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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.
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Subseries 4E: Staff Files, 1944 April-1981

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Staff files contain files that were either created or compiled and maintained by individual aides. The staff files include the files of the following individuals: Jeff Brockelsby, staff assistant (1979-1980; Robin Carpenter, staff assistant (1978-1980); Ruth Claveloux, secretary (1973-1978), staff assistant, 1979-1980; Mary Crosby, secretary (1975-1977), staff assistant (1978-1980); Owen Donley, administrative assistant (1963-1970), agriculture assistant (1976-1980); Glen Feldman, special assistant (1973-1974); Dan Grady, legislative aide (1976); Ranald Hobbs, legislative assistant (1965-1967); John Holum, staff assistant (1967-1970), legislative assistant (1971-1978); Alex Knopp, legislative assistant (1980); Ned Leonard, staff assistant (1978-1980); Alan Stone, staff assistant (1978-1979); Benton Stong, legislative assistant (1964-1969); Jane Swanson, legislative clerk (1978), staff assistant (1979-1980).
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Series 4: Food for Peace and United States Senate, 1921-2009

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This series documents George McGovern's activities as the director of the Food for Peace Program (1961-1962) and United States Senator (1962-1980). Of special interest are files documenting McGovern's activities as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian Affairs of the Senate Committe on Interior and Insular Affairs (1967-1972) and as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs (1969-1970, 1973-1977) and its successor, the Subcommittee on Nutrition of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (1978-1980). In addition, the series contains documentation pertaining to McGovern's activities as chairman of the Subcommittee on Agricultural Credit and Rural Electrification (1971-1976) and the Subcommittees on South Asian Affairs (1973-1974) and Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (1975-1977). The series includes legislation and policy files, statements, schedules and invitations, travel files, patronage files, and constituent correspondence.
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The Photographs series contains photographs documenting George McGovern's early life as well as his national political career. It comprises private family photos and publicity photos, including head shots, family photos, and candid shots in both private and public settings. The series includes files from 1979-1980 documenting photo-ops and other publicity arrangements. The photographic materials in this series include prints, negatives, and contact sheets.
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Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1931-1976, 2004

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The Biographical Materials series contains newspaper articles about Derso and Kelen and other biographical ephemera like business cards, press passes, and advertisements for their syndicated cartoons and writings. Exhibition catalogs are included in this series. Of particular note is an essay written by Betty Kelen, Kelen's wife, providing a brief, but personal and humorous view of Derso and Kelen's friendship and artistic careers.
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The Writings series documents Derso and Kelen's secondary careers in writing, which began after World War II. Derso's writings consisted of a few essays published in the New York Times and a proposal for an 'art book' of portraits of Jewish statesmen, diplomats, and writers submitted to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany for which he received a fellowship. There is also a skeletal draft script for a motion picture on the history of the League of Nations.
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Subseries 4A: Portrait Sketches, 1922-1975

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The Portrait Sketches subseries consists primarily of single portrait sketches in ink or pencil, with a few portraits in ink and watercolor, arranged in alphabetical order according to the last name of the person portrayed. Derso and Kelen seemed to have illustrated every statesman, conference delegate, and dictator on the world stage between the World Wars capturing their countenances with humor and a bit of satire.
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Subseries 4B: Published Portfolios,1922-1950, 1922-1950

11 boxes
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The Published Portfolios subseries consists of nine published portfolios of lithographs. Most of the portfolios were commercially printed like United Nations Sketchbook, however, a few were privately commissioned pieces of limited distribution like Derso's "The Young Plan and the Reparations" made for Owen D. Young and his friends in 1924.
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Subseries 4C: Cartoons, 1922-1975

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The Cartoons subseries consists primarily of political cartoons dating from approximately1920 to 1960 arranged by the following broad categories – European conferences, World War II as it relates to Europe, Asia, the United States, and the United Nations. Within the category of Europe and the War, there is a heavy emphasis on images of Hitler and Mussolini. Also, within the category for the United States are cartoons satirizing American politics in the 1940s.
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This Publishing History subseries composed of Kelen's personal collection of published cartoons, newspaper clippings, and magazine covers and loose pages represents an incomplete publishing history of Derso and Kelen cartoons and caricatures. The handbill-like cartoons were printed by cartoon syndicates like the McClure Newspapers Syndicate, Edmond Pauker Inc., and the Overseas News Agency (ONA) and distributed to newspapers for publication. Many of these sample cartoons are not annotated though a few provide publishers' information. Ken magazine and single pages from the magazine in box 27 attests to the active relationship between the publication and the artists. KEN Magazine was a side project of Arnold Gingrich, founder and publisher of Esquire magazine, and was short-lived due to its "war-mongering" perspective. The folders of photocopied newspaper clippings concretely demonstrate the breath of American and international newspapers that distributed Derso and Kelen material.
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Series 4: Art Works, 1922-1975

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The Art Works series forms the bulk of this collection and consists of over 900 cartoons and caricatures created in simple media like pencil sketches or ink drawings to formal limited edition portfolios of lithographs or richly hued watercolors. The vast majority of the works were produced between 1920 and 1950, the active period of collaboration between Derso and Kelen. Once their artistic partnership ended in 1950, Kelen produced cartoons and drawings for United Nations' publications and his own personal book projects and Derso supplied the National Review with numerous portrait sketches for their articles.
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This Menu Cards series consists of menu cards created by Derso and Kelen for press luncheons in honor of the journalists accredited to the League of Nations from 1925 to 1937 and menu cards for social occasions or dinners honoring high level officials at the United Nations in the late 1940s and early 1950s. One menu card created for the first League luncheon in October 1925 that marked the conclusion of negotiations for the Treaty of Locarno is signed by each of the diplomats represented on the card. There are also 'cards in progress' with annotations and cut-and-paste elements by the artists.
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The Miscellaneous series includes material not related to the other series in the Derso and Kelen Collection and contains photographs depicting the artists as well as some photoreproductions of their works. Of interest is a photograph of Derso and Kelen sitting with Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt as she admires the drawing of herself by Derso and Kelen that appeared in the United Nations Sketchbook. There is also a tattered copy of Modern Caricaturists by H. R. Westwood published in 1932 by L. Dickson, Ltd. that includes a chapter on Derso and Kelen. Another item in this series is a guest book from an exhibition in 1976.
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This 'Biographical Materials' subseries contains information about Derso and Kelen's exhibitions in Europe (London, 1934 and Budapest, 1976), business dealings with book and newspaper publishers, and extensive information on the disposition of the Derso and Kelen body of work by Betty Kelen. There are also fairly complete inventory lists of artworks compiled by Kelen and a list with commentary by a New York appraiser.
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Subseries 8C: Writings, 1930-1976

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This subseries represents a substantial portion of the 2007 donation and comprises the writings, published and unpublished, of Derso and Kelen. The distinction between 'Book Suggestions' and 'Unpublished Works' was determined by the author. Kelen designated a certain grouping of his unpublished works specifically as 'book suggestions.' In the unpublished/book suggestions categories, some writings are typescripts and ready for presentation to a publisher while others are in a less formal state; basically hand-written rough drafts.
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There are two new entries into the 'Art Works' sub-series, 'Sketchbooks' and 'Children's Book Illustrations.' Kelen carried stenographer's notebooks to the early conferences and meetings that led to the establishment of the United Nations and recorded on the spot drawings of the participants in these notebooks which he later referred to when completing a formal portrait sketch. In the 1960s, Kelen began writing and illustrating children's books for the United Nations and drafts and illustrations for these books, both published and unpublished, are part of the 2007 added materials.
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The 'Miscellaneous' subseries is comprised mainly of photographs depicting the artists in Europe and the United States and photographs of their art works. Of note are the Audiovisual materials. The kinescope was transferred to a DVD and records a short segment of the opening day at the United Nations building in New York City in 1950 filmed and produced by Kelen and featuring the arrival of John Foster Dulles and V. K. Krishna Menon. The 16" transcription disc has not been transferred to modern media but by date it presumably relates to the activites at the United Nations.
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Series 8: 2007 Accession, 1930-1982

33 boxes
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The material added to the original donation represents an expansion of the established series. Of note is the greatly expanded series of published and unpublished writings almost exclusively by Kelen and ranging in date from 1950 to 1975. The writings include proposals and manuscripts for unpublished illustrated books, newspapers columns, and short essays and manuscripts for published works including Peace in Their Time and the newspaper column, On Second Thought.