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Subseries 4C: 1960 Presidential Campaign, 1960

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Subseries 4C: 1960 Presidential Campaign, includes campaign materials, correspondence, Democratic National Convention materials, newspaper clippings, press releases, schedules, speeches, and state files, as well as papers collected independently by Stuart Gerry Brown concerning efforts to draft Stevenson.

For obvious reasons, the 1960 campaign records differ significantly from the 1952 and 1956 records and are much smaller in volume. The campaign materials were generated entirely by independent, mainly regional, groups, and include reprints of newspaper articles and Stevenson speeches, solicitations, and newsletters. Correspondence files include general correspondence with individuals such as Agnes Meyer and Eleanor Roosevelt who persisted in urging Stevenson's candidacy despite his repeated refusals to actively seek the nomination, letters from the general public encouraging Stevenson to run, offers of assistance, suggestions for Kennedy's campaign and Stevenson's campaign speeches, comments on the religion issue, and campaign contributions.

Items from the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles include lists of delegates, a copy of the platform, itineraries, invitations, and Stevenson's handwritten notes. The last are particularly significant. Stevenson summarized his conversations with various political leaders concerning the candidate they were supporting for the nomination, what their opinions of Kennedy were, and so forth. These notes suggest that despite his public statements that he was not seeking the nomination, Stevenson was nurturing some hopes of being drafted in 1960.

During the campaign, Stevenson undertook an aggressive speaking tour on Kennedy's behalf. Both Stevenson's and Kennedy's schedules are included with the itineraries. The state files primarily predate the convention and include correspondence from individuals and local Stevenson for President committees. Overall, the 1960 campaign materials clearly illustrate Stevenson's ambivalence toward a third presidential nomination. His responses to correspondents state quite clearly that he was not seeking the nomination, yet his handwritten notes suggest that he hoped he would be drafted.

A calendar guide, contained in the first file folder, provides a folder listing for this distinct group of papers. These papers include interview transcripts, correspondence, memoranda, newsclippings, financial materials, and other items documenting the efforts to draft Stevenson in 1960.

Arrangement

In this subseries, the Stuart Gerry Brown files have been arranged following the other campaign records. They are arranged in numerical order by the number assigned by Brown to each file folder.

Correspondence in this subseries is arranged following the original order

Collection History

Appraisal

Materials separated from this collection during processing in 2010 include newspaper clippings from major newspapers on Stevenson's political career, scrapbooks that are also available on microfilm, and duplicate photographs. Approximately one inch of news clippings on Stevenson were separated from accession ML.2014.002, as were duplicative, unannotated typescripts of speeches.

Sponsorship:

These papers were processed with the generous support of Mrs. Barry Bingham, William McC. Blair, Jr., Nona Cox, Mrs. J. Edward Day, Jane Warner Dick, Phyllis Gustafson, the Estate of Elizabeth S. Ives, Timothy R. Ives, Philip M. Klutznick, Nan McEvoy, Josephine P. McGowan, Newton N. Minow, Adlai E. Stevenson III, John Fell Stevenson, Maurice Tempelsman, and Willard Wirtz. Funding for the digitization of records in this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan J. Illis in 1996-1997 with assistance from Carl D. Esche, Katherine Johnson, Sue Jean Kim, Debra Levin, Damian Long, James Macgillivray, Cei Maslen, Michelle Peart, Patrick Shorb, and Elizabeth Williamson. Materials received after the collection was processed were integrated by Adriane Hanson in 2010. Additonal donations made after 2010 were integrated into the collection by Mudd Library staff.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Series 11 is composed of audiovisual materials in various formats.

Credit this material:

Subseries 4C: 1960 Presidential Campaign; Adlai E. Stevenson Papers, MC124, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 328-335; 631

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Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960
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