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Correspondence consists of correspondence spanning the years 1944-1955, including personal and business correspondence. It includes documentation between George McGovern and his dissertation advisor, Arthur Link, as well as other university officials concerning McGovern's studies of History at Northwestern University, including graduate funding and the submission of his dissertation. The subseries also contains correspondence between members of the South Dakota Farmers Union.
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Statements and Publicity contains statements as well as press clippings documenting George McGovern's early political activities. The early press clippings are centered around public events and politicians in South Dakota, especially Republican congressman Karl Mundt. Later clippings document George McGovern's early public appearances and political activities. The subseries also contains a small number of early speeches by McGovern on the anniversary of the Ludlow massacre, Christianity and Communism, and on the state of the Democratic party in the Dakotas.
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The Early Activities series documents George McGovern's early years from 1939 to 1955, before he held public office. It contains information on his military service as a B-24 pilot during World War II as well as his early political activities in South Dakota. The series includes correspondence, statements, schedules, and press clippings. Of special interest are maps and photographs documenting McGovern's WWII bombing tours in Europe.
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The 1960 Senate Campaign subseries documents George McGovern's unsuccessful 1960 bid for the Senate against Republican incumbent Karl Mundt. It includes information on campaign financing, files on volunteer groups and supporters, and promotional material. McGovern's campaign platform is documented in the issue files, which show his stand on agriculture as well as his challenge of Karl Mundt. Also included in the subseries is information on the 1960 presidential elections.
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This series contains materials from George McGovern's Senate and presidential campaigns. Documents included in this series cover McGovern's first bid for the Senate in 1960, his subsequent campaigns in 1962, 1968, and 1974, and his final, unsuccessful reelection campaign in 1980. The series also documents McGovern's 1968 candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination and his 1972 presidential campaign. In addition, the series includes files on McGovern's political alliances and activities during the 1966 House elections and the 1964 and 1976 presidential elections. Types of materials in this series include files on campaign organization, financial files, promotion and advertising files, issue and policy files, and campaign correspondence.