
North Carolina, Democratic Party, gubernatorial campaign
Box 7
1940:
North Carolina, Democratic Party, gubernatorial campaign, Broughton, J. M.
Box 7
1948:
North Carolina, Democratic Party, gubernatorial campaign, Scott, W. Kerr
Box 7
unspecified
Box 7
1950:
North Carolina, U.S. Senate campaign, Smith, Willis
Box 7
1952:
Louisiana, Republican and Non-partisan
Box 7
North Carolina
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
1960:
North Carolina
Democratic Party
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
Republican Party
Congressional campaigns
Box 7
Gubernatorial campaign, Gavin, Bob
Box 7
State Legislature and local campaigns
Box 7
1962:
Kansas, Dole, Bob
Box 7
1962:
North Carolina, State elections
Box 7
1964:
New York, Democratic Party, U.S. Senate campaignKennedy, Robert
Box 7
1964:
Box 8
North Carolina
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
1964:
Wyoming, Democratic Party, Historians for Senator McGee
Box 8
1966:
North Carolina
Democratic Party, Congressional campaigns, 5th District
Box 8
Republican Party, Congressional campaign, Gardner, Jim
Box 8
1968:
North Carolina
Democratic Party, gubernatorial campaign, Scott, Bob
Box 8
Local election material, Durham
Box 8
State Elections
Box 8
1972:
North Carolina
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
1972-1974:
North Carolina, State Elections
Box 8
1973, 1982:
North Carolina, Congressman Ike Andrews
Box 8
1974:
North Carolina, State Elections
Box 8
1976:
Maryland, U.S. Senate campaigns
Box 8
1976:
North Carolina, State Elections
Box 8
1976-1984:
North Carolina, Durham Voters Alliance
Box 8
1977:
North Carolina
Report of the Resolutions Committee, Durham County Democratic Convention
Box 8
Democratic Party, U.S. Senate campaign, Smith, McNeill
Box 8
1977-1978:
North Carolina, State Elections
Box 8
1979-1984:
North Carolina, State Elections
Box 8
1981:
Box 9
Massachusetts, Democratic Party, U.S. Senate campaign, Kennedy, Ted
Box 9
1981-1982:
North Carolina, State Elections
Box 9
1982:
North Carolina
Washington Update, Senator John East
Box 9
State elections
Box 9
1984:
Minnesota, Democratic Party U.S. Senate campaign, Growe, Joan
Box 9
1984:
North Carolina
Republican Party, gubernatorial campaign, Martin, Jim
Box 9
State elections
(2 folders)
Box 9
1985:
North Carolina, Washington Update, Valentine, Tim, and CBS stock buyout plan to end liberal bias, Helms, Jesse
Box 9
1996:
North Carolina
Durham County Commissioner elections
Box 9
State elections
Box 9
2008:
North Carolina
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
Undated:
American Communist Workers Movement and other printed material
Box 9

4. Political Campaign Memorabilia Series, 1908-2000 and undated

2 boxes

Consists primarily of campaign buttons.

1908:
Box 10
Taft, William
Box 10
1924-1928:
Coolidge, Calvin
Box 10
1932 and undated:
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Box 10
1948:
Truman, Harry
Box 10
Dewey, Thomas
Box 10
1952:
Harriman, William Averell
Box 10
Kefauver, Estes
Box 10
Kerr, Robert
Box 10
Russell, Richard B.
Box 10
1952-1956:
Eisenhower, Dwight
Box 10
Stevenson, Adlai
Box 10
1956:
Kefauver, Estes
Box 10
1960:
Kennedy, John F.,
(matchbox)
Box 10
Nixon, Richard
Box 10
1964:
Johnson, Lyndon B.
Box 10
1968:
Humphrey, Hubert
Box 10
Rockefeller, Nelson
Box 10
Wallace, George
Box 10
1972:
McGovern, George
Box 10
Sanford, Terry
Box 10
1974:
Humor, I Like Buttons
Box 10
1976:
Carter, Jimmy
Box 10
1981:
Anti-Reagan
Box 10
1984:
Reagan, Ronald
Box 10
Mondale, Walter
Box 10
1988:
Anti-Bush
Box 10
1996:
Box 11
Clinton, Bill
Box 11
2000:
Gore, Al
Box 11
Undated, Miscellaneous Democratic Party
Box 11
Maryland:
1938, Tydings, Millard
Box 11
1970, Tydings, Joe
Box 11
1976, Sarbanes, Nick
Box 11
circa 1976, Beall (Jr?), James Glenn
Box 11
North Carolina:
1968, Galifianakis, Nick
Box 11
1980, Hunt, Jim
Box 11
1996, Gant, Harvey
Box 11
Undated:
Campbell, Ralph
Box 11
Hunt, Jim
Box 11
Scott, Bob
Box 11

5. Oversize Material, 1948-1984

1 box and 2 oversize folders
1948:
Box 12
Republican Party, clippings
Box 12
1952:
Democratic Party, The Democrat and other clippings
Box 12
Republican Party, campaign materials and clippings
Box 12
1956:
Independent, Byrd, Harry
Box 12
Republican Party, clippings
Box 12
1960:
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
1968:
Republican Party, Rockefeller, Nelson
Box 12
1971:
Black and white photographic mask of Vietnam era U.S. military officer
Box 12
Newspapers
New Solidarity
Box 12
News of Greece
Box 12
Spring Movement
Box 12
Workers' Power
Box 12
1972:
Democratic Party, clipping
Box 12
1976:
Penthouse election coverage advertisement
Box 12
1984:
Independent, sign, Mondale, Walter
Box 12
1952:
Wisconsin, Democratic Party, U.S. Senate campaign, Reuss, Henry clippings
Box 12
1960:
North Carolina, Precinct map, city of Durham
Box 12
1960
Rockefeller, Nelson
Oversize-folder 1
1963:
North Carolina, Durham Committe on Negro Affairs, election poster
Box 12
1964:
North Carolina, Republican Party, Gubernatorial campaign, Preyer, Richard, People for Preyer, newspaper
Box 12
Democratic Party, Presidential campaign, Johnson, Lyndon B.
Oversize-folder 1
1968
Humphrey, Hubert
Oversize-folder 1
1973:
North Carolina, U.S. Senate campaign, Wilson, Henry Hall
Box 12
1976:
Maryland, U.S. Senate Race, Sarbanes, Paul
Box 12
1976, North Carolina:
Congressional campaign, Ramsey, Jim
Box 12
Gubernatorial campaigns
Hunt, Jim
Box 12
O'Herron, Ed
Box 12
Wood, George
Box 12
1980, North Carolina, Democratic Party:
Gubernatorial campaign, Hunt, Jim
Box 12
U.S. Senate campaign, Morgan, Robert
Box 12
1984
Mondale, Walter, and Geraldine Ferraro
Oversize-folder 1
Reagan, Ronald
Oversize-folder 1
1984, North Carolina:
Box 12
Democratic Party
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

Related Material

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library holds thousands of bound pamphlets and manuscript collections relating to United States elections, as well as archival collections focused on individual political figures, particularly in the state of North Carolina, and Durham, Orange, and Wake counties. In addition, the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library holds these collections containing materials closely related to or complementing the collection described in this finding aid:

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.