Contents and Arrangement

October 7-10, Midwest Swing, dates not examined

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The W. Willard Wirtz Collection on Adlai Stevenson documents Stevenson's 1952 and 1956 presidential campaigns, as well as Stevenson's other political activities through 1960. Because Wirtz was a speechwriter in 1952, in charge of speech content in 1956, and a close advisor and occasional speechwriter at other times, this collection documents most strongly the campaign activities of drafting speeches and fine-tuning policy statements.

Speeches and drafts form the bulk of the collection, although campaign memoranda, correspondence, and reports may also be found here. In addition, Wirtz collected correspondence, clippings, and programs covering Stevenson's death and legacy, including the establishment and administration of the Adlai Stevenson Institute. A miscellaneous folder of Wirtz's wife Mary Jane's personal correspondence (unrelated to Stevenson) has been placed at the very end of the collection.

When Wirtz donated his collection to Mudd Library, he wrote a lengthy memorandum detailing the contents of this collection and, in many cases, the historical context as he remembered it. This is recommended reading for any researchers studying Stevenson's campaign and this collection in particular. It is located in box 1, folder 1.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

Appraisal criteria for acquiring this collection include the Library's ongoing efforts to strengthen its public policy papers collection and its Adlai Stevenson holdings.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to Princeton University and researchers are free to move forward with use of materials without anything further from Mudd Library. For materials not created by the donor, where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. In these instances, researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Credit this material:

October 7-10, Midwest Swing; W. Willard Wirtz Collection on Adlai Stevenson, MC149, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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